As one of the only scene painting programs in the country offered at the undergraduate level, our program trains students in the craft, artistry and management of scenic painting for careers in the theatre, film and entertainment industries. The curriculum balances extensive classroom and studio work with practical experience, spending 20 hours a week in the shop producing the scenery for a minimum of 14 productions each year.
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 work on several fully mounted productions each year on the school's large paint deck of 7,500 square feet, equipped with adjacent mixing and support areas. The students learn to work in a variety of techniques, including older theatrical mediums, and also 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.
Howard Jones - Director of the Scene Painting/Scenic Art Program; Scene Painting Faculty, Scene Design Faculty: Bio e-mail