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Last Updated 2012-05-15

Theatre MFA



Together, the Graduate Student Handbook and your graduate program handbook should serve as your main guide throughout your graduate career. The Graduate Student Handbook includes university information, policies, requirements and guidance for all graduate students. Your program handbook describes the details about graduate study and requirements in your specific program. While both of these handbooks are wonderful resources, know that you are always welcome to talk with faculty and staff in your program and in the Graduate College.

The central activities and missions of a university rest upon the fundamental assumption that all members of the university community conduct themselves in accordance with a strict adherence to academic and scholarly integrity. As a graduate student and member of the university community, you are expected to display the highest standards of academic and personal integrity.

Here are some resources to help you better understand your responsibilities:

Introduction

Master of Fine Arts - The MFA program in Theatre seeks to develop theatre artists of the highest quality by providing a select number of graduate students with the training, education, and experiences necessary for the successful pursuit of professional careers in the Arts and Entertainment Industry.

  • The MFA in Acting is a highly selective, rigorous professional training program emphasizing both practical training and research.  The curriculum is rooted in the fact that classroom study and practical experience in the theatre are of equal and complementary value.The required residency/internship component in the third year of the program will integrate the UCF conservatory training and academic study within a well-established professional theatre company.
  • The MFA in Theatre for Young Audiences is a highly selective, rigorous professional training program emphasizing both theatre for youth training and practice.  The TYA curriculum is rooted in the fact that classroom study and practical experience in the theatre are of equal and complementary value. The production and education programs at The Orlando Repertory Theatre are integrated into the curriculum. The required residency/internship component in the third year of the program will integrate the UCF conservatory training and academic study within a well-established professional theatre company.

Departmental Structure – UCF Conservatory Theatre

The Chair/Artistic Director of the Department of Theatre is responsible for the administration and coordination of curricular and production aspects of the program. Final decisions concerning both academics and productions must be approved by the Chair in conjunction with the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities. 

The Associate Chair, the Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies, the Coordinator of Graduate Studies, and the Area Coordinators report to the Chair and assist in the overall administration of all academic programs.

Students experiencing any problems or difficulties should first express their concerns to their immediate supervisors, advisors, or Area Coordinators before bringing them directly to the attention of the Chair.  If your supervisor, advisor, or coordinator is unable to assist you, or you are dissatisfied with their consultation, please do not hesitate to make an appointment with the Chair.

Advising and Mentoring

Advising and mentoring are two very important elements in a graduate student’s career, and it is essential that the graduate student seek appropriate guidance through advising and mentoring as they begin the program. 

Your primary advisor is the Graduate Program Coordinator. The Graduate Program Coordinator provides guidance on overall academic requirements, program and university policies and procedures.  In addition, the Graduate Area Coordinators can provide guidance and assistance on track specific issues and questions.

Your Area Coordinator serves as an additional advisor and mentor in providing information on your specific track, as well as professional guidance in internship decisions, career development, and thesis development.

Your thesis advisor also serves as a mentor providing academic guidance on thesis requirements, implementation, and defense.  For further information please see section on Thesis Guidelines. 

It is the student's responsibility to keep informed of all rules, regulations, and procedures required for graduate studies. Graduate program regulations will not be waived or exceptions granted because students plead ignorance of the regulations or claim failure of any adviser to keep them informed.

At the discretion of the Theatre MA/MFA program director, the department may enroll the student in independent course work (particularly those occurring outside of the state) without the student’s expressed consent. It is the student’s responsibility to check their schedule every term to make sure the courses are accurate. If the student believes s/he was enrolled incorrectly by the department, it is the student’s responsibility to notify the department immediately.

Additional Degree Requirements

  • Fifty percent of the program’s requirements should be at the 6000 level
  • Students must maintain a minimum “B” (3.00) overall Theatre grade point average to continue in the major.
  • Theatre courses with grades of less than "C" will not be counted toward degree requirements.
  • Continuation in the MFA program requires a positive annual evaluation from the graduate faculty.
  • All graduate students must consult with a departmental advisor.
  • All MFA Acting majors are required to audition for all fall and spring productions and must accept the roles assigned.
  • All MFA students must successfully complete a professional internship accompanied by written assessments.
  • All MFA students must successfully complete a thesis project (thesis proposal must be approved in advance). The thesis is the culminating experience for the MFA Program.

Curriculum


Track Curriculum: Acting MFA

The Acting track of the Theatre MFA program requires 47 credit hours of core and specialization courses that follow a suggested yearly schedule in addition to a thesis and an internship. The electives can be chosen (with instructor approval) from existing courses in the MFA tracks in Acting, Musical Theatre, Design, and Theatre for Young Audiences. Because allowed electives are both two- and three-credit-hour courses, the course of study shows a sliding number of credits for electives. Consequently, although the 61 credit hours are required, a student may graduate with as many as 65 credit hours.

