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THEA 1607

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title Stagecraft
Prerequisite(s) None
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
The fundamentals of scene design, set construction, painting, lighting, costuming, and backstage organization are emphasized. Practical work in the stage shop or in College theatre facilities is required.

Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course, the student will be able to:
1. apply knowledge of technical theatre vocabulary and practices at the Georgia Perimeter College Theatre Facilities.
2. use the hands-on technical skills acquired, in theatrical situations at senior institutions, community and professional theatre companies.
3. practice correct and safe procedures for set construction, scene painting, stage lighting and basic costume construction.
4. employ theatrical common sense and problem solving skills.

General Education Outcomes
1.    This course ensures students will be able to "communicate effectively through speaking, listening, reading, and writing" by requiring them to:
a. speak and write the correct terms used in theatre, including regional slang.
b. read cut lists and working drawings.
c. write instructions and cut lists in a format that is consistent with guidelines established by United States Institute of Theatre Technology.

2.    This course ensures students will be able to "demonstrate effective problem-solving and critical thinking skills" by requiring them to:

d. determine the best, least expensive, least time consuming, yet safe method to approach a construction challenge.

3.    This course ensures students will be able to "understand, interpret and communicate quantitative data" by requiring them to:

e. create and execute cut lists and read instruction drawings.

4.    This course ensures students will be able to "locate, organize, and analyze information through the use of a variety of computer applications" by requiring them to:

f. read instruction drawings drawn with computer aided drawing (CAD) programs.
g. program light cues on a computer controlled lighting system.

5.    This course ensures students will be able to "demonstrate an understanding of the importance of the arts and literature in the human experience" by requiring them to:

h. see live theatre, music and dance performances where they will experience the human bond that occurs when many people experience the same events, observations and emotions.
i. establish the foundation of appreciation of the variety of jobs involved in producing a live performance and how the collective audience experience can be heightened by those production values.

6.    This course ensures students will be able to "recognize and apply scientific inquiry in a variety of settings" by requiring them to:

j. analyze options available for building a particular project and determine the best solution given a variety of different settings or situations.

7.    This course ensures students will be able to "identify, analyze, and evaluate global economic, political, historical, and geographic forces" by requiring them to:

k. be aware of products’ origins, and whether they are difficult to obtain because they are a rainforest product, limited by import regulations or environmentally hazardous.

8.    This course ensures students will be able to "identify and apply the basic concepts of wellness: by requiring them to:

l. use common safety procedures and equipment
m. practice appropriate lifting and hauling methods to avoid back injury.

9.    This course ensures students will be able to "apply the knowledge of personal, societal, and cultural development to living and working in a culturally diverse environment" by requiring them to:

n. work with others who have diverse cultural, economic and intellectual backgrounds and skills towards the goal of completing a project on time and within budget.

Course Content
This course will cover the following major areas:
1.    Set construction
a. knowledge of and ability to use shop hand held and power tools
b. knowledge of lumber and other materials used
c. knowledge of common scenic units and their construction
d. basic set design and proper methods of writing, reading and executing construction drawings.
e. safety practices in the shop
2.    Scenic painting
a. understanding and interpreting basic color theory
b. knowledge of different painting tools and techniques
c. safety practices with paints and dyes
3.    Stage houses, equipment and rigging
a. touring the college theatre facility as well as several theatres in the area
b. knowledge of equipment installed and safe operation of that equipment.
c. working with ladders, working overhead in elevated positions
4.    Stage lighting
a. knowledge of lighting equipment, use and operation
b. instrument and cable repairs
c. basic lighting design, reading and hanging light plots
d. safety practices in lighting
5.    Basic Sewing Skills
a. basic operation of a home-model sewing machine
b. basic hand-sewing skills
c. basic elements of costume design and design presentation

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
Students will receive grades for:

a. Class Participation in discussions
b. Weekly Quizzes
c. Basic Skills Projects
d. Building a flat
e. Scenic painting samples
f. Making a pillow
g. Midterm and Final
The basic skills projects completed each semester will be inspected by the technical projects manager to ensure that the student has achieved a sufficient level of skill in each area. These projects may be photographed so that they may be evaluated against projects completed other semesters to ensure consistency.
Completing this course, with a high level of success at the skills projects may enable students to be hired as student assistants in the Georgia Perimeter College scene shop. Students may also succeed as assistants when transferring to senior institutions or as production employees of theatre companies.
An annual review of course content will result in changes prompted by:
a. accessing quality of work submitted with basic skills projects
b. analysis of exams, exhibiting general student comprehension
c. student feedback from evaluation forms
d. contacting senior state institutions to access their needs and requirements for technical employees and volunteer
e. contacting local theatre companies to access their needs and requirements for technical employees and volunteers
f. adapting to advancements in the industry

Last Revised: Aug. 12, 2011
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