Theater design and technology

The BFA Program in theater design and technology combines classroom and hands-on learning experiences. Our versatile, flexibly configured, undergraduates-only program enables you to specialize in one or more areas: set design, costume design, or lighting design. If your interest is in the technical aspects of theater, you may—in consultation with a faculty advisor—specialize in scene construction or painting, lighting, properties, or costumes. Or you may take advantage of our expanding opportunities in sound design.

You will have the opportunity to design Department of Drama main stage productions (NOTE: create link to Production Photos gallery) and to work collaboratively with faculty directors and designers—and with the professional staff and company of Syracuse Stage (NOTE: create link to Syracuse Stage Website)—to see your designs realized by a professional production team.

You’ll work from our newly expanded and renovated Theater Design Center —which includes two design studios, a LightBox and a CAD lab, as well as classroom space, a design library and crafts rooms.

Our theater complex provides opportunities to work in a variety of performance venues, including a 500-seat proscenium; a 250-seat theater that can be configured as a proscenium, thrust, or avenue stage; and our intimate, newly renovated Loft Theater.

Opportunities to deepen your training and professional preparation can be found in our London program—including our newly established exchange with the Rose Bruford College—our Tepper semester in New York City, and study abroad opportunities in Florence, where you may participate in internships through theater or opera venues in addition to the exposure to the rich cultural resources in art.

You may also observe or act as an assistant to guest designers for Syracuse Stage. And as a senior, you may be eligible for an internship in the Syracuse Stage technical production shops.

Students who wish to explore a curriculum that combines technical theater with a more traditional arts and sciences program of study may wish to consider the bachelor of science (B.S.) degree program in drama with a technical theater emphasis.

View and download the theater design and technology curriculum.