May 29, 2023
Prerequisite Courses (13 credits)
Theatre Design/Technology Core (57 credits)
Two Upper Level Design courses (6 credits)
Two Dramatic Literature courses (6 credits)
One Mind/Body course (3 credits)
Total Credits Required for Major: 85
Additional Degree Requirements Include:
- Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
- Elective courses as needed to complete the 120 credit hour total
Total Credits Required for Graduation: 120
Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This should not be used for financial aid purposes.
*Please note that there is a course fee associated with introductory and advanced design courses.
UB Seminar courses cannot count towards major requirements.
Practical application of coursework is an integral part of the Theatre BFA, Design/Technology Concentration. At a minimum, BFA students must complete four practicums, which include various design and technical assignments for departmental productions. Students apply for design positions each semester; those who are assigned a production will support those practicum with mentored seminars and laboratory time. All BFA students must choose one supplemental field of study in which to complete their three additional electives, as noted in the requirements below. Theatre BFA students also maintain their place in the program through periodic evaluations and reviews by faculty members. Regularized mentorship prepares the student for graduate study or a professional career.
A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.
Total Credits Required: 120
Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.
Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge of:
(Theatrical Design: Costumes, light, projection, sets, and sound)
- Visual Imagination - Simultaneity of analytical and abstract thinking used to produce art in response to a text. Fearlessness in artistic expression based on ability to clearly articulate a design concept
- Graphic Communication Clarity of design ideas expressed through visuals: drafts, renderings, and models, light plots, etc.
- Research Methods - Period Styles; Use of resources (print & digital) effectively to support a design idea
(Fabrication and Engineering of Elements and Systems for the Stage)
- Ability to move the theoretical to reality multiple solutions to a technical problem are explored
- Identifying high and low tech solutions to design problems, and knowing the value of one over the other
- Understandings the role of aesthetics in the engineering of clothes and scenery, appreciating the importance of function (as in physical requirements) and appearance (as to appropriately communicate a design idea to an audience)
Organization and Time Management
- Ability to bring thought to action
- Interpersonal dynamics: ability to listen and be heard
- Situation assessment and ability to formulate questions
- Supporting an ensemble and honoring the importance of the individual (essential cog in the production engine)
- Ability to create a prompt book, show bible, working drawings, and signal paths
- Establishing good working relationships such as:
- Between director/choreographer and design team in the creation of an original staged work
- Between the performer, space, sound and light in order to convey theme/story/idea
- Between designer and technician (a shop)
- Working outside your comfort zone; ability to dovetail your thinking to someone else’s point of view
- Visual storytelling
Production Theory & Protocol
- Industry standards as set forth by: Actors’ Equity Association, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, League of Resident Theatres, United Scenic Artists, the United States Institute for Theatre Technologies, Broadway and National Tours
- Observation learning as industry professionals cross-pollinate with students in lab environments