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The Theatre Design/Technology BFA Program:
Lighting Design Concentration

The lighting designer’s primary responsibility is to develop conceptual and artistic ideas that will be used to guide the design of the lighting for a production. As a member of the design team, the lighting designer has a significant impact on the visual unity of a production and is responsible for producing the light plot and all related paperwork. Working with the director, the other designers, and other members of the production staff, the lighting designer develops a cohesive design that supports the other aspects of design for the production and helps to create and define the environment of the production.

Academic Requirements

In addition to meeting general degree requirements, all undergraduate theatre design/technology majors concentrating in lighting design must complete the following requirements (98 credits). ACT 1250 (freshman year) and ACT 2100 may be counted toward the liberal arts requirement (30 credits minimum) for the BFA.

Freshman year: 25 credits
The freshman year requirements are the same for all undergraduate theatre design/technology majors.

Sophomore Year: 31 credits
Fall: 17 credits
TDT 2080/Theatre Technology I 3 credits
TDT 2120/Production II* 3 credits
TDT 2400/Lighting Design I* 3 credits
TDT 2440/Rendering and Graphic Techniques* 2 credits
TDT 2540/Sources of Stage Design 3 credits
TDT 3700/CAD for the Theatre 3 credits
Spring: 14 credits
ACT 2100/History of the Theatre 4 credits
TDT 2130/Production II* 3 credits
TDT 2410/Lighting Design I* 3 credits
TDT 2460/Rendering and Graphic Techniques* 2 credits
TDT 2500/Introduction to Sound Design 2 credits
*Part One and Two (two-semester course)
Junior Year: 23 credits
Fall: 12 credits
TDT 2200/Scene Design I 3 credits
TDT 3120/Production III* 3 credits
TDT 3400/Lighting Design II* 3 credits
TDT 3520/Vector Works 3 credits
Spring: 11 credits
TDT 3130/Production III* 3 credits
TDT 3410/Lighting Design II* 3 credits
TDT 3720/Computer Graphics and Techniques 3 credits
TDT 4460/Collaborative Process 2 credits
*Part One and Two (two-semester course)
Senior Year: 19 credits
Fall: 12 credits
TDT 2300/Costume Design I 3 credits
TDT 2600/Introduction to Stage Management 3 credits
TDT 4120/Production IV* 3 credits
TDT 4400/Lighting Design III* 3 credits
Spring: 7 credits
TDT 4130/Production IV* 3 credits
TDT 4410/Lighting Design III* 3 credits
TDT 4880/Portfolio 1 credit
*Part One and Two (two-semester course)

Updated April 26, 2016

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For current majors:
Graduation Plans

In consultation with your faculty advisor, the
eight-semester plans can be used as a guide to assist you in your academic planning and progress toward graduation.

Theatre Design/Technology BFA Academic Requirements:
Freshman Year (all students)
Sophomore–Senior Year
(by Concentration):

Scenic Design
Costume Design
Lighting Design
Costume Technology
Stage Management
Technical Direction/
Production Management