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A Major in Theatre Design and Production

Description of Major

This major educates students about the backstage world of professional theater. The program stresses the ensemble nature of theater, providing experience in all aspects of production, with advanced training in the areas of set design, costuming, lighting, makeup, sound, stage management, and technical direction.

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Employment Opportunities

Graduates are prepared for a wide range of positions in theaters, major opera companies, touring productions, theme parks, cruise ships, and professional scenic houses. A variety of jobs are available for theatre design and production graduates, including:

Arts Center Administrator  Assistant Lighting Designer
Costume Designer           Costume Specialist                         
Events Coordinator Exhibit/Display Designer           
Facilities Manager Lighting Designer                            
Lighting Operator    Lighting Programmer
Lighting-Robotics Operator Make-up Artist    
Master Electrician                       Production Designer
Production Manager/Coordinator Production Scheduler
Professor  Prop Manager  
Props Designer                                 Scene Painter                                  
Set Designer  Sound Designer      
Sound Engineer       Special Effects and Pyro                   
Stage Manager  Stunt Coordinator
Supernumerary Coordinator Teacher
Technical Director Television/Film Production Assistant
Television/Film Assistant Director Theater Manager
Wig Designer   


Some positions listed may require education or training beyond an undergraduate degree.



Additional Links


American Society of Theatre Consultants 

International Theatre Institute

Theatre Development Fund 

UC College-Conservatory of Music