BFA in Lighting Design

A combination of practical shop and stage work, partnered with conceptual work in the design studio, creates a unique opportunity for professional growth as a Lighting Design major. Your bachelor's degree from Webster will enable you to analyze the lighting needs of a play, and research what works and what doesn't.

You'll gain an understanding of theatre history and visual styles, costume construction, shop practices and rendering techniques. You'll master presentation skills and work with a director and creative team to put on stunning productions in the best possible light.

However, not all lighting designers work in the theatre. You may decide to put your creativity and skill to good use as a consultant, working with architects, interior designers, engineers and owners to design lighting for buildings.

Points of Distinction

  • Practical experience is available working with our partners: the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, which are located on campus and perform at the Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts.
  • The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and Dance St. Louis collaborate with Webster on curriculum and productions.
  • Webster is the only American university that has a partnership with the internationally-acclaimed Vienna Academy of Fine Art.

Degree Requirements

This degree has 102 required credit hours, 12 general education credit hours and 14 elective credit hours.

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