Design and Technology for Performance, BFA

College of Fine Arts

Program Description:

The B.F.A. in Design and Technology for Performance prepares students for professional careers or graduate study in design and technology for the broad spectrum of performance venues, whether live, mediated, or electronic. The program of study and activities range from Theatre, Dance, and Opera, to Television and Film, Concerts and Special Events, and the new emerging digital, electronic, and interactive performing arts.  Students can focus their studies in a number of areas, including Scenic, Costume, and Lighting design and related technologies. Students are provided a wide range of practical and theoretical classes, hands-on production experiences, and actual design opportunities. There are yearly portfolio reviews for continuation in the program of study. Seek advisement early.

Admission Requirements:

To be eligible for admission as a declared major in the College of Fine Arts, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Completion of 26 hours of earned credit.

  2. A grade point average of at least 2.50 in all hours attempted or, a grade point average of at least 2.50 in the last 30 hours attempted.

  3. Competency in English writing as demonstrated by: achieving a score of 26 or higher on the English section of the ACT examination or 610 SAT verbal, or completion of ENGL 101 with a grade of C or better, or receiving credit through Advanced Placement Exam.

  4. Competency in Mathematics as demonstrated by: achieving a score of 22 or higher on the Math section of the ACT examination or 510 SAT math, or completion of MATH 120 or Math 101 and 102 with a grade of C or better, or placement into college-level Math by Compass exam.

  5. Completion of 12 credit hours of course work in the major area with at least a 2.5 grade point average.

  6. Students seeking the Bachelor of Music or the Bachelor of Music Education degree must also have approval to concentrate in the appropriate instrument or voice. Refer to the Music section for additional admission requirements to the instrumental and voice programs and the Bachelor of Music Education program.

  7. Students seeking the Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media must also be admitted through the IFDM selection process and have completed the first two IFDM core courses with grades of C or better.

  8. Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Dance must also be approved to enter the program by audition/interview. Contact the Theatre and Dance department office for further details.

If you plan to major in one of the departments in the College of Fine Arts, you should transfer to the college as soon as the above requirements have been completed. To apply for transfer, go to the College of Fine Arts Advisement Center located in the Center for the Arts, room 1102, to obtain and submit the application for admission as a declared major. Applications are accepted during the fall and spring semesters.

Transfer Agreements:

If you are transferring to the University of New Mexico after having studied at another college or university, you may be eligible for admission directly into the College of Fine Arts. In general, the screening procedures and admission requirements are the same as those described above for admission to become a declared major.

Career Opportunities:

The study of theatre involves exposure to creative dramatic expression, and requires collective endeavor. A production may bring together the talents of playwrights, actors, designers, directors and a host of other theatre artists. The major areas of specialization include performance, design, directing, playwriting, theatre education, and theatre history/criticism.  The skills learned through this type of degree program can be applied to a broad range of careers. The “presentation skills, ability to perform in public, and control of the voice and body provide a solid basis for working effectively with others. Theatre also develops the ability to concentrate intensely, to listen introspectively, observe keenly, solve problems creatively, think critically, develop a project collaboratively, work independently, work under pressure, meet deadlines, and to maintain composure when faced with the unexpected. Well-developed communication skills enable graduates to contribute and to succeed in many professions” (from the University of Texas – Austin Fine Arts Career Services website). 

Contact Information:

College of Fine Arts Student Success & Advisement Center:
(505) 277-4817