24 months
1052 USD/credit 31560 USD/year
1052 USD/credit 31560 USD/year
289 USD/credit 8670 USD/year
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The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Design is a program at University of North Carolina Greensboro dedicated to the development of well-rounded theatre designers within a scenographic tradition. The MFA in Design is a terminal degree structured to develop the artistry of those seeking specialized training and intending to pursue professional careers.


The MFA in Design program is competitive, ensuring that classes are small and training is personal. At the core of the Design program is a series of design courses and hands-on practicum experiences, plus electives the student selects in consultation with a faculty advisor. These electives allow the MFA in Design student to pursue an emphasis in a particular area of design, thereby tailoring the degree to the student’s interests and career objectives. Major guest artists regularly come to campus under the sponsorship of the Department of Theatre with the specific purpose of working closely with MFA Design students.

About the MFA Design

The MFA in Design program at University of North Carolina Greensboro is planned so that students graduate with 60 hours of classes. During their course of study, students are expected to design a minimum of four fully realized productions as a part of the School of Theatre’s Mainstage, Theatre for Youth, and Studio seasons. MFA in Design students are required to design scenery, costume, lighting, and a fourth assignment in whichever area the student is specializing. The School of Theatre encourages approved design work outside the University.

There are special arrangements with Triad Stage, a professional regional theatre located in downtown Greensboro , and the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, located in nearby High Point . The Department of Theatre also prepares students for regional and national competitions and interviews.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Period Styles in Performance Design
  • Graduate Study
  • Scene Design Styles
  • Costume Design Styles
  • Lighting Design Styles
  • Scene Design Application

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or appropriately-evaluated credentials for non-U.S. schools.
  • Satisfactory academic standing as an undergraduate or in a post-baccalaureate program: “B” (3.0 GPA) average or better.
  • Approval of the academic department in which the graduate student will major. (Assumes an undergraduate major appropriate to the proposed graduate study.)
  • Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination 
  • Audition

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    31560 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1052 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    31560 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1052 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    8670 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 289 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Greensboro

1001 - 1540 USD /month
Living costs

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