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Theatre and Film Studies, MFA

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #201 (ARWU) Athens, GA, United States
Graduate work is offered in the areas of history and theory of theatre and the dramatic arts for the PhD degree and in the creative and technical aspects of stage, film, TV, and digital media for the MFA degree. Facilities include four theatres, motion capture studio, digital video editing facilities, and an exceptional computer animation/ CAD laboratory. 


The Department of Theatre and Film Studies promotes the study of dramatic art across all cultures and in all its current media, including stage, film, computer animation, motion capture and interactive narrative. We offer two graduate degree programs: the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The MFA program is pre-professional in nature, offered with concentrations in acting; scenic, lighting, and costume design; and dramatic media. The PhD program emphasizes research in the history and theory of dramatic art.

The programme

The Mission of the UGA Department of Theatre and Film Studies is:

  • To develop leaders in theatre, film and new media practice and scholarship;
  • To create works of theatre, performance and media that educate our students, enrich the cultural life of our community, and sustain a regional and national reputation for excellence and innovation;
  • To conjoin tradition and experimentation, old technologies and new, theory and practice;
  • To lead in the exploration of new dramatic forms and new stage and media technologies;
  • To nurture socially engaged scholars, artists and audiences;
  • To build bridges between disciplines, both within and outside our department;
  • To foster a community of faculty and students that celebrates and reflects the diversity of world theatre, cinema and new media;
  • To provide opportunities for students and faculty to cultivate their individual talents and realize their unique visions.

The Theatre and Film Studies Department offers two Bachelor of Arts degrees — one in Theatre, the other in Film Studies; a Master of Fine Arts degree with three emphases — Acting, Design, and Dramatic Media; and a Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Performing Writing
  • Film and Theatre
  • Theatre Design
  • Theatre Directing
  • Refining Writing

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

  • Application for admission
  • Application-processing fee
  • Transcripts
  • Entrance test scores
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Certification of finances forms (international applicants)
  • Any supplemental material required by the department

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24692 USD/year
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    Based on the original amount of 24692 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    24692 USD/year
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  • In-State

    8704 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8704 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Athens

  • 720 - 1170 USD/month
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