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Additional Courses

Open Electives

Open elective credit also is required to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours.

TEC 111

DRAWING FOR DESIGNERS I

The first in a three quarter sequence of general drawing courses exclusively for students enrolled in the design majors of The Theater School. Two credit hours. Open to Theatre students only.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

TEC 112

DRAWING FOR DESIGNERS II

The second in a three quarter sequence of general drawing courses exclusively for students enrolled in the design majors of The Theater School.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

TEC 113

DRAWING FOR DESIGNERS III

The third in a three quarter sequence of general drawing courses exclusively for students enrolled in the design majors of The Theater School.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

THE 204

HISTORY OF DRAMATIC LITERATURE

First course in a 3 course sequence. A study of the development of playscripts, the physical theatre, and means of production from ancient Greek and Roman societies through contemporary theatre. The course emphasized theatre's changing role in society.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

THE 205

HISTORY OF DRAMATIC LITERATURE

Second course in a 3 course sequence. A study of the development of playscripts, the physical theatre, and means of production from ancient Greek and Roman societies through contemporary theatre. The course emphasized theatre's changing role in society.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

THE 206

HISTORY OF DRAMATIC LITERATURE

Third course in a 3 course sequence. A study of the development of playscripts, the physical theatre, and means of production from ancient Greek and Roman societies through contemporary theatre. The course emphasized theatre's changing role in society.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

TEC 254

COSTUME TECHNOLOGY I

First course in a 3 course sequence. Students are introduced to draping and drafting of patterns for basic garments, various problems of layout and cutting, and specialized sewing techniques for costumes.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

TEC 255

COSTUME TECHNOLOGY I

Second course in a 3 course sequence. Students are introduced to draping and drafting of patterns for basic garments, various problems of layout and cutting, and specialized sewing techniques for costumes.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

TEC 256

COSTUME TECHNOLOGY I

Third course in a 3 course sequence. Students are introduced to draping and drafting of patterns for basic garments, various problems of layout and cutting, and specialized sewing techniques for costumes.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 214

MAKE-UP

First course in a 3 course sequence. Basic skills of two-dimensional painting as well as basic prosthetic and skin-texturing work are analyzed in this course designed to acquaint the actor with theatrical make-up.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 215

MAKE-UP

Second course in a 3 course sequence. Basic skills of two-dimensional painting as well as basic prosthetic and skin-texturing work are analyzed in this course designed to acquaint the actor with theatrical make-up.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 216

MAKE-UP

Third course in a 3 course sequence. Basic skills of two-dimensional painting as well as basic prosthetic and skin-texturing work are analyzed in this course designed to acquaint the actor with theatrical make-up.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 141

PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN

Principles of Design (4 quarter hours). First course of a 3-quarter sequence of courses for the appreciation and experience of design as an aesthetic distinct from the other arts, and awareness of design considerations as manifested in theatrical productions.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 142

PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN

Second course of a 3-quarter sequence of courses for the appreciation and experience of design as an aesthetic distinct from the other arts, and awareness of design considerations as manifested in theatrical productions.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 143

PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN

Third course of a 3-quarter sequence of courses for the appreciation and experience of design as an aesthetic distinct from the other arts, and awareness of design considerations as manifested in theatrical productions.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

TEC 107

THEATRE CREW

Theatre Crew (2 quarter hours) All students in the first year of the program are assigned on a rotating basis throughout the year to various crews which build and run the shows in the Showcase, Playworks, New Directors, and Workshop Series.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

TEC 108

THEATRE CREW

Theatre Crew (2 quarter hours) All students in the first year of the program are assigned on a rotating basis throughout the year to various crews which build and run the shows in the Showcase, Playworks, New Directors, and Workshop Series.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

TEC 109

THEATRE CREW

Theatre Crew (2 quarter hours) All students in the first year of the program are assigned on a rotating basis throughout the year to various crews which build and run the shows in the Showcase, Playworks, New Directors, and Workshop Series.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 384

RENDERING FOR DESIGNERS I

First course in a 3 course sequence. The course consists of exercises, studies and renderings using values of gray to achieve the illusion of 3- dimensional form. With a variety of drawing and painting materials, students work from gradually more complex still-life set ups, under controlled lighting, and form a clipping file of research which they compile.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 385

