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The Theatre Design/Technology BFA Program | Academic Requirements & Concentrations | Student Learning Outcomes | Courses | Faculty

The Theatre Design/Technology BFA Program:
Technical Direction/Production Management Concentration

The technical director, working collaboratively with the scenic designer and others, is responsible for the execution of the scenic elements of a production. This process includes bidding, scheduling, developing technical elevations, supervising crews, budget management, and coordinating with the other departments that are working on the production. Additionally, the technical director is responsible for supervising and coordinating the load-in of scenery and other physical elements of the production into the theatre, helping to organize scene changes that involve moving scenery, and supervising the load-out of the production when the run is over. The production manager does for the entire production much of what the technical director does for the scenic elements. Collaborating and working with the director, stage managers, designers, shop heads, and others, the production manager helps to ensure that the production as a whole is realized in the best possible way.

Academic Requirements

In addition to meeting general degree requirements, all undergraduate theatre design/technology majors concentrating in technical direction/production management must complete the following requirements (103 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: 14 credits
TDT 2080/Theatre Technology I* 3 credits
TDT 2120/Production II* 3 credits
TDT 2250/Stage Carpentry 2 credits
TDT 2400/Lighting Design I 3 credits
TDT 2600/Introduction to Stage Management 3 credits
Spring: 17 credits
ACT 2100/History of the Theatre 4 credits
TDT 2090/Theatre Technology I* 3 credits
TDT 2130/Production II* 3 credits
TDT 2190/Properties Construction I 2 credits
TDT 2500/Introduction to Sound Design 2 credits
TDT 3710/CAD for the Theatre 3 credits
*Part One and Two (two-semester course)
Junior Year: 25 credits
Fall: 9 credits
TDT 2200/Scene Design I 3 credits
TDT 3080/Theatre Technology II* 3 credits
TDT 3120/Production III* 3 credits
Spring: 16 credits
TDT 2150/Scene Painting 2 credits
TDT 2170/Costume Construction I 3 credits
TDT 3090/Theatre Technology II* 3 credits
TDT 3130/Production III* 3 credits
TDT 3660/Production Management 3 credits
TDT 4460/Collaborative Process 2 credits
*Part One and Two (two-semester course)
Senior Year: 22 credits
Fall: 12 credits
TDT 2540/Sources of Stage Design 3 credits
TDT 4080/Theatre Technology III* 3 credits
TDT 4140/Stage Management/Tech/Design Production* 6 credits
Spring: 10 credits
TDT 4090/Theatre Technology III* 3 credits
TDT 4150/Stage Management/Tech/Design Production* 6 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