The MFA in stage automation is one of the few graduate programs in the country that is dedicated specifically to stage automation. Our program provides extensive training in the design, manufacture, installation, and operation of stage machinery. The extensive curriculum covers mechanical design, drafting, structural design, motors and motor controls, hydraulics, pneumatics, welding, machining and computer control systems. Additional classes in computer-aided drafting, rigging, and production management all unite to give students the proficiency necessary to become successful in this popular and fast-growing field. Augmenting the curriculum are the school's extensive performance spaces and shop facilities, including a 5,000-square-foot motion control laboratory equipped with the latest technology in machine design and control.
Studying with faculty that are some of the most well-respected professionals working in the automation field today, our automation students enjoy very small class sizes and production assignments that will provide increasingly challenging experiences throughout the three year program. The program culminates with a research thesis that allows the student to explore in-depth an area in the automation field that is of particular interest to the student.
John H. (Jack) Miller, Director of the Stage Automation Program; Stage Automation and Technical Direction Faculty Bio e-mail