Theatre and Entertainment Technology—BS

Set the Scene for a Career in Theatre

Picture this: you master the art of the backstage and land your dream job in the entertainment industry at a leading company, like Disney or Electronic Theatre Controls. At Michigan Tech, you can make this vision a reality with a Bachelor of Science in Theatre and Entertainment Technology (SFET). With the integration of studies in art and design with engineering technology or business, you will become a well-educated professional who blends solid technical expertise with innovation, artistry, and creativity. If you have ever imagined yourself behind the scenes of a theater or entertainment production—perfecting scenery, lighting, costumes, makeup, sound, and management—the Department of Visual and Performing Arts is the place for you.

  • At Michigan Tech, you will start working on real-world projects and performances from day one. Even your first semester as a freshman, you will get involved:  join a mainstage production, work on an audio play, or a media project.
  • Your education will focus not only on traditional theatre, but also on event staging, museum displays, and themed retail and entertainment and retail.
  • The department’s computer lab is equipped with the latest entertainment-dedicated programs.
  • Limited enrollment allows for more time with professors, advisors, and equipment.
  • You will develop your skills through high-tech training at performance venues such as the traditional proscenium theatre, the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and the beautiful and flexible black box space, the McArdle Theatre.

What kinds of projects will I do in school?

You can expect to

  • Research and design costume, lighting, or scenic design for mainstage productions.
  • Assist faculty members in workshop preparations, with the potential to work on faculty grants.
  • Take significant courses in design, technology, and possibly computing to learn to adapt your training to non-theatrical entertainment career fields.

What will I do after graduation?

As a graduate of the theatre and entertainment technology program, you will be qualified to fill entry-level backstage positions in the entertainment industry. Start your career as an assistant designer or a crew member of a theatre house, theatrical touring company, a Las Vegas-style show, or a theme-park or cruise-ship production. You may work in theatrical productions or at multimedia concerts, theme parks, elaborate corporate events, half-time extravaganzas at sporting events, and more. You may spend a year in a post-graduate professional internship.

How will Michigan Tech help me start my career?

  • A professional portfolio: You will begin creating a portfolio during your first semester, continuing to develop it so that you leave campus with a solid professional presentation of yourself.

  • One-on-one academic advising: You will meet with your advisor each semester to talk about your progress and class schedule, keeping you on track to graduate. These meetings will also shape your production experiences at Tech.
  • Career advising: Your advisor will also discuss career options and post-graduation goals with you, and will assist you in searching and applying for internships—skills that are applicable to post-graduation job searching.
  • Networking: You will regularly attend professional conferences, where you will meet with industry professionals and, as an upperclassman, present your work.