Production Design

Courses

100 Level

  • PROD 101 Introduction to Production Design
     

    PROD 101

    Introduction to Production Design
    In this course, students are introduced to the fundamentals of production design for stage and screen, including the application of costume, scenery, lighting and props and their importance in film, theater and television productions. The student is introduced to the impact that scene, light, costume elements and props have in a complete production or performance. Prerequisite(s):
  • PROD 110 Drafting for Production Design
     

    PROD 110

    Drafting for Production Design
    This course focuses on drafting for the entertainment designer with the intent of making the student fluent in the language of layout, shape, proportion, contour, mass, detail and the drafting standards set by the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. Prerequisite(s):
  • PROD 130 Stagecraft
     

    PROD 130

    Stagecraft
    Students learn the equipment, techniques and procedures of technical production for stage and screen. Woodworking, metalworking and lighting equipment all are experienced and applied. Prerequisite(s):
  • PROD 150 Introduction to Makeup Design
     

    PROD 150

    Introduction to Makeup Design
    Makeup design is a subtle, yet essential, part of many artistic undertakings, including fashion, photography, filmmaking and theater. After gaining an understanding of the anatomical structures of the head, face and neck, and the effects of lighting on those structures, students explore makeup products and their applications to create a “natural” face, do corrective makeup and create a character. Professional standards are emphasized in the application of skills to real situations. Prerequisite(s):

200 Level

  • PROD 200 Production Management and Administration
     

    PROD 200

    Production Management and Administration
    This survey course is designed to familiarize students with the organizational procedures of the theater production process. Major areas of study include stage management and production management, with some reference to video and film production management. Prerequisite(s):
  • PROD 210 Script Interpretation
     

    PROD 210

    Script Interpretation
    This course develops students’ skills in identifying relevant structure, plot and themes in script and text work. In addition, students learn the basic themes, structure and concepts that influence production design, performance and other facets of production for stage and screen. Research, critical thinking and analysis of script and text to develop design concepts for production design are also emphasized. The course also develops students’ skills in understanding the structure, history and overall themes of published/produced work in screen and stage. Prerequisite(s): PROD 101.  
  • PROD 212 Period Style for Production Design
     

    PROD 212

    Period Style for Production Design
    With a sound historical base, students examine lifestyles and societal influences to understand the look of each period. Emphasis is on a chronological examination and is the goal of this course. The sociological and aesthetic aspects influencing the architecture, furnishings and textiles of the period as well as the subtle use of color indicative to specific periods are addressed. Geographical needs that contribute to style and design also are considered. The goal is that students learn the definitive need for conclusive and rigorous research. Prerequisite(s): PROD 101.
  • PROD 220 Lighting Design I
     

    PROD 220

    Lighting Design I
    This course examines lighting design, from the germination of the idea to the final project. Through class discussion and critiques, students’ lighting concepts are developed and refined. Prerequisite(s): PROD 110, PROD 210.  
  • PROD 221 Scenic Design I
     

    PROD 221

    Scenic Design I
    In this course, students focus on the development of scenic design ideas and their application in theater, film and television. By developing, articulating and defending design concepts, students demonstrate successful scenic design projects for theater, film and television. Prerequisite(s): PROD 110, PROD 210.  
  • PROD 230 Costume Design I
     

    PROD 230

    Costume Design I
    This studio course explores the exciting and creative world of costuming for stage and screen. Assignments enable students to develop skills in areas such as rendering, swatching, play analysis, fabric modification, masks, hats, draping, accessorizing and productions. Additional practicum time is required and assigned by the professor. Prerequisite(s): PROD 210.
  • PROD 235 Styles of Hair Design
     

    PROD 235

    Styles of Hair Design
    Students explore the evolution of hair styling, wigs and the culture of hair design from ancient times to present day. They research the social implications associated with facial hair and hair style as adornment and its relationship to class hierarchy and social status. Styles for men and women are explored by analyzing styling techniques and practices recorded on art of the period. Prerequisite(s):
  • PROD 260 Scenographic Model Making
     

    PROD 260

    Scenographic Model Making
    This course focuses on the materials and methods used to build scenic models for the stage and the screen. Students learn techniques that allow them to build accurate presentation models and work safely with various materials. Prerequisite(s):
  • PROD 270 CAD for Production Design
     

    PROD 270

    CAD for Production Design
    This course focuses on hand drafting for the entertainment designer with the intent of making the student fluent in the language of layout, shape, proportion, contour, mass, detail and the drafting standards established by the Unites States Institute for Theatre Technology. Prerequisite(s): PROD 110, PROD 220, PROD 221.
  • PROD 280 Scenic Painting
     

    PROD 280

    Scenic Painting
    Through hands-on projects, students learn a variety of methods to represent an array of surfaces and images by using scenic painting techniques and tools. They experience different media and equipment necessary to accomplish these goals. Students develop an appreciation of the process and the role of the scenic artist in production. Prerequisite(s): PROD 110, PROD 221.

