MFA - Costume Design

The M.F.A. in Design program is dedicated to preparing students for careers as professionals in the entertainment industry. A balance of rigorous coursework, innovative production work and one-on-one mentorship provides students with a holistic learning experience. A course of study that begins with a solid foundation in skills, prepares students for success in the theoretical and practical application of their discipline. Programmatically, the department encourages the development of each individual's working, design, and creative process. Through truthful and constructive critique faculty assist students in the refinement and solidification of their personal aesthetic.

Application requirements

  1. Complete University Application Process
  2. Interview for Admission to the MFA program
  3. Submit supplemental documents to the Department

Supplemental Documents include:

  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Samples of design work (submitted electronically)

Interview requirements

Candidates must present a design portfolio either online, on campus, or at a recruiting event (LINK, URTA, USITT, SETC). The portfolio should illustrate the candidate's artistic ability, sensitivity of the dramatic materials, use of research materials and fundamental understanding of tools of design.

Admission to the MFA program is based on interview and admission to the Graduate School at Wayne State University.

Financial Package

  • Stipend:  $19,967 (2019-2020)
  • Full Tuition Waiver
  • Insurance: Medical/Dental/Vision (employee contribution)


Mary Copenhagen
Lecturer, Costume Design
Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance
Wayne State University
a: 4841 Cass Ave., Suite 3226 Detroit, MI 48201