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Production Design

First Year

Scenic Design I

 

DESG-GT.1054   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): Jellinek, Stein

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 many and varied techniques available to scale model makers, with weekly class projects providing hands-on experience in each area.

 

 

Drawing Year 1

DESG-GT.1004   Lecture   2 - 4 Credits

Instructor(s): Muller, Young

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

Drawing is observation 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.

Culture, Costume & Decor

DESG-GT.1022   Lecture   3 Credits

Instructor(s): Muller

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

Stagecraft I

 

DESG-GT.1012   Studio   2 Credits

 

 

 

Instructor(s): Bye, Fallon, Grathwohl, Takacs

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

Design for Film I

 

DESG-GT.1214   Lecture   3 - 6 Credits

Instructor(s): Jackness

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

This course explores the world of production design and art direction for film. By watching films, analyzing concepts, using a series of practical paper/model projects this course examines all components of film design including text interpretation, scenery for studio, location, color concepts, relationships with the producers, crews, and creative team.

 

 

Drawing Year 2

DESG-GT.1052   Lecture   2 - 4 Credits

Instructor(s): Detweiler, Muller

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   1 - 2 Credits

Instructor(s): Conklin

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

Examination of the psychological, philosophical, aesthetic, and sociological aspects of cultures within Western civilization and their manifestation in the visual arts, with particular emphasis on costume and decor to be adapted for stage and film use.

Aesthetics

 

DESG-GT.1224   Lecture   2 Credits

Instructor(s): Segal

 

 

Film Collaboration

DESG-GT.1213   Lecture   3 - 4 Credits

Instructor(s): Stein

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.

Production Year 2

DESG-GT.1120   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.

Third Year

Design for Film II

 

DESG-GT.1216   Lecture   3 - 6 Credits

Instructor(s): Jackness

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

Continuation of Design for Film I on a more advanced level. To prepare the student for future professional work, this course is an in-depth exploration of all components of studio sets and the technical aspects of film design, including storyboarding. Thesis projects are undertaken in the second semester.

 

 

Transitioning into the Profession

DESG-GT.2002   Lecture   3 Credits

Instructor(s): Baird, 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. 

Required course.

Production Year 3

DESG-GT.1500   Lecture   2 Credits

Instructor(s): Baird, Steinberg, Hoffman, Geiger

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.