- Course Number:
- TA 112
- Course Title:
- Introduction to Set Design
- Credit Hours:
- Lecture Hours:
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- Special Fee:
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 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
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)
a. Visually - Through sketches and scaled drawings
b. Physically - Through a scaled model
c. Verbally - Through oral communication skills
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
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.