Master of Arts in Set Design


Program Description

You will further refine your training to a high degree of technical and design specialization. Throughout your entire course of study, you will be supported by a well-structured, constantly updated cycle of joint efforts, internships and work placements with leading proponents in the world of Italian set design.

A course to manage space, depth, and movement.

The MA Degree Program in Set Design is an opportunity for students with an artistic and creative personality, in search of a professional environment, to express their vision and design talent, and to receive highly specialized training.

Being able to imagine the space used to narrate as a three-dimensional space means having a mind that is flexible and practical, able to compose and recreate depth and beauty.

Designed to train specialized professional profiles, the two-year Scenography Course at RUFA is the result of a solid academic tradition in teaching art, design, scenery, and theatre.

Scenography, the show is the space around the action.

Scenography is the noble art of creating the scenery, the technique of designing the space and the lighting around the action, the narration, and the magic of a live space.

A fundamental profession essential to the successful outcome of any performance, including theatre, opera, film, television, concerts, set up preparation and exhibits.

The Scenographer designs and creates using lights, materials, textiles, architecture, woodwork, 3D modeling, furnishings, finishes, decorations, and costumes.

Becoming a stage or set designer opens the doors to a large selection of professional opportunities from working in the world of show business to art and creative direction as applied to any artistic performance, and the activities of interior designer and decorator.

A course rich with opportunities and internships.

The MA Degree Program in Set Design provides students with a high level of specialized technical and design training, supplemented during the course of study with a solid and constantly updated cycle of learning opportunities including professional collaboration, internships, and workshops with the most important figures on the national scenography scene.

Within the RUFA Academic structure, the two-year course in Scenography is part of the Department of Design and Applied Arts, the section of RUFA academic studies that provides a high-level of specialization and technical preparation, setting high standards of academic and design learning year after year.

By graduating in set design you will be able to become: Set designer, Interior designer, Costume designer, Lighting Designer, Stage technician, Stage Design Director.

Academy Degrees are equivalent to Master’s university degrees.

*The course is available only in the Italian language.

Coordinator: Alessandro Vergoz

Tutor: Alessandro Vergoz

Lecturers: Christian Angeli, Alessandro Carpentieri, Vincenzo Caruso, Maria Chiara Castelli, Genny Di Bert, Antonin Di Santantonio, Elena Fiorellino, Alessandro Gori, Pino Quini, Alessandro Vergoz, Massimo Zomparelli.

MA in Set Design - Suggested training program – Design Department

Year Subject CFA Hours
I Year Theory & practice of perspective drawing 4 50
Photography 6 75
History of the performing arts 6 45
Film set design 10 125
Set construcion 8 100
Technology & materials for set design 6 75
Costume design 8 100
Features of architecture & urban design 6 75
Phenomenology of contemporary arts 6 45
II Year Television set design 8 100
Theatre set design 10 125
Lighting system 6 75
Architectural model-making 6 75
Virtual architecture 6 75
Interniship / Workshop 8 /
Optional Subject 6 /
Thesis 10 /
Total credits 120

Admission to the Master of Arts programs

To be admitted to the Master of Arts programs you will need to submit:

  • Bachelor’s Degree. Recognized through a “Declaration of Value in Loco (DV)” and legalization of the qualification (to be requested at the Italian Embassy / Consulate of your Country).
  • A certificate stating that you have an adequate level of Italian or English (depending on if you wish to attend an MA in Italian or English), achieved over the last 10 years. If you have achieved your qualification in an English/Italian speaking Country, or if the program you attended was in English/Italian you may not be required to submit a language certification.
  • For non-EU students: a study visa is required to attend the Academic programs. Students must send a copy of their residence permit/residence permit request to the International students' office 8 days after arriving in Italy.

Students are also required to pass an admission test.

Deadlines regarding admission

Deadline to apply for the test

  • First session: 16 January 2020
  • Second session: 16 April 2020
  • Third session: 4 June 2020
  • Fourth session: 10 September 2020
  • Fifth session: 1 October 2020

Admission test

  • First session: 20-24 January 2020
  • Second session: 18 April 2020
  • Third session: 8-12 June 2020
  • Fourth session: 14-15 September 2020
  • Fifth session: 5-6 October 2020

Direct enrollment deadline

  • 1 October 2020
Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

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