Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Basic Stagecraft

 Title Abbreviation:   BASIC STAGECRAFT

 Department:    DRMA

 Course #:    161

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5.25

 CIP:    500501

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2021

 Course Description  

Planning, drafting, construction and rigging of scenery. Practical laboratory experiences in scenery construction, painting, handling and rigging of scenery. One production crew assignment with one scheduled laboratory assignment.


Prerequisite: None.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 33

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Elective  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
CWU TH 267
U of W DR 210
WSU DR 163

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify and explain terminology commonly used in scenery construction and theatrical presentation.
  2. Describe the responsibilities of the theatrical craft artisans in their design areas.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of scenic writing including designers drawings and paperwork, blueprints and material orders and shop cutting lists.
  4. Execute basic working drawing, orthographic projection, oblique and cabinet drawings.
  5. Demonstrate proper knowledge of drafting technique by using proper drafting conventions and symbols.
  6. Identify and safely operate hand tools and stationary power tools used in the area of scenic construction.
  7. Explain and evaluate M.S.D.S. as they relate to personal safety.
  8. Identify the members of the production team, describe their responsibilities and understand the importance of teamwork in carrying out a group project.
  9. Describe the organizational structures of different types of theatre organizations.
  10. Recognize, explain, and execute the different techniques used in the painting of scenery and backdrops.
  11. Recognize, explain, and execute different techniques used in rigging of scenery, drapes, and backdrops.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

Course Contents

  1. Theatrical and technical terminology
  2. Theatre craft artisan relationships to production staffs
  3. Identify and safely operate power tools
  4. Construction techniques of theatrical scenery
  5. Support equipment identification and use
  6. The production sequence
  7. Theatre craft plans and paperwork
  8. Identify and safely operate hand tools
  9. Safety, personal and shop
  10. Rigging and handling of stage equipment and scenery