Department: Theatre (http://theatre.ucf.edu/degree-tyamfa.php)
The MFA degree program in Theatre for Young Audiences at UCF is a highly selective, rigorous, three-year professional training program emphasizing both theatre theory and practice. The MFA degree, like our BFA degree, is rooted in the belief that classroom study and practical experience in the theatre are of equal and complementary value. The production program, therefore, is integrated into the curriculum because it is the principal means available for the coordination of all the elements of dramatic art. All possible ways are sought to use the production program effectively for the purpose of teaching and training.
The MFA at UCF is designed for students who demonstrate the artistic and intellectual capacity and evidence of professional promise to pursue careers in professional and academic theatre. Candidates, in addition to becoming highly trained theatre practitioners, must also demonstrate the ability to understand the conceptual basis of their art and to be able to articulate that understanding to others. Toward this end, the department will recruit and develop graduate students who can serve, along with faculty and staff, as role models for undergraduate students whose BFA programs of study are integrally connected and dependent. The Theatre for Young Audiences track works in close partnership with the Orlando Repertory Theatre, a professional theatre for family audiences.