Wayne State University

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design and Technical Theatre

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Design/Tech is an intensive pre-professional curriculum.  The program is designed to provide a broad understanding of the industry and an opportunity for full experience in the theatre arts with a concentration on design and technical theatre.  Throughout the school year students are given design assignments which they execute under the mentorship of a faculty member.

Admission to this program is contingent upon satisfaction of the general requirements for undergraduate admission to the University and a successful interview conducted by the department faculty.

To apply to Wayne State University please visit www.apply.wayne.edu.

Multiple interview dates are scheduled each school year prior to starting the program. A completed registration form is required as part of the application process to the University. 

Visit: http://theatreanddance.wayne.edu/theatre/auditions.php for audition information.

You must complete a minimum of 120 credits including the General Education requirements, college degree requirements, and the major requirements cited below. All coursework must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the university and the college governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees.

The BFA program requires seventy-seven credits in theatre courses (specified below), as well as thirty-one credits in University General Education courses and eleven credits in electives within or outside theatre. All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the University and the academic procedures of the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees, as well as with the requirements of the Maggie Allesee Department of Dance.

The seventy-seven credits in specified theatre courses must be completed with grades of 'C-' or better; grades of 'D+' or below are not acceptable in any required theatre course for theatre majors. Students receiving the grade of 'D+' in any required courses will be placed on Departmental probation and may be denied continuation in the theatre program


Core Courses

  • Fundamentals of Theatre
  • Play Analysis
  • Acting I
  • Fundamentals Crafts: Scenery/Costuming
  • Principles of Make-up
  • Fundamentals Crafts: Lighting/Management
  • Theatre History I
  • Theatre Capstone: Performance

and one of the following:

  • Fundamentals of Voice and Movement
  • Introduction to Design for the Theatre
  • Applied Theatre Studies: Community Possibilities
  • Applied Theatre Studies: Theatre in Education

Design/Technology and Stage Management: BFA Requirements

  • Technical Theatre Problems
  • Capstone: Design/Tech
  • Development of Drama I
  • Development of Drama II

History and Dramatic Literature (elect one):

  • Intro. to Black Theatre and Performance
  • Musical Theatre Appreciation
  • Black Dramatic Literature and Performance
  • Pioneers of Modern Theatre
  • Theatre History II

Theatre Practicum (two credits):

  • Theatre Studio: Performance
  • Theatre Studio: Scenery/Lighting
  • Theatre Studio: Costumes
  • Theatre Studio: Stage Management
  • Theatre Studio: Theatre Management
  • Theatre Studio: Running Crew
  • Theatre Studio: Production

Design (elect two - six credit total):

  • Stage Management
  • Stage Design
  • Theatre Costuming
  • Stage Lighting

Design/Tech Electives (twenty-one credits) To be elected in consultation with advisor.  Suggested courses per area of study are listed below.

Costuming Electives

  • Drawing I
  • Drawing II
  • Textiles
  • Costuming II
  • Adv. Stage and Film Make-up

Scenery Electives

  • Drawing I
  • Drawing II
  • Architectural Drafting and Perspective
  • Techinical Production
  • Intro. to Scene Painting
  • Adv. Scene Painting

Lighting and Sound Electives

  • Architectural Drafting and Perspective
  • Intro to Audio-TV Prod.
  • Music Technology
  • Technical Production
  • Adv. Stage Lighting Design

Stage Management Electives

  • Intro to Audio-TV Prod.
  • Diversity in Interpersonal Communication
  • Elementary Music Theory
  • Principles Theatre Management
  • Play Direction
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