Scenic Technology

College of Fine & Applied Arts


What is Scenic Technology?

Scenic Technology is a concentration within Theatre. Our program provides both classroom and practical instruction that will prepare you for any type of production. Students gain hands-on experience in theatre, musical theatre, opera, and dance performances. As a student, you can work as deck chief, a member of the stage run crew, or a head fly person. You can even be a master carpenter or assistant technical director. Students must submit a portfolio before being accepted into this major.

Career Options

  • Event production
  • Shop supervision
  • Stage production
  • Technical direction
  • Theatrical technology
  • Touring

Post-Graduation Success1

87% employed or continuing education

56% employed after graduation

31% attending graduate school

$50,503 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Arc Worldwide, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Solstice View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Strong talent review (audition or portfolio)

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.0 years to degree

94% first-year retention rate

60% four-year graduation rate

70% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $14,340
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $37,490


  • Tuition: $33,460
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $56,950


  • Tuition: $34,408
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,898