Students must maintain a minimum “B” (3.0) overall Theatre grade point average to continue in the major. Theatre courses with grades of less than "C" will not be counted toward degree requirements. All Acting program students are required to audition for all fall and spring productions and must accept the roles assigned. A student’s continuation in the program is contingent upon a positive annual evaluation. Students must successfully complete internship and thesis requirements. The thesis proposal must be approved in advance.

Of the 61 hours required for the Acting track, the following courses constitute the MFA Graduate Core Curriculum. See the Course Schedule below for an understanding of how the curricular elements are articulated.

Required Courses—47 Credit Hours

Core—6 Credit Hours

  • THE 5910 Research Methods in Theatre (3 credit hours)
  • TPP 5087C Theatre Careers in Performance (3 credit hours)

Specialization—41 Credit Hours

Shown below is the suggested course schedule.

Elective Courses

  • TPP 6808 Independent Study (1 credit hour)
  • TPP 6686 Playwriting for Young Audiences (3 credit hours)
  • TPP 5246C Circus Arts (2 credit hours)
  • TPA 5885C Puppetry (2 credit hours)
  • TPP 5125C Improvisation Studio (2 credit hours)
  • TPP 5248C Storytelling as a Theatrical Art Form (2 credit hours)
  • TPA 6406C Theatre Management (3 credit hours)

Thesis—6 Credits

  • THE 6971 Thesis (6 credit hours)

Internship—8 Credit Hours Minimum

  • THE 6948 Professional Internship

Course Schedule

YEAR 1

Fall—11 Credit Hours
  • TPP 5156C Acting Studio I (3 credit hours)
  • TPP 5515 Movement Studio I (2 credit hours)
  • TPP 5715C Stage Voice I (2 credit hours)
  • THE 5910 Research Methods in Theatre (3 credit hours)
  • TPP 5278C Musical Theatre Lab (1 credit hour)
Spring—10 Credit Hours
  • TPP 5157C Acting Studio II (3 credit hours)
  • TPP 5516C Movement Studio II (2 credit hours)
  • TPP 5716C Stage Voice II (2 credit hours)
  • THE 5307 Contemporary Theatre Practice (3 credit hours)

YEAR 2

Fall—10 Credit Hours
  • TPP 6146C Acting Studio III (3 credit hours)
  • TPP 6517 Movement Studio III (2 credit hours)
  • TPP 6717C Stage Voice III (2 credit hours)
  • THE 6507 Dramatic Theory and Criticism (3 credit hours)
Spring—12 Credit Hours
  • TPP 5087C Theatre Careers in Performance (3 credit hours)
  • TPP 6518C Movement Studio IV (2 credit hours)
  • TPP 6718C Stage Voice IV (2 credit hours)
  • TPP 6267 Acting Studio IV: TV/Film (2 credit hours)
  • THE 5205 American Theatre (3 credit hours)

YEAR 3

Fall—9 Credit Hours
  • THE 6948 Professional Internship (4 credit hours)
  • THE 6971 Thesis (3 credit hours)
  • TPP 6186C Advanced Scene Study or Elective (2 credit hours)
Spring—9 Credit Hours
  • THE 6948 Professional Internship (4 credit hours)
  • THE 6971 Thesis (3 credit hours)
  • TPP 6933 Acting Studio V (2 credit hours)

Students who do not hold a master’s degree can usually transfer up to nine semester hours into this program. Ordinarily, students holding completed MS or MA degrees will not be admitted into the MFA program. Each case will be evaluated on an individual basis. Final acceptance and number of credits to be transferred will be determined by a graduate faculty committee. A minimum of 51 credits must be taken at the University of Central Florida. A student without an earned master’s degree must complete a residency requirement of at least five semesters with at least four of them being full-time, consecutive semesters. Summer session may be counted toward the four consecutive semesters.


Track Curriculum: Theatre for Young Audiences MFA

The Theatre for Young Audiences track of the Theatre MFA program requires  6 credit hours of core courses and 26 credit hours of specialization courses to be completed following a yearly schedule in addition to a thesis and an internship. The electives can be chosen (with instructor approval) from existing courses in the MFA tracks in Acting and Theatre for Young Audiences. Because allowed electives are both two- and three-credit-hour courses, the course of study shows a sliding number of credits for electives. Consequently, although 61 credit hours are required, a student may graduate with as many as 65 credit hours. Students earning the degree are expected to demonstrate proficiency in their area of specialization.

