Theater Design + Technology

You're creative. A critical thinker. A problem-solver who probably has some theater or design experience already. If you're willing to take up significant academic and artistic challenges in an undergraduate program that builds up to 10 or more production assignments right into the curriculum, then the Theater Design + Technology program at the University of the Arts will give you the artistic opportunities and real-world design experience you need to start your career on the right foot.

You'll get to choose the focus area – lighting, costume, scenery, sound design or technical production – for one or two large projects every semester, often working with students in other UArts programs like Dance, Music and Film. Consider one recent student who, as a sophomore, designed lighting for the University’s production of "Legally Blonde" at the Merriam Theater, then went on to work with the Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas over the summer before coming back to campus where he was the lighting designer for "Spring Awakening" and several smaller shows.

UArts has great relationships with all of the region's theaters – the Wilma, Arden Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, the Walnut Street Theatre and countless smaller venues – giving Design-Tech students ample opportunities for internships (required in the senior year) and added work experience. Or perhaps while here, you’ll work outside of the traditional theater environment, like recent students who designed decorations for Philadelphia Orchestra events at the Kimmel Center. Or maybe you'll work with the Mummers or design huge lighting and sound displays to highlight buildings and architecture in Center City Philadelphia.

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After UArts

Learn more about our Theater Design & Technology alumni who have found success after graduating from UArts.

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In the News

Theater faculty, alumni take top honors at 2015 Barrymore Awards, including Ben Dibble BFA ’00 (Musical Theater), named Outstanding Lead Actor.

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Featured Student Work

Work by Amy Martin '14 (Theater Design & Technology) is featured in the Studio Spotlight (see link above). Other work by students, faculty and alumni in the program can be found at the bottom of this page.