Artisan Certificate in Scenic Technology

Our Artisans 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.

Students in the Scenic Technology program will:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in pneumatic systems.
  • Demonstrate skills in basic automation, both hand-driven and electric winch.
  • Demonstrate the skills required to safely build and load-in scenery. This includes both metal and wood fabrication.
  • Operate a standard counterweight system and work safely on all over head grid instillations.
  • Read and understand build drawings.
  • Demonstrate ability to operate, fix, and maintain all shop tools, both bench and handheld.
  • 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 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 8 6
Second Year
CFA TH 099 Matinee 0 0
CFA TH 553 & 554 Colloquium 1 1
CFA TH 797 & 798 Production or 2 1
CFA TH 591 & 592 D&P Internship
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 7 7