Graduate Degrees

The School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University offers graduate level training for students wishing to pursue specialized intensive study in Acting or Design and Technology.

The School's annual production season serves as an on-site laboratory for graduate students to develop and refine their technique and skills. Additionally, Porthouse Theatre, Kent State University's summer professional theatre, provides graduate students with the opportunity to work and learn in a professional producing theatre on site at Kent State.

The Acting and Design and Technology graduate programs allows students to pursue in-depth training in their specific concentration in preparation for a career in the performing arts. Prospective students interested in the Acting program may choose between the traditional MFA Acting program or the MFA Acting program for Returning Professionals. Students applying to the MFA program in Design and Technology may choose to concentrate their studies in the areas of Costume Design, Lighting Design, Scenic Design or Theatre Technology.

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Students perform in "You Can't Take It With You"

Master of fine arts in Acting

The Master of Fine Arts in Acting program provides students with intensive training in acting and is designed to create dedicated artists who are masters of their craft. Studio work in acting, voice and movement is central to the curriculum. The Kent State MFA Actor is prepared physically, vocally, emotionally, and intellectually to work in the profession.

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Graduate Student performs in "Side Show"

Master of Fine Arts in Acting for Returning Professionals

The School of Theatre and Dance offers a Master of Fine Arts program in Acting for Returning Professionals wishing to return to the classroom to enrich and expand their understanding of theatre. In addition to providing focused learning opportunities within the area of acting, returning professionals are also able to explore other options for careers within the profession. 

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Sound design student works in Stump Theatre

Master of Fine Arts in Design and Technology

The Master of Fine Arts program in Design and Technology is crafted for students to engage in in-depth study of costume design, lighting design, scenic design, or theatre technology. Students pursuing the graduate Design and Technology program study a core group of courses and concentrate the remaining curriculum in their chosen area of specialization. 

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