Design and Technology (B.F.A.)

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The Bachelor of Fine Arts Program in Theatre Design and Technology at Penn State is a rigorous pre-professional training program which combines intensive career preparation with an outstanding general education curriculum. It is our mission to prepare students for a successful career in the live entertainment industry.

The School of Theatre produces an ambitious season year-round, providing design and production opportunities in our tree venues: Downtown Theatre, Pavilion Theatre, and Playhouse. Our training spaces include a state-of-the-art light lab, costume lab, show control lab, and rigging lab. The School of Theatre’s production facilities include professionally equipped scene shop, paint shop, prop shop, and costume shop. Students in Design and Technology also have access to a dedicated studio and work space.

BFA Design & Technology candidates receive training in every area of design and production choosing up to two areas specialization from the following fields: Costume Design, Lighting Design, Scenic Design, Scenic Technology, and Sound Design. Extensive design opportunities and stimulating production assignments are a fundamental component of the students’ experience at Penn State, and our exceptional faculty and staff provide solid academic and professional mentoring along the way.

Students in our program typically spend their summers as interns, apprentices, artisans, and technicians in professional theatre companies and the life entertainment industry. Upon graduation, our students are ready to join the profession or continue advanced training. Our alumni have gone on to attend prestigious graduate training programs, hold positions in the industry, or continue on with successful freelance careers across the country.

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Contact Us

Address: Penn State School of Theatre, 116 Theatre Building, University Park, PA 16802 USA.

Office: (814) 865 7586

Fax: (814) 865 5754

Tickets: (814) 863 0255