Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a Concentration in Design/Technology

The Design/Tech Concentration emphasizes training for scenic, lighting, and costume designers, as well as those seeking careers as stage managers, technical directors, and other technical professions.

Students who have interest and ability in any of the theatre design fields are encouraged to specialize in their field of interest, but also to experience and learn about the other fields with which their work must coordinate. So, for example, lighting designers study scenic design and costume design, so they may understand the crucial interactions of color, texture, and movement.

Why Study Design and Technology?

UAB students operating light board for theatre production.

Award-winning Designers and Technicians

Our Design/Tech Faculty is made up of award-winning professional designers and technicians, all of them constantly in demand to design aspects of productions for our stages and for many others. Our shops for scenic and costume design are of the highest quality and staffed with experts in their diverse fields of construction and technology.

Learn from Experienced Professionals

You will study with designers whose work has been seen in productions across the nation (in some cases, all over the world), and with technicians whose work has supported some of the biggest names in show business. All of their years of experience can be passed on to you in the collaborative work you will do with these master artists.

Beyond the Big Three

Students of Scenic, Lighting, and Costume Design will have the opportunity to also explore sound design, hair and wig styling, advanced stage makeup, and much more.


A complete list of courses and requirements is available in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog.

Ready to Apply?

Admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a Concentration in Design/Technology consists of an application to UAB, an application to Acceptd, and an interview.

UAB Application

All the information you need to apply can be found on UAB's Undergraduate Admissions Hub.

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Acceptd Application

Acceptd is the largest performing and visual arts network in the world.

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In-person interviews with new students will be held on January 22, 2022, beginning at 10:00 am in the Department of Theatre. In-person interviews for returning students will be held on January 29, 2022, beginning at 10:00 am in the Department of Theatre.

Once students have submitted their Acceptd application, they will receive more information about the audition procedures.


For Design and Technology

  • Current resume
  • Physical or digital portfolio that should include good quality photographs and samples of your work including:
    • Design work – ex: renderings, sketches, models, production photos
    • Technical work – ground plans, examples of set construction, scene painting, costume construction, craftwork, etc.
    • Samples of drawings, paintings, sculptures or other non-theatre related artwork

For Stage Managers

  • Current resume
  • Production Book for a show you have stage managed

Contact Us

Contact Kimberly Schnormeier (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Head of Design/Technology with any questions.