Theatre Artisan Certificate in Properties Production

Our Artisan Certificate programs are designed for students who have completed a BA or BFA and are proficient in their craft but seek to enhance their artistic and technical experience in order to gain employment in leadership roles in the profession. The emphasis on training is geared to those who do not wish to pursue an MFA but find that they are in need of additional refinement of skill, experience, and collaboration in a professional conservatory setting.

Our program seeks to:

  • Enhance artistic expression, communication, and production skills through hands-on, mentored production experience within a wide range of production opportunities and classroom instruction.
  • Explore creative collaborations with directors, actors, designers, and playwrights.
  • Develop a thorough understanding of professional working methods and standards.

Curriculum Highlights

  • In-depth classroom instruction in artistic, practical, and skills applications of production for the art of theatre.
  • Production opportunities in multiple venues and multiple genres including the opportunity to work on productions with companies through our Professional Theatre Initiative (PTI).
  • The option of internships with leading regional theatres, shops, and Professional Theatre Initiative (PTI) affiliates.

Students in the Properties Production program will:

  • Demonstrate proficiency understanding and researching period styles.
  • Cultivate an understanding of properties crafts including consumables, fabrics, stage blood, weaponry, carving, etc.
  • Demonstrate the ability to read and understand build drawings.
  • Demonstrate the ability to operate all shop hand and power tools.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge how to refinish, repair and upholster furniture.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of surface and faux finish techniques.
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage budgets, labor and materials as related to properties production.
  • Act as part of a team of collaborators in a leadership role.

Program of Study

(minimum of 28 credits)

First Year 1st 2nd
CFA TH 099 Matinee 0 0
CFA TH 553 & 554 Colloquium 1 1
CFA TH 697 & 698 Production 1 1
CFA TH 755 & 756 History of Period Styles 1 & 2 2 2
Production elective(s)* 3 3
Total 7 7
Second Year
CFA TH 099 Matinee 0 0
CFA TH 553 & 554 Colloquium 1 1
CFA TH 797 Production or
CFA TH 591 D&P Internship
1
CFA TH 798 Production or
CFA TH 592 D&P Internship
1
CFA TH 855 & 856 History of Period Styles 3 & 4 2 2
Production elective(s)* 3 3
Total 7 7

*Students select Production electives in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor. Courses from which a student may select include but are not limited to:

  • CFA TH 170 Methods of Construction—Scenery
  • CFA TH 182 Methods of Construction—Costumes
  • CFA TH 563 Drawing for Designers 1
  • CFA TH 564 Drawing for Designers 2
  • CFA TH 671 Theatrical Welding 1
  • CFA TH 672 Theatrical Welding 2
  • CFA TH 682 Introduction to Textiles
  • CFA TH 163 Drafting 1
  • CFA TH 660 AutoCAD 1
  • CFA TH 759 Theatrical AutoCAD 2
  • CFA TH 662 VectorWorks 1
  • CFA TH 761 Vectorworks 2
  • CFA TH 859 PhotoShop 1
  • CFA TH 860 PhotoShop 2
  • CFA TH 665 Scene Painting 1
  • CFA TH 666 Scene Painting 2
  • CFA TH 765 Scene Painting 3
  • CFA TH 766 Scene Painting 4
  • CFA TH 781 Fabric Dyeing 1
  • CFA TH 782 Fabric Dyeing 2
  • CFA TH 881 Millinery 1
  • CFA TH 882 Millinery 2

Students electing to take courses to fulfill their Production electives that are not listed above require the approval of their faculty advisor.