BA in Theatre with Emphasis in Design/Technical

Degree Program Description

Students in the BA in Theatre with emphasis in Design/Technical study scene design, lighting design, costume design, sound design, theatre technology, and stage management. They further their studies with additional classes in beginning and advanced scenic and costume construction, makeup, stagecraft, costume crafts, pattern making, scene painting, and theatre architecture.  Theatre design students sketch design ideas with pencil and paper, and render those design ideas in 3-D in our computer labs, combine traditional stagecraft techniques with state of the art computer technology, digital image projection, and digital sound mixing.  Students participate behind the scenes in a variety of productions -- from main stage faculty-directed musicals and plays, to student-directed shows, ensembles and workshops, take on major roles in our production program as scenic designers, lighting designers, costume designers, sound designers, projection designers, and makeup designers,  work as stage managers, carpenters, electricians, riggers, stitchers, cutters, drapers, wardrobe supervisors, props supervisors, lighting and sound board operators, followspot operators, stagehands, and crew members. Graduates work in all areas of the entertainment industry as designers, technicians, directors, teachers, Broadway producers and stage managers, theatre managers, casting agents, box office managers, and scenic artists. We have a strong network of alumni who support one another as they design and build scenery, props, and costumes, mix sound, renovate historic theatres, and work professionally backstage, behind the scenes, and behind the camera in theatre, film, and television in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and across the country.

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Major Program Requirements

Design/technical classes chosen from16
THEATR 1360Stage Makeup1
THEATR 2330Stage Management3
THEATR 2360Stagecraft3
THEATR 2510Introduction to Theatre Design3
THEATR 3310Costume Crafts3
THEATR 3320Theatrical Patternmaking3
THEATR 3330Advanced Costume Construction3
THEATR 3340Scene Painting2
THEATR 3530Computer Graphics in Theatre Design3
THEATR 3540Advanced Stage Makeup2
THEATR 3550Sound Design3
THEATR 3560Scene Design3
THEATR 4530Stage Lighting Design3
THEATR 4570Theatrical Costume Design3
Performance classes3

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Semester Plan

See the Performance emphasis for a sample semester plan.

Degree Audit


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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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