Lighting Design and Technology

College of Fine & Applied Arts


What is Lighting Design and Technology ?

This program is a concentration within Theatre. Lighting designers help set the mood on the stage. They are responsible for planning and executing the way light is used in the theater. Our program includes a genuine mentorship and incorporates different types of learning. Classroom lectures and training will combine with many hours of hands-on opportunities. You will gain experience working with the latest technology in lighting systems for all kinds of shows and venues. You can apply directly into this concentration, although you must submit a portfolio before being accepted.

Career Options

  • Followspot operation
  • Light board programming
  • Lighting design
  • Projection design

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 Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $14,078
  • Fees: $4,664
  • Expenses3: $16,420
  • Total: $35,162


  • Tuition: $32,050
  • Fees: $4,664
  • Expenses3: $16,760
  • Total: $53,474


  • Tuition: $32,958
  • Fees: $4,664
  • Expenses3: $16,760
  • Total: $54,382