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Theater Arts (M.A.)

The Theater Arts program offers a Master of Arts degree. For detailed information about admission to Theater Arts, see 

http://theater.ucsc.edu/programs/graduateprogram.

Application requirements:

  • GRE scores are not required

  • Application materials needed include:

    • Résumé

    • Work sample

    • Writing sample

      • Please follow the prompts to submit work samples in the specific field you have selected:

        • Choreography: Submit links to short performance videos for which you were the primary creator of the work. Show a range of your skills in a 10-minute selection.

        • Design: Submit a link to your digital portfolio or website. We suggest around 20 images that show a range of style and training.

        • Directing: Submit links to short performance videos for which you were the primary creator of the work. Show a range of your skills in a 10-minute selection. Proposals for student-directed work in the upcoming Department Production Season must be submitted following the Student Production Proposal Procedures.

        • Performing/Acting: Submit links to short performance videos for which you are one of the primary performers (this can also be an audition tape). Show a range of your skills in a 10-minute selection.

        • Technical Theater: Submit a link to your digital portfolio or website. We suggest around 20 images that show a range of style and training.

        • Arts Management and Outreach: Submit a portfolio of arts management and outreach work, or a 2-page document that details your work in this field in more depth.

        • Dramaturgy: Submit a writing sample or dramaturgy casebook.

        • Performance Scholarship: Submit an 8-12 page writing sample of your scholarly work.

  • A Statement of  Purpose is required:

    • Please describe your plans for graduate study and for your future profession. Include information about your past experience and current projects that will help the selection committee evaluate your preparedness for graduate study and your promise as a professional. (Recommended length: 3-4 pages.) Please include your name in the footer of each page of your Statement of Purpose.

    • Please address the following subjects in your essay:

      • Our program requires a capstone thesis that can be project-based or scholarly in nature. Outline what your thesis project might be by indicating your chosen field of emphasis and what you hope to complete during your year with us. Potential thesis projects include: directing or choreography for Theater Arts productions, performance, design, technical theater, stage management, dramaturgy, arts management, arts outreach, and scholarship in performance-related topics. (Please note that we cannot support one-person shows as a thesis project.) Students who apply in relevant fields (such as directors, arts management, or arts outreach) may consider applying for Barnstorm management, and, if they receive that position, their thesis will be based on that experience. Below are some field-specific guidelines.

      • The UCSC MA program requires a professional internship of 150 hours in the summer. Describe to the committee the research you have begun into possibilities for this internship and what you hope to accomplish with it.

  • A Personal History Statement is not required

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