Design/Technology, Theatre Arts (BFA)

Degree: Bachelor of Fine Arts
Major: Theatre Arts
Concentration: Design/Technology
Program Code: 3269

About This Major . . .

The Department of Theatre Arts offers one of the most successful theatre training degree programs in Colorado. Theatre Arts majors choose from four distinct concentrations in the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Arts (Acting/Directing, Design/Tech, Dance, or Music Theatre), or a concentration in the BA (Theatre Arts), and acquire a sound understanding of the performing arts in state-of-the-art facilities.

The BFA in Design/Technology exposes students to the visual and technical aspects of Theatre, including Costume, Lighting, Sound, Scenery, and Stage Management. The first-year centers on courses that develop aesthetic sensitivity and technical proficiency. Subsequent years are devoted to studio work that continues to develop a student’s visual storytelling, creative problem solving and collaborative processes.  Coursework focuses on the development of the student as a theatre professional, whether they lean toward technology or design areas, and will include classroom and hands-on production experiences in drafting, rendering, scenic and costume construction and craft work, and other methods of communicating, collaborating, and contributing to the theatrical production process. The program culminates in a final design or technology project during the fourth year.

Students can expect personalized instruction and supervised "hands-on" design experiences that stretch from designs on paper to fully realized Black Box and Mainstage productions. Graduates of the Design/Technology concentration will have the necessary skills for success in graduate studies or the professional theatre. 

For more information on what you can do with this major, visit Career Services’ What to Do with a Major? resource.

All CMU baccalaureate graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in specialized knowledge/applied learning, quantitative fluency, communication fluency, critical thinking, personal and social responsibility, and information literacy. In addition to these campus-wide student learning outcomes, graduates of this major will be able to:

  1. Communicate verbally contemporary and enduring concepts concerning Human Culture through participation and/or observation of the performing arts and speech. (Specialized Knowledge/ Communication)
  2. Communicate non-verbally contemporary and enduring concepts concerning Human Culture through participation and/or observation of the performing arts and speech. (Specialized Knowledge/ Communication)
  3. Create progressively more challenging projects through the use of intellectual and/or practical skills. (Applied Learning)
  4. Demonstrate teamwork and problem solving skills through collaboration and cooperation on creative projects. (Critical Thinking)
  5. Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and versatility of the discipline from conceptualization to application. (Applied Learning)

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Institutional Degree Requirements

The following institutional degree requirements apply to all CMU baccalaureate degrees. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • 120 semester hours minimum.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 30 of the last 60 hours of credit at CMU, with at least 15 semester hours in major discipline courses numbered 300 or higher.
  • 40 upper-division credits (an alternative credit limit applies to the Bachelor of Applied Science degree).
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU coursework.
  • A course may only be used to fulfill one requirement for each degree/certificate.
  • No more than six semester hours of independent study courses can be used toward the degree.
  • Non-traditional credit, such as advanced placement, credit by examination, credit for prior learning, cooperative education and internships, cannot exceed 30 semester credit hours for a baccalaureate degree. A maximum of 15 of the 30 credits may be for cooperative education, internships, and practica.
  • Pre-collegiate courses (usually numbered below 100) cannot be used for graduation.
  • Capstone exit assessment/projects (e.g., Major Field Achievement Test) requirements are identified under Program-Specific Degree Requirements.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and degree requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.

Essential Learning Requirements

(31 semester hours)

See the current catalog for a list of courses that fulfill the requirements below. If a course is an Essential Learning option and a requirement for your major, you must use it to fulfill the major requirement and make a different selection for the Essential Learning requirement.

English 1
ENGL 111English Composition I-GTCO13
ENGL 112English Composition II-GTCO23
Mathematics 1
MATH 110Mathematical Investigations-GTMA13
History
Select one History course3
Humanities
Select one Humanities course3
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences course3
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences course3
Fine Arts
Select one Fine Arts course3
Natural Sciences 2
Select one Natural Sciences course3
Select one Natural Sciences course with a lab4
Total Semester Credit Hours31

Other Lower Division Requirements

Wellness Requirement
KINE 100Health and Wellness1
Select one Activity course1
Essential Learning Capstone 1
ESSL 290Maverick Milestone3
ESSL 200Essential Speech1
Total Semester Credit Hours6

Foundation Courses

(18 semester hours, must earn a grade of “C” or better in each course.  Students must take Theatre courses prior to their Junior Year.)

Introduction to Theatre Technology Courses
Complete three of the following courses:9
Introduction to Theatre Technology: Stagecraft
Introduction to Theatre Technology: Costume
Introduction to Theatre Technology: Lighting
Introduction to Theatre Technology: Sound Technology
THEA 130Script Analysis3
THEA 150Fundamentals of Acting3
THEA 202Elements of Theatrical Design3
Total Semester Credit Hours18

Program Specific Requirements

(59 semester hours, must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher in coursework in this area, and must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses.)

