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2023 Best Colleges for Theatre Design and Technology

There are about 4,515 students enrolled in Theatre Design and Technology in the USA.

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popularity

Below Average

Compared to national avg.

Diplomas received last year

1,263

Vs. National Avg.

-92%

popularity Rank

#266

cost

Very Affordable

Compared to national avg.

Median degree cost

$23K

Vs. National Avg.

-5%

cost Rank

#286

salary

Low Paying

Compared to national avg.

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

$39K

Vs. National Avg.

-2%

salary Rank

#298

professors

Average

Compared to national avg.

Professor Rating

C+

Vs. National Avg.

4%

professors Rank

#195

students

Average

Compared to national avg.

Diversity Rating

B-

Vs. National Avg.

3%

students Rank

#172

SUMMARY

Majoring in Theatre Design and Technology is a valuable choice and usually a mandatory first step for undergraduates trying to begin a career as a lighting designer, a costume designer, or a technical director. Interestingly, theatre design and technology is a ​unique degree ranking as the 258th most popular major. Last year, there were 592 theatre design and technology diplomas received. In-state tuition for theatre design and technology at private universities is, on average, 4 times more spendy than their public rivals.

With just 94 universities having programs for theatre design and technology you could have a more finite list of the institutions that will have an option for you. If you're hoping to immerse yourself with other theatre design and technology undergraduates, consider universities in New York which have more undergraduates admitted to theatre design and technology than any other state. More generally, the best region to major in theatre design and technology is in the Great Lakes region with Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University, and University of Cincinnati-Main Campus best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection for the best conference to major in theatre design and technology is the City University of New York Athletic Conference with CUNY New York City College of Technology representing the conference. That being said, our choice for the best school for theatre design and technology is University of Southern California. You might also want to check out our list of best colleges.

The best school might not actually be the best school for you. There might be lots more factors to weigh when selecting institution. Things such as campus amenities, transportation services, and food would definitely change one's feelings of where to go to university. Here at Authority, we weighed the pros and cons for you. If, as an example, you want to know which theatre design and technology school is home to the best campus, the answer is Boston University. If, for example, you are primarily interested in which university boasts the finest campus, then we have a whole list dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through government databases, professor reviews, student reviews, and more in order to compare each major in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can explore our well researched list for the universities with the best student life&nbspand, from that list, our selection of the university with the best student life for theatre design and technology is University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Curious why? Continue scrolling to learn more about Authority's top choices. Many of our decisions will probably surprise you.

If expense is a primary factor in your decision on where to go to school, you might consider avoiding University of Southern California. University of Southern California&nbspis the most expensive university for theatre design and technology, at least regarding out of state attendance. We do have an entire list of the most expensive&nbspcolleges that could put the cost of University of Southern California&nbspinto perspective. You may also be interested to know that theatre design and technology is the 175th most expensive program in the nation, with an average cost of $32,000. To zoom out a little, the most costly state for theatre design and technology in the nation is California with expenses at the main three colleges California Institute of the Arts of $50,850, Pepperdine University of $55,640, and at University of Southern California of $55,640. Even more broadly, the most expensive region for theatre design and technology is the New England region which is best demonstrated with University of Connecticut with a cost of $36,466, Boston University with a cost of $54,720, and Emerson College with a cost of $48,280.

Our cheapest region for theatre design and technology is the Rocky Mountains region which is represented by Dixie State University with a cost of $14,976. More optimistically, the most affordable college for theatre design and technology is SUNY at Purchase College. Our entire list of the most affordable universities can be explored here.

In-state students can expect to pay about $10,800 for a degree in theatre design and technology. That cost grows significantly to an average of $26,100 for an out-of-state public-school student. On that note, our choice for the school with the best value for theatre design and technology: University of Southern California. On this page you can see our comprehensive list for the schools we believe to be the best value&nbspoverall. That being said, this idea is predicated on out-of-state tuition costs. A discussion of value changes when in-state tuition is considered, but we do not know where you live (and are not trying to collect that kind of data).

Earnings for theatre design and technology majors differ a lot, but within two years graduation graduates will typically earn around $48,900. While there can be a lot of variation in earnings potential; highest paid earners can rake in up to $102,100. Straight out of school, the lowest earning positions within the theatre design and technology field earn $24,000, which isn't that bad. The top earning grads for theatre design and technology graduated from University of Southern California&nbspand if you are looking for universities with all of the highest earning graduates, we have that too.

The all-around diversity of theatre design and technology is near the bottom, ranking in only the 24th percentile of all programs. The college with the most composite diversity for theatre design and technology is Boston University&nbspand here you can find our general list for the universities which have the most diversity. The overall financial diversity of Theatre Design and Technology ranks only within the 56th percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is even less in the 21st percentile. White collegians make up the largest share, 75%, of those majoring in theatre design and technology. Additionally, 66% of undergrads seeking a theatre design and technology degree are women.

The median rating for theatre design and technology professors is 4 stars, a rating which is right on the median across all majors; this is a fine. If you are looking for the most popular theatre design and technology instructor nationally, consider looking up Brenda Wentworth at Saint Cloud State University. It may come as a shock, but the top rated theatre design and technology professors according to students are at Humboldt State University. As we incorporate data beyond just rankings we find that the college possessing the overall best instructors for theatre design and technology is Boston University. One will find more detail on our ever evolving ranking methodology for the best overall professors here, along with many of the finest examples of professors nationwide.

