THEA 302
Scenic Design and Experimental Performance
Last Offered Spring 2015
Division I
Cross-listed THEA 302 / ARTS 221
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

The artistic, intellectual, and practical roles of a set designer vary widely, from the spectacle of Broadway to the do-it-yourself ingenuity of downtown theater. In contemporary experimental theater designers are essential parts of the ensemble, contributing equally to devised work alongside directors, writers, performers and dramaturgs. Design is not viewed as a response to the script, but rather an initial condition: a world whose creation describes the limits of the play while also providing the necessary components for that play to exist. In this way the act of designing and the act of devising can be seen as inextricably entwined–even interchangeable. This course explores a range of techniques and methodologies utilized to create stage environments in traditional and experimental modes. Grounded in textual analysis and research, and emphasizing process, critique, and revision, we will create theoretical stage designs in response to a variety of performance texts. These may include plays, musicals, operas, physical- and dance-theater, and other work that is deeply grounded in the physicality of performer, spectator and performance environment. Emphasis will be on sketching and model-making as the primary means for developing and communicating design ideas Drafting and digital tools will also be factors in course work, which will include training and mentorship in all materials and craft.
The Class: Format: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 6
Class#: 3759
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based upon committed class participation in discussion and critique, as well as thoughtful, timely completion of all assignments and projects
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: THEA 201 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Theatre and Art majors
Unit Notes: this course does not count toward the Art major
Materials/Lab Fee: lab fee of $125 to be added to the student's term bill
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
THEA 302 Division I ARTS 221 Division I

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