The Technical Theatre program at Western is a comprehensive study of the craft and art of the visual and technological components of theatre. The four major areas of study are set, lights, sound and costumes. A foundation of learning in the craft and technology is offered prior to training in the artistic design of these four areas. Students in the program will have ample hands-on learning opportunities in courses and in preparing the technical elements of the college’s annual theatre and dance season. Western is dedicated to maintaining high quality facilities and providing state-of-the-art equipment for the students to work with. The cross-training offered in the program facilitates well-rounded preparation for future careers. General education courses provide a thorough liberal arts experience and prepare students for transferring to four-year universities.
The Associate of Fine Arts (A.F.A) degree is offered for students considering careers as professional theatre technicians or designers. The course work will prepare a student for immediate professional work, but additional education is highly recommended. The AFA degree is an intensive study in the application of the art form and prepares students to transfer into Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Arts programs at a four-year university. The AFA is a well-rounded degree in the technical theatre and is also ideal for preparing a student for the diverse demands teachers face in the performing arts.
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