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IMPORTANT: Application Information and Requirements for the Fall 2017 application period will be updated early to mid-October. Please check this page at that time for the updated information.

We are seeking bold, adventurous MFA students eager to collaborate in an innovative interdisciplinary acting curriculum for the theater of the future. There are six key elements of the new First Year Interdisciplinary MFA Program in Acting:

  • The interdisciplinary study of acting for Theater, Film, Television and Digital Media: Of the eight quarters of acting classes, at least three quarters (one year) will focus on acting for the camera, microphone and motion capture.
  • An emphasis on time-honored Theater conservatory courses of voice, speech and movement.
  • The promotion of the collaborative ensemble: In their first quarter of the new MFA programs in Acting, Directing and Playwriting, students of all three programs will collectively study acting, voice, movement, directing, and playwriting. In subsequent quarters, students will be frequently reassembled in collaborative teams to create group projects. Actors will be encouraged to form their own theater and film ensembles where they can share ideas and participate in collaborative production.
  • The study of Film and Theater History drawn from the extraordinary resources of the UCLA Film and Television Archive and the Theater Special Collections.
  • The “actor-producer”: Actors will learn to “capture” their collaborations not only on the stage, but also on film and with other contemporary technologies. For this reason, the new MFA Acting Program will offer ancillary courses in basic computer technologies (such as video and sound editing). Actors will also be able to take courses in producing and theater business in order to learn how to develop their own projects.
  • Central to the actor training is the participation in performance as part of the yearly UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television production season: Projects will include performances of classical and contemporary plays, film and television projects, and new student-generated work.

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Required Courses

  • 205ABC  Background of Theatrical Art
  • 420ABC  Advanced Acting I
  • 421ABC  Advanced Acting II
  • 422  Advanced Acting for Theater, Film and Television
  • 424ABC  Advanced Voice and Speech I
  • 424DEF  Advanced Voice and Speech II
  • 425ABC  Advanced Movement I
  • 425DEF  Advanced Movement II
  • C472  Production and Performance Laboratory
Degree Requirements

Students are required to enroll in a minimum of twelve units per quarter. Required courses will be scheduled to permit completion of the program within a three-year period. In addition to the successful completion of a minimum of 94 units or 23.5 courses, candidates for the degree must pass a comprehensive examination, including critical evaluation of production projects which culminate in a manner to show professional competence in the field.

A minimum of 82 units or 20.5 courses at the graduate level are required. A maximum of 12 undergraduate units may be counted toward the degree. A maximum of 12 units of 596 courses may be counted toward the degree.

The Master of Fine Arts degree is awarded on the basis of successful completion of the required courses and critical evaluation of student work. The Department expects consistent progress as well as attainment of professional skills. These and other factors will also influence the Department's allocation of production resources including the number, scale, and scheduling of projects and productions.

The Master of Fine Arts in Acting is a three year program taught by nationally recognized teachers of acting, voice, speech, movement, and dance, as well as professional directors in theater, film and television. The training combines classroom study with intensive studio training and is eclectic and not rooted in any one methodology or dogma. The goal of the training is to help each actor find the methods of working best suited to his or her individual talents and to give actors the opportunity to acquire the skills and techniques needed for working in all kinds of theater, all styles and genres of plays, and in front of the camera in television and film. Practical production experience is an integral part of the training during the entire three years; in the final year, students present an actor's showcase for the entertainment community in Los Angeles.

All Theater, Film and Television degree programs are full-time, daytime programs. The Theater graduate programs have daytime classes and evening production activities. The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television only accepts applicants for admittance for the Fall. The admissions information below is for Fall 2016.

The UCLA Department of Theater will be participating in the U/RTA Auditions and Interviews for students applying for Fall 2016.

APPLICATION POSTMARK DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2016

Please complete all of the following steps:

Step 1: Online

  • Complete the UCLA Graduate Division Online Application.
    • Indicate MFA as the degree, THEATER as the major, and ACTING as the area.
    • Submit the Application and Pay the Application Fee by January 15.
  • Upload UNOFFICIAL copies of all TRANSCRIPTS to the UCLA Graduate Division Online Application.
    • Include all Undergraduate and Graduate institutions attended.
    • NOTE: Community College transcripts are not necessary, as the coursework will be reflected on the undergraduate transcript.
  • Submit Three LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION.
    • Enter the Names and Emails of all recommenders into the UCLA Graduate Division Online Application.
    • NOTE: If needed, letters can be submitted by mail.

