The Design/Technology Theatre degree and recommended course of study exposes students to multiple areas of the visual and technical aspects of Theatre including Costume Design, Lighting Design, Sound Design and Theatre Technology.
The first year is centered around courses that develop aesthetic sensitivity and technical proficiency. Subsequent years are devoted to specialized studio work in the students chosen area of concentration.
Course work focuses on functional, expressive, and compositional aspects of design. This foundation is supported by a series of skill related classes in drafting, drawing, and rendering techniques, model making, projection aesthetics, lighting console operation, and related technologies. Costume skills classes include costume construction and fitting, fabric painting and fabric dyeing. The program culminates in a final design project during the fourth year.
Students are always involved in the many Theatre Department shows and this production work allows for a controlled, supervised application of course work. The Design faculty emphasizes performance labs to apply and refine the Tech students skills in planning and executing production design in a variety of styles and performance spaces.
Personalized instruction and supervised "hands-on" design experiences that stretch from designs on paper to fully realized productions provide the Colorado Mesa University Design/Technology major with exciting challenges and skills that will be a basis for success in Graduate studies or the professional Theatre workplace.