About Theater Design (B.F.A.)
Theater is a creative and collaborative art in which true excellence can only be achieved through exploration of craft. Our focus in the Theater Department at Mason Gross School of the Arts is to provide aspiring theater professionals with a unique experience including intensive studio classes, innovative academic curricula, and ground-breaking, fully supported productions.
Theater design students are part of a dynamic 3.5-year professional training program that includes a six-week residency in London. Our program provides students with essential design skills as well as a strong foundation in theater history and theory. The faculty are distinguished working professionals who provide students with one-on-one mentoring and prepare students for a presentation to industry professionals in New York City.
The first year provides the foundations of design theory, skills, and history. All first-year students take core classes together, providing a strong sense of community and an appreciation of the collaborative nature of theater. The second year builds on the foundations learned in the first year and provides more in-depth explorations into the areas of concentration. One course, “Global Theater,” analyzes current theater styles and theories across the globe. All design students spend six weeks of their third year in London at Shakespeare’s Globe, where they study with distinguished British designers and take full advantage of London’s dynamic theater and cultural opportunities. Field trips to theater productions, museums, and galleries are all part of the program. While at Rutgers, students pursue in-depth training in their area of design. Students spend the final semester studying their specialized design area in further depth, with a special focus on career transition and portfolio presentation. Professional contacts are developed with the Mason Gross faculty and through internships. Design students are presented to the industry at a design portfolio presentation in New York City in January.
Areas of study include costume, lighting, and scenic design.
To apply, applicants must submit the Mason Gross supplemental application and complete a portfolio review and interview with faculty.