Students who intend to pursue the Design/Technology degree will normally enter the University as BA students in Theatre.
Normally, a student will declare intent to pursue the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design/Technology no later than the beginning of the second year of a four-year program. Each student must declare a primary area of emphasis and a secondary area of emphasis. Students interested in pursuing a Design/Technology degree must:
Complete a one-year residency at the UM-Missoula campus, including a minimum of 12 credits in design/technology
Attain a cumulative 2.5 overall GPA and a 3.0 GPA in design/technology coursework
At Portfolio Review, present a theatre resume and portfolio consisting of class and production work
Submit a written statement explaining their educational and professional goals
The last two items will usually take place at the end of a student’s first Spring Term. After the Portfolio Review, the design/technology faculty and professional staff meet for a formal evaluation of each applicant: evaluation deals with the portfolio, resume, and the coursework, performance work, and professionalism demonstrated by the student in the first year of the program. This is followed by an individual letter to each student, informing him/her of his/her status in the program: BFA track or BA track.
Subsequent Portfolio Reviews will occur each semester of a student’s tenure in the Design/Technology Division. For details on these regular reviews, please click on the "Employment/Auditions" page on this website or find the “Portfolio Review” section of the Student Handbook.
The BFA in Design/Technology is a professionally oriented degree. The emphasis is on a heavy production schedule that affords each student multiple opportunities for training on realized projects. This schedule, when combined with a broad range of course offerings, prepares the student for professional work in technical theatre or as a promising candidate for further study in graduate school. Within our curriculum, students gain technical, construction, and design experience in costuming, lighting, properties, scenery, stage management, and sound.