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Theatre Design and TechnologyMajor

We provide hands-on training through work on the Theatre and Dance mainstage. Working side by side with faculty, you'll develop a variety of theatre environments using the most current technology and tools available.


What is Theatre Design and Technology at WVU like?


The BFA in Theatre Design and Technology introduces all theoretical and practical aspects of producing live entertainment. The program is designed for students who intend to pursue a professional theatre career, further graduate study in theatre or who may choose to enter a related profession where design and technology skills are highly desirable.

Our broad curriculum allows you to receive extensive training in your desired area of focus while at the same time allowing you to build other theatrical interests. Training also involves active participation in the production program and the opportunity to serve as leaders to design or construct fully produced mainstage productions. Throughout the course of study, you will be exposed to all facets of design and technology and must demonstrate a talent/ability in more than one area of the art form. Portfolio reviews allow you to craft your resume and documentation for employment searches upon graduating.

All interested students must apply to the University and audition for the School of Theatre and Dance for acceptance.

Theatre Design and Technology program highlights:

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What makes Theatre Design and Technology at WVU unique?

Research and Academic Opportunities

The Evansdale Library is just a short walk from the Creative Arts Center and houses a script collection. Students can access industry specific journals and magazines to stay current on what is happening and what is about to happen in the world of theatre.

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How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Our program is designed for students who intend to pursue a professional theatre career, further graduate study in theatre or a related profession where design and technology skills are highly desirable.

Themed environments have expanded beyond the theatre and so have the opportunities for our graduates. In addition to working on Broadway and in the film and television industry, students have designed and built for theme parks and concerts.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Theatre Design and Technology major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.


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What are the courses like in Theatre Design and Technology at WVU?

Plan of Study

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Popular Courses

THET 322:
Scene Design

Introduction to the fundamentals of scenic design including conceptualization, development, drafting, rendering, model building and techniques of design presentation.

THET 324:
Costume Design 1

Study of basic design elements as applied to costume design. Script analysis leading to conceptualization and communication through visual language. Experience in practical organization skills, paperwork and budgeting.

THET 325:
Lighting Design

Experience in the design of stage lighting including conceptualization, drafting and rendering techniques related to the development and presentation of lighting design.

Cost and Aid

How much does Theatre Design and Technology at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $421
Per Semester $5,052
Fall and Spring Semesters $10,104
Per Credit $1,134
Per Semester $13,608
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,216
Per Credit $1,134
Per Semester $13,908
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,816
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Ohio Tuition Reciprocity

As the result of a special agreement, students from Ohio who are fully admitted to Theatre Design and Technology can enroll at WVU and pay in-state tuition rates. Students must be admitted to both the University and this major.

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU.

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What are the requirements to apply for Theatre Design and Technology at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Theatre Design and Technology major, you must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2022-23 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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