This section contains information about degree requirements and thesis information.

Contact Information

For the latest information always check with Amy Fujitani, the Graduate Administrator for the Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Her office is located in 101 Mesa Arts on the ground floor.  Phone (949) 824 2252 and Email

The Faculty Adviser for the Costume MFA is Holly- she will help plan a course of study for you and approve all substitutions.  She will serve as the Adviser for all thesis produced projects and written documentation.

MFA Degree Requirements

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The curriculum will shift over time; each student must complete the degree requirements in effect the year they entered the program.  The following are the degree requirements as of 2009-2010.  Although these requirements have not changed in the past few years, always check with Amy for confirmation.

The Masters of Fine Arts Program in Drama Design:

You must have a minimum of 108 quarter units in graduate numbers (200 or higher) or approved upper-division undergraduate numbers (100-199) with a grade of at least a B in each course.  Normally three years (nine quarters) of residency are required.  Each candidate must enroll for three courses each quarter for nine quarters, exclusive of summer sessions.  Each graduate student is expected to participate in productions throughout residence at UCI.

Probationary Period: During the first year of residence each candidate will prepare, for credit, two graduate projects in the area of  study (design.) Satisfactory completion of these projects, as determined by the faculty is prerequisite to entering the second year of the program.  Satisfactory completion of these projects, as determined by the faculty, is prerequisite to entering the second year of the program.  (Costumes:  one produced design and one fully completed paper project in 255)

  • Nine Drama 255 Studios in Design (4 units each, 36 units)  You may register for one quarter as your thesis quarter.
  • Seven Drama 240 Produced Projects (4 units each, 36 units) You may substitute one Drama 295 Internship.
  • Two electives chosen from the graduate level (200+) or upper division (100-199) courses as approved by faculty adviser (4 units each)
  • Three Drama 120 A, B, C  Development of Theater.  Faculty Head may approve substitutions depending on student’s prior academic experience.  Note: most costume students with prior credits substitute 3 additional classes from the next catagory
  • Two Drama 150-162, 161-171, 260-280 Production Techniques  (eg Costume History, Fabric Modification, Mask Making, Costume Rendering, etc)
  • One Drama 235 Script Analysis & Research
  • One Drama 245 Concepts & Collaboration/ Visual Literacy.  Must be taken in first quarter of residency
  • Two Drama 220,221,223, 230 or 248 Dramatic literature, performance theory, criticism, contemporary theater, or history of music theater,  Note: Faculty Mentor may approve out -of-area courses such as Film History, Opera History, etc.
  • Thesis Creative Activity or Produced Project (counted as one of the 240 units, above)
  • Oral defense of thesis project. An outside critiquer will discuss the thesis project with faculty and students
  • Documentation of the Thesis Project as a written thesis or project report

Periodic Written Evaluation

Twice per academic year each student meets with the faculty adviser for a written evaluation of progress.  These occur after completing the first Fall Quarter of each year, and in Spring Quarter at the end of each academic year.

First Year MFAs: The first Fall evaluation will serve as your degree planning advising session. Be prepared to articulate your professional and academic goals, skill strengths and areas for improvement.  This evaluation will serve as the base line for future progress.

The second Spring evaluation will be a review of first year work.  Be prepared to bring all classwork and produced project documentation.  Please review the Probationary Period section above.  In most circumstances, this review will be with the Faculty Adviser only. On occasion, the review may include the Head of Design or other Design Faculty.

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