Course Content and Outcomes Guides (CCOG)

Course Content and Outcomes Guide for TA 211 Effective Fall 2019

Course Number:
TA 211
Course Title:
Intermediate Technical Theatre
Credit Hours:
Lecture Hours:
Lecture/Lab Hours:
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Special Fee:

Course Description

Covers intermediate elements of technical theatre directly associated with current performing arts production(s). Includes practical hands-on experience in a leadership role for one or more of the following: scenery, lighting, projection, sound, stage management and properties management. Prerequisites: TA 111 or instructor permission, and (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

SAC recommends this course for students wishing to further explore technical theatre roles in scenery, lighting, projection, media, sound, stage management and properties management. 

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Perform and implement script analysis to glean visual information that applies to one of the following: scenery, lighting, props, sound and/or costumes.

  • As a team leader, apply technical theatre skills and knowledge to one or more specific areas: scenery, lighting, projection, sound, properties, and/or stage management.

  • Consider the pros and cons of each of the five traditional stage types (proscenium, thrust, arena, back box, and flexible/found space) to make a decision.

  • Produce scaled ground plan, section, and elevation drawings.

  • Produce two or more of the following: scaled working model, painted scenery, scenic elements, properties elements, light plot, sound plot, prompt book, production book, and/or projection plot.

Course Activities and Design

Activities May Include:

•Participate in weekly main stage production meetings

•Team project

•Individual project

•Online discussions


•Presentation of exemplar works

•Hands-on participation in TA production

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment shall include:

     •An examination based on text readings and lecture materials

     •A cumulative Team project 

     •Evaluation of participation in current TA Production

     •Self Assessment/Evaluation paper 

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

The following skills are expected to successfully meet the minimum requirement of "C" or "Pass" for the course.

  • Understand the theatre facility, its pros & cons:

a. Proscenium stage
b. Arena stage  
c. Thrust stage                                                                                                                                                                   d. Flexible                                                                                                                                                                        e. Found Space

  • Demonstrate safety & proficiency with theatrical equipment:

I. Scene shop & stage tools & equipment                                                                                                                     

II. Scenery

III. Properties

IV. Lighting Equipment                                                                                                                                                   

V. Sound Equipment    

VI. Projection Equipment

  • Demonstrate proficiency with Visual Communication in technical theatre

I. Ground plans  
II. Sectionals  
III. Construction drawings                                                                                                                                               IV. Light Plot                                                                                                                                                                    V. Sound Plot                                                                                                                                                                 VI. Projection Plot

  • Participate as a small teamer Leader for the mainstage production in one of the following areas:Scenery, Lighting, Projection, Sound, Properties, Stage management.