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Theatrical Design and Technology

Why pursue a degree in theatre design and technology at North Central College?

As a theatrical design and technology major, you’ll develop design and technical theatre expertise through hands-on experience staging campus productions. This program is designed to prepare you to succeed in any theatrical environment but is especially equipped to help you take on the nearby Chicago theatre scene in companies like Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Steppenwolf, The Other Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Greenhouse Theatre and more. At North Central, you’ll study with faculty who are accomplished and working in the Chicago theatre scene as well as Chicago-area professionals. You can dabble in or master all aspects of design and technology, including stagecraft, makeup, lighting, costuming, scenic design, stage management, and skills such as drafting, model-making and computer-aided design. A technical theatre background will prepare you for a professional theatre career as an electrician, programmer, director, carpenter, sound engineer, stage manager, wardrobe head, scenic painter and more.


  • Applying artistic, technical and dramatic principles to theatrical lighting, sound and design elements
  • Designing sets, adjusting lighting or perfecting sound
  • Spending time in and around theatrical spaces

then a degree in THEATRE DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY might be for you.

Why study theatre design and technology at North Central College?

In the Classroom

Coursework topics:

  • 2D Design
  • Collaboration
  • Costume Design
  • Design Practicum
  • Design Skills – drafting, model making and rendering
  • Figure Drawing
  • Fundamentals of Theatrical Design
  • Processing
  • Script Analysis
  • Stagecraft
  • Theatre History and Literature
  • Theatrical Makeup
  • Stage Lighting
  • Scenic Design
  • Stage Management
  • Student Directed Series

Beyond the Classroom

As a Theatre Design and Technology major, you can:

  • Attend workshops and classes with theatre professionals.
  • Design for shows in our ambitious theatre season in collaboration with faculty and professional guest artists.
  • Develop additional design and technology skills through art and interactive media studies.
  • Tap into our faculty’s professional network, which extends throughout Chicago’s vibrant theatre community (and beyond).

More Department information

Theatrical Design and Technology, B.A.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Theatre.

Core Courses

Acting Courses

One of the following:

Theatre Design Courses

Two of the following:

Theatre Technology Courses

One of the following:

Theatre Practicum

Six semesters of the following:


*Theatre Practicum may be taken for zero credit hours, or for credit in partial satisfaction of elective credits, up to College limits. These hours are in addition to, not part of, the hours required for the major.

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Theatre Design and Technology Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.


Recent graduates in theatre interned at:

  • Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier
  • The Other Theatre Company
  • Goodman Theater, Chicago
  • American Theatre Company
  • Greenhouse Theater Center, Chicago


Recent graduates in theatre are working at:

  • Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier
  • Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago
  • Goodman Theatre, Chicago
  • Peninsula Players Theatre, Door County, WI
  • Montana Shakespeare, Jefferson City, MT
  • Timber Lake Playhouse, Mt. Carroll, IL
  • First Folio Shakespeare, Clarendon Hills, IL
  • Drury Lane, Oak Brook, IL
  • American Theatre Company, Chicago
  • Polarity Ensemble Theatre, Chicago
  • Royal Caribbean Productions
  • Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, UK
  • Theatre At The Center, Munster, IN
  • Norwegian Cruise Lines
  • Metropolis Theatre, Arlington Heights, IL

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Merit scholarships, grants, loans, campus employment - these are just some of the resources available to you. Over 95 percent of students and 100 percent of all eligible students receive aid. Let our team partner with you in finding the best value for your education.

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Riley Wodka '24

North Central College’s department of theatre provides students ample opportunities to gain a diverse range of experiences and express their creativity, and the first production of the 2023 – 2024 season, “pool (no water),” is no exception.  

Riley Wodka ‘24 is majoring in theatre: acting and theatrical design and technology at North Central. As part of several productions, she has already built a long list of acting and designing credentials. In “pool (no water)” Wodka had the rare opportunity to be both an ensemble lead and the sound designer.

Read more about Riley.

Riley Wodka

Riley Wodka (left) rehearsing a theatre production.