What will I learn?

The Specialization in Performance and Specialization in Design &Technology concentrations are preprofessional degrees designed for students who, upon graduation, wish to work in the professional theatre as performers, designers, or technicians, or who want to prepare for application to MFA programs in graduate schools. Performance and Design & Technology students work closely with the performance or design and technology faculty and staff, who act as mentors. Performance specialists are required to audition each semester for each main stage production. Design & Technology students are required to work in all design and technology areas each semester. Both tracks are selective and competitive; students’ work and capabilities are reviewed each semester.

Student Assessments


Communication Skills: Develop and employ the ability to write and speak about theatre and body of work with clarity and logic, and be able to form and support critical judgements about theatre and body of work.

Formal and Technical Skills: Acquire and demonstrate mastery of the relevant performance of technology techniques, methodology and skills, and the terminology and practices relevant to the student’s area of concentration as represented in body of work.

Conceptual Skills: Develop and demonstrate the ability to generate, support, and utilize individual thoughts, ideas, and artistic choices within student’s body of work.

Critical Thinking and Research Skills: Develop and demonstrate the ability to do research and effective, specific preparation and the competence and knowledge to analyze and think critically.

Thematic Body of Work: Conceive, design, and create a coherent, high-quality body of work in the student’s area of concentration.

Professional Skills: Develop competencies in professional practice of the student’s field of study.


Explore a wide variety of materials and study both traditional and contemporary design in craft. One of the most vibrant areas of art today, contemporary craft offers a wide spectrum of opportunities for young artists after graduation. The Design in Craft concentration will introduce you to numerous mediums including clay, metal, vitreous enamels, stained glass, wood, textiles, papermaking and book arts.

There are plenty of opportunities to develop expertise and cultivate your creativity in our Intermediate and Advanced classes in ceramics; jewelry and metalsmithing; papermaking and book arts.

Which department am I in?

Cook-Cole College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$23,900.00 per year
Tuition fee: USD $11,950 per semester (12-18 Credit Hours)
Application deadline

Expected March, December 2022

Start date

Expected January, August 2022


Cook-Cole College of Arts and Sciences

Ruffner 104,

Longwood University,



23909, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Students must have Proof of successful completion of secondary education (e.g., secondary school transcripts, final exam scores, diploma) with certified English translations. Longwood recognizes the value of the International Baccalaureate diploma and will award transfer credit for IB exams.

Other English language requirements: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - 550 (paper).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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