The design focus offers students instruction ranging from fundamental design theory to present-day applications in Canadian theatre. 

Classes are taught in our dedicated design classroom. Class sizes are limited and students receive individual attention from nationally and internationally recognized teachers and professionals.

Introductory undergraduate courses in set, costume and lighting design initiate students in the history, theory and practice of theatrical design. Students develop a graphic vocabulary, learn to conceptualize and think visually as well as study design techniques and principles.

Manual drafting and drawing are first steps for students of scenic and costume design. Computer-assisted design is also supported, especially lighting design. Scenic design courses also involve three-dimensional communication and model-making. Costume design classes examine materials and construction need to realize your designs. 

Undergraduate students have the opportunity to assist professional designers on mainstage productions and, occasionally, design their own productions in our theatres.

We believe students need to learn about design in a practical professional as well as theoretical context. We cover the topics of budget, working procedures and standards, and professional membership organizations.