Theatre Major: Design & Theatre Technology Option (B.A.)

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The design and theatre technology option prepares students for both practical and aesthetic work in the theatre through class work, production assignments, and everyday problem solving. UNH's theatre technicians and designers are in demand throughout the country, utilizing transferable skills not only in the theatre but in the allied arts and beyond. UNH-trained graduates hold careers across the nation as lighting, scenic, and costume designers; technical directors; property masters; head electricians; and scenic artists.

Contact Szu-Feng Chen, Paul Creative Arts Center, (603) 862-4445,

In the freshman and sophomore years, students should enroll for at least two major and two Discovery courses per semester. The minimum grade requirement for major courses is C- per course. Any grade lower than C- will not count toward the major. Under department policy, students who complete both COMM 401 American Sign Language I and COMM 402 American Sign Language II (American Sign Language) satisfy the bachelor of arts language proficiency requirement. All majors must take courses in the following areas: performance, design/theatre technology, and theory/history as well as fulfill between four and eight practicums and complete a capstone course. Although timing will vary with each option, it is strongly suggested that all introductory courses be taken prior to the end of the student's sophomore year.

The required minimum overall GPA in major coursework is 2.0.

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.

Major department courses may not be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements except in the case of a second or dual major.

All UNH B.A. degrees require a minimum of 128 credit hours.

Required Courses
THDA 436History of Theatre I4
or THDA 438 History of Theatre II
THDA 459Stagecraft4
THDA 460Elements of Design4
THDA 462Ballet I4
or THDA 463 Theatre Dance I
THDA 551Acting I4
THDA 589Practicum (A- D) 14-8
THDA 799Capstone Project2
Select 12 credits of the following:12
Costume Design for the Theatre
Stage Lighting Design and Execution
Stage Management
Scene Design
Select 12 credits of the following:12
Costume Construction
Stage Makeup
Art and Theatre Administration
Costume Design for the Theatre
Stage Properties
Stage Lighting Design and Execution
Stage Management
Scene Painting for the Theatre
Rendering for the Theatre
Scene Design
Select 8 credits of the following:8
Architectural Design Studio
Introductory Woodworking
Introductory Drawing
Painting Design I: Perceptual Painting and Color Theory
The London Experience
Introduction to Puppetry
and Internship in Theatre and Dance
Independent Study
and Independent Study
Select only one of the following:
Introduction to Digital Reporting
Studies in American Drama
English Drama, 1660-1800
Modern Drama
Total Credits58-62

The practicum ensures a breadth of experience in the major, including sets, costumes, lighting, props, box office, marketing, and performing.  Students must register for practicum every semester.  They are notified of their practicum assignment at the beginning of each semester.