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Lighting Design

First Year

Introduction to Lighting Design

DESG-GT 1056-1057   Lecture   3 - 6 Credits

Instructor(s): Wierzel

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


This class will deal with the initial process of lighting design, how to give light significance in context. Questions of meaning, structure, process and intent will be investigated. The class will also explore the qualities and functions of light, what light can and cannot communicate. The student will begin to develop a visual and conceptual vocabulary, a first step in the practice of creating ideas with light. Individual creativity will be nurtured within an environment of shared experience. Much emphasis will be placed on process, both intellectual and practical.

Lighting Design I

DESG-GT 1150-1151   Lecture   3 - 6 Credits

Instructor(s): Geiger

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


Fundamental principles of lighting design. The course consists of class projects and practical exercises in the light lab and theatre spaces. Topics include a survey of current lighting equipment available to the professional designer; acceptable standards and formats for paperwork; color theory; continuing development of the design idea as it relates to dramatic text; elements of composition; and relationship of music and light.

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.

Computer Assisted Design (CAD)

DESG-GT 2009   Lecture   2 Credits

Instructor(s): McKernon

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

Overview for scenery and lighting designers of VectorWorks, focusing specifically on creating light plots and using symbols, classes, and layers effectively. Includes an introduction to various third-party add-ons as well as exchanging data between VectorWorks and Lightwright.

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.

 

 

Explore

DESG-GT 2000-2001  Lecture   2 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): 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

Lighting Design II

DESG-GT 1424-1425   Lecture   3 - 6 Credits

Instructor(s): Hughes

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

Advanced problems in lighting design for opera, musicals, dance, and conceptual dramas. Emphasis of work is on carrying out design ideas, concepts, and problems in the light lab.

Lighting Studio

DESG-GT 1440-1441  Lecture  3 - 5 Credits

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


An exploration of lighting design for non-theatrical venues. Exercises in design for television, industrial, corporate presentations, museums, and other architectural forms. Visits to professional television studios to watch tapings of daytime talk shows, as well as visits to major area museums to tour the lighting design and discuss it with the museum designers.

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.

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.

Lighting Production Year 2

 

DESG-GT.1461   Lecture   2 Credits

 

 

 

Instructor(s): Hughes
 

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

Second-year lighting students meet regularly to discuss current school production designs. Light plots are reviewed; discussion centers on the pre production and rehearsal process, focus and cueing issues, and other related topics.

 

 

Third Year

Lighting Design III

DESG-GT 1450-1451   Lecture   3 - 6 Credits

Instructor(s): Geiger, Wierzel

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


This class will deal with the complete process of lighting design, how to continue to give light significance in context. Projects and class trajectory will be tailored to each student’s needs and goals. Individual creativity will be encouraged within an environment of shared experience. Questions of meaning, structure, process and intent will be investigated. What light can and cannot communicate will be examined in detail. Much importance will be placed on process and product, both intellectual and practical. Major emphasis will be placed on genuine life procedures and practice; in a real world context.  Each student’s individual voice will be nurtured and considered. Individual expression will be our goal.

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. 

Lighting Production Year 3

DESG-GT 1462-1463   Lecture   2 Credits

Instructor(s): Geiger

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


Third-year lighting students meet weekly to discuss current school production designs. Light plots are reviewed; discussion centers on the pre production and rehearsal process, focus and cueing issues, and other related topics.

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.

INTRODUCTION TO SET DESIGN (OPTIONAL)

DESG-GT 1058  Lecture  2-4 credits

Instructor(s): Lieberman

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

 


Introduction to Set Design is a class for costume and lighting designers interested in exploring set design more thoroughly than is possible within their primary area of study. We will focus on how set design functions in relation to actors and audience, as well as how it creates context for any given production. Our goal is to use stage design as the driving force in building a whole universe from text.