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Effective: Summer 2014

Advisory: Advisory: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in ART 4A advised or previous experience in drawing or mechanical drafting; not open to students with credit in THTR 72B.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU/UC
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Successful students will be able to create working drawings for a simple piece of theatrical scenery based on a design drawing or sketch.
  • Students that are successful in the course will be able to collaborate with others to develop a 3d design concept and an associated drawing package including a flooer plan, section and elevations for a simple theatrical production.
  • All successful students will be able to create a theatre ground plan with accurate dimensions using a computer drafting software program.
Description -
Survey of computer drafting techniques for the theatre, film and television. Introduction to the basic elements of graphic expression and techniques used in presenting stage designs for designers and technicians working in the performing arts. Use of computer technology to present ground plans, elevations and working drawings for theatre designs.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. analyze the scenographic techniques used in the performing arts.
  2. develop a basic understanding of practical use of ground plans, elevations and working drawing for the presentation of stage designs.
  3. employ computer programs to present two-dimensional designs and drawings for theatrical presentations
  4. interpret sketches and renderings of set designs, costume designs and lighting designs for the theatre, film and television studio and transfer them into computer files.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Classroom studio facilities with access to computer work stations and computer facilities.
  2. Industry standard computer technology and programs
  3. When taught via Foothill Global Access, on-going access to computer with e-mail software and hardware; e-mail address.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Identify and interpret drafting for the theatre, including, ground plans, elevations, sections, working drawings, light plots, scene shift plots, schematics and schedules.
  2. Practice the techniques of drafting for the theatre using computer technology.
  3. Draft platforms, flats, windows, doors, architectural details, props, stages, cycs, scrims, theatre curtains, design elevations and shop working drawings.
  4. Apply the use of line, line weight, theatre conventions, and scenographic conventions and techniques in developing a complete set of computer drawn design and technical plans for the stage, film, and television.
  5. Apply computer technology to the creation and study of production blueprints, plan organization, detail drawings,sections, and page layout
  6. Study blue prints of stage designs from theatres with different cultural backgrounds.
  7. Technique:
    1. Lettering and fonts
    2. Title Blocks and page layout
    3. Shading and fills
    4. Dimensioning
  8. Form and Content
    1. Floor Plans and Staging Platforms
    2. Elevations
    3. Sections
    4. Details
    5. Center and Vertical Section
    6. Organizing the Plans
    7. Textures and Materials
    8. Scenic Design Architectual Standards.
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Observation of laboratory assignments and techniques
  2. Design assignments demonstrating the ability to create simple 3-d models
  3. Class presentations of projects with written and oral peer feedback
  4. Periodic exams to determine a practical knowledge of drafting
  5. Midterm and final projects demonstrating comprehension of drafting techniques and standards
  6. Cooperative learning assignments
Representative Text(s) -
Gillette, Michael, Theatrical Design and Production, 7th ed, Mayfield, 2012.
Recommended supplemental texts:
Dorn, Dennis and Shanda, Mark, Drafting for the Theatre, Southern Illinois University Press,; Second edition, 2012.

Disciplines -
Theatre Arts
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture presentations and classroom discussion using the terminology of theatre drafting. (L)
  2. Modeling of correct drafting process and standards. (L)
  3. Class projects and ensuing discussion to demonstrate specific drafting skills. (Lab)
  4. Group presentations of major projects followed by in-class discussion and evaluation. (lab)
Lab Content -
Students will use computers to draft presentation drawings for current and future department productions and projects
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading 30-50 pages per week from the required text.
  2. Using Google Sketchup or the equivalent virtual skehing software,create a 3D set including at least three different levels, a column with base and capitol, one wall with a window and door, and a 3-step stair.
  3. Using Vectorworks or equivalent software, draft a floor plan and section of a theatre