Design and Technology Concentration

 Concentration Overview

Stage and laboratory are synonymous at CSU as students, supported by a faculty and staff of working professionals, learn to apply artistic approaches and industry practices in all areas of design and production.

Students take foundational courses in set design, costume design, lighting design, sound design, projection design, and stage management, exploring their ideas in the classroom, as well as in production on plays, musicals, operas, music events, and dance concerts.

This interdisciplinary and collaborative concentration is geared towards creative and imaginative, open-minded individuals with a drive for excellence. Many design and technology students work in multiple areas and most shows are designed and stage managed by undergraduate students from all disciplines, typically adding four shows to their portfolios each year.

Design and Technology students have five world-class venues plus multiple labs and shops available for their use, including a design lab, CAD Lab, scene shop, paint shop, costume shop, sound/video editing lab, lighting lab, and acting labs.

Study With

Erin Carignan

Assistant Professor of Theatre; Costume Design

(970) 491.3373

Roger Hanna

Associate Professor of Theatre; Set Design

Price Johnston

Associate Professor of Theatre; Lighting, Sound, and Projection Design; Director of Theatre

(970) 491-7792

Megan Lewis

Associate Professor of Theatre; Director of Theatre

Zhanna Gurvich

Instructor of Theatre; Design

Design and Technology Coursework Areas

Students in Design and Technology are able to take area-related classes every term they are enrolled at CSU.

  • Introduction to Production Design
  • TH 160 Drawing for the Theatre—Introduction to drawing, drafting, watercolor, and other graphic techniques used by set, costume, lighting, and media designers.
  • TH 161 Technical Theatre Stagecraft—Skills and craft of technical theatre. Knowledge of tools, materials, and techniques essential to production realization.
  • TH 163 Costume Construction—Technical side of costuming for live stage performances with an emphasis on all aspects of construction.
  • TH 186 Theatre Practicum I—Practical experience in mounting theatrical productions.
  • TH 260 Computer Assisted Drafting for Theatre—Computer-aided drafting and conceptual articulation for theatrical design and production using entertainment industry standard: Vectorworks.
  • TH 261 Drawing and Drafting for the Theatre—Fundamental drawing, drafting, and rendering techniques needed by theatrical designers to effectively communicate their visual ideas.
  • TH 262 Stage Management I—Duties and responsibilities of stage managers. Communication, rehearsal, performance techniques. Conceptual approaches to theatre.
  • TH 263 Costume Design I—Basic theory and technique for visualization of theatrical characters through costume.
  • TH 264 Lighting Design for the Theatre I—Essential principles and theory for stage lighting including design process, control, equipment, and lighting aesthetics.
  • TH 265 Set Design 1—Theory and techniques for designing scenery for the stage.
  • TH 266 Digital Media Design for Live Performance I—Sound and projection design fundamentals: control, design and content creation for live performance settings.
  • TH 267 Scenic Painting—Basic techniques and practical applications in scenic painting for the theatre.
  • TH 269 Theatrical Make up—Stage makeup. Individual skill in character analysis, application in pigment, plastic, hair, makeup, and selection and use of theatrical makeup.
  • TH 286 Theatre Practicum II—Practical experience in mounting theatrical productions.
  • TH 292 Design and Technology Seminar—Weekly examination of the ongoing production processes and strategies for stage managers and designers assigned productions in the mainstage season.
  • TH 301 Theatre Design and Production Special Topics—In-depth study of general interest in design and production. Possible topics may include history of decor, storyboarding, etc.
  • TH 361 Technical Theatre: Technical Direction —Advanced training and techniques in construction management and technical production for the theatre.
  • TH 362 Stage Management II—Problem-solving in the stage manager leadership role: advanced study in production realization, stage management concepts and techniques in practice.
  • TH 363 Costume Design II—Theory and practice of advanced costume design techniques.
  • TH 364 Lighting Design for the Theatre II—Principles and theory for stage lighting including advanced programming, tour preparation, and presentation techniques.
  • TH 365 Advanced Scenic Design—The practice of scenic design from text to idea to realized work. Advanced scenic design techniques in divergent and increasingly complex situations.
  • TH 366 Digital Media Design for Live Performance II—Advanced sound and projection design techniques (including sound control, microphone arrays, animation and mapping) in live performance settings.
  • TH 369 Advanced Makeup and Hair Design —Advanced techniques in makeup, hair, and wig design for theatre.
  • TH 370A Theatre Assistant Design—Assist a guest professional or faculty designer in full production locally or offsite.
  • TH 384 Supervised College Teaching—Junior standing; written consent of instructor. A maximum of 10 combined credits for all 384 and 484 courses are counted toward graduation requirements.
  • TH 386 Theatre Practicum III—Practical experience in mounting theatrical productions.
  • TH 392—Various current theatre topics taught by visiting professionals, for example, “The League of Regional Theatres is our National Theatre.”
  • TH 400 Theatre Production Workshop—Explores both the practical and dramaturgical essences of the production of a play.
  • TH 401 Theatrical Design and Production Advanced Topics—Intensive study for advanced Theatre Design and Production students, e.g., property design, advanced costume technology, wig making, company management, rigging, pyro, etc.
  • TH 460 Design Portfolio and Professional Preparation—Creating effective portfolio and design presentation; digital portfolios, storyboarding, articulating concepts, professional preparation for career.
  • TH 471 Capstone in Theatre Practice—Major production assignment in acting, design, production, or dramatic literature.
  • TH 478 Theatre in London Seminar—Seminar to prepare for study in London for theatre research as an evolving art form rich in historical and artistic traditions.
  • TH 479 Theatre in London—Travel Abroad-To foster theatre research as an evolving art form rich in historical and artistic traditions. Students will attend 13-15 live theatre productions.
  • TH 482 Theatre in London—Travel Abroad-Study abroad in and around London to foster research into theatre as an evolving art form with rich historical and artistic traditions.
  • TH 484 Supervised College Teaching—Written consent of instructor; students must have taken the course with which they will be assisting. A maximum of 10 combined credits for all 384 and 484 courses are counted towards graduation requirements.
  • TH 486 Theatre Practicum IV—Advanced topics in applied theatre production. Challenges in developing and mounting a theatrical performance.
  • TH 487 Theatre Internship—Advisor-approved position at a professional regional theatre, a professional training program, or professional summer theatre.
  • TH 491 Repertory Theatre Workshop—Principles and practice of repertory theatre operation; practical experience offered.
  • TH 492 Theatre Seminar—Contemporary theatre practice, trends, in-depth study of genres, authors, current theatre research, e.g., “Theatre of Revolt", “Beckett’s Theatre".
  • TH 495 Independent Study
  • TH498 Theatre Research—Scholarly research paper in theatre. Topic approved by faculty advisor.
  • TH 499 Theatre Thesis—Written thesis in theatre. Topic approved by faculty advisor.