Theatre - Design & Technology

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Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) with a major in Theatre - Design & Technology

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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 Credit Hours
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
Literature courses** 9
ART 015 - Drawing I 3
ART 075 - Themes in Art History 4
Art and Design electives*** 9
Total: 92

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

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

***A minimum of 9 hours is required for the degree.

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