Required Courses—32 Credit Hours

Core—6 Credit Hours

  • THE 5910 Research Methods in Theatre (3 credit hours)
  • THE 6086C Careers in Professional Theatre (3 credit hours)

Specialization—26 Credit Hours

  • THE 6756 Methods of Teaching Drama (3 credit hours)
  • THE 5385 Dramatic Literature for Children (3 credit hours)
  • TPA 5081C Design Concepts for Youth Theatre (3 credit hours)
  • TPP 5386C Directing for Young Audiences (3 credit hours)
  • THE 6726 Advanced TYA Seminar (3 credit hours)
  • TPP 5289C Acting Methodologies (2 credit hours)
  • THE 6507 Dramatic Theory and Criticism (3 credit hours)
  • TPP 6216C Theatre for Young Audiences Tour (3 credit hours)
  • TPP 6247 Theatre for Social Change (3 credit hours) 

Elective Courses—11 Credit Hours

  • TPP 6686 Playwriting for Young Audiences (3 credit hours)
  • TPP 5246C Circus Arts (2 credit hours)
  • TPA 5885C Puppetry (2 credit hours)
  • TPP 5125C Improvisation Studio (2 credit hours)
  • TPP 5248C Storytelling as a Theatrical Art Form (2 credit hours)
  • TPA 6406C Theatre Management (3 credit hours)
  • TPP 5935C Contemporary Practices in Youth Theatre (2 credits)

Thesis—6 Credit Hours

  • THE 6971 Thesis (6 credit hours)

Internship—6-12 Credit Hours

  • THE 6948 Professional Internship (6-12 credit hours)

The internship must be a minimum of 6 credits with the option of taking up to 12 credits. If students decide to only take the minimum 6 internship credits, the remaining 6 credits must be taken in the electives area.

Students must maintain a minimum “B” (3.0) overall Theatre grade point average to continue in the major. Theatre courses with grades of less than "C" will not be counted toward degree requirements. A student’s continuation in the program is contingent upon a positive annual evaluation. Students must successfully complete an internship, present a written journal documenting their experience and a thesis project. The thesis proposal must be approved in advance. 

Examination

A comprehensive departmental Theatre exam is administered to the MFA students in the Theatre for Young Audiences Track at the end of their course work. The department allows two attempts at a comprehensive exam.

Transfer and Residency

Students who do not hold a master’s degree can usually transfer up to nine semester hours into this program. Ordinarily, students holding completed MS or MA degrees will not be admitted into the MFA program. Each case will be evaluated on an individual basis. Final acceptance and number of credits to be transferred will be determined by a graduate faculty committee. A minimum of 51 credits must be taken at the University of Central Florida. A student without an earned master’s degree must complete a residency requirement of at least five semesters with at least four of them being full-time, consecutive semesters. Summer session may be counted toward the four consecutive semesters.


Timeline for Completion

Acting Track / Degree Plan of Study

1st Year of Graduate Training

FallSpringSummer
  • Research Methods (3 hours)
  • Acting Studio I (3 hours)
  • Movement Studio I (2 hours)
  • Stage Voice I (2 hours)
  • Contemporary Theatre Practice (3 hours)
  • Acting Studio II (3 hours)
  • Movement Studio II (3 hours)
  • Stage Voice II (2 hours)
  • Optional Semester
Semester Total: 10 credit hoursSemester Total: 10 credit hoursSemester Total:

2nd Year of Graduate Training

FallSpringSummer
  • Drama Theory and Criticism (3 hours)
  • Acting Studio III (3 hours)
  • Movement Studio III (2 hours)
  • Stage Voice (2 hours)
  • American Theatre (3 hours)
  • Music Theatre Lab (1 hour)
  • Acting Studio V (3 hours)
  • Movement Studio IV (2 hours)
  • Stage Voice (2 hours)
  • Optional Semester
Semester Total: 10 credit hoursSemester Total: 11 credit hours Semester Total:

3rd Year of Graduate Training

FallSpringSummer
  • Advanced Scene Study (when offered) or Elective** (3 hours)
  • Internship (Residency) (4 hours)
  • Thesis (3 hours)
  • Careers Professional Theatre (3 hours)
  • Internship (Residency) (4 hours)
  • Thesis (3 hours)
  • Optional Semester
Semester Total: 10 credit hoursSemester Total: 10 credit hoursSemester Total:
**Electives - POSSIBLE SUBSTITUTIONS FOR ACTING STUDIO V
  • Independent Study (1 hours)
  • Circus Arts (2 hours)
  • Storytelling (2 hours)
  • Puppetry (2 hours)
  • Improvisation Studio (2 hours)
  • Theatre Management (3 hours)

Theatre for Young Audiences Track / Degree Plan of Study

1st Year of Graduate Training

FallSpringSummer
  • Research Methods (3 hours)
  • Methods of Teaching Drama (3 hours)
  • Choice (3 - 5 hours)
    • Theatre Management (3 hours)
    • Playwriting (3 hours)
    • Improvisation Studio (2 hours)
  • Theatre for Social Change (3 hours)
  • TYA Tour (3 hours)
  • Choice (4 hours)
    • Cont. Youth Theatre (2 hours)
    • Circus Acts (2 hours
    • Storytelling (2 hours)
  • Optional Semester
Semester Total: 9 -11 credit hoursSemester Total: 10 credit hoursSemester Total:

