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Scenic 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.

CAD Drawing and Visualization

DESG-GT 1006   Studio   2 - 4 Credits

Instructor(s): Banakis

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

 

Tools and techniques of technical drawing and their importance to the stage and film designer, followed by intensive practice in orthographic drawing, including plans, sections, and elevations. Introduction to the Computer-Aided Drafting software and its foundations.  Weekly class projects build on drafting skills and software principles.

 

Explore

DESG-GT 2000-2001   Lecture   2-3 Credits

Instructor(s): Conklin, Geiger, Helfrich, Hoffman

Explore introduces students to a broad range of concepts related to theatrical and cinematic performance and presentation, as well as practical experiences intended to lead students out of their chosen area of study, challenging them to begin to understand design for stage and film as a wholistic, interconnected set of disciplines. It includes workshops, individual design projects, group lectures with guest artists and instructors,  and field trips which will expose students to some of the vast resources available to artists in New York City.

Stagecraft I

DESG-GT.1012   Studio   2 Credits

Instructor(s): Banakis, Grathwohl

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

Scenic Design II

DESG-GT 1100-1101   Lecture   3 - 6 Credits

Instructor(s): First Semester Lieberman, Second Semester Steinberg

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

To push further as designers, honing observational and dramaturgical skills in order to create rigorous and thoughtful stage design. To strengthen a point of view on stage space and performance, while gaining a deeper understanding of the designer’s role as a collaborative and interpretive artist. To draw upon intuition, intellect, and technique in creating a flexible approach to synthesizing art and craft. To finish all projects in a way that prepares you for the profession.

Set Studio II

DESG-GT 2006   Lecture   2 - 4 Credits

Instructor(s): Lieberman

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


The advanced course builds on skills and techniques learned in Set Studio I class with the goal of further developing and refining them. The course is designed to support the work done in Scenic Design II.

Drawing Year 2

DESG-GT.1052-1053   Lecture   2 - 4 Credits

Instructor(s): Muller, Zung

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.

Production Year 2

DESG-GT 1120-1121   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.

Collaboration

DESG-GT 1141   Lecture   3-4 Credits

Instructor(s): Hoffman, Steinberg

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

In conjunction with the Graduate Directing program at Columbia University, led by Anne Bogart, set, costume and lighting students (primarily in the second year) work in teams led by a Columbia directing student. Emphasis is placed on conceptual work conceived through discussion that gives equal weight to all members of the collaboration.

Film Collaboration

DESG-GT 1213   Lecture   3 - 4 Credits

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.

Third Year

Scenic Design III

DESG-GT 1210-1211   Lecture   3 - 6 Credits

Instructor(s): First Semester Steinberg, Second Semester Lieberman

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

The emphasis is on synthesizing dramaturgy and research to create three dimensional environments that participate in presenting the text and the work of the director and performers. Expressing cultural, philosophical and emotional ideas through the conduit of Design is at the heart of the process. There are 2 class projects in the fall semester and individual Thesis projects in the Spring.

Transitioning into the Profession

DESG-GT 2002-2003   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. 

Production Year 3

DESG-GT 1500-1501   Lecture   2 Credits

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.