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BFA in Theatre, Design/Technical

Pictured | Ian LaFountain | Theatre | South Bend, Indiana (hometown)

About the Bachelor of Fine Arts, Concentration in Design/Technical

The BFA in Theatre Design Technical Production with a Specialty in (Costume Design, Lighting Design, Scene Design, Scenic Technology or Costume Technology) is intended to prepare students for the professional world or to continue on to graduate studies with an intensive focus on a specific area of design and production. The Technical Theatre program at IUSB is designed to give students a broad background of theatre history and theatre industry with an emphasis in the design and technical aspects of theatre. Students have the opportunity for extensive production experience in many capacities including the opportunity to create their own fully realized designs. Design and Technical students also have the opportunity to work in either the scene shop or costume shop furthering their educational goals in this lab setting. Students are encouraged to take summer employment or internships in the field of theatre design and technology.

Academic Advising

College policy on advising requires that students meet with their academic advisors at least once each year, and in some departments, prior to each semester’s to enrollment. Advising holds are placed on all Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts students prior to advance registration and are released following advising. Students with a declared major are advised in their academic units. To determine who your advisor is and how to contact them, see One.IU.

Degree Requirements (125 cr.)
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Students receiving the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree must complete 125 total credit hours including:

  • Success accomplishment of computer literacy placement exam (0 cr.); OR
    Computer Literacy Course (counts as 3 credit elective)
  • THTR-T 228 Design for the Theatre (Visual Literacy)
  • THTR-T 190 Literary and Intellectual Traditions
  • THTR-A 190 Art, Aesthetics, and Creativity; OR
    THTR-A 399 Art, Aesthetics, and Creativity
  • Successful accomplishment of THTR-D course in Performance Concentration (Health and Wellness)
  • Theatre Core (31 cr.)
  • Design/Technical Concentration (33 cr.)

  • At least 30 credit hours must be at the 300- or 400-level
  • Successful participation in major season productions each semester as directed by the area coordinator of theatre and dance

Major Requirements (75 cr.)
Theatre Core (31 cr.)
  • THTR-T 120 Acting I: Fundamentals of Acting
  • THTR-T 225 Stagecraft 1
  • THTR-T 230 Costume Technology I
  • THTR-T 340 Directing I: Fundamentals of Directing
  • THTR-T 341 Theatre Production I (1 cr.)
  • THTR-T 342 Theatre Production II (1 cr.)
  • THTR-T 343 Theatre Production III (1 cr.)
  • THTR-T 405 Stage Management
  • THTR-T 470 History of the Theatre 1
  • THTR-T 471 History of the Theatre 2
  • THTR-T 483 Topics in theatre and Drama
  • THTR-T 485 Capstone Project (1 cr.)
    Note |
    Musical Theatre Recital based on final semester of Applied Voice

Select one of the following

  • THTR-T 326 Introduction to Scenic Design
  • THTR-T 335 Stage Lighting Design
  • THTR-T 433 Costume Design II

Design Technical Concentration (33 cr.)
  • FINA-F 100 Fundamental Studio-Drawing
  • THTR-T 327 Period Styles
  • THTR-T 330 Rendering
  • THTR-T 332 Scene Painting
  • THTR-T 392 Theatre Internship
  • THTR-T 427 Design Studio (three semesters, junior standing)
  • THTR-T 430 Costume Technology II

Select two of the following

  • THTR-T 326 Introduction to Scenic Design
  • THTR-T 335 Stage Lighting Design
  • THTR-T 433 Costume Design II

Select Specialty (6 cr.)
Costume Design (6 cr.)
  • THTR-T 290 History and Design of Stage Makeup
  • THTR-T 434 Historic Costumes for the Stage

Lighting Design (6 cr.)
  • THTR-T 438 Advanced Stage Lighting Design
  • THTR-T 439 Technical Drawing (pending final approval)

Scene Design (6 cr.)
  • THTR-T 426 Fundamentals of Scenic Design
  • THTR-T 439 Technical Drawing (pending final approval)

Costume Technology (6 cr.)
  • THTR-T 290 History and Design of Stage Makeup
  • THTR-T 433 Costume Design II

Theatre Electives (9 cr.)

Free Electives (7 cr.)
  • If student takes the Computer Literacy class above (Fundamental Literacy), only 4 credits of electives are required

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