Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Fine Arts and Communication Division
2 hour lecture, 6 hours laboratory.4 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 96 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 2 Lab Hours: 6 Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: AA Degree,   Certificate of Achievement
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: BothValidation: 01/08;11/26/12; 10/23/14

1. 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.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in DRAM 21A.

2. 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.
3. 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.

4. 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).
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Class Notebooks
  2. Class participation and work habits
  3. Written production evaluations
  4. Quizzes
  5. Final exam
7. Representative Text(s) -
J.Michael Gillette, Theatrical Design and Production, Seventh Edition, 2012.

8. Disciplines -
Theatre Arts, Stage Craft
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. 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.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a required core course for the AA and the Certificate of Achievement in Theatre Technology and also a support course for the AA in Theatre Arts and the AA-T in Theatre Arts.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2015-02-23 11:31:13

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines