Michigan State University's Department of Theatre offers an MFA in Design which prepares professional designers as well as future academicians. An interview is required for acceptance into the program. No GRE required.
MFA candidates in Design with an emphasis in scenery, costume, lighting, sound or integrated media design receive personally tailored instruction in a well-rounded theatre context which includes courses in the theory and history of design, as well as a carefully developed program of practical training, put together under professional guidance with the student’s career goals in mind. Small design classes assure a high degree of one-on-one critique to projects and coursework, and the position within a large university enriches the opportunities available from other departments and disciplines. Art history, literature, music, interior design, textiles, communications, digital media, and technology represent some of the topics one may choose. The Department’s digital design lab, lighting lab and audio/visual studio provide the necessary design and production software to allow familiarization with many of the most common professional practices in the industry.
MFA candidates develop portfolios by accepting a minimum of six design or technical assignments for fully realized departmental productions as members of the production team.
Students interested in careers in academic theatre may teach introductory classes in their specialty. From time to time, visiting design professionals augment the design curriculum and provide further opportunities to learn from some of the best in the business.
A total of 60 credits are required with class offerings as follows:
Academic Core (17 credits)
THR 813 - Period Resources and Research
THR 830 - Introduction to Graduate Studies
THR 831 - Studies in Theatre History
THR 832 - Comparative Drama and Criticism
THR 834 - Professional Aspects
THR 870 - Collaborative Studio in Theatre
Electives (11 Credits)
We are CURRENTLY accepting applications for the MFA in Design for the 2019-2020 Academic Year.
Each year the Department of Theatre sets aside a number of Graduate Assistantships for entering MFA students. In the current academic year, graduate assistants received a total financial package of at least $26,867 for a level 1, ½-time assistantship. This package includes a full tuition waiver (up to the 60 credits required) as well as the following benefits:
College, University, and Departmental Fellowships are also available. Students recruited with assistantships may expect three years of support so long as they make satisfactory progress in their studies.
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