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

Our Costume Production and Technical Production programs prepare 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 the School of Theatre production staff. 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.

The University’s new Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre and College of Fine Arts Production Center is a state-of-the-art multi-functional studio theatre and production facility with a full complement of support spaces and design labs for teaching and producing student theatre. This new complex will allow the School of Theatre to be in close proximity to other programs in theatre and opera performance. The Center demonstrates the University’s commitment to professional arts education.

Degrees Offered & Admissions Information

Undergraduate Degrees
Graduate Degrees
Artisan Certificate

Average Class Size

  • Undergraduate: 10
  • Graduate: 10

Unique Opportunities

Students who participate within the Design & Production 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, New Repertory Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Company, and the Hangar Theatre, just to name a few.

Notable Alumni

The Production programs have been in existence since 1954 when the School of Theatre was formed. Our alumni can be seen working in every facet of theatre, film, television, and the entertainment world.

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