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 and a portfolio review.

UAB Application

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

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Portfolio Review

During your second semester as a freshman, you have the opportunity to present a portfolio to gain admission to the Design/Technology Concentration. The portfolio should be a professionally-presented collection of sketches, floor plans, renderings, or whatever is relevant to the aspect(s) of theatre design and technology that interests you the most.

For more information about the portfolio and the admission process, contact Department Chair Kelly Allison.