Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Fine Arts and Communication Division
2 hours 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 21B. Theory of and practice creating and using scenery and properties for department dramatic presentations. Safe use of tools, materials, and construction techniques used in the construction of scenery and properties for the stage. Introduction to the use of metal in the production of scenery and properties for the stage. Basic safe rigging concepts, tools and practices for the stage.
Prerequisite: THTR 21B.
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in DRAM 21C.

2. Course Objectives -
The student wil be able to:
  1. Recognize and use backstage and shop terminology, tools, materials and techniques.
  2. Organize 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 within the constraints of a production schedule.
  4. Work collaboratively with designers, technicians, and other theatre personnel to facilitate the production process from concept to implementation.
  5. Organize and co-ordinate crews for multi-faceted scenery projects
  6. Safely rig and hang drops, soft goods and small hard-covered scenic units
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. 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.
  2. When taught via Foothill Global Access: on-going access to computer with Email software capabilities; Email address; Java-script enabled internet browsing software.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Organization of production facilities and processes (Lec)
    1. Shop organization (Lec and Lab)
    2. Shop management and tool maintenance (Lab)
    3. Production planning and tracking (Lec and Lab)
  2. Stage rigging (Lec and Lab)
    1. Hardware
    2. Tools
    3. Loads and rigging techniques
  3. Metal scenic production (Lec and Lab)
    1. Materials and uses
    2. Hand tools
    3. Welding and safety
  4. Production critical path planning and execution (Lec)
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Class Notebooks
  2. Class participation
  3. Quizzes
  4. Written production evaluations
  5. Production project evaluations
  6. Final exam and project
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 use basic hand and power tools to fabricate scenery and properties for current and future department productions.
  2. Students will work individually and in small groups under the supervision of the instructor to develop and implement plans and construction of complex scenic units for the stage.
  3. Students will work individually with minimal supervision to plan and coordinate construction of multiple projects within the constraints of a production schedule.
  4. Students will practice rigging and flying small scenic units for the stage
  5. Students will practice the use of metal in scenic fabrication.
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 degree and Certificate of Achievement in Theatre Technology.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2015-02-23 11:31:29

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines