Students in this three-year, full-time graduate conservatory program have opportunities to work closely with professional faculty and guest artists, participating in fully mounted productions. Since the Theater Department is part of Temple’s interdisciplinary Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts, Theater-Design MFA students complete intensive training in the full range of theatrical design practice areas, including costume crafts, drawing and rendering, projection design, and model making. Starting in your first year, and continuing on through the full duration of the program, you’ll assist in the creation of designs within professional productions. In your third year, you’ll produce a production-based thesis with a written component.
Full-time professional design faculty individually mentor each Theater-Design MFA student based on a customized and flexible curriculum. Through Temple’s informal affiliations in Philadelphia, you can explore internships with organizations including The Freedom Theatre, The Lighting Practice and The Philadelphia Theatre Company.
Graduates with an MFA in Theater - Design at Temple University primarily go on to work in theater, as well as the entertainment industry and higher education.
Upon completion of the MFA Design program, you’ll be prepared for professional roles in arts education, entertainment or theater. Design graduate students often pursue roles as a
- costume designer,
- scenic artist,
- scenic designer,
- lighting designer,
- property designer and
- projection designer.
- Seminar in Dramatic Literature
- Scenic Design
- Costume Design
- Lighting Design
- Design for TV and Film
- History of Decor
- History of Fashion
- Drawing and Rendering Techniques
- Draping and Flat Pattern Drafting
- Costume Crafts
- Theatrical Model Making
- Scene Painting
- Projection and Media Design
- The Job Market
- 36 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
DisciplinesDesign Theatre & Dance View 610 other Masters in Design in United States
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Research your graduate degree program
- Complete online application
- Standardized Test Scores
- Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A baccalaureate degree is required.
International28820 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 1441 USD per credit during 36 months.
National28820 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 1441 USD per credit during 36 months.
In-State21560 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 1078 USD per credit during 36 months.
Living costs for Philadelphia
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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.
Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.