Theatre Design & Production Certificate

Program Type
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

About this Program

The Design and Production Certificate program is intended for traditional students who wish to supplement their degree programs, or non-traditional students who want to acquire basic skills in theatre technology, including stagecraft techniques, costume construction, lighting, sound and media projection methodology.

The Department of Theatre offers twenty different courses in theatrical design and theatre technology.  Class sizes are small and frequently hands-on.  Demand is high for performing arts technical support in the Upper Midwest, including film, theatre and live events, and basic training in design and production can be an advantage for future employment.

Acquired Skills

Stage carpentry, welding, properties construction, upholstery, costume construction, makeup, jewelry construction, rigging, lighting and sound control software, computer programming, moving light technology and media projection.

Student Learning Outcomes

Starting a certificate program

Career Possibilities

Stage crews for theatre, film, television and live concert events.

Student Clubs

As a subsidiary of UMD’s Department of Theatre, Stage 2 Theatre Company works exclusively with UMD faculty, staff, and students to produce its own student-run theatrical season every academic year. Students comprise the Stage 2 Board of Directors and manage every aspect of production. Stage 2 is an excellent supplemental source of involvement particularly for non-Theatre majors.

USITT United States Institute for Theatre Technology student chapter works to promote learning among peers and to support theatre design and technology on campus. USITT at UMD frequently supports students’ attendance to the USITT national conference, where students are exposed to new design elements, technologies and theories.