Romeo and Juliet,
2012, lighting design by Jake Kvanbeck
Lighting Design
Program Information


Program Description

The Master of Fine Arts program in Lighting Design is an intensive three-year course of study focused on the development of the lighting designer as visual artist and theatre technologist. Students are introduced to a variety of processes and techniques for the effective creation and realization of theatrical lighting images.

Elements of the design process studied include: script analysis, visual research, director/designer collaboration, visual communication through conventional and digital media, graphic notation, problem solving, and practical techniques for successful design execution. Courses in lighting technology provide designers with hands-on experience with technologies such as media servers, automated fixture programming, LED-based fixtures, color scroller cueing/tracking, real-time visualization software, and multi-media/show-control systems.

Quick Facts

Students
Every three years a company of 19 graduate students is accepted into the program:
In 2014-2017 the graduate company will be comprised of:
• 3 Lighting Designers
• 2 Scenic Designers
• 3 Costume Designers
• 3 Technical Directors
• 8 Actors
There are also 80-100 undergraduate BA Drama majors and minors

Faculty/Staff
• 20 Faculty
• 6 Staff

Financial Package
Graduate students in the 2011-2014 cycle received the following financial package:
• annual full tuition remission for in-state and out-of-state students
• $18,000 annual 9 month Graduate Teaching Assistantship
• annual health insurance coverage subsidy
All students are expected to work an equivalent of 20 hours per week each semester in light shop, production, and/or instructional capacities.

Our Season
We produce 6 threatrical productions and two dance productions in each academic year in three theatres: The Culbreth Theatre (520 seat proscenium), The Caplin Theatre (300 seat thrust) and the Helms Theatre (200 seat black box).

The University
The University of Virginia founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson is consistently the top-ranked public university in the nation. It is located in Charlottesville, Virginia, recently ranked by Frommer’s Cities Ranked and Rated as the best place to live in America. Charlottesville is located in the rolling hills of central Virginia 100 miles southwest of Washington, D.C.

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