MFA in Stage Design Application

School Requirements

A Bachelor's Degree or equivalent training is required for admission to the program.  To be considered for entrance into the graduate program the applicant must show records of current and past experience at the academic and/or professional level through résumé and references.  Students are minimally expected to have had acting, directing, basic stagecraft (as a formal course) and two semesters of theatre history.

Students must also show evidence of drawing abilities and/or technical skills and have a portfolio of work.

The MFA program in Stage Design recruits through both the University/Resident Theatre Association and SETC LiNK portfolio reviews, as well as at USITT. Interview processes begin in November and run through February annually.  On campus portfolio presentations and interviews are encouraged and conducted throughout the year.  Contact Prof. JD Madsen at to set up an on campus appointment or if you have questions regarding the process or openings in the program.

Graduate Design Application

Applicants for admission can begin their application at the Office of Graduate Studies Website.