THEA 3473 is really an extension of the materials covered in 1513. THEA 1513 is a nuts-and-bolts course that introduces you to the basic tools and vocabulary of Stage Lighting. In this course we will concentrate on the lighting design process and its results. This is a learn-through-doing course. There will be some lecture, but mostly we will establish the link between the designer and his tools through a series of hands-on experiments and projects. Each is designed to give you practical applications of the materials covered in the lectures/text.
THEA 115 isn’t a prerequisite for this course. If you have enrolled in this course without having taken it, it is up to you to do the supplemental reading. We will also be briefly reviewing some of the material in this class.
Through a series of exercises we will investigate the relationships of color, texture, line, composition, etc. to a lighting design and how that design relates to the script and ultimately the production. At the same time we will explore in depth the process of taking a lighting design from conception to production.
We will investigate the characteristics of different lighting instruments, the uses of different lighting positions, the various mediums of color and their effects on a production. This will be accomplished through a series of smaller projects and work our way up to a fully drafted light plot. Further as part of the design process we will look at how the designer communicates the choices they've made to the other members of the production team.
By the end of this course:
As part of the hands-on learning process you are required to be on the hang/focus crew for God Of Carnage or one of the one acts. You will be expected to contribute at least 48 hours over the term working on crews or designing. You will be graded on your attitude, reliability and application of knowledge.
You are required to attend the above production and write a short paper about God of Carnage from your observations. The paper is due the Tuesday after it’s run. So mark your calendars now for those opening dates. Specific requirements and topics for the paper will follow as the term progresses. The paper must be typed and 4-5 pages in length. Late papers will be docked a full grade for each day they are late. Late papers will only be accepted with the prior permission of the instructor. Grammer, spelling, and use of terminology will count in the grading.
Assignments and Papers will not be accepted if emailed.
Projects / Assignments:
Specific details will be handed out later. The projects/assignments will vary in complexity. Each one is geared towards a particular aspect of the design process. It is important that they are completed on time and in order.
Late projects/assignments will result in a reduction of one letter grade for each day they are late. The projects are not the kind of thing you can knock off by doing an all-nighter. They must be carefully thought through and executed. It will show if they were rushed and your resulting grade will reflect it. You will average about one assignment/project per week. The final project will be due during the normal exam period.
Please be assured that this is not an art or drawing skill class. I am more interested in your concept and the process you used to achieve it than your abilities to produce perfect looking works of art.
The use of CADD programs will not be allowed on the projects unless you have taken the Cadd course and get my prior permission on a per-project-basis.
Projects /Assignments * 70%
Crew Work/ 10%
Class Participation 10%
* Part of the grading criteria for all projects/assignments is the degree of completion, neatness, clarity of intent and presentation style. Misuse of Grammar, Spelling and terminology will also affect your grade.
More about Grading
Required Viewing: God of Carnage, Feb. 19-23.
Attendance and participation are critical to your success. You are expected to arrive on time, be prepared, actively participate, and stay for the full class period. If you miss class, you miss the chance to participate in your education and the education of others in class. Attendance in class is expected. You will be docked one letter grade after three (3) unexcused absences. A further letter grade reduction will be added for an additional three (3) absences. On the 7th you will be dropped with a grade of ‘F’.
The acceptable excuses are: the death of a family member, personal illness, required attendance at an official school function, and verifiable emergency. You must notify me before you miss a class, except when an emergency happens on the way to class. If an emergency happens on the way to class, you must notify me on the same day. If I cannot be reached, leave me an email.
If you fail to notify me before missing a class you will receive a zero for work due and/or performed during that class unless it is a verifiable emergency.
Your illness must be serious to be excused. Thus, you must see a medical practitioner and get a signed note on official stationary from your doctor or the student health clinic.
For an official school function, you must present a signed note before missing class. The note must be on official school stationary, and it must be signed by the appropriate university official. If you do not have a signed note on official school stationary, you will receive a zero for the work due or that you missed.
For a death in the family, you must notify the instructor before missing class. When you return, you must give the instructor a copy of the program for the funeral. If you do not have a copy of the program, you will receive a zero for the work due or that you missed.
If you have an emergency, you must provide documentation to me, such as an accident report or towing bill. If you do not have documentation, you will receive a zero for the work due or that you missed.
When you have an acceptable excuse, you are responsible for finding out what you missed and arranging to make it up with the instructor. Missed work must be made up within one week of when your return to class, or you will receive a zero.
If you are habitually late or leave early, your final grade may be lowered by 1/3 letter grade for each instance beyond three absences.
Drafting Paper: 18x24 - Vellum White" Pencil eraser & Erasing shield
Drafting Pencils - H, HB, 3H 45', 90' Triangles
12" Architects Scale Rule Tracing Paper
Lighting Symbol Template - 1/4" Plan View Other Misc. Drafting/Art Supplies
Color Filter Swatch Book - Rosco
Federal privacy law prohibits me from releasing 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. Please do not have them call me. 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 me as soon as possible.
Tentative Class Schedule – THEA 3473, Fall 2014
Date Reading and/or Activity Projects Due
Jan. 14 Intro & Controllable Properties of Light
16 Types of Instruments
( Jan. 17 USITT-SW leave. Return Jan. 20.)
21 ( Dallas – TETA) (No Class ????)
23 Parts of Instruments
28 “ Project #1 Due
30 Instrument Demo Distro
Feb. 04 Color Filters Project #2 Due
11 Color Demo Project #3 Due
13 Drafting & Lighting Symbols
18 Discussion Project #4 Due
25 Work in class (ACTF – Feb. 25-Mar. 1)
27 No Class ????
March 04 Work in class Mid-Term
06 Discussion Project #5 Due
11 Work in class
13 Discussion Project #5A Due
18 No Class – Spring Break
20 No Class – Spring Break
25 Work in class Project #6 Due
27 No Class (USITT- Fort Worth March 26-30)
April 01 Work in class
03 Discussion Project #6A Due
(One Acts #1 Apr 4-5)
08 Discussion Project #7 Due
10 Work in class
(One Acts #2, Apr. 11-12)
15 Discussion Project #7A Due
17 (No Class – Easter Break)
22 Discussion Project #8 Due
24 Work in Class
(One Acts #3, Apr. 25-26)
29 Work in class on Project #8
May 01 “ Project #8A Due -Or-
FINAL EXAM Tuesday, May 6, 8-10 am Project #8A Due