Certificate in Emerging Theatre Technologies

The Emerging Theatre Technologies (ETT) program is a hands-on, career education program, which develops critical skills in stage lighting, live sound reinforcement, stage technology, live event video and project management. ETT provides both introductory and specific hands-on experience in multiple specialized technical production areas that include theatre, concert touring, theme parks, television and film. This certificate is intended to lead to employment in various professions within the theatre technology industry. 

Certificate of Achievement Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Emerging Theatre Technologies Certificate of Achievement will:

  1. Increase their ability to speak articulately and listen actively by attending various performance classes and productions, as well as having interactions with faculty and students from other disciplines.
  2. Develop and expand writing skills to broaden communication abilities.
  3. Become proficient in technical theatre and computer-aided design (CAD) through in-class utilization of appropriate design software, to gain the ability to make creative and analytical decisions throughout.
  4. Investigate their personal skill set through research projects, practicum, progressive classroom assignments and varied rehearsal techniques in order to create, evaluate and execute realistic goals.
  5. Develop a variety of learning strategies through an introduction to various theatrical styles and techniques presented by outside professionals and adjunct professors to increase educational flexibility.
  6. Interact with audiences of all ages and backgrounds through touring, public, and outreach performances, to internalize the importance of strong community relationships, citizenship and integrity.
Spring Semester 1 - Required courses:
THEA 126Technical Theatre Technician3
or THEA 226 Concert Touring
THEA 145Anatomy of Intelligent Lighting Instruments3
THEA 150Introduction to Intelligent Lighting Consoles3
THEA 240Introduction to Live Video Event Production3
REC 255Live Sound Workshop4
Summer Semester 1 - Required course:
THEA 160Computer Aided Design for Theatre4
Fall Semester 2 - Required courses:
THEA 127Technical Theatre Crew Lead3
or THEA 227 Concert Touring Technician
THEA 245Stage and Project Management for Theatre, TV and Film3
THEA 255Entertainment Production for Theme Parks and Themed Environments2
THEA 262Rigging and Automation for Theatre and Live Events2
Total Units30

2-Year Curriculum Map Example
This map represents one possible pathway through the program and is only for reference.

*It is highly recommended that you make an appointment to create a customized education plan that fits your needs.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
THEA 120 Introduction to Tech for Theatre, TV and Film 3
THEA 125 Technical Theatre Production 3
THEA 140 Introduction to Lighting for Theatre, Television and Film 3.5
REC 135 Live Sound Reinforcement 4
Spring Term 1
THEA 126 Technical Theatre Technician 3
THEA 145 Anatomy of Intelligent Lighting Instruments 3
THEA 150 Introduction to Intelligent Lighting Consoles 3
THEA 240 Introduction to Live Video Event Production 3
REC 255 Live Sound Workshop 4
Fall Term 2
THEA 160 Computer Aided Design for Theatre 4
THEA 245 Stage and Project Management for Theatre, TV and Film 3
THEA 255 Entertainment Production for Theme Parks and Themed Environments 2
THEA 262 Rigging and Automation for Theatre and Live Events 2
THEA 127
Technical Theatre Crew Lead
or Concert Touring Technician
 Total Units43.5

Career Opportunities

There are a variety of careers you can do with this major.


To explore more about this major, schedule an appointment with a career counselor.