stage make-up and hair design

Bachelor of Arts in Communication (BAC)

Theatre: Design/Technical Theatre

In the theatre program, students are exposed to every aspect of theatre: literature, history, theory, acting, directing, design and technical theatre. Educational theatre is the primary training ground for professional actors, technicians, stage managers, directors, designers and writers who work in theatre, film, live entertainment, radio and television.

Quality classroom experiences

Students receive a solid liberal arts foundation and develop refined analytical and communication skills, in addition to the skills and techniques required for design and technical theatre. Practical experience is gained through collaboration on specific theatrical production requirements as part of a production team.

Internships and careers

The department annually awards a number of competitive scholarships to qualified undergraduate students and has various student employment opportunities, which allow students to develop their craft while receiving financial compensation.

Students may apply for the BGSU exchange program with the University of Wales, the largest undergraduate theatre program in Great Britain and home of the prestigious Performance Research Centre. The London Experience, an intensive immersion in the London theatre scene, offers students another education abroad opportunity.

Career paths

  • Costume design
  • Set design and construction
  • Stage lighting and sound
  • Stage management
  • Theatre technology

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Students in this program earn a Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree with a specialization in design/technical theatre. In addition to the liberal arts curriculum, theatre majors complete a series of three seminar courses on professional development and career preparation culminating with a senior portfolio review and interview. A liberal arts program in design/technical theatre cultivates an array of skills needed in the 21st-century workplace such as problem-solving, creativity, communication, and collaboration.

Required courses

theatre set design and construction

Sample courses

  • Scene Design
  • Stage Lighting and Sound
  • Costume Design
  • Arts Management
  • Drawing and Drafting for Theatre
  • Theatrical Makeup

BGSU College of Arts and Sciences

The Design/Technical Theatre specialization in the Theatre program is part of the Department of Theatre and Film in the BGSU College of Arts and Sciences.   

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