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Design and Technical Theatre, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Moraga, CA, United States
The Design and Technical Theatre program at Saint Mary's College of California provides comprehensive training for collaborative theatre artists. An emphasis on dramaturgy, communication, and visual literacy (along with hands-on production experience) prepares students for fields such as stage management, scenic or lighting design, and technical direction.
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The Design and Technical Theatre program at Saint Mary's College of California will help students to build technique and artistry under the guidance of top-notch faculty and professionals from the San Francisco Bay Area arts community.  Whether you want to act, dance, sing or play an instrument, there's room for you here to learn and grow as an artist and a student.

Performing Arts’ signature values include:

  • Mentoring by faculty members who are both outstanding teachers and accomplished artists.
  • Frequent attendance at world-class dance, music, and theatre performances around the Bay Area.
  • Multiple and varied performance opportunities, beginning with the first year.
  • Challenging standards that help students achieve artistic excellence and professionalism.
  • Master classes, guest lectures and informal contact with professional artists, connecting classroom learning with the real world.
  • A welcoming and inclusive student cohort experience, in which students of all levels are supported and encouraged in their individual development.
  • Stimulating creative collaborations and intellectual exchange between programs. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successfully completing a degree in Music, Dance, or Theatre, students will be able to:

  • Recognize similarities in structure (such as elements of phrasing) shared by all three performing arts and be able to articulate the significance of structural elements in the analysis of a work’s form and meaning.
  • Engage in critical discourse that transcends personal opinion and acknowledges, respects and integrates the insights of other students from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Demonstrate the capacity for sustained and focused rehearsal efforts and for working collaboratively with different directors and performers.
  •  Perform the works of great choreographers, composers, and playwrights, as well as original /contemporary works of living artists.
  • Adapt performance skills both in rehearsal and performance to the technical demands of specific masterworks of various styles and eras, as well as to original/contemporary works.
  • Exhibit performance skills beyond the foundational to professional level while effectively negotiating the anxiety/excitement of live performance, and be conversant with advanced techniques of the discipline.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Music in Performance 
  • Dance in Performance 
  • Performing Arts in Production 
  • Theatre Seminar: Special Studies
  • Stage Management 
  • Stage Lighting Design 
  • Design for the Stage

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.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Original, official transcripts are required. If the transcript is not in English, a certified English translation is required.
  •  Any period of the four year high school record not reflected on the American high school transcript must be sent from all schools attended abroad.
  • Official college records are required for all students who have attended any post-secondary school; each college attended must be listed on the application for admission and official records must be provided from each institution attended.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    48988 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 48988 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    48988 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 48988 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Moraga

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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