A concentration in Design and Technology (D&T) prepares students for careers in Theatre Design and Production or placement in graduate level programs. The core curriculum of the Theatre Arts department is the foundation for all majors, with the concentration in D&T facilitating engagement in multiple disciplines of design (scenery, costume, lighting, and sound), many facets of theatre production (scenic technology, properties, costume construction, wardrobe, costume crafts, electrics, and scenic art), and management (stage management and production management).
In the classroom and through production activities, students explore the process and practice of producing theatre. Students learn through experience how to solve problems, develop informed opinions, substantiate a point of view, communicate to a given audience, and work through challenges inherent in the hard deadline of "Opening Night." They recognize the strength of independent thought and analytical ability, as well as the value of other points of view.
The classroom experience emphasizes process — the exploration of the text, the discovery of ideas, creative problem solving, and visual style — while building technical and graphic skills required for success in a multitude of careers in the theatre. At the same time, the Department of Theatre Arts has a truly ambitious Mainstage and Blackbox production season each year. Our shows provide a laboratory to experience the theory explored in class. Students have the opportunity to work in all capacities on production, including designing for the Mainstage. While building individual skills, each student begins to participate in collaboration — the group effort at the core of all theatrical endeavors. Students learn to work as part of a team with their peers and faculty alike. In addition, students have the opportunity to gain leadership experience and develop skills that will carry them far beyond graduation.
The Design and Technology faculty have extensive professional experience and a wide array of professional contacts. Each instructor spends a tremendous amount of time working closely with students teaching and mentoring them at every turn. While faculty members are actively engaged in each student's development, students have the time and freedom to grow as individuals. This is a great opportunity for students to actively engage in their own education and development — each student is empowered to make choices and shape their personal growth. It builds confidence, a willingness to challenges themselves, and motivation when encountering difficult problems in the future.
While grounded firmly in the Liberal Arts tradition, the curriculum of the concentration provides opportunities for specialization through independent studies and production assignments.
The Theatre Arts programs have a high placement rate for our graduates in various careers, graduate schools, and professional internships. We are proud of the quality and value of our program and invite you to contact us to discuss how our program can help you realize your career and artistic ambitions.