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The courtyard outside of CCM's Patricia Corbett Theater.

The courtyard outside of CCM's Patricia Corbett Theater.

Academic Programs & Majors

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music offers more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate programs. Refer to the chart below for more information on the types of degrees offered by each program and click on the degree titles to view specific degree plans.


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Theater Design and Production : Stage Properties

What is Theater Design and Production : Stage Properties?

The MFA in Stage Properties is a professional training program for talented and motivated students who wish to pursue a career in Theatre, Opera, Film production, or related fields. Stage Properties involves the management, acquisition and creation of items used practically or decoratively onstage: furniture, draperies, weaponry, puppets, fake food, and much more. A Properties Master’s bag of skills might include carpentry, leatherwork, mold-making, welding, electronics and digital imaging, to name just a few.

The successful Stage Properties graduate student comes to this program with demonstrated skill and experience in Stage Properties. The student must be highly motivated, engaged, and excellent at creative problem solving. Property Masters must be passionate about developing their talents as they work collaboratively with Stage Designers, Stage Managers and Directors to realize productions successfully both aesthetically and pragmatically.

Working on drama, musical theatre and opera in theater spaces requiring three distinct scales, the MFA student will hone existing craft and managerial skills and develop a range of new skills following a course of study tailored to their individual backgrounds and needs.

Career Possibilities

Undergraduate and graduate Stage Design and Stage Properties students of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) have been, or are now currently employed in design, drafting, model making, scenic panting, and prop making, and film, media and television design with Disney, Cirque du Soleil, Broadway, national tours, The Metropolitan Opera, Playwright’s Horizon, Central City Opera, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, South Coast Repertory, Opera Theater of Saint Louis, Wolf Trap Opera, Minnesota Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, The MUNY in Saint Louis, Shakespeare Theater St. Louis, The Denver Theatre Center, The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Toledo Ballet, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Spoleto Opera Theatre, Chicago Lyric Opera, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Stages St. Louis, American Players Theatre, Santa Fe Opera, The Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, The Shakespeare Theatre (DC), Glimmerglass Opera and the Cincinnati Ballet, as well as Art Direction and Set Design for commercial and independent film companies. Representative film titles are: Carol, Goat, James and the Giant Peach, Angels and Demons, House of Cards, X-Men: First Class, Spider Man 3, Shrek 2, Saving Private Ryan, and Little Voice.



Advisor for Stage Properties:

Assistant Professor
Mark Halpin 
513 556-9418

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

The department of Theatre Design and Production (TDP) is a separate, centralized department and produces the mainstage and studio productions for the departments of Drama, Musical Theater, Opera and Dance.

Beyond the rooms and drafting studio, the Design, Scenic Painting and Prop Making students spend much of their time perfecting their skills and developing their talents in the CCM Scenery, Props and Painting Workshops and theatres. The CCM Scene Shop is a generously sized 8,500 square foot space with 24’ clear vertical space and is extremely well equipped. The Scenic Workshop is the centerpiece of the Corbett Center for the Arts and came on line in the late 1990’s and was designed by the architecture firm of Pei, Cobb, and Freed.

Students design for all three main performance spaces: The 740-seat Corbett Auditorium underwent a five-million dollar renovation - the result is one of the most visually striking and acoustically balanced college theatres in the nation. Corbett Auditorium is very well equipped with a 54'-0" proscenium, hydraulic orchestra lift, dimmer-per-circuit lighting and extensive sound and video circuiting. Corbett Auditorium won the prestigious 1997 USITT Meritorious Achievement Award for Outstanding New Theatre.

The 400-seat Patricia Corbett Theater features a modified-thrust stage with a 42'-0" proscenium opening. The Theater recently underwent an extensive half-million dollar lighting system renovation. Designed by Ming Cho Lee - this theater has a Bayreuth pit and steeply raked intimate seating.

The Cohen Family Studio Theater is a one-of-a-kind flexible space. This venue incorporates a unique architectural 'apse' within the outer structure of a more traditional large black-box with a multitude of staging possibilities through the use of modular seating. The theater, with flexible seating for approximately 150, serves as the home for CCM's workshop series and laboratory productions.

Admission Requirements

For specific admissions information, International student requirements and application deadlines please visit the CCM Admissions website.


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accredited by the National Association of the Schools of Theatre (NAST) and member of University and Resident Theatre Association (URTA).

Quick Facts

Master of Fine Arts Degree in Theater Design and Production : Stage Properties

Full-Time Program Duration

3 Years


Uptown Campus West


Corbett 2440
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0003
Phone: (513) 556-9418
Mark Halpin