Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Design & Technology

Where in the World is Frank Sparrow? Spring 2015

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:

Costume Design

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.

Scenic 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.

12 Ophelias, Spring 2014Lighting Design

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.

Stage Management

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 calendar.

Theatre Design & Technology Course Plan

▷ Theatre Design & Technology is also offered as a minor, open to all students and other theatre majors.


 Alumni Spotlight

  • ben stephenson

    Ben Stephenson, BFA '00

    Currently working on Cirque Du Soleil's LOVE the new Beatles extravaganza in Las Vegas.
  • Peter Yagecic

    Peter Yagecic, BFA '98

    Technician/object artist, director of technology for Situation Interactive, puppeteer with the Flock Theater.
  •  samone weissman

    Samone B. Weissman, BFA '97

    Stage Manager currently freelancing in NYC. NYC credits include the American Globe Theatre and the Jean Cocteau Repertory Theatre.