The Department of Theatre and Dance’s production design program aims to unlock students’ creativity and help them master the portfolio of practical skills essential for a career as a successful design professional. Part of the arts and humanities discipline in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the program connects students directly to the vibrant arts community of Washington, D.C.
The M.F.A. program offers courses that provide solid artistic training, experiential academic application and a direct opportunity to apply these skills in an intense professional environment. The faculty is composed of professionals with practical knowledge of how to develop a successful career in production design.
Each M.F.A. candidate works with the faculty to develop a customized three-year program that emphasizes production design for theater and dance as well as the related arts of film, television, exhibition design and special events. All programs include nine to 18 credits of full-time apprenticeship at a local professional theater, studies in secondary design areas and cross-discipline training in the allied arts. Concentrations include costume, scenery and lighting design.
The Office of Student Financial Assistance offers financial aid in the form of Federal Stafford Loans and alternative loans to graduate students seeking to finance their graduate educations.