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Theater Design and Technology, Bachelor

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Philadelphia, PA, United States
If you are interested in the world of theater production—lighting, costume, scenery, sound design and technical production—the Theater Design + Technology program in the University of the Arts' Ira Brind School of Theater Arts is for you. Our students are creative, critical-thinking problem-solvers. From day one, DT students can be involved in the wide range of productions happening on campus.
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Overview

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Design + Technology provides education and broad training in the full range of theatrical design and technical areas followed by more concentrated study and practical work in a chosen area of focus.

Studies begin with the school-wide foundation of theatre history and script analysis and then are immersed in courses of collaborative conceptual study with directors and playwrights. The program combines a wide scope of design courses with specific crafts classes taught be professionals in their fields. Students are trained in each of five core areas: set design, costume design, lighting design, sound design, and technical theater, and then choose one or more of these areas as a focus. 

Studio work is complimented with extensive hands-on experience on a variety of productions in the Brind School season. Upper-level studies include realized design or technical work; two significant professional-theater internships; and the development of a professional-grade display and interview portfolio. Students design for all Brind School production levels including for the main stage. Students frequently work alongside faculty and guest professional artists on productions. Students completing this program are prepared to enter the theater industry or to pursue further studies at the graduate level. Graduates have gone on to work professionally in Philadelphia and New York, as well as regionally and internationally.

Theater Design & Technology graduates:

  • will effectively analyze scripts and source material, apply research, and make specific choices about world building that serve both the needs of the script and the artist’s imaginative impulse.
  • will be able to develop their ideas into realized theater projects through collaboration, exploration, and communication, while demonstrating the skills to effectively convey their vision to their collaborators.
  • will demonstrate practical skills, exhibit stagecraft and possess the technical experience to support their own design decisions.
  • will demonstrate an awareness of how their creative voices relate to current and historical design paradigms and practices.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Design
  • Survey of Theater Arts
  • Theater Sketching and Rendering
  • Art History Survey I

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    80

    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:

    6

    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.

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

Follow these steps to complete the application for admission and scholarship:

  • Submit your Application for Admission.
  • Submit the non-refundable $60 Application Fee.
  • Submit official transcripts from all secondary (high school level) and post-secondary (university level) schools attended.
  • Submit demonstration of English Proficiency.
  • Complete a Portfolio Review, Interview or Audition.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    46530 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 46530 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    46530 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 46530 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Philadelphia

  • 1313 - 2290 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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