BFA Theatre, emphasis in Design

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  • Beyond admission to the university through the TCU Admission Office, a portfolio review and interview are required for entrance into the BFA Design emphasis. Portfolio reviews are held in early December, January and February. In addition, Theatre TCU participates in the National Unified Auditions in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, drawing a student body from around the nation.

    "American Dream"

    The American Dream (2013)

  • Each student will have a yearly Jury with the Design and Production faculty, but no cuts are made; rather, the jury is a time to assess growth and create a plan for further development.
  • BFA Design and Production classes are composed of an average of 12 students. Design students may specialize in one area of design (scenery, costumes, lighting, sound, props), however they will study in all of those areas gaining a broad foundation in all design components.
  • BFA Design students are expected to design for Main Stage and Studio Theatre productions during their years at TCU. Because of our small class sizes, most design students not only design several “paper” projects as class assignments, but also design realized projects with regular budgets, staff and full productions. Because we have no graduate program in Theatre, all student designers are undergraduates.
  • Theatre TCU has three different theatre venues (proscenium, thrust, black box) in the same building, affording diverse design experiences for our theatre students.
  • TCU does an excellent job of keeping our equipment up to the highest standards. We have mostly ETC lighting equipment, from the dimmer racks to our EOS and ION consoles, which allow students to learn programming for the series on the consoles most used professionally in the USA. We maintain an inventory of intelligent lights as well as LED instruments as well as an inventory of over 150 conventional lights.
  • All BFA Theatre majors are required to serve on a production crew each semester, rotating between a variety of assignments and training. That means that every student will be hanging lights, painting scenery, creating props, building costumes, or working in the box office.
  • We have a fully staffed (2 full time staff in each) Scenic Studio and Costume Studio, where student designers can learn their craft in a constant hands-on environment of safety, excellence and challenges. Many Design students receive grants or are student employees in the studios adding a financial benefit to their work there. Our excellent professional staff includes skilled artisans, but also teachers and mentors who want to increase the design and production skills of all students.

    "Brighton Beach Memoirs" (2015)

    “Brighton Beach Memoirs” (2015)