Theatre: Design and Technology

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre: Design & Technology

Theatre is a rich and diverse field comprised of many skills. A B.A. in theatre is a flexible degree that allows for the broadest exploration of theatre as an art form, profession, and a way of understanding our world. Built on a solid liberal arts foundation, students share a common series of theatre courses but can also tailor their electives to their interests, whether it’s acting, design, critical theory, technical theatre, dramaturgy, or stage management.

Auburn University Theatre is housed in Telfair B. Peet University Theatre, which includes two fully equipped performance spaces; three dynamic performance studios serving classes in acting, dance, voice, directing, and movement; and fully equipped costume and scenic studios. The newly renovated main stage features a flexible proscenium house seating along with state-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment.  A new black box studio theatre is equipped with the first wire tension lighting grid at a university theatre in Alabama and a larger dance studio.

Theatre students enjoy opportunities to work with national and international guest artists and travel nationally and internationally to attend workshops and exhibit their work. Auburn theatre graduates think critically, creatively, and collaboratively and carry their knowledge from rehearsal spaces and classroom to stages, campuses, and communities worldwide. 

Learn more about the path towards a degree and career in theatre from the Career Center’s Pathways.

For more information about Theatre: Design and Technology

Theatre: Design and Technology Program Website

Careers in Theatre: Design and Technology


  • Stage
  • Television
  • Radio
  • Motion Picture
  • Video


  • Scriptwriting
  • Playwriting
  • Screenwriting
  • Journalism
  • Publicity (Press Agents)
  • Research


  • Direction
  • Technical Direction
  • Casting
  • Set Design
  • Stage Management
  • Production
  • Dialect Coaching
  • Dramaturgy
  • Support Staff

Behind the Scenes

  • Stage Management/Direction
  • Set Design/Construction
  • Property Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Sound Design
  • Camera Operation
  • Costume Design/Wardrobe
  • Hair/Make-up
  • Special Effects
  • Wardrobe
  • Broadcast Technology


  • Producing
  • Management
  • Agents
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Fundraising and Development
  • Administration of Arts Programs
  • Box Office Sales
  • Patron Services

BFA Curriculum in Theatre - Design/Technology

Theatre majors must earn a C or higher in theatre courses, or they must repeat those courses for credit toward their degrees.

ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
Core History13Core Social Science or Core History to complete the sequence13
Core Humanities (except COMM 1000) 23THEA 1110 Introduction to Theatre for Majors II33
THEA 1010 Introduction to Theatre for Majors I3THEA 2310 Theatre Technology I3
THEA 1910 Production Practicum I1THEA 2311 Theatre Technology I Lab1
THEA 2610 Costume Construction3THEA 2400 Design Aesthetics3
 16 16
Core Literature13Core Science II4
Core Science I4Core Humanities (except COMM 1000) or Core Literature to complete sequence13
THEA 2840 Beginning Dance Techniques3Core Social Science3
THEA 2910 Production Practicum II1Elective43
THEA 3200 Stage Management3THEA 2910 Production Practicum II1
 THEA 3700 Theatre History, Theory and Criticism I - Text3
 14 17
Core Fine Arts (excluding THEA)3Core Social Science3
THEA 2120 Acting I3THEA 3510 Lighting Design3
THEA 3410 Scene Design I3THEA 3640 Costume Design3
THEA 3710 Theatre History, Theory and Criticism II - Body3THEA 3720 Theatre History, Theory and Criticism III - Space3
THEA 3910 Production Practicum III1THEA 3910 Production Practicum III1
 Core Math3
 13 16
THEA 4980 Senior Capstone Project3, 53THEA 4950 Theatre Literature and Theory Seminar3
Theatre Elective Emphasis A or B63THEA 4910 Production Practicum IV1
THEA 4940 Theatre Special Projects3Theatre Electives Emphasis A or B66
THEA 3950 Directing Seminar3Electives 43
Electives43UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 15 13
Total Hours: 120

Students are required to complete a two-course history sequence or a two-course literature sequence. They are also required to complete one Core History or Core Literature course in the discipline not selected as the sequence.


If Literature requirement was completed prior to Fall 2013, Core Humanities must cover SLO 3.


THEA 1110 and THEA 4980 fulfill SLO 7.


Students must meet with their advisers to determine appropriate theatre electives and other electives.


To enroll in Senior Capstone Project, students must be senior theatre majors planning to graduate before the following fall semester.


Emphasis A includes THEA 3330, THEA 3420, and THEA 4420. Emphasis B includes THEA 3740, THEA 4650, and THEA 3610.


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Last Updated: June 22, 2016