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Course Content and Outcome Guide for TA 112

Course Number:
TA 112
Course Title:
Introduction to Set Design
Credit Hours:
4
Lecture Hours:
60
Lecture/Lab Hours:
60
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
 

Course Description

Covers 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 designer€™s 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.
Assessment Basis:
  • 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  
Competencies/Skills:
  • Creating drafting paperwork:
a. Ground plans  
b. Sectionals  
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.