MFA in Scenic Design…


"Animal Crackers", 2011

Graduates of the Scenic Design program are prepared to move successfully into a career in either professional or educational theatre.  Admission to the program is based on a portfolio review and an interview held at the U/RTA unified auditions, the annual convention of the Southeastern Theatre Conference, or the Tuscaloosa campus.

In addition to courses taken at the University , the student will normally design scenery for both studio and mainstage productions in Tuscaloosa.  A total of 60 semester hours is required for the degree.  While the curriculum is structured, individual needs and interests are met through individually planned design and production assignments.



Studio or Related Areas

  • TH521: Period Décor, 3 credits
  • TH523: 2D Drafting for the Theatre, 3 credits
  • TH525: Scene Painting, 3 credits
  • TH537: Drawing and Painting, 3 credits
  • Course Work in Related Area, 20 credits
  • TH622: Scene Design I, 3 credits
  • TH623: Scene Design II, 3 credits
  • Total Studio or Related – 38 credits

Other Studies in Theatre

  • TH551: Theatre History I, 3 credits
  • TH552: Theatre History II, 3 credits
  • Total Other – 6 credits

Students may select 16 credits from the following electives…

  • TH520: Graduate Technical Direction, 3 credits
  • TH527: Computer Graphics, 3 credits
  • TH526: Sound Production, 3 credits
  • TH533: Costume Design I, 3 credits
  • TH570: Theatre Management, 3 credits
  • TH600: Advanced Theatre Practicum, 1 credit
  • TH615: Lighting Design I, 3 credits
  • TH616: Lighting Design II, 3 credits
  • TH618: Lighting Design III, 3 credits
  • TH620: Advanced Theatre Technology, 3 credits
  • TH628: Problems in Theatre Arts: Design, 3 credits
  • Total Electives – 16 credits


For more information, please contact Andy Fitch, Director of Scenic Design Program,