MFA Design Academic and Schedule Information

Registration Information - Spring 2019:

Course #



who takes?


13180 Drafting all scenic designers



Figure drawing All costume and scenic designers


21587 Projections (Braun) First year scenic and lighting,
third year lighting


13194 Studio, Lynch First year costume and first and second
year scenic designers


13195 Studio, Burgess First year scenic and first and second
year costume designers


13196 Studio, Exits All third year students register, all
students attend


13197 Advanced lighting (Korf)
1-4 credits
 all lighting designers

514 A

13198 Scenic seminar (Lynch),
2 credits
scenic designers

514 B

13199 Costume seminar, Burgess costume designers

514 C

13200 Lighting colloquium, Korf  lighting designers


21641 Lighting All first year designers,
first year directors


Courses of study

General course of study for MFA in design students (PDF).

Going on leave

A 10-week internship is required in your third year. In your internship ("professional") quarter you may choose to go on leave, so that you don't pay tuition. Because of visa requirements, international students may not go on leave in fall quarter and may want to complete their professional quarter in the summer. To go on leave, fill out a web-based form and pay a $25 fee. Please Note: Graduate students are required to remain in graduate status -- registered or on leave. Students who do not remain in graduate status will be required to pay a $250 reinstatement fee

If you have any financial aid out you should apply and pay for going on-leave no later than the second Friday of the quarter. Students who are officially on-leave by the 2nd Friday of the quarter will have their on-leave status reported to the National Student Clearinghouse.

Applying for your degree

In your final quarter of your third year: You must complete

You can apply for your degree starting the first week of the quarter. They will ask if you're in a thesis program, and for 2019 please indicate that you are not. You have until the last day of classes of the quarter to complete the on line application, but it will only take you a couple of minutes so it would be great to file early and get it done. No charge. Trying to file for your degree after the last day of classes will mean at least a $250 charge, plus delays.

Commencement registration starts in early May, and their web site (link below) has information on signing up to walk in the ceremony, reserving tickets for guests, etc. Commencement is entirely different from filing for your degree, signing up to go through Commencement will not work unless you have filed for your degree as above.

Thesis information

Note - in 2019 MFA designers will not be submitting a thesis to the grad school. The graduate school has formatting guidelines on their web site, with info on required sections of the thesis document (title page, copyright page, abstract page). The link to submit your thesis via ProQuest is ProQuest thesis submittal page.  You submit a masters committee supervisory form as part of your thesis submittal.