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Stage Design

Southern Methodist University

36 months
1600 USD/credit 35200 USD/year
1600 USD/credit 35200 USD/year
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The MFA in Stage Design at Southern Methodist University will give you the opportunity to shape your artistic vision, enhance your aesthetic sophistication, and develop your critical thinking as you become an independent artist and collaborator.


The first year of the Stage Design program at Southern Methodist University includes the development of foundational skills. These include drawing, drafting, model-making, and an introduction to digital platforms. You will assist 2nd/3rd year MFA’s or guest designers in the SMU season. You will design the final spring production.

The second year allows for in-depth, personalized instruction and advance skills acquisition.  New areas of study include digital costume rendering, CADD, film techniques, and robotic lighting. Students choose to take classes in digital media, draping, scene painting, studio art, art history, and advanced digital design such as creative computation, Cinema 4D, and Maya. You will design at least two SMU productions and 1-3 at our partner theatres.

The third year prepares you for a commercial career.  Classes focus on business contract negotiations, union membership, and business skills. You will continue to design productions at SMU and our partner theatres. Upon graduation you will present your portfolio at the annual New York City Design Showcase East and/or Los AngelesDesign Showcase West.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Scene Design
  • Costume Design
  • Advanced Designing with Computers
  • Designing With Computers: Stage Photography
  • Draping
  • Text Analysis for Designers

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


66 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • To assure full consideration for the fall term, application should be completed online and ALL supporting materials pertaining to the application for admission should be delivered to the Meadows Graduate Office
  • Materials received from applicants who do not enroll will be retained by the Meadows Graduate Office for one year. 
  • All documents become the property of Southern Methodist University and cannot be returned. 
  • The $75.00 non-refundable application fee is waived for MFA in Theatre applicants at the time of application.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1600 USD per credit during 36 months.
  • National

    35200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1600 USD per credit during 36 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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