BFA in Design & Technology
The BFA in Design & Technology focuses on providing students with academic and practical experience in all major theatrical design and stagecraft areas. The program focuses on evolving the theories and concepts of the classroom into realized projects and production work on the stage. The BFA is for those students seeking a professional career as either a designer or technician within the entertainment industry. The program’s degree plan is designed to create a balance of the four major areas of theatrical design, incorporating design and technology courses in scenery, costumes, lighting, sound, drafting, and tech production. Students have the opportunity to further focus on areas of interest through their production assignments, project work, and specialized classes. Please click to see the degree plan for the BFA in Design and Technology.
BFA students will participate in realized work in a wide variety of production styles within UTA’s Department of Theatre Arts. The department’s Maverick Theatre Company provides our students with design and tech experiences in classic and modern plays, musicals, operas, new works, dance concerts, workshops, improve, and a MavLab series of student driven works. The program believes strongly in the hands on experience and application of theatrical skills that are necessary for a professional career as a designer or technician. BFA students’ portfolios and experiences are greatly enhanced and solidified by working within the department’s diverse set of opportunities throughout their four years at UTA.
All BFA students participate in a portfolio review at the end of each semester to develop their presentation and interview skills. Students are strongly encouraged, with the help and support of the faculty, to participate in national design/tech conferences, competitions, and to pursue professional internships throughout the year. The program’s goal is to make all our BFA students prepared and highly marketable for professional and/or master’s program when graduating.
PROGRAM AUDITION & ACCEPTANCE
All BFA candidates must formally audition for admittance into the program. Auditions consist of the prospective student’s presentation of a current portfolio and resume to one or more of the design/tech faculty. Auditions are typically ten minutes long and are followed by a brief Q&A. Students can audition either on site at UTA or through recruitment conferences where a UTA Department of Theatre Arts representative is present. All prospective students must be accepted into the University of Texas at Arlington before they can be accepted into the BFA in Design & Technology program.
The United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Inc. (USITT) connects performing arts design and technology communities to ensure a vibrant dialog among practitioners, educators, and students. Our UTA members organize service learning and social events and actively fundraise to help pay for travel to the national conference. Any student is welcome to join the chapter and, while not necessary to join the student chapter, is encouraged to join the national organization as well. For more information about USITT, please visit: USITT.org.