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The design/technology program provides intensive hands-on experience for students desiring a career in professional theatre. This B.F.A. program is a four-year sequence of courses in basic design, theatre technology and visual arts. Class work is augmented with a wide variety of practical production experience in all areas, with the goal of ensuring that students have a basic working knowledge of all technical areas. Students have the opportunity to build a portfolio that will display a significant level of professional preparation.
 
The first two years focus on practical technical skills, drafting, rendering and visual arts courses. Technical assistantships are available in all shops. From the beginning, students work on mainstage productions in a variety of roles, and in progressively more responsible positions. Otterbein DTs serve as master carpenters, wardrobe masters, master electricians, sound assistants, and stage managers just to name a few.
 
During the junior and senior years, emphasis is on specialization in comprehensive design or technology training that provides in-depth development and skills necessary for a professional career in theatre. Students also take courses in Theatre History and Directing to build their understanding of theatre as an art form. Many students have the opportunity to assist principal designers, the technical director or costume shop supervisor, and may be selected to design and execute in all areas for mainstage productions.
 
The senior year is highlighted by a 10- to 12-week internship in a major regional theatre where work and exposure to practicing professionals is assured. Students continue to refine design or technology skills with assignments in major production projects to complete the portfolio and training necessary for pursuit of professional careers or further work in graduate school.

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