The School of Drama Lighting Design Option is an integrated, hands-on program committed to teaching leadership in the world of theater design and technology through practical, theoretical, conceptual, lighting design and production.
Lighting students learn processes that explore all aspects of light as a visual design element.
Learning to communicate ideas verbally, visually and in written documentation is central to the program. Students explore methods involving analysis, research, exploration, problem solving and the implementation of the design process into productions.
Students are encouraged to develop their unique vision and creative voice, as well as cultivate a collaborative approach to the theatrical process.
Students in the School of Drama’s Lighting Design Option have many opportunities to experience work as a professional lighting designer and technician through internships with local theaters and production companies.
Local partners include: Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Ballet, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Quantum Theatre, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre and City Theatre Company.
In addition, students gain experience in the wider field of lighting design through national internships with professional designers and lighting firms including Lightswitch, Visual Terrain, Nyx Design, Focus Lighting, Full Flood Lighting, Nautilus Entertainment Design and Reveal Design Group.
School of Drama alumni and visiting artists share their expertise with students through project work, visiting lectures, workshops and professional development seminars. As students ready themselves for graduation, alumni introduce them to the profession during Showcases in New York City and Los Angeles.
All School of Drama students have to opportunities to participate in the following:
Dance/Light is a performance opportunity for students across all disciplines to collaborate in the creation of original dance and movement pieces.
A Festival of Independent Student Work: Playground is the annual, School of Drama, three-day performance festival showcasing independent, student-produced work across multiple disciplines.
VISITING ARTISTS PROGRAM
The Visiting Artists Program brings distinguished national and international guests to campus to work with students across all disciplines.
The School of Drama Showcase presentations in Pittsburgh, New York and Los Angeles are designed to give graduating students from all disciplines the opportunity to meet with and present work to leading arts and entertainment professionals.
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Undergraduate Lighting Design Curriculum
Graduates of the School of Drama’s Lighting Design program are prepared for a wide range of professional opportunities that combine their skills both artistically and technically.
Many graduates work in New York City, Los Angeles or Chicago as well as regionally and internationally. Professional opportunities include positions as a lighting designer, assistant lighting designer, lighting director, media designer and moving light programmer in the areas of theater, opera, dance, television, concert lighting, cruise ships, theme parks and architecture.