Is your career goal to work as a designer or technician in the theatrical field? The University of Central Missouri’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre, with an emphasis in Design and Technology, will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to play an exciting role in the world of theatre.
Theatre design and technology demand versatility
Strong verbal and visual communication skills are just some of what you’ll gain at UCM. You’ll also learn how to collaborate with a team of faculty and students to meet production deadlines while using creative problem-solving skills to manage budgets and materials for productions.
Whether you want to be a master electrician, props manager or wig artisan — or you intend to pursue any other area of specialization — UCM will prepare you for your career. While earning your Theatre BFA in Design and Technology, you’ll actively hone your skills on UCM’s stages and in the real world.
14:1 program student-to-faculty ratio
Theatre Learning Community
Many theatre organizations for students
Near active Kansas City theatre scene
Black Box Theatre for student-led work
This UCM BFA focuses on theatre design and technology, but you’ll also have opportunities to act, direct and dance as part of your classwork. Take core courses in script analysis, costumes, sets, lighting and sound.
The history and philosophy of theatre are an integral part of this program. You’ll be able to focus on a specific area of design or tech as you develop the skills you’ll need for a career that encompasses multiple facets of theatrical production. Some of the exciting, hands-on courses you may take include:
Our faculty are nationally recognized theatre professionals who actively participate in regional and national organizations and festivals such as the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT). In our small classes, your professors share their expertise and connections to help you meet your career goals.
Collaboration, teamwork and technical skills are vital to any successful theatre production. Your UCM classes and extracurricular activities are designed to help you master these career essentials:
UCM graduates with a BFA in Theatre Design and Technology typically work as carpenters, stitchers, deck crew and wardrobe managers for companies such as the Santa Fe Opera, the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, the Lyric Opera and the Utah Shakespeare Festival.
Your bachelor’s degree will also prepare you for a career as a theatre technician for a cruise line or a freelance theatre professional specializing in scenic, costume and lighting design.
Theatre design is an exciting, ever-changing career field
Use the interactive tool below to explore the potential salaries and career pathways available to you when you earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Design and Technology.
The University of Central Missouri offers numerous resources to help you finance your college education and keep your student debt and college costs low.
Beyond the general awards and scholarships available through UCM, numerous scholarships are available specifically for Theatre majors, including:
Use the UCM Scholarship Finder to learn more about program-specific scholarships.
Take your degree further.
Continue your theatre design studies and earn a graduate degree at UCM to increase your earning potential or further specialize your skills:
Make yourself more marketable.
If you plan to work as a freelance designer or want to set up your own small business, you can learn to promote yourself and acquire additional career skills by adding to your BFA in Theatre Design and Technology:
Explore programs related to theatre design and technology.
If you’re interested in theatre design but not sure what you’d like to major in at UCM, consider these related undergraduate programs: