The School of Drama Scenic Design Option prepares student for careers as scenic designers, art directors and production designers for theater, film, television, opera, dance and events.
Emphasis is placed on developing creative problem solving and strengthening effective communication skills through class projects, coursework and realized production designs in a variety of the school’s performance venues.
Students develop skills critical to communicating their design vision in classes focusing on drawing, painting, model-building and drafting. Students also have access to production shops and many state-of-the-art tools such as a laser cutter, automation package, video equipment and computer facilities.
The School of Drama Scenic Design Program curriculum fosters each student’s development as a collaborative, storytelling artist.
The aim of the program is to create skilled, imaginative and collaborative design thinkers capable of working across all media. Students are encouraged to develop and explore their own creative pathways through the design process while maintaining rigorous academic standards.
Students take classes in script analysis, devised creation activities, drawing, painting, model-building, multimedia, computer applications and installation techniques.
Design project work ranges from newly written scripts to canonical texts. Collaborations across the university with people from non-traditional theater disciplines such as robotics, art and architecture are encouraged.
Students in the School of Drama’s Scenic Design Program design fully realized productions.
They receive extensive one-on-one mentoring and collaborate with peers and instructors across all School of Drama disciplines.
Students are guided through challenging and original design projects selected to develop their individual aesthetic and unique design imaginations. Students also work with a variety of professionals including faculty members, visiting artists and local theater companies.
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 on 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 all graduating students from all disciplines the opportunity to meet with and present work to leading arts and entertainment professionals.
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Undergraduate Scenic Design Curriculum
Graduates from the School of Drama Scenic Design program are sought after to work in a range of professional capacities throughout the performance arts and entertainment industry.