FAQs about Design + Technology
- How many shows do you do each season?
The Department of Theatre + Dance produces a robust production season consisting of plays, musicals, and full-length dance recitals. Additionally, there is a summer season and other special events.
- Is the GRE required for admittance?
No, the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is not required for the M.F.A. program.
- Will I work on the "Main Stage" or on the "student season"?
At the graduate level, there is only the “Main Stage” experience. Graduate students serve as the primary designers (lighting, costumes, scenery), technical directors, scenic artists, cutter/drapers, and properties masters for all shows. See details about the season here.
- How many students are in the program?
We have graduate students in all design & technology areas. There are 5 Scenic Designers, 4 Costume Designers, 5 Lighting Designers, 4 Costume Technology and 5 Theatre Technology (TD) students. When combined with M.F.A. Acting, Directing, Playwriting, and Dramaturgy students, the Department of Theatre + Dance has 50 graduate students and approximately 250 undergraduate majors.
- What types of financial aid are available?
Financial aid resources are available from IU's Office of Financial Aid.
- Does the program offer assistantships?
Yes, all M.F.A. students accepted into the program are offered graduate assistantships which provide a full tuition waiver, plus a competitive stipend, for each of their three years of study. Some fees cannot be waived.
- Are teaching opportunities available?
If teaching coincides with the students professional goals, opportunities exist to gain college-level teaching experience through both laboratory instruction and classroom lectures.
- What styles of shows do you do?
The department takes pride in offering a wide range of theatrical genres to students and audiences. Musicals and plays of diverse styles are produced each season.
- How do I apply to the program?
You can find admissions information here.
- What types of job placement services are offered?
Students are mentored into their respective professions by the major professor in their area (Lighting, Costumes, Scenery, or Technical Direction) with the purpose of meeting each individual student’s professional goals.
- Where do the faculty instructors work professionally?
All Design and Technology faculty maintain active professional careers. Please see individual faculty profiles for more details.
- What jobs do recent graduates have?
Recent graduates of our programs are employed all across the country. Please see specific program web pages for further information.