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Bachelor of Arts in Theatre; Concentration in Design/Technology

The design/technology concentration offers specialized training in costume, lighting, scenic design, and theater technology for the student pursuing a career as a professional designer or technician or conservatory training beyond the bachelor's level. In addition to the core of theater classes required of all majors, design/technology requires extended coursework in the chosen area(s) of design and technology. Students also take computer-assisted drafting, dramatic literature, and numerous interdisciplinary classes to broaden and enhance their training. These classes are chosen from the art, film, music, and dance. Students have the opportunity to complete numerous production assignments including design opportunities.

Learning Objectives

  • Communication Techniques- appropriate for the concentration that may include some or all of these techniques: acting, voice, movement, dance, computer and hand drafting, drawing and painting, collage construction, and speech, model building
  • Production Skills- appropriate for the concentration that may include some or all of these skills: rehearsal etiquette, learning lines, practicing scenes, construction skills used in the lighting, scenery, and costume production studios, as well as following direction, performance responsibilities and time management
  • Academic Skills- writing, research, discussion
  • Professional preparation- self marketing as is timely and appropriate in their program- preparing audition material, attending auditions, creating a resume, learning networking techniques, portfolio preparation- from digital to hard copy, applying to graduate schools
  • The ability to study and analyze plays; have an understanding of genre, style, and direction through the study of plays and theatre history
  • An understanding of the contextual importance of theatre in the humanities, in the fine arts and part of the human experience