MFA Technical Direction
A three-year rotation and small enrollment allows for flexibility and a program tailored to the needs of the individual student. The program offers courses in graphics for theatre, principles of technology, digital media for design, special effects, construction and period décor, but students are also encouraged to take courses from other departments and schools within the University, such as architecture, engineering, and computer science. Students assume responsibility in a variety of positions: technical director, assistant technical director, master carpenter, carpenter, paint charge, scenic artist, properties head, master electrician, electrician and sound engineer. Students with demonstrated ability may be invited to design for Department productions.
During the final year students complete a professional portfolio and execute a final project in technical direction, significant in scope and challenge, under the advisement of a thesis committee. Students gain experience as teaching assistants for undergraduate stagecraft courses. Opportunities also exist for internships with professional shops and theatres.