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Theater - Directing, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #301 (WUR) Philadelphia, PA, United States
Develop skills as an artistic leader and creative communicator with the Master of Fine Arts in Theater - Directing in Temple University’s School of Theater, Film and Media Arts.


Program Overview

The goal of the Theater - Directing three-year, 60-credit theater program at Temple University is to train students to become master storytellers. Collaborate with actors, production teams and writers to deliver a unified, compelling theatrical event. The program is primarily designed to prepare graduates for careers in theater.

Culminating in the Thesis Production, the student's fully supported mainstage event, the Theater-Directing MFA curriculum includes:

  • acting and movement,
  • dramaturgy and
  • visual history.

Full-time Theater Department faculty—award-winning professionals who have led some of the most successful productions in American theater—are available to mentor students individually. Students can also take advantage of Temple's affiliations with numerous professional theaters, and explore internships with:

  • Arden Theatre Company,
  • The Lantern Theater Company,
  • Philadelphia Film Center,
  • Philadelphia Theatre Company,
  • Wilma Theater and others.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Scene Analysis for Writers and Directors
  • Acting I (graduate level)
  • Vocal Production for the Actor II
  • Directing Practicum II (six terms)
  • Dramaturgy
  • Seminar in Dramatic Literature
  • Visual History I
  • Visual History II
  • Costume Design II
  • Hist Mod Scenic Design
  • Dance for the Actor VI (LeCoq Technique)
  • Project in Acting
  • Projects in Directing II (six terms)
  • Seminar in Lighting I
  • Projects in Playwriting
  • Thesis

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

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Research your graduate degree program
  • Complete online application
  • Submit your supporting credentials (Statement of Goals, Transcripts, Standardized Test Scores, Letters of Recommendation, Résumé, Portfolio, Audition or Interview)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A baccalaureate degree is required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1406 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1406 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    1406 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1406 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • In-State

    1051 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1051 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Philadelphia

  • 1313 - 2290 USD/month
    Living Costs

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