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B.F.A. in Theatre Design & Technology

Blues for Mister Charlie (Fall 2018) Scenic design by Nickie Dubick '19, Costume Design by Je...Blues for Mister Charlie (Fall 2018) Scenic design by Nickie Dubick '19, Costume Design by Jennifer Iris Rivera '19

 

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The new Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Theatre Design and Technology concentration offers students the opportunity to study with New York theatre professionals, design main stage productions, establish professional contacts, and obtain internships with some of New York’s major theatre designers and theatres while completing the 60-credit B.F.A. course of study. This exciting B.F.A. program combines the study of theatre design with a robust liberal arts education. Our curriculum prepares students for successful professional careers in theatre design and technology while also offering the education needed to be global citizens and contributors to society.

Our faculty is composed of professional designers with careers designing on and off Broadway, in regional theatre, and in film and television. Some of the guest speakers who have come into our design classrooms are Tony Walton, William Ivey Long, and Steven Louis Shelley. In addition, our students have had the opportunity to work with guest faculty in design, which includes a diverse group of working professionals representing the finest New York has to offer, such as F. Mitch Dana, David Segal, Phil Monat, Mike Wood, Sarah Lambert, Campbell Baird, Nicole Wee, Gary Levinson, Martin Perrin, Fitz Patton, and Rocco DiSanti. Since MMC is an undergraduate college, design students do not compete with graduate students for design opportunities. The small class size allows the student to interact closely with the instructor as well as fellow students.

 

DESIGN AND TECHNICAL PRODUCTION OPPORTUNITIES

Every semester, qualified students design Mainstage and Studio productions directed by faculty and guest directors, as well as Directing Projects directed by student directors. The MMC Production Committee strives to select a wide variety of productions including premieres of new works, contemporary and period plays, as well as musicals for Mainstage productions in the Theresa Lang Theatre on campus, and off-campus at venues such the York Theatre, as well as Studio productions at New York City venues such as National Dance Institute and New York Live Arts, and the Directing Projects and Playwriting Projects in the Bordeau Box Theatre on campus. In addition, B.F.A. majors establish professional contacts and obtain internships with some of New York’s major theatre designers and theatres.

An Enemy of the People (Fall 2017) Costume Design by Ivy Swinki '19, Lighting Design by Andre...An Enemy of the People (Fall 2017) Costume Design by Ivy Swinki '19, Lighting Design by Andrew Nguyen '19

View a list of past productions produced by the Theatre Arts department here.

OUR THEATRE DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY CURRICULUM

Students in the B.F.A. in Theatre Design and Technology major complete General Education requirements (42 credits) and a series of core courses for the Theatre Design and Technology major, in addition to requirements in their design concentration (66 credits).  Concentrations include: Costume Design, Lighting Design, Scenic Design, Sound Design, Theatrical Media Design, or Technical Production. Through courses in theatre design and technology, majors learn visual and dramatic analysis, technical and construction skills needed to plan and execute designs, and the conceptualization and research skills to support the design process and to effectively present design concepts to directors and other members of the production team.  Continuation in the B.F.A. Theatre Design and Technology program is based on the students’ progress and potential.  

All B.F.A. students are evaluated each year according to the following criteria:

  • Maintenance of a 2.8 cumulative or better G.P.A. in all course work and a 3.0 G.P.A. in the major.
  • Participation in year-end portfolio reviews
  • Active participation which demonstrates leadership ability in all Design Practicum courses.
  • The program usually requires at least a three-year residency at the college, although some transfer students may be able to complete all requirements in less time.

Machinal (Fall 2017) Costume Design by Allie Treacy '18Machinal (Fall 2017) Costume Design by Allie Treacy '18

Students may choose to study one or more of the following six concentrations:

  • Technical Production Concentration (27 Credits)

    Required Courses: (24 credits)

    THTR 200

    Technical Production

    3

    THTR 235

    Scenic Painting and Treatments

    3

    THTR 236

    Vectorworks: CAD Drafting for the Theatre

    3

    THTR 252

    Lighting Mechanics

    3

    THTR 253

    Scenery and Prop Technology

    3

    THTR 254

    Audio Technology for Performance I

    3

    THTR 346

    Production Management

    3

    THTR 350

    Advanced Technical Projects

    3

    THTR 360

    Integrated Media for Performance

    3

  • Theatrical Media Design Concentration (27 Credits)

