About This Degree
USU is the only university in the state with a master of fine arts program in theatre.
It is also the only theatre program in the state with its own professional Equity theatre company, where students and professionals have the opportunity to work with the Old Lyric Repertory Company. The Theatre Arts Department at USU also hosts an impressive visiting artist series, where students have the opportunity to learn from renowned visiting professionals from all over the world. Graduate students in the department have many opportunities to present their design portfolios with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, and graduate students often win national awards.
What You Will Learn
The MFA degree is a terminal degree in the design aspect of theatre. It is a three-year program in which students gain hands-on experience in one or more areas of focus, including set design, costume design, and lighting design. Secondary areas of study may include technical practice, sound design, properties design and/or scenic art.
Advanced Technical Practice:
In this specialization, students work specifically on scene craft and technical direction.
In this specialization, students choose to focus on scenic design, costume design, and/or lighting design.
MFA: Logan (Main Campus)
Career And Outcomes
Students who graduate with the MFA can pursue the following careers:
- Professors in higher education
- Regional theatre companies
- Repertory theatre companies
- Scenic, costume, or lighting design
- Production managers
- Technical directors
Students who graduate with the MA generally are secondary education theatre teachers who wish to advance their careers by obtaining a master’s degree, or are students who enter doctoral programs in the academic side of theatre.