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Technical Direction  Master's

Get individualized training in the design, construction and implementation of scenery using industry standard technologies, materials and techniques.


What is Technical Direction at WVU like?


The MFA in Technical Direction is a rigorous program designed to prepare the student with the skills needed to succeed in the professional world.

Our program features small class sizes with in-depth, individualized training, and early opportunities for leadership positions. This three year course of study encompasses the design, construction and implementation of scenery using industry standard technologies, materials and techniques.

Through production, you'll gain real-world experience in planning and managing the process from design to strike. You'll have the opportunity to serve in leadership positions like Assistant Technical Director, Technical Director or Production Manager guiding undergraduate students through the creations of their designs.

Coursework provides training in drafting (hand and computer aided), carpentry, welding, rigging, project management, leadership, health and safety, automation, painting, portfolio development and scenic design. Along with the design and technology core classes are electives to allow more in-depth training in subjects of your choice.

Application Deadlines

Each graduate program sets their own terms of admission and application deadlines. Applicants can only apply for admission for the terms displayed below. Any questions regarding the application deadline should be directed to the graduate program representative.

Fall: August 1
Spring: January 1

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What are the requirements to apply for Technical Direction at WVU?

University Requirements

To be eligible for admission into a graduate program at WVU an applicant must submit official, bachelors degree transcripts from a regionally accredited institution and hold a GPA of at least 2.75.

WVU operates decentralized admissions. Decentralized admissions allows each graduate program to set its own application requirements in addition to the University requirements.

Program Requirements

To be eligible for admission into the Technical Direction graduate program an applicant must submit the following documentation:

  • Letters of Recommendation - Three
  • Résumé /CV
  • Portfolio Review

Additional application considerations:

  • Portfolio (Physical)
  • Interview (Please contact the program coordinator for more information regarding the additional application materials)

Applications that are incomplete or are submitted after the deadline may be reviewed if openings remain.

International applicants must also submit the materials required for international students.

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