Master of Fine Arts: Stage Design (Lighting Design, Scene Design, and Technical Direction)

Master of Fine Arts: Stage Design (Lighting Design, Scene Design, and Technical Direction)

This program is intended for graduate students preparing for a professional / academic career in scenic design, lighting design, or technical production.

This program is also noteworthy for the advanced training it offers you in computer visualization and design, interactive media, and film/television design.

While you may choose an area of emphasis, the intensive three-year program requires you to demonstrate competencies in all areas of design and technology. We believe that cultural and technological factors in society are changing the field of theatrical design, as computers take over some of the tasks that draftsmen, scenic artists, illustrators, and model makers have traditionally performed in the theatre, film, and television industries. New courses have been developed to introduce you to the skills and opportunities connected to computer-aided design and expanded types of media. With the development of some of these new courses, it is no longer possible for all students to take everything.

You and your adviser will select the curriculum to meet your needs within the program. In other words, there is flexibility to address your particular interests and goals.

Graduate students with teaching assistantships are responsible for supervision of the lighting, scene, sound, and prop shops.



  • scene designer
  • costume designer
  • technical director
  • lighting designer

Application to this program

The MFA programs in Design recruit through the University/Resident Theatre Association's portfolio review and interview process in January and February annually. On campus portfolio presentations and interviews are conducted throughout the year.

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