MFA in Technical Direction…

"The Rose Tattoo", 2010


Graduates of the Technical Direction program will be prepared to move successfully into a career in either professional or educational theatre.  Admission to the program is based on a portfolio review and an interview held at the U/RTA unified auditions, the annual convention of the Southeastern Theatre Conference, or the Tuscaloosa campus.

In addition to courses taken at the University , the student will normally serve as technical director for both studio and mainstage productions in Tuscaloosa.  A total of 60 semester hours is required for the degree.  While the curriculum is structured, individual needs and interests are met through individually planned design and production assignments.



Studio or Related Areas

  • TH520: Graduate Technical Direction, 3 credits
  • TH523: 2D Drafting for the Theatre, 3 credits
  • TH526: Sound Production, 3 credits
  • TH527: Computer Graphics, 3 credits
  • Additional Studio or Related Areas, 20 credits
  • TH620: Advanced Theatre Technology, 3 credits
  • TH628: Problems in Theatre Arts: Design, 3 credits
  • Total Studio or Related – 38 credits

Other Studies in Theatre

  • TH551: Theatre History I, 3 credits
  • TH552: Theatre History II, 3 credits
  • Total Other – 6 credits

Students may select 16 credits from the following electives…

  • TH521: Period Décor, 3 credits
  • TH525: Scene Painting, 3 credits
  • TH533: Costume Design I, 3 credits
  • TH537: Drawing and Painting, 3 credits
  • TH570: Theatre Management, 3 credits
  • TH615: Lighting Design I, 3 credits
  • TH616: Lighting Design II, 3 credits
  • TH618: Lighting Design III, 3 credits
  • TH622: Scene Design I, 3 credits
  • TH623: Scene Design II, 3 credits
  • TH600: Advanced Theatre Practicum, 1 credit
  • Total General Studies- 16 credits


For more information, contact F. Randy deCelle, Director of Technical Production,