Girl knees and clutches hands while passionately speaking, illuminated by green and blue light with shadows in the background

Eclipsed, Fall 2019. Photo by Aaron Sutten


At VCUarts Theatre, we offer a BFA in Theatre with Concentrations available in Costume Design / Technical Production, Scenic Design / Technical Production, and Lighting Design / Technical Production.

Under the supervision of a professional faculty and staff, students receive intense individualized attention in small studio classes as well as practical experience on realized productions.

Our Scenic, Costume and Lighting tracks emphasize critical and creative thinking, artistic vision and practical solutions. In addition to design, additional courses and practical work are offered in many areas, including sound design, sound mixing and technology, multimedia, prop construction, technical direction, project management, scenic painting, stage makeup and wig design, rigging, welding, computer-aided design and drafting, projections, life drawing, structural engineering, mechanical engineering, pattern making, millinery, and rendering techniques among others.

Woman stands up from electric chair in white shift. Female prison guards stand to either side of her. Bright spotlights face the out from the background, and the set is metal bars with the words "Hospital" and "George" legible in the background.

Machinal, Spring 2020. Photo by Aaron Sutten.



All of our faculty are working professionals, up to date on the latest industry standards and practices. Our small class sizes mean increased attention and personalized relationships with our faculty. Our faculty see VCUarts students as individuals, giving mainstage production assignments in personal areas of interest that best serve the students growth into a theatre professional. Our working faculty are active theatre profession- als on the local, regional, and national levels. Their working relationships provide valuable connections for students through guest workshops, artist spotlights, and professional portfolio reviews.


VCUarts Theatre has a long tradition of providing opportunities for accomplished undergraduate students to

actualize their designs on our mainstage and on stages at local Richmond theaters. All of our mainstage productions are built by our undergraduate students—each season contains a minimum of four productions. All design / tech students are assigned special projects on mainstage productions, gaining valuable production experience from the moment they enter our doors. VCUarts Theatre also has a working relation- ship with local Virginia Repertory Theatre— VCU students have many opportunites to be considered for paid positions. Local theatres in Richmond know that new theatre talent lies at VCU! Between VCUarts mainstage productions, VA Rep, and other local theatres like Quill Theatre, Richmond Triangle Players, TheatreLAB, Cadence Theatre, and SPARC, students have the opportunity to leave Richmond with a professional resume upon graduation.

Two men sit in the top row of a theatre and observe work being done on a set.

Machinal, Spring 2020. 


All design / tech students have the opportunity to participate in an annual Professional Portfolio Review. VCUarts Theatre brings professionals

This program has had a truly postive impact on our graduates—our design / tech students show immense success finding work after graduation.working in all areas of Theatre design / technologies to VCU to see student work. Students have access to personal interviews with these professionals, making valuable connections while gaining experience in presenting their work in the professional world.

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Scenic Degree Requirements

Costume Degree Requirements

Lighting Degree Requirements