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  • Practical experience
    Recognizing the importance of designers, craftsmen, and managers as collaborators in the performing arts, the School of Design and Production offers a unique and comprehensive program of instruction and practice in 12 different concentrations in theatrical design,production, management, and theatre crafts. Students design and execute the sets, properties,costumes, lighting, wigs, makeup, and sound, and manage all production aspects for more than 20 shows each year. Design and Production works hand-in-hand with the schools of Dance, Drama, Filmmaking, and Music in mounting their productions and projects, including operas, musicals, plays, films, ballets and contemporary dance performances.
  • Entry requirements
    Bachelor of Fine Arts Requirements
    The B.F.A. requires 96 to 112 credit hours in courses in Design and Production and other related arts areas, and must include 48 credit hours in production.
    The B.F.A. also requires 30-36 credit hours in academic courses, which must include GES 101,102, 103; GES 120; GES 211, 212, 213; THH 241, 242, 243; LIT 290; one Math/Science elective; one Social Science elective; and one Literature/Philosophy elective. ARH 101, 102, 103 is required for students in the Scene Design, Scene Painting, and Stage Properties.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design
  • Course description
    The Bachelor of Fine Arts professional training program is open to college students who wish to specialize in one of five design concentrations  The B.F.A. is earned in a four-year conservatory program.

    Design Concentrations:
    Costume Design
    Lighting
    Scene Design
    Sound Design
    Wig and Makeup

    Undergraduate Course Requirements
    COSTUME DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY (DESIGN)
    Year One
    Production
    Introduction to Theatrical Production
    Drawing
    Color & Design
    Critical Perspectives
    Digital Media for the Artist

    Year Two

    Production
    Costume Design I
    Costume Technology I
    Studio Skills
    Western Thought
    Theatre History

    At the end of the 2nd year students are reviewed and invited to return in Design or
    Technology track.

    Year Three
    Production
    Costume Design II
    Costume Technology II

    Year Four
    Production
    Costume Design III
    Arts Electives


    UNDERGRADUATE LIGHTING

    Year One
    Production
    Introduction to Theatrical Production
    Drawing
    Drafting for the Theatre
    Color & Design
    Drafting with Vectorworks
    Critical Perspectives
    Digital Media for the Artist

    Year Two
    Production
    Stagecraft
    Lighting Design I
    Stage Electrics Technology & Practice
    Theatre History
    Western Thought

    Year Three
    Production
    Studio Skills
    Lighting Design II
    Commercial Stage Electrics
    Arts Electives
    Academic Electives

    Year Four
    Production
    Academic Electives
    Arts Electives

    UNDERGRADUATE SCENE DESIGN
    Year One
    Production
    Introduction to Theatrical Production
    Drafting for the Theatre
    Color & Design
    Drawing
    Drafting with Vectorworks 2
    Critical Perspectives
    Art History
    Digital Media for the Artist

    Year Two
    Production
    Scene Painting I
    Stagecraft
    Scene Design I
    Studio Skills
    Theatre History

    Year Three
    Production
    Scene Painting II
    Studio Skills
    Western Thought
    Academic Electives

    Year Four
    Production
    Scene Design III
    Academic Electives
    Studio Skills

    UNDERGRADUATE WIG AND MAKEUP
    Year One

    Production
    Color & Design
    Drawing
    Intro to Makeup, Hair History & Styling
    Critical Perspectives
    Digital Media for the Artist

    Year Two
    Production
    Studio Skills
    Makeup I 2
    Wig Construction I
    Western Thought
    Academic Electives

    Year Three
    Production
    Makeup I
    Wig Construction I
    Theatre History
    Academic Electives

    Year Four
    Production
    Advanced Makeup
    Academic Electives
    Open Electives

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