2nd Year of Graduate Training

FallSpringSummer
  • Dramatic Theory/Criticism (3 hours)
  • Acting Methodologies (2 hours)
  • Dramatic Lit (3 hours)
  • Careers Professional Theatre (3 hours)
  • Directing (3 hours)
  • Design (3 hours)
  • Adv. TYA Seminar (3 hours)
  • Choice
    • Contemporary Practices (2 hours)
    • Puppetry (2 hours)
  • Optional Semester
Semester Total: 11 credit hoursSemester Total: 7 -9 credit hoursSemester Total:

3rd Year of Graduate Training

FallSpringSummer
  • Residency** or Electives (6 hours)
  • Thesis (3 - 5 hours)
  • Residency** or Electives (6 hours)
  • Thesis (1 - 3 hours)
  • Optional Semester
Semester Total: 9 -11 credit hoursSemester Total: 7 - 9 Credit HoursSemester Total:

Examination Requirements

Comprehensive Examination

A comprehensive departmental theatre exam is administered to MFA TYA majors at the end of their course work. The department allows two attempts at a comprehensive exam.

Thesis Requirements

The thesis project is the culminating or comprehensive experience of all academic and production work in the course of study in the Department of Theatre at the University of Central Florida.

University Thesis Requirements

The College of Graduate Studies Thesis and Dissertation page contains information on the university’s requirements for dissertation formatting, format review, defenses, final submission, and more. A step-by-step completion guide is also available at Completing Your Thesis or Dissertation.

All university deadlines are listed in the Academic Calendar. Your program or college may have other earlier deadlines; please check with your program and college staff for additional deadlines.

The following requirements must be met by dissertation students in their final term:

  • Submit a properly formatted file for initial format review by the format review deadline
  • Submit the Thesis and Dissertation Release Option form well before the defense
  • Defend by the defense deadline
  • Receive format approval (if not granted upon initial review)
  • Submit signed approval form by final submission deadline
  • Submit final dissertation document by final submission deadline

Students must format their dissertation according to the standards outlined at Formatting the ETD. Formatting questions or issues can be submitted to the Format Help page in the Thesis and Dissertation Services site. Format reviews and final submission must be completed in the Thesis and Dissertation Services site. The Dissertation Approval Form is also available in the Thesis and Dissertation Services site.

The College of Graduate Studies offers several thesis and dissertation Workshops each term. Students are highly encouraged to attend these workshops early in the dissertation process to fully understand the above policies and procedures.

The College of Graduate Studies thesis and dissertation office is best reached by email at editor@ucf.edu.

Thesis Committee

A master’s student’s thesis committee must consist of at least three members and be approved by the College of Graduate Studies. Of the three members, two of these must be qualified faculty members in your program, one of whom must serve as the chair of the committee. To identify qualified graduate faculty members, please see the Graduate Faculty Listing provided by the College of Graduate Studies.

Once the committee’s chair has been determined, the student will propose other thesis committee members in consultation and agreement with the committee chair. This committee will provide continual guidance for the student and become the principal mechanism for the evaluation of the student’s thesis  project.

UCF faculty members must form the majority of any given committee.  Committee membership must be approved by the College of Graduate Studies. All members must be in fields related to the Thesis topic. Qualifications of additional members must be equivalent to that expected of UCF faculty members.

The College of Graduate Studies reserves the right to review appointments to a Thesis Committee, place a representative on any Thesis Committee, or appoint a Co-Chair. A student may request a change in membership of the thesis committee.  All committee members vote on acceptance or rejection of the thesis project outline and the final thesis. The thesis project outline and final thesis must be approved by a majority of the committee.

For more details about the Thesis Committee, please refer to the UCF Graduate Catalog: www.students.graduate.ucf.edu> Policies > Master’s Program Policies > Thesis Requirements > Thesis Advisory Committee Composition

Thesis Enrollment

Prior to enrollment into THE 6971 Thesis, your thesis committee must be reviewed and approved by the College of Graduate Studies. At www.students.graduate.ucf.edu you will find this form.

The MFA student is required to complete six credit hours of thesis work prior to or concurrent with the defense of his/her thesis project. The MA student is required to complete nine credit hours of thesis work prior to or concurrent with the defense of his/her thesis project. Students are allowed to defend their thesis project when the thesis has been written and satisfies the committee. Thesis students engaging in thesis projects must be continuously enrolled in at least one hour of THE 6971 every semester, including summers, until they successfully defend and submit their thesis to the University Thesis Editor. This enrollment each semester reflects the expenditure of university resources, and is required even if more than the minimum number of hours is needed for completion of the thesis.  While one hour is the minimum enrollment, this does not constitute full time enrollment for tuition, financial aid, or employment purposes. For master's students pursuing a thesis option, full-time enrollment is defined as 3 hours per semester of thesis course work (THE 6971), after completion of all course work and until graduation.

