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Graduate Studies Calendar 2014-2015 Program Descriptions Drama DRAM
Drama - DRAM
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Location: Craigie Hall D 100
Program number: 403.220.5313
Fax: 403.292.6925
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1. Degrees and Specializations Offered

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) (thesis-based)
Students will generally be accepted and registered on a full-time basis. Part-time registration will be considered on an individual basis.


  • Directing
  • Design/Technical
  • Playwriting
  • Theatre Studies
2. Admission Requirements

In addition to Faculties of Graduate Studies and Arts requirements, Drama requires:

a) A baccalaureate degree that has clearly included a major emphasis in the study of drama with study at the undergraduate level in the proposed area of specialization. Deficiencies of background may be corrected during a year of study as a qualifying student.

b) A written application including a biographical outline of the applicant’s studies and experience in theatre and a statement of intent outlining proposed projects in Drama. When the applicant intends to study in the Design/Technical specialization, a portfolio of drawings and design work is required. Applicants to the Playwriting specialization must submit a portfolio of original creative writing. Applicants to the Theatre Studies specialization must submit samples of their written work. Directing applicants must submit a selected portfolio that might include reviews, photographs and/or video clips of productions directed.

c) Two letters of reference.

3. Application Deadline

The deadline for the submission of complete applications is January 15 for September admission. In exceptional circumstances, at the discretion of the Graduate Committee, January admission may be possible. Inquiries should be addressed to the Graduate Director and all admission materials submitted to Drama by October 15 for consideration.

4. Advanced Credit

The applicant must make advanced credit requests as part of the admission process. Credit will not be given for course work taken as part of another completed degree/diploma or for courses taken to bring the grade point average to a required level for admission.

5. Program/Course Requirements

In addition to Faculties of Graduate Studies and Arts requirements, Drama also specifies the following requirements:

All candidates must take a minimum of four full graduate courses, including Drama 605. All candidates must complete a thesis.

Courses required for specific specializations are described below:

a) Directing candidates must enrol in Drama 610, 647 and 649 in the first year.

b) Design/Technical candidates must enrol in at least four of the decimalized series that includes Drama 623, 625, 627 and 629. Candidates must complete, to the satisfaction of an examining committee, a portfolio and an oral review relating to their design work at the completion of the first three full courses. Details concerning the portfolio and procedures to be followed in case of failure are on file in the Drama office.

c) Playwriting candidates must enrol in Drama 671 and 673 in the first year. Drama 647 and 649 are also required courses.

d) Theatre Studies candidates must enrol in Drama 647 and 649 in the first year.

6. Additional Requirements

a) For Directing candidates, the thesis will consist of the direction of a full-length play and a supporting paper that reflects critically on the production and on the process of its creation.

b) For Design/Technical candidates, the thesis will consist of the design of a full-length production in two of the following areas: scene design, costume design, light design, sound design. Technical Direction may serve as one of the areas. Pictorial material and a supporting paper that reflects critically upon the production and the process of its creation are also required.

c) For Playwriting candidates, the thesis will consist of a full-length play and a supporting paper that reflects critically on the play and the process of its creation.

d) For Theatre Studies candidates, the thesis will be a substantial scholarly research paper that may be in some cases informed by a creative performance project.

7. Credit for Undergraduate Courses

Drama may give credit for undergraduate courses at the 500 level at the discretion of the supervisor and graduate committee. No more than half of a student’s program may be done at the undergraduate level.

8. Time Limit

The Master of Fine Arts degree must be completed within four years.

9. Supervisory Assignments

The graduate committee assigns a supervisor after discussion with the student.

10. Required Examinations

Final thesis oral examinations are open.

11. Research Proposal Requirements

Research proposals are formulated by the student in consultation with the supervisor and approved by the graduate committee. The committee will follow the University’s policies on ethical conduct in research in its review of proposals.

12. Special Registration Information


13. Financial Assistance

Financial assistance may be available to qualified students. For information on awards, see the Awards and Financial Assistance section of the Graduate Calendar. Students applying for scholarships must submit their applications to Drama by February 1.

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