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.

 

As of July 1, 2021, Sound Design is part of the Design Department. Updates to this site will be made as more information is available.

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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

San Diego Opera
Aug 16, 2021

OperaHack 2.0 Winning Proposals Announced

Camilla Tassi (’22) and John Horzen (’24) collaborated on the winning proposal, MusiCue, a design cue process automator.

David Geffen School of Drama at Yale logo
Jun 30, 2021

An Extraordinary and Unprecedented Gift from David Geffen

The gift of $150 million ensures that from this day forward, in perpetuity, the School is tuition-free.