I. Course Prefix/Number: THE 135
Course Name: Stagecraft I
Credits: 3 (1 lecture; 4 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
Course presents the basics of stagecraft elements. Content includes basic vocabulary, tool usage and fundamental craftsmanship in scene and costume design and technology, as well as the implementation and utilization of scenic and costume elements for live theatrical events. Course requires lab work with hands-on experiences in support of Performing Arts Center productions.
IV. Learning Objectives
- Identify the types and safe uses of basic scenic construction, painting and costume equipment.
- Examine practical technical theater techniques in crafting set designs from basic construction to painting.
- Work through and solve complex challenges in scene and costume design.
- Recognize potentially unsafe conditions and demonstrate knowledge of appropriate measures to address the problem.
- Work effectively in a team setting, communicating clearly in written and spoken forms.
- Demonstrate effective management of multiple projects, deadlines and personal responsibilities.
- Work on a stage crew, demonstrating the fundamental principles of scene and costume design.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
|Week I:||Introduction to course, course policies and tour of Performing Arts facilities.
Safety principles for set and costume design
Labs: Set and costume
|Week II:||Set: Design team and process
Costume: Understanding the various roles
|Week III:||Set: Hand tools and their uses
Costume: Tools and their uses
|Week IV:||Set: Power tools and their uses
Costume: Measurements and textile types
|Week V:||Set: Fasteners and hardware
Costume: Hats, parasols, and handprops
|Week VI:||Set: Basic period styles
Costume: Basic period styles
|Week VII:||Set: Design process for the set designer
Costume: Design process for the costume designer
|Week VIII:||Set: Production organization
Costume: Production organization
|Week IX:||Set: 2-D Scenery
Costume: Advanced Textiles
|Week X:||Set: 3-D Scenery
Costume: Basic Pattern Building
|Week XI:||Set: Types of theaters and fly systems
Costume: Basic draping
Labs: Set: Ropes and knots
|Week XII:||Set: Load lifting mechanical advantage
Costume: Basic pattern drafting
|Week XIII:||Set: Production organization
Costume: Production organization
|Week XIV:||Set: Basic scene painting
Costume: Basic make-up
|Week XV:||Set: Advanced scenic art and transfers
Costume: Advanced make-up
|Week XVI:||Review and exams|
VII. Methods of Instruction
Seminars, lectures, and demonstrations of efficient and safe use of basic supplies, equipment, and technical production materials for scene and costume.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
- Attend scheduled lectures, demonstrations, and workshops
- Participate in four hours of lab per week.
- Participate in crew assignments, generally 20-40 hours during the semester.
IX. Instructional Materials
- Backstage Handbook: An Illustrated Almanac of Technical Information. Carter Paul and George Chiang. Broadway Press; 3rd edition, 1997. ISBN: 09-1174729X
- Stage materials and supplies
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
- Crew participation
- Technical modules
- Mid-term exam
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.