Request for Thesis Project

For approval of a thesis project and a thesis committee, the student must complete  (with the help of the Graduate Program Coordinator) the “Thesis Advisory Committee Form.” The form includes the selection of the student’s committee (which the student will choose in consultation and agreement with the committee chair). Please also include the brief proposal abstract--the specific assignment request with brief justification of scope and appropriateness of the thesis project as well as its anticipated outcomes. 

If the student chooses a thesis project that is linked to a specific production, the student must initiate a thesis proposal process within a two-week period after notification of casting or any other production assignment.  Any student who uses human subjects during the course of his/her study (i.e. surveys, interviews, etc.) must gain IRB approval prior to beginning the study. For access to the IRB submission form and sample consent forms, please visit the Office of Research IRB website. You must include a copy of your human subjects’ permission letter as an appendix in your ETD, even if your study received exempt status.

Thesis Outline

Once the proposal abstract is approved, the student must submit a written outline, which describes preliminary research and analysis of the topic.  The thesis outline should also include a preliminary working bibliography, which presents the resources the student plans to use to guide him or her in the research process.  The student should work with the selected committee chair to tailor a plan for the specific project and discipline.  Students are strongly encouraged to keep in touch with their committee as they develop their thesis project.  The thesis outline should be submitted to the thesis committee for approval before beginning production work.  Deadlines for the thesis outline will be extended if necessary.

Written Thesis Document

After the approval of the thesis outline, the student will work primarily with the committee chair on the body of the document.  Once the document is in an appropriate form, the committee chair will have the student distribute a revised draft to each committee member for comments. Allow at least two weeks for each committee member to respond.  The student will then proceed to write the final draft of the document.  The final document is to be completed and submitted to the entire committee two weeks prior to the scheduled defense. The final document must be formatted in accordance with the MLA Handbook and the University of Central Florida Format requirements, which are available from the College of Graduate Studies at  www.students.graduate.ucf.edu/ETD. The university requires all students submitting a thesis as part of their graduate degree requirements to first submit their electronic document through Turnitin.com for advisement purposes and for review of originality. The thesis chair is responsible for scheduling this submission to Turnitin.com and for reviewing the results with the student's advisory committee (typically during the student's final semester). Please see the Thesis and Dissertation Policies page for comprehensive information about Originality and using Turnitin.com.

Thesis Project Defense

The thesis project defense, which is an oral defense of the entire thesis project, must be approved by a majority vote of the thesis committee. Defend your thesis or dissertation by the deadline. The Thesis Approval Form from the Thesis and Dissertation Services Site must be signed by the committee. Further approval is required from the Program Director, Dean or Dean designee and the College of Graduate Studies before final acceptance of the Thesis in fulfilling degree requirements. 

See the Completing Your Thesis or Dissertation page for details on completing your thesis requirements.

Project/Report Requirements

Residency/Internship must be a minimum of 6 credits with the option of taking up to 12 credits. (12 credits will be the norm as long as we send students out of Orlando for Third Year Residency, but taking additional courses instead of additional internship credits is an option.)

Graduate Research

Ethics in Research

Researchers in every discipline have a responsibility for ethical awareness as the status of the profession rests with each individual researcher. It is important to be honest and ethical in conducting research as well as in taking classes. The ethical collection and use of information includes, but is by no means limited to, the following: confidentiality, accuracy, relevance, self-responsibility, honesty, and awareness of conflict of interest.

The University of Arizona’s Code of Research Ethics provides our students with guidelines for responsible practice in research. This code of ethics can be found here:  facultygovernance.arizona.edu/sites/facgov/files/code-of-ethics-research.pdf 

Human Subjects

Human Subjects: Any student who uses human subjects during the course of his/her study (i.e. surveys, interviews, etc.) must gain IRB approval prior to beginning the study. For access to the IRB submission form and sample consent forms, please visit the Office of Research IRB website. You must include a copy of your human subjects’ permission letter as an appendix in your ETD, even if your study received exempt status.

Academic Behavior Standards 

University of Central Florida is committed to a policy of honesty in academic affairs. Examples of conduct for which students may be subject to academic and/or disciplinary penalties including expulsion are:

  • Cheating, whereby non-permissible written, visual, or oral assistance including that obtained from another student is utilized on examinations, course assignments, or projects. The unauthorized possession or use of examination or course related material may also constitute cheating.
  • Plagiarism, whereby another's work is deliberately used or appropriated without any indication of the source, thereby attempting to convey the impression that such work is the student's own. Any student failing to properly credit ideas or materials taken from another has plagiarized.
  • Unauthorized assistance: communication to another through written, visual, or oral means. The presentation of material which has not been studied or learned, but rather was obtained solely through someone else's efforts and used as part of an examination, course assignment or project. The unauthorized possession or use of examination or course related material may also constitute cheating.
  • Commercial Use of Academic Material: Selling notes, handouts, etc. without authorization or using them for any commercial purpose without the express written permission of the university and the Instructor is a violation of this rule.

