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Bachelor of Fine Arts in
Theatre Arts: Technical Theatre and Design

Build your technical theatre and design craft from the ground up – hands-on, behind the scenes.

While backstage, you will walk the catwalk, construct elaborate theatre sets, and design intricate theatre costumes that will bring theatre performances to another dimension.

Technical management requires a diverse set of skills. The B.F.A. in Technical Theatre/Design sequence of courses focuses first on developing creative expression through acting, improvisation, and script analysis. To assure comprehensive training, once you've built a foundation, you may choose to pursue elective courses that lead to a concentration in scenic, lighting, sound, or costume design, or stage management.

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There is a separate portfolio requirement to be accepted into this major. Learn more about the requirements for this major 

Career Tracks

Stage Management

Engaged, hands-on learning while you manage productions on our main stage to make them run smoothly.

Scene Design

Work behind the scenes to design and construct elaborate scenery.

Lighting Design

You will walk the catwalk working with modern lighting equipment and designing light for main stage productions.

Costume Design

Design intricate costumes that will bring theatre performances to another dimension.

Sound Design

Design soundscapes that will take theatre audiences to another place.

Top Reasons to choose Theatre Arts: Technical Theatre and Design at florida southern college

Hone Your Craft

You will be on a rigorous, directed path made to prepare you to become a professional. In addition to our four main stage productions our theatre students produce annually, you'll have the opportunity to collaborate with local companies such as Florida Dance Theatre and the Imperial Symphony Orchestra to produce professional ballets and operas.

Well Rounded

Develop life skills, such as project management and presentation skills. Succeed not only in your theatre career, but in any field you choose to pursue.

Expert Faculty

Study with faculty that include recipients of the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival award as well as design awards from the Orlando International Fringe Festival.

Study Abroad

Gain off-campus experience with faculty-led study abroad trips and our Junior Journey trip to New York City.

Be In The Center Of It All

Our location puts you in close proximity of everything from award-winning community theatres to world-class performance venues and theme-parks.

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Rachel Nickols

I love theatre in general and I love how through the technical theatre major I get to work on shows and I can have the chance to try multiple positions and get real world experience. I like the student to teacher ratio the most. It makes me feel like I can get more out of my education, and it gives me the ability to be more involved through hands on experiences.

Nour Lofty

The theatre department is hands on! I wanted to go somewhere where I would be working on a show right away. I didn’t want to wait to get that engaged learning because I very much learn by doing. I have worked on every show that has been put on at Florida Southern since being here which has built up my portfolio to the point where I have to pick and choose what to include because there are too many things!

Performance Opportunities

The Theatre Arts at Florida Southern presents four main stage productions each year, including two musicals and a second stage lab production. There are also opportunities for additional student productions. The main stage productions are presented in the beautiful Loca Lee Buckner Theatre, an intimate 336-seat thrust stage outfitted with three full-stage hydraulic lifts and high-end lighting and sound equipment and software. Student productions are mounted in the Frank Lloyd Wright Theatre-in-the-Round, which serves as our lab theatre and is entirely student run. Additionally, Florida Southern College’s Festival of Fine Arts program brings in world-class productions and concerts in the third theatre facility on campus, the 1,800-seat proscenium theatre, Branscomb Auditorium.

See Your Work Realized on Our Main Stage

In THE 2430 Costume Design, you can expect to be lead through the costume design process. From the theoretical and conceptual collaboration of director and designer to complete design projects for theoretical productions, you’ll gain practical experience in the area of costume construction and craft fabrication.

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Performing on stage is not for everyone

We also offer a BA in Theatre Arts program that does not require an audition for entry into the program!

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Clubs and More

The Vagabonds, the oldest student organization on campus, provides performance opportunities in lab productions, improv, and student cabarets.

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Program Details

Available in: 

  • BFA

First-Years

Due to challenges associated with the pandemic, we have waived the requirement to submit a recommendation letter.

All freshman applicants to Florida Southern Colleges full-time degree programs must submit the following information:

Transfers

Applying to Florida Southern as a transfer student is easy.

If transferring less than 24 credits, we also need your:

  • Official high school transcript
  • SAT and/or ACT scores

Additional Admission Requirements for Technical Theatre and Design

  • Students may be accepted into the Theatre Arts: Technical Theatre and Design BFA program only through a submission of a portfolio in their area of expertise.
  • Scholarships are awarded based on the portfolio and interview by the theatre faculty. BFA auditions will automatically be considered for scholarship eligibility.
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Theatre Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded based on an audition and interview by the theatre faculty. BFA auditions will automatically be considered for scholarship eligibility.

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