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Production Management, M.F.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #51 (BCR) Boston, MA, United States
Our Master of Fine Arts in Production Management program at Boston University provides developing theatre professionals with the opportunity to cultivate their artistic identities while refining and enhancing their craft.
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Our program seeks to:

  • Enhance artistic expression, communication, and production skills through hands-on, mentored production experience within a wide range of production opportunities and classroom instruction.
  • Explore creative collaborations with directors, actors, designers, and playwrights.
  • Create new forms of theatrical expression for the next generation.

MFA Production Management students at Boston University are being prepared for substantive careers as theatre artists. Training includes a rigorous curriculum, production opportunities, and collaboration with professionals through our Professional Theatre Initiative. Students are mentored by working professional faculty and advisors.

Financial aid is available to some students in the form of scholarships, living stipends, and teaching assistantships. Admission is highly selective, with the School of Theatre admitting one to three students each year into the Production Management program.

Curriculum Highlights

  • In-depth classroom instruction in artistic, practical, and skills applications of production for the art of theatre.
  • Production opportunities in multiple venues and multiple genres.
  • Preparation and execution of a thesis that represents the culminating of three years of study.
  • Opportunity to work on productions with companies through our Professional Theatre Initiative (PTI).
  • A “theatre management” option is available that joins the MFA Production Management curricula with a graduate certificate program in Arts Administration at Boston University’s Metropolitan College.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate management skills in: personnel, finances, scheduling, collaboration, and problem solving.
  • Demonstrate an open, collaborative leadership style that supports a rehearsal and production environment and encourages creative exploration.
  • Demonstrate best professional practices for the facilitation of the design and production process.
  • Demonstrate competency in each of the major areas of theatrical production: scenery, costumes, lighting, and sound.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in Production Management sufficient to successfully obtain a professional position in the performing arts field.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Matinee
  • Colloquium
  • Production
  • Master Class
  • Production Management Studio

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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General Requirements

  • Completed application for Graduate Admission to the College of Fine Arts.
  • Non-refundable application fee of $95.
  • Upload transcripts from all colleges and universities attended to your application. Please do not send transcripts to us.
  • Résumé.
  • Letter of Intent; the applicant should describe their career path and ambitions and why they wish to study at Boston University at this time. Letter of intent and résumé should be uploaded to application.
  • Completed Online Portfolio Submission ($10 fee).
  • Two Letters of Recommendation from theatre professionals. These may be submitted online using the supplied Letter of Recommendation Form.
  • All international students must submit an application and required accompanying documents

Tuition Fee

  • International

    27386 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27386 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    27386 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27386 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
    Living Costs

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