BA Design/Technology

About the Design/Technology degree

The design/technology degree prepares you for work in the entertainment production industry. The curriculum includes courses in costume and makeup, scenery and props, lighting and sound, as well as hands-on design and technician experience. Admission is through an entrance interview.  Check out this timelapse video of our students at work on Kiss Me, Kate.

If you are interested in the Design/Technology Concentration, you will first declare your major in General Theatre and then change it to Design/Technology after you have completed your entrance interview. (See criteria below.)

You will meet with an advisor at least once a semester. This is an informal time to plan your classes and talk about your experience at ASU. Additional advisor visits are optional. You will participate in yearly portfolio reviews to ensure you are on a successful path and to explore career options as well as short and long-term goals.


The Coordinator for this degree program is John Marty.

Criteria for admission

Students interested in the B.A. in Theatre Design/Technology Concentration must complete an admission interview with the Theatre and Dance Design/Technology faculty and staff prior to admission to the program. Students are encouraged to bring any portfolio materials they may have for informal sharing during this interview.

Students must pass an annual juried portfolio review and interview with Theatre Design/Technology faculty in the fall of each year to demonstrate their progress in the program and establish their potential to continue to grow and address the problems brought to their attention. New students may apply and interview in either the Fall or the Spring semester.

Criteria for remaining in the concentration

Students in the B.A. in Theatre Design/Technology Concentration are required to meet the following criteria to remain in the concentration:

  • Students must maintain a 2.0 overall grade point average.
  • Students must maintain an overall grade average of "B-" or above in all courses in the Design/Technology concentration.
  • Design/Technology students will play an active role in the production season as Assistant Designers and in production staff positions, i.e. Props Master, Costume Crafts, etc. See the policy for Assignment of Production Positions and job descriptions in the Production Team Handbook

More information

All Theatre degrees in the department require the student to complete a core list of courses. In addition to these courses, students will have the opportunity to choose electives to meet their needs. View course descriptions and requirements in ASU's Undergraduate Bulletin.  This link also provides you access to Programs of Study that outline the specfic requirements of this degree. (After choosing the Bulletin year, look for the Programs of Study link on the page's left column.)

View the Portfolio Review Criteria here.

Finish in Four

Click here for a model Schedule Guide (This link connects you to a chart of PDF files.)

Advising notes

Students planning to major in Theatre should avoid THR 2010 The Theatre Experience. This course is a survey that is part of the "Imagination, Innovation, and Meaning" theme in the General Education curriculum.