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.

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.

American Idiot (Arts Bank Theater, 2017) Photo Credit: Paola Nogueras
Edison (Gershman Black Box, 2017) Photo Credit: Paola Nogueras
Amanda Hanna, BFA '19, Photo Credit: Larry Barnes
American Idiot (Arts Bank Theater, 2017) Photo Credit: Paola Nogueras
Now We Are Six (Arts Bank Theater, 2017) Photo Credit: Paola Nogueras
Edison (Gershman Black Box, 2017) Photo Credit: Paola Nogueras
A Modern Day Love Story (Caplan Studio Theater, 2016) Photo Credit: Paola Nogueras


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Corrie Meehan
Corrie Meehan


Theater Design + Technology
Hometown: Augusta, Maine
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Bless Melinda Rudisill


Theater Design + Technology
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
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Larry Barnes


Theater Design + Technology
Hometown: Somerville, Mass.

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Nick Embree

Theater Design + Technology
Designed sets for more than 100 productions
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LeVonne Lindsay

Theater Design + Technology
Resident Designer for the African Continuum Theatre
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Natalie Robin

Theater Design + Technology
Associate Producer and a founding company member of Polybe + Seats and an Associate Artist of Target Margin Theater

Sample Courses in the Theater Design + Technology Major

First Year
Introduction to Design
Survey of Theater Arts
Theater Sketching and Rendering
Art History Survey I
Fundamentals of Stage Management I
Set Design
Theater Photography
Script Analysis

Second Year
Lighting Design
Theater History
History of Costume & Décor
Costume Design
Drafting and Model-Making  
Area of Focus Practicum
Vectorworks Drafting

Third Year
Technical Direction 
Director/Design Collaboration
Business of Theater
Sound Design
Design-Technology Seminar
Area of Focus Practicum

Fourth Year
Design Technology Master Class
Scenic Projection Design
Area of Focus Practicum
Theater Internship
Scenic Projection Design


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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Brad Pouliot

BFA '16

Theater Design + Technology
Professional work includes Wilma Theatre Co, Arden Theatre Company and FringeArts
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Jillian Keys

BFA '11

Theater Design + Technology
Nominated for a Barrymore for Best Costume Design: Stinky Cheese Man

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