BFA in Stage Production & Design

BFA in Stage Production & Design

Fei Tian’s BFA program in stage production and design offers pre-professional intensive training to develop designers and craftspeople for the performing arts and entertainment media industries.

Goals of the program include:

  • Enable students to lay a solid foundation in the fields of scenery and set, lighting, sound, digital media, stage management, and resource management, while building professional communication and collaboration skills.
  • Develop students’ artistic and cultural sensitivity, aesthesis, breadth, and professionalism, and assist them to integrate the artistic and the technological aspects of stage production and design.
  • Provide students with opportunities to gain real-world experience in the stage production and design process, in order to better prepare them for careers related to the field.

The academic requirements for graduation are the successful completion of the degree requirements specified in the following table with a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 and a minimum major GPA of 2.5. In addition, a graduating student must have taken at least 50% of the required courses at the College.

Summary of Degree Requirements for the BFA in Stage Production and Design

Components Credits
Major Core 61
Major Electives 26
General Education 36
Free Electives* 2
Total 125

*Requires approval from the student’s advisor.

For general education, SPD students are required to take SPD140 Introduction to Theater History and Practices and SPD202 Fundamentals of Electricity and Electronics beyond the College-wide general education requirements.

The major requirements are comprised of fundamental courses in theater production, which provide students a solid technical foundation in the fields of set design, drafting, sound, lighting, and digital media techniques, as well as pre-professional experience and insight into real-life stage production and design.

Major Core Requirements for the BFA in Stage Production and Design (61 credits)

Course Code Course Title Cr. Prerequisites
SPD101 Fundamentals of Stagecraft and Production 2
SPD111 A Drawing A 2
SPD111 B Drawing B 2 SPD111 A
SPD120 Introduction to Digital Media 2
SPD150 Rehearsal and Performance Production I 1
SPD155 Theater Production Practice I 3
SPD204 Physics of Sound 2
SPD211 A Drafting A 2
SPD211 B Drafting B 2 SPD211 A
SPD212 Scenic and Set Design I 3
SPD213 Lighting Design and Production I 3 LAS224
SPD220 Digital Media Production: Techniques 2 SPD120
SPD221 Digital Media 2D Matte Painting 3
SPD250 Rehearsal and Performance Production II 1
SPD255 Theater Production Practice II 3
SPD314A Live Sound A 2
SPD314B Live Sound B 2 SPD314A
SPD316 Costume Design I 3
SPD327 Rendering and Projection Techniques 2
SPD330 Introduction to Stage Management 3
SPD350 Rehearsal and Performance Production III 1
SPD355 Theater Production Practice III 3
SPD450 Rehearsal and Performance Production IV 1
SPD455 Theater Production Practicum 3
SPD456A Senior Project: Portfolio, Production, and Thesis A 4
SPD456B Senior Project: Portfolio, Production, and Thesis B 4 SPD456A

In addition to the major core courses above, students in the program are required to choose a minimum of 26 credits from the following elective courses related to the major.

Major Electives for the BFA in Stage Production and Design (select 26 cr.)

Course Code Course Title Cr. Prerequisites
SPD223 Digital Media Filming and Editing 4
SPD227 Intro. to Photography 2
SPD311 Scene Painting and Figure Drawing 2 SPD111 B
SPD312 Scenic and Set Design II 3 SPD212
SPD313 Lighting Design and Production II 3 SPD213
SPD315 Drafting C (Vector works) 2 SPD211 B
SPD324 Digital Media 3D Animation 4
SPD325 Digital Media Composition 2
SPD328A Video Production for the Theater A 2 SPD313
SPD328B Video Production for the Theater B 2 SPD328 A
SPD414A Advanced Live Sound A 2 SPD314 B
SPD414B Advanced Live Sound B 2 SPD414 A
SPD416 Costume Design II 3
SPD426A Digital Media Portfolio A 4
SPD426B Digital Media Portfolio B 4 SPD426 A

Sample BFA graduation plans for the stage production and design degree are available at the Office of Academic Services. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor for individualized graduation planning.