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 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. 

Design and Technology Coursework Areas:

Effective Fall 2016

Freshman
AUCCCredits
Select one course from the following: 3
Introduction to the Visual Arts (GT-AH1)3B 
Understanding Dance (GT-AH1)3B 
Music Appreciation (GT-AH1)3B 
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
TH 150Introduction to Performance 3
TH 160Drawing for the Theatre 3
TH 161Technical Theatre: Stagecraft 3
TH 186Theatre Practicum I 1
TH 192Theatre Freshman Seminar 3
Quantitative Reasoning1B3
Electives 9
 Total Credits 31
Sophomore
 
Select one course from the following: 3
Introduction to the Visual Arts (GT-AH1)3B 
Understanding Dance (GT-AH1)3B 
Music Appreciation (GT-AH1)3B 
TH 241Text Analysis for the Theatre 3
TH 242Theatre History I 3
TH 243Theatre History II 3
TH 260Computer Assisted Drafting for Theatre 3
Select one course from the following: 3
Stage Management I  
Costume Design I  
Lighting Design for the Theatre I  
Set Design I  
Digital Media Design for Live Performance I  
TH 286Theatre Practicum II 1
TH 2921Design and Technology Seminar 2
Biological and Physical Sciences3A3
Historical Perspectives3D3
Elective 3
 Total Credits 30
Junior
 
CO 301AWriting in the Disciplines: Arts and Humanities (GT-CO3)23
Select one course from the following: 3
Stage Management II4A 
Costume Design II4A 
Lighting Design for the Theatre II4A 
Advanced Scenic Design4A 
Digital Media Design for Live Performance II4A 
TH 386Theatre Practicum III 1
TH 4002Theatre Production Workshop 1
Select one course from the following: 3
Stage Management I  
Costume Design I  
Lighting Design for the Theatre I  
Set Design I  
Digital Media Design for Live Performance I  
TH *** Upper-Division TH Elective 3
Biological and Physical Sciences3A4
Diversity and Global Awareness3E3
Elective 7
 Total Credits 28
Senior
 
TH 370ATheatre Assistant: Design 3
TH 4002Theatre Production Workshop 2
TH 401Theatrical Design and Prod Advanced Topics 3
Select one course from the following: 3
Design Portfolio and Professional Preparation4B,4C 
Capstone in Theatre Practice4B,4C 
TH 486Theatre Practicum IV 2
Social and Behavioral Sciences3C3
Electives3 15
 Total Credits 31
 Program Total Credits: 120
Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)X 1A3
TH 150Introduction to PerformanceX  3
TH 192Theatre Freshman Seminar   3
Electives   6
 Total Credits   15
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
TH 160Drawing for the TheatreX  3
TH 161Technical Theatre: StagecraftX  3
TH 186Theatre Practicum I   1
Select one course from the following:   3
Introduction to the Visual Arts (GT-AH1)  3B 
Understanding Dance (GT-AH1)  3B 
Music Appreciation (GT-AH1)  3B 
Quantitative ReasoningX 1B3
Elective   3
CO 150 and AUCC 1B (Quantitative Reasoning) must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   16
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
TH 241Text Analysis for the TheatreX  3
TH 242Theatre History IX  3
TH 260Computer Assisted Drafting for TheatreX  3
TH 292Design and Technology Seminar   1
Select one course from the following:   3
Introduction to the Visual Arts (GT-AH1)  3B 
Understanding Dance (GT-AH1)  3B 
Music Appreciation (GT-AH1)  3B 
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A3
TH 186 must be completed by the end of Semester 3.X   
 Total Credits   16
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
TH 243Theatre History IIX  3
TH 286Theatre Practicum IIX  1
TH 292Design and Technology Seminar   1
Select one course from the following:   3
Stage Management I    
Costume Design I    
Lighting Design for the Theatre I    
Set Design I    
Digital Media Design for Live Performance I    
Historical Perspectives  3D3
Elective   3
 Total Credits   14
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CO 301AWriting in the Disciplines: Arts and Humanities (GT-CO3)X 23
Select one course from the following:   3
Stage Management I    
Costume Design I    
Lighting Design for the Theatre I    
Set Design I    
Digital Media Design for Live Performance I    
TH 386Theatre Practicum IIIX  1
Diversity and Global Awareness  3E3
Upper-Division Theatre Elective   3
 Total Credits   13
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
TH 400Theatre Production Workshop   1
Select one course from the following:X 4A3
Stage Management II  4A 
Costume Design II  4A 
Lighting Design for the Theatre II  4A 
Advanced Scenic Design  4A 
Digital Media Design for Live Performance II  4A 
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A4
Electives   7
 Total Credits   15
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
TH 370ATheatre Assistant: Design   3
TH 400Theatre Production Workshop   1
TH 401Theatrical Design and Prod Advanced TopicsX  3
Social and Behavioral Sciences  3C3
Electives   6
Upper-Division Theatre Design and Production Electives (6 credits) must be completed by the end of Semester 7.X   
 Total Credits   16
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
TH 400Theatre Production WorkshopX  1
Select one course from the following:X 4B,4C3
Design Portfolio and Professional Preparation  4B,4C 
Capstone in Theatre Practice  4B,4C 
TH 486Theatre Practicum IVX  2
ElectivesX  9
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   15
 Program Total Credits:   120