MFA - Lighting 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

  • A resume
  • 3 or 4 letters of recommendation
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Samples of design work (submitted electronically)

Interview requirements

Candidates must present a design portfolio either 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 is based on interview and you must also be admitted by The Graduate School at Wayne State University.

To apply, please visit the Graduate School Application Portal.

Financial Package

  • Stipend: $21,151 (2023-2024)
  • Full Tuition Waiver
  • Insurance: Medical/Dental/Vision (employee contribution)


Matt Taylor
Assistant Professor, Head of Lighting
Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance
Wayne State University