BA Design/Tech

About the Design/Technology degree

The design/technology degree prepares you for work in the entertainment production industry. The curriculum includes courses in costuming, 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/Tech after your 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. During your junior year there is an interview to make sure you are on a successful path and to explore career options as well as short and long-term goals.

Contact

The Coordinator for this degree program is Sue Williams.

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.

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.
  • 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.
  • Design and technology students will play an active role in the production season as Assistant Designers and in production staff positions, i.e. Master Electrician, 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, the Design/Technology Concentration requires the student to complete courses in all areas of design and technology. These courses are listed on the Degree Program of Study. (This link connects you to a chart of PDF files.)

View course descriptions and requirements in ASU's Undergraduate Bulletin.

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 Analyzing Style and Form: Theatre. This course is a survey that is part of the "Analyzing Style and Form" theme in the General Education curriculum. Majors should enroll in THR 2005 Page and Stage, which is part of the "How We Tell Stories" theme.

Download additional Advising Notes (PDF, 61 KB) used by General College advisors.