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Master of Fine Arts in Theatre (Design) Application Process

Applications are now open for the Autumn 2024 Design cohort. Interested in learning about our graduate program? You can contact any of our faculty members directly to learn more about the program or schedule a campus visit.

Additionally, we recruit annually at URTA and other graduate design events, and our faculty regularly attend industry conferences such as USITT. Let us know if we'll see you there!

Design Faculty

Application Process

Step 1

The first step in our application process is to share your work with us. We encourage you to contact any of our design faculty directly to share your portfolio in whatever form it takes and let us know your goals for graduate school.

Step 2

The second step would be for us to meet. We strongly encourage you to visit our campus. This gives you a chance to meet all of our faculty, staff, and current graduate students. You also get an up-close look at our facilities, venues, and studios. We strive to provide as complete an experience of our program as possible.

Step 3

Finally, you can complete the Ohio State Graduate School Application. (We encourage you to meet us before you do so.) When you apply, the following materials will be included in the application:

  • Statement of purpose articulating your interests and goals
  • Current CV or resume
  • Portfolio of your work or link to online portfolio
  • Two letters of reference
  • One official copy of transcripts or record of marks for each university-level school attended, including English translation of any foreign documents
  • Proof of English proficiency for international applicants or U.S. applicants whose native language is not English

The GRE is not required for admission to this program unless the applicant's undergraduate GPA is less than a 3.0 or if the 4-year undergraduate degree is not from an accredited institution.


All application materials must be received by March 15th to be considered for the following autumn semester. 

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