Aug 15, 2020  
University of Alberta Calendar 2020-2021 
University of Alberta Calendar 2020-2021

The Degree of MFA with a specialization in Design (Drama) [Graduate]

Graduates will be expected to be competent in costume, set and lighting design. During the program, all of these skills will be addressed through practical projects.

Program Requirements

Students are required to complete a minimum of ★33 in coursework in the two year program and a minimum of ★15 credits of coursework in the one year program. Both programs are required to complete a thesis-equivalent consisting of a creative project presented in performance, accompanied by a supporting document.

2 year program

Required Courses (★24)

Required courses depend on the area of specialization and the undergraduate background of the student

Elective courses (★9)

  • Three of: graduate level courses in T DES, or DRAMA, including DRAMA 605  Special Projects
  • Courses are selected in consultation with the MFA Theatre Design Coordinator.

1 year program

Elective Courses (★6)

  • Two of: graduate level courses in T DES or DRAMA, including DRAMA 605  Special Projects


  • Registration in 900-level THES. The thesis-equivalent will consist of the design for all three design elements of a production in the Studio Theatre directed by a faculty member, guest or MFA director, and a support document which addresses collaboration, design concept, design process, production process, and outcomes.
  • For program completion and convocation, there is no requirement to submit the thesis-equivalent to FGSR.

Ethics Requirement

For all MFA Design students the FGSR Academic Integrity and Ethics Training Requirement  is met through the Graduate Ethics Training course and/or Department-based workshops, seminars, tutorials. Contact the Department for further information.

Residence Requirement

For the MFA Design, the minimum period of residency is one academic year for candidates holding a BFA Theatre Design Degree from the University of Alberta; all other MFA Design candidates require a minimum period of residency of two years.

Length of Program

The maximum time to complete the MFA program as set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is four years.