300 Level

  • PROD 300 Rendering for Entertainment Design
     

    PROD 300

    Rendering for Entertainment Design
    Through study of various techniques and medium, design students produce drawings of scenery, costumes and lighting essential to the production process. By researching influential designers of the 20th century, the student finds a means to communicate with fellow designers as well as evaluate a successful rendering. Prerequisite(s): PROD 101, PROD 220, PROD 221, or THED 225.
  • PROD 301 Digital Rendering for Production Design
     

    PROD 301

    Digital Rendering for Production Design
    Techniques for developing designs through the use of digital media are experienced and explored as they relate to production design for the entertainment industry. Industry-standard software is introduced, and techniques are developed to prepare the students to add the generation of digital visual design information and presentation to their skill sets. Prerequisite(s): PROD 220 or PROD 221 or PROD 230 or THED 225.
  • PROD 305 Drafting for Lighting Design
     

    PROD 305

    Drafting for Lighting Design
    This course focuses on the specific drafted communication skills required by lighting designers in film, live entertainment and themed design. Building these essential skills, distinctive and different from those skills of a scenic or production designer, in both hand drafting and Computer Aided Drafting refines a student's understanding of the design process. Prerequisite(s): ELDS 225 or PROD 270.
  • PROD 315 Drafting for Production Design II
     

    PROD 315

    Drafting for Production Design II
    This course explores realistic interior period detailing using pencil drafting. Emphasis is placed on using our eyes and pencils to draw correct period proportion and shapes.  Lumber and material sizes are explored in structural drafting.  Correct scenic coding conventions are taught. A spreadsheet is used for door, window and hardware schedules.  The final project is a period Savannah interior room, which is surveyed and scenically drafted.  Students also construct a white model of the room. Prerequisite(s): PROD 110.
  • PROD 320 Lighting Design II
     

    PROD 320

    Lighting Design II
    Through the development of lighting projects, students in this coursework examine the process of lighting design projects from the germination of the idea to the final product. Students design lighting for events taking place in theaters, film projects, alternative spaces, as well as for media-based applications. Through class discussion and critiques, lighting concepts are challenged and developed. The projects result in two completely documented lighting designs. Students in this course are required to complete a lab component that focuses on practical applications. Prerequisite(s): PROD 220.
  • PROD 321 Scenic Design II
     

    PROD 321

    Scenic Design II
    Using a broad range of drawing, ideation and presentation skills, students master the theoretical understanding and studio skills used in the professional arena of performance events, including stage productions, performance art pieces, installation projects, industrials, film and television specific applications. Students actualize scenic projects and build portfolio-level work. Prerequisite(s): PROD 221.
  • PROD 330 History of Costume in Film
     

    PROD 330

    History of Costume in Film
    In this course, students focus on the history and development of costume design and its application in theater, film and television. They also develop design concepts and articulate, defend and demonstrate successful costume and wardrobe projects for theater, film and television. Prerequisite(s): PROD 230.
  • PROD 335 Costume Crafts
     

    PROD 335

    Costume Crafts
    Students complete a process of research, design and construction of selected costume accessories for use in the visual narrative. They experience various techniques of hand and machine stitching, fabric painting, color treatments, appliqué, embroidery, soft sculpture, ageing and distressing, and appropriate skills necessary to the support of the storyline. Emphasis is placed on interpretation of character through the development of physical elements derived from the narrative and historic reference. Prerequisite(s): PROD 230.
  • PROD 350 Communication Concepts in Lighting Design
     

    PROD 350

    Communication Concepts in Lighting Design
    This course brings together the skills of documentation and communication with the complexity of advanced design in order to achieve a final lighting design product. Light plots, spreadsheets, databases and portfolio-quality presentations are produced by students in order to bring them closer to assistant, associate and design positions. Prerequisite(s): PROD 320.
  • PROD 377 Production Lab: Production Practicum
     

