The Production program prepares students for professional careers in the practical realization of scenery and costumes. In order to establish a common vocabulary and a set of fundamental perceptions about goals and procedures, the first two years of the curriculum closely parallel those of the design program. As the content of the classes becomes more sophisticated and specific, the production curriculum begins to diverge from that of the design disciplines, emphasizing its own particular orientations.
Advanced stage mechanics, welding, plastics fabrication, technical drafting, fabric dyeing, flat pattern drafting, draping, tailoring, millinery, mask making, and the many auxiliary craft techniques related to the construction of scenery, costumes, properties, and accessories all assume priority over the study and practice of design. Nevertheless, production students who exhibit the talent and interest often enroll in advanced design classes.
Much of the teaching and learning in this discipline occurs outside of formal classroom situations in master/apprentice relationships with either School of Theatre production staff or the production staff of the Huntington Theatre Company. Many of these working professionals possess special talents and are employed in specific areas of expertise. Students are prepared for increasingly complex crew assignments for productions mounted by the School of Theatre and the School of Music.
Prior to entering the BFA Design & Production programs, students must complete the Design & Production Core curriculum.
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BU Today visits a Costume Construction II class.