Master of Fine Arts in Theatre (design emphasis)


The Master of Fine Arts in Theatre (design emphasis) is offered as a terminal degree for a graduate student preparing for a professional career as a scenic, costume, or lighting designer in the theatre. In addition to selecting a primary area of design emphasis, a student may select to study another area of design as a secondary emphasis. The rigorous three-year program places equal importance on classroom studies and production program activities. The program of study contains course work in all the areas of theatre and related fields that inform and enrich the area of design selected as an emphasis. Because of the equal importance given to academic and practical experiences within the program, a graduate is well suited for teaching in a college or university in addition to being an articulate and capable theatre artist.


Costume design; costume history; digital modeling and rendering; media devising; scenic design; scene painting; theatre architecture; theatrical media design.


The MFA program has close ties to the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD), a collaborative think-space, distinguished by a transdisciplinary approach to research and teaching, functioning as an applied collaboratory for time-based digital media production. ACCAD features specialized and flexible studios for animation, motion capture, interactive design, media production, and mediated performance design.

In addition, the Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts is affiliated with the Wexner Center for the Arts, a contemporary arts center and educational program at Ohio State, with a wide range of local, national, and international presentations in the visual and performance arts, film, video, and architecture.


The applicant must meet the requirements for admission to the Graduate School of The Ohio State University, possess an undergraduate degree in theatre or related field, and demonstrate a potential for excellence in design through portfolio presentation and interview. Also the applicant must present two letters of recommendation, provide college transcripts and a statement of purpose, and TOEFL scores for foreign students. Applicants should make every effort to begin the program in the autumn semester of the academic year.