Students working together backstage.

Experiential learning is at the heart of Ball State's undergraduate-only design and technology option. Throughout your four years in this STEM-designated program, you will receive personalized, hands-on mentoring from a faculty of working professionals as you are encouraged to develop collaborative aptitude, critical thinking, innovative problem-solving skills, technical competence, and your individual artistic voice. 


The BFA in design and technology provides an understanding of the skills and tools essential to creating the physical world of theatre and dance production. Immersive opportunities will challenge you to think and problem-solve critically and creatively and see real-world impact when working on plays, musicals, and dance pieces. Starting in your second year, you will customize your educational experiences in one of the following areas: scenic, lighting, costume, sound, hair and makeup, props, and technical theatre. 

You will have an opportunity to apply your training during the production season through concentrated hands-on application in your specific area of interest. Immersive experiences in our 400-seat proscenium theater, flexible studios, and versatile dance venues provide space for exploration of learned techniques and styles, offering you room to create the artist you want to be.  

Your senior capstone is an in-person showcase where you can highlight your expertise within your area of study. At this networking event, you present your work to industry professionals in Chicago, as well as share your talents on digital platforms. 

The BFA design technology option is portfolio based and students must be academically admitted to Ball State in order to receive an offer in the area of study. Interview and application information is below under Take the Next Step.


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An interview is required for admission into the BFA in theatre's design and technology option. You must apply for admission to the University prior to scheduling your interview.

Interview requests are made by filling out the supplemental theatre application that is part of the online application to the University.

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