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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.

Major Program Requirements

THEATR 2360Stagecraft3
THEATR 3310Costume Crafts3
THEATR 3550Sound Design3
THEATR 3560Scene Design3
THEATR 4530Stage Lighting Design3
THEATR 4570Theatrical Costume Design3
Performance classes3

In addition, students must complete all College of Arts and Science and University graduation requirements, including University general education.

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Semester Plan

See the emphasis for a sample semester plan.

First Year
ENGLSH 10003MATH 11003
Humanities3Am. Government or History3
Second Language4Second Language II4
THEATR 1320 or 13403THEATR 1420 (Spring 2019 will be a 3 credit hour course)3
 Behavioral Science3
 13 16
Second Year
Second Language III4Humanities3
Biological/Physical/Math Science w/ Lab4-5Biological/Physical/Math Science +3
THEATR 27103Social Science3
THEATR 2200 or 29203THEATR 2800 or 2800W3
 THEATR 23303
 14-15 15
Third Year
Humanities++3Social Science+3
Behavioral Science 33000+ level Electives6
THEATR 2360 or 33103THEATR 23001
THEATR 25103THEATR 3550, 3560, 4530, or 45703
Biological/Physical/Math Science3Elective3
 15 16
Fourth Year
3000+ Level Writing Intensive 3Humanities++3
THEATR 3550, 3560, 4530, or 45703THEATR 49901
THEATR 330013000+ level Electives 9
3000+ level Electives6Electives 2
 16 15
Total Credits: 120-121

Writing Intensive


Math Reasoning Proficiency


Course numbered 2000 or above

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree. 

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner. Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, click on the Academic Progress Tile, then select Request Degree Audit. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress. This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to https://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via https://www.transferology.com. Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to https://registrar.missouri.edu/degrees-audits/degree-audits/.

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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 are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career 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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