I. Course Prefix/Number: THE 136
Course Name: Stagecraft II
Credits: 3 (1 lecture; 4 lab)
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
- Demonstrate appropriate use of advanced materials and methods in scenic construction, painting and costume design.
- Apply principles of aesthetics to scene and costume design.
- Work through and solve increasingly 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.
- Gain experience in the director/technical director/designer model of theatrical production.
- 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 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
|Week III:||Set: Introduction to drafting
|Week IV:||Set: Script analysis for the set designer
Costume: Script analysis for the costume designer
|Week V:||Set: Project Management
|Week VI:||Set: Communication as a set designer
|Week VII:||Set: Electronic visualization
|Week VIII:||Set: Discussing a play and its design
|Week IX:||Set: Discussing a play and its design
|Week X:||Set: Theoretical design project with Directing Class
Costume: Theoretical design project with Directing Class
|Week XI:||Set: Aesthetics of design
Costume: Aesthetics of design
|Week XII:||Set: Metal and Foam
Costume: Wire and Foam
|Week XIII:||Set: Understanding visual style
Costume: Understanding visual style
|Week XIV:||Set: Theoretical projects: Review and critique
Costume: Theoretical projects: Review and critique
|Week XV:||Set: Theoretical projects: Review and critique
Costume: Theoretical projects: Review and critique
|Week XVI:||Review and exams|
VII. Methods of Instruction
- Supervised crew hours
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
- Scenery: Drafting and Construction for Theaters, Museums, Exhibitions and Trade Shows by John Blurton. Theatre Art Book, New York, 2001. ISBN: 0878301496.
- Set Lighting Technicians Handbook, 3rd edition, by Harry Box. Focal Press, New York, 2003. ISBN: 020804953.
- Stage materials and supplies
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
- Crew participation
- Three "in class" projects
- Two brief overview papers
- 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
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.
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.