The Entertainment Design and Technology (EDT) program is a very hands-on program. Students do attend lecture classes, but find that they are soon applying what they learn in practical, hands-on projects. The goal of the program is to prepare students to get an entry level job in any one or more of the areas taught in the program. Students may choose to focus on Lighting, Sound, Costume, Stagecraft, or Stage and Event Management. These skills apply to numerous industries across the entertainment design and technology spectrum. We use theatrical productions to train our students in the skills needed to succeed in the entertainment technology industries.

Program Features

  • Equipped with state of the art technology that is being used by the leading production companies in the industry. You will not find this level of equipment and training in other programs.
  • Taught by a staff of professionals in the industry, many of which have worked in numerous areas of the entertainment industry including theatre, concerts, conventions, corporate meetings, fashion shows, and large entertainment events.
  • The curriculum we offer is unique in that it is current with standards and practices that are used in the industry today. For example, we offer courses in Moving Lights and Rigging that are designed to give students an advantage to move directly into the workplace.

EDT Careers

  • Audio Recording Studio Technician
  • Theme Park Technician
  • Theatre Technician – such as Mountain View Performing Arts Center (Alum is working there now)
  • Working for an Events Production Company
  • Working for a Production House – Lighting Company, Sound Company, Rigging Company
  • Scenery Fabrication Company
  • Stage Manager for Theatre Companies
  • Work for an Audio Visual company as an A-2
  • Moving Light Programmer – for conventions and events.

Contact

Matthew O'Donnell
Assistant Professor, Coordinator
Entertainment Design and Technology
Dept. of Theatre and Dance
510-659-6433
modonnell@ohlone.edu
edt@ohlone.edu

Highlighted Fall 2020 Courses

Course Schedule Instructor

TD 150 Technical Theatre (081853): This course introduces the theory and practice of technical theatre production. Emphasis is placed on theatre safety, scenery construction techniques, materials, and backstage procedures. Students receive hands-on training in the scene shop and as members of the stage crew of a department production.

8/31/20 - 12/18/20

Online

M. O'Donnell

TD 152 Intro to Stage Lighting and Sound (081854): This course introduces the basic concepts, technology, and safe practices of electricity, lighting, and sound for live events. Lectures will focus on theory and practice, while lab will provide opportunities to use equipment in “real life” situations.

8/31/20-12/18/20

Online

M. O'Donnell

TD 155A Costume Construction I (081856): This course provides basic costume construction techniques to develop a students’ skill in the use of fabrics, methods, and simple patterns in a theatrical context.

8/31/20-12/18/20

Online

T. Cooper

TD 155B Costume Construction II (081857): This course provides costume construction techniques to advance students’ skill in the use of special fabrics, methods, and more complex patterns.

8/31/20-12/18/20

Online

T. Cooper

TD 173 Intro to Moving Lights (081861): This course offers an introduction to the technology and applications of intelligent lighting systems for the entertainment industry. The course and lab work will concentrate on the features and functions of a wide variety of lighting fixtures and control systems in use in the entertainment industry today.

8/31/20-12/18/20

Online

M. O'Donnell