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Production Design

First Year

Scenic Design I

DESG-GT 1054-1055   Lecture   3 - 6 Credits

Instructor(s): Jones

Open only to students in the Department of Design for Stage and Film.


Finding visual images, creating physical spaces, and communicating meaning discovered in theatrical literature through personal response to and analysis of text, music, and historical forms.

Set Studio I

DESG-GT 2006   Lecture   2 - 4 Credits

Instructor(s): Banakis

Open only to students in the Department of Design for Stage and Film.


Introduction to the many and varied techniques available to support the scenic design process for theater and film scenery.  Coursework focuses on scale model-building techniques, drafting techniques, photography and rendering techniques, as well as presentation methodologies. Work overlaps with continued Set Design I coursework as well as weekly class projects providing hands-on experience in each area.

Drawing Year 1

 

DESG-GT 1004-1005   Lecture   2 - 4 Credits

Instructor(s): Young (Section 001), Muller (Section 002)

Open only to students in the Department of Design for Stage and Film.


Section 001: Drawing is observing and perception. This course teaches students how to see. Students learn techniques of observation, perception, and the technical means of placing three-dimensional forms and volume onto a two-dimensional surface accurately and efficiently. 

Section 002: A drawing class for scenic designers and lighting designers that focuses on forms in space, revealed by light. Equal emphasis on drawing from observation and invention.

 

 

CULTURAL NARRATIVES AND DESIGN HISTORY

 

DESG-GT 1022-1023   Lecture   3 Credits

Instructor(s): Muller

Open only to students in the Department of Design for Stage and Film.

In this course, students explore the whole history of design, from prehistory to the early 21st century, looking at the impact of human events – migration, war, empire, religion, trade, innovation – on the design of clothing, architecture, and the influence of one age upon another. The course mixes lectures, analysis of images, research projects, discussion, field trips, guest speakers, and student presentations.

 

 

Stagecraft I

DESG-GT 1012   Studio   2 Credits

Instructor(s): Fallon, Geiger, Raywood

Open only to students in the Department of Design for Stage and Film.
 

The primary goal of this course is to supply students with a thorough introductory understanding of the materials, methods, tools, techniques and procedures used in the various shops as we work on realized productions.  Working with the student designers as well as professional shop staff and student staff, students work on a variety of productions, in a range of capacities.

 

 

Second Year

Design for Film I

DESG-GT 1214   Lecture   3 - 6 Credits

 

 

 

Instructor(s): Jackness


Open only to students in the Department of Design for Stage and Film. 

This course explores the world of production design and art direction for film. By watching films, analyzing concepts, using a series of practical paper/model projects this course examines all components of film design including text interpretation, scenery for studio, location, color concepts, relationships with the producers, crews, and creative team.

Drawing Year 2

 

DESG-GT 1052-1053   Lecture   2 - 4 Credits

Instructor(s): MullerZung

Open only to students in the Department of Design for Stage and Film.


Studio course focusing on technique through seeing, proportion, volume, form, and value through exploration of architecture and period design.

 

 

Opera - Contexts and Cultures

 

DESG-GT 1038   Lecture   2 Credits

Instructor(s): Conklin

Open only to students in the Department of Design for Stage and Film.


A study of opera - it's historical context, formal qualities, dramaturgical content and sociological place in our contemporary world.

 

 

Film Collaboration

 

DESG-GT.1213   Lecture   3 - 4 Credits

 

 

 

Instructor(s): Stein

Open only to students in the Department of Design for Stage and Film and in the Graduate Film Department. 

Four teams (director, production designer, costume designer, director of photography) collaborate to produce a 10-minute portfolio quality film shot on location with high levels of production values, including locations, props, and costumes. This course underlines the essential aspects of the collaboration process and focuses on the team effort of producing a film.

 

 

Production Year 2

DESG-GT 1120   Lecture   2 Credits

Instructor(s): Lieberman, Hughes, Hoffman
 

Open only to students in the Department of Design for Stage and Film.

Second year design students work under faculty supervision as assistant designers and designers on realized productions.

Third Year

Design for Film II

DESG-GT 1216-1217   Lecture   3 - 6 Credits

 

 

 

Instructor(s): Jackness

Open only to students in the Department of Design for Stage and Film. 
 

Continuation of Design for Film I on a more advanced level. To prepare the student for future professional work, this course is an in-depth exploration of all components of studio sets and the technical aspects of film design, including storyboarding. Thesis projects are undertaken in the second semester.

Transitioning into the Profession

 

DESG-GT.2002   Lecture   3 Credits

 

 

 

Instructor(s): Cokorinos

Open only to students in the Department of Design for Stage and Film. 

Weekly guest speakers are brought in to discuss topics relevant to a professional design career such as theatre photography, union membership, taxes and financial planning, the role of the artistic director and production manager, etc. Portfolio reviews with professional directors and designers are scheduled. 

Required course.

 

 

Production Year 3

 

DESG-GT 1500   Lecture   2 Credits

 

 

 

Instructor(s): Baird, Steinberg, Hoffman, Geiger

Open only to students in the Department of Design for Stage and Film.

Third-year design students work under faculty supervision as designers on realized productions.

 

 

INDEPENDENT STUDY (optional)

DESG-GT.1060      1-2 Credits

Instructor(s): Various

Open only to students in the Department of Design for Stage and Film.

Projects are done under supervision of faculty and outside professionals. Work must be related to the course of study and may take the form of work experience or an internship. May be repeated for multiple semesters with approval of department chair.