THEA 282

Design Process and Preparation

Fall, 2020

 

 

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 (recommended):   An Introduction to Theatre Design, Di Benedetto (online links)

 

Course Description:  A practical introduction to creating and presenting design materials for theatrical productions

 

Course Goals: 

1.  Learn the various methods of communicating design ideas through artistic media and computer software

2.  Develop skills to efficiently and professionally communicate ideas

3.  Produce quality projects for inclusion in your electronic portfolio

 

Derivation of Grade:

                                    Assignments and Projects   80%

                                    Final Project (Final Exam)  20%

                                                                       

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%

 

 

Course Policies:

            1.  Design Process and Preparation is a studio 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 282--Design Process and Preparation

Fall, 2020

 

 

 

DAY

DATE

                        ACTIVITY

DUE

TUES

10/6

Introduction-Tools and media; Airbrush; Costume Design

for Thursday Read Chapt. 1 (1 hr.) For Thursday, choose play to costume (must have 5 characters including 1 with dress)

THURS

10/8

Quiz on Chapt. 1; Paint elevations; Photoshop demonstration; choose play to costume.(must have character with dress)

Quiz (5%)

For 10/15 draw 5 photo-model poses and prepare Costume Plot

TUES

10/13

MENTORING DAY

 

THURS

10/15

Present 5 photo-model poses  in class; Present Costume Plot in class; Human forms; work on digital costume rendering

5 photo-model poses and Costume Plot (5%) (1.5 hrs); for Thursday, Read Costume Design; Paint Digital Costume Design

TUES

10/20

Quiz on Costume Design; Present Digital costume design; Assign Midterm

Quiz (5%); Costume design (5%) (1.5 hrs)

For Tuesday Read Makeup Design; choose play for set design.

THURS

10/27

Quiz on Makeup Design;

Present Paint Elevations; Submit name of play for set design; Work on painted

costume design; Work on Midterm in class

Quiz (5%);

Paint Elevation (10%) (3 hrs.)

Submit name of play for set design (2 hrs); Paint costume design; For Tuesday prepare for Midterm

THURS

10/29

Present painted costume design; 3D printing; MIDTERM EXAM

Costume design (5%) (1.5 hrs.); Paint Makeup Design; Midterm (20%); (12 hrs)

TUES

11/3

Assign Final Exam; Present Makeup Design; Work on Midterm research

Makeup designs (5%)  (1.5 hrs)

THURS

11/5

Gather lighting inspiration photos

Gather lighting inspiration photos

TUES

11/10

Present projects; Show Light Rendering photos; Work on Light Renderings  in class

 

for Tuesday, print 3D object

 

THURS

11/12

Present 3D object; Matting

3D object  (5%); For Tuesday, Cut Matte

TUES

11/17

Present Matting Project

Matting Project Due (5%) (1 hr); Work on Lighting Rendering

THURS

11/19

Present Lighting Renderings

Lighting Rendering (5%) (3 hrs)

TUES 11/24 Work on Final Exam in class  

MON

11/30

6:30 PM -  FINAL EXAM

Final Exam (15%) (8 hrs)

 

Course Engagement Expectations

 

This course is scheduled to meet 2 days per week throughout the second half of the semester.  The course design provides learning opportunities and activities totaling approximately 11 hours per week over the 8 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

           (14 meetings x 110 minutes) / 60) + 2 hour final) / 8 weeks)      3.5  hours

        Assignments

          (37 hours/8 weeks)                                                                  4.7 hours

        Additional preparation for exams     (24.0 hours/8 weeks)               3 hours

                Total                                                                                11 hours