Theatre (Design and Production) (BA)

The BA program in theatre with a concentration in design and production provides students with a rigorous academic and hands-on theatre education with an emphasis on design and production for performance. Within the context of a comprehensive liberal arts education, the program prepares students for both advanced graduate study in the field and for entry-level careers in entertainment design and production. The program offers specialty coursework in the following areas:

  • costume design and technology
  • lighting design and technology
  • media design and technology
  • scenic design and technology
  • sound design and technology
  • stage management
  • technical direction

Degree Offered

Theatre (Design and Production) (BA)
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Application Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Career Outlook

The bachelor's degree program in theatre provides an excellent broad-based foundation for work in the profession or readies students for further training at graduate schools or conservatories. The program's liberal arts emphasis prepares graduates for a variety of occupations. The design and production concentration offers students advanced study that can lead to careers as designers or technicians in the performing arts and the entertainment industry.

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
Multimedia Artists and Animators6%$63,630
Art Directors2.4%$85,610
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary10.8%$64,300
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians11.9%$41,780
Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance 19.2%$44,310
Sound Engineering Technicians7.6%$49,870
Program Directors9.1%$69,100
Set and Exhibit Designers6.8%$49,810
Technical Directors/Managers9.1%$69,100

* 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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