THEA 281

Drafting for Design

Fall, 2020

Wells Theatre Design Lab

 

 

Instructor:                                

Douglas B. Rankin
MAH315 (2104) WT (3095)
Cell Phone (texts please) 309-255-3162

Office Hours
Wells Theater or Fusion Theatre most afternoons

 

This course will use the Google Classroom platform for grading and e-meetings

 

Text (required):   Vectorworks tutorials: http://courses.cit.cornell.edu/thetr263/; a free copy of Vectorworks Student Version: http://student.myvectorworks.net.  You must have a portable personal computer with these specifications: https://www.vectorworks.net/sysreq?version=2018

USITT drafting standards

tech drawing samples

Light Plot Tutorial

Course Description:  An introduction to the fundamental elements of drafting and the use of

Vectorworks as a platform in theatre design.

 

Course Goals: 

1.  Learn how to produce precise and complete drawings in a timely manner

2.  Develop problem solving skills

3.  Develop graphic communication skills

 

Derivation of Grade:

                                    Assignments and Projects          75%

                                    Research Project (Final Exam)  25%

                                                                       

Grading Scale:

                        A  =  93-l00%              C   =  73-76%

                        A- =  90-92%              C-  =  70-72%

                        B+ = 87-89%              D+  =  67-69%

                        B   = 83-86%               D     =  63-66%

                        B-  = 80-82%              D-   =  60-62%

                        C+ = 77-79%              F     = below 60%

 

 

 

This class is a requirement of the Design and Tech Concentrations and is counted under NAST allignments for competency

 

 

Course Policies:

            1.  Drafting for design is an intensive short course. Attendance at every class is necessary and expected for successful completion of the course. Students are allowed two unexcused absences. Midterm and final grades will be reduced by one letter grade for each unexcused absence beyond two. Excused absences are allowed for health, professional or emergency reasons only, at the instructor’s discretion. The student is responsible for picking up notes or assignments missed due to an excused absence from the instructor. 

            2.  Students are expected to be in the classroom and ready to begin work promptly at the beginning of each class period. Tardiness is not acceptable, and will affect your final grade. Please inform the instructor of any extenuating circumstances that may prevent you from arriving at class on time.

            3.  At the core of your work as a communicator is (academic) honesty.  If you are found guilty of cheating or plagiarism, you will earn an “F” for the course.

 

 

ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES

Student Success at Monmouth College:

Student Success & Accessibility Services offers FREE resources to assist Monmouth College students with their academic success. Programs include Supplemental Instruction for select classes, Drop-In and appointment tutoring, and individual Academic Coaching. Our office is here to help all students excel academically, since all students can work toward better grades, practice stronger study skills, and manage their time better.

Accessibility Services:

If you have a disability or had academic accommodations in high school or another college, you may be eligible for academic accommodations at Monmouth College under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Monmouth College is committed to equal educational access. To discuss any of the services offered, please call or meet with Robert Crawley, Interim Director of Student Success & Accessibility Services. SSAS is located in Rm 129 Hewes Library. They can be reached at 309-457-2257 or via email at: awarrington@monmouthcollege.edu.

 

 

TENTATIVE DAILY SYLLABUS

THEA 281 – Drafting for Design

Fall, 2020

 

DAY

DATE

                        ACTIVITY

DUE

TUES

8/18

Introduction-Reading a Drafting; order Vectorworks

 

THURS

8/20

Types of mechanical drawing; Assign hand drafting; measure room

 

TUES

8/25

Quiz 1 - Types of Draftings; Lettering; USITT Standards. Assign Isometric Drawing

Quiz 1 (2.5%)

THURS

8/27

Work on drafting in class.

 Isometric drawing due at beginning of class (5%); Turn in hand drafting and elevation at the end of the class. (10%)

TUES

9/1

Quiz 2 - USITT Standards; Vectorworks; Redraw Drafting

Quiz 2 (2.5%)

THURS

9/3

assign Elevation Tutorial; work on in class

Present copy of blueprint (10%)

TUES

9/8

Assign Front Door project. Work on Elevation Tutorial in class

 

THURS

9/10

Lighting, Texturing and Rendering; Assign Front Door project

Present Elevation Tutorial at beginning of class(10%)

TUES

9/15

 Front Door project due at end of class

Front Door project (10%)

THURS

9/17

Light Plots; Drafting Light Plot

 

TUES

9/22

work on in class: Drafting Light Plot

 

THURS

9/24

Light Plot Continued

3D Print File Due (10%); Light Plot Due at end of class (15%)

TUES

9/29

Assign Complex Prop

 

THURS

10/1

Work on Final Project in Class

 

SAT 10/3 FINAL EXAM Complex Prop (25%)

 

Course Engagement Expectations

 

This course is scheduled to meet 2 days per week throughout the first half of the semester.  The course design provides learning opportunities and activities totaling approximately 11 hours per week over the 7 weeks of the course . The assigned activities may take each student a different amount of time to finish, however, the weekly average for all students in the course should be 11 hours. 

       

        In class activities

           (2 days x 110 minutes x 7 weeks) / 60) + 2 hour final) / 7 weeks)       4  hours

        Assignments

          (3 days x 100 minutes) x 7 weeks) / 60) / 7 weeks)                              5 hours

        Additional preparation for exams     (14.0 hours/7 weeks)                       2 hours

                Total                                                                                         11 hours