Stagecraft & Event Technology

Code Course Description
STGE 1100

Drafting for stage

This course introduces students to the basic concepts of drafting for the performing arts. The role of the scenic designer in a production, basic theatre terminology and an introduction to perspective sketching will be included.

STGE 1106

Set Construction

In this course students will be introduced to the basic techniques and procedures for set construction and set up. Students will learn the application and use of tools and equipment common to the scene shop and stage including rigging and electrics. Safe working procedures in both the construction and set up phase will be emphasized. Please note: The scene shop is a construction area. Safety footwear, eye and ear protection are mandatory.

STGE 1110

Safety

This course prepares the student to work safely within the context of the department and in the workplace. Successful students will earn certifications that are required by unions and employers in theatre, film and related industries.

STGE 1112

Stage Lighting

Students will become familiar with industry standard working procedures for hanging, focusing and maintaining theatrical luminaires. Other topics will include light, colour, lenses, reflectors, lamps and basic electricity as they apply to lighting equipment for the stage.

STGE 1120

Industry Awareness

This course is designed to inform the student of the myriad of employment opportunities that are within the entertainment industry. Students will be introduced to theatre, film/TV, special events, conventions, museums, and other production facilities within Metro Vancouver. Industry expectations regarding professionalism and work ethic will be included.

STGE 1180

Production Techniques

This is a practical course in theatre production. A minimum of 90 hours of active involvement as a technician in an assigned college production is required. The emphasis is on pre-production, set-in, running of a show, and strike. Students will be assigned to a specific production department as a crew member. Evening and week-end participation is often required. Students may also be assigned to off campus worksites when co-productions are undertaken. Safety footwear is mandatory.

STGE 1202

Set Painting

This course introduces students to the techniques and materials of set painting. Students will develop skills in lay-in texturing color mixing, and layout.

STGE 1207

Properties

This course introduces students to the basic skills required by the properties and costume person. Research techniques, safety concerns, script analysis, paperwork and construction techniques will be emphasized.

STGE 1212

Stage Lighting

Students will become familiar with the responsibilities of, and processes related to, the Head Electrician. Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of lighting design as they relate to that position. The techniques and theories of lighting design as required by a Head Electrician working in a road house situation will be included.

STGE 1220

Stage Management

This course introduces students to the role and responsibilities of the Stage Manager. Students will develop a
production prompt script for a play. The rehearsal process, moving from rehearsal to stage, and technical
rehearsals will be emphasized.

STGE 1222

Introduction to Costume

This course introduces students to the basic technical and creative skills required by the Theatre and Film Costumer. Research techniques, script analysis, paperwork and construction techniques will be emphasized.

STGE 1260

Introduction to CAD

This course introduces the basic concepts of computer assisted drafting to students. Students will develop skills in two-dimensional drawing using CAD software. A demonstration of 3D applications will also be included.

STGE 1280

Production Techniques

This is a practical course in theatre production. A minimum of 90 hours of active involvement as a technician in an assigned college production is required. The emphasis is on pre-production, set-in, running of a show, and strike. Students will be assigned to a specific production department as a crew member. Evening and week-end participation is often required. Students may also be assigned to off campus worksites when co-productions are undertaken. Safety footwear is mandatory.

STGE 2200

Lighting Software

This course builds on the skills acquired in STGE 1260: Introduction to CAD. It is a practical guide to creating lighting plots and associated paperwork on industry-standard software. Students will be introduced to two dimensional techniques, plot organization, and interactive paperwork. This course is appropriate for professional upgrading.

STGE 2210

Design Explorations

This is an intensive course focusing on two and three dimensional design elements and the creative process. Using theatre as a context, students will develop a foundation for further exploration in set, properties, costume and lighting design.

STGE 2302

Set Painting

This is an intermediate course in scenic painting. Students will focus on advanced techniques including scale transfers and aging. Other topics will include paint chemistry, drops and scrims, and painting techniques used in the film industry.

STGE 2306

Set Construction

This is an advanced course in scenic construction techniques and procedures. Students will be encouraged to formulate inventive and creative solutions to basic engineering and structural design problems. Students will continue the study of tools, materials and equipment common to the scene shop and stage, including rigging and electrics. Safe working procedures in both the construction and set up phase will be emphasized. Please note: The scene shop is a construction area. Safety footwear, eye and ear protection are mandatory.