Finally, the most difficult university to get into for theatre design and technology is University of Southern California. While we do not necessarily see the value in it, we have a detailed page for the hardest colleges to get into. Although, we do hope you believe that approaching the higher education world through a lens only formed from superlatives could be said to be the root of many of higher education's fundamental issues. We at Authority hope you look at some of our more nuanced pages on individual schools and explore some of our helpful background articles on essential details to consider as you continue your university search.

Top 25 Best Colleges for Theatre Design and Technology

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A+

Rating

#1 2023 Best Colleges for Theatre Design and Technology

Boston University

Boston, MA | www.bu.edu/

20%

Acceptance

42,047

Students

#35

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

A

Rating

#2 2023 Best Colleges for Theatre Design and Technology

Michigan Technological University

Houghton, MI | https://www.mtu.edu/

70%

Acceptance

7,786

Students

#259

Ranking

$37K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#3 2023 Best Colleges for Theatre Design and Technology

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI | https://umich.edu/

26%

Acceptance

49,530

Students

#33

Ranking

$52K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#4 2023 Best Colleges for Theatre Design and Technology

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA | www.usc.edu/

16%

Acceptance

52,376

Students

#28

Ranking

$60K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#5 2023 Best Colleges for Theatre Design and Technology

Purdue University-Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN | https://www.purdue.edu/

67%

Acceptance

49,027

Students

#129

Ranking

$29K

Tuition

B+

Rating

#6 2023 Best Colleges for Theatre Design and Technology

University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

Cincinnati, OH | www.uc.edu/

76%

Acceptance

46,140

Students

#632

Ranking

$27K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#7 2023 Best Colleges for Theatre Design and Technology

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

University Park, PA |

0%

Acceptance

0

Students

#0

Ranking

$0

Tuition

A+

Rating

#8 2023 Best Colleges for Theatre Design and Technology

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX | www.tcu.edu/

48%

Acceptance

11,506

Students

#119

Ranking

$52K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#9 2023 Best Colleges for Theatre Design and Technology

Tulane University of Louisiana

New Orleans, LA | https://tulane.edu/

11%

Acceptance

14,652

Students

#71

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#10 2023 Best Colleges for Theatre Design and Technology

University of Connecticut

Storrs, CT | uconn.edu/

56%

Acceptance

29,818

Students

#134

Ranking

$41K

Tuition

A

Rating

#11 2023 Best Colleges for Theatre Design and Technology

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Amherst, MA | www.umass.edu/

65%

Acceptance

35,781

Students

#218

Ranking

$36K

Tuition

A

Rating

#12 2023 Best Colleges for Theatre Design and Technology

Harding University

Searcy, AR | www.harding.edu/

55%

Acceptance

5,204

Students

#297

Ranking

$22K

Tuition

A

Rating

#13 2023 Best Colleges for Theatre Design and Technology

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ | https://www.arizona.edu/

85%

Acceptance

49,966

Students

#391

Ranking

$37K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#14 2023 Best Colleges for Theatre Design and Technology

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA | www.pepperdine.edu/

42%

Acceptance

10,579

Students

#109

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

D−

Rating

#15 2023 Best Colleges for Theatre Design and Technology

Foothill College

Los Altos Hills, CA | https://foothill.edu/

0%

Acceptance

29,967

Students

#2170

Ranking

$10K

Tuition

F

Rating

#16 2023 Best Colleges for Theatre Design and Technology

Las Positas College

Livermore, CA | www.laspositascollege.edu/

0%

Acceptance

12,137

Students

#2901

Ranking

$8K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#17 2023 Best Colleges for Theatre Design and Technology

Denison University

Granville, OH | https://www.denison.edu/

28%

Acceptance

2,432

Students

#79

Ranking

$57K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#18 2023 Best Colleges for Theatre Design and Technology

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY | www.binghamton.edu/

43%

Acceptance

19,660

Students

#151

Ranking

$28K

Tuition

A

Rating

#19 2023 Best Colleges for Theatre Design and Technology

Baylor University

Waco, TX | www.baylor.edu/

68%

Acceptance

19,632

Students

#225

Ranking

$49K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#20 2023 Best Colleges for Theatre Design and Technology

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY | https://www.syracuse.edu/

69%

Acceptance

38,868

Students

#140

Ranking

$56K

Tuition

A

Rating

#21 2023 Best Colleges for Theatre Design and Technology

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA | www.temple.edu/

71%

Acceptance

42,075

Students

#303

Ranking

$30K

Tuition

A

Rating

#22 2023 Best Colleges for Theatre Design and Technology

Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, IL | www.iwu.edu/

57%

Acceptance

1,643

Students

#221

Ranking

$51K

Tuition

F

Rating

#23 2023 Best Colleges for Theatre Design and Technology

Santa Barbara City College

Santa Barbara, CA | www.sbcc.edu/

0%

Acceptance

20,624

Students

#2906

Ranking

$8K

Tuition

A−

Rating

#24 2023 Best Colleges for Theatre Design and Technology

Lipscomb University

Nashville, TN | https://www.lipscomb.edu/

62%

Acceptance

5,876

Students

#408

Ranking

$35K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#25 2023 Best Colleges for Theatre Design and Technology

Yale University

New Haven, CT | https://www.yale.edu/

7%

Acceptance

14,910

Students

#8

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

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