Theatre Acting, Design/Tech
The Master of Fine Arts in Acting is an intensive three-year course of study. The program accepts a limited number of students, (six to eight), every three years. We believe that this fosters a learning process conducive to the formation of an ensemble. The small class size also guarantees the highest level of individual attention.
The first two years provide a foundation of classical conservatory training. The third year requires each student to articulate a professional vision and to participate in creative work advancing that vision. Possibilities include, teaching apprenticeships and the creation of original performance works. Throughout their study, students complement the studio and classroom work with performance on the main-stage. Our graduate students form the core of our casting pool and our choice of shows reflects our commitment to their experience and growth.
We will be recruiting our next class in the fall of 2008 for a fall 2009 commencement of studies. The faculty is committed to providing training in both classical and contemporary literature. We are also adding class work in Film and Musical Theatre acting techniques. We are currently examining our curriculum to ensure that we are serving the needs of the serious acting student seeking a career in professional theatre and film. Finding a balance between fulfilling assistantship requirements and class and performance obligations requires a seriousness of purpose and concentration that test the most dedicated of students. We believe that we offer a unique, challenging and exciting learning experience.
The Division of Art and Design is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the only nationally recognized accrediting agency for professional art instruction. Applicants for graduate studies must comply with the standards for admission set by West Virginia University, the College of Creative Arts, and the Division of Art and Design.