RENDERING FOR DESIGNERS II

Second course in a 3 course sequence. The course consists of exercises, studies and renderings using values of gray to achieve the illusion of 3- dimensional form. With a variety of drawing and painting materials, students work from gradually more complex still-life set ups, under controlled lighting, and form a clipping file of research which they compile.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 386

RENDERING FOR DESIGNERS III

Third course in a 3 course sequence. The course consists of exercises, studies and renderings using values of gray to achieve the illusion of 3- dimensional form. With a variety of drawing and painting materials, students work from gradually more complex still-life set ups, under controlled lighting, and form a clipping file of research which they compile.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

TEC 354

COSTUME TECHNOLOGY II

First course in a 3 course sequence. The first quarter examines the various methods of generating period patterns using primary and secondary sources. The second quarter introduces corset-making and moves toward draping, drafting, cutting, sewing, fitting, altering, and finishing a dress based on a period pattern. The third quarter examines period garments from the 19th and early 20th Centuries, focusing on making detailed observations and drawings of the construction of these garments. Emphasis is placed on developing the students' knowledge concerning pattern shapes, inner structure of garments, sewing techniques, textiles used, and proportional relationships.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

TEC 355

COSTUME TECHNOLOGY II

Second course in a 3 course sequence. The first quarter examines the various methods of generating period patterns using primary and secondary sources. The second quarter introduces corset-making and moves toward draping, drafting, cutting, sewing, fitting, altering, and finishing a dress based on a period pattern. The third quarter examines period garments from the 19th and early 20th Centuries, focusing on making detailed observations and drawings of the construction of these garments. Emphasis is placed on developing the students' knowledge concerning pattern shapes, inner structure of garments, sewing techniques, textiles used, and proportional relationships.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

TEC 356

COSTUME TECHNOLOGY II

Third course in a 3 course sequence. The first quarter examines the various methods of generating period patterns using primary and secondary sources. The second quarter introduces corset-making and moves toward draping, drafting, cutting, sewing, fitting, altering, and finishing a dress based on a period pattern. The third quarter examines period garments from the 19th and early 20th Centuries, focusing on making detailed observations and drawings of the construction of these garments. Emphasis is placed on developing the students' knowledge concerning pattern shapes, inner structure of garments, sewing techniques, textiles used, and proportional relationships.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 244

COSTUME DESIGN I

First of a 3-course sequence. An introduction to costume. Students will explore the design process, costume silhouette and detail, and scripts and character analysis within the context of historical theatrical costuming. CO-REQUISITE: THE 382.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 245

COSTUME DESIGN I

Second of a 3-course sequence. An introduction to costume. Students will explore the design process, costume silhouette and detail, and scripts and character analysis within the context of historical theatrical costuming. CO-REQUISITE: THE 382.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 246

COSTUME DESIGN I

Third of a 3-course sequence. An introduction to costume. Students will explore the design process, costume silhouette and detail, and scripts and character analysis within the context of historical theatrical costuming. CO-REQUISITE: THE 382.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

THE 381

SURVEY OF THE ARTS FOR THEATRE

First course in a 3 course sequence. The styles and aesthetics of art, architecture, fashion and the decorative arts from ancient Egypt through the first half of the 20th century are examined. Emphasis is placed on periods and countries that are most important to American theatre. Can be taken by non-Theatre School students with permission of instructor.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

THE 382

SURVEY OF THE ARTS FOR THEATRE

Second course in a three-course sequence. The styles and aesthetics of art, architecture, fashion and the decorative arts from ancient Egypt through the first half of the 20th century are examined. Emphasis is placed on periods and countries that are most important to American theatre. Can be taken by non-Theatre School students with permission of instructor.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

THE 383

SURVEY OF THE ARTS FOR THEATRE

Third course in a three-course sequence. The styles and aesthetics of art, architecture, fashion and the decorative arts from ancient Egypt through the first half of the 20th century are examined. Emphasis is placed on periods and countries that are most important to American theatre. Can be taken by non-Theatre School students with permission of instructor.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 271

DESIGN PRODUCTION PRACTICE I

First course in a 3 course sequence. Design students do practical work on planning, constructing, rigging, painting, crewing, and running of productions. Areas may include scenery, costumes, lighting, or sound.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 272

DESIGN PRODUCTION PRACTICE I

Second course in a 3 course sequence. Design students do practical work on planning, constructing, rigging, painting, crewing, and running of productions. Areas may include scenery, costumes, lighting, or sound.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 273

