Graduate Design Program
The Design Program for Theater is a professional training curriculum where M.F.A. designers and technicians collaborate with professional faculty, staff and guest artists to stage exciting, contemporary theater for diverse audiences. We are looking for aspiring designers who will pursue the intent of the play wherever it leads them, into any period or style, into any emotion or state of mind, and whose knowledge and skills are so various that they bring a rich theatricality to the worlds they create. The Design Program for Theater combines intensive classroom work with full-scale productions to create well rounded designers and technicians. Our graduates find work in many aspects of theater, including regional theater, educational theater, and the entertainment industry.
The MFA Design Program is a three-year, full-time conservatory program. Students may specialize in one or more of the following areas: Scene Design, Costume Design, and Lighting Design.
Request information about the program here.
Course of Study
- Seminar in Dramatic Literature I and II
- Drawing and Rendering I and II
- Scene Design I
- Costume Design I
- Lighting Design I
- Technical Practice I and II
- Draping and Flat Patterning
- Seminar in Design or Technical Production
- Visual History I and II
- Scene Design II
- Costume Design II
- Lighting Design II
- Costume Production
- History of Modern Scenic Design
- Scene Design III
- Costume Design III
- Lighting Design III
- Secondary Design
For more information, please visit the Graduate Bulletin.
Assistant Director for Administration
Division of Theater, Film and Media Arts
1715 N. Broad Street
118 Rock Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19122
For more info, please visit The Graduate School Admissions Page.
Interview and Portfolio Presentation
Temple interviews design program candidates at the national University/Resident Theatre Association auditions and at the campus. Applicants are encouraged to visit the Department in Philadelphia, to attend classes and speak with faculty, staff and current students.
At the interview we are interested in learning as much as possible about you - your thinking and imagination, your vision, your sense of theater, your visual and graphic abilities. Portfolios should include examples of design and technical work: renderings, rough sketches, examples of drafting, working drawings and realized production work, or other work that demonstrates theatrical and graphic ability. If possible, present one complete set of designs from conception (rough sketches, notes, etc.) through renderings, plans, drafting or other drawings, through to photos of the finished work.
You can also include art work, photography or any material which you think shows your imagination and abilities. Include a concise statement about yourself and your goals.