Program in Performance and Performance Studies School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Pratt Institute

Program in Performance and Performance Studies School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Pratt Institute

Brooklyn, NY
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January 5
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1 Degree Offered
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MFA in Performance and Performance Studies at Pratt Institute

The innovative Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Performance and Performance Studies at Pratt Institute is an intensive, interdisciplinary program that integrates performance studies and art practice. It emphasizes community-based practice, history and theory, performance practice, and writing and scholarship. Internships, presentations, symposia, and workshops that allow students to interact with prominent makers and thinkers enhance student learning. This comprehensive education ensures that all students graduate with in-depth knowledge in the field, stronger performance practice skills, and improved writing skills as well as a solid professional network.

The program provides a terminal degree equivalent to a doctoral degree with performance practice elements. It is designed for students, scholars, and practitioners including the following:

  • Professionals in the field who want to earn terminal professional credentials
  • Working artists and performers who want to obtain critical/theoretical backgrounds and gain new performance skills
  • Scholars with artistic training who want to receive training in performance technique
  • Students from other disciplines who want to focus on the performative aspects of their fields Students graduate confident in their abilities as artists and thinkers. They also have the skill set to become artists in academia, performers in new fields and media, practicing artists, or scholars.

MFA in Performance and Performance Studies curriculum

The two-year, 60-credit MFA in Performance and Performance Studies consists of 33 credits of core courses, 24 credits of open elective courses, and three credits for an internship or another elective. The first year of the program focuses on core courses to cultivate students' familiarity with performance practices and studies, which includes intra-cultural art forms and community-based practice.

These courses include the following:

  • "Introduction to Performance Theory"
  • "Introduction to Performance Practice"
  • "Workshop with Artist in Residence" (3 courses)
  • "Performance across the Culture"
  • "Approaches to Community-Based Practices"
  • "Critical Writing"
  • "Internship"
  • "Thesis/Project Workshop I"
  • "Thesis/Project Workshop II" The second year, which emphasizes community work, includes an internship (optional), critical writing assignments, thesis research, and final presentations.

Performance practice goals

Students will accomplish the following objectives for performance practice:

  • Learn to approach their practice with playfulness, open mindedness, and reverent discipline
  • Explore several performance practices including acting, choreography, commedia dell'arte, dance, melodrama, and writing for performance
  • Develop the flexibility to use their abilities across areas of study, disciplines, and formats
  • Develop a daily practice to ensure that they're physically prepared and available for performance
  • Learn to provide performances in non-traditional theater settings
  • Learn to work with artists from many disciplines as well as community members, mentors, and thinkers

Community-based practice goals

Students will accomplish the following objectives for community-based practice:

  • Develop the skills to build relationships with artistic, activist, literary, and local communities
  • Learn to create work with an understanding of their social responsibility as artists
  • Develop methods for creating and sustaining successful art practice that contributes to communities

Learning Objectives for Writing and Scholarship

Students will meet the following objectives in writing and scholarship:

  • Learn how to use writing in their creative and critical processes
  • Learn how to create and apply research methods to their work and to understand others' creative and scholastic work
  • Develop confidence in presenting their ideas and original research to various audiences

History and theory goals

Students will meet the following objectives for history and theory:

  • Understand and have the ability to participate in debates regarding the history, practice, and theory of performance and performance studies
  • Understand the history and contemporary background of socially engaged art practice
  • Have familiarity with histories of contemporary performance forms, popular performance styles, and the theatrical avant-garde

Accomplished faculty members

MFA students learn from and work with talented and distinguished faculty members like Jennifer Miller. Jennifer Miller is the founder and director of Circus Amok as well as a dancer, playwright, and performer. She has worked with alternative circus forms, dance, and theater for more than 20 years. As a dancer, Ms. Miller has performed with Johanna Boyce, Doug Elkins, Jenny Monson, Cathy Weis, and others. She is also the author of "Cracked Ice or The Jewels of the Forbidden Skates" and "The Golden Racket."

Financial aid at Pratt Institute

Pratt Institute offers graduate students the following financial aid resources:

  • Assistantships (primarily in the second year)
  • Loans
  • Scholarships
  • Student employment
  • Tuition management programs

Pratt Institute

Established in 1887, Pratt Institute prepares 4,800 students for rewarding careers in architecture, art, design, information and library science, and liberal arts and sciences. The school has campuses in Brooklyn and Manhattan in New York City, New York, which is located in the northeastern region of the United States. These locations give students the opportunity to learn in "living labs of craft and creativity." It also has a campus in Utica, New York. Pratt Institute offers students excellence in higher education. Its programs consistently rank among the finest in the country. Its faculty includes highly regarding artists, designers, and scholars. Its interdisciplinary curricula promote collaboration and creativity in design thinking.

Location & Contact

Program in Performance and Performance Studies

School of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Pratt Institute

200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205-3899
United States

Andrew Barnes


Phone: 718-636-3570
Fax: 718-399-4586

Natalie Capannelli

Director of Graduate Admissions

Phone: 718-636-3551
Fax: 718-399-4242

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Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Performance Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Thesis Required
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


100% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 38
    • Accepted 38
    • Acceptance Rate 100
    • Enrolled 11
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $90
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 5th January 5th Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1st October 1st Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 1
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Health Care Benefits, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students22
    • Female Percentage77%
    • Male Percentage23%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students22
    • Part-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Full-time PercentageNot Reported
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino9%
    • Black / African American32%
    • White / Caucasian36%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian0%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown or International Student23%



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