Theatre Design

University of Alberta

Master On Campus
24 months
10500 CAD/year
5575 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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Canada’s foremost Masters in Theatre Design program at the University of Albertain production design for professional theatre designers training to Associated Designers of Canada standards of practice.


Highlights of the Theatre Design program at the University of Alberta

  • 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 

Programme Structure

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants are normally required to have completed a four-year baccalaureate degree, or its academic equivalent, from an academic institution recognized by the University of Alberta. 
  • An admission grade point average of 3 on most 4-point grading systems or B on most letter grading systems, based on your most recent two years of full time study (or equivalent) is required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10500 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10500 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    5575 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5575 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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Theatre Design
University of Alberta


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