Stagecraft II

I.     Course Prefix/Number: THE 136

       Course Name: Stagecraft II

       Credits: 3 (1 lecture; 4 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

THE 135

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course offers continued training and experiences in scene and costume design technology. Content includes advanced projects in set and costume design allowing students to work from script to realized renderings and models. Construction planning and layouts of sets and costumes will be studied and practiced. Course requires lab work with hands-on experiences in support of Performing Arts Center productions.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Demonstrate appropriate use of advanced materials and methods in scenic construction, painting and costume design.
  2. Apply principles of aesthetics to scene and costume design.
  3. Work through and solve increasingly complex challenges in scene and costume design.
  4. Recognize potentially unsafe conditions and demonstrate knowledge of appropriate measures to address the problem.
  5. Work effectively in a team setting, communicating clearly in written and spoken forms.
  6. Gain experience in the director/technical director/designer model of theatrical production.
  7. Demonstrate effective management of multiple projects, deadlines and personal responsibilities.
  8. Work on a stage crew, demonstrating the fundamental principles of scene and costume design.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• 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 syllabus, course policies and tour of Performing Arts facilities.
Safety principles for set and costume design
Labs: Set and costume
Week II: Set: Design process for the set designer
Costume: Design process for the costume designer
Labs: Costume
Week III: Set: Introduction to drafting
Labs: Set
Week IV: Set: Script analysis for the set designer
Costume: Script analysis for the costume designer
Labs: Costume
Week V: Set: Project Management
Labs: Set
Week VI: Set: Communication as a set designer
Labs: Costume
Week VII: Set: Electronic visualization
Labs: Set
Week VIII:   Set: Discussing a play and its design
Labs: Costume
Week IX: Set: Discussing a play and its design
Labs: Set
Week X: Set: Theoretical design project with Directing Class
Costume: Theoretical design project with Directing Class
Labs: Costume
Week XI: Set: Aesthetics of design
Costume: Aesthetics of design
Labs: Set
Week XII: Set: Metal and Foam
Costume: Wire and Foam
Labs: Costume
Week XIII: Set: Understanding visual style
Costume: Understanding visual style
Labs: Set
Week XIV: Set: Theoretical projects: Review and critique
Costume: Theoretical projects: Review and critique
Labs: Costume
Week XV: Set: Theoretical projects: Review and critique
Costume: Theoretical projects: Review and critique
Labs: Set
Week XVI: Review and exams

VII.  Methods of Instruction

  1. Lectures
  2. Workshops
  3. Demonstrations
  4. Supervised crew hours

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Attend scheduled lectures, demonstrations, and workshops
  2. Participate in four hours of lab per week.
  3. Participate in crew assignments, generally 20-40 hours during the semester.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

  1. Scenery: Drafting and Construction for Theaters, Museums, Exhibitions and Trade Shows by John Blurton. Theatre Art Book, New York, 2001. ISBN: 0878301496.
  2. Set Lighting Technicians Handbook, 3rd edition, by Harry Box. Focal Press, New York, 2003. ISBN: 020804953.
  3. Handouts
  4. Stage materials and supplies

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

  1. Crew participation
  2. Three "in class" projects
  3. Two brief overview papers
  4. Take home project (combination)

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
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.