The BFA concentration in Theatre Design, Technology and Management requires a significant number of theatre credits in addition to the general BA requirements. Students must select a track of emphasis for their course of study. The three tracks are Theatre Design, Theatre Technology and Theatre/Stage Management. Entry into this BFA is by interview with the faculty during the Fall semester of the student’s Sophomore year. 

See the CU Catalog for specific course requirements for the BFA in Theatre Design, Technology and Management.

In addition to the College of Arts and Sciences core requirements, students pursuing a BFA in Design, Technology or Management must complete up to 67 credits in Theatre and an additional 15 credits in other disciplines. Students choose only one of the above three tracks and take electives appropriate to that emphasis.

Students who choose this concentration must elect one of the three emphases (tracks):  Design, Technology, or Management.

Requirements beyond the BA-THTR course work include:

Credits Totals
THTR 2035            Design Fundamentals (3 credits)
THTR 4085            Theatre Management (3 credits)
THTR 4555            Production Studio (1-2 credits, repeated for a total of 6 credits)
4 Advanced Technical Theatre electives (as advised–total of 12 credits)
Electives outside the department in Drawing, Painting, Drafting, Sculpture, and/or Environmental Design (as advised–total of 6 credits)

Design/Tech/Mgmt total: 30 credits
BA Requirements: 52 credits

TOTAL:                      82 credits

Frequently Asked Questions

The BA is a general degree focusing on all aspects of theatre. The BFA requires a greater amount of coursework in design/technology and management theatre. As a concentrated program, BFA students are given priority for design, tech and management projects.

  • The department hires many undergraduate technical assistants to work in the costume and production shops building the season’s productions. They receive a monthly paycheck as well as waiver of 4 in-state tuition credits per semester.
  • Awards and scholarships like the University Theatre Award, Talent and Creativity Scholarships, the David A. Busse Scholarship and the Mabel Gaiser Borgmann Scholarship provide thousands of dollars each year for students who demonstrate special promise.
  • The department offers work-study positions within the production areas, as well as scholarships for academic excellence.

Each designer, technician and manager is assigned his or her project on a show by the faculty advisor in his or her area. The student’s talent, experience and classwork impact these assignments. Tech students usually gain experience in positions of responsibility on running crews and in the production shops. Many students who commit to the program design fully supported productions by their junior year. Your advisor will work with you to help prepare you for all the different opportunities available.

Diversity and training. In theatre, the department has eight design/tech faculty and nine performance/history faculty. In the dance division, several of the eight faculty are involved in the design and production areas. Unlike small schools, there are multiple role models in each area. A small department with a large faculty increases the opportunity for personal attention. Also, like most major programs, our department has a professional program: the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. CSF brings students and artists from around the country for different production opportunities. Design/tech/management students are hired regularly in the company.

Theatre & Dance is a small program with around 200 students. The average class size in the department is 20 students. The average class size in design/tech/managemnt classes is 8. Generally, the department has about 20 students in costume/lighting/sound/scenic combined. Seven major season shows plus workshops adds up to a large number of design assignments at many levels.

Graduate students study texts, criticism, directing, and dramaturgy. There are no graduate students to compete with in design, technology and management.