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The courtyard outside of CCM's Patricia Corbett Theater.

The courtyard outside of CCM's Patricia Corbett Theater.

Academic Programs & Majors

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music offers more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate programs. Refer to the chart below for more information on the types of degrees offered by each program and click on the degree titles to view specific degree plans.


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Theater Design and Production : Lighting Design Technology

What is Theater Design and Production : Lighting Design Technology?

The drama, and the actors themselves, are unexpressive unless we can see them on stage. Great lighting design goes beyond the need for basic visibility into the realm of shadows, angles and colors as well as the subtleties of timing and rhythm. Lighting designers (artists) work closely with stage direc­tors to bring out the intent of the production through mood, atmosphere, composition, textures and focus. Technicians must support the designers visionary work with the sensitivity of an artist so that onstage dramatic effects and timing are seamless and 100% repeatable.

At UC’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), a hands-on ex­periential philosophy guides the development of all our degree programs. Theoretical knowledge forms a solid base, but is only the beginning of the education process. A well-rounded student experience must include real production opportunities for the masters student. Working with students in the number one Musical Theatre program in the country and students in the number two Opera program in the country bring excitement and wonder to every creative project at CCM. Students in the three-year graduate program take studio and production courses in all areas, beginning with lighting design research in the students first year and culminating in main stage designs in year two and three. In addition to a most heavy design course layout, a year of lighting robotics training is required, which prepares the student to manipulate the industry’s most elaborate consoles and equipment in a controlled class-room laboratory.  Additionally, students study theater history, script analysis, dramatic literature, art history, as well as other electives relating to their artistic goals. The balance among theater-related, academic and advisor-elective courses is established by NAST (National Association of Schools of Theater), which has accred­ited our program. The graduate program is also a member of (URTA), University Resident Theatre Association, and follows their guidelines for excellence in training.

Success Factors

Students in this program, as well as professionals in the industry, must have good visual and verbal communication skills, strong collaboration skills, a strong work ethic, and a broad understanding of, and interest in history, and especially the history of art and architecture. Students and professionals must also be self-motivated, well-organized, responsible, and naturally curious about the world in which we live and work. Attention to one's own physical and mental health is essential for success in this program and the profession at large. To successfully manage people, time, and things, designers, must have a positive attitude, be adaptable, clear-headed, and impartial. Designers are excellent communicators, providing accurate, complete, and timely information to all who work on a production. They must have a clear understanding of all aspects of the production, directors vision, script, designs, technical elements, music, etc. They are respectful of the people and the process; and above all designers are patient, mindful leaders. Artists and technicians are disciplined in mind and body. They possess a strong, honest work ethic and strive to seek perfection in their art form. They are dedicated to the process of learning and understanding of all raw theatre. While training as a designer, the rich pro­duction opportunities at CCM put you ahead of most other educational opportunities. Faculty directors and design­ers, who occasionally work for professional companies, frequently employ their top students as assistants. The MFA in Lighting has Internship scholarship programs with; Playhouse in the Park a Tony Award winning company, The (CBC) Cincinnati Ballet Company one of the nation’s top ten ballet companies and The Cincinnati Opera. As these student assistants advance or graduate, they often move into or are referred for entry level positions with these companies and others throughout the U.S. The comprehensive, hands-on training of this program also prepares students to intern with almost any professional company in the country. Our MFA graduates are well qualified for regional theater and opera, Broadway and off- Broadway, commercial scenic and costume studios, the film and television industries, indus­trial production houses, theme parks, and production equip­ment suppliers.

Career Possibilities

Graduate lighting design students of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) have recently been, or are now currently, employed with the Washington Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Ballet, Denver Theatre Center, Cirque du Soleil, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Chicago Lyric Opera, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, American Players Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory, Santa Fe Opera, Harvard Loeb Drama Center, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, Mill Mountain Playhouse, the Shakespeare Theatre, Cincinnati Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, New American Theatre, English National Opera, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Cincinnati Ballet, Disney, Broadway, national tours, as well as with commercial and independent film companies. Many graduates of Professor Gage’s studio now hold professor positions in Universities through the US, including universities in Great Britain and Singapore.

Curriculum Guides

Advising

Advisor:

JH Gage
513-556-9446
gagejh@ucmail.uc.edu

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Students in this program, as well as professionals in the industry, must have good visual and verbal communication skills, strong collaboration skills, a strong work ethic, and a broad understanding of, and interest in history, and especially the history of art and architecture. Students and professionals must also be self-motivated, well-organized, responsible, and naturally curious about the world in which we live and work. Attention to one's own physical and mental health is essential for success in this program and the profession at large. To successfully manage people, time, and things, designers, must have a positive attitude, be adaptable, clear-headed, and impartial. Designers are excellent communicators, providing accurate, complete, and timely information to all who work on a production. They must have a clear understanding of all aspects of the production, directors vision, script, designs, technical elements, music, etc. They are respectful of the people and the process; and above all designers are patient, mindful leaders. Artists and technicians are disciplined in mind and body. They possess a strong, honest work ethic and strive to seek perfection in their art form. They are dedicated to the process of learning and understanding of all raw theatre. While training as a designer, the rich pro­duction opportunities at CCM put you ahead of most other educational opportunities. Faculty directors and design­ers, who occasionally work for professional companies, frequently employ their top students as assistants. The MFA in Lighting has Internship scholarship programs with; Playhouse in the Park a Tony Award winning company, The (CBC) Cincinnati Ballet Company one of the nation’s top ten ballet companies and The Cincinnati Opera. As these student assistants advance or graduate, they often move into or are referred for entry level positions with these companies and others throughout the U.S. The comprehensive, hands-on training of this program also prepares students to intern with almost any professional company in the country. Our MFA graduates are well qualified for regional theater and opera, Broadway and off- Broadway, commercial scenic and costume studios, the film and television industries, indus­trial production houses, theme parks, and production equip­ment suppliers.

Special Programs

  • Internships with leading performing arts companies in the Cincinnati Region
  • NYC Design Showcase in year three.
  • Possible yearly nominations for the Gilbert V Hemsley Jr. Lighting Design internship at (NYCO)
  • New York City Opera Company.
  • Possible Internship with regional design and production companies in the region.
  • ** Jack Rouse Associates (JRA)
  • ** Visions In Light

Freshman Admission Requirements

For specific admissions information, international student requirements, and application deadlines please visit the CCM Admissions website.

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accredited by National Assoication of Schools of Theatre (NAST) and member of University Resident Theatre Association (URTA).

Quick Facts

Master of Fine Arts Degree in Theater Design and Production : Lighting Design Technology

Full-Time Program Duration

3 Years

Location

Uptown Campus West

Admission Criteria

Highly Competitive

Contact

Corbett Center
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0003
Phone: (513) 556-9446
Jim Gage
gagejh@ucmail.uc.edu