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Master of Fine Arts [M.F.A] (Theatre Design)

 2 years
 full time
 on campus
  Thesis Based

Field of Study

Offered by     Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research, University of Alberta

$ 5,459 

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Program Description

  • Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Design at the University of Alberta allows students to complete this course in 2 years.
  • It is an on-campus program offered on a full-time basis.
  • This program is an intensive studio design course consists of numerous studio and practical opportunities to develop and refine student's skills in lighting, costume, and set design.
  • Students get the opportunity to do some specific courses in Costume, Lighting, and Scenic Painting Techniques.
    • The program normally consists of 2-year and can be completed in a 1-year if students fulfill all qualifications need.
    • In this program, students learn about:
      • how to be a professional theatre designer
      • drawing and painting techniques
      • graphic presentation skills
      • artistic collaboration and communication
      • time management
      • portfolio development and presentation
    • Individualized interaction with faculty theatre design specialists, and a highly experienced team of production technicians, wardrobe staff, and administrators.
    • MFA students at design lights, sets, or costumes for 3 productions of varying style and scale, and they are responsible for the total production design of a UofA Studio Theatre main stage production as their thesis project.
    • University provides small class sizes allow for maximum contact between students and professors and encourage collaboration between students.
    • There are 20 full-time faculty experts with eminent professional theatre credentials and research records.
    • The graduate students are encouraged to apply for and are assisted in nominations for general awards, including the SSHRC Awards, FGSR Travel Awards, and others.
    • The department also provides different types of facilities like a highly experienced team of theatre, administrators, and production technicians.
    • Job opportunities after MFA in Theatre Design are Actor, Choreographer, Dancer, etc and the average salary goes up to 42,010 USD.

    Program Highlights

    Degree Type Offered Master
    Duration2 years
    Fees$ 12,670 for 2 years
    Delivery TypeFull Time
    Admission Intake Fall (Deadline - Jan 27)
    Language Proficiency TOEFL,IELTS,PTE
    Offered by Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research, University of Alberta
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    Eligibility & Entry Requirement

    Academic Eligibility:

    • Students are required to have completed an undergraduate degree from a recognized University and are seeking to further develop and refine their theatre design skills.
    • Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (B Grade) on the University of Alberta's 4-point scale based on the recent two years of full-time study.

    Work Experience:

    Students must have professional design experience and a resume of related theatre experience.

    Indian Student Eligibility:

    Indian students are eligible to apply if they meet one of the following eligibility criteria:

    • Completed a 4-year UG degree or equivalent degree from a recognized university.
    • Students will need to submit school results for Class XI showing a competitive average and course registration for Class XII, or Class XII mid-year results.
    • Students in CBSE or CISCE schools need to present a 75%+ score on their final Class XII exams.

    Along with the minimum eligibility requirements, international students hailing from non-English speaking countries need to prove English proficiency through  IELTS/TOEFL/any equivalent test.

    Required Document List

    Following are the required documents:

    • CV/Resume: Outline of academic achievements and/or awards, publications, relevant work, and/or volunteer experience.
    • Official Transcripts: Students have to submit a copy of their original official transcripts.
    • Reference letters: Students will choose letter writers that will be able to comment on their academic record as well as other experiences or relevant skill sets. 
    • Three Letters of Reference: The online application system will notify the references and allow the student to upload their letters. Letters can be academic or business references.
    • Statement of Intent: Reasons or intentions for pursuing studies in this program, including a description of prior experience.
    • ELP Scores: Students have to submit their English language proficiency scores like IELTS, TOEFL, or other test scores.
    • Students hold a portfolio containing examples of freehand drawing, and any other artwork that students may have done.

    Application Deadline

    Jan 27

    Scores Required

    90 / 120

    Avg. Score in


    6.5 / 9

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    61 / 90

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    310 / 340

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    Fees & Funding

    Tution & Application Fees

    YearYear 1Year 2
    Tuition fees$5459$5459
    Health insurance$420$420
    Other fees$456$456
    Total fees$6335$6335

    Living Costs

    HeadAvg Cost Per Year
    Housing$ 10,800
    Food$ 2,700


    Times Higher Education 2020

    Ranked #201/ 401

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    Scholarship Grants & Financial Aids

    NameAmountInternational Students EligibleApplication Deadline
    UAlberta Master's Entrance Scholarship Variable Yes 07 Apr, 2020
    Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship (AGES) $8,312 Yes N/A
    Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarship Variable Yes 14 Feb, 2021
    VueVille Future Technology Scholarship $1,000 Yes 30 Sep, 2020
    Paul Foundation scholarships $20,174 Yes N/A
    Forktip Women’s- Innovation Scholarship Variable Yes 30 Aug, 2020
    JN Tata Endowment Scholarship Variable Yes 09 Mar, 2020
    (ISC)² Women’s Cybersecurity Scholarships Variable Yes 19 Feb, 2021
    FINCAD Women in Finance Scholarship $20,000 Yes N/A
    Ellis R. Ott Scholarship for Applied Statistics and Quality Management Variable Yes 01 Apr, 2020
    Collegedunia $150 Scholarship Program $150 Yes N/A
    BrokerFish International student scholarship $1,000 Yes 21 Dec, 2020
    Debesh Kamal Scholarship $1,385 Yes 30 Apr, 2020
    Ontario Graduate Fellowship $8,459 Yes N/A
    Aga khan Foundation Scholarships Variable Yes 31 Mar, 2020
    Bharat Petroleum Scholarship 2020 Variable Yes N/A
    Go Clean Scholarship $3,500 Yes 31 Dec, 2020
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    VISA & Work Study


    • There is no particular visa type to study in Canada but require a Student Visa.
    • International applicants who are applying for a Student Visa are required to have TRV (Temporary Resident Visa) or eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) for entry in Canada.
    • Following are the required documents for Students visa applications:
      • Application for Study Permit
      • Letter of acceptance.
      • Proof of financial support.
      • Passport photos.
      • an Entry Visa to enter the country.
      • Visa to study or work in the country.
      • Resident Permit or registration after arrival in the host country.

    Work Study

    Students from the University of Alberta can work both on-campus and off-campus.

    On-Campus: Students can work on-campus. The jobs available for students are UAlberta offices like interns, assistants, receptionists, and Stores and restaurants, UAlberta bookstores, UAlberta libraries, Coffeeshops.  Students can work a number of hours per week on-campus and up to 20 hours a week.

    Off-Campus: Students can also work off-campus. The jobs available for students are companies in their field of studies, Banks, Restaurants, and Stores. Students can work a number of hours per week off-campus and up to 20 hours a week.

    Career and Placement after Course

    Following are the job opportunities for the students are:

    • Actor
    • Community arts worker
    • Choreographer
    • Dancer
    • Dramatherapist
    • Music producer
    • Music therapist
    • Theatre director

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