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1. To introduce and practice the concepts of basic hand and computer-aided drafting for the theatre.
2. To practice and reinforce the elements of standard scenic practice.
3. To prepare the student for work in Scene Design and Stage Lighting Design.
4. To reinforce the ability to present one's work on paper in order to gain employment or entrance to a graduate school.
The essence of a production team is collaboration. The exchange of ideas, moods, and concepts necessitates a good deal of communication. Some exchanges can take place in a didactic straightforward mode. Some must be couched in secondary references to literary, musical, or poetic comparisons and analogies. In any event, someone is eventually going to want to know what that costume, hand prop, set piece, or lighting effect is going to look like. "Draw me a picture." Josef Svoboda, the most influential scenographer in the last 30 years said, "To draw . . .is our language!"
This course is designed to aid us in presenting our thoughts and designs in graphic form. This ability will help in collaborating with a director; it should also aid in building a portfolio for entrance into graduate programs or positions in the profession. It is the logical precursor to the study of scene design and/or lighting design.
While there is still a valid place for hand drafting, only the first few weeks are spent at the drafting tables. Most of the work will be generated via drawing and CAD programs. We will master the basics of two graphic programs, Google SketchUp and Vectorworks .
Course grading will be based on daily assignments – 50%, Midterm exam – 20% and the final project at 30%. The instructor reserves the right to adjust or cancel assignments as the course progresses. If, for some reason, assignments administered total somewhat more or fewer than 100 points, the method of obtaining the final grade will remain essentially the same: the total points achieved will be divided by the total points possible to obtain a percentage, and a grade will be assigned according to the percentage scale outlined above. Absences cost ½ a final letter grade each.
The final project will be discussed in detail later but you should be thinking of a full-length single-set play that you'd like to draft. It needn't be a unique concept. I want you to concentrate on the drafting not the design.
Federal privacy law prohibits the release of information about
students to certain parties outside of the university without the signed consent of the student. Thus, in almost all cases I will not discuss your academic progress or other matters with your parents. Regardless of these important legal considerations, it is my general policy to communicate with the students, not their parents, even when a student has signed a consent form. College students are adults and are expected to behave accordingly.
If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a
disability, if you have emergency medical information that needs sharing, or if you need special accommodations in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with the me as soon as possible.
All MSU policies regarding academic integrity apply to this course. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarizing, fabricating of information or citations, facilitating acts of academic dishonesty by others, having unauthorized possession of examinations, submitting work of another person or work previously used without informing the instructor, or tampering with the academic work of other students. For any material or ideas obtained from other sources, such as the text or things you see on the web, in the library, etc., a source reference must be given. Direct quotes from any source must be identified as such. All exam answers must be your own, and you must not provide any assistance to other students during exams. Any instances of academic dishonesty WILL be pursued under the MSU regulations concerning academic integrity.