The Stage Design programme is purposely designed to allow students to either specialise on one area of stage design (set, costume or lighting design) or to combine disciplines as desired for example, set and costume design or set and lighting design.

The course is designed to complement the Master in Fine Art in Playwriting and the Master in Fine Art in Theatre Directing. Students on all three programmes will work together in collaboration, developing a shared understanding of contemporary theatre practice and a collective appreciation of the dedication and commitment required to make innovative performances happen.

In addition to the core classes and workshops, individual and group tuition from The Lir’s Head of Design will be a key feature of the training. In addition, master classes by visiting practitioners will supplement the student experience. Professional placements are a key feature of the programme and all students will showcase their work in public productions at the culmination of the course. Students can opt to take this course either part-time (24 months) or full-time (12 months).

Full-time and part-time students will take three concurrent modules in the first two terms. The final module (Production Design) will be taught in the third term and subsequent summer months (for full-time students) or in the second year of the course (for part-time students) and will culminate with a professional production staged in one of The Lir’s performance studios. Term Three will be supplemented by an ongoing series of master classes from professional directors and theatre makers.

Students on the Master in Fine Art (Stage Design) will take two compulsory modules and choose two of four elective modules.

On completion of this postgraduate degree, you will qualify and graduate from Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin.

Application is through the Trinity College Dublin postgraduate portal, you can see that here.

To request a course booklet, please send an email to

Applications for Sept 2023 start are now open here

Initial deadline 31 March, early application advisable as places offered after that date. Final deadline 30 June.

Browse the 2023 prospectus here.

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