University of Hawai'i

Honolulu,  HI 
United States
http://manoa.hawaii.edu/liveonstage/
  • Booth: 643

The Design Program at UHM is a small, personalized, multi-cultural program emphasizing hands-on training, varied design and teaching opportunities, individualized mentoring with professionally active faculty, and design prospects with area theatres.

The Design Program at UHM is a small, personalized, multi-cultural program emphasizing hands-on training, varied design and teaching opportunities, individualized mentoring with professionally active faculty, and design prospects with area theatres.

Our Philosophy – The Classroom without Walls:

Design education should be hands-on, and does not stop at the classroom walls.   It’s better to see it than talk about it.  It’s better to do it, than to see it.  Few other universities of this size can offer the complex and robust production season found at UHM.  This translates as numerous opportunities to apply skills learned in class to real actualized productions.  Students, who apply themselves and take full advantage of their training and design opportunities, will graduate with a resume and portfolio of which they can be proud.

Those Who Teach and Do:

Our faculty are not only educators, but also practicing professionals, respected in their fields, who are encouraged to maintain professional careers and contacts beyond the university.  These outside endeavors not only allow our faculty opportunities to continually develop and stay current in their fields, but also bring invaluable credibility into the classroom by sharing their real-world experiences.

Teaching Opportunities:

Whenever possible, MFA design students are given the opportunity to teach.  These opportunities allow them to gain formal teaching experience—invaluable for the educational theatre job market—as well as help to confirm their own training.  These students, help to train other students in the shops during production builds, mentor undergraduate design students, and also have the potential to be guest lecturers, teaching assistants, and instructors for classes.

New Double-Track Concentrations:

In addition to having a primary design focus, students may also elect to choose a secondary concentration in another program area, to create unique training combinations such as, Design-Asian Performance or Design-Theatre for Youth / Puppetry.


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