Bachelor On Campus

Design and Technology

Northern Illinois University

48 months
722 USD/credit 21660 USD/year
362 USD/credit 10860 USD/year
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The School of Theatre and Dance provides course work and hands-on theatre experience in design and production, including costumes, lighting and scenery. Students gain an understanding of the artistic, social and cultural importance of theatre arts while developing creative and technical skills. The Design and Technology program is offered by Northern Illinois University.


Study involves design (including drawing and painting) as well as course work in theatre history, period styles and directing. Specialized classes in theatre technology (such as scene painting and pattern drafting) as well as computer assisted design (CAD) and computer rendering are also offered. The Bachelor of Fina Arts in Design and Technology emphasis  at Northern Illinois University aims to be pre-professional within the context of a liberal arts education and to provide strong foundations for professional careers in theatre, communication and allied entertainment fields.

About the school

The School of Theatre and Dance has specialized shops and laboratory facilities where students can apply the design and technology skills they learn in the classroom. The Stevens Building houses a scene construction shop, lighting shop and laboratory and a costume construction shop. There are specialized storage areas for costumes, props and scenery. 

Students in the design and technology emphasis are regularly given responsible and supervised assignments in the school production program, which offer significant practical experiences. Internships and other off-campus programs with theatre companies, production groups, arts organizations and performing arts centers further broaden expertise and serve to integrate the student into the professional and commercial theatre. 

Programme Structure

About the program

Viewed within the context of a vital liberal arts education, the primary goal of our program is to prepare actors, designers, technicians and dancers for professional careers in their chosen field. We recruit students who are willing to:

  • take chances
  • demonstrate initiative
  • be responsible for their own depth of immersion in our training.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • High school diploma: You must have graduated by the time you start at NIU in order to be admitted
  • Grades: You must have passing grades equivalent to a U.S. C+ average on all transcripts and/or exam scores
  • A completed NIU application
  • Official transcripts from all high schools attended
  • ACT/SAT score

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21660 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 722 USD per credit during 48 months.
  • National

    10860 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 362 USD per credit during 48 months.

Living costs for DeKalb

1100 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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