Glorify God through music or dramatic performance with PCC’s graduate Performing Arts Department. You’ll become a professional artist through in-depth exploration, performance opportunities, and focused mentorship from accomplished faculty.
Accomplished faculty provide academic and artistic training necessary for careers in ministry, education, and performance through programs that balance theory and technique with practical application.
Students are taught from a traditional philosophy with special emphasis given to training directors or performers to meet the artistic needs of Christian ministries.
Tuition is $342 per credit hour. To help with tuition costs, PCC offers various financial aid options to qualified graduate students: the Abeka Fund Loan, Sallie Mae Loans, and private scholarships.
The Master of Arts in Music develops your ability to effectively honor the Lord through music.
With a Master of Fine Arts in Dramatics you’ll receive advanced training in directing and staging dramatic productions and personal interpretation while further developing your research skills.
“The M.F.A. program at PCC stands out as one of the most well-rounded theater degree programs. From the teaching practicum to directing multiple plays during my four production practicums, the program prepared me perfectly for my current position as college speech faculty. It’s a lot of hard work, but the extra experience, practice, and depth is absolutely worth it.”
“What I loved about the M.A. in music degree was the focus that it gave. I had more time to devote my attention to perfecting my craft. Within the first year, so much changed in my ability as a vocal performer. Not only did grad school help me better understand my instrument, but it also gave me the ability to look deeper into music on a higher level.”
See General Admission Requirements.
Music: Applicants must have majored in music on the undergraduate level. Music applicants must audition in person. Those living beyond 400 miles from Pensacola may submit a high-quality video recording. An entrance examination in music theory (sight singing, dictation, part writing, harmonic and formal analysis) is required. Applicants who do not earn a satisfactory score on the exam must take a review course in the appropriate area with no graduate credit.
Graduate students in voice must be proficient in oral pronunciation and principles of IPA transcription. A diagnostic diction exam will be offered in conjunction with the graduate platform at the end of a student’s first semester of study. Students receiving a lower than satisfactory score on the diagnostic exam are required to take a review course.
Dramatics: Applicants need at least 18 semester credits of speech performance/production on the undergraduate level and must audition in person. Those living beyond 400 miles from Pensacola may submit a high-quality video recording.
Continuation in these graduate programs is dependent upon an ongoing evaluation of the student’s abilities. Music students must successfully complete a graduate music platform in their proficiency at the end of their first semester in the program. A student may be removed at any time from the program if, in the opinion of the faculty/administration, the student fails to perform satisfactorily or improve sufficiently in the appropriate skill, regardless of the student’s academic average in the program.
A student earning a “C+” or lower in any private lesson or practicum course may be required to repeat that course. A student cannot repeat a private lesson or practicum course more than one time. Upon the student’s earning a “C+” or lower in another private lesson or practicum course, the Graduate Committee reviews the student’s status to determine eligibility to continue in the graduate program.
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