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Graduate Studies

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers graduate study leading to the MFA degree in three areas: Professional Actor Training ProgramCostume Production, and Technical Production. URTA Logo

A Black male actor dressed in a brown outfit makes a fist while delivering a line. He is standing on a wooden prop


Professional Actor Training Program

The Professional Actor Training Program is a rigorous and selective three-year MFA program that offers advanced acting training and a bridge to the profession. Students train with resident master teachers and guest professionals in the classroom and in Ground Floor Studio Productions while also serving as graduate company members of the PlayMakers Repertory Company, the professional theatre associated with the department.


Costume Production

The MFA in Costume Production is intended to develop the skills needed for a career in the costume arts. The MFA is a three-year degree that blends production responsibility and course work. Students study all aspects of costuming, including history and design, but the program emphasizes the knowledge needed to produce costumes for the stage.

An actor dressed in red holds a black top hat on their head.
An actress in yellow sits above a mirror, looking down at herself while performing.


Technical Production

The three-year Technical Production MFA prepares the students to assume responsibility for the entire production process, from technical drafting to production strikes. Coursework includes training in drafting, AutoCAD, construction, structural design, rigging, electronics, mechanical systems, and shop management. Students participate in a practicum dedicated to the production of scenic elements for PlayMakers productions.

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