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Effective: Summer 2015

Advisory: Advisory: Not open to students with credit in DRAM 21A.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU/UC
2 hour lecture, 6 hours laboratory. (96 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • A successful student can demonstrate the safe use of basic hand and power woodworking tools used in the production of scenery.
  • A successful student can describe and demonstrate knowledge of safe practices required in the creation and handling of stage scenery in stage and shop areas
Description -
The theory and practice of creating and using scenery and properties for dramatic presentations. Students will learn basic vocabulary, processes, tools and materials used in the production of scenery and properties for the stage. Practical application and safe use of basic woodworking tools used for creating scenery and properties for Theatre Arts productions.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Recognize and use stage and shop terminology, tools, materials and techniques.
  2. Organize a basic scenic construction project, including reading plans, selecting materials, selecting tools, and working safely.
  3. Assess scenic production problems for complexity, schedule and possible challenges
  4. Work collaboratively with designers, technicians, and other theatre personnel.
  5. Recognize the values and responsibilities of crew organization as a member of a production group.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. All facilities of a fully equipped theatre including stage, house for audience, scene shop, costume shop, tools and other stage equipment and supplies.
  2. Online portions of class require weekly student access to an internet enabled computer.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Organization of theatre scenery process from design to stage (Lec)
  2. Identification and safe use of common hand and power woodworking tools (Lec and Lab)
  3. Converting basic plans into theatrical scenery (Lec and Lab)
  4. Understanding design parameters, material options and production choices. (Lec)
  5. Practical experience using hand and power woodworking tools in a theatre scene shop ( Lab).
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Class Notebooks
  2. Class participation and work habits
  3. Written production evaluations
  4. Quizzes
  5. Final exam
Representative Text(s) -
J.Michael Gillette, Theatrical Design and Production, Seventh Edition, 2012.

Disciplines -
Theatre Arts, Stage Craft
Method of Instruction -
Instructional methods will include lectures, group discussion with a specific prompt, individual and small group projects in a supervised setting, journals reflecting on project progress, and self-evaluations upon project completion.
Lab Content -
Students will use basic power and hand woodworking tools to fabricate scenery and properties for current and future department productions. Students will create design and working sketches for construction of scenery and properties used in department production projects.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. 60-80 pages per week of reading from the text.
  2. Script analysis for production requirements including scenery and property needs.
  3. Attendance at live theatre performances and written evaluations of the technical elements observed.
  4. Research and sketching for production projects.
  5. Class journal of tasks and projects.