Students begin their time in the Center for Theatre and Dance by taking coursework that introduces the profession of theatre, the history of theatre, and how theatre has adapted / resisted power structures through our Race and Theatre in the United States class.
In the BFA Theatre Production and Design Program students can expect:
Students begin their first year by taking foundational courses in theatre production and design while selecting a few key technical courses in scenic technology, properties, scenic art, costume construction, lighting technology, and sound technology. Additionally students will take skill based courses dependent upon their interests whether it be drawing, computer aided design, or music skills courses. Beyond these courses students also take liberal arts courses through the Ithaca College Integrated Core Curriculum (ICC), which allows students to explore complex questions about humanity through multiple perspectives in the liberal arts. Because we learn by doing - students will engage at the highest level on two crews in production based upon their interests.
In their second year students begin to focus and further develop their skills. Students begin to take design courses whether it be scenery, costumes, lighting or sound design. These rigorous courses allow students to explore their creativity and further develop their skills with allied studio labs in model building, costume rendering, lighting visualization and documentation, and sound creation and editing. Additionally students continue to build the foundation with further study in theatre technology. Students will also prepare by taking a year-long sequence in Cultural Context for Theatre. Students will advance to supervising crews to develop the skills in management and budgeting in theatre production.
In the third year students will continue to round out their coursework in theatre design and technology, as well as engage in classes that will better help them participate in this highly collaborative art form whether it be in theatre management, directing, playwriting, dramaturgy or stage management. Beyond production arts, students will take theatre history, Dramatic Literature and other critical courses in the Department. Students might decide to spend a semester at the Ithaca College London Center and enroll in one of the intensive play-viewing courses offered. In production students will begin to design and/or engineer creating the worlds in which the stories we tell take place.
In the final year students will take advanced studio courses as well as completing liberal arts requirements. Work in production leads to a culminating experience, bringing together four years of training. Students also engage in reflective thinking about their studio and production work in Theatre Production and Design studio developing the necessary tools to enter the profession whether it be branding, marketing, tax strategies as well as gaining an understanding the multitude of allied industries that their skills have prepared them for. Students will engage with our alumni through various guest artist sessions and through our week-long NYC Field Studies program.