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 college’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 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 junior year, students are required to participate in an internship to help facilitate the transition to the profession.