2021-2022 University Catalog 
    Nov 29, 2021  
2021-2022 University Catalog

Theatre Design and Technology, B.A.

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  • Patricia Beachley, M.F.A.
  • Carol Brode, M.A.
  • Ken Clothier, M.F.A.
  • Joseph Domencic, M.M.
  • Brian Ferrell, M.F.A.
  • Karen A. Glass, M.F.A.
  • Mary Kay Neff, S.C., M.F.A.
  • Denise Pullen, M.F.A.
  • David Stanger, M.F.A.
  • Kellee Van Aken, Ph.D.
  • Maureen Vissat, M.A.
  • Steven Wilson, M.F.A
  • Caila Yates, B.F.A.

Learning Objectives: Theatre Design and Technology

  1. Execute the basic tasks of the performer, memorizing text or movement, participate in an ensemble, employ good technique to communicate to an audience, and use the body in an expressive and effective way.
  2. Perform basic technical theatre functions such as operating a sewing machine, hanging and focusing a stage lighting instrument, and operating basic power tools of a scene shop, as well as constructing and painting scenery.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to function congenially, cooperatively, and productively in the construction and running of a theatrical production by participation in various crew responsibilities.
  4. Identify and define the professions of theatre artists, technicians, dancers and other contributors to theatrical and dance production and the role they play in contemporary culture. 

  5. Identify characteristics of physical theatres, patterns of production organization, and production techniques of major periods of theatre or dance history.

  6. Critically examine and analyze representative works from the major period of theatre or dance history as part of the culture and time period in which they were written using research papers, discussions and written responses.
  7. Demonstrate the fundamental skills required of the director: script analysis, communication of directorial intent/concept, audition procedures, rehearsal procedures, and communication with collaborative artists.
  8. Identify and apply the fundamental elements involved in one or more aspects of production design.
  9. Develop a design appropriate to individual production styles, spaces, and budgetary circumstances.
  10. Demonstrate minimal competency in an art studio skill that supports the chosen design area.
  11. Analyze the visual and perform physical needs of a production through script analysis.
  12. Communicate ideas, concepts, and requirements to theatre professionals and laypersons related to the practice of the major field. Such communication may involve oral, written, visual, and musical media.
  13. Demonstrate working knowledge of technologies and equipment applicable to their area(s) of specialization.

Acceptance into the theatre program to major in theatre design and technology is based on the successful completion of a portfolio review and interview, which also enables the applicant to compete for several theatre scholarships.

The Theatre program provides a variety of performance and production experiences annually through five full-length presentations staged in the William Granger Ryan Theatre and by a variable number of shorter works presented in the Ridge Performance Studio in the Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center. Production responsibilities are required each semester, and guidelines for such work are outlined in the program’s Production Manual, which also contains the program’s operating policies and expectations for successful student achievement. Students receive a copy when they enter the program.

All candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre design and technology must complete the Liberal Arts Curriculum requirements, the capstone assessment requirement, and the required courses for the major.

The capstone assessment includes successful completion of required coursework and assignments, completion of a first year goal-setting assignment in relation to the integration of theatre and University learning objectives, effective fulfillment of required production work, completion of at least one of the highest level of course offerings in the student’s chosen area of production, and achievement of designated proficiencies. Students must also complete required internships where applicable, a major entrepreneurially-oriented project in the student’s chosen area of professional focus, and a statement on how the attainment and integration of major and University learning objectives informed the project and the student’s plans for the future.

A minimum of 120 credits is required.

Theatre Design and Technology Curriculum

Total Credits: 60-70

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