The plan of study for graduate Lighting Design candidates is tailored to meet the needs of the individual student.
Students participate in a graduate Lighting Design seminar every fall semester with intensive studies in conceptual development, digital media techniques, human physiological and psychological factors of lighting, architectural lighting theory, and comprehensive studies in theater and dance lighting design. Students also receive training in computer drafting, lighting software, rendering (both in traditional media and digital imaging), technology, research and portfolio development.
Non-design courses may include history, theory and director/designer collaboration. Students are also encouraged to take advanced coursework in scenic, costume and sound design.
A major goal for the program is to develop a strong portfolio of realized production designs and project work related to the courses in the plan of study.
Design assignments are made every semester, with students given the opportunity to work in a variety of styles and periods. Multiple venues provide proscenium, thrust and arena configurations. Graduate Lighting Design students can expect to design two shows per year, as well as work as a master electrician or assistant lighting designer on other productions. Students also collaborate on additional realized design projects as a component of their core curriculum.
Graduate students may assist faculty on School of Theatre and Dance productions or outside professional projects.