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Department of Theatre
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The B.F.A in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Design and Technology degree prepares students for professional careers as designers, technical directors, costume directors and technicians in professional entertainment or for continued study in graduate school. This concentration is designed for students seeking professional training and who desire an intensive program of theatre studies with a high degree of specialized training. It provides a balance of performance, management and technology class work and gives the student a complete overview of the production process.

The design/technology program provides intensive hands-on experience for students. The program is a four-year sequence of courses in design, theatre technology, script analysis and visual arts. The intensive class work is complement ed with the variety of practical production experience available via our aggressive production schedule. Students have the opportunity to build a strong professional portfolio that will help them enter the professional theatre or seek further training at top graduate design schools.

The total program provides training from basic drawing to exploration of scenic, lighting, and costume design for theatrical production. The program emphasizes comprehensive design or technology training that provides in-depth development and skills necessary for a professional career in theatre. Students have the opportunity to work with faculty and guest designers, the technical director or costume shop supervisor, and are often selected to design sets, lights, costumes, properties or sound for all university productions. Students are evaluated annually and must meet professional standards to complete the B.F.A. program.

PLEASE NOTE: Admission is based on current University standards and a portfolio reviewand interview process.  The purpose of this review/interview is to allow the faculty an opportunity to evaluate previous training, assess current skills and aptitude, gauge desire for (and ability to enter into) rigorous training and determine the department’s ability to educate the student with respect to a career in the theatre.

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