Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Design & Technology
The BFA in Design & Technology is a practice-based, all-encompassing pre-professional curriculum including applied
training in sound, lighting and media design; scenic and costume design and construction and
stage management. Theory coursework includes topics such as dramatic theory, theatre
history and literature. In addition to intensive coursework, BFA designers and technicians
will apply their crafts behind the scenes during our active production season. Students
can opt to specialize in a discipline, including the following:
In addition to coursework in costume history and design, costume-focused students work
on all main stage and lab shows throughout the season, including costume design and
construction, draping, dressing, wig styling, and hair and make-up design.
The student focusing on set design learns hand drafting, computer drafting in Vectorworks,
model building and set construction, with a rotation of specialty classes in topics
such as puppetry, scene painting and properties. Students additionally participate
in personalized seminars in design and technology for the theatre.
The student interested in lighting will gain hands-on experience in design and drafting
using Lightwright and Vectorworks software. In addition, lighting-focused students
learn to hang and focus a light plot and work as electricians, board operators and
programmers on main stage and lab shows.
Students specializing in stage management take coursework in all disciplines of theatre
design and technology to be able to communicate effectively with creative collaborators
as they execute productions. IWU stage managers learn basics of lighting, sound, scenic
design and costumes, in addition to mastering how to call plays, musicals and dance
performances. Stage managers additionally run rehearsals and manage the production
▷ Theatre Design & Technology Course Plan
▷ Theatre Design & Technology is also offered as a minor, open to all students and other theatre majors.
Ben Stephenson, BFA '00
Currently working on Cirque Du Soleil's LOVE the new Beatles extravaganza in Las Vegas.
Peter Yagecic, BFA '98Technician/object artist, director of technology for Situation Interactive, puppeteer
with the Flock Theater.
Samone B. Weissman, BFA '97Stage Manager currently freelancing in NYC. NYC credits include the American Globe
Theatre and the Jean Cocteau Repertory Theatre.