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TA155 Design I Syllabus.

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TA155
COURSE DESCRIPTION

Designing for the theatre involves
a series of interrelated actions:

play reading
play analysis
visual research
ideation
developing the design idea
communicating the design idea
collaborating with others

We will be studying and practicing all of these areas.
In addition, we will be studying the
underlying theories and principles
that affect scenery, costume and lighting design.
Prof. Lynne Porter

Canisius 309
203-254-4000 x3406
lporter@fairfield.edu
www.LynnePorter.com
Office Hours

Mondays 11am-2pm
and by appointment
COURSE
GOALS
One:

Understand how design affects the audience of a theatrical production.
Two:

Understand the theory and principles of design.
Three:

Understand the necessity of metaphor to art-making.
Four:

Develop the skills
designers employ:

observation
analysis
research
visualization
metaphor-making
communication
Five:

Develop the thinking skills necessary for artists (and life)

creative thinking
critical thinking
Six:

Along the way we’ll also work on essential
artistry skills:

confidence
ability to focus
collaboration skills
Ultimately,
the goal is to significantly raise
awareness of design in the theatre,
which will affect both your
theatre-viewing and theatre-making
in the future.
THEATRE PROGRAM
LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Essential Learning Outcomes:

1. Learn fundamental principles, generalizations, or theories.
2. Develop specific skills, competencies and points of view needed in the field.
3. Develop creative capacities.
Important Learning Outcomes:

4. Learn to apply course material to improve thinking, problem solving and decisions.
5. Learn to analyze and critically evaluate ideas, arguments, and points of view.
CONNECTIONS:

The overall goal of an undergraduate
liberal arts education is for students to have basic literacy
in multiple ways of thinking, along with a broad understanding of the
issues and practices of multiple disciplines, societies and cultures. Upon leaving
the insular world of the university, graduates are expected to connect to their local communities
and be positive forces in the world. Graduates take over the leadership of their life-long education, building
on the skills and knowledge gained as undergraduates.

This course, while an important element of a basic theatre education, will provide training in thinking
strategies, communication strategies, as well as an aesthetic consciousness. This will have
an impact on your chosen major interests, bringing a richer understanding of
theatre and art. This course will also influence your learning
and thinking strategies for
the future.
REQUIRED TEXTS:

Betty Edwards,
The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workbook:
Guided Practice in the Five Basic Skills of Drawing.

Robert Edmond Jones,
The Dramatic Imagination.

All other class readings will be in handout form.

Plays we will read include:

Medea
by Euripides and
Ghosts
by Henrik Ibsen.

Please acquire a binder or folder to use for managing all class handouts. Bring all readings to every class session.

Be thoroughly prepared for each class session. Thoughtful reading of the assigned material is essential, as well as completing projects by the deadlines.
REQUIRED ART MATERIALS:
(Brands to avoid: Crayola, Prang, and anything manufactured for kids.)

Bring the required supplies to each class:

2B and 4B Drawing Pencils (2 of each)
Pencil Sharpener
Kneaded Eraser and White Plastic Eraser
Sketch Pad (no smaller than 7x10, with 80-100 sheets, spiral bound. Brands to consider: Strathmore, Canson)
Watercolor Paper Pad (minimum size 9x12, with at least 30 sheets)
Consider sharing the cost of these tools with a classmate:
Color Pencils, 18-24 Set (brands to consider: Prismacolor, Cretacolor, Derwent, Faber-Castell)
Watercolor Paints (brands to consider: Windsor & Newton, VanGogh, Lukas, Grumbacher)
Paint Brushes (variety of sizes, both flat and round ferrule)

This is not required, but you might want to invest in an art-supply/pencil case for carrying your supplies.

Drafting tools will be checked out to each student.
If any tools are missing at the end of the semester, the student must replace them before final grades can be recorded.

Additional materials might be needed for the major projects.
REQUIRED LAB:

In addition to regular class sessions,
there is an additional lab component to this course.
This lab will focus on developing drawing
and painting skills,
so you will be able to communicate your ideas.

After collecting everyone’s schedules,
Prof. Porter will set the times
of this design lab. It will meet for
75 minutes each week.
REQUIRED PERFORMANCES:
An Enemy of the People
October 31-November 3 at 8:00pm, November 3 and 4 at 2:00pm.
Wien Black Box Theatre in the Quick Center for the Arts. $5 admission.

Director's Cut
December 6 and 8 at 8:00pm, December 9 at 2:00pm.
PepsiCo Theatre. $5 admission.
ATTENDANCE:

Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class.
More than three absences will affect your final grade. The final grade will be lowered 1/3 increment for every absence after the first three.

All absences count the same: illness, family emergency, studying for a test in another class, etc. There is no difference between an excused and an unexcused absence.

Use your absences wisely.
GRADING SCALE:

Design Sketchbook 20%
Costume Design Project 20%
Scenery Design Project 20%
Lighting Design Project 20%
Collaborative Design Project 20%
There will be no written final exam.
Instead, the collaborative design project,
which combines all the skills of the semester,
will take the place of the final exam.