STGE 2307

Properties

This course builds upon the skills students developed in STGE 1207, Properties. Students will continue in their study of research and construction techniques. Professional associations, unions, and props for the film/tv industry will also be studied.

STGE 2311

Audio Techniques I

This course introduces students to the basics of sound, wave theory and hearing and their relationship to theatre. The design, function, and interconnection of sound systems common to the performing arts will be studied.

STGE 2312

Stage Lighting

Students will become familiar with the methods and skills required for stage lighting design. Emphasis will be placed on the skills required to perform the tasks of an assistant designer in the professional theatre. Portfolio samples will be developed as part of assignment work.

STGE 2380

Production Techniques

This is a practical course in live stage production. A minimum of 150 hours of active involvement as a technician in an assigned college production is required. Students will be assigned to specific departments as production crew or as department crew heads. Second-year students will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to the collaborative process, and contribute significantly to their respective production teams. Evening and weekend participation will be required. Safety footwear is mandatory. Students may also be assigned to off-campus work sites when co-productions are undertaken.

STGE 2400

Lighting Control Systems

Students will be introduced to stage lighting control systems. Basic operation of stage lighting consoles will be developed through a combination of study and hands-on laboratory exercises. Analog and digital control systems such as DMX-512 and stage lighting networks will also be explored. Basic programming for moving light fixtures and accessories will be introduced.

STGE 2405

Technical Direction

Students will examine the role and responsibilities of the Technical Director in various performing arts situations. Emphasis will be placed on pre-production situations. Students will be encouraged to develop skills in problem solving, product searching, and production scheduling.

STGE 2410

Multimedia Technology

This course is a practical guide to multimedia technology and public presentation. The relationships of space, equipment and how to best relay the message and experience will be studied. Equipment will include projectors, screens, cameras, presentation software, computers, scalers, monitors and human interface devices. Students will be introduced to multimedia for theatres, art galleries, museums and public presentations.

STGE 2411

Audio Techniques II

Students will develop a working knowledge of the sound design process for the performing arts. Emphasis will be on developing a sound plot through script analysis and design meetings for an assigned play. Students will also be introduced to multi-track digital and analog recording techniques and live sound reinforcement.

STGE 2412

Professional Readiness

This course prepares Stagecraft students for entry into the entertainment industry. Students will be introduced to the various employment options available to them. Topics will include unions and associations, resumes and cover letters, as well as job search techniques and professional development workshops with industry professionals. Note: open to Stagecraft students only.

STGE 2420

Special Events

This course introduces students to the special events industry in Metro Vancouver. Students will have the opportunity to examine this sector of the entertainment industry and its relationship to traditional theatrical production. The transferability of theatrical production skills to the special events industry will also be explored.

STGE 2430

Stagecraft for Film/TV

This course explores the various crafts of stage technology and applies them to the fields of film and television. The differences between the various technologies will be explored as well as the unique terminology of each. The focus of this course will be on the lighting and grip departments.

STGE 2440

Work Experience

This course provides students with field-based experience in the entertainment industry. Students will have the opportunity to apply their job search, interview, resume writing, and interpersonal skills while making valuable employment contacts.

STGE 2480

Production Techniques

This is a practical course in live stage production. A minimum of 150 hours of active involvement as a technician in an assigned college production is required. Students will be assigned to specific departments as production crew or as department crew heads. Second-year students will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to the collaborative process, and contribute significantly to their respective production teams. Evening and weekend participation will be required. Students should be physically able and not afraid of heights. Safety footwear is mandatory. Students may also be assigned to off-campus work sites when co-productions are undertaken.

STGE 3180

Advanced Production and Design I

This is a practical, advanced independent study course in theatrical production and design. Students will be involved in the Stagecraft Department productions in one of the following roles: Design Assistant, Stage Manager, Dramaturge, Production Manager, Technical Director or other area of interest. Students will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to the collaborative process and contribute significantly to the production team. Guided studies projects are supervised and evaluated by a faculty member. Before registering, students must submit an application for approval of their guided studies project to the Coordinator of the Stagecraft and Event Technology Department.