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Theatre Design and Technology, BFA

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Boston, MA, United States
A hands-on, apprenticeship-style approach is at the heart of the Theatre Design and Technology program of Emerson College. The program is built to help aspiring designers and crew members master the technical dimension of their art form while discovering the unique voice that will help them make their mark from behind the curtain.
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About the Program

You will learn by doing, guided by faculty experts in lighting, sound, scene, costume, prop, and technical design. Because teamwork and mentorship are essential to a successful theatrical career, you will work closely with a single faculty advisor who will help you tailor a program of study based on your passions and skills.

Through your studies, you will have unique access to Emerson’s celebrated performance spaces, which include five operational theaters from the iconic Cutler Majestic Theatre to the more intimate Jackie Liebergott Black Box. You will have a chance to apply your coursework through Emerson Stage, our performance laboratory that brings together student actors, designers, stage managers, and technicians for a nine-show season. Through our impressive alumni network, you will also have access to coveted internships at top theaters and companies around the country. The program culminates in a senior year portfolio review by theater industry members, allowing you to receive feedback from top professionals while broadening your network and fast-tracking your career.

The Theatre Design and Technology program of Emerson College embodies the critical importance of design and technology. Our program will help you master these skills and graduate ready to perform—because while you may be behind the curtain, your artistic presence is still very much on stage. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    128 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses offered:
  • Drafting
  • Stagecraft Laboratories: Costume Construction
  • Stagecraft Laboratories: Scenic Construction
  • History of Fashion and Decor: Design Research
  • Rendering
  • Theatre as a Collaborative Art

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Official transcripts are required from each secondary school attended and should include courses taken and grades received in years.
  • A School Report must be completed by your secondary school counselor or another school official, and must be submitted along with an official, signed transcript from your high school.
  • The secondary school counselor evaluation should accompany the high school transcript and School Report.
  • A minimum of one official teacher evaluation from someone who has taught you in an academic subject.
  • We ask that all applicants submit first marking period (first quarter, midterm, first trimester) or mid-year (second quarter, first semester, second trimester) grades when they become available.
  • Testing and English Language Proficiency Requirement.
  • SAT or ACT Scores.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    50240 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25120 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    50240 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25120 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
    Living Costs

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