Step 2: Online & Mail

  • Upload and Mail the STATEMENT OF PURPOSE.
    • Compose a 1-2 page document giving the faculty a sense of who you are.
    • Please address the following: Why are you interested in the program? What life experiences have contributed to you applying to TFT? What do you hope to achieve by participating in the program? What are your professional goals and how do you plan to achieve them?
  • Upload and Mail a RESUME of training and experience in Theater or other related work.

Step 3: Mail

  • Mail an OFFICIAL copy of TRANSCRIPTS from all undergraduate institutions attended.
    • NOTE: Community College transcripts are not necessary, as the coursework will be reflected on the undergraduate transcript.
    • Please have transcripts sent to the address below or include them in sealed envelopes with the supplemental application packet.
  • If applicable, request that all TEST SCORES be sent directly to UCLA.
    • NOTE: THE GRE IS NOT REQUIRED FOR MFA APPLICANTS.

Step 4: Online & In Person

  • Complete the Online Graduate Theater Departmental Application.
    • SIGN UP for a Live Interview/Audition Appointment.
    • Print and Mail the generated PDF from this application.
  • Attend the Live Interview/Audition Appointment with Theater Faculty.
    • Prepare TWO monologues – one classical and one contemporary – each no more than one-and-a-half minutes.
    • Bring an 8 × 10 glossy HEADSHOT and RESUME to the interview/audition.
    • Interview/Auditions are scheduled online via the Graduate Theater Departmental Application.
    • NOTE: UCLA is participating in the U/RTA auditions in San Francisco on February 13 and February 14, 2016.
  • MFA Acting Audition Dates and Locations in 2016:
    • Los Angeles: January 23, 2016
    • New York: January 30, 2016
    • Chicago: February 7, 2016

MAILING ADDRESS:

Please SEND all applicable materials to:

Graduate Theater Admissions
UCLA Department of Theater
103 East Melnitz Hall, Box 951622
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1622

APPLICATION POSTMARK DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2016

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

English Proficiency: Any international applicant whose first language is not English must certify proficiency in English when applying to UCLA, and, if admitted, upon arrival. Such applicants must submit scores received on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as part of their application. The UCLA Code is 4837 and the Theater Code is 2403. Only test scores taken by the end of December 2015 will be accepted. For more information about this requirement, visit https://grad.ucla.edu/admissions/international-applicants/

Academic Records: Although the UCLA Graduate Division Application enables applicants to upload an unofficial copy of their academic records, all applicants are required to submit official records from each academic institution attended. For more information about this requirement, visit https://grad.ucla.edu/admissions/required-academic-records/. Proof of Funding for Visa: U.S. immigration law requires that international applicants, if admitted, show documented evidence that sufficient funds to cover all tuition, fees, transportation, and living expenses are available for the first year of their studies at UCLA. This must be proved before a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS2019) for a visa can be issued. For more information about this requirement, visit https://grad.ucla.edu/admissions/visa-procedures/

For U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents interested in receiving financial aid, note that the Fellowship Application and Financial Aid Application (FAFSA) deadline for UCLA is March 2, 2016. Applicants must complete the FAFSA by this date if they want to be eligible for all awards, work-study, and fellowships that UCLA offers. Please also check with the Financial Aid Office for available funding opportunities.

By the time of entrance, Theater Graduate Applicants Must:

  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • Satisfy the University of California’s Graduate Admission Requirements.
  • Complete equivalent to a 4 year US Bachelor’s Degree.

Please visit the FAQ page for additional questions, call 310-206-8441, or e-mail theatergrad@tft.ucla.edu. For audition questions, e-mail audition@tft.ucla.edu.

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For Current Students:

Theater Counselors: Barrett Korerat and Catherine Hernandez-Shibata

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