From reading these responses I feel I had a special undergrad experience. I can't speak to how the department is currently run, but in my undergrad the degrees were BFAs in Technical Theater but would let you choose what design focus. The tracks to obtain those degrees were well rounded experiences that included 1st years(actors and tech students together) taking basic costume construction and basic set building with lab hours building the shows. The upper classes had show assignments ranging from board oping, to TD, to designing. In the afternoons we were in practicum labs where we did the building and installing of things that was above the first year's head. The department was good at vetting out the people who couldn't get the job done, and those of us who went through the whole curriculum ran the gamut of knowledgeable designers who could be employed as technicians anywhere in the industry.