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Scenic 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.

 

 

CAD Drawing and Visualization

DESG-GT.1006   Studio   2 Credits

Instructor(s): Alexander

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

 

Explore

 

H22.2000   Lecture   3 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): 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

Scenic Design II

DESG-GT.1100   Lecture   3 - 6 Credits

Instructor(s): Lieberman

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

The emphasis is on developing visual solutions based on rigorous exploration of text. Two projects each semester may include a contemporary play, a music theatre work, or a classic/epic play.

Set Studio I

DESG-GT.1102   Lecture   2 - 4 Credits

Instructor(s): Lieberman

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

The advanced course builds on skills and techniques learned in Set Studio I class with the goal of further developing and refining them. The course is designed to support the work done in Scenic Design II.

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.

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.

Collaboration

DESG-GT.1140   Lecture   3 - 4 Credits

Instructor(s): Geiger, Hoffman, Hughes, 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.

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.

Third Year

Scenic Design III

DESG-GT.1210   Lecture   3 - 6 Credits

Instructor(s): Steinberg

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

The emphasis is on synthesizing dramaturgy and research to create three dimensional environments that participate in presenting the text and the work of the director and performers. Expressing cultural, philosophical and emotional ideas through the conduit of Design is at the heart of the process. There are 2 class projects in the fall semester and individual Thesis projects in the Spring.

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.