Free Online Theatre Design Courses from Top Universities

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Those who wish to become professional theatre designers or simply learn about the craft for personal development can study theatre design online for free. Six of these classes are offered through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Free Theatre Design Courses

Individuals interested in learning theatre design can find a number of free, undergraduate courses online through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Classes range from creating special effects for the stage to understanding how scripts play a role in design.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Several theatre design classes are available for study on MIT's OpenCourseWare. Courses that involve set design teach students about techniques and tools used in theatrical production, how to create special effects for the theater, design theater lighting and create miniature sets for operas and plays. Students who have some knowledge of theatrical design but want to learn more about designing costumes and clothing psychology can take a costume design course. Also offered is a course that presents advanced theories in design and introduces students to textual analysis, script analysis, historical research and rendering.

Free Online Theatre Design Courses at a Glance

Course & School Program Level Format Assignments Quizzes & Exams Downloadable
Beginning Costume Design and Construction course from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Principles of Design course from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Technical Design: Scenery, Mechanisms and Special Effects course from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Design for the Theater: Scenery course from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Introduction to Stagecraft course from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Lighting Design for the Theater course from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes

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