Careers

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.

Outcomes

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

Career

Median Salary*

Art, Drama, & Music Teachers, Postsecondary

$66,930.00

Audio & Video Equipment Technicians

$42,190.00

Choreographers

$48,420.00

Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers & Repairers

$37,190.00

Music Directors

$50,590.00

Music Therapists

$47,680.00

Musical Instrument Repairers & Tuners

$36,530.00

Musicians, Instrumental

-

Sound Engineering Technicians

$55,810.00

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