Effective Fall 2014 for LSA students

Exclusions: Students enrolled in the Theatre Department's current degree programs: Performance, Design & Production, Directing and the BTA are not eligible for this minor, nor are the students majoring in the InterArts degree. 

Creating theatre is about people working together. In all of our endeavors, we continually strive toward the highest standards of excellence. Work in the Theatre Department requires enormous energy and dedication. Programs are structured to help each student realize his or her unique potential. Development of skills is systematic and disciplined, and opportunities to explore individual creativity are enormous. The Design & Production faculty are working professionals with extensive theater credits. It is the expectation of the faculty that all students should excel in their course work.

D&P core courses cover all facets of design and production, including aesthetics, theory, history, literature, graphics, technology and crafts. NOTE: Permission of Instructor is necessary for all courses. In addition to classroom study, you'll work on shop and crew assignments to hone your skills. 

The School of Music, Theatre, & Dance produces 10 main stage productions each year. These productions are realized by the staff of University Productions, which is organized on the model of a professional theatre company. By working on productions, students gain valuable experience which serves as a foundation for a resume and portfolio. Through work in the shops, students benefit from “in the field” experience with our professional staff, who teach within this shop setting, as well as in the classroom.

All university productions are built by the staff and students in our shops. Through a series of structured practicum assignments, our students are intimately involved in all levels of this production work. Practicum assignments are made individually for each student by the D&P faculty and staff. Selection of assignments is based on consideration of the student’s skills and abilities, interests and needs, and class performance, as well as on the needs of each production and workshop. We strongly encourage that students register for only one practicum per semester. The number of credit hours per practicum varies, based on practicum level. The student should expect to work between 45-60 hours per credit hour, although a practicum course is generally assigned on a per-project basis. For shop assignments, the hours are generally concentrated into a 4- to 6-week build schedule. For design assignments, the time commitment is similarly concentrated.

Advising. Students must develop a plan for the minor in consultation with an advisor in the Design and Production Program. Contact the Design and Production Program, (734) 764-5350; ask to speak with an advisor in the Design & Production program. 

Prerequisites to the Minor


Prerequisites to Declaration. Students will choose one of the four D&P tracks and confine their studies to that area. Students interested in this program must take two classes listed in their area of interest to become eligible for this minor. At that point the student would interview with the Design and Production faculty. Students must secure written approval from their home school/college to pursue a D&P minor and are declared into the minor by the D&P advisor ONLY.

Requirements for the Minor

At least 18 credits chosen in one of the four tracks.


Track in Stage Management

Track in Scenic Design

Track in Costume Design

Track in Lighting Design

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