Campus and the Larger Community
San Diego State University is considered the "Flagship" institution of the 22-school California State University system. It has a student population of approximately 36,000 and is particularly known for the high quality of its graduate programs. It is located within 15-minutes of nearly everything: central San Diego, the Old Globe Theatre and Balboa Park, the San Diego Airport, San Diego Repertory Theatre, and the beaches. Only La Jolla and the La Jolla Playhouse are further away (30-minutes). This University has historically taken a strong advocacy position for arts in education.
Life on campus is exciting and varied. As part of the School of Theatre, Television and Film, MFA Theatre Design students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty and students in the Film departments. In addition, relationships with any of University's 76 graduate studies programs can be fostered by student request. The campus offers numerous locations to meet, work and play. These include the SDSU University Library (over 7 million items in its collections), the relaxing garden courtyards of iconic Hepner Hall, the Aztec Recreation Center, which provides a wide range of facilities for exercise and enjoyment, and the state-of-the-art Aztec Student Union which houses study areas, a fitness center, bowling lanes, pub, and dining facilities in a 200,000 square feet Mission-style structure.
The community of San Diego is large and diverse. Theatre activity is abundant. There is always opportunity for work. It is the unusual MFA student who does not take advantage of the vast variety and number of experiences offered by our numerous local theatres. Throughout the year they depend on our students for high-quality design and technical production work.