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Theatre Engineering

Theatre engineering is the application of engineering principles and functional systems in the design and development of safe, creative, and functional sets, apparatus, and entertainment production devices.  It combines disciplines of civil, mechanical and electrical engineering, and spans the boundary between the humanities (art), computer science and the field of entertainment arts.

Engineers from this concentration may work in industries such as: performing arts, theatre, film/video production, and amusement parks.

Their work may include: developing artistic and innovative set designs or devices for live entertainment, to building the next generation amusement park ride environment. Film set creation and animation is also a familiar pathway for these creative engineers looking to network their way toward a career that combines their passion for creating entertainment experiences and engineering problem solving.

Plans of Study

Theatre Engineering: Structural Scenery

Theatre Engineering: Mechanical/Electrical Scenery

Video Highlights

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Last Updated: March 18, 2019