This course examines scenic design as practiced currently and historically, including the use of performance space in western and other cultures, and the audience-performer relationship. Four plays and/or one act operas are designed, accompanied by a study of the social, political and artistic conditions attendant upon their creation and their relevance to a modern audience. Students develop, present and orally defend designs in a variety of two- and three-dimensional media in open studio with an eye to developing a self-critical ability. The final project is a fifth design of the student's choice, consisting of a written concept statement, script analysis and a colored model or renderings.
Previous art training is not required. Students will be encouraged--and expected--to explore new techniques, materials and media as introduced by the Instructor and to be open to influences from peers and other members of the Theater Arts Design Faculty and Staff.
To develop student's ability to articulate visually and verbally their interpretation of play scripts and the relationship of their designs to those texts;
To develop a student's ability to communicate ideas visually through form, color, line, scale and graphic content via color renderings and scale models;
To develop student's ability to defend design and interpretation choices;
To develop student's self-critical abilities through regular feedback on developing and finished work by the instructor and from peers;
To develop a portfiolio of finished designs for each student presented in a professional manner.
21M.603 (Principles of Design) or permission of Instructor based on previous theatrical experience and/or art of any kind the student has done.
Technique in pastel, water color, drawing and scale model making will be demonstrated on an as-needed basis to any students who make a request or show an obvious need at any time during the course.
Basis for Grade
Students will be evaluated individually on the basis of their personal development during the term, not in competition with others. Emphasis will rest on the growth of their interpretative skills, ability to express and present their ideas clearly and persuasively, openness to feedback, self-critical acumen, and ability to meet project deadlines.