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The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a concentration in Theatrical Design provides foundational training for those specifically interested in designing sets, costumes, or lighting.

Why Theatrical Design concentration from AU

The BA in Theatre with a concentration in Theatrical Design provides a well-rounded education that leads to professional work or advanced degrees in theatre design. Students may choose a design specialty but are trained in each of the design areas – lighting, costume and scenery.

You will develop methods and skills, including rendering, painting and sewing, for all aspects of theatre design and then apply that knowledge throughout the year in productions. Throughout your academic career, you will apply your skills by participating in the production of musicals, plays, student recitals and more.

Our program prepares students for a career in many aspects of theatre. In theatre practicum, even those students majoring in performance learn costume and set design, and work on a variety of productions, so that they will have a well-rounded education.

Career Outlook

If a theatrical career behind the scenes is your destination, your Anderson University training—plus some gumption and hard work—will get you there.

You can also pursue a variety of careers in theater, film and related fields including *:

  • Set and Exhibit Designer, $62,480
  • Art Director, $94,220
  • Costume Attendant, $48,970
  • Art, Drama, Music Teacher, Postsecondary, $61,660
  • Lighting Technician, $73,700
  • Costume Designer, $73,790
  • Producer/Director, $74,420

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Through your studies at the South Carolina School of the Arts at Anderson University, you develop skills that are applicable to any field. Employers seek professionals who are dependable, loyal, and disciplined – all traits of theatre students. Our students learn how to work collaboratively as part of a team; hone their leadership skills; exhibit self-discipline and initiative, and the ability to work under pressure – all highly valued skills in the workforce.

THE 230 - Stage Management

From rehearsals to post-show events, a stage manager juggles everything from schedules to coordinating the stage crew’s work. A successful stage manager brings calm to the chaos, humbly accepts critiques, and builds trust to bring the producer’s vision to life. In this introductory course, you will learn skills like scheduling, delegation and personnel management that are critical to become a successful stage manager.

THE 317 - Costume Design

Along with lighting and scenery, costumes transform characters into believable people. The role comes to life through costume design. In this course, students discover the necessary skills of costume designer through lecture and demonstrations and have the opportunity to apply said skills (like rendering and machine sewing) through class projects.

THE 325 - Scenic Design

Students learn the fundamental aesthetics and conventions of scenic design. Students develop design ideas from studying scripts, research techniques, drawings and models.

THE 331 - Lighting Design

In this course, students learn the role of a lighting designer, including design, installation, and operation of lighting for special electrical effects used in productions. You will discover the many aspects of a lighting designer, including how to write a script to note lighting changes in the production.

THE 335 - Period Styles

This course takes the student on a journey through the past where he/she will learn to recognize different by examining the architecture, ornamental motifs, fine arts, furniture, and clothing of the specified time periods and how to apply this knowledge to theatrical production and design.