Theatre Design and Production

College of Liberal Arts

The Design and Production Program at Purdue University seeks to expand the young designer/technician's range of knowledge and expression through the performance of drama. The director/designer must possess the ability to comprehend the playwright’s message and communicate it through visual and auditory designs.


The student will receive a solid foundation in all aspects of theatre as part of a well-rounded liberal arts education. Working as part of a team, the student learns to collaborate artistically and technically toward the realization of a theatrical production. Each student may choose to focus in any given area.

The major consists of Theatre Core Classes, Specialized Training, and Related Required Courses. Upon completion, the student may choose to enter any communication-related field or pursue further graduate study for a career in the entertainment industry. 

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Related Career Interests

Visual or Performing Arts

Careers in Theatre Design and Production
  • Sound designer
  • Light designer
  • Scenic designer
  • Costume designer
  • Technicians
  • Production Staff
  • Designers, technicians and production staff for live theatre, musical theatre, opera, dance, concerts, event lighting, touring and corporate shows.
  • Students have also branched into related fields including television, film, architecture, video games and manufacturers of entertainment products.
  • Many other positions in business/management, not necessarily related to theatre arts but able to capitalize on students’ broad-based liberal arts skill set.
  • Graduate school
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