Course Content and Outcomes Guides (CCOG)

Course Content and Outcomes Guide for TA 112 Effective Fall 2019

Course Number:
TA 112
Course Title:
Introduction to Scenic Design
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Course Description

Covers elements of technical theater including practical hands-on experience in designing for the stage, construction, scenic design and stage rigging. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • 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  


  • 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.