NOTE: A student who has assisted another in any of the aforementioned breach of standards shall be considered equally culpable. In cases of cheating or plagiarism, the instructor may take appropriate academic action ranging from loss of credit for a specific assignment, examination, or project to removal from the course with a grade of "F." Additionally, the instructor may request disciplinary action through the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities as outlined in The Golden Rule.

Research/Creative Activities

MFA students are required to complete residency/internship.  For more specific information, please see your specific area coordinator.

Students are encouraged to present their research/creative projects at the Annual Graduate Research Forum, hosted by the UCF Graduate Studies and the Graduate Student Association. For more information about UCF Research Week, please visit  www.students.graduate.ucf.edu.

Students are encouraged to present at regional and national conferences such as SETC (South Eastern Theatre Conference), ATHE (Association for Theatre in Higher Education), KC/ACTF (Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival and USITT (United States Institute of Theatre Technology).

Students are encouraged to participate in the Graduate Student Association’s workshops on thesis and dissertation formatting, library research, and writing essentials.  For additional information about Graduate Student Association’s events, workshops, and opportunities, please visit: www.students.graduate.ucf.edu.

Graduate Presentation Fellowship

The Graduate Presentation Fellowship provides funding for UCF master's, specialist, and doctoral students to deliver a research paper or comparable creative activity at a professional meeting. Students must be the primary author and presenter. Students who receive travel awards from SGA may also be eligible for College of Graduate Studies awards.

Financial Support

Scholarships

For information on scholarships available to students in the Theatre program at UCF, visit the Scholarships webpage on the Theatre Department website.

International Students

Several types of employment are available to international students, including on-campus employment. For more information about the types of employment available to international students, and the requirements and restrictions based in visa-type, please see the International Services Center’s website: www.intl.ucf.edu > Current Students > Employment

Assistantships and Tuition Waivers

For complete information about university assistantship and tuition waivers, please see the UCF Graduate Catalogue: www.graduatecatalog.ucf.edu > Financial Information

To be employed and to maintain employment in a graduate position, the student must be:

  • In good academic standing
  • Enrolled full time

To be awarded and continue receipt of a tuition waiver, the student must be:

  • In good academic standing
  • Enrolled full time

Employed in a graduate position (GTA, GRA, GA) or receiving a University fellowship or (if employed off-campus) Employed where payment is processed through Graduate Studies

Masters students can be offered tuition support for a maximum of nine semesters.

Assistantships

An assistantship is our usual method of supporting graduate students, and is classified as either Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA), Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA), or Graduate Assistantships (GA).  Details about your assistantship level of support are provided in the Graduate Financial Support Proposal letter, and your assistantship payments will be bi-weekly, starting near the end of September.  The assistantship is intended to enhance your career opportunities by providing you with practical experience within your profession while also assisting you with your housing, food, and other living expenses.  Assistantships are usually renewable contingent upon satisfactory performance of assigned duties, the availability of funds, and continued academic progress towards your degree including the maintenance of a graduate GPA of 3.0. Assistantships are designated as either Full-time Assistantships or Half-time Assistantships which differ by the number of service responsibilities assigned to you and the amount of your stipend. Your responsibilities will initially be assigned by your graduate program director. 

  • A GTA enables you to assist in teaching within your profession and requires you to complete a GTA training offered in the first weeks of each semester prior to beginning the assistantship. International students may also be required to take a SPEAK test to ascertain your proficiency with spoken English. 
  • A GRA enables you to gain valuable experience working as a researcher within your profession. 
  • A GA enables you to work outside of your program area, although your duties may be closely related to your profession. 

UCF Fellowships

The University of Central Florida offers a variety of fellowships with each having unique eligibility requirements.  Many are directed toward students pursuing specific degrees in specific professions, while others are broader in their eligibility requirements. In all cases, the fellowships are competitive and most require nomination by your program. University-wide fellowships do carry an obligation to fill service responsibilities and are provided solely to allow you to focus on your studies without undue financial or outside work distractions.  However some college or departmental fellowship may have other requirements.  Work outside of the university is discouraged when receiving a fellowship. Your fellowship may also be supplemented by a UCF assistantship. Payment of your fellowship will usually occur through the Office of Financial Aid by a direct deposit or a check once per semester.   Continued funding of your fellowship is contingent upon your continued academic progress towards your degree including the maintenance of a graduate GPA of 3.0.

