Theatre - Costume Design

Illinois State University

12 months
17651 USD/year
17651 USD/year
9676 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Illinois State's Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Theatre - Costume Design at Illinois State University is dedicated to the development of the individual student to reach their professional goals in the field.


The Theatre - Costume Design three-year program emphasizes collaboration as the cornerstone for creating quality design work within the ambitious production program at Illinois State. 

Learning outcomes

All MFA programs at Illinois State University 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
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


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.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated 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.
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).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The University provides graduate assistantships as a means of financial support. They are intended as a way to facilitate a student's progress to degree while providing important professional development.
  • Students who meet GPA standards can also earn an assistantship in the School of Theatre and Dance. 
  • The assistantship provides a stipend to the candidate for working in the Costume area and in selected teaching assignments. Candidates with an assistantship also are given a full tuition waiver for each semester that they are enrolled in the program.
  • The Costume Design program admits a limited number of students. There are currently four assistantship positions awarded each year.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17651 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17651 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    17651 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17651 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    9676 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9676 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.


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