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Program of Study

Of the minimum 63 credits required for the MFA Degree in Design and Technology, most will be taken within the Department; however, up to six credits may be taken outside of the Department.

Required CourseS

Course Title Credit Hours
GRSC 7001 GradFIRST seminar 1
THEA 7200 Graduate Thesis Research 3
THEA 7300 MFA Thesis Project Research 3
THEA 7560 Projects in Drama - QUALIFIER Production 3
THEA 8300 Design Seminar 3
  Design I, II, and III in Principle Design Area 9
  Design I and II in Secondary Design Area 6
  Design I in Third Design Area 3


  • Level I: THEA 7330 (Costume), THEA 7351 (Scenic), THEA 7352 (Lighting)
  • Level II: THEA 7730 (Costume), THEA 7751 (Scenic), THEA 7752 (Lighting)
  • Level III: THEA 7731 (Costume), THEA 7753 (Scenic), THEA 7755 (Lighting)
THEA 7315 CAD 2D, Drafting for Stage and Production Design 3
THEA 7340 History of Costume and Adornment 3
THEA 7341 History of Architecture and Decor 3
THEA 7370 Drawing and Painting Studio 3
THEA 7371 Digital Design Studio 3
THEA 7970 Design Portfolio 1
THEA 7050 Applied Drama 2
THEA 7060 Applied Drama 2
THEA 7070 Applied Drama 2
THEA 7080 Applied Drama - Assistant Designer 1


Above the 9 hours, electives are not required but highly suggested as topics covered are integral to skills needed in the field. Not all electives are offered every semester.  Check with your major professor as to elective rotation.  

Course Title Credit Hours
THEA 6520 Makeup for the Performing Arts 3
THEA 7320 CAD, 3-D Modeling, and Visualization 3
THEA 7325 Costume Design for Film and Television 3
THEA 7372 Scenic Painting 3
THEA 7380 3D Manufacturing/ MakerLab Design Technology for the Performance Arts 3
THEA 7381 Entertainment Technology and Skills: Metals and Plastics 3
THEA 7382 Entertainment Technology and SKills: Rigging, Facilities, and Safety 3
THEA 7383 Management and Production for Theatre 3
THEA 7480 Topics in Design 3
THEA 7700 Art Direction for Film/TV 3
THEA 7732 Cutting and Draping Patterns for Costuming 3
THEA 7733 Millinery for Stage and Screen 3
THEA 7734 Stage and Screen Fabric Modification 3
THEA 7756 Automated Lighting and Visualization 3
THEA 7757 Lighting for Non-Traditional Events 3
THEA 7758 Architectural and Themed Lighting 3

Applied Drama Requirements

1 credit to be taken every semester, repeated twice each year: first year (THEA7050), second year (THEA7060), and third year (THEA7070). Professional Design critiques will be assigned through the Applied Drama class with a minimum of 2 shows per year. The Design Critiques are 1000-word (12 pt. Times New Roman, single spaced) documents that analyze the design elements of a professional theatrical production, film, or live event from qualified production companies of professional organizations.

This is a tool to expose the student to the highest forms of design in the profession. A list of qualifying productions will be distributed by the design faculty each year.

Additional Applied Drama is earned under THEA7080. One credit is required in the first year of study and is earned while fulfilling the role of an assistant designer to a faculty member or upperclassmen graduate student for a departmental production. Additionally, THEA 7080 can be repeated for up to 6 credits and is reserved for special opportunities (Examples include: Assisting, Production Electrician, Programmer, Special Seminar Topics, or Additional Production Activities

History Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 6 credits in Department offered history classes. History of Costume and Adornment as well as History of Architecture and Décor both will meet this requirement.


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