Theater Design + Technology
If you are interested in the world of theater production—lighting, costume, scenery, sound design and technical production—the Theater Design + Technology program in the University of the Arts' Ira Brind School of Theater Arts is for you. Our students are creative, critical-thinking problem-solvers. From day one, DT students can be involved in the wide range of productions happening on campus.
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Students have the opportunity to work as both designers and technicians on a wide range of Brind School productions each semester. You can choose, and change, your design or technical focus to explore your interests and hone your expertise. Hands-on experiences are supported through classroom mentorship and complementary coursework.
One recent student designed lighting for the University’s production of "Legally Blonde" as a sophomore, worked with Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas over the summer, then was the lighting designer for UArts' "Spring Awakening" and several smaller shows.
1. Students at work on one of UArts stages.
2. Another O'pnin. Matthew DeJong '15 (Theater Design + Technology)
Lighting design for the production of "Kiss Me Kate" at Merriam Theater
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Sample Courses in the Theater Design + Technology Major
About the Curriculum
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Design + Technology provides education and broad training in the full range of theatrical design and technical areas followed by more concentrated study and practical work in a chosen area of focus.
Studies begin with the school-wide foundation of theatre history and script analysis and then are immersed in courses of collaborative conceptual study with directors and playwrights. The program combines a wide scope of design courses with specific crafts classes taught be professionals in their fields. Students are trained in each of five core areas: set design, costume design, lighting design, sound design, and technical theater, and then choose one or more of these areas as a focus.
Studio work is complimented with extensive hands-on experience on a variety of productions in the Brind School season. Upper-level studies include realized design or technical work; two significant professional-theater internships; and the development of a professional-grade display and interview portfolio. Students design for all Brind School production levels including for the main stage. Students frequently work alongside faculty and guest professional artists on productions. Students completing this program are prepared to enter the theater industry or to pursue further studies at the graduate level. Graduates have gone on to work professionally in Philadelphia and New York, as well as regionally and internationally.
Theater Design & Technology graduates:
- will effectively analyze scripts and source material, apply research, and make specific choices about world building that serve both the needs of the script and the artist’s imaginative impulse.
- will be able to develop their ideas into realized theater projects through collaboration, exploration, and communication, while demonstrating the skills to effectively convey their vision to their collaborators.
- will demonstrate practical skills, exhibit stagecraft and possess the technical experience to support their own design decisions.
- will demonstrate an awareness of how their creative voices relate to current and historical design paradigms and practices.
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