3 Credit Hours
This course is open to students on the college level in either the Freshman or Sophomore year.
THE 2742 - Stagecraft (3 hrs.)
This course is designed to provide experience in the designing, construction, and handling of scenery, lighting, and properties. Class work will involve lecture, practical laboratory technical work in college productions, and examinations.
The learning outcomes and competencies detailed in this course meet, or exceed the learning outcomes and competencies specified by the Kansas Core Outcomes Project for this course, as sanctioned by the Kansas Board of Regents.
Good stagecraft skills are essential to anyone working in the theatre. This course will emphasize the fundamentals of safety, design, construction, basic electricity, and the use of new technology.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to design and construct scenery and lighting, operate flylines, and set up a basic public address sound system safely and efficiently.
Units Outcomes and Criterion Based Evaluation Key for Core Content:
The following outline defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period. Instructors may add other material as time allows.
UNIT 1: SAFETY
Outcomes: Student will be able to operate equipment in the theatre/scene shop with maximum safety for themselves and others.
- Operate power tools
- Hang scenery and operate flylines
- Operate and maintain lighting equipment
- De-energize an electrical circuit
UNIT 2: DESIGN
Outcomes: Student will demonstrate an understanding of the elements in scene, lighting, and sound design.
- Identify the physical areas of the stage/theatre
- Apply the principles of form and composition to a stage/lighting design
- Make a working set of drawings for the construction of a set
- Build a designer’s model from their working drawings.
UNIT 3: CONSTRUCTION
Outcomes: Student will learn how to construct scenery from working drawings.
- Identify necessary tools and use them correctly
- Construct scenery that is aesthetically pleasing and appropriately sturdy
- Texture and paint scenery for a desired effect
- Be self-motivated and efficient throughout the construction process
UNIT 4: ELECTRICITY
Outcomes: Student will troubleshoot electrical circuits, use equipment, and build audio cables, displaying their understanding of electrical systems.
- Identify “hot” lines, polarity, and proper grounding procedures
- Troubleshoot a malfunctioning electrical circuit
UNIT 5: TECHNOLOGY
Outcomes: Student will complete several projects displaying application of skills and an understanding of equipment operation.
- Set up a demonstration on the auditorium A/V system
- Program and execute cues and submaster controls on the lighting console in the auditorium
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Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.
The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.
Maximum class size:
Based on classroom occupancy
Course Time Frame:
The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching and assessing the educational aspects of the college. A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time. The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.
Refer to the following policies:
402.00 Academic Code of Conduct
263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades
403.00 Student Code of Conduct
Disability Services Program:
Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability. If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.