24 months
654 USD/credit 19620 USD/year
654 USD/credit 19620 USD/year
340 USD/credit 10200 USD/year
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The Design - Theatre Technology program at University of South Dakota is a theoretical and practical course of study. 

Visit the official programme website for more information


Key Features

With major professor and graduate committee approval, candidates of the Design - Theatre Technology program at University of South Dakota must elect an area of emphasis and must complete additional requirements for the emphasis area:

  • Costume design
  • Lighting and sound design
  • Scenic design
  • Technical production

The department recognizes that the designer and technician must seek to attain a broad knowledge of the theatre and its companion arts, a high level of analytical and communicative skills, an understanding of the design elements as they apply to live, three-dimensional performances revealed by light, a comprehensive understanding of art and theatrical design history and the ability to communicate graphically.

Because program admissions are limited, each student receives a high level of individualized instruction, opportunities to design in the arena season of plays, and, in most instances, the opportunity to design a mainstage production as part of the design candidate's culminating project. At least fifty percent of the graduate program of study credit hours must be in courses numbered 600 or above. This program requires 60 credit hours of study.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Design/technical Theatre Studio
  • Contemporary Drama And Theatre
  • Graduate Studies In Theatre
  • Script Analysis And Dramaturgy
  • Scenic Design
  • Costume Design
  • Lighting Design

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application Fee: $35.00 U.S.D. The application fee cannot be waived and is nonrefundable.
  • Official Transcripts: If transcripts are not originally provided by the institution in the English language, the indigenous language transcript should be submitted along with an English translation. The full English translation must include a certification from the translator verifying that the translation is complete and accurate and that they are qualified to translate the language to English.
  • Official Admission Test Scores: If test scores are required by a graduate program, students may upload a copy of their score report to their GradCAS application. Full admission will require that an official score report is sent to USD directly from the testing body.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Letters must be submitted directly by the recommenders through GradCAS.
  • Statement of Purpose: Refer to program admission requirements for details.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19620 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 654 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    19620 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 654 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    10200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 340 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Vermillion

1024 - 1781 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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