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Degree Requirements: BFA, Design/Technology Concentration

Degree Requirements can also be found here.


Acceptance Criteria

Acceptance into the University
Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall
Minimum grade of C+ in all required courses
Minimum GPA of 2.5 in prerequisite courses
Portfolio review
Letter of intent
Interview with program director

Prerequisite Courses

TH 101 Introduction to Theatre
TH 106 Introduction to Technical Theatre
TH 108 Basic Acting I
TH 135 or TH 136 Practicum
TH 203 Visual Imagination

Required Courses

TH 107 Costume Construction
TH 201 Script Analysis
TH 205 Drafting
TH 230 Theatre Crafts
TH 300 Stage Management
TH 301 Theatre History 1
TH 302 Theatre History 2
TH 303 Scene Design
TH 306 Costume Design
TH 331 Problems in Tech Theatre
TH 332 Lighting Design
Four 200/300-level TH practicumsTwo courses form the following: TH 403 Scene Design 2, TH 406 Costume Design 2, TH 433 Lighting Design 2, TH 440 Study in Design or Technology, TH 496 Arts Management InternshipTwo Dramatic Literature survey courses such as: TH 220 Performing America, TH 314 Intro to Dramaturgy, TH 468 Sources for Modern Theatre, etc.Choose one of the following: TH 309 Mime/Movement for Actors, THD 381 Social Dance, THD 400 Creative Movement or TH 416 MaskTH 401 Directing 1 or TH 485 Playwriting Workshop
TH 349 Technical Studio
TH 390 Design Resources
TH 439 Studies in Design or Technology

Three courses from the same department other than Theatre & Dance

Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart

Credits Required for Major 75
Additional Credits Required for Gen Ed 31
Additional Credits Required for Electives 14
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements & Learning Outcomes

Fall TH 101, TH 106, TH 108, TH 135, TH 203, ENG 101 or 102, Language, UBE 101 or equivalent, Library Skills Workbook requirement
Spring TH 107, TH 205, one 200/300-level TH practicum, ENG 201 or Humanities, MathSECOND YEAR
Fall TH 201, TH 300, TH 301, TH 303 or TH 332, one 200/300-level TH practicum, UGC 111
Spring TH 302, TH 203, TH 306*, one 200/300-level TH practicum, UGC 112THIRD YEAR
Fall TH 303 or 332, TH 331, TH 349, one 200/300-level TH practicum, Dramatic Literature, American Pluralism
Spring TH 403 or 433 or 440; TH 390, TH 439, Dramatic Literature, one course from another major*, DepthFOURTH YEAR
Fall TH 406 or 440; TH 401 or 485; one course from another major*, Social Science, Natural Science 1
Spring TH 309, THD 400, TH 416, one course from another major*, Natural Science 2*Three courses from the same department other than Theatre and Dance

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge of:

Scenographic Practice
(Theatrical Design: Costumes, light, projection, sets, and sound)

  • Visual Imagination – Simultaneity of analytical and abstract thinking used to produce art in response to a text. Fearlessness in artistic expression based on ability to clearly articulate a design concept
  • Graphic Communication Clarity of design ideas expressed through visuals: drafts, renderings, and models, light plots, etc
  • Research Methods – Period Styles; Use of resources (print & digital) effectively to support a design idea

Theatrical Production
(Fabrication and Engineering of Elements and Systems for the Stage)

  • Materiality
  • Craftsmanship
  • Ability to move the theoretical to reality multiple solutions to a technical problem are explored
  • Identifying high and low tech solutions to design problems, and knowing the value of one over the other
  • Understandings the role of aesthetics in the engineering of clothes and scenery, appreciating the importance of function (as in physical requirements) and appearance (as to appropriately communicate a design idea to an audience)

Organization and Time Management

  • Ability to bring thought to action
  • Interpersonal dynamics: ability to listen and be heard
  • Situation assessment and ability to formulate questions
  • Supporting an ensemble and honoring the importance of the individual (essential cog in the production engine)
  • Ability to create a prompt book, show bible, working drawings, and signal paths


  • Establishing good working relationships such as:

-Between the performer, space, sound and light in order to ,I, convey theme/story/idea
-Between designer and technician(a shop)
-Working outside your comfort zone; ability to dovetail your thinking to someone else’s point of view
-Visual storytelling

Production Theory & Protocol

  • Industry standards as set forth by: Actors’ Equity Association, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, League of Resident Theatres, United Scenic Artists, the United States Institute for Theatre Technologies, Broadway and National Tours
  • Observation learning as industry professionals cross-pollinate with students in lab environments

Electives and Course Groupings

Dramatic Literature Courses
TH 208 Method Acting
TH 212 Improv for Storytellers
TH 220 Performing America (Gen. Ed requirement – American Pluralism)
TH 227 Voice I
TH 314 Introduction to Dramaturgy
TH 315 Modern Theatre I
TH 316 Modern Theatre II
TH 325 Performance and the Critic
TH 341 Theatre Studio
TH 342 Theatre Studio
TH 343 Theatre Studio
TH 349 Technical Studio
TH 370 Age of Shakespeare
TH 401 Directing 1
TH 402 Directing 2
TH 403 Scene Design 2
TH 406 Costume Design 2
TH 411 Theatre Workshop
TH 412 Devised Theatre Workshop
TH 413 Theatre Workshop
TH 415 Advanced Dramaturgy
TH 416 Mask Workshop
TH 425 Media and Performance
TH 433 Lighting Design 2
TH 346 Costume Design Studio
TH 347 Scene Design Studio
TH 348 Lighting Design Studio
TH 349 Technical Studio
TH 350 Properties Studio
TH 439 Design Seminar
TH 466 Women in Theatre
TH 468 Sources of Modern Theatre (theories of acting, directing, and design)
TH 477 Production Dramaturgy
TH 482TH 489 Major Figures
Special Topics: Intermedia Performance Workshop, Contemporary Performance, Popular Culture and Theory