Theatre and Film Studies (MFA)

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. Extensive library facilities and cooperative research arrangements with cognate departments are available.

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 MFA concentration in Acting prepares students to be artists, entrepreneurs, and teachers in theatre, film, and media. Building on a performer’s core strengths, the program cultivates the artist’s individual voice with intensive studies in acting, voice, and movement that includes training by faculty specialists in Stanislavski, Meisner, Michael Chekhov, Alexander, Linklater, LeCoq, and Laban.

The MFA concentration in Design allows students to focus on costume, scene or lighting design. While the primary focus is on designing for stage, students also learn to apply the same design principles to a wide range of media, including film, television, computer animation, video games and interactive installations.

The MFA concentration in Dramatic Media focuses on three distinct but interconnected areas: 3D computer animation; interactive media; and the integration of interactive media into live performance. This unique program of study provides students with the skills and vision to become leaders in the rapidly growing and expanding digital media industry.

Facilities include four theatres, motion capture studio, digital video editing facilities, and an exceptional computer animation/ CAD laboratory. Extensive library facilities and cooperative research arrangements with cognate departments are available.

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

  • Prepare students to become leaders in theatre, film and digital media practice and scholarship;
  • Attract, support and develop faculty who produce nationally and internationally recognized scholarship and creative activity;
  • Create works of theatre, performance and media that educate our students and enrich the cultural life of our community while sustaining a regional, national, and international reputation for excellence and innovation;
  • Explore dramatic forms and emerging stage and media technologies, combining tradition and experimentation, theory and practice;
  • Develop socially engaged and globally aware scholars, artists and audiences;
  • Promote interdisciplinary collaboration in research and practice, within as well asoutside our department and university and globally;
    Foster a community of faculty and students that celebrates and reflects the diversity of world theatre, cinema and digital media;
  • Provide opportunities for students and faculty to cultivate their individual talents and realize their unique visions.

Degree Programs:

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. The graduate and undergraduate programs of the Department are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

Old College
Athens, GA 30602-1732
706-542-3400
Theatre and Film Studies
Fine Arts Building
Athens, GA 30602-3154
Marla Carlson
706-542-2093