Your degree in Theatre Design and Production

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:

  • Examination of sets, costumes, lighting, and sound design while collaborating on Theatre at UBC productions
  • Ability to engage an audience through creative and innovative design elements showing attention to colour, space, and line
  • Set and costume construction
  • Stage and production management of student projects including experience in design, craftsmanship, technical direction, art direction, and others
  • Teamwork and collaboration with faculty, guest artists, professional staff, and students
  • Ability to receive constructive feedback, reflect, and implement new ideas in order to elevate productions
  • Attention to detail expressed throughout the design, planning, and implementation of projects
  • Time management and organization of complex productions

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely 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. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that 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

UBC theatre and film clubs
Meet other UBC students through events and programs.

Departmental performances and events
Attend UBC Theatre & Film productions and network with students, faculty, and community members.

Funding and awards
Discover scholarship opportunities for Design and Production students.

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

Theatre Design and Production co-op success stories
Learn about the experiences of past and present co-op students from your program and others.

Funding and awards
Discover scholarship opportunities for Design and Production students.

Cinephile, UBC’s Film Journal
Submit research papers, book reviews, and reports that engage and debate issues within film, media, and cultural studies.

Theatre and Film alumni
Reach out to UBC graduates for informational interviews to learn about their experiences and seek out advice.

Arts funding opportunities
Apply for grants from professional associations, corporations, non-profits, and government organizations.

BC Alliance for Arts and Culture job board
Explore job opportunities in BC across a variety of fields in the arts.

Vancouver theatres
Explore volunteer and job opportunities at theatre venues and companies, and festivals around the Lower Mainland.

National Film Board of Canada
Browse opportunities to direct or co-produce a documentary, animation, or interactive project.

Make connections

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 exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

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