This program is one of two programs in the country focused solely on scenic art for the graduate student. Students are trained in the craft, artistry and management of scene painting for careers in the theatre, film and entertainment industries. The curriculum balances extensive classroom and studio work with practical experience. Students spend 20 hours a week in the shop producing the scenery for a minimum of 14 productions each year. Graduate students are also responsible for the upkeep and management of the overall shop.
The program includes progressively rigorous instruction in the fundamentals of drawing, scene design and production procedures, as well as the artistry of the craft of the painting scenic elements. Students learn to work in a variety of techniques including older theatrical mediums, and explore modern scenic mediums to create a desired product. At the culmination of the training period, students are assigned full responsibility for productions as scenic charges; budgeting time and materials, doing samples and running a crew. Thesis topics are the exploration of a chosen medium to be sampled, shared in a seminar and documented in a thesis paper with hopes of publication. The program has been highly recognized in national design forums and showcases.
Howard Jones - Director of the Scene Painting/Scenic Art Program; Scene Painting Faculty, Scene Design Faculty: Bio e-mail