THTR 21B: INTERMEDIATE SCENERY & PROPERTY CONSTRUCTION
Foothill College Course Outline of Record
|Effective Term:||Summer 2021|
|Hours:||2 lecture, 6 laboratory per week (96 total per quarter)|
|Advisory:||Not open to students with credit in DRAM 21B.|
|Degree & Credit Status:||Degree-Applicable Credit Course|
|Grade Type:||Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)|
Student Learning Outcomes
- A successful student can safely construct small projects using correct tools and procedures.
- A successful student will be able to read and interpret shop drawings for scenic units and plan the steps need for construction.
The student will be able to:
A. Easily carry on conversations with theatre professionals using appropriate stage and shop terminology.
B. Organize and execute a basic scenic construction project, including reading plans, selecting materials, selecting appropriate tools, and working safely in a leadership role with a small group.
C. Analyze scenic production problems; evaluate alternatives and recommend solutions.
D. Work safely and independently on small, multi-task projects to create scenery and properties for department productions.
E. Hang and focus theatrical lighting instruments, record a sound effect, and set up a microphone for vocal reinforcement.
A. Organization of theatre scenery process from design to stage including creating schedules and tracking progress of projects for current departmental productions (Lec)
B. Identification and safe use of common lighting and sound equipment (Lec and Lab)
C. Assessment of material options for scenery and properties and the subsequent production for use on the stage (Lec and Lab)
D. Design parameters, material options and choices (Lec)
E. Practical experience installing lighting and sound equipment in a production setting (Lab)
F. Work in a collaborative environment leading a small group in the planning and creation of a single element of scenery for the stage (Lab)
A. Students will work in small groups in a supervised setting to plan and construct scenery and properties for current and future department theatre productions.
B. Students will work in small groups to hang and focus theatrical lighting instruments and set up sound reinforcement equipment.
C. Students will assume responsibility of a small crew for planning, scheduling and implementation of projects for current and future department productions.
D. Students will create working drawings from design sketches for scenery and property projects in department productions.
E. Exploration and practical application of digital design software for computer driven fabrication tools.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment
B. For online instructional portions students will need weekly access to an internet enabled computer.
C. Access to 3-D modeling software and CAD driven machines for prop and scenic dressing application.
Method(s) of Evaluation
Written production evaluations
Production project evaluations
Observation and critique of leadership skills
Method(s) of Instruction
Group discussion with a specific prompt
Individual and small group projects in a supervised setting
Journals reflecting on project progress
Self-evaluations upon project completion
Representative Text(s) and Other Materials
Gillette, J. Michael. Theatrical Design and Production, 8th ed.. 2017.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments
A. 60-80 pages per week of reading from the text.
B. Script analysis of production requirements including scenery and property needs.
C. Attendance at or digital viewing of live theatre performances and written evaluations of the technical elements observed.
D. Research and sketching for production projects.
E. Class journal of learning tasks and portfolio of projects.