THEA 142 - INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE DESIGN
Fall 2020 Syllabus, Section 001, Class Number 4159
Times and Location
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm
Rooms 2019, 2027, and 2029 in the Center for the Arts
Creative aspects of theatrical design from concept to realization. Core: Creativity & Creative Development. Lab/Class fee will be assessed.
CORE 4: Specific creative activity emphasizing symbolic, affective, and imaginative thinking in the creative activity and understanding the creative process through participating in it. Reflect current scholarship in the field, provide reference to theoretical frameworks and methods, and explore the critical standards central to the genre or medium.
|Students will need a notebook. All other supplies will be provided courtesy of your class lab fee.|
Course Learning Outcomes
Specific creative activity emphasizing symbolic, affective, and imaginative thinking in the creative activity and understanding the creative process through participating in it. Reflect current scholarship in the field, provide reference to theoretical frameworks and methods, and explore the critical standards central to the genre or medium.
Following the completion of this course the student will: (1) be able to investigate, critique, and evaluate the elements of design; (2) be able to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate the contributions made by members of the design team; (3) be able to understand how to select and apply various materials and media needed to communicate a design concept; (4) develop an awareness of theatre design, history, and current theatrical movements; (5) be able to describe, compare, contrast, and critically exam a script from the perspective of a designer; and (6) be able to express their artistic interpretation in the form of theatre designers.
Students are allowed a total of two (2) absences during a semester. A students final grade will be reduced by five (5) points for every absence beyond two absences. If you miss a class because you are sick then that is one absence. If you miss a class absence you went away on a university sponsored event then that is a second absence. If you miss a class because your car broke down then that is a third absence and your grade will be reduced for this third absence by five points and additional five point reductions in your final grade will occur for each subsequent absence.
Students are expected to attend all classes. Consistent attendance offers the most effective opportunity for students to understand concepts, materials and expectations of those courses in which they are enrolled. Although some courses do not use attendance as a criterion for grading, there are others where in-class participation is an integral part of the course. Examples include, but are not limited to, seminars and courses that require public speaking, laboratories, language learning, group discussions or internships. Frequent absences from these types of courses, whether excused or unexcused, may affect the final grade. Faculty who use absences as a factor in grading must explain in the course syllabus what effect even an excused absence might have on the evaluation of a student’s work.
It is the policy of the university to excuse the absences of students for the following reasons:
illness or injury when the student is unable to attend class
death of a family member (see the Student Bereavement Procedure on the website)
religious observance where the nature of the observance prevents the student from attending class
participation in university activities at the request of university authorities (e.g., Intercollegiate Athletics, Forensics Team, Dance Company, etc.)
compelling verifiable circumstances beyond the control of the student
Students requesting an excused absence must provide documentation to the instructor two weeks prior to the scheduled absence when known in advance or as soon as possible when not known in advance. Absences that do not fall into any of the above categories are unexcused. Faculty may set a limit on the number of unexcused absences.
Students who will be representing TU at events, conferences, or other official activities should obtain a Notification of Absence from Class Form from the Office of Campus Life, University Union 232, to be given to their instructors to verify the excused absence. Students are encouraged to notify faculty of anticipated class absences as soon as they learn they will be missing class.
Students who are absent from class are responsible for any missed work, assignments or assessments (e.g., quizzes, tests, papers, etc.). Faculty members are required to allow students with documented excused absences to make up missed work or assignments when this is feasible. When the nature of the assignment makes this impossible, faculty members should attempt to make a reasonable adjustment of the assignment.
Students who fail to appear for the first two class sessions, or the first session of evening classes, may forfeit their space in class. Instructors have the right to release these spaces to other students wishing to add the class to their schedules. Students who lose their spaces must officially withdraw from the course through the Registrar's Office to avoid earning an FX grade for non-attendance. See the sections on Changing a Schedule and Grades/Grading for further information.
Students may not attend a class until they are registered for the class, and they must satisfy all financial obligations to the institution before they register. Family members, including children, of students are not permitted to attend classes. On rare occasions, this might be permitted if related to a course activity such as a presentation.
Attendance: Each student is required to attend every class. Attendance will be taken five minutes after the official start time of the class. Any student arriving after attendance is taken will be marked absent. The student’s final grade will be reduced by five points for each absence beyond two. Example: If a student misses two classes they will not have any points deducted from their final grade, but five points will be deducted from the student’s final grade for every absence beyond two. If a student misses four classes then the highest grade the student can achieve is 90 (100 minus 10 points for the two absences beyond two). The instructor is not obligated to check to see if a student arrived in class after their name was called, nor is the instructor obligated to tell the student that they’ve received an absence. Creative Project Attendance: Attendance is mandatory whenever a creative project assignment is introduced. The dates for the creative project introductions are listed under the component 2 section listed below. The student’s final grade will be reduced by twenty-five points each time they miss the date when a creative project assignment is introduced.
