Theatre: Scenic Design, BFA

for the Bachelor of Fine Arts Major in Theatre, Scenic Design 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://www.faa.illinois.edu/


Division of Design, Technology, and Management

Students planning careers in costume design and construction, lighting design, scenic design, scenic technology, sound design and technology, and stage management are selected for for the options in this division by a process of faculty evaluation at the end of their first year of study in the department. Criteria for acceptance and continuance in these options include satisfactory completion of all course work in the first and second years, potential for professional-caliber work, commitment to theatre, and the necessary discipline for intensive study and practice. Students in these options are assigned to teams that design, mount, and manage more than fifteen productions annually in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

for the Bachelor of Fine Arts Major in Theatre, Scenic Design Concentration


Minimum required major and supporting course work: Twelve hours of 300 and 400 level courses in the major must be taken on this campus. 40 credits hours of upper-division coursework.


Minimum hours required for graduation: 128 hours.


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
Foreign Language0-12
Humanities and the Arts (fulfilled by THEA 102)3
Humanities and the Arts (fulfilled by THEA 262)3
Natural Sciences and Technology6
Social and Behavioral Sciences6
Electives (20-23 hrs)
General, Non-Theatre Electives9
Open Electives 11-14

Core Requirements for all Theatre Majors

FAA 101Arts at Illinois 11
THEA 102Text to Stage 14
THEA 103Survey of Theatre Production4
THEA 170Fundamentals of Acting I 13
THEA 125Designer Skills 13
or THEA 175 Fundamentals of Acting II
THEA 20821st Century American Dramaturgy3
THEA 262Literature of Modern Theatre3
THEA 360History of Theatre I4
THEA 361History of Theatre II4
Total Hours29

Scenic Design Concentration

THEA 100Practicum I5
THEA 400Practicum IV8
THEA 222Introduction to Scenic Design3
THEA 223Introduction to Stage Rigging4
THEA 231Intro to Lighting Design3
THEA 391Individual Topics2
THEA 415Scenic Design I4
THEA 425Stage Drafting3
THEA 426History of Decor3
THEA 427Scenic Painting I2
THEA 445Costume History and Design I4
THEA 446Costume History and Design II4
THEA 456Properties Design2
Total Hours47