Theatre Design and Technical Production

Theatre Design and Technical Production

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The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre design and technical production will prepare you for a career in the creative side of live and filmed entertainment. You’ll receive concentrated training and education in scenic design, lighting, sound and costume design, as well as technical theatre production. A portfolio is required for acceptance after being admitted to the university.

The Nebraska Difference


Over $1 million in scholarships offered to fine and performing arts students each year


Participate in workshops with Lied Center performers and crews


Expand your skillset through Theatrix, our student production company


Small 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio

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Program Features

Get Connected 

Our faculty have strong connections across the global theatre community and will provide you with opportunities to network with leaders in your profession, attend conventions and meet visiting artists on campus. 

Collaborate With the Hixson-Lied Community 

Take advantage of our vibrant community inside the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts. Collaborate on student films and projects in Emerging Media Arts, try a new role in the student production company, Theatrix, or design sets and costumes! 

Learn by Doing 

Our students don't wait. Through hands-on learning, you’ll start creating from day one. With close faculty mentoring, you’ll gain a foundational knowledge of design, theatre production and entrepreneurship. 

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Notable Courses

Principles of Design for Theatre and Film (THEA 120)

Basic elements of design and development of visual and perceptual skills. Develop an extensive experimental portfolio of 2D and 3D multimedia visual projects.

Technical Theatre Practice (THEA 201)

Basic theoretical and practical application of technical theatre production, including scenery design, construction, use and requirements.

Play Direction I (THEA 202)

Fundamental concepts of play direction, selection, script analysis and interpretation, artistic choices, communication with actors and critique. Rehearsal and presentation of realistic scenes.

Introduction to Stage Lighting (THEA 210)

Basic theory and practice of stage lighting for live performance. Exploration and application of elements of design, including color, texture, intensity, line and composition.

Scene Design I (THEA 412)

Theory and practice of scene design. Application of the principles of design to stage settings. Develop design through sketches, color plates, models and drawings.

Costume Design I (THEA 418)

Theory and practice of stage costume designs. Principles of design as they apply to theatrical costuming. Develop designs through sketches, drawings and color plates.

Huskers Do Big Things


  • Technical Direction Internship, Crane River Theatre
  • Student LIEDer, Lied Center
  • Kansas City Repertory Theatre
  • Intern, Lied Center


  • Set designer for “Inception,” “Avengers” and “Star Trek: Into Darkness”
  • Assistant head of rigging, Bellagio
  • Vice president of live entertainment, Disney World
  • Assistant technical director, Lincoln Center

Graduate Schools

  • MFA in Theatre Arts, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • MFA in Design for Theatre and Entertainment, University of California, Los Angeles
  • MFA in Live Design and Production, University of Texas at Austin
  • MFA in Design for Stage and Film, New York University

Have Questions? We're Here to Help

If you have questions about the Theatre Design and Technical Production major or navigating the application process, contact us.

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Contact Name
Chris Watson
Contact Title
Director of Recruitment