Wayne State University

Master of Fine Arts - Scenic Design

The Hilberry Scenic Design program is a pre-professional terminal degree that emphasizes practical training and experience while providing design opportunities in a wide variety of styles — from the classics to modern works. The Hilberry is devoted to cultivating new theatre artists through the development of particular production-related skills, and our applied learning environment emphasizes collaboration, conceptualization, originality and self-discovery.

The Hilberry offers students both coursework and studio time, as well as opportunities to fully realize their designs on the main stage and in the department's various spaces. Hilberry graduate students work in rotation as scenic designers, technical directors, assistant designers, property masters and scenic painters. The Hilberry program prepares the student to enter the professional theatre and the broader world of professional entertainment.

The following selection of courses is typical for scenic designers:

  • Stage Design
  • Advanced Design
  • Introduction to Scenic Painting
  • Advanced Scenic Painting
  • Style of Design
  • Advanced Stage Lighting
  • Costume Design for Theatre
  • Technical Theatre Problems
  • Repertory Theatre (design practicum)
  • Development of Drama
  • Play Direction
  • Teaching Internship Option
  • Theatre Aesthetics
  • Design Studio I-IV