ARTS 201
Worldbuilding: Staging and Design For The Theater Spring 2020
Division I
Cross-listed ARTS 201 / THEA 201

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This course examines the designer’s and director’s creative processes as they work together to imagine the fictional worlds of theatrical productions. Over a series of practical projects in staging, mise-en-scene, and various design disciplines, we will develop techniques for eliciting an initial creative response to a text, developing that response into a point-of-view, and solving the practical needs of the production. Particular emphasis is placed on how design elements synthesize with one another, and with the work of the actors and director, to form the larger intellectual, emotional, and physical context of the work as a whole. Students will adopt various creative roles throughout a series of assigned projects, giving a broad exposure to the work of designers and directors. Basic presentation skills and technique, as well as methodologies for critical feedback, will be taught as crucial elements of staging and design development.
The Class: Type: studio
Limit: 14
Expected: 12
Class#: 3804
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: committed participation in class discussion and feedback; and the thoughtful, timely completion of four design/staging projects plus a month-long final project taken through multiple iterations
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Theatre majors and prospective Theatre majors
Unit Notes: this course is required for the Theatre major; this course does not count toward the Art major
Materials/Lab Fee: $125 for materials and copying charged to term bill
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ARTS 201 Division I THEA 201 Division I

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