The Brooklyn College Department of Theater offers the MFA degree in Acting, Directing, Design & Technical Theater, and Performing Arts Management, and the MA degree in Theater History & Criticism. The department also cooperates in offering a program in Performance & Interactive Media Arts (PIMA). These programs are designed to prepare graduate students to perform at a high level of professional competence, to take leadership roles, and to achieve distinction in their chosen fields.
The MA in Theater History & Criticism is designed to train scholars, teachers, and writers. Graduates of the MA Program go on to enroll in PhD programs, including at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, which accepts most credits earned at Brooklyn College, as well going on to work as theatre critics and, in professional theatres, as dramaturgs, publicity managers, and in various other capacities. Thirty credits are required for completion. With the proper prerequisites and departmental permission, students may also select courses in their specialized disciplines from any of the CUNY schools as well as The Graduate Center, with the permission of the instructor.
Students must demonstrate fluent English in their speech and writing. Non-native speakers of English must achieve at least a 600 on the TOEFL language exam.
Prospective students may call or email the Department of Theater for more information or contact the Program Heads directly. Contact info is available on the individualized program pages.
Internships, loans, scholarships, fellowships, and graduate assistantships are available by application to the Financial Aid Office and the Graduate Studies Office and are awarded to first- and second-year students based on need and achievement.
Departmental awards, including teaching fellowships, are also available by application after the student's first year of study.
In addition, the Point Foundation administers the Dr. Joan W. Fernandez Scholarship for lesbian MFA Directing students at Brooklyn College.
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HOW TO APPLY
The completed application (form, fee, current resume, personal statement, official undergraduate transcripts, two or three letters of recommendation depending on the program, and any program-specific materials) must be submitted directly to the Office of Admissions.
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