'Adam and Eve' by Mikhail Bulgakov, directed by Lily Whitsitt
'Adam and Eve' by Mikhail Bulgakov, directed by Lily Whitsitt

The MFA Specialization in Applied Arts offers intensive professional training in scenic art, visual communications and art direction.

All areas of advanced industry practice are covered—from traditional drawing techniques to digital rendering and CAD. The Specialization is uniquely designed for students interested in pursuing careers in theater, film, television, themed entertainment, immersive design and other entertainment industry specializations where they’ll work as creative thinkers, storytellers, scenic artists and art directors.

The Specialization is designed to serve students who have completed some training in art and/or theater and require more advanced skills and aesthetic exposure to achieve viable careers.


  • Mary Heilman, Head of Applied Design for Performance

Program Faculty


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