Each student is required to attend every class. Attendance will be taken five minutes after the official start time of the class. Any student arriving after attendance is taken will be marked absent. The student’s final grade will be reduced by five points for each absence beyond two. Example: If a student misses two classes they will not have any points deducted from their final grade, but five points will be deducted from the student’s final grade for every absence beyond two. If a student misses four classes then the highest grade the student can achieve is 90 (100 minus 10 points for the two absences beyond two). The instructor is not obligated to check to see if a student arrived in class after their name was called, nor is the instructor obligated to tell the student that they’ve received an absence.
Creative Project Attendance: Attendance is mandatory whenever a creative project assignment is introduced. The dates for the creative project introductions are listed under the component 2 section listed below. The student’s final grade will be reduced by twenty-five points each time they miss the date when a creative project assignment is introduced.
2D and 3D Spatial Relationships
Acid Pro Sound
Elements of Design
Lighting Design Software
Component 1 – The Mid Term (10 points or 10% of the final grade)
Project Introduced on 10/6 and Project Due on 10/16 by 11:59 pm
Component 2 (60 points or 60% of the final grade): Each student is responsible for their own creative project. The creative projects will highlight specific skills in each area of theatre design. Each creative project is worth 5 points and successfully completing all eleven creative projects will equal 60 points of the student’s final grade.
Project #1– Design Pyramid (5 points): Relevant Lecture on 8/25; Project Introduced on 8/27 and Project Due on 9/4 by 11:59 pm
Project #2 – Design Questions, Part I (5 points): Relevant Lecture on 9/1; Project Introduced on 9/3 and Project Due on 9/11 by 11:59 pm
Project #3– Design Questions, Part II (5 points): Relevant Lecture on 9/8; Project Introduced on 9/10 and Project Due on 9/18 by 11:59 pm
Project #4– Metaphor (5 points): Relevant Lecture on 9/15; Project Introduced on 9/17 and Project Due on 9/25 by 11:59 pm
Project #5 – West Side Story (5 points): Relevant Lecture on 9/22; Project Introduced on 9/24 and Project Due on 10/2 by 11:59 pm
Project #6 – Designers (5 points): Relevant Lecture on 9/29; Project Introduced on 10/1 and Project Due on 10/9 by 11:59 pm
Mid Term (10 points): Project Introduced on 10/6 and Project Due on 10/16 by 11:59 pm (see component 1 above)
Project #7 – Poster Design (5 points): Relevant Lecture on 10/13; Project Introduced on 10/15 and Project Due on 10/23 by 11:59 pm
Project #8 – Sound Design (5 points): Relevant Lecture on 10/20; Project Introduced on 10/22 and Project Due on 10/30 by 11:59 pm
Project #9 – Costumes Design (5 points): Relevant Lecture on 10/27; Project Introduced 10/29 and Project Due on 11/6 by 11:59 pm
Project #10 – Performance Spaces (5 points): Relevant Lecture on 11/3; Project Introduced on 11/5 and Project Due on 11/13 by 11:59 pm
Project #11 – Scenery Design (5 points): Relevant Lecture on 11/10; Project Introduced on 11/12 and Project Due on 11/20 by 11:59 pm
Project #12 – Lighting Design (5 points): Relevant Lecture on 11/17; Project Introduced on 11/19 and Project Due on 12/4 by 11:59 pm
Each student is responsible for completing their creative projects without the help from other students. Failure by the student to complete a creative project on the due date will result in the student’s grade for that creative project as a ‘0’.
Students will have to work on their creative projects outside of class time. This is commonly referred to as homework.
Please, note that the videos posted are copyrighted and may not be recorded or distributed under penalty of the law. Students will receive an “F” for the class if a video is recorded or distributed.
Designers communicate their ideas after talking to the director and other designers. Designers rely on their notes and research to create their design. If a designer doesn't take accurate notes then the production will not have a visual unity. Therefore, it is the student’s responsibility to accurately write down the directions for each creative project and conduct the appropriate research.
