College of Arts and Sciences

Theatre: Design & Technology

Program Option

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The information on this page pertains to program requirements for students who matriculated in the 2022-2023 academic year.  View requirements for previous catalog years here.

Program Overview

The theatre design and technology program provides students with a solid theatre education experience. Students take a series of design and support courses in all theatrical technology areas. Scene painting, stage lighting, theatre organization and management, and CAD courses are many of the courses available to design and technology majors. The program also stresses active involvement in all aspects of technology work outside the classroom. Design students serve as assistants to faculty designers and are given the opportunity to design Main Stage productions.


B.F.A. Degree Requirements

Course Credits
ART 015 - Observational Drawing 3
ART 075 - Themes in Art History 4
Art and Design electives*** 9
Literature courses** 9
THEA 003 - Acting I 3
THEA 005 - Readings in Theatre 3
THEA 030 - Stagecraft (including lab) 4
THEA 031 - Costuming (including lab) 4
THEA 032 - Makeup 3
THEA 033 - Mechanical Drafting [Theatre] 3
THEA 062 - Stagecraft II 4
THEA 063 - Introduction to Design 3
THEA 103 - Directing I 3
THEA 120 - Theatre History I 3
THEA 121 - Theatre History II 3
THEA 124 - Technical Practicum 1* 1
THEA 124 - Technical Practicum 2* 1
THEA 124 - Technical Practicum 3* 1
THEA 124 - Technical Practicum 4* 1
THEA 124 - Technical Practicum 5* 1
THEA 124 - Technical Practicum 6* 1
THEA 150 - Sound Design for the Theatre 3
THEA 160 - Stage Management 3
THEA 161 - Scene Design 3
THEA 162 - Stage Lighting 3
THEA 163 - CADD for Theatre 3
THEA 165 - Project in Theatre [Design] 1-3
THEA 182 - Seminar in Advanced Design 3
THEA 183 - Scene Painting 3
THEA 184 - Costume Design 3
THEA 190 - Senior Capstone 1
Theatre electives 9
TOTAL 92

*Students must complete a minimum of 4 credits of Technical Theatre Practicum. No more than 6 credits may be applied toward the degree.

**9 hours of Literature courses are required (3 of those credits in a Shakespeare course). These courses may also be used to fulfill an Area of Inquiry (A.O.I.).

***A minimum of 9 credits is required for the degree.\


Minor Requirements

The Design & Technology minor is designed for students who have an interest in theatre production and wish to enhance their course of study in combination with another major.  Students are not required to pursue a theatre major in order to add the Design & Technology minor.   

Course Credits
Select one of the following
THEA 005 - Readings in Theatre 3
THEA 076 - Introduction to the Theatre 3
THEA 030 - Stagecraft I and Lab  4
THEA 031 - Costuming and Lab 4
THEA 063 - Intro to Design 3
Select three of the following (9  credits)
THEA 032 - Stage Makeup 3
THEA 062 - Stagecraft II 3
THEA 150 - Sound for the Theatre 3
THEA 161 - Sound Design 3
THEA 162 - Stage Lighting 3
THEA 163 - CADD for Theatre 3
THEA 181 - Advanced Costuming Technology 3
THEA 182 - Seminar in Advanced Design 3
THEA 183 - Scene Painting 3
THEA 184 - Costuming Design 3
THEA 124 - Technical Theatre Practicum - three 1 credit experiences 3
Total 26 credits

The information in this catalog does not constitute a contract between the university and the student. The university reserves the right to make changes in curricula, admission policies and processes, tuition and financial aid, academic standards and guidelines, student services and any other regulations or policies set forth in this catalog without giving prior notice.