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Master of Fine Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Jesse Njus

Second Advisor

Dr. Aaron Anderson

Third Advisor

Kendra Rai


Traditional areas of theatrical design are established to the point of having a solid foundation for current and future designers to rely on as they strive to innovate. The same cannot be said for scent. I believe that art, like science, is a sector where the imagination is used to push the boundaries of what we currently know and can do. Artists are therefore entrusted with the responsibility to continue testing those boundaries, and that is what my topic lays the foundation for when it comes to scent. With my topic, I plan to look at the practical and ethical challenges of scent design through the phenomenon of sense memory, its potential effects on the audience physically and emotionally, and the possibilities for its use in the future.


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