THEA 201
Worldbuilding: Design for the Theater Spring 2020
Division I
Cross-listed ARTS 201 / THEA 201
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This course examines designers’ creative processes as they work to imagine the fictional worlds of theatrical productions. Over a series of practical projects in multiple design disciplines, we will develop techniques for eliciting an initial creative response to a text; developing that response into a point-of-view; communicating that point-of-view with collaborators; and solving the practical needs of the production. Particular emphasis is placed on how design elements synthesize with each other (and with the imagined work of the actors and director) to form the larger intellectual, emotional, and physical context of the production as a whole. Students will adopt various creative roles over a series of projects, giving exposure to the working processes of designers specifically, and that of all collaborators in a theatrical production more generally. Methodologies for critical feedback, as well as presentation skills and techniques, will be taught as crucial elements of the artistic and collaborative process.
The Class: Format: studio/laboratory
Limit: 10
Expected: 8
Class#: 3802
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: committed participation in class discussion and feedback; and the thoughtful, timely completion of four design projects plus a month-long final
Prerequisites: THEA 101 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Theatre majors
Unit Notes: this course is a prerequisite for all upper-level design and directing courses; 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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