Theatre (Design and Production), BA

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Have you ever watched a concert, a play or musical and wondered "How did they do that?" Do you like to create visual worlds, paint, build, make costumes and solve problems? Join the design and production program to refine your techniques and expand your use of technologies.

This BA program in theatre with a concentration in design and production provides students a hands-on education with an emphasis on design and production for entertainment. The concentration utilizes cutting edge technologies to create unique worlds onstage and in the classroom. Within a broad-range of academic opportunities, the program prepares students for both careers in entertainment design and production and for graduate study in the field.

The program offers specialty coursework in the following areas:

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

At A Glance

Theatre (Design and Production), BA

Required Courses

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While circumstances vary between students and their paths towards graduation (utilizing placement testing to fulfill required math or foreign language courses, fulfilling multiple General Studies requirements with one course, etc.), completing the courses listed in a major map fulfills all of the requirements for graduation.

Application requirements

Students who are admitted to ASU and indicate a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre (Design and Production) are admitted directly into the degree and concentration.  

Note:  All Theatre (Design and Production) students are required to complete a concentration progress review at the end of the first year to continue the program successfully.

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Career outlook

The bachelor's degree program in theatre with a concentration in design and production provides an excellent foundation in the performing arts and entertainment industries for those who want to work as designers or technicians, prepares students for further training at graduate schools or conservatories, and provides each student the unique opportunity to explore their own creative process and ability to collaborate with others. Additionally, the program's liberal arts emphasis prepares graduates for a variety of careers.

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
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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