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Theatre Production: Design & Technical Production Emphasis

Bachelor of Fine Arts

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This major trains students to work in the professional theatre. The program gives students exposure in all areas of design and productions with emphasis in one or two areas. The potential areas of emphasis in the program are Costume Design, Costume Production, Lighting Design, Scenic Design, Sound Design, Stage Management and Technical Direction.

Major Details

College: College of Fine Arts
Admissions Requirements:

Math Required:


    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: Yes
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
TAR 111 Stagecraft 3
TAR 113 Stagecraft Crew 1
TAR 145 Principles of Dramatic Structure 3
TAR 149 Acting I or 100 Acting for General College Students 3
ENGL 101 First Year Composition 3
MATH 105 Mathematics in Modern Society/112 College Algebra Concepts and Applications/PHIL 110 Logic and Critical Thinking 3
2nd Semester
TAR 116 Stage Costume Construction 3
TAR 118 Stage Costume Crew 1
TAR 121 Introduction to Design 3
ENGL 102 First Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
TAR 220 Stage Lighting 3
TAR 222 Stage Lighting Crew 1
TAR 224 Technical Theatre & Graphics 3
TAR 297A Theatrical Production 2
TAR 319 Sound for the Theatre 3
Tier I General Education 3
4th Semester
TAR 225 Scene Design I 3
TAR 229 Costume Design I 3
TAR 297A Theatrical Production 2
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
5th Semester
TAR 416 Advanced Rendering 1
TAR 420 Advanced Lighting Design 3
TAR 497A-E or 497M Production 2
Theatre History Course 3
Dramatic Literature Course 3
Tier II General Education 3
6th Semester
TAR 448A or 448B Period Styles 3
TAR 497A-E or 497M Production 2
Theatre History Course 3
Theatre Elective 3
Tier II General Education 3
Elective 3
7th Semester
TAR 416 Advanced Rendering 1
TAR 425 Costume & Scenic Design II 3
TAR 497A-E or 497M Production 3
Design/Tech Elective 3
Theatre History Course 3
Tier II General Education 3
8th Semester
TAR 400 3
TAR 416 Advanced Rendering 1
TAR 498 Senior Capstone 3
Design/Tech Elective 3
Elective 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

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Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge of design principles, historical and cultural research, visual effects, lighting and sound, and craft/artisan skills gained from a major in Theatre Production in the Design/Technical Production concentration forms a valuable career foundation. Graduates in this concentration can pursue careers in performing arts, film and television, community arts promotion, education, and event planning and production.Theatre Production, like many majors, teaches content and skills that can be applied to a wide variety of career fields. This major does not restrict you to a specific field. The career fields most closely related to this major are competitive. Many individuals who graduate with a bachelor’s degree in this major establish paying careers in other fields.  Following are career fields that may most closely relate to this major.

Potential Career Areas

  • Theatre/performing arts
  • Film
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Education
  • Museum exhibit design
  • Retail merchandizing
  • Educational theatre/advocacy
  • Music festival staging

Sample Employers

  • Colleges and universities
  • Elementary, middle, and high schools
  • Community productions/theatre groups
  • Production companies
  • Broadcast organizations
  • Amphitheatres and stadiums
  • Casinos
  • Museums
  • Theme parks

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Sound Technician $22,500 - $47,100
Lighting Technician $21,500 - $41,000
Broadcast Technician $18,200 - $35,100
Special Effects Technician $31,570 - $56,330
Set Designer $25,600 - $46,700
Costume Designer $16,640 - $24,990
Stage Production Worker $23,140 - $38,000
Film Production Assistant $20,000 - $30,495
Art Director $42,800 - $80,600
Music Director $21,700 - $46,000
Merchandise/Window Displayer $17,400 - $26,000
Cinematographer $21,710 - $41,670
Theatre Teacher $38,500 - $50,000