The Theatrical Design Module prepares undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career as a theatrical designer.
Upon completion of the module, students should:
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of professional theatrical design practices.
- Demonstrate professional technique and necessary design skills in area of interest.
- Demonstrate analysis of text for theatrical performance from a design prospective.
Theatrical Design Course Requirements
Recommended opportunities for application and practice on campus:
- Assisting for a Wirtz Main Stage production.
- Produced design for a Wirtz, Imagine U, or StuCo Production. The student is given mentorship through the design process (from point of view statement, research, sketches, storyboards, through production photographs).
Recommended opportunities for projects, practice, and internships off campus:
- Acting as an assistant to a faculty designer on a professional production.
- Receiving a summer internship for a professional theatre.
Community Building Activities
- Attending Chicago Area Productions and participating in post show discussions with members of the creative team.
- Attending lectures, arts events, and professional theatre design presentations.
- Attending Wirtz Productions as a group and participating in post show discussions with members of the creative team.
The Capstone for this module is a personal professional portfolio which should include (but not be restricted to) the following components:
- Three Design projects from class and production that demonstrate a process for creating a theatrical design, reflect a working knowledge of professional theatrical design practices, and exhibit necessary design skills in the design area of interest.
- A professional design resume and bio.
- An artist statement that outlines creative goals achieved and next steps for their creative work.