Technical Direction (BFA)

technical direction
Program features:
  • The BFA in technical direction is a 3.5 year program.
  • Professional faculty of master teachers
  • Extensive production opportunities with Rutgers Theater Company  
  • New York City, one of the world’s great centers of culture, is only 40 minutes from the contemplative and focused activity of Rutgers campus life.
For Technical Direction students, the Rutgers theater program provides an excellent broad-based knowledge, understanding and respect for all aspects of theater. A key goal is a deep understanding of designers and the design process. Core Curriculum classes in theater history and global theater assure a sound foundation and worldwide perspective. 
  • The first year features foundation skills in scenic art, stagecraft, stage lighting technology, drawing, basic acting, and theater history.
  • Second year training curriculum consists of a cornerstone collaborative colloquium, rigorous hand drafting class, advanced stagecraft, production properties, and costume construction. 
  • In the third year students participate in an advanced level design colloquium, history of architecture and décor, scene painting, sound technology and design, as well as courses in computer assisted drafting, computer illustration and advanced tutorials in theater technology.
Each semester there is regular shop time and focused assignments in construction, assisting a technical director, sound design and electrics that develop theater practice. The final semester includes advanced classes, including a professional development seminar and career transition study. Training is completed by serving as a technical director on a Rutgers Theater Company production.