Majors & Programs

Theatre Design/Technology (BFA)

A hands-on, apprenticeship-style approach is at the heart of the Theatre Design/Technology major.

Emerson’s Theatre Design/Technology BFA is built to help aspiring designers and crew members master the technical dimension of their art form while discovering the unique voice that will help them make their mark from behind the curtain.

You will learn by doing, guided by faculty experts in lighting, sound, scene, costume, prop, and technical design. Because teamwork and mentorship are essential to a successful theatrical career, you will work closely with a single faculty advisor who will help you tailor a program of study based on your passions and skills.

Through your studies, you will have unique access to Emerson’s celebrated performance spaces, which include five operational theaters from the iconic Cutler Majestic Theatre to the more intimate Jackie Liebergott Black Box. You will have a chance to apply your coursework through Emerson Stage, our performance laboratory that brings together student actors, designers, stage managers, and technicians for a nine-show season. Through our impressive alumni network, you will also have access to coveted internships at top theaters and companies around the country. The program culminates in a senior year portfolio review by theater industry members, allowing you to receive feedback from top professionals while broadening your network and fast-tracking your career.

Emerson’s degree in Theatre Design/Technology embodies the critical importance of design and technology. Our program will help you master these skills and graduate ready to perform—because while you may be behind the curtain, your artistic presence is still very much on stage.