To inquire about this program:
Theatre Admission Office | 773-325-7999 |​

The Theatre School's bachelor's degree of fine arts in Lighting Design program will give you the opportunity to explore and expand your artistic and visual expression by simulating a lighting designer's professional experience and process.

You will learn to visualize, create and implement your lighting designs by collaborating with directors, dramaturges, technicians and DePaul's professional production staff. You will also work as a master electrician and lighting designer for workshops and public productions by The Theatre School.

In the fourth year of the program, you will do an internship in the lighting design industry in order to gain real-world experience. At the end of your fourth year, you will have the chance to take part in the annual Graduate Showcase, where you will present your designs to artistic directors and other members of the theatre, film and television industries.

You will learn from distinguished and award-winning faculty, professional designers and artists through classroom instruction, and will receive individual guidance and advising during your production work.

Internship Possibilities

  • Lookingglass Theatre Company
  • Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • Production Resource Group
  • Richard Pilbrow Studios
  • Schuler Shook
  • Steppenwolf Theatre Company

What can you do with this degree?

  • Architectural lighting design
  • Events design
  • Lighting systems design and installation
  • Master electrician
  • Museum/ exhibit design
  • Opera lighting design
  • Theatrical lighting design