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THEA 2401

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Credit Hours   3   
Course Title   Scenery Skills For The Theatre   
Prerequisite(s)   THEA 1607   
Corequisite(s)   None Specified   
Catalog Description   
This course expands on skills learned in the basic Stagecraft course in the areas of Scenery Construction, Scenic Painting and Properties. The approach is practical emphasizing projects over lecture.
Expected Educational Results   
As a result of completing this course,
  1. Students will gain strong construction skills for Scenery including carpentry, welding, plastics, and basic mechanics.
  2. Students will gain better understanding on the needs of Rigging and Technical Operations of a theatre.
  3. Students will learn refined techniques for Scene Painting and faux finishes as well as interpreting paint elevations for recreation.
  4. Students will learn about properties construction and acquisition including woodworking, fabric work, plastics, painting, and organization of properties for a show.
  5. Above all, students will learn the proper procedures for maintaining a safe environment when working in Technical Theatre.
General Education Outcomes   
  1. Familiarize students with materials, tools and skills for working as a Stage Caroenter, Properties Artisan and Scenic Painter
  2. Instill a solid understand of safety practices in working as a Stage Caroenter, Properties Artisan and Scenic Painter.
  3. Expand on expertise in construction and painting techniques to better prepare for the profession and/or transfer to other Theatre programs at 4 year institutions
Course Content   
  1. Practical application of tools and methods for scenic construction such as wood joints, stock scenery, curved surfaces.
  2. Practical application of tools and methods for scenic painting and finish techniques such as wood grain, marbling, textures coatings, floor painting, tromp l’oeil.
  3. Experience with other materials used for construction of scenery and/or properties such as metal, plastics, and fabrics.
  4. Proper safety practices for all the above.
Assessment of Outcome Objectives   

The final grade for the course will be in part determined by the successful completion of assigned projects in construction. Students will be responsible to complete projects accurately and on schedule for full credit.

Another component of the final grade will be determined by students’ participation in projects, their willingness to try new techniques and ask pertinent questions about them. Above all, participation includes proper adherence to safety practices.


Portfolio reviews function as the primary means of evaluation for students seeking acceptance into BFA programs in four-year institutions, as well as MFA and post graduate professional programs. The quality of the work, assembled and organized into the student portfolio presentation as well as their ability to discuss and evaluate that work intelligently, serves as the single most important method of assessment by the various instructors and departments the student will encounter during their education. Technical Theatre students need to have a strong portfolio upon gaining their degrees.

Project work in this course will provide further material for students’ portfolios in technical areas as well as coach them on strategies for presenting the material. Successful completion of these projects will enhance a student’s chances to gain employment in the field and/or transfer to a four-year institution for further training.

Along with that work, Students successfully completing this course will learn a skill set that will serve them throughout their professional careers. In the short term, they will be able to confidently add those skills to their resumés, making them more attractive to the profession and four-year academic programs.


Photographic documentation of student work will be kept in digital format for future reference. This documentation may be used as reference for future classes and promotion for the program. These findings can also be used in yearly review to determine the course’s effectiveness and support possible plans for improvement.

Last Revised: Jun. 09, 2011
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