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.


Current Students Receiving Financial Aid

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


Production Opportunities

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


Affinity Groups

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

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Department News

Wendall K. Harrington
Sep 01, 2018

Becoming “Unselfed”

Wendall K. Harrington (Design Faculty) Keynote Speech at the 2018 United States Institute for Theatre Technology Conference on theatre’s power to evoke empathy.

The House That Will Not Stand
Aug 08, 2018

Adam Rigg (’13), Montana Levi Blanco (’15), and Yi Zhao (’11) design New York Premiere

Director Lileana Blain-Cruz (’12) staged The House That Will Not Stand by Marcus Gardley (’04) featuring Juliana Canfield (Acting, ’17) and voice dialect coach Dawn-Elin Fraser (Acting Faculty).