The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Design and Technology from the Theatre and Dance Department is a specific professional training degree with a rigorous foundation in both arts and sciences. This program includes the study of Play Analysis, Technical Theatre, History of the Theatre, Acting, and Design. Besides a broad grounding in the liberal arts and sciences through the university’s core curriculum, the training for designers/technicians will be enhanced by technical theatre core classes and laboratory prep work in our production season.
Students will develop the necessary skills for post-graduate entry into professional theatre or graduate school. Their daily class work will emphasize that theatre is a collaborative art form, expose students to the historical origins of theatre, to global and multi-ethnic work, allowing them to apply the techniques they learn. As part of the student’s design process, they will work with the Production Team, discuss ideas and solutions in weekly production meetings, be present in the shop during the build of the show(s) and throughout the rehearsal process see how the costume or scenic element or lighting effect will enhance the performer on stage. The end result will be a prepared artist, one who is comfortable entering this demanding, competitive field.
As part of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Design and Technology pre-professional degree, students are required to complete a yearly portfolio review at the end of each spring semester. This process is to evaluate students’ academic performance and progression in the program. Students must keep a minimum GPA of 3.0 within the major in order to continue in the program.
In the summer after sophomore or junior year, students are required to participate in an internship to help facilitate the transition to the profession.
Student Learning Outcomes:
- The successful student will acquire and demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the theatrical production process that is relevant to their area of concentration
- The successful student will learn to collaborate with the production team and ultimately take a leadership role in their area of concentration, organizing appropriate resources to facilitate this process.
- The successful student will demonstrate their ideas through freehand and digital methods as they apply to their area of concentration and to communicate their ideas both in writing and orally in public presentations.
- The successful student will acquire and demonstrate skills compatible with the working principles and standards of professional theatre
- The successful student will develop an understanding of and facility with a broad range of dramatic texts and styles
- The successful student will acquire and demonstrate an understanding of the role of theatre in the molding of and commentary on political, economic, and religious influences and promote theatre as a means for social justice advocacy.
- The successful student will document their work in a manner appropriate to the creation of a professional portfolio and/or website.