Instructors: Karen Brewster Melissa Shafer
Office: 116 Brooks Gym 116 Brooks Gym
Phone: 439-5827 439-5837
E-mail: Brewster@etsu.edu Shaferm@etsu.edu
Course Objectives: This technology intensive course is intended to give the student a foundation in theatrical design that includes a vocabulary of design terminology needed by all actors, directors, designers and technicians. The prerequisite for this course is THEA 1520 Stagecraft.
Expected Outcomes: As a result of taking this course the student will be able to:
Major Topics Covered: Play Analysis for the Designer; Elements and Principles of Design; Scenery, Costumes, and Lighting for the Stage; Collaboration.
Assigned Readings: Reading Assignments will be on D2L throughout the semester. Students will be given various assignments relating to these readings. Students are expected to check D2L regularly for updates relating to these assignments.
Teaching Methods for this course: The teaching methods for this course will include lecture, discussion, readings, writings, hands-on exercises, video presentations, and other multi-media presentational methods.
This course is web-enhanced. Please get into the habit of regularly accessing the D2L location for this class. The addresses for login and assistance are:
Students will submit assignments for this course via digital drop box in the D2L site.
Course Projects / Evaluation:
Daily Grade 50 %
Class participation, quiz and exercise grades
Final Design Project 30%
Design Project – scenic 10%
Design Project – costume 10%
Design Project – lighting 10%
Research Notebook 20%
Your final design projects will be based on play assignments given to you by the instructors. As this course is technology intensive, all projects will utilize some aspect of technology.
All projects will be outlined in a more detailed manner in class.
Grade Scale: A = 100-94 A- = 93-90
B+ = 89-87 B = 86-84 B- = 83-80
C+ = 79-77 C = 76-74 C- = 73-70
D+ = 69-67 D = 66-60 F = 59 or below
Late Work Policy: As a large part of theatre is working with deadlines, grades on projects turned in past the announced deadline will be reduced. The grade will be reduced by one letter grade for each calendar day the project is late. No alteration of grade will occur if the project is late due to an excused absence and turned in on first day back to class.
Class Participation and Discussion:
ETSU Syllabus Attachment: http://www.etsu.edu/reg/academics/syllabus.aspx
This site contains many items of useful information such as fee due dates, drop and add deadlines, student career and support services, and the university calendar just to name a few.
Fundamentals of Theatrical Design Class Schedule – Fall 2010:
All classes will take place in Brooks 104 unless otherwise indicated.
This schedule is subject to change—regularly check D2L site for updates.
8/31 Course Introduction
9/2 Script Analysis
9/7 Design Objectives
9/9 Researching the Design
9/14 Design Elements
9/16 Principles of Design
9/21 Scenic Design
9/23 Costume Design
9/28 Lighting Design
9/30 Building a Career in Theatrical Design
10/5 Color Theory Work
10/7 Color Theory Work
10/12 Post Mortem Beckett/Pinter One Acts
10/14 Play Assignments for Final Project
10/19 FALL BREAK – No class
10/21 Read Plays in Class
10/26 Read Plays in Class
10/28 Design Objectives
11/9 Thumbnails and Roughs
11/11 Thumbnails and Roughs
11/16 Lighting Breakdowns
11/18 Lighting Story Boards
11/23 Post Mortem Lysistrata
11/25 Thanksgiving—No Class
11/30 Renderings and Models
12/2 Renderings and Models
12/7 In-class Work on Final Project
12/9 In-class Work on Final Project