Design

The Design department seeks to develop exciting, thoughtful designers of scenery, costume, lighting, projection, and sound for the theater. What makes the Yale program unique is the integration of all areas of design. This provides students with the common ground of core knowledge of the field; and it emphasizes that in telling the human story for theater, all elements of design are an integral part of the whole and cannot be conceived independently. Through classes and production, the department encourages the discovery of process in formulating the design idea, development of a discriminating standard for students’ own work, and preparation for a creative and meaningful professional life in the theater.

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Current Students Receiving Financial Aid

More than $7,000,000 in financial aid was awarded in 2018-19.

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Production Opportunities

Students apply theory to professional practice in production work at the School, Yale Rep, and Yale Cabaret.

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Affinity Groups

Coalition-building and networking among students who share common interests, goals, and/or a self-identified background.

DESIGN A Ao Li (’18) and Brittany Bland (’19) “To see a project come from paper to real life is crucial.”

Student Perspectives

“To see a project come from paper to real life is crucial.”

DESIGN B Krista Smith (’18) and Cole McCarty (’18) “The best critique, I find, is when it inspires you to be better.”

Student Perspectives

“The best critique, I find, is when it inspires you to be better.”

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Department News

Michael Yeargan
May 07, 2019

Michael Yeargan (’73, Faculty) Receives 2019 Tom Killen Award

Co-chair of the Yale School of Drama design program, Yeargan is being awarded for his “long service and achievement to theater.”

Ann McCoy
Apr 10, 2019

Ann McCoy (Design Faculty) Named 2019 Guggenheim Fellow

McCoy is known for her large-scale pencil drawings based on her dreams, studies in alchemy, and depth psychology.