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mfa in 
technical direction


The MFA in Technical Direction is a rigorous program designed to prepare the student with the skills needed to succeed in the professional world. Our program features small class sizes with in-depth individualized training, and early opportunities for leadership positions. This three year course of study encompasses the design, construction, and implementation of scenery using industry standard technologies, materials, and techniques.


Arsenic & Old Lace

Through production, students gain real-world experience in planning and managing the process from design to strike.  They will have the opportunity to serve in leadership positions like Assistant Technical Director, Technical Director, or Production Manager guiding undergraduate students through the creations of their designs.


Course work provides training in drafting (hand and computer aided), carpentry, welding, rigging, project management, leadership, health & safety, automation, painting, portfolio development, and scenic design. Along with the design and technology core classes are electives to allow the student more in-depth training in subjects of their choice. 

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