Western Michigan University's design and technical production program accepts up to 18 students each year, allowing for small classes and one-on-one interaction with the faculty. Students take courses in scenery, costumes, lighting and sound. The program is designed to give students a general overview of all aspects of theatre production, as well as provide advanced course work in specific areas.
Students learn their craft in a state-of-the-art Design Studio with 24 CADD workstations at custom designed drafting tables. A large scene shop is located on site and is equipped for metal and wood construction. The department also maintains a costume shop with dye facilities, a lighting lab, automated fixtures, and digital audio and projection systems. Our advanced facilities ensure that students are exposed to the most current technology.
Beyond the classroom
Design and technical production students work as designers and technicians on fully produced, faculty-directed productions in three different theatre spaces using state-of-the-art equipment. Technical assistantships and work-study assignments are also available in all production areas and provide additional opportunities for hands-on, practical experience. Master classes with nationally recognized, professional artists are provided to expand the academic experience beyond the classroom even further.
After you graduate
Recent WMU graduates with degrees in design and technical production are working as:
- Stage carpenters
Alumni can be found at opera houses and in scene and costume shops across the country. Their work can be seen in:
- Broadway productions
- Las Vegas shows
- Major regional theatres
- Television shows
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