DESIGN PRODUCTION PRACTICE I

Third course in a 3 course sequence. Design students do practical work on planning, constructing, rigging, painting, crewing, and running of productions. Areas may include scenery, costumes, lighting, or sound.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 344

COSTUME DESIGN II

First course in a 3 course sequence. Lectures and projects in costume design for the modern drama, specifically from realism through the 20th century styles. Design projects include script interpretation, rendering techniques, budgets, and fabric selections.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 345

COSTUME DESIGN II

Second course in a 3 course sequence. Lectures and projects in costume design for the modern drama, specifically from realism through the 20th century styles. Design projects include script interpretation, rendering techniques, budgets, and fabric selections.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 346

COSTUME DESIGN II

Third course in a 3 course sequence. Lectures and projects in costume design for the modern drama, specifically from realism through the 20th century styles. Design projects include script interpretation, rendering techniques, budgets, and fabric selections.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 361

THEATRICAL COLLABORATION

Theatrical Collaboration (3 quarter hours) An investigation, through research and discussion, of the conceptual problems of physically mounting specific, assigned scripts from the classic and modern theatre, covering a broad stylistic range. Students will submit proposals for designs and justify their ideas through literary and pictorial research. The directorial and collaborative problems of arriving at a production concept, up to, but not including fully-realized design documentation, is emphasized through a series of projects. PREREQUISITE(S): Open to 3rd and 4th year BFA Lighting, Scenery, Costume, Sound Design and Dramaturgy students, in addition to MFA students.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 362

THEATRICAL COLLABORATION

Theatrical Collaboration (3 quarter hours) An investigation, through research and discussion, of the conceptual problems of physically mounting specific, assigned scripts from the classic and modern theatre, covering a broad stylistic range. Students will submit proposals for designs and justify their ideas through literary and pictorial research. The directorial and collaborative problems of arriving at a production concept, up to, but not including fully-realized design documentation, is emphasized through a series of projects. PREREQUISITE(S): Open to 3rd and 4th year BFA Lighting, Scenery, Costume, Sound Design and Dramaturgy students, in addition to MFA students.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

TEC 454

COSTUME TECHNOLOGY III

First course in a 3 course sequence. Fall Quarter examines various craft skills and materials used in costume construction. Winter Quarter examines various techniques for tyeing, painting, and distressing textiles and costumes for the theatre. Spring Quarter focuses on various millinery techniques including the creation of patterns, construction of buckram, wire, and wool felt bases, fitting, finishing, and trimming.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

TEC 455

COSTUME TECHNOLOGY III

Second course in a 3 course sequence. Fall Quarter examines various craft skills and materials used in costume construction. Winter Quarter examines various techniques for tyeing, painting, and distressing textiles and costumes for the theatre. Spring Quarter focuses on various millinery techniques including the creation of patterns, construction of buckram, wire, and wool felt bases, fitting, finishing, and trimming.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

TEC 456

COSTUME TECHNOLOGY III

Third course in a 3 course sequence. Fall Quarter examines various craft skills and materials used in costume construction. Winter Quarter examines various techniques for tyeing, painting, and distressing textiles and costumes for the theatre. Spring Quarter focuses on various millinery techniques including the creation of patterns, construction of buckram, wire, and wool felt bases, fitting, finishing, and trimming.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 371

DESIGN PRODUCTION PRACTICE II

First course in a 3 course sequence. For all design students. Through demonstration, discussion, lecture, and projects, students explore thAssignments will be commensurate with ability and experience.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 372

DESIGN PRODUCTION PRACTICE II

Second course in a 3 course sequence. For all design students. Through demonstration, discussion, lecture, and projects, students explore thAssignments will be commensurate with ability and experience.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 373

DESIGN PRODUCTION PRACTICE II

Third course in a 3 course sequence. For all design students. Demonstration, discussion, lecture, and projects. Assignments will be commensurate with ability and experience.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 444

COSTUME DESIGN III

First course in a 3 course sequence. Costume design for the diverse styles of the pre-modern drama evolving through lecture and project work. Projects will include script interpretation, developing a professional portfolio, discussions on career planning, and the exploration of costume design within the areas of musical theater, opera, dance, film, television and commercials.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 446

COSTUME DESIGN III

Third course in a 3 course sequence. Costume design for the diverse styles of the pre-modern drama evolving through lecture and project work. Projects will include script interpretation, developing a professional portfolio, discussions on career planning, and the exploration of costume design within the areas of musical theater, opera, dance, film, television and commercials.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 445

