Theatre Artisan Certificate in Scenic Technology

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.

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.
  • Opportunity to work on productions with companies through our Professional Theatre Initiative (PTI).
  • The option of internships with leading regional theatres, shops, and PTI affiliates.

Learning Outcomes

Students in the Scenic Technology program will:

  • Demonstrate a high level of technical and interpretive Scenic Technology skills sufficient to obtain professional positions in the performing arts.
  • Demonstrate spoken and written critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills.
  • Demonstrate an ability to enrich creative storytelling and take artistic risks.
  • Demonstrate an awareness and ability to engage with diverse communities as a theatre artist.

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 669 & 670 Technical Production Studio 1 & 2 3 3
CFA TH 671 Welding 1 2
CFA TH 771 Engineering for the Stage 1 1
CFA TH 660 AutoCAD 1 1
Total credits 8 6
Second Year
CFA TH 099 Matinee 0 0
CFA TH 553 & 554 Colloquium 1 1
CFA TH 591 D&P Internship or TH 797 Production 2
CFA TH 592 D&P Internship or TH 798 Production 2
CFA TH 672 Welding 2 2
CFA TH 263 Scene Design 1 3
CFA TH 186 Lighting Crafts 1
CFA TH 772 Engineering for the Stage 2 1
CFA TH 759 AutoCAD 2 1
Total credits 7 7