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Western Illinois University

12 months
13830 USD/year
13830 USD/year
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The Department of Theatre and Dance offers a program of graduate study leading to the Master of Fine Arts degree at Western Illinois University in the following areas of concentration: acting, directing, and design (costume, lighting, and scenic).


A professionally oriented, terminal degree, it is designed to be a transition between collegiate training and the professional theatre and related careers. The program at Western Illinois University integrates the theoretical with the practical by combining technical preparation and intellectual endeavor with intensive application in designing, directing, and performing in theatre productions in the academic year.

Why Theatre at Western Illinois University?

  • The graduate curriculum requirements offer both depth and breadth in areas of specialty and additional opportunities for electives in theatre and the arts.
  • Students receive intensive application in the dynamic production program and are mentored on auditions and portfolio preparation.
  • There is a strong program of Stage Combat at Western. Students can take numerous courses in combat and earn certification in armed and unarmed combat. We have one of the best theatre armories in the country.
  • Bard at the Barn showcases “unrehearsed Shakespeare” performance techniques in the fall and at other events during the year.
  • The department has gained national recognition for its students’ performance and presentations at the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival and the American College Dance Festival.
  • The department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Stage Combat: Unarmed 
  • Auditions 
  • Dialects 
  • Décor
  • Graduate Technical Theatre Practicum 
  • Analysis
  • Décor 
  • Rehearsal Techniques 
  • Independent Projects in Directing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • National students - rolling admission


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for admission to the School of Graduate Studies must hold a bachelor's degree from an institution that is accredited by the appropriate U.S. Department of Education regional institutional accrediting agency. 
  • Applicants usually apply for admission to a degree program simultaneously with admission to the School of Graduate Studies. 
  • If the applicant meets the minimum admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, a copy of the application materials is forwarded to the program of interest for consideration.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13830 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13830 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    13830 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13830 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Macomb

1100 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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