MFA Theatre Design

MFA Theatre Design


Canada's foremost Masters in Fine Arts program in production design for professional theatre designers training to Associated Designers of Canada standards of practice.


  • Normally a two-year degree; a one-year degree is available if qualifications are met.
  • Numerous studio and practical opportunities to develop and refine your skills in lighting, costume and set design
  • Intensive Studio Design Courses
  • Specific courses in Costume, Lighting and Scenic Painting Techniques
  • Assistant Design assignments to Professional Designers and Faculty
  • Individualized interaction with faculty theatre design specialists, and a highly experienced team of production technicians, wardrobe staff and administrators
  • MFA Theatre Design candidates at design lights, sets or costumes for 3 productions of varying style and scale, and they are responsible for the total production design of a U of A Studio Theatre main stage production as their thesis project
You will learn:

  • How to be a Professional Theatre Designer
  • Drawing and Painting Techniques
  • Graphic Presentation Skills
  • Artistic Collaboration and Communication
  • Time Management
  • Portfolio Development and Presentation
Ideal Applicants:

Successful applicants have an undergraduate degree and are seeking to further develop and refine their theatre design skills. Professional design experience and a resume of related theatre experience are preferred, although an additional qualifying year is possible.

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