School of Theatre + Dance

Lighting Design

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
Lighting Design

Students enrolled in theatre production: costume design, lighting design and scene design will complete coursework in all three areas. Selected independent study, advanced electives and production assignments in THE 4950 focus on the specialization.

Today's theatre design and production depend heavily on complex electronic mechanical systems used in professional theatres, film and TV productions. A portfolio is required. For more information consult the department handbook or an adviser.

Freshman first semester (16 credits)
Courses
Credits
TPA 2074 Drawing and Rendering
3
TPA 2202C Stagecraft
4
THE 2020 Introduction to Theatre for Majors
3
TPP 2110 Acting 1: Instrument and Discipline
3
Mathematics (GE-M)
3
Freshman second semester (16 credits)
Courses
Credits
HUM 2305 What is the Good Life​ (GE-H) ​
3
TPA 3208 Drawing and Drafting for the Stage
3
TPA 3217 Introduction to Lighting and Sound
4
Composition (GE-C, WR)
3
Mathematics (GE-M)
3
Sophomore first semester (16 credits)
Courses
Credits
THE 4285 History of Decor and Architecture for the Stage
3
THE 4950 Production and Performance
1
TPA 4020 Lighting Design
3
TPP 3650 Script Analysis
3
Physical or Biological Science (GE-P or B)
3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S)
3
Sophomore second semester (14 credits)
Courses
Credits
THE 4950 Production and Performance
1
TPA 2120C Beginning Makeup
1
TPA 2232C Beginning Costume
3

TPA 4049 Costume Design or

THE 4260 Historic Costume for the Stage
3
Physical or Biological Science (GE-P or B)
3
Theatre elective
3
Junior first semester (16 credits)
Courses
Credits
ARH 2050 Introduction to the Principles and History of Art 1 (GE-H and N)
3
THE 4950 Production and Performance
1
TPA 4021 Lighting Design 2
3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S)
6
Theatre elective
3
Junior second semester (16 credits)
Courses
Credits
ARH 2051 Introduction to the Principles and History of Art 2 (GE-H and N)
3
THE 4950 Production and Performance
1

TPA 4049 Costume Design or

THE 4260 Historic Costume for the Stage
3
Elective
3
Physical or Biological Science (GE-P or B)
3
Theatre elective
3
Senior first semester (12 credits)
Courses
Credits
THE 4110 History of Theatre on Stage 1 (GE-H and N)
3
TPA 4066 Scene Design
3
Electives
6
Senior second semester (12 credits)
Courses
Credits
THE 4111 History of Theatre on Stage 2 (GE-H and N)
3
THE 4950 Production and Performance
1
THE 4959 Senior Project
2
Elective
3
Theatre elective
3
Summer (6 credits)
Courses
Credits
THE 4945 Summer Repertory Theatre
6
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Lighting Design

The M.F.A. degree prepares students for professional entry in acting, production, or teaching. Placement in the M.F.A. program is determined by audition/portfolio review, academic credentials, and personal interview. Candidates for admission should have adequate training in theatre. Deficiencies may be corrected before beginning graduate study.

The program emphasizes the study and practice of theatre as an art and discipline. Students of acting and design study concepts of theatre together while working in their areas of specialization. Focus is on the collaboration and synthesis of theatre artistry. Each incoming class is composed of approximately 12 to 18 students in acting and all design areas.

During the final year of study, each student must successfully complete the comprehensive examination and oral defense. The project in lieu of thesis includes research, analysis, rehearsal process, and evaluation. Development and execution of the project includes public performance (acting or design). The written document and oral defense of the project which follow must demonstrate the ability to communicate the creative process.

first_year_1 (9 credits)
Courses
Credits
TAP 5028 Advanced Theater Graphics
3
TPA 6009 Design Studio
3
TPA 5025 Graduate Lighting Design I
3
first_year_2 (9 credits)
Courses
Credits
TPA 6026 Graduate Lighting Design II
3
THE 6950 Applied Theater
3
THE 5287 History of Arch and Décor for the Stage
3
second_year_1 (9 credits)
Courses
Credits
TPA 6525 History, Literature and Criticism I
3
THE 6950 Applied Theater
3
TPA 6357 Programming and Presentation for the LD
3
second_year_2 (9 credits)
Courses
Credits
THE 6526 History, Literature and Criticism II
3
THE 6950 Applied Theater or Tech Elective
3
ARC 6670 Architectural Lighting Seminar
3
third_year_1 (9 credits)
Courses
Credits
TPA 6950 Theatre/Technology Elective
3
THE 6973C Project in Lieu of Thesis
6

OR

THE 6971 Research for Project in Lieu of Thesis
3
THE 6265 Costume History (OR Costume Design TPA 6048)
3
third_year_2 (9 credits)
Courses
Credits
TPA 6950 Theatre/Technology Elective
3
THE 6973C Project in Lieu of Thesis
6

OR

THE 6971 Research for Project in Lieu of Thesis
3
THE 6265 (Lighting Seminar or Special Topics)
3
summer (6 credits)
Courses
Credits
THE 6955 Summer Reparatory Theatre
6
Lighting Design (Minor)

The School of Theatre and Dance offers a minor in general theatre or theatre production. All students who plan to minor in theatre must consult the School of Theatre and Dance's undergraduate adviser to select a program of study.

Of the total credits, nine credits must be at the 3000 level or above and 12 credits must be completed at the University of Florida.

Production/Lighting Design (19 credits)
Courses
Credits
THE 2000 Theatre Appreciation
3
THE 4950 Production and Performance
1
THE 4950 Production and Performance
1
TPA 2202C Stagecraft
4
TPA 3217 Introduction to Lighting and Sound
4
TPA 3208 Drawing and Drafting for the Stage
3
TPA 4020 Lighting Design
3

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