University General Course Catalog 2020-2021 
    Apr 12, 2021  
University General Course Catalog 2020-2021

Theatre (Design/Technology Specialization), B.A.

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Students selecting the Design/Technology Specialization receive individualized training and mentoring as backstage technicians, scenery and costume shop workers, stage electricians, and as designers of scenery, costumes, and lighting.  After completing basic training in the classroom, backstage, and in our modern, fully equipped lighting laboratory, scene shop, and costume shop spaces, students are asked to focus their study in two of three areas: scenery, lighting, and costumes.  Students then have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of one or both of these areas through coursework in stage management, automated lighting, and scene painting.  Additional opportunities exist for students to broaden their study by taking a course in another design/tech focus area or in another area of theatrical study.  The Design/Technology Specialization provides dedicated undergraduate students with the opportunity to design for the main stage, allowing them to gain practical experience with budgeting, collaboration, and execution of design.  Design/Tech students are well prepared for various roles within the profession or for entry into graduate school.


Contact Information

Department of Theatre and Dance
Church Fine Arts Complex 017
(775) 784-6829

College of Liberal Arts Advising:

Transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno

Use the transfer agreement  and the degree planner (available by clicking Print degree planner icon at the top right of this page) to build your plan for graduation with your advisor. Course substitutions not identified on the transfer agreement require UNR advisor approval.

If a major-to-major transfer agreement is not available for your transfer institution, please check the General Core agreement  if available. If neither is available, access Transferology to assist in your planning.

Graduation Requirements

  • Total Units | 120
  • Cumulative GPA | 2.0
  • University GPA | 2.0
  • Major GPA | 2.0
  • Residency Requirement | 30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
  • Major Residency Requirement | 15 Upper-Division Units in the major at UNR
  • Upper-Division Requirement | 42 Upper-Division Units
  • Half Program Units/4 Year Institution | 60 Units

I. Silver Core General Education Requirements (24-27 units)

NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter of this catalog for information regarding  the “Core English and Math Completion Policy  .”

Students in this major must meet all Silver Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course descriptions.

A. Composition & Communication; Critical Analysis & Use of Information (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3

B. Quantitative Reasoning (3 units minimum) - CO2

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO2 courses .

C. Physical & Natural Phenomena (6 units minimum) - CO4, CO4L

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO4/CO4L courses .

D. Cultures, Societies, & Individuals (3 units) - CO6

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO6 courses .

E. Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression (3 units) - CO7

F. History & Culture; Constitution (6 units) - CO5, CO8

Refer to the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog. 

II. Additional Silver Core Requirements (6 units maximum)

Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Silver Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV).  Refer to the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.

A. Science, Technology & Society Course - CO9

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO9 courses .

B. Diversity & Equity Course - CO10

C. Global Context Course - CO11

D. Ethics Course - CO12

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO12 courses .

E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis Course - CO13

F. Application Course - CO14

The following courses count in the Major Requirement:

III. Additional College Requirements (6-20 units)

Units may vary depending on initial course placement in foreign language coursework.

A. Foreign Language (0-14 units)

Successful completion of the foreign language requirement may be accomplished through one of four options:

  1. complete a fourth semester college course in a foreign language or in American Sign Language;
  2. demonstrate proficiency through placement examination or other means determined by the Department of World Languages and Literatures, including minimum CBAPE, SAT II, or IB scores;
  3. show transcript evidence of successful completion of four years of high school coursework in the same foreign language; or
  4. participate in a Studies Abroad program pre-approved by the college to meet the foreign language requirement.

B. College Breadth Requirement (6 units)

Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree in the college shall be required to take, within the College of Liberal Arts, 6 units that are outside the departments in which they major or minor, and that exclude courses taken to fulfill the Core General Education requirements (Core Objectives 1 through 7).

IV. Major Requirements (35 units)

Theatre BA Foundation (17 units)

Design/Technology Specialization (18 units)

B. Design Focus (6 units)

Choose from the following courses:

C. Design Electives (6 units)

Choose from the following courses:

V. Minor Requirements (18-21 units)

The Department of Theatre and Dance accepts any minor approved by the College of Liberal Arts.

VI. Electives (11-31 units)

VII. Recommended Schedule

First Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)

Second Year

Fall Semester (14 units)

Spring Semester (16 units)

Third Year

Fall Semester (16 units)

Spring Semester (16 units)

  • (3 units) CO10, CO13
  • Ethics Course (3 units) CO12
  • Social Sciences Course (3 units) CO6
  • Minor (300-400 level) (3 units) 
  • Additional Practicum Elective (1 units)
  • THTR Design Focus course (3 units) OR
  • THTR Design Elective (3 units) 

Fourth Year

Fall Semester (14 units)

  • (1 unit)
  • Science, Technology & Society Course (3 units) CO9
  • Minor (300-400 level) (6 units)
  • Additional Practicum Elective (1 unit)
  • THTR Design Focus Course (3 units) OR 
  • THTR Design Elective (3 units)

Spring Semester (14 units)

  • THTR Design Elective (3 units) OR 
  • THTR Design Focus Course (3 units)
  • Minor (300-400 level) (6 units) 
  • General Electives (5 units)

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