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The Master of Fine Arts in Theatrical Production (MFA Design and Technology) prepares students for careers in professional theatre through intensive classroom and production training in our two main stage performance spaces. Students study with faculty actively working professionally in their field.  
Admission to and retention in the program are based on academic performance and the design faculty's evaluation of each student's portfolio, professionalism, skills, and talent. Candidates are evaluated by the design faculty at the end of each semester. Successful completion of the first year permits continuation in the program. The program normally requires six semesters (three academic years) in residence. A minimum of 60 credit hours must be accrued to fulfill the degree requirements.

The following areas of specialization are offered:

Costume Design

  • Students will learn advanced costume rendering and figure drawing techniques.
  • Graduates can expect to design at least twice on the main stage.
  • We offer costume crafts courses that include fabric dyeing, mask making, armor making, and wig design.
  • Design students will learn draping, flat patterning and drafting, and tailoring techniques.
  • Our costume shop is modeled after a working professional shop with high standards and expectations.

For more info or to arrange a tour please contact Patrick Holt at pholt@email.arizona.edu

Costume Production

Lighting Design and Production

  • Train hands-on in lighting design and production practices on up to 6 Arizona Repertory Theatre productions per year
  • Design 3-5 Arizona Repertory Theatre productions during 3 year residency
  • Gain experience as an assistant or associate lighting designer for United Scenic Artist member faculty
  • Develop in depth knowledge of textual analysis and history
  • Cultivate professional-level collaboration, communication and leadership skills in the context of the lighting design team as well as the production creative team
  • Receive strong mentorship and career advisement from professionally working faculty

Scenic Design

  • Design and/or production opportunities in one of our two main stage theatres every semester
  • Six main stage productions each year
  • Intensive instruction in hand and computer-aided drafting
  • Intensive instruction in model making, drawing, and digital rendering
  • Responsibilities as a graduate teaching assistant in either the paint shop or props shop
  • Opportunities to teach undergraduate design/tech classes

For more info or to arrange a tour please contact Clare Rowe at cprowe@email.arizona.edu

Scenic Production

  • Specialize in either scene painting or properties design
  • Design and/or production opportunities in one of our two main stage theatres every semester
  • Six main stage productions each year
  • Intensive instruction in hand and computer-aided drafting
  • Intensive instruction in model making, drawing, and digital rendering
  • Responsibilities as a graduate teaching assistant in either the paint shop or props shop
  • Opportunities to teach undergraduate design/tech classes

For more info or to arrange a tour please contact Clare Rowe at cprowe@email.arizona.edu

Technical Direction

To apply to MFA Design/Tech, see the MFA Design/Tech admission website.