We are now accepting Graduate applications for M.F.A. candidates for the Fall of 2020 in:

  • Scenic Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Costume Design and Technology. 

Interested designers can submit their application through this portal in their design area. We will be onsite at several upcoming recruitment events including Link in Atlanta and LDI in Las Vegas (November 2019), KCACTF Region 6 Festival in Abilene, TX and SECT Conference in Louisville, KY (February/March) and the USITT National Convention in Houston, TX (April.) On campus interviews can be scheduled anytime by contacting Shawn Irish, Head of Design and Technology at sirish@uark.edu.

If you are interested in our performance area (acting, directing, playwriting), while we do not plan to take in a new performance cohort until 2022, if you would like to receive a notification if things change or when the application window opens, please fill out the notification form below.

PRIORITY DEADLINE FOR ALL APPLICATIONS TO THE COSTUME AREA IS FEBRUARY 14, 2020. If you have questions, please contact Shawn Irish, Head of MFA Design @ sirish@uark.edu.

Costume Design Applicants  should be prepared to provide the following information and materials: 

  • Personal Information
  • Unofficial transcript(s), and college GPA 
  • A one- to two-page personal statement addressing the applicant’s reasons for wanting to pursue a M.F.A. in Costume Design. The statement should also discuss the applicant’s goals and expectations coming into the program. Applicants are welcome to share other relevant information that might give the selection committee perspective on their application.
  • Three letters of recommendation from theatre professionals, professors, or other people who are familiar with the applicant and/or their work. One of the recommendations must speak directly to the applicant’s work.
  • A résumé detailing academic experience, professional work in the theatre, and other relevant work experience.
  • A portfolio of their work which can include:
  1. Images of design work: renderings and production photos
  2. Images of costume construction
  3. Images of artwork
  4. Images of anything costume related: makeup designs, craft work, fashion designs, clothing.

These can be all in one of the above areas or a combination of items. A unified portfolio is preferred, but separate images are also accepted.

 The GRE Test is not required for admission to the M.F.A. Program in Costume Design 

PRIORITY DEADLINE FOR ALL APPLICATIONS TO SCENIC DESIGN IS FEBRUARY 14, 2020. If you have questions, please contact Shawn Irish,  Head of M.F.A. Design at sirish@uark.edu.

Scenic  Design Applicants should be prepared to provide the following information and materials: 

  • Personal Information
  • Unofficial transcript(s), and college GPA 
  • A one- to two-page personal statement addressing the applicant’s reasons for wanting to pursue a M.F.A. in Scenic Design The statement should also discuss the applicant’s goals and expectations coming into the program. Applicants are welcome to share other relevant information that might give the selection committee perspective on their application.
  • Three letters of recommendation from theatre professionals, professors, or other people who are familiar with the applicant and/or their work. One of the recommendations must speak directly to the applicant’s work.
  • A résumé detailing academic experience, professional work in the theatre, and other relevant work experience.
  • A portfolio of their work which should include:
  1. Images of realized or classroom design projects
  2. Examples of renderings, ground plans, & paperwork
  3. Other related work (coursework, fine art, etc.) 

The GRE Test is not required for admission to the M.F.A. Program in Scenic Design. 

PRIORITY DEADLINE FOR ALL APPLICATIONS TO LIGHTING DESIGN IS FEBRUARY 14, 2020. If you have questions, please contact Shawn Irish, Head of M.F.A. Design at sirish@uark.edu.

Lighting Design Applicants should be prepared to provide the following information and materials: 

  • Personal Information
  • Unofficial transcript(s), and college GPA 
  • A one- to two-page personal statement addressing the applicant’s reasons for wanting to pursue a M.F.A. in Lighting Design The statement should also discuss the applicant’s goals and expectations coming into the program. Applicants are welcome to share other relevant information that might give the selection committee perspective on their application.
  • Three letters of recommendation from theatre professionals, professors, or other people who are familiar with the applicant and/or their work. One of the recommendations must speak directly to the applicant’s work.
  • A résumé detailing academic experience, professional work in the theatre, and other relevant work experience.
  • A portfolio of their work which should include:
  1. Images of realized design work
  2. Examples of plots & paperwork
  3. Other related work (coursework, etc.) 

 The GRE Test is not required for admission to the M.F.A. Program in Lighting Design. 

While we are not accepting applicants for the M.F.A. in acting, directing, or playwriting until the 2022 cycle, things can change and evolve. To receive information when our performance area application opens for Fall of 2022, please fill out this brief form and we will send you a notification when our application window opens.

Thank you.

University of Arkansas Department of Theatre