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Lighting Design and Technology

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Jerry McGonigle
School of Theatre and Dance
phone: 304-293-6969

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Jerry McGonigle
School of Theatre and Dance
phone: 304-293-6969

Program Details

Program Description

The MFA lighting program emphasizes a hands-on learning environment. Students get an immersive lighting experience from production electricians, to designers, to moving light technicians, and lighting console programmers. Coupled with significant production experience, our MFA lighting students get to work with ETC consoles running beta software, new LED fixtures, and moving lights. Production design opportunities include theatre, opera, dance, musical theatre, and special events.

Design training features an emphasis on the development of the production and lighting aesthetic and the ability to help tell a story in a collaborative and supportive team atmosphere.

Students enrolled in the MFA in Lighting Design and Technology program will gain training in:
- Design
- Vectorworks Spotlight
- Light Plots and Paperwork
- Programming Consoles
- Moving Lights
- ETC Beta Testing (Eos/Ion/Element)
- Wiring
- Hang/Focus
- Cueing
- Maintenance and Repair
- Management
- Teaching

Delivery Methods Available

  • on campus

Graduate Program Application Requirements

Applicants must arrange for official copies of transcripts and test scores to be sent directly to the WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment at PO Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506-6510. If being sent by delivery service (Federal Express, UPS, etc) requiring a street address, please use WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment, 1500 One Waterfront Place, Morgantown, WV 26501. The program requirements listed below (if any) are in addition to the main WVU Graduate Application.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

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WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The School of Theatre and Dance and its programs are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.