SRJC Course Outlines

6/17/2024 4:23:14 AMTHAR 20 Course Outline as of Spring 2015

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 Scheduled1.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled17.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled5.0017.5 min.Lab Scheduled87.50
 Contact DHR1.00 Contact DHR17.50
 Contact Total7.00 Contact Total122.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  35.00Total 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
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 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: Certificate Applicable Course


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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Upon completion of the course, the student will 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.
    each semester.

Topics and Scope
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Each class meeting begins with a 1/2 hour 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 tools.
        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 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.
Students also complete 17 hours of DHR (additional lab) during the semester focusing on one or more of the topic areas above.

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1.  A variety of assigned stagecraft tasks in the construction and mounting of major
    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.  An individual project based on research and study of techniques and materials
    of theatrical construction.
3.  Approx. 2-10 pages of reading per week.
4.  Regular in-class quizzes (written and/or skill demonstration) on lectures, reading
    and/or techniques
5.  Demonstration of Work Ethic - includes timely arrival, regular attendance at both
    lectures and labs, appropriate work attire, adherence to safety policies,
    ability to accurately follow instructions, cooperative demeanor, 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 - 0%
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 - 60%
Skill exercises, quizzes and exams; Independent project
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%
Demonstration of Work Ethic (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, Edition 7.    Gillette, J. Michael.   McGraw-Hill Higher Education:  2012
Instructor prepared materials

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