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Design & Production FAQ

WHAT KIND OF DESIGN/PRODUCTION DEGREES DOES UMBC OFFER?
The UMBC Department of Theatre offers a B.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Design/Production.  Our production program includes scenic design, costume design, lighting design, sound design, stage management, and technical production. Students may choose a broad-based education in these areas, or they may wish to specialize.

DO YOU REQUIRE A PORTFOLIO REVIEW FOR ACCEPTANCE INTO YOUR PROGRAM?
NO.
As a prospective B.A. Theatre student with an interest in design and production you are not required to have a portfolio review, but talented students who bring prior accomplishments are encouraged to apply for the Linehan Artist Scholarship. If you have a focus in a particular area of design and you would like to know more about the opportunities within our program, please contact Laurie Newton at laurienk@umbc.edu to be connected with the Faculty Advisor in charge of that area.

WILL I HAVE OPPORTUNITIES TO DESIGN?
YES.
Exceptional design majors may have the opportunity to design scenery, costumes, lighting and sound for faculty directed and student directed productions. They also often assist our faculty designers at professional theatres in Maryland and DC.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH A DESIGN/PRODUCTION CONCENTRATION IN THEATRE?
Our design and production students have found internship opportunities and paid positions at local, regional and national theatres, as well as positions in opera, music, film, and other arts organizations. Theatre faculty design mentors work closely with students to offer guidance to students interested in internships and graduate school.

Upon graduation, our design/production students have worked at some of the most prestigious regional theatres and companies in the country. Here is a partial list: Center Stage, Everyman Theatre, Arena Stage, Studio Theatre, Olney Theatre, Cirque de Soleil Las Vegas, New Jersey Shakespeare Theatre, Glimmerglass Festival, Colorado Shakespeare Festival. A quick look at our Notable Alumni shows a sampling of the many career paths Design and Production majors have chosen.

I AM A TRANSFER STUDENT.  HOW DO I ENTER THE PROGRAM?
We welcome transfer students and will work with you to insure your success. You are not required to present a portfolio before beginning your course work.  As a transfer student, it is critical that you make an appointment to have your previous course work evaluated and to create a plan of study that will allow you to graduate as expeditiously as possible. As a transfer student you may have taken courses that already apply to some of our early coursework. Do not register for classes before meeting with a Theatre Department Advisor. To schedule a meeting with an advisor contact Laurie Newton at laurienk@umbc.edu.

More about being a Transfer Student here.

UMBC Department of Theatre:  410.455.2917