Theatre: Lighting Design & Technology, BFA

for the Bachelor of Fine Arts Major in Theatre, Lighting Design & Technology Concentration


department website: https://theatre.illinois.edu

department faculty: https://theatre.illinois.edu/people/meet-our-faculty/


college catalog page: Fine & Applied Arts

college website: https://faa.illinois.edu/


Level 21: Design, Technology and Management Concentrations

Level 21 reflects the design, technology and management disciplines in theatre arts.  It has seven unique yet inter-related concentrations in:  Arts + Entertainment Technology, Costume Design + Technology, Lighting Design + Technology, Scene Design, Scenic Technology, Sound Design + Technology, and Stage Management.  Freshman and sophomore students learn the foundations of theatrical production with a focus on acquiring practical skills for application in advanced course work and in  theatre productions.  Junior and senior students participate in advanced study in their chosen discipline supported by one-on-one faculty mentoring of assigned projects.  Students in this area are the designers, technicians, managers, artisans and crew for over a dozen theater, musical theater, dance and opera productions at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and work on these shows in various roles throughout their entire course of study.

for the Bachelor of Fine Arts Major in Theatre, Lighting Design & Technology Concentration


A minimum of 128 hours of credit is required for the degree.

Twelve hours of 300 and 400-level courses in the major must be taken on this campus.

40 credits hours in degree required in 300-400 level coursework to meet IBHE requirements.

General Education Requirements for all University Students

General Education Requirements: (40 hrs with Language requirements fulfilled)
Composition I4
Advanced Composition3
Cultural Studies: Western Comparative Cultures3
Cultural Studies: U.S. Minority Culture(s)3
Cultural Studies: Non-Western Cultures3
Quantitative Reasoning I3
Quantitative Reasoning II3
Humanities and the Arts6
Natural Sciences and Technology6
Social and Behavioral Sciences6
Language Requirement 10-12
Electives
General, Non-Theatre Electives9
Open Electives (as needed to total a minimum of 128 hours to earn the degree)

Core Requirements for all Theatre Majors

FAA 101Arts at Illinois1
THEA 100Practicum I2
THEA 200Practicum II2
THEA 121Theatre Foundations: Performance3
THEA 122Theatre Foundations: Theory and Practice3
THEA 123Theatre Foundations: Production3
THEA 20821st Century Dramaturgy3
THEA 304Global Theatre Performance3
THEA 364Topics in Theatre History3
THEA 404Professional Career Development1
Total Hours24

Summary of Credits for BFA in Theatre

Core Requirements for All Theatre Majors24
General Education Requirements31-40
Language Requirements, if needed0-12
Concentration Requirements (see tables below for individual concentrations)49-52
General Non-Theatre Electives9
Open Electives as needed to total 128 hours0-18
Total Credits for BFA in Theatre128

Lighting Design & Technology Concentration

THEA 100Practicum I (in addition to the THEA 100 credits required in the theatre core)1
THEA 119BFA Production Seminar (section LTG)4
THEA 126Stagecraft3
THEA 153Introduction to Theatre Sound3
THEA 222Introduction to Scenic Design3
THEA 231Intro to Lighting Design3
THEA 300Practicum III4
THEA 400Practicum IV4
THEA 423Advanced Lighting Design3
THEA 426History of Decor3
THEA 431The Lighting Laboratory3
THEA 433Business of Entertainment Design3
THEA 435Professional Lighting Systems2
THEA 437Software for Lighting Design2
THEA 451Principles of Stage Management3
Choose 3 credit hours:3
Introduction to Costume Production
Introduction to Costume Design
Choose 3 credit hours:3
Lighting for Non-Theatrical Spaces and Styles
Advanced CAD Drafting for Lighting Designers
Digital Rendering for Lighting
Lighting Opera & Musicals
Advanced Problem Solving for Lighting Designers
Total Hours
Total Hours50