MFA in Theatre: Lighting Design

Through hands-on experience starting in the first year, our program offers professional training in lighting design and technology.


The program is designed to provide each student with an individualized three-year progression of study with as much practical production work as possible.

We do offer traditional courses in varying levels in design and technology, but the core of our program are specialized one-on-one studios with the primary advisor.

This approach emphasizes developing an artistic vision and refining skills in lighting design and technology.

Each student participates in a required review with graduate committee members at the end of each semester of enrollment to evaluate work done, assess progress, and plan future projects and experiences.

To complete the degree, successful completion of a minimum of 60 hours of course credit is required.

We have multiple theatre spaces, all well-equipped with the latest lighting technologies available.

All accepted students receive an assistantship and full tuition waiver.

Student Achievement

Christian Specht (2017 MFA Lighting Design) received the Hemsley Mentorship Program grant for fall semester 2016.

A Student's Thoughts

"Virginia Tech has been a great home for me to explore my definition of myself as an artist and collaborator. Learning from John [Ambrosone] in the classroom, in the theatre, and on the road has been invaluable to my growth. Being a part of this department has taught me lessons that I will carry with me into my internship and my career beyond grad school." - Alison Hall, 2015 MFA Candidate in Lighting Design

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