MFA Lighting Design

Elements of the design process studied include: script analysis, visual research, director/designer collaboration, visual communication through conventional and digital media, graphic notation, problem solving, and practical techniques for successful design execution. Courses in lighting technology provide hands-on experience with advanced technologies such as automated fixture programming, color scroller cueing/tracking, and multi-media/show-control systems.

Students complete a sequence of required courses in CAD, design graphics, history of design, elements of lighting design, and studies in advanced lighting technology. Upper level lighting design courses consist of individually mentored projects aimed at strengthening design skills and developing a solid design portfolio. Students also have the opportunity to take electives in costume design, scenic design, and stage technology.

All students serve as lighting designers or assistant lighting designers on selected main stage productions. To fulfill assistantship responsibilities, students share master electrician and light shop duties and serve as teaching assistants for undergraduate lighting courses.

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only.  The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at

The MFA Design Program is  not recruiting for Fall 2023. For more information please contact: R. Lee Kennedy