The BFA in design/theatre technology is a professional training program that prepares students for careers in the technical aspects of theatre production and has an emphasis on experiential and academic training. Design and technology majors have the opportunity to participate in six large-scale and several smaller productions each year. They also attend regional and national theatre festivals.

The rigorous training and varied experiences of this BFA provides an excellent foundation for graduate study or careers in advanced stagecraft and design. Graduate programs include the BFA, BA and PhD programs.

Theatre Design & Technology students will…
  • Train with experienced faculty and staff in the areas of scenic design and painting, lighting and sound design, costume design, and construction.
  • Prepare for rewarding careers as a professional theatrical designer or technician.
  • Study and train in the beautiful River Campus, a multimillion dollar facility devoted to the visual and performing arts.
  • Benefit from an established program of collaboration with professional guest designers in the areas of scene, lighting, sound and costumes.
  • Establish relationships with professional dancers, choreographers, and dance companies through internships, intensives, dance festivals, and a Senior Showcase in New York City.
Students holding the BFA in Theatre: Design/Technology must have
  • Ability to conceptualize and realize a design aesthetic consistent with the overall artistic concepts of a production.
  • Ability to understand and articulate basic elements and principles of design theory.
  • Ability to understand and articulate basic elements and principles of composition related to line, shape, color, texture, and sound, as well as the aesthetic use of color and sound.
  • Ability to communicate design ideas and realities to other personnel involved in the production, including directors, other designers, stage managers, and actors.
  • Ability to produce and communicate design ideas with freehand drawings.
  • Ability to provide formalized, accurate production models and drawings by hand and/or through the use of current industry standard software programs.
  • Fundamental knowledge of the total design process, including the progression of raw materials through multiple design “shops” and the roles that various craftspeople play in the creation of a finished product.
  • Fundamental knowledge of décor, architecture, furniture, dress, crafts, and art as they relate to various historical periods.
  • Ability to demonstrate an understanding of basic engineering principles (electrical, mechanical, and/or structural) as they relate to chosen design specializations.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local health and safety codes, best practices, and industry standards as they relate to theatrical venues and production elements.
  • Preparation and presentation of a professional resume and portfolio of design- and technology-related work that demonstrate one’s abilities, strengths, processes, and experiences.

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