The M.F.A. program in playwriting is designed for those interested in playwriting as well as those who want an academic study of theatre with the playscript as the central foundation. This unique summer program, with its emphasis on both scholarly research and creative writing, will enable graduates of the program to: write and articulate clear, perceptive, and informed analyses of dramatic texts; produce dramatic works of the highest quality; pursue careers in such professions as dramatic writing, dramaturgy, literary management, and arts instruction. Hollins offers an intensive, supportive, and challenging atmosphere that encourages academic excellence, a spirit of independent inquiry, a free exchange of ideas, and a love of learning.
A total of sixty credits are required for the MFA in Playwriting. Candidates for the degree take courses in the following focus areas: Critical Analysis, Creative Writing Workshops, Advanced Writing Workshops, Playwright's Laboratory, and Thesis. Generally students will take a total of three courses each summer.
There is no language requirement for the MFA, but students are required to pass a final comprehensive exam.
New in summer 2014, Hollins offers a graduate level certificate in New Play Directing. Designed to provide instruction from leading theatre professionals along with practical experience in playmaking, this certificate program is offered for students who are not interested in obtaining a termingl degree. The goal of the program is to help directors of all experience levels learn the best practices for new play production and assist in the building of an impressive portfolio so that Hollins directors can become the strongest possible candidates for employment in professional, regional, or academic theatres. The certificate is offered concurrently with the MFA in Playwriting and can be obtained over the course of two summers.
In summer 2015 Hollins will offer a graduate level certificate in new play performance. The goal of this certificate is to help performers of all experience levels learn the best practices for new play production and assist in the building of an impressive portfolio so that Hollins performers can become the strongest possible candidates for employment in professional, regional, and academic theatres. Offered concurrently with the M.F.A. in Playwriting, the certificate is designed to be completed over the course of two six-week summer terms.
The programs' instructors include Hollins permanent faculty as well as visiting theatre professionals, established writers, and distinguished scholars from other institutions. All of our instructors work together to help students achieve their academic, professional, and artistic goals.
Students have the opportunity to actively participate in events that showcase their talent during their enrollment. Students also benefit from a regular program of visiting theatre professionals from around the world who give presentations, readings, lectures, and conduct writing exercises.
Hollins University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097).
International Student Requirements:
In addition to the application requirements for all students, international students who are not native speakers of the English language are required to submit the TOEFL test scores and the proficiency in English form. Additionally, all international students are required to submit the Certification of Finances form indicating their ability to pay tuition, fees, housing, and other expenses related to the program and their course of study.
Facts & Figures
Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid: Yes
# of Credits Required: 60
Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 798.00 USD
Classification: Baccalaureate College—Liberal Arts
Locale: Midsize Suburb
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