Theatre (Design and Production), BA

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The BA program in theatre with a concentration in design and production provides students a rigorous academic and hands-on theatre education with an emphasis on design and production for entertainment. The concentration uses cutting edge technologies to produce the highest-level production. Within the context of a comprehensive liberal arts education, the program prepares students for both advanced graduate study in the field and for careers in entertainment design and production.

The program offers specialty coursework in the following areas:

  • costume construction
  • costume design and technology
  • digital fabrication
  • lighting design and technology
  • media design and technology
  • properties construction
  • scenic art
  • scenic design and technology
  • sound and media systems design
  • sound design and technology
  • stage management
  • technical direction
  • rigging

At A Glance

Theatre (Design and Production), BA

Required Courses

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Application requirements

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Admission requirements

Students interested in the BA in theatre are admitted directly into the major by indicating their degree preference on their ASU admission application.

Students interested in the BA in theatre, BA in theatre with a concentration in acting, or BA in theatre with a concentration in design and production enter as BA theatre majors. Once students begin to complete classes at ASU in the BA theatre program, they may apply to a concentration in either acting or design and production.

Career outlook

The bachelor's degree program in theatre provides an excellent broad-based foundation in the performing arts and entertainment industries for those who want to work as designers or technicians. It also prepares students for further training at graduate schools or conservatories. Additionally, the program's liberal arts emphasis prepares graduates for a variety of occupations.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Actors3.1%*
Special Effects Artists and Animators4.1%$77,700
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 5.6%$69,690
Audio and Video Technicians 12.3%$47,920
Producers and Directors 10%$76,400
Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance 11%$106,920
Sound Engineering Technicians 6%$53,520
Media Programming Directors 10%$76,400
Set and Exhibit Designers1.2%$58,180
Media Technical Directors/Managers 10%$76,400

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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