Create a space for the audience, actors, and story to live together.
Boston University’s scene design programs focus on the development of skills, knowledge, and understanding needed to become a valuable professional theatre artist in the increasingly diverse theatre communities found nationally and internationally today.
As a BFA or MFA Scene Design student, you’ll…
- Receive INTENSIVE TRAINING in the skills needed to communicate your ideas such as drafting, drawing and painting, model making, and storyboarding
- Dive into detailed RESEARCH, both historical and visual, and look at its value in understanding the work you are creating
- Develop ANALYTICAL AND CRITICAL THINKING skills, along with the skills to collaborate with the other disciplines involved in making theatre
Under the leadership of Associate Professor James Noone, whose teaching is informed by his extensive work on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in regional theatre, and with many major opera companies, students in BU’s scene design programs are exposed to a variety of artistic challenges with the focus on how design can inform, reveal, and transform a story into a potent and meaningful theatrical event.
Graduates of BU’s scene design programs find employment in all different types of live for-profit and nonprofit performance venues and organizations found in the United States, as well as educational settings. Some take their training in theatre design and use their skills for installation work as well as television, movie, and theme park work.
Senior Lecturer, Scene Painting
Associate Professor, Scenic Design; Program Head-Scenic Design; Co-Chair Design and Production Program
BFA Design & Production Recruitment Administrator; Assistant Professor, Scene Design
Lecturer, Scene Design
Meet BU’s Scene Design Program Head
Working as a scene designer since 1983, James Noone’s teaching is informed by his extensive work on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in regional theatre, and with many major opera companies across America, as well as in national tours and on television. As program head of BU’s scene design programs and associate professor of scene design, Noone’s impact has made the program rank nationally as a top theatre design degree.
In CFA’s Faculty Feature series, Noone defines what scene design means in the present day, why an aspiring scene designer should pursue their studies at BU, and the importance of storytelling through scene design.
“The scene design is where the story is revealed. It’s not a decorative space. It’s connected to the drama and the action of the piece. You want to focus on the purpose and reasons behind the stories. The purpose is to develop a deeper understanding of (the story), really engaging them in conversation with the world of the production. The space needs to be truthful.“