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Design and Technology

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Theatre

Most programs in the UCF School of Performing Arts require an audition or interview.

Students in the Design & Technology program build a foundation in their craft in a structured and intensive curriculum focused on career preparation and learning industry standards. Practical experience is gained by working behind the scenes on productions. Students are also involved in every step of the process from designing concepts through realizing those designs, creating everything that goes into making a production spectacular.

Students work alongside faculty in their first two years and take on technical leadership roles in their upper years. By graduation, students will leave with a resume of practical production experience and production knowledge suited for careers in theatre and touring productions, themed entertainment and more.

Areas of study:

  • Lighting
  • Costumes
  • Scenery
  • Effects
  • Props
  • Sound
  • Projections
  • Makeup
  • Painting
  • Woodworking
  • Metalsmithing
  • Technical direction
  • Design and Technology

Application Requirements

Students must apply and be accepted through both the UCF School of Performing Arts and UCF Undergraduate Admissions. It is encouraged to apply to both UCF Undergraduate Admissions and the UCF School of Performing Arts as early as possible. The school can provisionally accept students prior to being accepted by UCF Undergraduate Admissions but cannot offer official acceptance of study until students receive their UCF acceptance.

The faculty evaluates students desiring to become majors via an interview and portfolio review. All prospective students must prepare and provide the following:

  • Portfolio of theatre work and/or other related areas (art, photography, etc.)
  • Résumé of theatre-related work
  • Transcripts of prior colleges. Transcripts for all programs can be unofficial. Official transcripts must be submitted to the University for transfer credits to be officially evaluated for substitution.
  • Headshot (does not need to be a professional headshot for designers and technicians)

These items are separate from any items requested by university admissions. Please bring these with you to your interview. You may interview before completing your application to the university, but we do require that you have started the application process and strongly recommend that you submit your application to UCF prior to interviewing. You cannot be accepted into the BFA program without being accepted to the university.

All interested students must interview with the program coordinator before being accepted to the program.

We don’t want application fees to be a barrier. If you are submitting an application through AcceptD and need assistance, contact the coordinator for the program you are applying to for more information. For information about application fee waivers for UCF admissions, click here.

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Alumni Highlights

Ryan Bosshardt ’11
Entertainment Technician in Lighting, Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL

Peter Malbuisson ’01
BFA, Theatre | IATSE Local One and Local 74 Stagehand, Broadway (The Normal Heart, Jersey Boys, The King and I, Bullets Over Broadway, Honeymoon in Vegas, Harvey, Mystery of Edwin Drood, Oslo, Junk and more

Bryan Kaschube ’07
Resident Lighting Designer, Jerry Herman Ring Theatre, Miami, FL; Lecturer, University of Miami

Dan Dansby ’10
Lighting Designer, SeaWorld, Orlando, FL

Matthew Ardoin ’14
Lighting and Sound Assistant, Two River Theater, NJ

Tyler “GT” Cecchini  ’13
Wardrobe Attendant, Cirque Du Soleil’s “O”

Lauren Cushman ’06
Assistant Technical Director, Resident Prop Master and Projection Specialist at Rollins College, Winter Park, FL

Anthony Narciso ’14
Resident Sound Designer, Orlando REP, Orlando, FL; Festival Sound Designer, Texas Shakespeare Festival

Morgan Burhoe ’16
Over-hire Carpenter, Orlando REP, Orlando, FL

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