You’ll study all aspects of the creation of theatre and live performance in the Theatre Design and Technology bachelor’s degree program at Columbia College Chicago. The program emphasizes design as a collaborative process that requires close cooperation among directors, designers, technical teams, and performers.
You can explore many interests or choose from advanced courses to focus on a single area of design and production. No matter what path you choose, you’ll get experience across disciplines. You’ll build a strong foundation that will prepare you to collaborate with different kinds of theatre professionals. You’ll take courses in
Our Theatre Department stages 40 theatrical productions a year, and Theatre Design and Technology majors are always behind the scenes. You’ll learn the professional approaches and standards of the field as you work on projects ranging from black-box productions to Mainstage productions, which are directed by faculty members and guest artists. You’ll have opportunities to work as a designer, technician, running crew member, scenic painter, makeup artist, and sound engineer.
Studying theatre at an arts and media school gives you opportunities to collaborate with students in other disciplines. You can work on
Our makeup studios, lighting lab, scene shop, costume shop, and newly renovated courtyard theater are outfitted with the latest technology and equipment. You’ll learn to operate industry-standard tools, honing the technical skills you’ll need to find work.
Studying theatre in Chicago means you’ll have access to world-renowned productions and theater spaces. Your courses will include trips to meet with professionals at places like the Lyric Opera, Goodman Theatre, and Millennium Park. Chicago is a friendly and supportive city for theatre professionals just starting out. Your faculty mentors will help you navigate the industry and transition into the professional world after graduation.
Internship experiences in theatre design and technology can be diverse. You may work as a crew member in a professional theatre, sometimes as an assistant designer or assistant technical director. Or you may work on a specific show for a brief, intense period. Or you may work on many aspects of creating and maintaining a theater’s season for a semester. Students often assist one of the faculty members
The Theatre Department hosts two internship fairs each academic year, with attendees ranging from representatives of prominent theaters like Steppenwolf, Victory Gardens, and the Goodman to those of small storefronts.
“We have over 200 theatres in town, some of the highest quality contemporary theatre there is. And it’s accessible.”
-Associate Professor Jacqueline Penrod
The Theatre faculty members at Columbia College Chicago bring experiences from a variety of theatrical backgrounds to the classroom. They are professionals who maintain strong connections to the industry and continue to produce, design, and work on projects while teaching at Columbia.
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Many Theatre majors also expand their study with a complementary minor. Popular minors include: