Theatre Arts (Design and Technology), Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)
University rank #401 (WUR) , CA,
The Master of Fine Arts Program in Design and Technical Production in the School of Theatre, Television, and Film at San Diego State University accepts students who are seriously interested in achieving the artistry and skills necessary to qualify them to be practicing professionals in the fields of Theatre, Television, and/or Film.


A balance of theoretical coursework, studio work, and production is achieved through the curriculum and close consultation with faculty advisors. While the learning environment is protective enough to allow you to succeed, direct exposure to the diverse and richly active theatre life of San Diego and its environs is an important element of the program. The MFA provides the essential education, technical training and creative experience necessary for professional careers or college-level teaching. We expect your three years spent here to be among the most rewarding and fulfilling of your life.

Programme Structure

The MFA program at San Diego State University is a three-year degree program with emphases in scenery, costume, or lighting design and technology. Under normal circumstances, no more than two students are admitted into each emphasis per year. This allows ample opportunity for design and personal contact with the faculty. Students work with theatre professionals both within and outside the academic environment; as an MFA student, you are allowed to design as much as your individual capabilities permit; you are required to participate in an intensive internship, often working as an assistant to a professional designer or in a television or film studio; and you are expected to develop skill sets which will serve you well into the future.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

English Language Proficiency (for international students only): All graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose native language is not English and whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English must demonstrate competence in English.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    14938 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14938 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National Applies to you

    8242 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8242 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for San Diego

  • 1400 - 2460 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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