Master of Fine Arts in Design and Technology

The School of Theatre and Dance offers a Master of Fine Arts program in Design and Technology for students wishing to pursue graduate-level training in the areas of Costume Design, Lighting Design, Scenic Design or Theatre Technology.

The graduate Design and Technology program provides students with ample opportunities for learning and practicing their art, specifically through participation in the university theatre season and the summer season at Porthouse Theatre which tests and expands skills learned in the classroom and design studio. Students who enroll in the Design and Technology graduate program will receive intensive training in their chosen level of specialization and will graduate with the skills necessary to succeed as practicing professionals in the performing arts industry. 

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Professional Opportunities

The MFA Design and Technology candidate has numerous opportunities to connect with working professionals beyond the traditional academic environment. Candidates work alongside seasoned design professionals throughout the year and build a professional network vital to future career success. Through the Roe Green Visiting Director Series, connections with guest directors from important venues are forged. Internship opportunities exist with Porthouse Theatre, Northeast Ohio's premiere professional summer theatre. 

Admission and Portfolio Review Requirements

Individuals seeking admission to the Master of Fine Arts program in Design and Technology must apply for graduate admission to Kent State University and pass a portfolio review for their chosen specialization of costume design, lighting design, scenic design, or theatre technology.

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MFA Design and Technology Portfolio Requirements and Instructions


The Master of Fine Arts in Design and Technology has four specializations that students choose from. Students begin their graduate study with introductory graduate level coursework on design and technology and then begin in-depth and intensive training in their chosen specialty.

The graduate Design and Technology specializations are:

Costume Design

Lighting Design

Scenic Design

Theatre Technology