36 months
1441 USD/credit 28820 USD/year
1441 USD/credit 28820 USD/year
1078 USD/credit 21560 USD/year
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Advance your career building the visual experience of contemporary theater with the Master of Fine Arts in Theater - Design in Temple University’s School of Theater, Film and Media Arts. Specialize in costume, lighting and scene design, and develop your creative passion for bringing a story to life on the stage.


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. 

Future Career

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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • 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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Research your graduate degree program
  • Complete online application
  • Interview
  • Portfolio
  • Standardized Test Scores
  • Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A baccalaureate degree is required.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    28820 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1441 USD per credit during 36 months.
  • National

    28820 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1441 USD per credit during 36 months.
  • In-State

    21560 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1078 USD per credit during 36 months.

Living costs for Philadelphia

1313 - 2284 USD /month
Living costs

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.

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