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Consistently ranked among the top graduate Theatre training programs in the country, UC San Diego's Department of Theatre & Dance offers Master of Fine Arts degrees in Acting, Dance, Directing, Design (Costume, Lighting, Scenic, Sound), Stage Management, and Playwriting, and a
Doctor of Philosophy
degree in Theatre and Drama offered in conjunction with UC Irvine. The Theatre & Dance department also shares a close relationship with the Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse, in residence on the UC San Diego campus, where MFA candidates are provided professional residencies.

A Brief History of the Program

UC San Diego's MFA program was created in 1974. Several years later, the Department of Theatre and Dance began offering its PhD in Theatre and Drama, a joint program with UC Irvine. In 1985, a unique professional relationship with La Jolla Playhouse was established, and that relationship grows stronger each year. The La Jolla Playhouse (Tony Award winner for Outstanding Regional Theatre) is in residence at UC San Diego in our shared facilities, the Jacobs Theatre District, and they produce some of the most vital and nervy theatre in this country.

If you have questions or would like more information about our Graduate programs, call the Graduate Coordinator at 858-534-1046 or email at meward@ucsd.edu.
Check out descriptions of UC San Diego's MFA and PhD programs using the links below.

MFA in Acting

MFA in Dance

MFA in Design

MFA in Directing

MFA in Playwriting

MFA in Stage Management

PhD in Theatre and Drama


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