The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Design and Technical Production prepares students for a career in professional theatre through intensive classroom study and production training. Areas of emphasis include Costume Design; Costume Production; Lighting Design; Scenic Design; Scenic Production; and Technical Direction. Strong mentorship is provided by a faculty of working professionals to admitted candidates who have experience and potential in their area of interest, a passion for the arts and proven leadership skills. Candidates cultivate their artistry and craft on productions within the Arizona Repertory Theatre.
This fully functioning school has three theatres, along with production shops, production facilities and post-production laboratories, and state-of-the-art equipment, and a faculty made up of working professionals. The School of Theatre, Film & Television at the University of Arizona provides an exciting opportunity to learn about the art and craft of storytelling and the workings of the entertainment industry in an incredibly rich learning environment. Professional screenings like "I Dream in Widescreen," and our professional theatre training company, Arizona Repertory Theatre, provide real, hands-on creative opportunities and experiences to practice your craft.
College of Fine Arts
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
Submit the following materials online through the Graduate College Application Portal:
Required English Proficiency: https://grad.arizona.edu/admissions/requirements/international-applicants#english-proficiency
Limited Graduate College Fellowships when available
Teaching Assistantship with Tuition (out-of-state) Scholarship
Limited number of School of Theatre, Film & Television Scholarships
Graduate Registration (in-state) Scholarships
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program:
60 units of core coursework in areas of specialization.
All MFA students’ plan of study requires 10 units of graduate core curriculum. These typically are from the following:T AR 601* Research Methods(1) T AR 602* Theatre & Culture I(3) T AR 603* Theatre and Culture II(3) T AR 696a* Contemporary Trends(3 ). However substitutes to this list may be authorized.
MFA Design/Technology Core (26 units): TAR 548A Period Styles, Architecture(3) TAR 548B Period Styles, Costume(3) TAR 580* Graduate Production Study(3) (1 credit, 3 times) TAR 596D* Special Topics in Design (6) (3 credits, 2 times) TAR 597* Production Workshops (5) (Min) TAR 909* Master’s Report (3) TAR 694* Thesis Project(3)
*Indicates Course Available Only to Graduate Students
Core Courses by Specialization (substitutions may be approved):
Additional Credits may be taken from:
Successful completion of probationary first year
Successful completion of Master's Report - TAR 909 (3)
Successful completion of Thesis Production - TAR 694 (3)
Successful completion of Master's Thesis project defense
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.