Core Courses
THEA 145Introduction to Dramatic Literature-GTAH13
THEA 217Play Production1
THEA 218Play Production1
THEA 313Rendering for Theatre3
or THEA 323 Computer Aided Drafting for the Theatre
THEA 317Play Production1
THEA 318Play Production1
THEA 322Stage Management3
THEA 331Theatre History I: 400 B.C. to 16423
THEA 332Theatre History II: From 1642 to the Present3
THEA 333Art, Architecture and Fashion: Prehistory to the Present3
THEA 340Costume Design3
THEA 342Sound Design3
THEA 343Scene Design3
THEA 344Lighting Design3
THEA 381Directing I3
THEA 401Career Preparation3
THEA 417Play Production1
THEA 418Play Production1
THEA 445Senior Tech/Design Capstone3
or THEA 446 Senior Tech/Design Capstone
Design/Technology Emphasis Options
Select 6 credit hours from the following:6
Make-up
Computer Aided Drafting for the Theatre 1
Rendering for Theatre
Rigging and Special Effects
Multimedia Technology for the Theatre
Advanced Costume Technology
Topics
Performance Options
Select 8 credit hours from the following:8
Technical Performance
Technical Performance
Technical Performance
Technical Performance
Technical Performance
Technical Performance
Technical Performance
Technical Performance
Drama Performance
Drama Performance
Drama Performance
Drama Performance
Drama Performance
Drama Performance
Drama Performance
Drama Performance
Dance Performance
Dance Performance
Dance Performance
Dance Performance
Total Semester Credit Hours59

General Electives

All college level courses appearing on your final transcript, not listed above that will bring your total semester hours to 120 hours, including 40 upper-division hours. 6 semester hours, additional upper-division hours may be needed.

Select electives (see recommendations below)6
Total Semester Credit Hours6
Recommended Electives
ARTE 101Two-Dimensional Design-GTAH13
ARTE 102Three-Dimensional Design-GTAH13
ARTE 115Art Appreciation-GTAH13
ARTE 118History of Art, Prehistory to Renaissance-GTAH13
ARTE 119History of Art, Renaissance to Present-GTAH13
ARTG 122Design It3
ARTG 215Graphic Design I3
ARTG 221Graphic Design II3
ARTG 337Illustration III3
Any ARTH CourseVaries
ARTS 151Foundation Drawing I3
ARTS 221Metalsmithing3
ARTS 251Life Drawing3
ARTS 252Mixed Media Drawing3
HMGT 101Travel Industry I3
HMGT 103Travel and Tourism Marketing Techniques3
MANG 410Effective Workplace Communication3
MARK 231Principles of Marketing3
MARK 332Promotion3
MARK 340Creating Marketing Materials3
MASS 140Media Theory Introduction3
MASS 144Multimedia Storytelling3
MASS 251Mass Media: Advertising and Promotions3
THEA 499Internship1-9
WELD 110Shielded Metal Arc Welding4
WELD 151Introduction to Welding3
WELD 133Fabrication & Blueprints for Welders4
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 111 English Composition I-GTCO1 3
MATH 110 Mathematical Investigations-GTMA1 (or higher) 3
THEA 202 Elements of Theatrical Design 3
KINA Activity 1
Introduction to Theatre Technology course 3
Introduction to Theatre Technology course 3
Technical, Drama, or Dance Performance 1
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
Essential Learning - Fine Arts 3
ENGL 112 English Composition II-GTCO2 3
KINE 100 Health and Wellness 1
THEA 130 Script Analysis 3
Introduction to Theatre Technology course 3
Technical, Drama, or Dance Performance 1
 Semester Credit Hours14
Second Year
Fall Semester
Essential Learning - Natural Science with Lab 4
THEA 150 Fundamentals of Acting 3
THEA 217 Play Production 1
THEA 313
Rendering for Theatre
or Computer Aided Drafting for the Theatre
3
THEA 344 Lighting Design 3
Technical, Drama, or Dance Performance 1
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
Essential Learning - Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
THEA 145 Introduction to Dramatic Literature-GTAH1 3
THEA 218 Play Production 1
THEA 333 Art, Architecture and Fashion: Prehistory to the Present 3
THEA 342 Sound Design 3
Technical, Drama, or Dance Performance 1
 Semester Credit Hours14
Third Year
Fall Semester
ESSL 290 Maverick Milestone 3
ESSL 200 Essential Speech 1
THEA 317 Play Production 1
THEA 331 Theatre History I: 400 B.C. to 1642 3
THEA 343 Scene Design 3
THEA 381 Directing I 3
Technical, Drama, or Dance Performance 1
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
Essential Learning - Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Essential Learning - Humanities 3
THEA 318 Play Production 1
THEA 322 Stage Management 3
THEA 332 Theatre History II: From 1642 to the Present 3
THEA 340 Costume Design 3
Technical, Drama, or Dance Performance 1
 Semester Credit Hours17
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
Essential Learning - Natural Science 3
THEA 401 Career Preparation 3
THEA 417 Play Production 1
General Elective 3
Design/Technology Emphasis Option 3
Technical, Drama, or Dance Performance 1
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring Semester
Essential Learning - History 3
THEA 418 Play Production 1
THEA 446 Senior Tech/Design Capstone 3
General Elective 3
Design/Technology Emphasis Option 3
Technical, Drama, or Dance Performance 1
 Semester Credit Hours14
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a degree. The suggested course sequencing outlines how students could finish degree requirements. Some courses are critical to complete in specific semesters, while others may be moved around. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and altering the suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for her/his intended degree(s).

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a degree and determine eligibility for graduation. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

Students must complete the following in the first two months of the semester prior to completing their degree requirements:

  • Review their DegreeWorks audit and create a plan that outlines how unmet requirements will be met in the final semester.
  • Meet with their advisor and modify their plan as needed. The advisor must approve the final plan.
  • Submit the “Intent to Graduate” form to the Registrar’s Office to officially declare the intended graduation date and commencement ceremony plans.
  • Register for all needed courses and complete all requirements for each degree sought.

Submission deadlines and commencement details can be found at http://www.coloradomesa.edu/registrar/graduation.html.

If a student’s petition for graduation is denied, it will be her/his responsibility to consult the Registrar’s Office regarding next steps.