Undergraduate Design/Technical Concentration
The Design/Technology Concentration prepares students to enter graduate Design or Technology Programs or pursue professional careers in theater, television and film. The coursework provides the highest caliber of training possibilities within the context of a liberal arts education, so students can thrive either in a graduate conservatory program or in the profession. Through intensive and varied classes in design and technology, combined with experiential hands-on work with creative teams for full-scale and minimalist productions, students develop the skills needed for creative communication and artistic leadership - tools they will need to pursue their professional goals.
Those interested in the Design/Tech Concentration should contact Professor Fred M. Duer, Head of Design (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Note: In order for the student to progress to the next level of study, prerequisites for admission to some classes are required.
Course of Study
Students in the Design/Tech Concentration must complete the following curriculum in addition to the department requirements.
- Theater Foundation Courses (47 credit hours)
- Design/Tech Core Courses (30 credit hours)
- Drawing and Rendering Techniques I
- Drawing and Rendering Techniques II
- History of Décor
- History of Fashion
- Lighting for the Theater
- Scene Design I
- Costume Design I
- Design Drafting (or) TH 3621 Costume Production
- Stage Management I
- The Job Market
- Design/Tech Electives
- Options Include:
- Makeup Design
- Scene Painting
- Technical Direction for the Theater
- Theatrical Model Making
Notes on this Concentration
- The concentration must total a minimum of 35 semester hours beyond the Foundation Courses.
- Prerequisite course are required for admission into some higher-level courses.
- The 9 credit-hour Required Elective Concentration for Design/Tech Concentration students must be in one of the following areas: Visual Art or a behavioral science such as Psychology or Anthropology.
For more information, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin.
Those who wish to pursue a specific discipline within the Design/Tech Concentration should contact one of the following professors:
- Marie Anne Chiment - Costume Design (email@example.com)
- Fred M. Duer - Scenic Design (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- John Hoey - Lighting Design (email@example.com)
- Matthew Miller - Stage Management (firstname.lastname@example.org)
For students who transfer from other departments, schools and universities, there are several alternative routes to fulfill the Design/Tech Concentration that can be discussed with your Theater advisor and/or the head of the Design/Tech Program.
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