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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 2
Hours: 1 lecture, 3 laboratory per week (48 total per quarter)
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • A successful student will participate in a leadership role: either as student leader of the entire project, or student coordinator in a specified area, or director of a group piece.
  • A successful student will master skills applicable to all aspects of theatre production.
  • A successful student will coordinate production elements in multiple areas of theatre craft.


Presentation of the necessary leadership and organizational skills for the full development of an organic, original production from inception to performance. Advanced students will be charged to produce a full-length production consisting of several student-generated short plays. Student responsibilities will extend to the areas of group coordination and organization in writing, acting, directing, lighting design, costume design, scenery and properties design, sound design, stage management and technical responsibilities, make-up design and publicity. The quarter culminates with several public performances.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Participate in a leadership role: either as student leader of the entire project, or student coordinator in a specified area, or director of a group piece.
B. Master skills applicable to all aspects of theatre production.
C. Practically apply knowledge and skills directly into the discipline of theatre production.
D. Coordinate production elements in multiple areas of theatre craft.

Course Content

A. Take on a leadership role in one or more capacities on the production, including:
1. Overall production coordination
2. Theme planning and playwriting
3. Directing
4. Publicity
5. Design
6. Technical operation and management
B. Master skill sets in a broad range of theatre production elements.
1. Creative
2. Technical
3. Production
C. Guide and lead fellow students toward presenting a fully prepared, viable performance product for public audience as the culmination of the term's process.
1. Choose relevant, topical, contemporary themes upon which to build a production
2. Coordinate rehearsal and performance schedules
3. Meet all deadlines for script submission, rehearsal preparation and design coordination
D. Supervise and coordinate production elements, including playwriting, directing, acting, design and technical requirements.
1. Supervise the success and completion of all deadlines for production
2. Monitor consistency of performance throughout the production run
3. Act as liaison between production and audience

Lab Content

A. Cooperative rehearsal and development of student created plays.
B. Student responsibility coordinating entire program into performance ready entity.
C. Scheduled technical rehearsals and public performance time.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. A building with an unobstructed, flat floor approximately 30' x 40', as well as additional classroom spaces for rehearsals.
B. Access to and use of simple furniture and set pieces, as well as minimal props and costume pieces.
C. A studio theatre performance space with seating for approximately 100 people.
D. Access to approximately 100 folding chairs and portable platforms for potential outdoor performances.

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. Students' performance will be evaluated on the basis of quality and consistency of contribution to their chosen leadership role and the ensemble process.
B. Students' fulfillment of assigned roles necessary to complete the cooperative task of producing the performance.
C. Students will be evaluated on strength of progressive growth and development of organizational skills during the term.
D. Several public performances of the production will be presented. The quality of performances will be discussed individually with the student and during group critiques and evaluations.

Method(s) of Instruction

A. Lecture
B. Discussion
C. Cooperative learning exercises
D. Oral presentations
E Laboratory

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Scripts generated by the class.


Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

A. Reading, writing and development of viable, performable short plays

B. Group and individual reading and evaluation of student written work



Theater Arts