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Stage & Entertainment Technology
Program Number: 908101CERT
Your Degree:
Area of Study:
Arts, Design and Humanities
Delivery Method:
100% In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
15 Credits |
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$2,697.15 Tuition
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  • Program Overview

    The Stage & Entertainment Technology Certificate at Madison College is a hands-on, training program that can lead to technical careers in educational, community and resident theater venues, theme parks, cruise ships, television and motion picture studios, large convention or concert venues, places of worship, and community centers.

    By taking the Stage & Entertainment Technology Certificate at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

    • Master industry focused, professional skills in a rapidly growing field.
    • Connect directly with local, state, and regional producers, production manufacturers, and entertainment employers.
    • Gain practical, hands-on learning experiences in real-world, professional environments.
    • Work with instructors to develop a plan to meet your area of interest and skills.
    • Earn transferable credits towards a 4-year theater design degree.

    Completion of this certificate will provide access to certification and/or membership to professional organizations and unions:

    Program Details

    Students in Madison College's Stage & Entertainment Technology Certificate can attend full or part time.

    Stage & Entertainment Technology classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - Truax
  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2022-2023 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    First Semester
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Second Semester
    3 credits
    1 credit
    1 credit
    1 credit
  • Admission

    Earning a certificate is a great way to expand your skill set, and it adds professionalism to a resume. Applications are always open, so apply today!

    To Apply

    There are no admission requirements for this certificate, simply submit your application by the deadline for each term.

    International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.

      Spring Application Dates

      • Application open
      • Application completion deadline is March 15, 2023

        Fall Application Dates

        • Application opens on February 1, 2023
        • Application completion deadline is October 15, 2023

        Additional Notes

        • Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid
        • Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis
        • Students who have already completed the certificate coursework at the time of application will receive the certificate diploma at the end of the term of application

        After Acceptance

        Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College. 

        Contact the Enrollment Center at or 608.246.6210.

      • Career Outcomes

        By completing the Stage & Entertainment Technology Certificate at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

        • Apply sound, lighting, costume, scenic principles to stage, entertainment, and conference events.
        • Demonstrate high level proficiency in current software, techniques, and tools used in the theatrical and entertainment industry.
        • Work with other professionals to produce live events in a variety of venues including arena, proscenium, and environmental stages, convention centers, arenas, concert halls, places of worship, and public retail spaces.
        • Apply safety standards within various professional settings.
      Contact the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

      Madison Truax Campus
      Main Building, C2433

      1701 Wright Street
      Madison, Wisconsin 53704         


      In-Person Service Hours

      • Monday – Thursday: 8 am - 4:30 pm

      Virtual Service Hours

      • Friday: 8 am - 4:30 pm