photograph of the RDA Festival, Lighting by Craig Stelzenmuller

Skills for Emerging and Ongoing Careers

Studio School of Design is committed to career preparation, and ongoing, life-long learning within a professional working environment.

Successful careers in design today require an ever-increasing breadth of skills and training. New technologies coupled with the rapidly changing and diversifying areas of the practice require flexible training in expanding fields.

Photo: Alabama Dance Theater “Kakegoe” Choreography by Sara Sandford; Costume Design by Sarah McQueen; Lighting Design by faculty member Craig Stelzenmuller; Photograph by Richard Calmes

Autumn '21
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Guided and Taught by Working Professionals

Studio School of Design advisors and faculty are uniquely talented and active in the profession.

They’ll teach you the stuff you wish you’d learned but never had the time. The stuff you never knew you were going to need.

Studio School of Design is built on experience and is uniquely 21st Century.

Photo: “Billy Elliot” Scenic Design by Campbell Baird and Robert Andrew Kovach; Costume Design by Dustin Cross; Lighting Design by faculty member Craig Stelzenmuller. Pictured: Sam Faulkner Photo by Curtis Brown. Production at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, North Carolina Theater.

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Photo: The Flying Dutchman at the Atlanta Opera, Scenery and Costume Design by Jacob Climer, Projection Design by S. Katy Tucker, Lighting by faculty member Amith Chandrashaker, Pictured (above): Melody Moore & Wayne Tigges, Photograph by Jeff Rothman

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    Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion

    For now and for the future.

    Celebrating all the vibrantly different life experiences by encouraging belonging. Studio School of Design is dedicated to diversifying our professional community and enlivening future worlds of storytelling, design, and entertainment within the performing arts and beyond.

    Photo: The Band’s Visit, Lighting by advisor Tyler Micoleau

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    2021 Courses Available

    Currently in the midst of the on-going pandemic we have crafted a menu of essential courses that will be taught and accessible over Zoom.

    Professional Designers will be leading the way.

    Photo: Swan Lake, New York CIty Ballet, David H. Koch Theater; Scenic Design by Per Kirkeby; Costume Design by Per Kirkeby and Barbara Matera; Lighting by advisor Mark Stanley; Photo by Paul Kolnick

    Autumn '21 Courses

    Help Us and Support

    Studio School of Design has been founded to increase our collective knowledge and to diversify access to the lighting design field across the places where we work. We seek to provide equitable and inclusive low-cost classes both online and in-person to a wide ranging pool of talented and motivated students.

    Studio School of Design is incorporated in New York State. Our 501c3 status is pending. Donations to the school are fully tax deductible. Programs are taught by a diverse, top-level professional and practicing faculty in Lighting Design.

    We need your help to carry out this mission and to keep our courses affordable and we appreciate your help.