Bachelor of Fine Arts in Stage Production & Design

The academic requirements for graduation are the successful completion of the degree requirements specified in the following table with a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 and a minimum major GPA of 2.5. In addition, a graduating student must have taken at least 50% of the required courses at the College.

Goals of the program include:

  • Enable students to lay a solid foundation in the fields of scenery and set, lighting, sound, digital media, stage management, and resource management, while building professional communication and collaboration skills.
  • Develop students’ artistic and cultural sensitivity, aesthetics, breadth, and professionalism, and assist them to integrate the artistic and the technological aspects of stage production and design.
  • Provide students opportunities to gain real-world experience in the stage production and design process, in order to better prepare them for careers related to the field.

Student learning outcomes of the program include:

  • Understand the fundamentals of traditional theater stage techniques including scenic, lighting, costume, and sound design.
  • Design scenery and set, lighting, sound, and backdrops, in accordance with the requirements of different performances and under the restrictions of the specificities of different theaters.
  • Apply and integrate visual elements, such as colors, shapes, and styles, into stage production and design, including scenery, set, backdrop, and costume design, on the basis of traditional aesthetics.
  • Adapt design to suit the theatrical needs of different cultural settings.
  • Effectively use technology to gather and communicate ideas and information to accomplish a specific task.
  • Collaborate with others to successfully complete production and design on the basis of a solid understanding of all aspects of stage production, including stage management and resource management.

Table 1: Credit Requirements for BFA in Stage Production and Design

Degree Requirements
General Education (LAS)
Major Core
Total Credits
The major requirements are comprised of fundamental courses in theater production, which provide students a solid technical foundation in the fields of set design, drafting, sound, lighting, and digital media techniques, as well as pre-professional experience and insight into real-life stage production and design.

Table 2: Major Core Requirements for the BFA in Stage Production and Design (67 Credits)

Course CodeCourse TitleCrPrerequisites
SPD101Fundamentals of Stagecraft and Production2 
SPD111ADrawing A2 
SPD111BDrawing B2SPD111A
SPD120Introduction to Digital Media2 
SPD140Introduction to Theater History and Practices3 
SPD150Rehearsal & Performance Production I1 
SPD155Theater Production Practice I3 
SPD202Fundamentals of Electricity and Electronics3 
SPD204Physics of Sound2 
SPD211ADrafting A2 
SPD211BDrafting B2SPD211A
SPD212Scenic and Set Design I3 
SPD213Lighting Design and Production I3SPD202
SPD220Digital Media Production: Techniques2SPD120
SPD221Digital Media 2D Matte Painting3 
SPD250Rehearsal & Performance Production II1SPD150
SPD255Theater Production Practice II3SPD155
SPD314ALive Sound A2 
SPD314BLive Sound B2SPD314A
SPD316Costume Design I3 
SPD327Rendering and Projection Techniques2 
SPD330Stage Management: Concepts and Practice3 
SPD350Rehearsal & Performance Production III1SPD250
SPD355Theater Production Practice III3SPD255
SPD450Rehearsal & Performance Production IV1SPD350
SPD455Theater Production Practicum3SPD355
SPD456ASenior Project: Portfolio, Production, and Thesis A4 
SPD456BSenior Project: Portfolio, Production, and Thesis B4SPD456A

In addition to the major core courses above, students in the program are required to choose a minimum of 26 credits from the following elective courses related to the major.

Table 3: Electives for the BFA in Stage Production and Design (Select 26 Credits)

Course CodeCourse TitleCrPrerequisites
SPD223Digital Media Filming and Editing4SPD220
SPD227Introduction to Photography2 
SPD311Scene Painting and Figure Drawing2SPD111B
SPD312Scenic and Set Design II3SPD212
SPD313Lighting Design and Production II3SPD213
SPD315Drafting C (Vectorworks)2SPD211B
SPD324Digital Media 3D Animation4 
SPD325Digital Media Composition3SPD220
SPD328AVideo Production for the Theater A2SPD220
SPD328BVideo Production for the Theater B2SPD328A
SPD414AAdvanced Live Sound A2SPD314B
SPD414BAdvanced Live Sound B2SPD414A
SPD416Costume Design II3SPD316
SPD426ADigital Media Portfolio A4 
SPD426BDigital Media Portfolio B4SPD426A

Sample BFA graduation plans for the stage production and design degree are available at the Office of Academic Services. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor for individualized graduation planning.