This career-oriented program includes course work in technical theater skills (stagecraft, lighting and design, music and audio engineering), studio and performing arts, and general management; an internship is required.
Learning Outcomes for Technical Theater Majors
Competency #1: Awareness of and Competency in 21st Century Literacies
- Be able to produce an electronic portfolio of their learning journey, specifically focused on the degree program, in hopes it will become a lifelong process.
- Demonstrate creativity and collaboration.
- Expand their global awareness and exposure to diversity and communities.
- Be able to use information and computer technology.
- Have an increased civic and economic awareness.
- Demonstrate basic quantitative reasoning and skills, especially geospatial literacy.
- Have opportunities to develop leadership.
- Develop their personal learning network.
- Be employable in a 21st-century work environment.
- Be aware of the environmental implications of their discipline.
Competency #2: General Backstage Knowledge and Aptitude
- Demonstrate knowledge of stage etiquette, correct communication and nomenclature.
- Demonstrate safety and hazard awareness.
- Understand the organization structure of the theater, related job descriptions, and fulfilling their position(s) within.
- Consistently exhibit professional attitude, attendance and behavior.
- Students will collaborate and communicate productively with the crew.
Competency #3: Basic Stage Carpentry Skills
- Demonstrate knowledge of the fly system: loading, mechanics, safety and flying.
- Understand sight lines, trims, proper handling of masking and drops.
- Understand basic rigging: knots, shackles, slings, wire clamps, etc.
- Understand basic set assembly: basic tools and safety, flats and platform, construction, jacks, pipe structures, etc.
- Load-in, set-up and load-out road shows of all types.
- Collaborate and communicate productively with a diversity of visions.
Competency #4: Basic Knowledge of Stage Lighting and Set Design and Implementation for Theater, Music and Dance
- Analyze a script, present a storyboard or creative interpretation and concept of the design.
- Draft a lighting plot, with all related paper work: patch, instrument schedule, cut list, focus chart, etc.
- Understand WYSIWYG and Emphasis software.
- Operate, design with and understand intelligent fixtures and other DMX accessories.
- Understand stage electrics: safety, loads, instruments, maintenance, read, hang, circuit, focus, color and trouble shoot a plot.
- Demonstrate basic board skills: load a plot, patch, record Q’s, Subs and operate.
- Design a show: document collaboration from concept to actualization.
Competency #5: Basic Knowledge of Sound Systems, Be Able to Set Up, Understand Components, Operate for Theater, Music and Dance
- Understand and use Digital Performer software and other Audio programs.
- Have a basic understanding of sound theory including EQ, decibels, frequencies, etc.
- Understand basic system set-ups: Dibden, Performance Space and Andy Shapiro Recording Studio, including: power, tie-ins, FOH, Monitors, Amps, crossover and drive rack configurations.
- Design sound plots with speaker and mic placement, theory and practice, in each genre.
- Mix live and for recording when possible for all genres: rock, classical, jazz, folk, pop, theater and musical theater.
- Be able to set up headsets, hard of hearing systems, lectures, etc., independently.
- Load-in, set-up and load-out different road shows.
- Collaborate and communicate productively with a diversity of visitors.