Theatrical Production Arts (B.F.A.)
The bachelor of fine arts degree in theatrical production arts is an intensive, undergraduate, preprofessional degree that emphasizes practical theatre training and its place in the liberal arts. You'll sharpen your skills by selecting one of two concentrations: theatre technology or theatrical design.
If you're interested in scenic carpentry, sound technology, scenic art (painting), lighting technology, properties, and technical direction, then check out the theatre technology concentration. In addition to working with expert theatre professionals in the classroom each semester, you'll work in one of the technical areas for a departmental production. At first you'll be a crew member, learning backstage operations, and as your skills increase you'll move up to a crew chief position. Your experience culminates in a senior project involving major responsibility for a theatrical production.
If your interests include scenic design, costume design, lighting design, or sound design, the theatrical design concentration might be for you. Studio and production courses taught by experienced professionals will prepare you to work through a variety of responsibilities on stage. By your senior year you'll see your own design work realized in a full department production.
Our facilities boast state-of-the-art lighting, sound, scenery automation, and rigging systems so you'll be exposed to the latest advances in theatrical technology. Your design and technical courses will be taught from among the nine full-time faculty and teaching staff in the area, all specialists in their field. Beyond your classroom and production work, you'll gain added insight from world-class alumni visitors and guest artists who conduct lectures and offer advice on professional opportunities in the theatre world.
Upon graduation you will join the ranks of our alumni who can be found working on and off Broadway, at major regional theaters, opera companies, and in film and television across the country.