Scene Design (BFA)


Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts/Conservatory of Theatre Arts

Program Description

It is our mission to train our future colleagues to become visionaries, creators and leaders in the next generation of American professional theatre.

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Learning Outcomes

At the end of their training in scene design, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the script/characters and develop an advanced, coherent visual concept that takes into account style, period and creative research for theatrical use
  • Research and analyze any period of history with attention to historical context, period style, representative details
  • Create a coherent, conceptual world of the play through scene design with attention to the specific style needs of opera, musical, theatre for young audiences and other performance styles
  • Illustrate scene designs through perspective drawing and color rendering
  • Create quality scaled scene design models
  • Choose/suggest set construction materials for execution of designs, based on understanding of construction material features
  • Work with the director, other designers and the actors in a collaborative process through production process
  • Conduct shop visits to answer/solve emerging questions
  • Guide the shops through the production process, with attention to set construction, scenic painting, prop, budget, and time management

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Special Requirements

Courses completed with a grade of D do not count toward fulfilling the specific course requirements of the major.

Auditions/interviews are required for all students planning major in theatre at Webster University. Auditions/interviews are held each year during the spring semester for entrance into the following fall session. Both on-campus and off-campus audition sites are available to prospective theatre students. No video auditions are accepted.

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Degree Requirements

  • 102 required credit hours
  • 12 general education credit hours
  • 14 elective credit hours

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Required Courses

  • CONS 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020, 3010, 3020, 4010, 4020 (The Conservatory sequence or its equivalent) (72 hours)
  • ART 1110 Introduction to Drawing (3 hours)
  • ART 1120 Principles of Drawing (3 hours)
  • ART 1130 Figure Drawing for Theatre Majors (6 hours)
  • DESN 1210 Design Concepts (3 hours)
  • DESN 1220 Design: 3-D (3 hours)
  • GNST 1400 Civilization and the Arts (3 hours)
  • THEA 2030 History of Theatre: Greeks to Elizabethan (3 hours)
  • THEA 2040 History of Theatre: Restoration to 1915 (3 hours)
  • THEA 2050 History of Theatre: 1915 to Present (3 hours)

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