Master of architecture / Set Design


Hello everyone

I am an architecture student almost graduating from school. I will obtain an equivalent of a B.Arch.

I am very intersted in Theatre/ Cinema/ Television so i was wondering if there is a Masters degree in the United States where i can use my architectural background to study Set design/Production design and in which schools

Thank you for your help

Jan 27, 15 9:36 pm
You might want to look into the schools in Southern California, where the film industry is essentially headquartered. I would look at schools like University of Southern California, UCLA, Woodbury. You might even have the best luck in looking at film schools and finding out which film schools curriculum have a track based on production design and set design. So you might not get a masters of architecture, but rather a masters in film.
Jan 27, 15 10:05 pm

Thank you for your annswer, I looked into those schools before and I think that in order to get a masters degree in film i have to have a bachelor in film which isn't my case, but i will look more into it maybe I missed something

Jan 29, 15 1:51 pm

I am an undergrad set designer in the University of Texas at Austin Theatre Department (just applied for my M.Arch I). The graduate designers I work with are amazing! You'll end up with an MFA in Scenic Design.


Good Luck!

Feb 17, 15 5:30 pm

Ohh great, I've always considered UT Austin, it's been on my top 5 list of schools :DD

good luck with your M.Arch application, hope you get in 

Feb 18, 15 7:41 am

Carnegie Mellon University

Emerson College

Tisch School of the Arts

Cal Arts


University of Cincinnati



University of North Carolina School of the Arts

U of M

Penn State

Illinois State

The University of the Arts - Philadelphia

Ithaca College  ·  Ithaca, NY

To name a few.

Feb 20, 15 7:51 pm

Thank you very much @Carrera for the list, I'm sorry i didnt respond earlier

Mar 14, 15 9:04 am

The University of Illinois Urbana Champaign has a masters program in theater set design and a masters in architecture, both are part of the same college, it has been possible to get a masters in both in three years, folks going this route are very sought after for their mastery of lighting and color theory as well as the basic tenants or architectural design.


Over and OUT

Peter N

Mar 19, 15 2:00 pm

Guys, i have a similar question for you guys. I am about to complete my architecture now, and I would like to get into set designing/ art direction. So is my architectural aptitude and my architectural port folio good enough to get into these colleges? Also, will it be a good field for architects to get into? 

Jan 29, 17 1:41 am

Whoa ! Hi ! Even I'm looking into set design and so is Zainab ! Tell us if you find anything out ! :D

Hi people, I am also in the last year of Architecture doing thesis right now, and interested in set designing/ art direction, but I'm planning that in India only so can you please suggest me what should i do further ? 

Nov 13, 17 2:46 am

I applied for NYU Tisch's Design for Stage and Film years ago, but didn't make the cut. Reason? I didn't have a background or any experience in set design (despite that I indicated in my CV I was part of a theatre company as a performer and production assistant). My background was "too architecture" for them. (LOL i e-mailed the director asking why I didn't make the cut just for feedback)

Kind of contradicting when they tell you that they want students coming from or with different backgrounds outside of stage and film. Oh well it was freaking expensive anyway it was passable. 

If you're going to apply though for NYU Tisch, and you don't have in your portfolio any works related to set design, they will give you plays to research on for you to make a design of. I did Who Killed Virginia Wolf and an opera (i forgot the title). Best if you present a physical model and a digital model to show your flexibility and technicality. Good luck!

Nov 13, 17 7:29 am

HI! Am studying 2nd year,B.arch. can anyone suggest me an architect working in film industry to do my internship.

Dec 7, 17 7:26 am

Brad Pitt

I don't think Brad Pitt would do his/her internship. He seems busy.


That's a bloody shame.


Can anyone suggest me an architect who works in film industry for my internship in India

Feb 2, 18 8:15 pm

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