DANC 285
Lighting Design for Performance
Last Offered Spring 2022
Division I
Cross-listed THEA 285
This course is not offered in the current catalog

Class Details

The artistic, intellectual, and practical roles of a designer vary widely, from the spectacle of Broadway to the do-it-yourself ingenuity of downtown theater to the conceptual frame of the art gallery space. This course explores the art and techniques of lighting design for performance. This course will cover the conceptual methodology for development of a design based in textual analysis and research. We will discuss light as an ephemeral substance and the visual content upon which we incorporate it into the theatrical world. Students will delve into how we use lighting to help to tell a story, influence the audience, and create a world unseen to many. By the end of the course, students will be able to answer the question of ‘how do color, form, texture, and motion impact our emotions in everyday life and onstage?’ We will explore the various tools that are used to implement such a design including the use of movement, color, intensity, and texture as compositional and storytelling tools; and the translation of concept into technical drawings and paperwork used to make an artist’s design into a reality. The class format will be a combination of lectures, discussions, and studio work.
The Class: Format: studio/laboratory
Limit: 10
Expected: 6
Class#: 3981
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Committed participation in class discussion and feedback; and the thoughtful, timely completion and presentation of multiple projects of varying scales, focusing on lighting design, considered both individually and when working in tandem. Students are expected to complete hours on the lighting hang, focus and tech of pre-determined department productions and are expected to attend Theater Department productions.
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: students who have completed THEA 101, 102, 201 or 244, ARTS 100, or equivalent course or practical experience in the performing or studio arts
Materials/Lab Fee: Up to $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:
DANC 285 Division I THEA 285 Division I

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