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Design/Tech Track


Intro to Tech Theatre

A introduction to the practices and terminology of the entertainment profession.  By creating a universal vocabulary of industry terms, occupations and practices, a student can enter a profession environment with a understanding of what to expect and what is expected of them.

Theatre Practicum

Learn by doing.  Students learn theatre construction, painting and lighting techniques with a hands on approach specific to each show.  Wood fabrication techniques, foam carving, scenic painting, light board programming and prop creation are all possible topics depending on the needs of the show.

Intro to Design 

This course is an introduction to the elements and principles of design. A course designed to begin fostering the designer in each student.  The course is structured around projects and coursework that will allow for the students to explore their artistic and creative sides.

Set Design

The art of designing the physical location of the play. Students explore the process of script analysis, concept development, research, sketching, model making, rendering and drafting in an effort to create a complete theoretical design.

Intro to Makeup Design

In this course, students are provided with a basic personal theatrical makeup kit and learn the fundamentals of theatrical makeup techniques, as well as the basics of makeup safety and hygiene. This course focuses on self-application for the actor, and the differences between cosmetic makeup and character makeup.

Makeup Design I

Following the students begin to learn more advanced techniques in cream makeup. Feature modification through contour, aging, gender bending, and character development. Students will also learn the role, responsibilities, and etiquette of a makeup artist in a theatrical production. Students will learn to read and to generate makeup plots, as well as learn to take a cast of an actor to create the foundation for custom fit prosthetic makeups.

Advanced Makeup

Students are introduced to more advanced techniques and materials used in industry and HD shooting, and begin to examine the history of makeup and its use in theater. The course covers basic sfx techniques including scar wax, liquid latex, bruising, and injury simulation. Students will explore the use of airbrush, Skin Illustrator, rigid collodion, and other makeup mediums. They will also develop their research skills and create their own personal photo morgue, a key tool for any makeup designer.

Practical Special Effects

aka The “Walking Dead” class! In this course, students build upon the foundation of makeup to begin to work with makeup prosthetics and practical effects. They will also study pioneers of the industry, and examine specific solutions to problems posed by scripts. The course will culminate in the students’ development of an original creature design that incorporates practical effects as well as a silicone prosthetic.


Within the theater community and on every production there are unstated rules, implicit hierarchies, and jargon-filled customs. This course focuses on preparing students for industry by filling them in on the unspoken expectations of each role, as well as the nuances and customs of the backstage world. Emphasis is placed on building and maintaining a positive reputation of being punctual, hard working, and collaborative.

Costume Design

This introductory course will establish a basic understanding of costume design and the role and responsibilities of a costume designer. Students will learn how to research, develop, and render costume designs based on scripts. Students will also learn basic stitching techniques.

Sound Design

In this course, students will learn the role and responsibilities of the sound designer in a production. Students will also learn the fundamentals behind sound design. They will learn the basics of audio technology, the components of a theatrical sound system, and the basic principles that govern designing sound for the stage.

Beginning Acting

A technician needs to develop an understanding and appreciation for the acting process. By studying performance they will improve their abilities to collaborate with actors, foresee potential issues from an actor’s point of view, and develop an appreciation for the needs of the play and actors as part of the design process.

Lighting Design

Exploration of the functions and qualities of lighting and its applications to the entertainment industry.  Students will be exposed to color theory, intelligent lighting, light plots, light boards, and the cueing process.

College Portfolio

A course to assist with the college application process.  Resume building, website creation, portfolio development and essay writing are all focused on with the goal of preparing students for a strong presentation of their abilities as they proceed with the college application process.

Stage Management

Stage managers are the most important part of any successful production.  Focusing on organization, problem solving, and process, our students learn the vital role of a stage manager and how a successful stage manager leads to a successful production.

Design Software

Digital design tools are essential to all designers wishing to compete in the modern theatre industry. Academy students are exposed to the industry standard software in Animation, Digital Sculpting, Computer Aided Design and Drafting, and Photo Editing.

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