At the foundation of the training is a strong curriculum mixing studio and classroom instruction with considerable practical experience in the context of realized productions in the department’s three state-of-the-art theatres. The program offers in-depth mentorship in the context of production, a design practice that hews closely to professional standards, and a close-knit community of peers within the M.F.A. design and technology area.
Among our program’s core values are collaborative and communication skills, an expansive aesthetic influence, mature professional process, and a rich understanding of the breadth and depth of lighting and the visual language of culture past, present, and future. The department’s full production calendar, coupled with its limited population of graduate students, is designed to provide multiple opportunities to design fully-produced theater and dance productions over the course of the three program years.
You are also given multiple opportunities to serve in support roles for productions both within the department and at the University’s Jacobs School of Music. The Jacobs School Opera and Ballet Theater program produces a full season of opera and ballet in the campus’s Musical Arts Center performance facility.
Beyond the work within the department, faculty members are engaged professionally as lighting designers at the national and international levels; they seek opportunities to involve gradate students in that work wherever possible.
To ensure a deep understanding of related specializations, our students also earn a minor selected from Scenic Design, Costume Design, Theatre Technology, Sound Design, or they successfully complete an approved sequence of courses from at least three of these areas.
Additionally, you are exposed to diverse ideas about the application of lighting design to architectural, interior and museum lighting design, built upon the professional stage lighting process and in affiliation with the Indiana University Center for Art and Design in Columbus.