    Required Courses: (24 credits)

    THTR 207 /COMM 207 Introduction to Lighting Design & Art Direction for Film & Video  3
    ART 210 Digital Imaging I
    MUS 216 /COMM 216 /DANC 216 Digital Sound Workshop
    COMM 225 New Media Techniques
    THTR 252 Lighting Mechanics 
    THTR 254   Audio Technology for Performance I 
    THTR 360   Integrated Media for Performance 3
    THTR 366 /ART 366 /DANC 366 Devising Performance Events 
    THTR 412 History & Theory of New Media in Performance 
  • Lighting Design Concentration (27 Credits)

    Required Courses: (24 credits)

    THTR 207 /COMM 207 Introduction to Lighting Design & Art Direction for Film & Video  3
    THTR 234   Perspective Drawing and Rendering 
    THTR 236   Vectorworks: CAD Drafting for the Theatre 
    THTR 237 Drafting and Model Making 
    THTR 252   Lighting Mechanics 
    THTR 304 Lighting Design 
    THTR 404 A-B Lighting Design II  3-3
    One of the following: (3 credits)    
    THTR 302 Scenic Design  3
    THTR 303 Costume Design   3
  • Costume Design Concentration (27 Credits)

    Required Courses: (24 credits)

    THTR 233 Theatrical Make-up 3
    THTR 234 Perspective Drawing and Rendering  3
    THTR 266   Costume Construction  3
    THTR 303  Costume Design  3
    THTR 333 Advanced Costume Construction  3
    AIP 342   Fashion, History and Society (CP)  3
    THTR 403 A-B   Costume Design II 3-3
    One of the Following: (3 credits)    
    THTR 302 Scenic Design 3
    THTR 304 Lighting Design 3
  • Scenic Design Concentration (27 Credits)

    Required Courses: (24 credits)

    THTR 234 Perspective Drawing and Rendering 3
    THTR 235  Scenic Painting and Treatments 3
    THTR 236 Vectorworks: CAD Drafting for the Theatre  3
    THTR 237   Drafting and Model Making 3
    THTR 253 Scenery and Prop Technology  3
    THTR 302 Scenic Design 3
    THTR 402 A-B   Scenic Design II  3-3
    One of the Following: (3 credits)    
    THTR 303 Costume Design  3
    THTR 304 Lighting Design  3
  • Sound Design Concentration (27 Credits)

    Required Courses: (24 credits)

    MUS 216 /COMM 216 /DANC 216 Digital Sound Workshop 3
    THTR 236 Vectorworks: CAD Drafting for the Theatre 3
    THTR 252 Lighting Mechanics 3
    THTR 254 Audio Technology for Performance I 3
    COMM 335 Music as Media 3
    MUS 349 /COMM 349 Projects in Digital Sound  3
    THTR 360 Integrated Media for Performance 3
    THTR 399 Independent Study/Internship 1-6
    One of the Following: (3 credits)    
    THTR 302 Scenic Design  3
     THTR 303  Costume Design  3
    THTR 304  Lighting Design  3
View all curriculum requirements

 

NEW YORK CITY AS OUR CAMPUS

Students in the B.F.A in Theatre Design and Technology major truly learn to use New York City as their campus. Whether they are attending productions on or off-Broadway, in venues in downtown Manhattan or Brooklyn, doing research at the New York Public Library, or traveling to an off-campus internship, our students experience all that the city has to offer.

 

APPLYING FOR THE B.F.A. IN THEATRE DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY

-Sean Linehan '04 (Lighting Designer, Master Electrician, The Lighting Syndicate and The T.E....-Sean Linehan '04 (Lighting Designer, Master Electrician, The Lighting Syndicate and The T.E.A.M.)

Prospective students for the B.F.A. in Theatre Design and Technology must not only satisfy the academic requirements for acceptance to the college, but must give strong evidence of professional promise as demonstrated by an interview and portfolio presentation in the admission process.

Students who apply to enter the B.F.A program must complete the following:

  • Satisfy the academic requirements for acceptance to the college.
  • Give strong evidence of professional promise as demonstrated by an interview and portfolio presentation (in person or digitally.)

 Apply to the B.F.A. in Theatre Design and Technology

 

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