Department of Performing Arts
Theatre Design/Technology (BFA)
About the Program
An Emerson education in Theatre Design/Technology prepares you to enter the theatre industry as a professional in your craft: fluent in the language of design and technology, conversant in the tools you will encounter at theatres throughout the country, and with a strong understanding of the essentials of design.
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This program is based on a hands-on, apprenticeship model of teaching, where students learn from highly skilled faculty; and coursework in scenic, lighting, sound, costume, props, and technical design is quickly applied to work done at professional internships or in the College’s producing laboratory, Emerson Stage. As a student in a design program focused exclusively on undergraduates, you’ll have unique access to the College’s performance and production spaces, which include five theatres ranging from the seating-flexible Jackie Liebergott Black Box to the 1,186-seat Cutler Majestic Theatre.
Lighting Design students hang lights in the Cutler Majestic Theatre. Students work and design in all five theatres on campus.
Teamwork and mentorship are essential parts of a career in theatre and core to your experience at Emerson. As a student in this program, you will work with a faculty advisor—a working artist and academic with deep ties to the national theatre community—to develop an individually tailored program of study based on your skills and interests. You will also have the opportunity to learn from your peers: students like you who are engaged, ambitious, and passionate about creating the physical world of a production. The relationships you build here will serve as the core of your professional network for years to come.
Your Emerson experience culminates with a senior-year portfolio review by members of the industry, designed to introduce you to a wider circle of potential colleagues —and launch your career.
Students learn to design, build, and paint scenery and props in our fully-outfitted scene shop.
|BFA Theatre Design/Technology (detailed below)||68|
|General Education Requirements||56|
Compare the requirements of this program to other Emerson BFA degrees in Performing Arts.
To see descriptions of any of the below classes, please visit our course catalogue.
|1st||PA101||Languages of the Stage||4|
|1st||TH142||Stagecraft Laboratories: Electrics||2|
|1st||TH143||Stagecraft Laboratories: Props||2|
|1st||TH149||Emerson Stage Production Crew||0|
|2nd||TH215||World Drama in its Context I||4|
|2nd||TH216||World Drama in its Context II||4|
|3rd-4th||Advanced Drama Studies||4|
|Total Department of Performing Arts Core||20|
BFA Theatre Design/Technology Core
|1st||TH121||Introduction to Acting I||4|
|1st||TH144||Stagecraft Laboratories: Costume Construction||2|
|1st||TH145||Stagecraft Laboratories: Scenic Construction||2|
|1st||TH150||History of Fashion and Decor: Design Research||4|
|2nd||TH249||Emerson Stage Production Team||0|
|Total BFA Theatre Design/Technology Core||20|
BFA Theatre Design/Technology Advanced
|Three of the following courses:|
|TH242||Lighting Design I|
|TH245||Scenic Design I|
|TH248||Costume Design I|
|TH342||Lighting Design II|
|TH345||Scenic Design II|
|TH348||Costume Design II|
|TH441||Topics in Technical Direction (repeatable)|
|2nd-4th||Design Theory & Practice||8|
|Eight credits of the following:|
|TH247||Make-up for Theatre||2|
|TH347||Make-up Effects for Film & TV||2|
|TH350||Topics in Design Presentation||4|
|TH440A-C||Technical Theatre Labs||4|
|TH470||Design in Practice Topics||4|
|TH479||Business of Design Topics||4|
|Total BFA Theatre Design/Technology Advanced||28|
A student works on a costume detail in Emerson College's fully outfitted costume shop. Costume design is one of the available concentrations in this degree.
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