36 months
41000 USD/year
41000 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The School of Drama graduate Lighting Design option from Carnegie Mellon University is an integrated, hands-on, three-year program that teaches practical, theoretical and conceptual approaches for lighting design and technology.


About the programme

Students become visual communicators using light as their primary medium. The design process involves analysis, research and exploration of light as a visual design element.

Students at Carnegie Mellon University's Lighting Design master's are mentored in class and production work ranging across drama, musical theater, new plays, devised work, opera, dance, television, concert, architectural lighting and media design. All School of Drama productions are designed and technically supported by students.Course and production work focuses on the artistry of design as well as exposing students to the latest technological tools, software and industry trends.State of the art lighting inventory available to students includes:
  • ETC Conventional and LED fixtures
  • Vectorworks and Autocad
  • Vari-lite, Clay Paky and Martin automated lights
  • Color Kinetics LED fixtures
  • Consoles such as EOS, ION, Virtuoso, GrandMa and Whole Hog IV

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theatrical Lighting Design
  • Lighting Design Skills
  • Dance Light Design
  • Musical and Opera Lighting Design
  • Lighting Management
  • Lighting Technology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


270 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Statement of intent
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts
  • Application fee
  • TOEFL, IELTS, and Duolingo scores where applicable (MyBest Scores are accepted; scores must be less than two years old)
  • Program specific materials

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    41000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 41000 USD per year during 36 months.
  • National

    41000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 41000 USD per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Pittsburgh

1148 - 1944 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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