Tuition Support

Your assistantship and/or fellowship are usually accompanied by a tuition award which is dependent upon your continued eligibility for the assistantship and/or fellowship. The award pays your tuition for full-time enrollment of no more than 9 semester hours of coursework per semester. Usually full-time doctoral students receive 100 percent coverage of their tuition while eligible masters’ students receive at least 50 percent coverage of their full-time tuition. Only the tuition is covered and you will be responsible for university fees.  The current UCF fee schedule can be found at www.iroffice.ucf.edu/character/current_tuition.html.  Non-Florida residents pay substantially higher tuition, and therefore U.S. citizens or permanent residents are encouraged to become legal residents of Florida by the beginning of their second year.

MFA Provost Fellowship

This is a competitive award given to students who possess outstanding credentials.  The award consists of $10,000 ($5,000 each in fall and spring semesters) and a tuition award that covers both out-of-state (if applicable) and in-state tuition for 9 semester hours of coursework.  In the summer, a tuition award also covers 6 semester hours of coursework.  However, the tuition award does not cover non-tuition fees.  The award is for two years only, and no service obligation (e.g.. teaching, etc.) is linked to the award.

GTA Training Requirements

If the student is hired in the position of Graduate Teaching Associate, Assistant or Graders; there are training requirements that must be met in order for the contract to be processed. Graders and Assistants must complete an online legal module. Associates must complete both a training and an online legal module. Associates must also have completed at least 18 hours of graduate courses in the discipline they will be teaching. Students who are employed as Graders are required to complete the online legal module. These services are offered by the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) and more information can be found at the following website: www.fctl.ucf.edu > Events > GTA Programs

International students who will be hired in GTA positions must be proficient at speaking English. This is determined by successfully passing the SPEAK test with a score of 55 or better. This test (also known as the Oral Proficiency Exam) is administered during the GTA orientation by the Center for Multicultural and Multilingual Services (CMMS). For international student to register for or inquire about the SPEAK examination, please contact the Center for Multicultural and Multilingual Services.

GTA Performance Appraisal

At the completion of each semester the student is employed as a GTA, the student’s performance will be evaluated by the faculty advisor. These assessments will be used to review strengths and weaknesses in the student’s performance in preparation for future employment.

Graduate Student Associations

Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is UCF's graduate organization committed to enrich graduate students' personal, educational and professional experience. To learn more or get involved, please visit www.gsa.ucf.edu. For individual department or graduate program organizations, please see program advisor.

United States Institute for Theatre Technology Student Chapter provides grounds for discussion for ideas and inventions concerning technical theater, whether this be rigging, lighting, scenery, CAD, carpentry, electrician work or any other area of expertise.

Professional Development

For information about Artistic Partnerships and the Professional Advisory Board visit the Professional Affiliations  webpage on the Theatre Department website.

For more information about research/creative work opportunities, please refer to the Research/ Creative Activities section in the Handbook.

Instructor Training and Development 

The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) promotes excellence in all levels of teaching at the University of Central Florida. To that end, they offer several programs for the professional development of Graduate Teaching Assistants at UCF.

  • GTA Training (mandatory for employment as a GTA) This training provides information and resources for students who will be instructors. The training covers a variety of topics, including course development, learning theories, lecturing, and academic freedom. Those interested in additional training can also attend an optional training session that normally follows the mandatory training.
  • Preparing Tomorrow's Faculty Program This certificate program (12-weeks) consists of group and individualized instruction by Faculty Center staff and experienced UCF professors. Textbooks and materials are provided.
  • For more information about GTA Training: www.students.graduate.ucf.edu/GTA_Training_Requirements
  • The University Writing Center (UWC) (uwc.cah.ucf.edu) provides workshops, one-on-one consultations, phone and online consultations on a wide variety of topics relevant to graduate-level research and writing including electronic thesis resources, thesis revisions, grant writing, and fellowship applications. 

Pathways to Success Workshops

Coordinated by the College of Graduate Studies, the Pathways to Success program offers the following free development opportunities for graduate students including workshops in Academic Integrity, Graduate Grantsmanship, Graduate Teaching, Personal Development, Professional Development, and Research. For more information and how to register, please visit www.students.graduate.ucf.edu/pathways/.

Career Services and Experiential Learning

Graduate career development issues are unique and include evaluating academic and nonacademic career choices, discussing graduate school effect on career choices, as well as learning, evaluating, and refining networking and interviewing skills. Whatever your needs, the offices of Career Services and Experiential Learning offer services and resources to aid in the career exploration and job search of Master and Doctoral students in every academic discipline. 

Graduate Research Forum

Sponsored by the College of Graduate Studies, the Research Forum is an opportunity for students to showcase their research and creative projects and to receive valuable feedback from faculty judges. Awards for best poster and best oral presentation in each category will be given and all participants will receive recognition.

