• The Master of Fine Arts degree at the School of Drama in the College of Performing Arts is a rigorous, three-year program dedicated to collaborative training in the fields of Acting, Dramatic Writing, and Directing.

    Under the guidance of a faculty of award-winning working professionals and outstanding guest artists, each year’s ensemble is challenged to fearlessly pursue their artistry through the development of techniques which are applied and synthesized in numerous presentations and production opportunities.

    Because we are committed to training which is relevant and effective, students work across a range of styles, genres, forms and media, with a particular focus on the development of new work and imaginative exploration of classic and modern texts. By the end of the three years, students have worked in full productions on stage, on film, and have collaborated with design and technology students, musicians and composers to create new theatrical pieces.

    As members of a highly-collaborative community, MFA students at the School of Drama are expected to have a high level of personal responsibility and self-awareness. The program demands professional comportment and a commitment to the training, the ensemble and the ability to reflect upon one’s own work and the work of others with insight, respect and empathy.  

    Professional development is offered throughout the three year program. Drawing on the resources of New York City as the cultural capital of the country, students work with and are introduced to artistic directors, casting directors, agents, managers, producers and other industry leaders.

    Through refinement of their technique, collaborative development, production experience, and exposure to the industry, graduates from the MFA program emerge as intelligent, nimble, and motivated artists who are prepared to enter the profession as unique and highly valued artists.

    Related Program

    Prospective MFA applicants may also want to consider the MA in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship. This program at The New School’s College of Performing Arts is the first graduate management degree designed especially for active performing artists.