MFA in Scenic Technology and Design 

The MFA in Theatre: Specialization in Scenic Technology and Design prepares the theatre artisan/manager to undertake positions with a wide scope of responsibility. The intention of the course of study is to develop skills in scenic technology and design especially in the areas of structural analysis and design, entertainment rigging, theatre machinery and automation, production management, set and lighting design, and theatre safety. There is some flexibility in the program to better serve the student’s academic needs. All students will undertake production positions on LSU Mainstage and Swine Palace productions. Teaching, design and management opportunities exist for the qualified student.

Requirements for Admission

Potential applicants should express interest by contacting the program Head prior to completing the Graduate School’s on-line application. Applicants must meet all requirements for admission to the Graduate School at LSU. In addition to the Graduate School’s on-line application, all applicants must submit a letter of intent, resumé, three letters of recommendation, and representative portfolio on CD or online website. An on-site interview is required of all applicants.

All applicants will be evaluated based on evidence of academic achievement and artistic promise, as indicated by grade point average, GRE scores, portfolio review, letters of recommendation, and, where applicable, TOEFL scores.

Requirements for Graduation

  • Three consecutive years of residency
  • 66 graduate credit hours
  • Six credit hours in THTR 8000 (thesis research)
  • Written thesis, project, and oral defense of work

Apply online to the LSU Graduate School.

More Information

James L. Murphy
Head, MFA Technology/Design Program
Department of Theatre
Louisiana State University
105 Music and Dramatic Arts Building
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

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