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 approach 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 personal critical standards 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 2019-20.

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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

Ming Cho Lee
May 18, 2020

2020 Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts Conferred to Ming Cho Lee

The 2020 honorary degree was conferred by Yale University President Peter Salovey for Lee’s prolific influence on theater design.

COVID Masks
Apr 13, 2020

For Yale School of Drama, Mask-Making Takes on New Meaning

Members of the School of Drama’s costume and scene shops are putting their talents to use by making masks and face shields for local health facilities.