Illinois State's Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Scene Design program is dedicated to the development of the individual student to reach their professional goals in the field.
The three-year program emphasizes collaboration as the cornerstone for creating quality design work within the ambitious production program at Illinois State. All MFA programs are led by professionally active faculty and staff in the classroom, in our production shops, and on stage. Learn more about design opportunities in the Scene Design program.
Our goal is to guide you toward your professional career in the arts and join our alumni in creating exciting theatre, dance, opera, film, and television across the nation and beyond.
A plan of study will be tailored to meet your individual needs with the guidance of your MFA committee. Learn more about the Scene Design curriculum.
Learn more about the facilities where you will work, including the state-of-the-art Center for the Performing Arts Theatre.
A student applying to a master's program must:
International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.
A student applying to this program must:
Design written materials must be submitted by February 15 to:
School of Theatre and Dance
Campus Box 5700
Normal, IL 61790-5700
For more information regarding MFA in Scene Design, contact John C. Stark.
The University provides graduate assistantships as a means of financial support. They are intended as a way to facilitate a student's progress to degree while providing important professional development.
Students who meet GPA standards can also earn an assistantship in the School of Theatre and Dance. The assistantship provides a stipend to the candidate for working in the scene shop, the prop shop or in selected teaching assignments. Candidates with an assistantship also are given a full tuition waiver for each semester that they are enrolled in the program.
The Scene Design program admits a limited number of students. There are currently four assistantship positions awarded each year.
To be eligible for an assistantship a student must, generally,
Graduate assistants receive
See Student Accounts for information on tuition and fees. Funding for graduate students is available from several different sources. Students who have been admitted from continuous states including Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin will receive in-state tuition.
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