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Seton Hill is an Apple Distinguished SchoolThe Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Design and Technology at Seton Hill University will prepare you to envision, create and set the stage for the future of theatre. Whether you plan to enter the design and technology field immediately after graduation, or want to focus on preparing for an advanced degree, the Theatre Design and Technology Program at Seton Hill University will help you reach your theatrical goal.

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Why the Theatre Design & Technology Program at Seton Hill University?

Schedule a Visit to Seton Hill University!The Theatre Design and Technology Program at Seton Hill University will give you  multiple opportunities for hands-on work during classes and within each theatre production. You will work your way through each design and technology area with the choice to either fully design or manage productions. At Seton Hill, you will develop a professional portfolio.

While you will gain experience in each area of technical theatre, we will also help you to select an artistic focus. You can choose to concentrate your studies in:

  • Scenic Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Sound Design
  • Costume Design
  • Stage Management
  • Technical Direction

Production Opportunities

The Department of Theatre and Dance produces five full-length productions and many studio productions each season at Seton Hill's Performing Arts Center. A typical season includes two full-length productions, one full-length musical, and two dance concerts. Offering an array of technical opportunities in a variety of performance styles each semester, each production is run with the industry-standard model that you will encounter outside of Seton Hill University.

From your first week at Seton Hill University, you are encouraged to get involved in a production or any of the shops offering lighting/sound, props/paint, costumes or the scene shop. Each shop also offers work-study positions for eligible students. We highly encourage each design and technical student to become involved in our shops, where experiential learning is the key component of the process. 

Theatre Scholarships

There is no portfolio review requirement to be admitted into the Theatre Design and Technology major; however, you must present a portfolio to apply for a Visual and Performing Arts scholarship. Your portfolio review is an opportunity for the faculty to learn about the types of work you have done thus far, for you to showcase your artistic skills, and to learn about your goals and ambitions as a theatre artist and technician. 

Internships & Careers

Theatre Design and Technology students are required to have an internship as part of their course of study. Students in the Theatre and Dance Department have a long track record of success working as interns, apprentices and performers in a variety of theatre companies and theme parks around the country. Past internships include Pittsburgh Public Theater, City Theatre, Des Moines Metro Opera, Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre, Glimmerglass Opera, Weston Playhouse and TAIT.

Seton Hill University has a nationally recognized Career and Professional Development Center.Seton Hill's award-winning Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC) will work with you, your professors and local, regional and national employers to prepare you with the career preparation skills, internship opportunities and placement services that you need - as a student and after you graduate.

Faculty

At Seton Hill, you'll learn from skilled faculty in the School of Visual and Performing Arts who have a variety of experiences in all areas of the visual and performing arts and still work professionally outside Seton Hill University. They continually work to create a challenging, exciting and encouraging learning environment for all students. The Theatre and Dance Department also hosts guest directors, choreographers and designers each semester. These guest artists share their experience with students, giving them a fresh take on the process of creating a production.

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99% of Incoming Freshmen Receive AidYou can apply online for free at any time. Seton Hill features streamlined admissions requirements and a comprehensive aid program. If you haven't been to visit us yet, please schedule a time to come up to the Hill. You may just see your future from here.