Stage Technology

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General Information

The Stage Technology Program at West Valley College offers students a diverse curriculum and outstanding opportunities to contribute to theatrical productions. You'll perform a variety of technical roles in theater performances to explore possible career opportunities. We offer a comprehensive program with classes in all areas of Theatrical Design and Technical Production. We employ an integrated approach to our training which focuses on learning, research, practice, and application through the study of stagecraft, performance, design, dramatic literature, and the historical and cultural roots of the theatre arts. Our program prepares individuals to use technology to tell stories and communicate important ideas.

Courses include instruction in set design, lighting design, film studies, costume and make up design, sound effects, stagecraft, scene painting, technical direction and production and the use of computer applications. We develop in students creative and technical problem-solving skills, an appreciation of the design process from research and concept creation through design development and execution.

Regularly contributing to projects builds portfolios, prepares students for transfer to baccalaureate degree programs or entry into the workforce. Come explore our facilities, collaborate with our team of students and faculty while learning to make a hands-on contribution to the creative process.


Theatre technicians fill a variety of jobs in the Entertainment Industry. Skills you learn in this major can be useful in working in theatre, film, TV, interior design, and theme parks. Jobs include:

  • Set and Costume Designer
  • Lighting, Sound, Video Designer
  • Exhibit/Display Designer
  • Stage Manager
  • Board Operator
  • Technical Director
  • Carpenter
  • Prop Master
  • Drafter
  • Electrician
  • Shop Foreman
  • Wardrobe Supervisor
  • Draper
  • Coordinator Hair/Makeup
  • Make-Up Artist
  • Scenic Painter
  • Technology Specialist
  • Equipment Operator
  • Amusement Park Operations
  • Project Manager
  • Company Manager
  • Production Assistant
  • Special Effects Technician
  • Property Designer
Last Updated 10/4/19