Production Design

First Year

Scenic Design I

DESG-GT 1054-1055   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): Banakis

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

Introduction to the many and varied techniques available to support the scenic design process for theater and film scenery.  Coursework focuses on scale model-building techniques, drafting techniques, photography and rendering techniques, as well as presentation methodologies. Work overlaps with continued Set Design I coursework as well as weekly class projects providing hands-on experience in each area.

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.



This dynamic course will break down and rebuild drawing and rendering skills so that one can more easily and clearly communicate3-d design choices. This is a three-hour drawing class that incorporates assignments that develop a wide and rich range of skills including drawing the figure and basic figure structure and proportion. This class focuses on pacing, as well as fundamentals of dynamic picture making. It is also an excellent opportunity to bring in current design renderings produced in other classes to serve as an example in addressing rendering and picture-making issues.

 

 

Culture, Costume, and Decor

DESG-GT 1022-1023   Lecture   3 Credits

Instructor(s): Muller

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

A weekly 3 hour class taking curated deep dives into aspects of world culture, especially in the intersections of influence, change, and design. The course will mix lectures, analysis of images, research projects, discussion, field trips, guest speakers, and student presentations. As much attention will be paid to how we know what we know and how knowledge is discovered, hidden, lost, reused, misused, and reinterpreted.

Stagecraft I

DESG-GT 1012   Studio   2 Credits

Instructor(s): AllaireFallon, 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 hands-on 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 faculty, professional shop staff and student staff, students work on a variety of productions, in a range of capacities.

 

 

Playreading

DESG-GT.1035  Lecture  1 - 2 Credits

Instructor(s): Helfrich (Section 001)

Only open to students in the Department of Design for Stage and Film.

Play Reading requires students to read and react to a carefully chosen set of scripts over the course of the semester, and to practice formulating and enunciating clear ideas about each script in a class discussion format. Scripts are chosen for individual merits and also, as a collection, to constitute a broad and diverse range of ideas and authors. Students must read each text deeply and be prepared to participate in classroom discussion by formulating a primary response, expressing that response to the group, and responding verbally to a range of other students’ responses as well.

CAD Drawing and Visualization

DESG-GT 1006   Studio   2 - 4 Credits

Instructor(s): Banakis

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 Computer-Aided Drafting software and its foundations. Weekly class projects build on drafting skills and software principles.

Explore

DESG-GT 2000-2001   Lecture   2-3 Credits

Instructor(s): ConklinGeigerHelfrichHoffman


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


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.

Composers, Choreographers, and Designers

Lecture   2 Credits

Instructor(s): Baird, Chalfant

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

The class combines first-year design students of all disciplines, along with dance students, and musical composition students into creative teams- to create original works of dance and music and design. The teams create a dance piece from the ground up, and then as advisors we evaluate their concepts and assist them to move the pieces into production, culminating in executing the scenic, costumes, and lighting designs and technical execution of all the elements as the choreographers and dancers and musicians assemble and refine the performance aspects.

 

Second Year

Design for Film I

DESG-GT 1214   Lecture   3 - 6 Credits

Instructor(s): Luigs and others

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 1052-1053   Lecture   2 - 4 Credits

Instructor(s): MullerZung

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.

 

 

Film Collaboration

DESG-GT.1213   Lecture   3 - 4 Credits

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): Chalfant, 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.

Playreading

DESG-GT.1035  Lecture  1 - 2 Credits

Instructor(s): Helfrich (Section 001)

Only open to students in the Department of Design for Stage and Film.

Play Reading requires students to read and react to a carefully chosen set of scripts over the course of the semester, and to practice formulating and enunciating clear ideas about each script in a class discussion format. Scripts are chosen for individual merits and also, as a collection, to constitute a broad and diverse range of ideas and authors. Students must read each text deeply and be prepared to participate in classroom discussion by formulating a primary response, expressing that response to the group, and responding verbally to a range of other students’ responses as well.

Film Studio I

DESG-GT 1051  Lecture  2 credits

Instructor: Landwehr

Open to second and third-year Design students.


This course supports and closely tracks the student’s work in Design for Film I, focusing on drafting, as both a survey practice and design tool, research and collage assembly, model making, storyboards, sketching and other tools and techniques to discover and enable the design process. 

Third Year

Design for Film II

DESG-GT 1216-1217   Lecture   3 - 6 Credits

Instructor(s): Chalfant and others

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): Cokorinos, Baird

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

The topics covered in this course assist third year students in easing the transition from graduate school into the professional working community.  Through a curated series of guest lectures, students are introduced to a range of working professionals who discuss topics both artistic and practical.  Contracts, health and safety issues, union membership, the role of the agent and business manager and the structure of not for profit theatre are all included in the course curriculum.  Students receive guidance in creating their resumes and individual websites. Portfolio reviews are held with guest directors and designers to give students the opportunity to discuss their work and receive feedback.  

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.

Playreading

DESG-GT.1035  Lecture  1 - 2 Credits

Instructor(s): Helfrich (Section 001)

Only open to students in the Department of Design for Stage and Film.

Play Reading requires students to read and react to a carefully chosen set of scripts over the course of the semester, and to practice formulating and enunciating clear ideas about each script in a class discussion format. Scripts are chosen for individual merits and also, as a collection, to constitute a broad and diverse range of ideas and authors. Students must read each text deeply and be prepared to participate in classroom discussion by formulating a primary response, expressing that response to the group, and responding verbally to a range of other students’ responses as well.

Collaboration

DESG-GT.1140   Lecture   3 - 4 Credits

Instructor(s): GeigerHoffmanHughesSteinberg

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.

Public Collaboration

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

Various Faculty

In conjunction with collaborators from the Public Theatre, set, costume and lighting students (primarily in the second year) work in teams. Emphasis is placed on conceptual work conceived through discussion that gives equal weight to all members of the collaboration.

Independent Study

DESG-GT 1060/DESG-GT 1061

1-2 credits

With the permission of the chair, students may participate in an individualized project to gain professional experience related to their specific design concentration or to investigate an area or field of study not normally covered in the department’s regularly scheduled course offerings.  The schedule for the project must not interfere with courses that are required components of the curriculum and the scope of work is contingent upon approval by the chair.

The project should provide hands-on experience; students may work with a faculty advisor. Students must submit a written proposal of their project to the chair for review. The proposal should outline project concepts, expectations and goals as well as desired credits and plans for meeting with an advisor. Students will be registered by the department administrator upon acceptance of the proposal.