SRJC Course Outlines

6/16/2024 11:51:50 PMTHAR 28 Course Outline as of Fall 2018

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Discipline and Nbr:  THAR 28Title:  COSTUME DESIGN  
Full Title:  Introduction to Costume Design
Last Reviewed:2/26/2018

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total 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
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Catalog Description:
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The fundamentals of costume design for the stage, focusing on character interpretation, script analysis, and materials.


Recommended Preparation:
Completion of THAR 1 and THAR 21A

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
The fundamentals of costume design for the stage, focusing on character interpretation, script analysis, and materials.
(Grade Only)

Recommended:Completion of THAR 1 and THAR 21A
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 2012Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2012Inactive:
 CID Descriptor: THTR 174 Introduction to Stage Costume or Fundamentals of Costume Design SRJC Equivalent Course(s): THAR21A OR THAR28

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. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to communicate a visual approach to costume design through research analysis and costume renderings for a work of dramatic literature.

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At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Identify and apply the general concepts, techniques, and terminology related
    to costume design.
2. Assess the function of the Costume Designer in the creation and implementation
    of a design concept for production, and discuss this function in relation to the
     entire production staff.
3. Analyze a work of dramatic literature to assess its stylistic and practical
     costume requirements.
4. Conduct historical and stylistic research on a work of dramatic literature.
5. Render conceptual sketches of costumed characters for a work of dramatic
6. Resource fabric and other materials for costume design and construction.
7. Demonstrate sufficient skills to draw and paint or digitally manipulate detailed
    costume renderings and pattern diagrams.
8. Work cooperatively with the Costume Studio Staff in developing and
    organizing schedules, plots, fittings, and budgets; employ other
     communication tools as necessary for the production of costumes.

Topics and Scope
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I. Overview
    A. Basic functions of a costume
    B. Basic functions of a costume design
    C. Role of the Costume Designer
II. Script Analysis for Costume Design
    A. Understanding the play
         1. Forms of drama
          2. Elements of drama
    B. Script requirements relating to costume design
         1. Period, environment, and time passage
         2. Practical costume requirements
         3. Costume changes, method, and flow
    C. Different approaches to reading the script
III. Research
    A. Setting goals for productive research
    B. Sources for costume design research
IV. Conceptualization
    A. Developing a design concept
    B. Conceptualizing with others
V. Elements and Principals of Design
     A. How design elements relate to costume design
    B. How the principles of design relate to costume design
VI. Developing the Costume Design
    A. Developing character concepts
    B. Planning color
    C. Budget and special considerations
VII. Rendering the Costume Sketch
    A.  Sketching the character
         1. Basic bone structure of the body
         2. The balance of the body
         3. Figures in action and dance
         4. Figure poses through time and fashion
         5. Garments and textures
    B.  Creating the face
         1. Proportions of the head and face
         2. Directing eyesight
         3. Facial expression       
     C.  Hand, feet, and accessories
    D.  Priliminary sketches
    E.  Rendering the costume plate
         1. Composition of the costume plate
         2. Basics of watercolor for the costume plate
         3. Pens and pencil techniques
         4. Painting and manipulating the costume plate
               using computer software
VIII. Choosing Fabrics
    A. Fabric considerations
    B. Sources and swatches
    C. Adapting fabrics
IX. Getting the Show Together
    A. Organizing the work - Developing spreadsheets for the actor/scene breakdown, budgets,
         costume lists, and costume plots
    B. Collaborating with the Costume Studio Staff
    C. Assembling the costumes
    D. Preparing for performance

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1. Read 5-10 pages weekly from assigned homework
2. Complete 8 -10 homework assignments in sketching and painting
3. Complete 2 - 3 costume design assignments:
    A. Read and analyze a different stage play or musical for each project
    B. Analyze the costume requirements for each assigned play or musical (character outline)
    C. Conduct research appropriate to the historical period and style of each
          play or musical and document it into a research notebook
    D. Render preliminary sketches and working drawings for each assigned play
          or musical
    E. Swatch fabric and plan trimmings for each costume rendering
    F. Create a budget for costume designs projects
    G. Develop  spreadsheets for actor/scene breakdown, costume lists, plots and budgets
    H. Complete 6 - 10 painted costume renderings
    I. Oral presentation of assignments and assembled materials
4. Complete all costume designs necessary for an assigned play as a final project,
     including the following:
    A. One 500-word vision statement (essay format)
    B. Preliminary sketches, pattern diagrams, and/or working drawings (10 - 12)
    C. Finished, painted costume plates with fabric swatches and
          descriptive notes (10 - 12)
    D. Oral presentation of project and assembled materials

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
5 - 10%
Character outline; vision statement
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
25 - 40%
Costume design assignments and final project: script analysis, research, budget, planning (including plots and diagrams)
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
30 - 50%
Costume design assignments and final project: sketching, rendering, painting, and fabric selection
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
0 - 0%
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
20 - 40%
Class participation; oral presentations

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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The Art and Practice of Costume Design. Poe Durbin, Holly. Focal Press. 2016
Character Costume Figure Drawing: Step-by-Step Drawing Methods for Theatre Costume
     Designers. 2nd ed. Huaixiang, Tan. Focal Press. 2010 (classic)
Digital Costume Design & Rendering: Pens, Pixels, and Paint. Cleveland, Annie O.
    Silman-James Press. 2014
The Magic Garment: Principles of Costume Design. 2nd ed. Cunningham, Rebecca.
     Waveland Press. 2009 (classic)

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