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MFA Theatre Technology Courses

Stagecraft I
(Not for graduate credit) Introduction to standard theatre scenery technology and production methodology. Basics include; verbal and graphical language of technical theatre communication, typical scenery construction methods, materials, and equipment, along with the rational of their application, and the contribution of the scenic elements to the overall production art. Lecture and laboratory.

Technical Drawing for the Theatre
Introduction to standard engineering drawing with an emphasis on ANSI drafting standards and following how these methods have been specialized for theatre use in technical drafting for productions. Lecture and Studio.

Electronic Technology for the Theatre I
Beginning with the fundamentals of electricity and electronics, the course is focused on the needs of the theatre technologist with regards to electrical theory and practice relating to power distribution and control, and theatre lighting and sound applications. Emphasis is placed on empirical observation of working electronic circuits and how this relats to power distribution, lighting and sound control. Lecture with practical electronic kit homework.

Technical Direction I, Shop Management, Materials, and Techniques
This course is divided between instruction in organizational methods useful in typical theatre shop operations and introduction to specialized equipment, techniques and skills which should be in the tool box of the theatre technical supervisor. Some of the topics include: shop resource management, supervising personnel, scheduling and inventory control, introduction to MIG and gas welding, and gas and Plasma cutting, tool alignment and maintenance, precision drill press set-up, introduction to cabinetry tools and methods. Lecture and laboratory.

Technical Direction III, Mechanized Scenery
This course covers the theories of pneumatic, hydrologic and motor systems, and methods for controlling and linking theses systems. Part of the course focuses on Programmable Logic Controllers and their use in mechanized systems. Practical application through workbench and studio work using equipment under discussion. Lecture and laboratory.

Structural Mechanics for Theatre
This course focuses on basic structural concepts of static mechanics and strength of materials with a focus of developing the student’s ability to critically analyze theatrical scenic structures and their limits. Topics are selected to serve the special needs of theatre technologists and include discussions of: forces and stresses, factors of safety, beam theory, design testing of steel and wood beams and columns, bolted connections, wood fasteners, vector analysis, and theatre rigging. Lecture.

Rigging I and II
Courses cover permanent rigging installations (counterweight, pin rail, block and tackle), rigging safety, operation procedures, rigging components, characteristics of rigging materials, and inspection procedures. Included is an introduction to engineering principles of rigging, entertainment rigging and motorized rigging.

Research and Collaboration for the Theatre
(Taught by Design and Technology Faculty)
This studio course builds and strengthen research, collaboration, communication and artistic/presentation skills. Student teams research, investigate, design and present innovative approaches to major projects, devised to challenge their individual and collective growth as collaborative artists and technologists.

Sound Design for the Theatre
The focus of this course is split between the sound design considerations that are part of the production process and the technical means by which one may utilize aspects of sound propagation, through the current technologies in use, and the consequent psychological responses that are used to produce aesthetically effective results. Some of the topics include: the functions of sound design in theatre, physical properties of sound, perceptual properties of sound, analog and digital technology in sound use, sound capture and manipulation, signal processing and special effects, description and use of the major microphone and speaker types, introduction to the principles of sound design, introduction to the sound design process, paperwork and graphics to communicate the design needs. Lecture and sound design projects.

CADD for Theatre
Building on the hand drafting projects, this course focuses on the use of CAD (AutoCAD) in preparing technical drawings for theatre productions. Lecture and studio.

Independent Studies Research work
Individualized subjects might include a research paper/portfolio presentation on an historical or contemporary production processes, theatrical methodologies, or pertinent historical or production subject. Could also include advanced study and practice of production drafting, methods, or theory.

See thesis requirements.

Lighting Design and Related Courses:

  • Stage Lighting (not for graduate credit)
  • Stage Lighting (not for graduate credit)
  • Lighting Design
  • Lighting Design Aesthetics
  • Dramatic Lighting for Environments (taught in tandem with Consulting)
  • Lighting Consulting for Theatre Spaces (taught in tandem with Lighting for the Environments)
  • Rendering Light
  • Advanced Lighting Design
  • Lighting Design Workshop (proposed course)
  • Independent Study

Scenic Design and Related Courses:

  • Scene Design I (Not for graduate credit)
  • Scene Design II
  • Advanced Scene Design
  • Studies in Scenic Design
  • Rendering
  • History of Decor
  • Scene Painting I
  • Scene Painting II
  • Production Design for Television and Film
  • Independent Studies Research work

Costume Design and Related Courses:

  • Stage Make-Up (not for graduate credit)
  • Stage Costuming I (not for graduate credit)
  • Independent Study Opportunities for Undergraduates
  • Stage Costuming II
  • Costume Design I
  • Historic Costumes for the Stage
  • Costume and Character in London Theatre
  • Advanced Costume Design Aesthetics
  • Studies in Stage Costuming
  • Third Year Portfolio Preparation
  • Independent Studies