Your degree in Theatre Design and Production

Skills you’ll develop

While studying Design and Production for Theatre, you’ll develop important skills and practical experience while completing scholarly studies in theatre history and theory.

These skills may include:

  • Examining sets, costumes, lighting, and sound design while collaborating on Theatre at UBC productions
  • Engaging an audience through creative and innovative design elements showing attention to colour, space, and line
  • Constructing sets and costumes
  • Managing stage and production elements of student projects including design, craftsmanship, technical direction, art direction, and others
  • Teamwork and collaboration with faculty, guest artists, professional staff, and students
  • Receiving constructive feedback, reflecting, and implementing new ideas in order to elevate productions
  • Attending to detail, managing time, and demonstrating organization throughout the design, planning, and implementation of projects

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary across a range of fields including theatre, film, television, radio, arts and cultural organizations, tourism, event management, marketing, public relations, education, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. Read through the job titles below for ideas. Some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

  • Acting teacher
  • Actor
  • Art director
  • Artistic director 
  • Camera operator
  • Casting director
  • Costume designer
  • Cutter
  • Director
  • Draftsperson
  • Drama teacher
  • Drama therapist
  • Events coordinator
  • Film location manager
  • Lighting designer
  • Lighting technician
  • Playwright
  • Producer
  • Production assistant
  • Production designer
  • Rigger
  • Scenic artist
  • Script writer
  • Set designer
  • Set dresser
  • Sound designer
  • Sound technician
  • Stage carpenter
  • Stage electrician
  • Stage manager
  • Technical director
  • Theatre critic
  • Theatre director
  • Tour manager
  • Wardrobe supervisor
  • Writer

Make the most of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help you understand your values and interests.

Build your network

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you. You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and accessing job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Find UBC Theatre Design and Production graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths.

More information

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