12 months
1092 USD/credit 32760 USD/year
423 USD/credit 12690 USD/year
423 USD/credit 12690 USD/year
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With Lighting Design from University of Missouri - Kansas City, you’ll enter the profession prepared to work at the highest level.


About Lighting Design from University of Missouri - Kansas City

At Lighting Design from University of Missouri - Kansas City, training consists of a rigorous blend of academic course work and a demanding design and production schedule. 

In the first two years, lighting students will take four semesters of Professional Lighting Design, two semesters of Rendering, four semesters of Theatre History and one semester each of Text Analysis, AutoCAD drafting, Theatre Collaboration and Lighting Equipment.

Electives will include two semesters in either another design area, stage management or technical direction. Residency and professional design are the key components of the third year. Students are encouraged to spend at least one semester of their third year off-campus assisting professional designers at major theatres, operas and ballets, and/or designing professional productions.

In the past, lighting students have assisted professionals such as Ken Billington on the Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas show, the “Stars on Ice” TV special and at the Houston Grand Opera; Mary Jo Dondlinger at the Boston Ballet; Dawn Chiang at the Arizona Theatre and Milwaukee Repertory Theatre; and Russell Champa at the American Conservatory Theatre. For those interested in opera, there are opportunities to assist or observe at major regional opera companies. While on residency, students often find opportunities to design lights for several small Kansas City Equity Theatres or for the second stages of major regional theatres.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Professional Lighting Design
  • Theatre History or Text Analysis
  • History of Design and Technology 
  • Rendering Tech for Theatre Design 
  • Stage Lighting Technology
  • Theatre Collaboration

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A satisfactory academic record as defined by your degree program.
  • bachelor’s or first-level professional degree from a regionally accredited institution. Please see check with your degree program for more information.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    32760 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1092 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    12690 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 423 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    12690 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 423 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Kansas City

980 - 1596 USD /month
Living costs

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


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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