Technical Direction (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

The student will demonstrate an effective production process that integrates

  • Strong social skills
  • A comprehensive approach to analyzing a play
  • Strong research skills
  • The ability to execute a design
  • An understanding of theatre history and visual styles
  • Mastery of skills in design presentation and development
  • The ability to organize and supervise a construction team
  • Creative thinking in problem solving
  • An understanding of layout and construction skills
  • An understanding of the needs of performers and directors
  • The ability to operate within a budget
  • Lead 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

  • 98 required credit hours
  • 12 general education credit hours
  • 18 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 (2 hours)
  • DESN 1210 Design Concepts (3 hours)
  • DESN 1220 Design: 3-D (3 hours)
  • SCIN 1410 Patterns of Light, Sound and Electricity (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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