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B.F.A. - Performing Arts: Theatre Design & Technology

Design & Technology

The world of theatre design and technology is a rich and fascinating one that involves costumes, makeup, scenery, properties, lighting, sound, and stage management. Because of this diversity in discipline, a study of design and technology at WKU results in not only a specialized skill set, but also an adaptable creativity that expands across disciplines, robustly preparing students to encounter the challenges and artistic opportunities that make a successful career in theatre design and technology.

B.F.A. - Performing Arts: Theatre Design & Technology 
Required Courses, beginning Fall 2020

B.F.A. - Performing Arts: Theatre Design & Technology 
Required Courses, prior to Fall 2020


For more information about Design & Technology opportunities at WKU, please explore the links below!


Costume Design

Located in rooms 306 and 307 of the Fine Arts Center, the WKU Costume Shop is a fun and vibrant place where students have the chance to both design and create costumes for plays, musicals, operas, and dance concerts.

Scenic Design

Located in "the Valley" on the first floor of the Fine Arts Center, the WKU Scene Shop is a hands-on work space where students are involved in all aspects of designing and constructing the sets for WKU Theatre & Dance productions. Upper-level students are also awarded the opportunity to take the lead in individually designing scenery and props for both MainStage and studio productions.

Lighting and Sound Design 

Lighting and Sound design students here at WKU play an integral part of the design process with design possibilities ranging from studio shows, to MainStage productions, and multiple shows for the Dance Program.  The electrics shop, located in the wings of the Russell Miller Theatre, serves as the workplace for student electricians and master electricians.  Student technicians will learn the correct and safe way to maintain, hang, and focus modern instruments.  There will also be opportunities to run computerized lighting boards, computer sound systems, and followspots for a variety of theatrical productions.

Stage Management

An excellent stage manager is essential to any successful theatre or dance production.  Students at WKU learn to work closely with directors, actors, dancers, and designers to help bring about a cohesive work of art.  After completing the appropriate course work, students have the opportunity to hone their skills by stage managing one of our many MainStage and studio productions.

Also, take a look at our Theatre Recruiting Scholarships.


What's the difference between a B.A. and a B.F.A.? Click here for more information.

Alumni Darron West wins Tony Award.

Alumni Darron West accepts his 2012 Tony Award for best sound design for Peter and The Starcatcher.

Costume Shop employees Jada Morris and Baylee Hayes put the finishing touches on a tutu for WinterdanceCostume Shop employees Jada Morris and Baylee Hayes put the finishing touches on a tutu for WinterDanceAglaonike's Tiger LightingAglaonike's Tiger



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