Design and Technology for Performance Syllabus

Course Title: Design and Technology for Performance Syllabus

Course Description:

This course is an introduction to principles and practical application of techniques for designing theatre, music and other types of live performance. This course includes practical aspects of designing and producing live performance. Topics include lighting, sets and space, clothing and costume design, sound; may include specialized techniques such as masks, props, makeup.

Course Objectives:

  • Analyze a script as it pertains to performance design.
  • Visually represent and present designs.
  • Collaborate with classmates on creative solutions to design challenges.
  • Apply design as a method of inquiry into complex historical and social issues.
  • Design the scenic, costuming, lighting, and sound for a workshop production.
  • Execute the scenic, costuming, lighting, and sound designs for a workshop production.
  • Analyze aesthetic choices in design for their effective communication to an audience.
  • Analyze the cultural, social, and political meanings in aesthetic choices.
  • Demonstrate industry-standard safety practices throughout the semester.

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Rayna Middleton Dexter, Texas A&M University

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History of Period Styles and Décor Syllabus

Course Description

Survey of architectural elements, furnishings, and decorative motifs useful to theatre designers: prehistoric through modern including Far Eastern styles. This course is a visual survey of the major “periods” of architecture, furnishings, decorative motifs, and ornamentation, coupled with a history of costume survey. The purpose of this class is to assist theatre artists in developing an understanding of visual history. This will establish for them a common historic framework from which to build their visual knowledge base and provide for them a means to accurately articulate their visual ideas, needs, and inspirations using correct historic references and terminologies.

Course Goals

Students will gain a broad visual overview of each period of style to serve as a basis on which to begin research when undertaking a new production, regardless of the fact the production is meant to be “historically accurate” or conceptual. Read More