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Department of Theatre and Dance

Boulder, CO


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Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Experience Design overview

The professional Master of Fine Arts degree in experience design provides students with hands-on experience and knowledge for careers in the destination, attraction and event design industries.

Students work alongside experience design professionals who work for companies and on projects such as Sea World, NASA, Space Museum, Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas, Disney’s Magic Kingdom Castle and more. This ensures the students gain expert knowledge while networking with esteemed professionals.

Experience Design Curriculum

Students must complete a total of 54 credit hours and the generation of a comprehensive design portfolio. The curriculum breaks down into the following 7 categories: Collaboratories in Experience Design (6 credits), Design Ateliers (9 credits), Topics in Design Practice (6 credits), Theory Seminars (9 credits), The Experience Design Center (6 credits), Professional Portfolio (12 credits), Electives of choice (6 credits).


Students learn under the direct guidance of CU faculty and professionals in the field. As a result of this industry involvement, graduates are prepared to enter the field of experiential design.

Financial assistance

CU Boulder offers a variety of financial assistance options for professional master's graduate students. These include loans, grants, military and company tuition assistance programs.


"The potential for jobs in the field of experience design is tremendous. There is a huge diversity of opportunity for people interested in getting into the industry."

Dave Cooperstein, Current Student

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Theatre
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Dance
Master of Arts (MA) Theatre

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 4
Doctoral Degrees 6

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? No
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? Yes

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test (MA)
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required
Doctoral Degrees Thesis Required


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
Application Fee - International
applications accepted?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline December 1st Not reported No
Spring deadline December 1st Not reported No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE General Test (MA)
Master's Degree Requirements Audition (MFA), minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards February 15
Types of financial support available Teaching Assistantships
Health Care Benefits
Institutionally-sponsored Loans
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)
Out-of-state students


Hispanic/Latino 8.82%
Black or African American 5.88%
White or Caucasian 58%
American Indian or Alaska Native Not Reported
Asian 2.94%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Not Reported
Two or more races 2.94%
Unknown 14.71%


Male (26%)
Female (73%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 16
Part-time - 0
Male (8)
Female (8)


Focus of faculty research: Performing arts; dramatic/theatre arts; dance; drama; arts/humanities/cultural activities
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address Boulder, CO  80309
United States

Phone: 303-492-1411