Ball State’s design and technology option in our bachelor of arts/bachelor of science (BA/BS) degree in theatre is a broad-based, undergraduate-only program within a liberal arts education. You will engage in every aspect of a theatre production, gaining hands-on experience beginning freshman year.


Ball State University is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre and National Association of Schools of Dance.


The design and technology option curriculum will provide you with an understanding of the skills and tools essential to creating the physical world of a theatre or dance production. You will be able to customize your educational experience with your four-year program being tailored to your individual skills and interests in the areas of scenic, lighting, costume, sound, hair and makeup, props, or technical theatre. Course work focuses on the whole theatre artist—design theory and technical skills are equally valued.

  • You will be challenged to create and problem-solve in new and imaginative ways on a wide variety of plays, musicals, and dance pieces, to prepare you to enter the professional world or seek further training on the graduate level.
  • The curriculum allows you to participate in exciting immersive learning opportunities to collaborate with other disciplines and get involved in projects with real-world impact.
  • You will have a senior year portfolio review that guarantees you are ready to transition to the professional world.
  • We are an active, award-winning participant in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), and United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT).
  • The BA/BS in theatre's design and technology option requires 67 credits, along with the additional 33 credits of core courses and two general electives that are part of the University Core Curriculum.

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Our design and technology faculty are dedicated to helping you develop your individual skills and providing you with a rigorous and diverse educational experience to prepare you to begin working professionally immediately upon graduation.

  • Our low student-to-faculty ratio encourages the individuality of each designer and technician.
  • You will receive personalized, hands-on advising and mentoring in both design and technology from a faculty of working professionals who bring unique perspectives and real-world experience into the classroom. 
  • Throughout your four years of study, you will also work with professional guest artists—directors, designers, and technicians—whom we invite to campus each year.
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Get to Know Our Faculty

Our dedicated, caring faculty will immediately welcome you into our community and guide you throughout your entire experience at Ball State. Our design and technology faculty have worked professionally in New York, Chicago, and regional theatre.


Production Opportunities

You will build on your classroom experience by putting your creativity and collaborative skills to work in our production season. With 20 or more theatre and dance performances each year in our mainstage, studio, and workshop spaces, you will gain invaluable experience that will directly translate to your future career.

  • Ball State is within driving distance of major theatres in Chicago, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Louisville.
  • Faculty members can assist you in finding internships, regional and summer work, and top graduate programs if you are interested in continued study.

Alumni Achievements

Kevin Depinet headshot - alumni theatre and danceDesign and technology alumni have most recently booked jobs with: "Aladdin" on Broadway, The Juilliard School, Clarence Brown Theatre, The Old Globe Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem, The Drury Lane Theatre, Great River Shakespeare Festival, and Theater for the New City, among others.


Guest Artists

In addition to faculty who are working dance professionals, we bring in distinguished guest artists on a regular basis to work with you—in classes, workshops, and the production season. These seasoned practitioners will enrich your educational experience immeasurably, while also allowing for professional networking opportunities.


Paying for Your Education

Departmental Scholarships

On top of the many forms of financial aid Ball State offers, the Department of Theatre and Dance offers a wide variety of merit and need-based scholarships to our own students at all levels and in all areas. We provide tens of thousands of dollars in support to make the college experience more affordable.


Apply to the Program

Are you interested in our design and technology option? An interview is not required for BA/BS admittance but is strongly recommended for scholarship consideration. You must apply for admission to the university prior to scheduling your interview.

Interview requests are made by filling out the supplemental theatre application that is part of the online application to the university.

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