BFA - Production and Design

Department of Theatre and Dance

 Become a creator in the world of theatre.

Acquire the wide range of skills that will open doors to professional opportunities in design and technical production for the theatre and related industries.

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About the Program

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The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Production and Design is a pre-professional program that prepares the next generation of designers, managers, and technicians for work in professional theatre, live entertainment, and related media, including film and television.

Through a combination of classroom instruction and production opportunities, the program provides rigorous, progressive training in design, production, and technology with the option to focus in various areas including scenic, costume, hair and makeup, lighting or sound; as well as performance and theatre management.

Students benefit from immediate, close relationships with professionally active faculty and guest artists who promote theoretical and applied learning in the classroom, backstage, and in the field. An extensive practicum exposes students to a broad range of practical, meaningful, career-building experiences.

 

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What You Will Learn

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‌The program’s core curriculum includes instruction in:

  • Graphic and Design Skills, including rendering, figure drawing, and drafting (mechanical drawing and CAD/Vectorworks)
  • Design Research, including history of style, history of theatre, and humanities
  • Crafts, including skills recognized as separate areas of expertise, such as stage management, technical direction, stage craft, scenic painting, costume craft and construction, sound and lighting technologies, prop construction
  • Liberal Arts and Dramatic Literature, including General Education subjects and electives that cover text analysis from the director’s and designer’s points of view
  • Rehearsal and Production, the culmination of craft and skill, imagination and research, script and history, and process and collaboration

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Montclair State boasts exceptional performance facilities with impressive technical specifications. You will work in six well-equipped theatres, including the state-of-the-art Alexander Kasser Theater; the 946-seat Memorial Auditorium; our 2000-seat amphitheater, and the intimate L. Howard Fox Theatre. This exceptional range of performance spaces reflects industry opportunities and prepares students for future performances in a variety of settings.

Production and Design majors have access to:

  • Two Scene Shops -- each equipped to support on-campus productions. The Life Hall/Memorial Auditorium Shop is dedicated to classroom and department productions. The Alexander Kasser Theatre Shop is dedicated to academic and professional performances in this state-of-the-art facility.
  • Costume Shop  -- located in the back of Memorial Auditorium and featuring a view of New York City, the shop is both a classroom and production space where students and staff produce more than 400 costumes each year.

For complete BFA Production and Design curriculum requirements, go to: Production and Design Curriculum

For policies regarding continuation in the program, go to:

For the student handbook go to:

To learn more about Careers in Production and Design, go to:

 

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Production Opportunities

‌BFA Production and Design majors have access to a wide range of on- and off-campus experiences and opportunities. These include:

  • Designing scenery, costumes, makeup, lights or sound for the department's productions
  • Using drafting, rendering, and model-making skills in scenic design
  • Designing costumes and makeup
  • Designing lighting and sound
  • Rigging, welding, and carpentry
  • Stage management
  • Production management

Additional opportunities include working on professional/international productions through Montclair’s Peak Performances series – an internationally acclaimed program of eclectic theatre, dance, and music productions. Students also are able to work during summer breaks as apprentices with established area theatres.

The Department of Theatre and Dance produces 7-10 musicals and plays, as well as three dance concerts, each year. Visit our Productions and Student-Work Gallery pages to see examples of current and past student production and design work.

Students learn by watching as well as doing. You will be able to attend more than 500 professional events on campus each year, including those presented by the Theatre and Dance Department as well as by Montclair’s Peak Performances program of theatre, dance, and music productions. Students are admitted FREE to these campus events.

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Our Faculty

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Faculty members and visiting professionals – including internationally renowned celebrity guest artists and artists-in-residence – mentor our Theatre and Dance students each semester. These working professionals share insights gleaned from their professional experiences in the "real world" of theatre with students in studio workshops, seminars, and lectures. Faculty mentoring can often lead to opportunities beyond the classroom.

 

 

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Jumpstart to a Career

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From working on productions at Peak Performances to the Department of Theatre and Dance's acclaimed productions, collaborate with professionals on set to gain hands-on experiences at the university's numerous performance spaces and auditoriums.

 

 

 

  

Students have opportunities to hone their skills on productions on- and off- campus in these areas:

  • Designing scenery and props
  • Using drafting, rendering, and model-making skills in scenic design
  • Designing hair and makeup
  • Designing lighting and sound
  • Costume, scenic, lighting and sound technologies
  • Stage management
  • Production management

Students also are able to work during summer breaks as apprentices with established area theatres. The Department of Theatre and Dance produces 7-10 musicals and plays, as well as three dance concerts, each year. Visit our Productions and Student-Work Gallery pages to see examples of current and past student production and design work.

Students learn by watching as well as doing, and are encouraged to attend more than 500 professional events on campus each year, including those presented by the Theatre and Dance Department as well as by Montclair’s Peak Performances program of theatre, dance, and music productions. Students are admitted FREE to these campus events.

Career development is an integral part of the student experience at College of the Arts and a seasoned team of professionals are available to help place students with internships, and job search assistance, and offer resume review, and career planning services. Visit the below links to learn more about careers in production and design:

 

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Theatre Facilities

‌Montclair State boasts exceptional performance facilities with impressive technical specifications. You will perform in six well-equipped theatres, including the state-of-the-art Alexander Kasser Theater; the 946-seat Memorial Auditorium; our 2000-seat amphitheater, and the intimate L. Howard Fox Theatre. 

This exceptional range of performance spaces reflects industry opportunities and prepares students for future performances in a variety of settings.

‌Production and Design majors have access to:

  • Two Scene Shops -- each equipped to support on-campus productions. The Life Hall/Memorial Auditorium Shop is dedicated to classroom and department productions. The Alexander Kasser Theatre Shop is dedicated to academic and professional performances in this state-of-the-art facility.
  • Costume Shop  -- located in the back of Memorial Auditorium and featuring a view of New York City, the shop is both a classroom and production space where students and staff produce more than 400 costumes each year.

‌The university supports an outstanding broadcasting studio (go to DuMont Television Center) where Production and Design students – particularly those concentrating in sound and lighting design and technology -- may gain experience in film and broadcasting

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Apply Now

To apply to the BFA Production and Design Program, or to any Department of Theatre and Dance program, please visit Department Admissions

Please review the BFA Production and Design Handbook 2016-17 for details about the program, protocols, and information. 

For additional information about our programs, please visit us to tour the facilities and/or plan to attend one of our Arts Days and Open Houses.

  

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