The School of Drama Graduate Scenic Design program prepares student for careers as scenic designers for theater, opera, dance, camera and environments for all forms of entertainment.
Emphasis is placed on developing the individual artist. Under the guidance of world-class faculty, including three scenic design professors, students will focus on the creative process of idea building and effective collaboration.
Class projects, coursework and realized production designs in a variety of the school’s performance venues (proscenium, black box, video studio and warehouse site) encourages students to explore their unique vision.
The faculty encourages students to develop their individuality as an artist. We celebrate diversity of style and process.
Students have access to state-of-the-art production support such as: digital drawing and modeling, a laser cutter, 3D printer, automation package, video equipment and computer facilities.
The School of Drama Graduate Scenic Design program provides students with an intensive, three-year course of study. Course work is centered on idea building, collaboration skills, critical thinking, artistic process and studio skills.
Coursework includes scenic design for plays, opera, musicals, new plays, devised work and film.
SCENIC SKILLS CLASSES:
Students in the School of Drama’s Graduate Scenic Design Program create fully realized productions, receive extensive one-on-one mentoring, and collaborate with peers and instructors across all School of Drama disciplines.
Internships include Scenic Design Assistant and Scenic Design positions with Quantum Theatre, City Theatre and the Pittsburgh Public Theater.
Advanced students may assist faculty in their work for the profession. Extensive alumni relationships and strong professional associations create opportunities and contacts for students locally, nationally and internationally.
Many programs exist for students to develop and expand their skills within the School of Drama during the year.
All School of Drama students have to opportunities to participate in the following:
Dance/Light is a performance opportunity for students across all disciplines to collaborate in the creation of original dance and movement pieces.
A Festival of Independent Student Work: Playground is the annual, School of Drama, three-day performance festival showcasing independent, student-produced work across multiple disciplines.
VISITING ARTISTS PROGRAM
The Visiting Artists Program brings distinguished national and international guests to campus to work with students across all disciplines.
The School of Drama Showcase presentations in Pittsburgh, New York and Los Angeles are designed to give graduating students from all disciplines the opportunity to meet with and present work to leading arts and entertainment professionals.
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Graduate Scenic Design Curriculum
Graduates from the School of Drama Scenic Design Program are sought after to work in a range of professional capacities throughout the performance arts and entertainment industry.