The Design program of the University of California, Irvine (UCI) provides professional training that respects our theatrical heritage and the traditional skills of a designer. In addition, a strong emphasis is placed on new technologies and how they affect and enhance contemporary design practices. Training on high-end computers and equipment using the latest software is required in all design disciplines, preparing students for a seamless transition to the professional world.
A special emphasis on production exists in the Design program. In order to ensure ample design opportunities, the number of graduate students admitted each year is intentionally limited. Students should typically expect to design between four and seven fully-supported projects in as many as five different venues over the course of their education. The interdisciplinary organization of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UCIrvine provides additional design opportunities in opera, dance, video and performance art. Faculty mentor each project, providing guidance throughout the design process and offering helpful feedback upon its completion. In addition, the school brings in professional guest designers to critique each third-year student's work.
As a professional training program, attention is given both to the aesthetics and the pragmatics of creating theatre. Production schedules, budgets and processes are modeled on the common practices of American regional theaters. Highly-trained staff support all realized productions and create a professional environment in which the students work.
- Incoming students specialize in one specific discipline: sound design, lighting design, costume design, or scenic design. Study of that specific discipline is at the heart of the student's education. Students will also develop a solid working knowledge of the basic principles and procedures of the other disciplines in order to foster more productive collaboration. In addition, the design curriculum includes the study of theater history, art history, and dramatic literature.
- Instruction is focused on the growth of each student's individual design abilities. Students will work in a shared studio space, creating an atmosphere of constructive critique and support. Beyond the regular course load, additional learning opportunities can occur during weekly roundtables, design tutorials, masterclasses, and post-performance critiques.
- 36 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
DisciplinesDesign Theatre & Dance View 645 other Masters in Design in United States
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- A completed application and $120.00 fee ($140.00 for international applicants) is required
- Academic transcripts from each college/university attended
- Three letters of recommendation
- Unofficial transcripts must be submitted online with the graduate application
- Design portfolios should be uploaded to the electronic application
- If the portfolio is available online, a link to the specific website should be uploaded
International33619 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 33619 USD per year during 36 months.
National33619 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 33619 USD per year during 36 months.
In-State18517 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 18517 USD per year during 36 months.
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