Design and Production Concentration

The Design and Production Concentration prepares students to enter graduate design or technology programs or pursue professional careers in theater, television and film. With varied classes in design and technology, and experiential work with graduate design students and creative faculty, students develop the strong practical and artistic skills needed for creative communication and artistic leadership. Students in this concentration have opportunities to assist professional designers on season productions, stage manage large-scale productions, work in shops, and pursue internships in the Philadelphia area.

Those interested in Design and Production Concentration should contact Professor Fred M. Duer, Head of Design at

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Course of Study

Students in the Design/Tech Concentration must complete the following curriculum in addition to the department requirements.

Theater Foundation Courses (47 credit hours)

            Design and Production Core Courses (24 credit hours)

Lighting and Sound Technology

Drawing and Rendering Techniques I

Drawing and Rendering Techniques II

Lighting Design I

Scene Design I

Costume Design I

Design Drafting (or) Costume Production

Stage Management I

Design and Production Electives (12 credit hours)

Options include:

Creative Sound Technique


The Job Market

Makeup Design

Scene Painting

Technical Direction for the Theater

Theater Management

History of Decor

Draping and Flat Pattern Drafting I and II 

Costume Crafts

History of Fashion

Model Building

Design for TV and Film

Costume Design II 

Lighting Design II

Scene Design II

Notes on this concentration:

The concentration must total a minimum of 36 semester hours beyond the Foundation Courses.

Prerequisite course are required for admission into some higher-level courses.

The 9 credit-hour required elective concentration for Design and Production Concentration students must be in one of the following areas: Visual Art or a behavioral science such as Psychology or Anthropology.

For a suggested four-year course of study in the Design/Tech Concentration, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Those who wish to pursue a specific discipline within the Design and Production Concentration should contact one of the following professors:


For students who transfer from other departments, schools and universities, there are several alternative routes to fulfill the Design and Production Concentration that can be discussed with your theater advisor and/or a design faculty member.

Graduate Success

Students who have completed this program have found success as professional designers in New York, Philadelphia, and nationally. Alumni have found work as costume shop supervisors, scenic painters, stage managers, production managers, and more. Some graduates interned at Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival, the Walnut Street Theater, Berkley Repertory Theatre, Trinity Repertory Company, and others.

For more success stories, check out Alumni News

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