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 -
Continuation of THTR 21A. 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. Introduction of designing and working safely with alternative materials, basic electrical and lighting functions and sound reinforcement.
Prerequisite: THTR 21A.
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in DRAM 21B.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Recognize and correctly employ stage and shop terminology, tools, materials and techniques.
  2. 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.
  3. Analyze scenic production problems; evaluate alternatives and recommend solutions.
  4. Work safely and independently on small, multi-task projects to create scenery and properties for department productions.
  5. Hang and focus theatrical lighting instruments, record a sound effect, and set up a microphone for vocal reinforcement.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
All facilities of a fully equipped theatre including stage, house for audience, lighting and sound equipment, dressing rooms, scene shop, costume shop, tools and other stage equipment and supplies.
For online instructional portions students will need weekly access to an internet enabled computer.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Organization of theatre scenery process from design to stage including creating schedules and tracking progress of projects for current departmental productions (Lec)
  2. Identification and safe use of common lighting and sound equipment (Lec and Lab)
  3. Assessment of material options for scenery and properties and the subsequent production for use on the stage. (Lec and Lab)
  4. Design parameters, material options and choices. (Lec)
  5. Practical experience installing lighting and sound equipment in a production setting (Lab).
  6. Lead a small group in the planning and creation of a single element of scenery for the stage. (Lab)
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Class Notebooks
  2. Class participation
  3. Written production evaluations
  4. Production project evaluations
  5. Observation and critique of leadership skills
  6. Quizzes
  7. Final exam
7. Representative Text(s) -
Gillette, J. Michael,Theatrical Design and Production, Seventh Edition, 2012.

8. Disciplines -
Stagecraft, Theatre Arts
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 -
  1. Students will work in small groups in a supervised setting to plan and construct scenery and properties for current and future department theatre productions.
  2. Students will work in small groups to hang and focus theatrical lighting instruments and set up sound reinforcement equipment.
  3. Students will create working drawings from design sketches for scenery and property projects in department productions.
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 support course for the AA in Theatre Technology and for the Certificate of Achievement in Theatre Technology.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2015-02-23 11:31:58

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines