Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Fine Arts and Communication Division
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.4 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 72 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 3 Lab Hours: 3 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: 07/5;12/10;6/11;11/16/13

1. 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.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
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.

2. 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.
3. 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.

4. 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.
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. 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
7. 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.

8. Disciplines -
Theatre Arts
9. 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)
10. Lab Content -
Students will use computers to draft presentation drawings for current and future department productions and 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. 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
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a restricted support course for the AA degree and Certificate of Achievement in Theatre Technology.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2015-05-05 07:51:43

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines