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Topic: Distance MFA? 

1.  Distance MFA?

Posted 8 days ago
In response to the question of a PhD, does anyone know of an online MFA program? I have an MA in theatre and an EdD but would like the terminal degree in fine arts. The only place locally that offers an MFA requires full time attendance (so you cannot teach and take courses)

Any ideas?


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Doug Erwin
Ferguson, MO
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2.  RE: Distance MFA?

Posted 8 days ago
Following. I've had a hard time finding many distance programs even for an MA, and everything I have found either requires several summer intensives that are very far away (I have a young child) or are VERY expensive.

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Cassy Maxton-Whitacre
Theatre Department Coordinator
Fishersville VA
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3.  RE: Distance MFA?

Posted 7 days ago
Add me to the interested list!

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[William] [Myatt] [Director of Theatre]

[Pleasant Valley High School]

[myattw@pleasval.k12.ia.us][563-332-5151][Bettendorf][IA][USA]
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4.  RE: Distance MFA?

Posted 6 days ago
Same boat BUT since education is my real bread and butter in theatre, I am pursuing the MATE program at Catholic U in D.C.  - it's over an hour and will take me FOREVER but I'm determined to keep my Masters pursuit theatre oriented!

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Kelly Cardall
Baltimore MD
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5.  RE: Distance MFA?

Posted 5 days ago
I have been looking for a workable MFA program for years. The best one I found was a while back, and based in Oregon or Washington State... can't remember which. It required two summer intensives that only came to a couple of weeks each year, but I wasn't in a position to do it at the time, and I haven't seen it come back around again.

I would be very interested in a distance MFA... like so many others out there.

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Jonathan Foust
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6.  RE: Distance MFA?

Posted 5 days ago

I think finding a completely online program is tough, but in terms of relatively low residency, Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia has a strong MFA in Playwriting program (taught there back in 2008 and 2011) for which residency is in the summer, as well as a number of other graduate programs. A number of the students were teachers, as their programs fits well with a teacher's schedule.

https://www.hollins.edu/academics/graduate-degrees/

Cheers,
Jonathan



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Jonathan Dorf
Playwright/ Co-founder of YouthPLAYS/ Co-chair of The Alliance Of Los Angeles Playwrights
Los Angeles CA
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7.  RE: Distance MFA?

Posted 4 days ago
I was just looking at that Playwriting MFA at Hollins. I'm in Staunton, Virginia, so that would be relatively convenient. It's nice to hear your positive review.

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Cassy Maxton-Whitacre
Theatre Department Coordinator
Fishersville VA
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8.  RE: Distance MFA?

Posted 4 days ago
Regent University offers a Master Of Arts in Theater all Online. I am a candidate there. :)

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Timothy Mathews
Theater Teather
Port Richey FL
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9.  RE: Distance MFA?

Posted yesterday
I'm glad Regent is working out for you. I tried that program, but it wasn't a good fit for me.

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Cassy Maxton-Whitacre
Theatre Department Coordinator
Fishersville VA
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10.  RE: Distance MFA?

Posted yesterday
Can you tell me more about the program at Regent?
I am trying to get in to a Master's program. I live in Colorado, and have twice been denied admittance into the Masters in Theatre Education at UNC.  It is extremely sought after and hard to get in to. Since I will be bound to out-of-state tuition, I am concerned primarily with getting in to a program which is still affordable and offers a good theatre degree.
I am interested in the program at Southern Oregon, and in Washington state, but which school in WA? I understood WSU cut their theatre program entirely. I've also heard of a program in Houston, but not heard the name of the school offering this.

Pacific Northwest and South West I could get to easily if it's only for a few weeks of summer.
I am very interested in something. Preferably with an emphasis on educational theatre, but an MFA would be wonderful. I have a kid on the way and would like to get the raise in place before they start school.
Please give specific school names and degree names so I can examine these further.

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Scott Hasbrouck
George Washington HS
Denver, CO
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11.  RE: Distance MFA?

Posted 10 hours ago
I got my Master's in Theatre Education at Prescott College in Arizona. Its fabulous! Its distance learning but not a typical online program as you design your course of study & work one on one with an advisor. I found it to be more in depth & valuable for me but did require more work on my end. Completely worth it because it made me a better teacher. Since i designed my own course of study, i chose to focus on areas of weakness. Check it out!



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12.  RE: Distance MFA?

Posted 10 hours ago
My problem is that I find most of these programs to be prohibitively expensive. I only get $450/year in tuition reimbursement, and the master's supplement is less than $3,000 a year. That means it'll take me 10 years to justify a $30,000 degree. :-(

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Cassy Maxton-Whitacre
Theatre Department Coordinator
Fishersville VA
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13.  RE: Distance MFA?

Posted yesterday
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Cassy Maxton-Whitacre
Theatre Department Coordinator
Fishersville VA
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14.  RE: Distance MFA?

Posted 9 hours ago
I received an MA in Theatre Production from Central Washington. It was an amazing program. Three summers for three or 4 weeks. The Thesis was a production at your school. Great experience!

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Krystina Thiel
Theatre Arts Director
Great Falls MT
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