The Theatre School > Conservatory > Undergraduate Conservatory > Projection Design
The Theatre School’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in projection design provides training to create, manipulate, and display digital and moving images for live performances and events. Projection designers learn to visualize, create, and implement their designs by collaborating with directors, dramaturgs, technicians, other designers, and our professional production staff.
Students learn from a distinguished and award-winning faculty of professional designers and artists both in the classroom and through individual guidance and advising during production work. Students receive formal and informal feedback from faculty through portfolio presentations and exhibits of their work each year.
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The fourth year is a transition year, further developing students’ abilities and preparing students to enter the profession. Coursework will focus on larger pieces and plays with complex situations and prepare their professional portfolio for graduation. Students will also explore other areas of design and technology through additional electives. Production work continues as students design one more production in our season and are placed in a professional internship of their choosing.
At the end of each year, The Theatre School hosts a Graduate Showcase event to showcase the work of our graduating design students. Under the guidance of the faculty, graduating designers prepare a showcase exhibit of their portfolio – which is presented in Chicago for artistic directors, alumni, and other members of the theatre, film, and television industries.
In addition to the major's curriculum, students complete 52 quarterly credit hours (13 courses) in the university’s
Liberal Studies Program. Courses are taken in theatre history, writing, quantitative reasoning and technological literacy, philosophical inquiry, religious dimensions, scientific inquiry, understanding the past, multiculturalism in the United States, and electives. These liberal studies courses are scheduled during the first three years of the program.