Design and Technology focused Courses

ATH110. Stage Craft I. (Fall, Spring; Bovard).This course seeks to introduce students to the language and practice of technical theatre. It covers the basics of tools, hardware, theatrical construction, safety practices, lighting, painting, and the physical space. Additional weekly lab hours are required for the hands-on experience of building the department production and are scheduled once the term begins at the mutual convenience of student and instructor.

ATH-113. Introduction to Stage Design (Not offered 2014-2015). This studio course introduces the work and practices of the theatrical scenic designer. Through studying the historical traditions and styles of theatre, as well as the innovative practices of contemporary designers, students will read and interpret several plays and create original designs in sketches, rendering, and scale models. Projects and exercises will emphasize “design ideas” about space, place, pictorial representation, and the expressive use of materials. There will be on-going, in-class studio exercises that deal with craft practices and skill acquisition; using the architects’ scale, drawing techniques, handling knives, joining board with adhesives, watercolor painting, textures with acrylic mediums, etc. Each project presentation will be accompanied by a paper describing the research and design process.

ATH-117. Fundamentals of Stage Lighting Design (Winter; Bovard).  This course seeks to introduce students to the world of stage lighting design and technology. Initial emphasis will be on electrical theory, photometrics and the wide variety of fixtures and control boards in use in the modern theatre. The class will then progress to basic lighting theory and analysis of lighting techniques. In the final weeks, the class will actively participate in the design, hang, focus, and programming of the lighting for a departmental production.

ATH118. Costume Technology. (Fall; Belz). This course studies the basics of garment construction and costume shop procedures primarily as they relate to the theatrical world.  The focus is on practical application of construction techniques, and will include introduction to and use of hand and machine sewing as well as use of self-made and commercial patterns to create wearable garments.

ATH119. CAD Drafting for Theatre. (not offered 2014-2015 ). Drafting for the Theatre, is an introduction to the terminology, tools, techniques and software used in technical and design planning for stage scenery and lighting.  It is primarily a lecture-style course but also includes collaborative time to work on projects in a group and share tips and tricks for more efficient drafting.  Upon successful completion of this class, students will have a solid foundation in VectorWorks, know how to convey information graphically, know how to read shop drawings, and how to find graphical solutions to geometric and trigonometric problems.

ATH121. Puppet Theatre: Design and Performance. (Not offered 2014-2015). This studio course introduces the design, craft, and performance of puppets, animated objects and toy theatres. We will study traditional practices of the genre around the world as well as contemporary and innovative expressions. Students will design, construct, and perform several shows throughout the term in collaborative and individual projects emphasizing the elements of character, space, place, story, text, theme, voice, movement, and technique. Quizzes, research presentations, and final papers. There will be a final public performance of original student work.

ATH122. Introduction to Costume Design. (Spring; Belz). This course will acquaint the student with the art and practice of designing costumes for the theatre. It will explore the Costume Designer’s role in theatre and the process necessary to realize their vision on the stage. Study will progress through script analysis, design conceptualization and collaboration, textile selection, and costume rendering.

ATH123.  History of Fashion & Dress.  (Winter; Belz ). A study of the evolution of Western fashions from ancient to modern times with a focus on clothing as a reflection of self-expression and relationship to one’s society.  The class will explore the history of dress through visual examples, practical examination of historical costume items, and individual research into specific fashion topics.

ATH151. Directing I. (Fall; Finlay). Students explore the process of bringing the script and the director’s concept to the stage by working with actors through casting, script analysis, rehearsal, and performance. Previous acting experience (in class or in production) required.

ATH226. Stagecraft II: (Fall; Spring; Bovard). Intermediate level course in the technical aspects of theatrical production. Similar to ATH110, but with more in-depth exploration of the nuances of stagecraft. Furthermore, students will take on the role of a crew foreman and be responsible for managing a small group of carpenters or lighting technicians during their lab hours. Prerequisite: ATH110 or permission of the instructor.

ATH240. Theatre Criticism. (Not offered 2014-2015). This is an intensive and practical course on reading and writing dramatic criticism. A look at the concepts and practices of theatre criticism in American Theatre begins with a discussion of major theories of Western drama, from Aristotle to Artaud. Through the reading and discussion of contemporary examples of dramatic criticism and directed studies in techniques of journalistic writing, students will gain an understanding of the nature and function of a theatre review and an ability to critically view theatre productions. Writing will include research essays, response papers, and critical reviews of play scripts as well as performances on campus and at professional theatres.


ATH105. Special Topics in Theatre. Topics chosen from a variety of performance, design, and technical areas according to faculty and student interests. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

    • Costume Construction/Design
    • Lighting/Sound Design
    • Puppetry

ATH490-494. Theatre Independent Study 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5. For the junior or senior student, who has demonstrated the ability to work independently, this one term project may be proposed to a sponsoring faculty member. This course may be repeated up to five times, as independent or interrelated studies. It is expected that this student-initiated project is designed to allow the student to gain experience through independent research, study, or practical studies that could not otherwise be gained in the curriculum. Projects must be proposed at least a term in advance. By permission of sponsoring faculty only.

    • Welding
    • Sound Design
    • Advanced Costume Construction
    • Advanced Costume Design
    • Professional Internships