COSTUME DESIGN III

Second course in a 3 course sequence. Costume design for the diverse styles of the pre-modern drama evolving through lecture and project work. Projects will include script interpretation, developing a professional portfolio, discussions on career planning, and the exploration of costume design within the areas of musical theater, opera, dance, film, television and commercials.
Prerequisites:
DES 444 and status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 241

SCENE DESIGN I

First of a 3-course sequence. An introduction to the methods of scenic design, with exposure to both historical and contemporary practice. Students become familiar with the mechanical aspects of scenery and stages, and assimilate the principles of design and the technical requirements of a script into a fully developed scene design.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 242

SCENE DESIGN I

Second of a 3-course sequence. An introduction to the methods of scenic design, with exposure to both historical and contemporary practice. Students become familiar with the mechanical aspects of scenery and stages, and assimilate the principles of design and the technical requirements of a script into a fully developed scene design.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 243

SCENE DESIGN I

Third of a 3-course sequence. An introduction to the methods of scenic design, with exposure to both historical and contemporary practice. Students become familiar with the mechanical aspects of scenery and stages, and assimilate the principles of design and the technical requirements of a script into a fully developed scene design.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 247

LIGHTING DESIGN I

First course in a 3 course sequence. The development and communication of lighting ideas. Script analysis, images, visual research, lighting concepts. The observation of light, and the development of oral, written and visual communication of lighting ideas.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 248

LIGHTING DESIGN I

Second course in a 3 course sequence. The development and communication of lighting ideas. Script analysis, images, visual research, lighting concepts. The observation of light, and the development of oral, written and visual communication of lighting ideas.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 249

LIGHTING DESIGN I

Third course in a 3 course sequence. The development and communication of lighting ideas. Script analysis, images, visual research, lighting concepts. The observation of light, and the development of oral, written and visual communication of lighting ideas.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 471

DESIGN PRODUCTION PRACTICE III

For all design students. Assignments will be commensurate with ability and experience.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 472

DESIGN PRODUCTION PRACTICE III

For all design students. Assignments will be commensurate with ability and experience.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 473

DESIGN PRODUCTION PRACTICE III

For all design students. Assignments will be commensurate with ability and experience.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 490

DESIGN INTERNSHIP

The internship provides the student with an opportunity to learn by working with experienced professionals in an area related to his/her area of study at The Theatre School.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 284

MODEL BUILDING

The course focuses on creating professional quality scale models of stage scenery. Students will learn to work with a variety of materials (foamcore, board, paper, wood, and metal, and appropriate glues), will find sources for scale furnishings, and will learn a variety of techniques such as soldering and casting.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 285

MEDIA FOR DESIGNERS

Students will gain experience with a variety of color media that will be useful in illustrating and rendering their designs for the stage. Media covered will include watercolor, acrylics, oil pastel, colored pencil, and others.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 286

LIFE DRAWING

By creating drawings from live models, students will learn about body structure and musculature, and will develop their skills in figure drawing, and 'drawing what you see'.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 484

PHOTOSHOP FOR DESIGNERS

This class will take students through the process of creating professional renderings of stage scenery, costumes, and lighting, by using Photoshop to manipulate and transform their original sketches.Through this process, the students will master the tools available in Photoshop, and will create portfolio-ready rendering works.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 486

PORTFOLIO PREPARATION

Students will work on developing a professional portfolio that showcases their design work to best advantage. Students will develop a consistent presentation style and will rework projects as necessary to increase the quality of their portfolio.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 641

THEATRICAL COLLABORATION

An investigation, through research and discussion, of the conceptual problems of physically mounting specific, assigned scripts from the classic and modern theatre, covering a broad stylistic range. Students will submit proposals for designs and justify their ideas through literary and pictorial research. The directorial and collaborative problems of arriving at a production concept, up to, but not including fully-realized design documentation, is emphasized through a series of projects.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 642

THEATRICAL COLLABORATION

An investigation, through research and discussion, of the conceptual problems of physically mounting specific, assigned scripts from the classic and modern theatre, covering a broad stylistic range. Students will submit proposals for designs and justify their ideas through literary and pictorial research. The directorial and collaborative problems of arriving at a production concept, up to, but not including fully-realized design documentation, is emphasized through a series of projects.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.