Theatre & Interpretation: Design & Technical Theatre

Program Overview

Make your mark behind the scenes. Our theatre and interpretation major with a concentration in design and technical theatre will prepare you for a dynamic career in theatre production, costuming, design, and beyond.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time
Location: On-Campus
Program Length: 4 years
Credit Hours: 70

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

As a design/tech student here, you’ll have extraordinary opportunities for real-world experience. We present some 25 productions a year, including both mainstage and studio productions. Whether you’re interested in costuming, set design, lighting, or production, you’ll find many ways to build your skills and gain real-world experience.

In the classroom, you’ll work closely with experienced faculty and staff who go the extra mile to make sure you succeed. You’ll also partner with guest artists who bring professional insights from the world of directing, acting, design and more.

Beyond the classroom, our touring summer theatre program gives you the chance to experience traveling repertory theatre first hand—while earning pay and college credits. Many of our students also compete in national conventions or take on internships with theatre companies across the country.

Program Highlights

As a design and technical theatre major, you can:

  • Tailor your studies with courses in scenery, lighting, costume design, and theatre technology.
  • Get paid for working in our scene and costume shops—and get valuable experience, too.
  • Take on an internship or an apprenticeship with an organization such as the Purple Rose Theatre, Tipping Point Theatre, or Merry-Go-Round Playhouse.
  • Work with exceptional resources, including a 50,000-piece costume collection, a new design/tech lab, costume and scene shops, SFX and stage makeup capabilities, advanced digital lighting and projection equipment, and CAD/drafting software.

Careers & Outcomes

Our alumni are working all over the world, from Broadway to Disney to regional professional theatres and nonprofit organizations. They’re engaged in dynamic careers doing everything from stage management and properties to costuming and design. Others are engaged as professors and administrators at educational institutions from universities to secondary schools.

Career Projected Salary
Producer and Director $79,000
Set and Exhibit Designer $62,480
Art Director $100,890

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