Theatre - Costume Design

Illinois State University

36 months
17290 USD/year
9466 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


Illinois State's Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Costume Design program is dedicated to the development of the individual student to reach their professional goals in the field.


The three-year program emphasizes collaboration as the cornerstone for creating quality design work within the ambitious production program at Illinois State. All MFA programs are led by professionally active faculty and staff in the classroom, in our production shops, and on stage.Our goal is to guide you toward your professional career in the arts and join our alumni in creating exciting theatre, dance, opera, film, and television across the nation and beyond.

Programme Structure

That plan of study will include six hours of Company Core, (491 and 492). Company Core, the cornerstone of the collaborative approach that is fostered in the School of Theatre and Dance, is a two-semester course that is team taught by members of the design and directing faculty. You will explore methods and techniques to work cooperatively to create exciting and provocative theatre through open discussion with your MFA colleagues.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
2.8 (required)
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
79 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • submit a current resume.
  • provide three professional or academic letters of recommendation.
  • interview with a member of the faculty. Interviews are held at U/RTA sites in Chicago and New York or on the Illinois State campus. 
  • have a minimum 2.8 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17290 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17290 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    9466 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9466 USD per year and a duration of 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.

Our partners

Theatre - Costume Design
Illinois State University