Theatre Design and Production

Four students stand surrounded by a stylized representation of the solar system in a performance image from CCM's Spring 2022 production of the opera "Galileo Galilei." Photo/Mark Lyons

CCM’s Department of Theatre Design and Production (TD&P) offers Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts with specialization in the following areas:

Described as "a training ground where aspiring theatre designers and technicians gain top-quality experience" by Talkin' Broadway, our Theatre Design and Production program features cutting-edge facilities and technology, with:

CCM offers Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees in costume design and technology; lighting design and technology; stage design, props and scenic art; sound design; stage management and technical production.

CCM offers Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees in costume design and technology; lighting design and technology; stage design; stage properties; sound design; stage management and make-up and wig design.

  • 8,500 square foot scene shop
  • 3,000 square foot costume shop
  • Wig, make-up and prosthetics studios
  • 1,500 square foot design/drafting studio
  • 800 square foot light lab
  • CAD drafting stations
  • Three performance venues
  • Production season includes musicals, plays, operas and dance (classical and contemporary)
  • Student opportunities on all productions
a training ground where aspiring theatre designers and technicians gain top-quality experience

Talkin' Broadway

CCM's admissions process begins on August 1 (undergraduate) and September 1 (graduate) for entrance in the following year's fall semester. All application materials must be submitted on or before December 1 to be considered for specific scholarship awards. Visit the CCM Admissions website for additional application instructions.

Pre-screeing and interview requirements are listed on the CCM Admissions website and in the program-specific pages linked above.

In the interview, questions the students ask are as important as the responses the student offers. This visit is also necessary for the student's exploration of our program, the facility and exposure to our students and activities.

Pre-screening and interview requirements are listed on the CCM Admissions website and in the program-specific pages linked above.

Some important information for interviews:

  • The interview may be requested through the CCM Admissions Office or directly through the Head of TD&P.
  • There are three announced formal CCM interview dates on-campus from January through March, but special interviews may be arranged for other times. (However, be sure to confirm whether your interview is indeed formal and evaluative, or just an informal exploratory visit.)
  • Formal acceptance into the TD&P program cannot be given until the formal interview and full application procedures are complete.
  • Foreign students, where English is not the first language, must successfully pass the TOEFL examination.

News and Events


Tony-nominated lighting designer Isabella Byrd is not afraid of...

June 12, 2024 features UC College-Conservatory of Music alumna Isabella Byrd ahead of the 2024 Tony Awards. Byrd received two Tony Award Nominations — Best Lighting Design of a Play for An Enemy of the People and Best Lighting Design of a Musical for Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club.


CCM listed in Tony Awards 'Schools of the Stars'

June 6, 2024

Curious to know where the 2024 Tony Award nominees received their theatre education? Playbill created a list of the eight schools that contain the most Tony nominees — and UC's College-Conservatory of Music is tied for third.


Four CCM alumni nominated in 2024 Tony Awards

June 3, 2024

Four UC College-Conservatory of Music alumni are named nominees in the 77th annual Tony Awards, recognizing the excellent work shared in Broadway productions during the 2023-24 season. The nominees, announced Tuesday, April 30, include Isabella Byrd (BFA Lighting Design and Technology, ’09), Shoshana Bean (BFA Musical Theatre, '99), Dorian Harewood and Leslie Kritzer (BFA Musical Theatre, '99).


CCM student wins USITT Make-up Design Award

April 5, 2024

The UC College-Conservatory of Music is thrilled to congratulate current masters student Tiara Jones, who was recently named winner of USITT’s Make-Up Design Award. Jones was recognized as part of the USITT24 Conference and Stage Expo in Seattle, Washington.


CCM Dance Series presents "Little Mermaid" April 12-14

April 4, 2024

UC College-Conservatory Music presents "Little Mermaid" on April 12-14, 2024 in Corbett Auditorium. Directed by Shauna Steele, the performance features music by David Arkenstone. Tickets on sale now through the CCM Box Office.


CCM Opera Series presents 'Rappaccini’s Daughter' on April 4-6

April 4, 2024

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music's Opera Series transforms the stage into a treacherously alluring garden in a masterful production of Rappaccini’s Daughter (La hija de Rappaccini) on April 4-6, 2024, in CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater. Get your tickets now through the CCM Box Office!


Get to know CCM’s newest faculty and staff members

March 29, 2024

UC’s College-Conservatory of Music will welcome a variety of new faculty and staff members to its roster of distinguished performing and media arts experts this fall. The following new appointments have been announced as of Aug 15, 2023. Additional new hires will be announced later this summer.


CCM Musicals Series presents Caribbean fairy tale 'Once On This...

Event: March 28, 2024 8:00 PM

UC College-Conservatory of Music presents "Once On This Island," a Caribbean-set retelling of "The Little Mermaid," on March 28-30 at Patricia Corbett Theater. From the Tony Award-winning songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (BM Composition, ’82), the musical shares the story of one small firl who finds love in a world of prejudice.


WATCH: Mini documentary explores how CCM students bring a...

March 12, 2024

In a new short film created by CCM's Production Master Class, viewers can peek backstage to see how the September 2023 production of the musical rom-com Sweet Charity was designed and run by a team of students from throughout the college's Theatre Design and Production Department. Current CCM students Kali Ashurst, Baron Leon, Clara Cavins and Claire Bonnette, along with alumni guest artist Joshua E. Gallagher, discuss how they put their education into action while creating this acclaimed production.

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