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 advanced 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.
Every three years a company of 20 graduate students is accepted into the program:
In 2011-2014 the graduate company will be comprised of:
• 3 Lighting Designers
• 2 Scenic Designers
• 3 Costume Designers
• 4 Technical Directors
• 8 Actors
There are also 80-100 undergraduate BA Drama majors and minors
• 22 Faculty
• 6 Staff
All graduate students receive the following financial package:
• $23,822 value of annual full tuition remission for out of state students
• $17,600 annual 9 month Graduate Teaching Assistantship stipend
• $2,151 value of annual health insurance coverage
• $43,573 total value of financial package for each year of the three-year program
We produce 6 threatrical productions and two dance productions in each academic year in two theatres: The Culbreth Theatre (600 seat proscenium) and the Helms Theatre (200 seat black box).
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.