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M.F.A. Design students specialize and train in one or more disciplines: scenic design, costume design, or lighting design. All students enter the program together and remain together for three years. Only one class is trained at a time. Collaboration is the heart and soul of the program. Students develop a solid working knowledge of the elements and principles of their discipline in order to create a close collaborative working environment. In addition to the design and collaboration classes, the curriculum includes the study of dramaturgy, dramatic literature, and theatre history.  

The Design and Technology program is a professional training program that respects the traditional skills and heritage of our profession, while placing an emphasis on the new and emerging technologies and skills in our contemporary theatre practice. Our goal is to give the developing theatre artist the tools and skills that are best matched to realizing their theatrical vision.  

The Design and Technology program provides ample opportunity to put dreams and theory into practice. Students should expect to design between six and eight fully supported productions in a variety of at least three venues over the course of their studies. The faculty and staff mentor all projects and provide guidance and feedback throughout the design and production process.  

In addition to faculty directors, UH brings in a large number of professional guest directors, from across the country to participate in the program. Design and Technology students are regularly exposed to the artists from the local Houston arts institutions – the Alley Theatre, Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera, Theatre Under the Stars, Stages Repertory, AD Players to name a few. 


- Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0

- Email area head of your interest with cover letter and link to website or portfolio and 3 references.

- There will be continued correspondance to schedule a virtual or on campus visit.

- Acceptance to the School of Theatre & Dance does not guarantee acceptance to University of Houston.

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