If you love theater and have a knack for visual arts, scenic design may be the path for you. Our Master of Fine Arts in Scenic Design treats dramatic ideas and techniques of drawing and painting with equal emphasis. The aim is to enable you to increase your capabilities and resources for design and to develop responsibility for the images produced.

Unlike other programs, our individualized instruction emphasizes the interaction between individual students and professional stage directors. You’ll be offered the opportunity to work in a wide range of styles and approaches under the guidance of practicing, professional artists.

Major components

  • Scenography that is organized around a substantial body of theory relating to American theatrical forms and directed to the development of expressive rendering techniques through the systematic practice of drawing and painting.
  • History, Dramatic Literature and Text Analysis that are directed toward research of the distinctive character of American playwriting and design, their European and Asian antecedents, and professional ethics.
  • Professional practice in which students design productions under the supervision of an impressive roster of professional stage directors and artists.

Our faculty will be recruiting at the URTA Audition and Interviews in Chicago. For more information go to urta.com

M.F.A. Scene Design Degree Requirements


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