We develop scholar-artists engaged with performance in theatres, media, and the world. This research degree encourages the integration of scholarship with the practice of dramatic art. Graduates teach at colleges across the US and abroad.

Degree Type: Doctoral

Degree Program Code: PHD_THEA

Degree Program Summary:

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 PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies is a scholarly, research degree that encourages the interaction of scholarly work with the practice of dramatic art. As such, the program admits students who have both a strong creative background and the ability to research, analyze and write. The PhD requires a full prior commitment to the pursuit of research and scholarly writing.

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.

Degree Awarded: PhD

Degree Code: PHD_THEA

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).

Locations Offered:

Athens (Main Campus)

College / School:

Franklin College of Arts & Sciences

346 Brooks Hall
Athens, GA 30602



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