Component 3 - The Final30
Component 3 – The Final (30%): This assessment will be conducted online using Blackboard. The rubric and the criteria for grading this assessment is as follows: The instructor will ask written questions on Blackboard. The student will answer the questions in the space provided on Blackboard. The instructor will review the answers. If a student answers a question correctly then the student won’t lose any points on that particular question, but if the student answers a question incorrectly then the instructor will mark that question wrong and the appropriate number of points will be deducted from the total number of points available for this assessment. This assessment occurs at the final exam date and time determined by the university. This assessment will have a twenty (20) minute time limit.
The final exam for THEA.142.001 meeting from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm is Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 10:15 am
The final exam for THEA.142.002 meeting from 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm is Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 12:30 pm.
Take good notes while watching the videos and doing the assignments, because your notes will be helpful for you to study for the final.
Final Grade for the Class: As discussed above – Your grade is the sum of component 1, component 2, and component 3, minus any deductions.
Example: A student earns a total of 25 on component 1 and 25 on component 2 and 35 points on component 3 for a total of 85. This 85 will be the number used to determine the student’s final grade. In this case the student will earn a “B”.
|Grade||Grade Points Per Unit|
|A||90 to 100|
|B+||87 to 89|
|B||84 - 86|
|B-||80 to 83|
|C+||77 to 79|
|C||70 to 76|
|D+||67 to 69|
|D||60 to 66|
|F||0 to 59|
|Tue||8/25||Project 1: The Design Pyramid||Lecture|
|Thu||8/27||Project 1: The Design Pyramid, Assignment Presentation||See Blackboard for Assignment Details||9/4/20 at 11:59 pm.|
|Tue||9/1||Project #2: Design Questions, Part 1||Lecture|
|Thu||9/3||Project #2: Design Questions, Part 1: Assignment Presentation||See Blackboard for Assignment Details||9/11/20 at 11:59 pm.|
|Tue||9/8||Project #3: Design Questions, Part 2||Lecture|
|Thu||9/10||Project #3: Design Questions, Part 2: Assignment Presentation||See Blackboard for Assignment Details||9/18/20 at 11:59 pm.|
|Tue||9/15||Project #4: Metaphor||Lecture|
|Thu||9/17||Project #4: Metaphor: Assignment Presentation||See Blackboard for Assignment Details||9/25/20 at 11:59 pm.|
|Tue||9/22||Project #5: West Side Story||Lecture|
|Thu||9/24||Project #5: West Side Story: Assignment Presentation||See Blackboard for Assignment Details||10/2/20 at 11:59 pm.|
|Tue||9/29||Project #6: Designers||Lecture||New Element|
|Thu||10/1||Project #6: Designers: Assignment||See Blackboard for Assignment Details||10/9/20 at 11:59 pm.|
|Tue||10/6||Mid Term: Project Introduction||Lecture|
|Thu||10/8||Mid Term: Project Assignment||See Blackboard for Assignment Details||10/16/20 at 11:59 pm.|
|Tue||10/13||Project #7: Poster Design||Lecture|
|Thu||10/15||Project #7: Poster Design, Assignment Presentation||See Blackboard for Assignment Details||10/23/20 at 11:59 pm.|
|Tue||10/20||Project #8: Sound Design||Lecture|
|Thu||10/22||Project #8: Sound Design, Assignment Presentation||See Blackboard for Assignment Details||10/30/20 at 11:59 pm.|
|Tue||10/27||Project #9: Costume Design||Lecture|
|Thu||10/29||Project #9: Costume Design, Assignment Presentation||See Blackboard for Assignment Details||11/6/20 at 11:59 pm.|
|Tue||11/3||Project #10: Performance Spaces||Lecture|
|Thu||11/5||Project #10: Performance Spaces, Assignment Presentation||See Blackboard for Assignment Details||11/6/20 at 11:59 pm.|
|Tue||11/10||Project #11: Scenery Design||Lecture|
|Thu||11/12||Project #11: Scenery Design, Assignment Presentation||See Blackboard for Assignment Details||11/20/20 at 11:59 pm.|
|Tue||11/17||Project #12: Lighting Design||Lecture|
|Thu||11/19||Project #12: Lighting Design, Assignment Presentation||See Blackboard for Assignment Details||12/4/20 at 11:59 pm.|
|Thu||11/26||Thanksgiving Holiday (No class)|
|Tue||12/1||Final Exam Preparation, The Raven Part 1||Lecture||12/10/20 at 11:59 pm|
|Thu||12/3||Final Exam Preparation, The Raven Part 2||Lecture||12/10/20 at 11:59 pm|
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