SRJC Course Outlines

6/25/2024 9:24:45 AMTHAR 20 Course Outline as of Fall 2021

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  THAR 20Title:  INTRO TO STAGECRAFT  
Full Title:  Introduction to Stagecraft
Last Reviewed:1/25/2021

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled1.5017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled26.25
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled3.508 min.Lab Scheduled61.25
 Contact DHR1.00 Contact DHR17.50
 Contact Total6.00 Contact Total105.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  52.50Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 

Catalog Description:
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Methods, materials and techniques of realizing the physical production on the stage, which include scenery, properties, lighting, and sound.

Concurrent Enrollment in THAR 25 or THAR 25.2 or THAR 25.5

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Methods, materials and techniques of realizing the physical production on the stage, which include scenery, properties, lighting, and sound.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Concurrent Enrollment in THAR 25 or THAR 25.2 or THAR 25.5
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 CID Descriptor: THTR 171 Stagecraft SRJC Equivalent Course(s): THAR20

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1. Safely and effectively perform fundamental techniques of stagecraft in the preparation,
placement, and manipulation of theatrical elements including scenery, properties,
lighting, and sound equipment.

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At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Work safely and competently with common stagecraft tools, equipment, and materials.
2. Correctly utilize stagecraft terminology.
3. Define and demonstrate knowledge of organized and efficient scene
    shop operation, maintenance, and safety procedures.
4. Apply theoretical and practical knowledge learned to problem-solve and
     overcome unfamiliar situations in technical theatre.
5. Correctly read and interpret working drawings, ground plans, and vertical sections.
6. Work productively as a member of a team in carrying out a group project
    in technical theatre.
7. Synthesize knowledge of construction materials with scale and
    written symbols by constructing stage scenery from working drawings.
8. Assemble a set in accordance with a groundplan and elevations.
9. Recognize the relationship between scenery-related stagecraft and other elements of
    theatre design and technology, including properties, lighting, and sound.

Topics and Scope
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Each class meeting begins with a short lecture and/or demonstration on the following:
I. Introduction to Stagecraft
    A. Stage terminology
    B. Equipment
    C. Principles of stagecraft
II.  Theatrical Production Organization and Management
III. Reading Technical Drawings
IV. Techniques of Structural Design and Assembly
    A. Wood and woodworking
    B. Metal and welding
    C. Use of plastic, foams, and other construction techniques
V.    Theatrical Painting Techniques
VI.   Safe Theatrical Rigging
VII.  Tool Uses and Safety
VIII. Overview of Theatrical Lighting
    A. Basic lighting terminology and theory
    B. Hanging lighting instruments
    C. Focusing lighting instruments
IX. Overview of Theatrical Sound
    A. Principles of sound reproduction
    B. Basic sound terminology
    C. Sound equipment
X. Color Applications
    A. Color theory as it relates to theatrical lighting
    B. Color theory as it relates to painting
XI. Overview of Properties
    A. Basic properties design and theory
    B. Property construction
    C. Property terminology
The lecture and/or demonstration is then followed by a hands-on instructional lab during
which the student applies the theories, techniques, and terminology introduced in the lecture.
Additional instruction on the above topics also occurs during the lab hours, including the
flexible (DHR) lab hours.

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Lab Assignments
1.  Skills Development:  Students will complete a variety of assigned stagecraft
     tasks and exercises applying skills used in the construction and mounting of
     productions, such as set construction, painting, rigging, lighting hang/focus,
      property construction, and/or sound equipment set-up.  (Tasks will vary
     depending on the nature of the semester's production schedule.)
2.  Individual Stagecraft Project:  Students select a project with instructor approval.
     They will come up with a project plan, including basic research and identification of
      the techniques, tools, and materials needed to complete their project.  Progress
     assessment is done verbally through one-three brief meetings with the instructor.
     (While projects are normally connected with the semester's productions, other
     projects may be allowed with instructor approval.)
3.  DHR Lab Requirement:  In addition to the scheduled lab hours, students also
     complete 17 hours of DHR (flexible instructional lab hours with scheduling
     announced by the instructor).  These practicum hours focus on one or more of the
     topic areas above in stagecraft.  Lab activities usually relate to SRJC productions
     and other performance events for the semester.
Lecture/Lab Assignments
1.  Approx. 2-10 pages of reading per week
2.  5-15  in-class quizzes (written and/or skill demonstration) on lectures, reading
    and/or techniques
3.  Production Response paper - Short paper (250-500 words) responding to the
     the technical aspects of a production.  This assignment requires attendance at
     an SRJC production (free ticket voucher is provided and students crewing the
     the production are still able to complete the assignment).  [In special cases
     when attendance at a live production is not possible, an alternative recorded
     production will be provided.]
4.  Professionalism - includes timely arrival, regular attendance at both lectures and
     labs, appropriate work attire, adherence to safety policies, ability to accurately
     follow instructions, cooperative demeanor, work ethic, and ability to work
    as a team member

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 5%
Short response paper
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
20 - 30%
Lab exercises
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
40 - 55%
Skill-based quizzes; Stagecraft project: Skill exercises
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 20%
Quizzes - multiple choice, matching items, completion, true/false
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 20%
Professionalism (includes attendance and participation)

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Theatrical Design and Production: An Introduction to Scenic Design and Construction, Lighting, Sound, Costume, and Makeup. 8th ed. Gillette, J. Michael. McGraw-Hill Higher Education. 2019
Instructor prepared materials

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