- Course Number:
- TA 112
- Course Title:
- Introduction to Set Design
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Course DescriptionCovers elements of technical theater including practical hands-on experience in designing a stage set, construction, the set design and stage rigging. Lecture/lab format provides time for individualized projects. Audit available.
Addendum to Course Description
Introduction to Scenic Design will introduce elements of technical theater including practical hands-on experience designing, building, installing and decorating mainstage set(s)(number of sets may vary). The lecture/lab format provides time for individualized projects.
Intended Outcomes for the course
The student will:
Perform script analysis techniques necessary to glean visual information required for the design.
Demonstrate the pros and cons of three traditional stage types: Proscenium, Thrust and Arena as approached from a student scenic designers viewpoint.
Produce scaled ground plans, sectional drawings and construction drawings pertinent to a specified script and a particular stage type stated above.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Assessment shall include:
An examination based on the text readings and lecture materials.
A group of scaled drawings, including: ground plan, sectionals and construction drawings.
A scaled scenic model.
A cumulative final scenic design project.
At least two of the following additional measures:
a. Graded homework
b. Group projects
c. Attendance and participation
d. Shop projects
e. Participation in the technical crew for the mainstage production
Develop a scenic design from an assigned play script.
Evaluation of the design and building of props, scenery, lighting and costumes for the mainstage show.
Successful performance of the selected/assigned tech crew position for the mainstage show.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
How to think visually-taking written ideas from a particular dramatic script and describing them:
a. Visually - Through sketches and scaled drawings
b. Physically - Through a scaled model
c. Verbally - Through oral communication skills
Understanding the theatre production design process:
a. Script - As the source for the design
b. Sketches & drawings -Demonstrating an initial visual design
b. Scaled drawings -Demonstrating the finished design via 2 dimensional medium
c. Models -Demonstrating the finished design via a 3 dimensional medium
d. Finished stage scenery - Participate in the realization of the final stage design
Creating drafting paperwork:
a. Ground plans
c. Construction drawings
Reading & executing drafting paperwork properly.
Successfully working with materials and tools & equipment common to a stage & scene shop.
Installing & decorating scenery for a mainstage show.
Reading a script and transforming your thoughts into a tangible scenic entity through the following visual works:
a. Thumbnail sketch(s)
b. Scaled drawings
c. Colored/Textured rendering(s)
d. Scaled model(s)
Prerequisite Knowledge and Skills:
TA 111, Fundamentals of Technical Theatre is preferred, but not required.
Oral and written command of college level English is suggested.