Otterbein’s BFA Theatre Design & Technology degree program provides an immersive hands-on experience in which students achieve practical production experience across ALL areas of technical theatre, making our graduates versatile and effective collaborators. This degree program is a four-year sequence of courses in design, theatre technology and visual arts, paired with mainstage production assignments which support the department’s annual season. Most students elect to focus their upper-level study in one or two concentration areas (see featured concentrations above).
Students who wish to explore theatre design, technology and other areas, such as marketing, acting/directing or a double major, should consider the BA Theatre degree program.
From the very first semester of Freshman year, BFA Design & Technology students work in valuable positions on mainstage productions. Under the guidance of expert faculty, staff, and guest artists, students progress from entry-level crew positions to the highest level positions of each technical disciple (including mainstage design roles).
Annual evaluations of and workshops on portfolios & resumes help students understand how to effectively document their work and market themselves to potential employers.
The BFA Design & Technology program is highlighted by a ten week professional internship at a New York or professional Regional theatre for the summer before or one semester during their senior year. The internship is required for completion of the degree, where students gain valuable industry contacts and are often offered permanent employment from their internship experience.