The final exam period will also include an in-depth personal evaluation of the work each student
has achieved in the class.
CLASS DECORUM:

At all times, both in the class sessions and outside of class,
students are expected to behave with common decency,
civility and manners. The professor will insist on proper behavior
at all times, and will likewise behave appropriately with students.
Respect for each other as human beings is paramount.
DISABILITIES:

Fairfield University complies with the American with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Any student who may require an accommodation under such provisions should contact the Academic and Disability Support Services office.
ACADEMIC HONESTY:
“All members of the Fairfield University Community share responsibility for establishing and maintaining appropriate standards for academic honesty and integrity. As such, faculty members have an obligation to set high standards of honesty and integrity through personal example and the learning communities they create. Such integrity is fundamental to, and an inherent part of, a Jesuit education, in which teaching and learning are based on mutual respect. It is further expected that students will follow these standards and encourage others to do so . . . . Students are sometimes unsure about what constitutes academic dishonesty. In all academic work, students are expected to submit materials that are their own and are to include attribution for any ideas or language that are not their own.” Examples of academic dishonesty can be found in the Course Catalog and the Student Handbook. In the event of dishonesty, “professors are to award a grade of zero for the project, paper, or examination in question, and may record an F for the course itself. When appropriate, expulsion may be recommended. A notation of the event is made in the student’s file in the academic dean’s office. The student will receive a copy.”
(from Academic Policies, Fairfield University Undergraduate Course Catalog)
F Sept. 7 Class Introduction/Class Survey: Self-Assessment of Skills
Drawing Bootcamp: Sidewalk Chalk
Assign Design Sketchbook Project
T Sept. 11 Drawing Bootcamp: Vase/Face Drawing & Fundamentals of L-Mode/R-Mode

DUE: Pre-Instruction Drawing of Hand

F Sept. 14 Drawing Bootcamp: Drawing Hand on Picture Plane & Transferring Hand Drawing to Paper
DUE: Pure Contour Drawing & Upside-Down Drawing
[LAB: Watercolor #1]

T Sept. 25 Costume Design--Basics: Silhouette/Color/Line
Assign Costume Design Project
DUE: Still Life of Books on a Table

F Sept. 28 Costume Design--Play Analysis for Costumes
READ: Medea by Euripides
[LAB: Costume Renderings]

T Oct. 9 Costume Design

F Oct. 12 Costume Design
[LAB: Model-Building: Steps]

T Oct. 23 Scenic Design-- Play Analysis for Scenery

READ: Medea by Euripides

F Oct. 2
6 Scenic Design

READ: Jones, The Dramatic Imagination: "To a Young Stage Designer"
[NO LAB: Production Week]

T Oct. 30 Scenic Design

Oct. 31-Nov. 4: An Enemy of the People

F Nov. 2 Scenic Design
[NO LAB: Holiday Week]

T Nov. 20 Lighting Design
READ: Jones, The Dramatic Imagination: "Light and Shadow in the Theatre"

F Nov. 23 Thanksgiving Break-- NO CLASS
[LAB: Virtual Light Lab]

T Nov. 27 Lighting Design

F Nov. 30 Lighting Design
[LAB: Light Plots]

T Dec. 4 Lighting Design

Dec. 6-9: Director's Cut

F Dec. 7 Lighting Design

DUE: Lighting Design Project
DUE: Design Sketchbook
[LAB: Work on Projects]

T Dec. 11 Collaborative Design
READ: Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen
Assign Collaborative Design Project

F Dec. 9 Collaborative Design
CLASS SCHEDULE

In addition to the major projects and readings listed,there will be specific homework assignments and exercises to prepare for each class session.
[LAB: Watercolor #2]

T Oct. 2 Costume Design

F Oct. 5 Costume Design
READ: Jones, The Dramatic Imagination: "Some Thoughts on Stage Costume"
[LAB: Model-Building: Platforms & Walls]

T Oct. 16 Costume Design

DUE: Costume Design Project
DUE: Design Sketchbook

* * * * * Mid-Semester Check-In Conversations * * * * *
[LAB: Model-Building]

T Nov. 6 Scenic Design

F Nov. 9 Scenic Design
DUE: Scenic Design Project
DUE: Design Sketchbook
[LAB: Light on the Human Form--in the theatre]

T Nov. 13 Lighting Design--Basics: Angle/Color/Intensity
Assign Lighting Design Project

F Nov. 16 Lighting Design--Play Analysis for Lighting
READ: Medea by Euripides
Sat. Dec. 15 11:30-2:30
Final Exam Period

DUE: Collaborative Design Project
DUE: Design Sketchbook

WRITE: Final Reflection
WRITE: Class Survey:
Self-Assessment of Skills
[LAB: Human Proportions]

T Sept. 18 Drawing Bootcamp: Leaves Using Negative Space

DUE: Hand Holding an Object

F Sept. 21 Dr
awing Bootcamp: Chair in Negative Space

DUE: Copying a Master Drawing
In addition to this,
each student will have a private
mid-semester check-in conversation
with the professor in order to
discuss progress in the course.

All projects are mandatory.
Fall 2012
1. Drawing Bootcamp
2. Costume Design
3. Scenic Design
4. Lighting Design
5. Collaborative Design

F Oct. 19 Scenic Design--Basics: Space/Line/Levels
Assign Scenic Design Project
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