Spring 2006 - Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:15am-12: 35pm
Warf Pickel 209E
Instructor: Melissa Shafer
Office: 116 Brooks Gym
Office Hours: by appointment
Course Objectives: This course is intended to give the student experience in the process of scenic design. Upon completion of the course, students should have two complete designs of portfolio quality. The prerequisites for this course are THEA 2520 Fundamentals of Design.
Major topics covered: Researching a Design, Design Presentation: Draftings, Renderings and Models, Portfolio and Resume Preparation, Designing the Unit Set, Designing the Multiple Set, Simultaneous Staging, Designing for Touring, Computer Aided Design, Collaborating with the Design Team.
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. Students are expected to access the online Blackboard course management site regularly for updates, assignments, and quizzes. The address for Blackboard access http://online.etsu.edu/, then click Blackboard login. (There is a “Student Help” button located at this site that explains how to login.) I will cover the Blackboard aspects of this course more thoroughly in class.
Drafting Scenery for Theatre, Film and Television. Betterway Publications. Rich Rose.
Theatrical Design & Production: An Introduction to Scene Design and Construction, Lighting Sound, Costume, and Makeup. Mayfield Publishing Company. 4th Edition. November 1999. J. Michael Gillette.
Materials Needed: You will need to obtain the scripts to the two plays you have been assigned. A zip disc, cd or jump drive for the power point report may also be needed. In addition, you will need access to the following artist’s supplies: a drafting kit that includes a t-square, 45 and 30-60-90 degree triangles, an architect’s scale, 2h and 4h drafting pencils, vellum, drafting tape and a bow compass; modeling supplies to include a utility knife, metal straight edge, illustration board, and glue; and some form of color media such as water color paint or markers.
Course Requirements / Evaluation: Grades will be based on a 100-point scale. There will be several projects throughout the semester and a final project during exam week.
1. Daily Assignments / Participation 20 points
2. Design Project one 25 points
3. Power Point Designer Report 15 points
4. Final Project 40 points
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
ATTENDANCE and LATE WORK: As a large part of theatre is working within deadlines, late projects will be docked one full letter grade for each calendar day late. Please make every effort to hand in material in a timely manner.
Each student is expected to attend every scheduled class meeting. More than two unexcused absences from a scheduled class meeting will result in a grade reduction. The student’s average will drop one full letter grade for each unexcused absence after two. Excessive lateness (more than four during the semester) will be counted as an absence.
Scenic Designer Report: A ten minute power point / oral report on a given designer. The report must contain a brief biography, a synopsis of the designer’s contribution to the theatre and examples of their designs. A print out of this presentation will be turned into the instructor on the day of the presentation.
John Lee Beatty Robin Wagner Tony Walton
Eugene Lee John Napier Heidi Landesman
Oliver Smith Boris Aronson Jo Mielziner
Ming Cho Lee Howard Bay Donald Oenslager
Mordecai Gorelik Josef Svoboda Norman Bel Geddes
Robert Edmond Jones Inigo Jones Edward Gordon Craig
Adolph Appia Sebastian Serlio
All set design projects are to be portfolio quality.
Design Project One: The Unit Set: A design statement, ¼” white model, colored perspective rendering, and a ground plan of a unit set for a given play in the Bud Frank Theatre.
Final Design Project: The Realistic Single Set: A design statement, ½” finished model, perspective rendering, ground plan and front elevations for a given play in the VA Theatre.
Additional Requirements: You are expected to attend the Theatre Division’s productions of For Colored Girls… and A Doll’s House. Your attendance will be counted as a daily assignment.
PLEASE NOTE: This course adheres to the tenets of academic honesty. Any infractions will be dealt with appropriately.
Any student who may need an accommodation based on disability; please make an appointment to see me during office hours or after class. A Faculty Accommodation form from Disability Services authorizing your accommodations is required.
1/17 TH Course Introduction – What is Set Design / Types of Scenery.
Assign Designer Oral Report
1/19 TH Design Presentation and Communication – Draftings, Models and
Renderings. Resumes and Portfolios.
1/24 T Design Process – Script Analysis. Assign Play Project #1
1/26 TH Design Process - Creative Research
1/31 T Introduction to Theatrical Drafting –
2/2 TH Theatre Resume Due – critique in class / Drafting Continued
2/7 T KC/ACTF – No Class
2/9 TH KC/ACTF – No Class
2/14 T Power Point Designer Reports Due
2/16 TH Analysis and Research Play Project #1 due
2/21 T TBA – (Rogersville performance)
2/23 TH Perspective – Drop point vs. Grid
2/28 T For Colored Girls…critique - Rendering
3/2 TH SETC – No Class
3/7 T SPRING BREAK
3/9 TH SPRING BREAK
3/14 T Play Project #1 Due
3/16 TH Assign Final Project / Introduction to the White Model
3/21 T Creating the Presentational Model
3/23 TH Modeling Continued
3/28 T Design Software
3/30 TH Design Software Continued
4/4 T Research Notebook and Analysis for Play #2 Due
4/6 TH Multiple, Simultaneous and Touring Scenery
4/11 T Scenic Roughs for Play #2 Due
4/13 TH In Class Project Work Day
4/18 T In Class Project Work Day
4/20 TH In Class Project Work Day
4/25 T A Doll’s House critique
4/27 TH In Class Project Work Day
5/2 T 8:00am FINAL PRESENTATION Final Design Due – Design Studio