• Theatre Arts Technician – Designer


  • Catalog Year 2017-2018

    The Theatre Arts Technician-Designer curriculum is geared to students who wish to specialize in the planning, design and execution of theatrical scenery, lighting, sound, costumes, makeup and stage management.

    Curricular Outcomes

    At the completion of this curriculum, students should be able to:

    • Present a completed production design, demonstrating process from script analysis, concept development to final presentation
    • Safely rig, operate and maintain scenery and equipment for a theatrical fly system
    • Read and execute technical drawings for scenery and lighting
    • Create a résumé and support materials (portfolio) suitable for an interview in professional or educational theatre

    The following plan of classes is a general guide to prepare students to pursue an MHCC General Studies degree. The curriculum includes coursework in theatre, related electives and general studies to total 90 hours; other related courses may be substituted. Students who pursue the General Studies degree should work closely with the theatre faculty to select courses and to ensure that they meet their career and educational goals.

    This theatre arts plan is not intended to be wholly transferable to a four-year college, although individual classes are transferable. Students who intend to transfer to a four-year university to seek a degree in the arts should see the Theatre Arts Production – Designer curriculum or choose an alternative college transfer plan.

    Students receiving financial aid must be seeking a certificate or degree, and following official MHCC certificate or degree requirements.

    Note: Community colleges do not award General Studies degrees in a subject area.

    Forecast: Sequence of offerings may be altered in a given year.

    First Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    TA111 Technical Theatre: Scenery and Rigging 3
    TA134B Technical Theatre Workshop: First Year1 3
    WR121 English Composition 4
    Elective1 3
    Social Science requirement 3
    17
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    TA112 Technical Theatre: Lighting and Sound 3
    TA135C Technical Theatre Workshop: Major Production 3
    MTH065 Beginning Algebra II (or higher)2, ‡ 4
    WR122 English Composition: Critical Thinking 4
    Social Science requirement 3
    17
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    TA113 Technical Theatre: Painting and Props 3
    TA136C Technical Theatre Workshop: Studio Production 3
    TA121 Costuming 3
    Human Relations requirement1, ‡ 3
    Physical Education requirement3 1
    Social Science requirement 3
    16
    Fourth Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    TA106 Theatre History: Origins to the Renaissance 3
    TA234C Technical Theatre Workshop: Studio Production 3
    TA227 Theatrical Makeup 3
    HE252 First Aid: Responding to Emergencies4 3
    Science/Mathematics/Computer Science requirement 3
    15
    Fifth Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    TA107 Theatre History: Restoration to Contemporary 3
    TA213 Stage Lighting Design 3
    TA235C Technical Theatre Workshop: Major Production Second Year 3
    Science/Mathematics/Computer Science requirement 3
    Elective1 3
    15
    Sixth Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    TA101 Appreciating Theatre 3
    TA211 Scene Design3 3
    TA236B Technical Theatre Workshop: Studio Production Second Year 2
    Humanities requirement 3
    Social Science requirement5, ‡ 3
    Science/Mathematics/Computer Science requirement1, ‡ 3
    17

    1 Select from the Elective list.
    2 Students who complete HE252 Standard First Aid or HE250 Personal Health are required to complete at least one additional credit of PE activity to satisfy the Health and Physical Education requirement for the Associate of General Studies degree (AGS.)
    3 TA121 and TA211 are offered alternate years.
    4Students who complete HE252 Standard First Aid or HE250 Personal Health are required to complete at least one additional credit of PE activity to satisfy the Health and Physical Education requirement for the Associate of General Studies degree (AGS.)
    5 12 social science credits are required for the AGS degree. If previous selected social science courses are all four-credit courses, this selection is not needed.

    ‡ See Associate of General Studies degree.

    Electives
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    ART115 Basic Design I: Two-dimensional
    ART116 Basic Design II: Color Theory
    ART117 Basic Design III: Three-dimensional
    ART281 Painting I
    ART291 Sculpture I
    ENG105 Introduction to Literature: Drama
    ENG201 Shakespeare: The Early Plays
    ENG202 Shakespeare: The Later Plays
    ESR285 Safety and Health Standards and Laws
    ET231 Basic Strengths of Materials
    FA257 Films and Society
    FA258 Understanding the Film
    FA266 The Great Film Directors
    TA141 Acting Fundamentals I
    TA144 Improvisation
    TA153A Theatre Workshops: First Year
    TA153B Theatre Workshops: First Year
    TA153C Theatre Workshops: First Year
    TA153D Theatre Workshop: Children’s Workshop First Year
    TA198A Independent Studies: Theatre
    TA198B Independent Studies: Theatre
    TA198C Independent Studies: Theatre
    TA199A Special Studies in Theatre (up to nine credits maximum)
    TA199B Special Studies in Theatre (up to nine credits maximum)
    TA199C Special Studies in Theatre (up to nine credits maximum)
    WLD116 General Welding I