Scene Design

BU’s Scene Design program focuses 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. 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 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.

As a BFA or MFA Scene Design student your studies will include:

  • Intensive training in the skills needed to communicate your ideas such as drafting, drawing and painting, model making, and story boarding.
  • Detailed research, both historical and visual, and looking at its value in understanding the work you are creating.
  • Development of analytical and critical thinking along with the skills to collaborate with the other disciplines involved in making theatre
  • Extensive work on both theoretical and practical productions.

BFA Program of Study

MFA Program of Study

Artisan Certificate in Scenic Painting


Unique Opportunities

  • The ability to work on a wide range of productions presented at BU every year, including new plays, devised works, opera, and musical theatre.
  • Intensive collaborative journeys with students in the other Design & Production disciplines as well as Directing, Performance, and Playwriting students.
  • A faculty of designers, directors, technicians, and crafts artists who all work professionally around the country, and internationally.
  • Exposure to many of the fine and important theatre companies and international work opportunities found in the Boston area.

Application & Portfolio Review

MFA applicants, please contact our MFA Design & Production Programs Head, Mark Stanley, and review the portfolio and application requirements for MFA Design, Production & Management.

BFA applicants should refer to the College’s Undergraduate Admissions page and follow the instructions for admission to the Design & Production Freshman Core program.

Applicants for our Artisan Certificate in Scenic Painting, please review our Artisan Certificate program details and contact Diane Fargo.



Alumni Notes

Our Scene Design alumni include the following designers and scenic painters:

  • Emily Walsh | USA 829/Bluebloods
  • Claire Bretschneider | USA 829/Charge Artist, The Wiz
  • Christina Barretti-Sigal | USA 829
  • Julia Torrant | USA 829/Metropolitan Opera House and SNL
  • Liz Schurra | Charge Artist/Daedalus Scenic Studio

Core Faculty

James Noone, Program Head, Associate Professor
Jon Savage, Assistant Professor
Diane Fargo, Lecturer
Cristina Todesco, Lecturer