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Theatre - Directing and Music Direction

36 months
11880 USD/year
11880 USD/year
3444 USD/year
Tuition fee
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At the Theatre - Directing and Music Direction MFA at The University of Montana, the training of the director is a process of developing a broad perspective of storytelling and dramatic action through the practice and study of production concept, collaboration with theatre artists, examination of criticism and performative theory, with an emphasis on developing your coherent individual aesthetic.


In the Theatre - Directing and Music Direction MFA program offered at The University of Montana, you will experience an intense first-year cohort experience with other MFA graduate students that will focus on techniques and principles in the service of communicating story and character through dramatic action and concept. You will create a short independent project in your first year of study and then direct or music direct a fully-realized production in each of the ensuing two years of residency.


  • Actor
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Lighting technician
  • Stage manager
  • Set designer

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theatre Design
  • Stagecraft: Lighting/Costumes
  • Theatre Production: Run Crew
  • Acting
  • Dramatic Literature
  • Theatre History

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Prior to applying for the MFA in Directing/Music Direction only: send an email to expressing interest in applying.
  • Complete the Online Application ( As part of this process, applicants must do the following:
  • Self-report all colleges and universities attended (including grade point average).
  • Have three current letters of recommendation uploaded by recommender.
  • Upload a letter of intent clearly stating goals, objectives, and specialty.
  • Upload resume.
  • Pay the application fee.
  • Statement of Directing Philosophy and two filmed items:

-One movement from musical theatre repertoire without vocals, from a musical written between 1940 and 1960. Example: an overture, entr’acte, or dance break

-One song, accompanying a singer, from a standard (non-rock) musical.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    11880 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5940 USD per semester during 36 months.
  • National

    11880 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5940 USD per semester during 36 months.
  • In-State

    3444 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1722 USD per semester during 36 months.

Living costs for Missoula

1000 - 2071 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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