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BFA in Design & Production: Setting the Stage for Success

What is the Design & Production curriculum?

We are solely focused on an undergraduate education.  D&P core courses cover all facets of design and production, including aesthetics, theory, history, literature, graphics, management, technology and crafts.  Academic and studio classes are augmented with practical experience in our professional production shops.

Work in the Theatre Department requires enormous energy and dedication.  Programs are structured to help each student realize his or her unique potential.  Development of skills is systematic and disciplined, and opportunities to explore individual creativity are continuous.  It is the expectation of the faculty that all students should excel in their course work.  Theatre production activities are completely integrated with curricular programs and are a vital part of training at U. of M.  These courses are balanced with 45 credits of liberal arts courses, for a total requirement of 120 credit hours.

Design & Production Courses

The Design & Production Faculty are working professionals with extensive theatre credits.  They will conduct a portfolio review of your design & production work in your sophomore, junior and senior years.  Your portfolio will be displayed in a public showing following the review


What design and production opportunities are available for D&P majors?

Curricular Opportunities

University Productions:

Every year the UM School of Music, Theatre & Dance presents 10 fully-staged productions and a number of studio productions in the areas of drama, opera, musical theatre and dance in three different theatres.  D & P majors work as stage managers, shop assistants and technicians for each production.  Our talented students may design costumes, sets or lighting for these productions.

Extracurricular Opportunities

Basement Arts:
The student-run Basement Arts company presents six to eight shows each year. Students produce the plays. Performances are presented on weekends, generally in Studio One in the Walgreen Drama Center on the University's North Campus.

What will my career options be after graduation?

Who can I talk to about the BFA program?

Call the U-M Theatre Department at: (734)764-5350. Ask to speak with an advisor in the Design & Production program.

How do I apply to the BFA in Design & Production degree program?

The easiest way is to apply online.  Upload all the additional documents you can (essays and resumé) with the online application. 

Send your SAT or ACT test scores, academic recommendations, and your transcripts to the U-M Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Send your performing arts recommendation, resumé and photo to the School of Music, Theatre & Dance Office of Admissions.

The application review is a three-step process:

  • The School's Admissions Office will screen your application for academic eligibility (including grade point average and ACT or SAT scores).
  • If you are academically eligible for consideration, you'll be contacted by the Theatre Department to confirm a portfolio review with the the Design & Production faculty.
  • After your interview, the School of Music, Theatre & Dance Admissions Office will make the final determination regarding acceptance. A decision letter is sent as soon as that decision has been made.

See the Auditions & Interviews page for more detailed information.

Learn from BFA student Camille Charara what it's like to design costumes for the Department of Musical Theatre's production of "The Drowsy Chaperone." The musical plays at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre Oct. 13-23, 2016.

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