M.F.A. students must complete 61 semester hours of graduate course work including:
|THEA 4379||Advanced Studies in Contemporary Theatre and Drama||3|
|THEA 5101||Introduction to Graduate Theatre Studies||1|
|THEA 5301||Contemporary Directing Styles||3|
|THEA 5304||History and Theory of Directing||3|
|THEA 5306||Play Analysis for Directors||3|
|THEA 5307||Contemporary Performance Theory||3|
|THEA 5308||Dramatic Theory and Criticism||3|
|THEA 5310||Seminar in Classical Drama||3|
|THEA 5311||Directing Modern Plays||3|
|THEA 5312||Directing Classical Plays||3|
|THEA 5313||Production Design||3|
|THEA 5315||Seminar in Modern Drama||3|
|THEA 5335||Director's Workshop||3|
|THEA 5351||Theatre Scholarship and Research Methods||3|
|THEA 5375||Actor-Director Collaboration||3|
|THEA 5398||Thesis Production and Research||3|
In addition to the directing projects generated in required courses, each M.F.A. student is responsible for directing and designing a full-length play during the summer following his or her first year of residency. This project serves as a qualifying exam for entry into the second year of study. During the second year, each student must satisfactorily serve as Assistant Director for a production in the regular season of Baylor University Theatre. As part of the thesis project, each third-year M.F.A. student will direct a full-length play as part of the regular season of Baylor University Theatre.
A written comprehensive examination is administered to M.F.A. students at the end of the second year. The examination will be reviewed by a committee of faculty. The student must pass the comprehensive examination before being eligible to register for thesis hours.
M.F.A. students must direct a full-length play as part of the regular season of Baylor University Theatre and write a rigorous academic thesis on the play and production. Each student must pass an oral defense of the thesis to graduate from the program.