36 months
17436 USD/year
17436 USD/year
9444 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The M.F.A. Production Design program at Ohio University prepares students for careers as designers in all aspects of the professional theater. The training at Ohio University provides a strong foundation in design and the skills to compete in the professional market.


The M.F.A. Production Design program at Ohio University is structured to allow specialization and to encourage dual area interests. With a graduate population of 25-30 design and technology students, classes tend to be small and intense, so students get a lot of individual attention and mentoring. Production Design areas include scenic, costume, lighting and sound design.

Program Structure

  • Year 1

The initial year includes fundamentals in design, the director-designer collaboration, and developing skills in drawing, painting and/or digital drafting and paperwork. Realized production assignments generally begin with an assistantship and follow with a design assignment in the second semester.

  • Year 2

The second year is focused on synthesis of skills and practical experiences. Students take advanced courses in design as well as the business of design, theater history and criticism and electives to complete the first two years. Realized production will continue with at least one assignment per semester as well as production work related to practicum credits or graduate stipends.

  • Year 3

Students design a fully supported main stage thesis project and intern at substantial professional theater or an equivalent producing organization. The final requirement is the  presentation of a digital and traditional "exit portfolio" and website that meet prevailing professional standards. Graduates should be able to pass the portfolio review portion of the United Scenic Artists Union exam or gain entry into a significant regional or Broadway design studio.


  • The majority of our productions are designed by student and all are produced by our students. With two main stages and four lab spaces, most set and costume designers get at least two main stage and several lab theater design experiences. Lighting and sound designers generally get additional production opportunities. All designers and technicians will work with professional directors, designers and actors as part of the Tantrum Theater professional component of the School. Design students are widely sought after for student films and dance productions.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Digital Portfolio and Performance Photography
  • Design Skills - Figure Drawing and Costume Illustration Techniques
  • Drafting for the Theater
  • Vectorworks for the Theater
  • Scenography Seminar
  • Directing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


90 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Graduate students are selected after careful review of portfolios, writing, or auditions. An online application through the Graduate College begins the process, but each candidate is accepted by the program head of the specific program. The GRE is not required, however a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required, except in cases of provisional admittance.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17436 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8718 USD per semester during 36 months.
  • National

    17436 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8718 USD per semester during 36 months.
  • In-State

    9444 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4722 USD per semester during 36 months.

Living costs for Athens

1079 - 1780 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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