Graduate Excellence Awards

Each year, students can submit a portfolio for nomination of College and University level awards of excellence. These are intended to showcase student excellence in academic achievement, teaching, research, leadership, and community service.

These awards include the following:

  • Award for Excellence by a Graduate Teaching Assistant - For students who provide teaching support and assistance under the direction of a lead teacher. This award focuses on the extent and quality of the assistance provided by the student to the lead instructor and the students in the class. (Not intended for students who are instructor of record)
  • Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching - For students who serve as instructors of record and have independent classroom responsibilities. The focus of this award is on the quality of the student’s teaching and the academic contributions of those activities.
  • Award for the Outstanding Master’s Thesis -To recognize graduate students for excellence in the master's thesis. The focus of this award is on the quality and contribution of the student's thesis research. Excellence of the master's thesis may be demonstrated by evidences such as (but not limited to): publications in refereed or peer reviewed journals, awards and recognitions from professional organizations, and praise from faculty members and other colleagues in the field.

For more information about these awards, please see the College of Graduate Studies website: www.graduate.ucf.edu/GradAwards.

For more information about the Council of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) thesis and dissertation awards, please see their website: www.csgs.org Awards.

Atlantic Center for the Arts. We also encourage you to apply for scholarships for the Atlantic Center for the Arts (www.atlanticcenterforthearts.org) where you will be able to work with world-renowned authors. ANY UCF student who is accepted by ACA receives full scholarships.

Job Search

The job search for students in this discipline begins with networking through the Professional Advisory Board.  Students should also, attend professional conferences to audition and interview for opportunities in the field.  It is also  important to attend on-campus workshops with various actors and directors from the industry, to seek both internship and job opportunities in the field.  

Career Services and Experiential Learning

UCF’s Career Services department offers a wide range of programs and services designed to assist graduate students. These services include evaluation and exploration of career goals, preparation for the job search and job search resources. To learn more, visit their website at www.career.ucf.edu.

Forms

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the act of taking someone else’s work and presenting it as your own. Any ideas, data, text, media or materials taken from another source (either written or verbal) must be fully acknowledged.a) A student must not adopt or reproduce ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, or pictures of another person without acknowledgment.b) A student must give credit to the originality of others whenever:

  1. Directly quoting another person's actual words, whether oral or written;
  2. Using another person's ideas, opinions, or theories;
  3. Paraphrasing the words, ideas, opinions, or theories of others, whether oral or written;
  4. Borrowing facts, statistics, or illustrative material; or
  5. Offering materials assembled or collected by others in the form of projects or collections without acknowledgment.

When using the ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, or pictures of another, students must give credit to the original source at the location or place in the document where that source's material is found as well as provide bibliographic information at the end of the document. When students are verbally discussing the ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, or pictures of another, they must give credit to the original source at the time they speak about that source. In this manner, students must make clear (so there is no doubt) within their written or verbal materials, which parts are gained from other sources, and which are their own original ideas, theories, formulas, graphics, and pictures.The Office of Student Conduct has a set of criteria that determines if students are in violation of plagiarism. This set of criteria may be set to a higher standard in graduate programs. Therefore, a student may not be found in violation of plagiarism by the Office of Student Conduct, but a professor or program requiring higher standards of attribution and citation may find a student in violation of plagiarism and administer program level sanctions. The standard in doctoral programs should be the highest as students earning these degrees are expected to be experts in their fields and producing independent work that contributes knowledge to their discipline.

Example of Material that has been appropriately cited:

Paraphrased Material

Source: Osborne, Richard, ed. How to Grow Annuals. 2nd ed. Menlo Park: Lane, 1974. Print. Page 24: As a recent authority has pointed out, for a dependable long-blooming swatch of soft blue in your garden, ageratum is a fine choice. From early summer until frost, ageratum is continuously covered with clustered heads of fine, silky, fringed flowers in dusty shades of lavender-blue, lavender-pink or white. The popular dwarf varieties grow in mounds six to twelve inches high and twelve inches across; they make fine container plants. Larger types grow up to three feet tall. Ageratum makes an excellent edging.

Use and Adaptation of the Material:

You can depend on ageratum if you want some soft blue in your garden. It blooms through the summer and the flowers, soft, small, and fringed, come in various shades of lavender. The small varieties which grow in mounds are very popular, especially when planted in containers. There are also larger varieties. Ageratum is good as a border plant (Osborne 24).

Explanation:

The writer has done a good job of paraphrasing what could be considered common knowledge (available in a number of sources), but because the structure and progression of detail is someone else’s, the writer has acknowledged the source. This the writer can do at the end of the paragraph since he or she has not used the author’s words.

The above example was provided by Northwestern University.

Northwestern University, Sept. 2016. “Academic Integrity: A Basic Guide.” Accessed 20 September 2017.

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