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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.

What is Theater Design and Production : Lighting Design?

Lighting Design & Lighting 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 work closely with stage direc­tors to bring out the intent of the production through mood, atmosphere, composition and focus. Technicians must work with the sensitivity of an artist so that onstage dramatic effects and timing

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. Students in the four-year undergraduate program take studio and production courses in all areas, beginning with introductory and basic courses and progressing to advanced sequences in a major area. Additionally, students study theater history, script analysis, dramatic literature, English, world history and arts history, as well as other liberal arts and electives. Graduate students follow a similar, more special­ized structure in a two-year (or three-year) program. The balance among theater-related, academic and free- elective courses is established by NAST (National Association of Schools of Theater), which has accred­ited our programs.

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 and electrician heads, 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, script, designs, technical elements, music, etc. They are respectful of the people and the process; and above all designers and electrician crew heads 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.

Whether you’re training as a designer, technician, artisan or stage manager, 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. 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 and BFA 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

Undergraduate and graduate lighting designers and lighting technician 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.


UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Undergraduates receive scholarships for performance with a few regional companies in the area: Cincinnati Ballet, Playhouse In The Park, Cincinnati Opera and The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center. These internship and co-ops provide excellent career building opportunities. Exceptional students appear in NYC Showcase of Design Portfolios every year in the spring semester.

Admission Requirements

For specific application and admissions information please visit the CCM Admissions website.


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


The stage management program is also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) and the University and Resident Theatre Association (URTA).