Upon completion of the MFA Design program, you’ll be prepared for professional roles in arts education, entertainment or theater. Design graduate students often pursue roles as a 

  • costume designer,
  • scenic artist,
  • scenic designer,
  • lightning designer,
  • property designer and
  • projection designer.

School Partnerships & Associations

In addition to productive, internship-generating relationships with theatrical institutions, the Theater Department also maintains memberships with

Career Services

The Theater Department encourages students to find job opportunities by visiting the Career Center for guidance on career direction and job search strategies. Students can also search the Philadelphia Cultural Alliance Job Bank and the University Resident Theatre Association.


Career opportunities and mid-career salaries for the Theater-Design MFA may include the following examples.


Median Salary*

Art, Drama, & Music Teachers, Postsecondary


Audio & Video Equipment Technicians




Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers & Repairers


Music Directors


Music Therapists


Musical Instrument Repairers & Tuners


Musicians, Instrumental


Sound Engineering Technicians


* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).