Costume, Lighting, Scene, and Sound

The Design program at the School of Theatre is an intensive conservatory program with a national reputation. The goal of the program is to help students achieve professional competence. This program requires a serious commitment of time and energy from students. The program stresses collaboration and process. The School’s complex at the BU Theatre site consists of three interconnected buildings that house two theatres as well as all of the shops for creating the productions—scenery, costumes, lighting, sound—classrooms, and offices for the School, and some Huntington Theatre Company offices. The Design students and faculty all work there together, in close association with the staff for the professional theatre-in-residence—the Huntington Theatre Company—some of whom are also adjunct faculty.

Prior to entering the BFA Design & Production programs, students must complete the Design & Production Freshman Core curriculum.

Undergraduate Admissions

Graduate Admissions

Degrees Offered

  • BFA Costume Design
  • BFA Lighting Design
  • BFA Scene Design
  • BFA Sound Design
  • MFA Costume Design
  • MFA Lighting Design
  • MFA Scene Design
  • MFA Sound Design

Average Class Size

  • Undergraduate: 30
  • Graduate: 25

Unique Opportunities

Students who participate within the Design programs will be working with a professional faculty whose work is seen throughout the world. The faculty brings with them their professional experiences as designers in regional theater and Broadway as well as work that is international.

There are also many opportunities for hands-on study in our more than 40 productions that the School of Theatre produces annually. We also offer professional opportunities through our Professional Theatre Initiative (PTI), which allows our students access to top theatres throughout the country for internship, summer stock, or production opportunities. Participating theatres include: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Oregon Shakespeare Company, and the Hangar Theatre, just to name a few. We also have two professional theatres in Boston that are PTI affiliates—the Huntington Theatre Company (2013 Outstanding Regional Theatre Recipient), which is in residence at Boston University, and New Repertory Theatre in Watertown, Massachusetts. Students can expect to work in professional or academic standing with both theatres during their tenure.

Notable Alumni

The Design programs have been in existence since 1954 when the School of Theatre was formed. As such we have many alums who have been nominated or have been awarded Tony Awards, Oscar Awards, and everything in between. Our alumni can be seen working in every facet of theatre, film, television, and the entertainment world. A full list of alumni and their accomplishments can be found on the College of Fine Arts website.

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