    PROD 377

    Production Lab: Production Practicum
    Completing a process from preproduction through the close of production, students gain hands-on, practical experience in the execution of visual elements for entertainment. Students research and analyze the narrative, create industry-standard production documents or visual elements, evaluate and adjust the progress of the integration of performers and visual elements, and evaluate their own growth and development following the production's close. Prerequisite(s): PROD 212, permission of the department chair.
  • PROD 380 Costume Rendering for Construction
     

    PROD 380

    Costume Rendering for Construction
    This course explores the important connection between rendering and costume construction. Students are encouraged to experiment with various mediums and to develop skills in drawing. Sewing techniques specific to costume building are illustrated by practical application and experienced through opportunities to build for current productions. Prerequisite(s): PROD 230.

400 Level

  • PROD 410 Set Decoration and Properties
     

    PROD 410

    Set Decoration and Properties
    A production designer's visual vocabulary includes the design of the properties and set decorations related to the overall design. This course exposes students to the artistic and organizational skills necessary to execute these visual elements. Students experience the processes of design and fabrication for properties and set dressings as they relate to both film and stage. They learn the characteristics of historical periods and techniques for interpreting character through physical elements. Prerequisite(s): PROD 321.
  • PROD 420 Costume Design II
     

    PROD 420

    Costume Design II
    This course broadens the student's understanding of the foundational research required in the process of creating costumes for characters in productions. The focus on historical research forms the basis for creating costumes based in that research. Political, socio-economic, cultural and historical events of periods are considered in regards to how they influence clothing trends. Prerequisite(s): PROD 380.
  • PROD 430 The Public Event: Concept and Collaboration
     

    PROD 430

    The Public Event: Concept and Collaboration
    This course focuses on the development of conceptualization for the production design disciplines of scenic, lighting and costume design for the environment of a public performance event. Students in the course work as a team to develop the program and conceptual framework for a non-text based performance event of their choice. Nontraditional and cross-disciplinary forms and venues are emphasized. Prerequisite(s): PROD 320 or PROD 321 or PROD 420 or THED 325.
  • PROD 440 Preproduction for Film
     

    PROD 440

    Preproduction for Film
    Production design students, in collaboration with film students, focus on the preproduction phase of filmmaking by creating the visual elements that support and enhance the narrative of the story. Coursework includes exercises in location selection, survey and modification. Emphasis is placed on developing appropriate visual communication, script interpretation and collaboration. Prerequisite(s): PROD 321.
  • PROD 450 Off-campus Program: Production Design in New York
     

    PROD 450

    Off-campus Program: Production Design in New York
    New York is the recognized center of the art and entertainment industries. The quality and quantity of production opportunities, resources and practices for film, television and theater are some of the best in the world. Firsthand familiarity with them is essential for a production design student considering a career in these industries. Students tour major facilities of the industry and view examples of the quality of production invested in their products. Prerequisite(s): PROD 220, PROD 221, PROD 230.
  • PROD 479 Undergraduate Internship
     

    PROD 479

    Undergraduate Internship
    Internships offer students valuable opportunities to work in a professional environment and gain firsthand experience to help them prepare for careers. In an approved internship setting, a student typically spends one quarter working with an on-site professional supervisor and a faculty internship supervisor to achieve specific goals and objectives related to the program of study. Prerequisite(s): 90 credit hours, 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • PROD 480 Applied Stage Management
     

    PROD 480

    Applied Stage Management
    Students immerse themselves in stage management from auditions to closing of an actual production. As a nexus of communication, the student stage manager collaborates with a faculty director, faculty and/or student designers, the production department and the performers. Students manage the rehearsal process, as well as the live performances, and produce a professional production book. Prerequisite(s): MPRA 201, PROD 200.
  • PROD 490 Production Design Portfolio
     

    PROD 490

    Production Design Portfolio
    Students are guided through the design and execution of a final comprehensive project that demonstrates an understanding of the standards requisite for the industry and the discipline of the student’s career choice.  Students focus on the production of the final project, as well as on solidifying career goals and determining strategies to reach them while refining the final presentation of their portfolio to be representative of the designer's abilities, aesthetic sensibilities and industry practices.  As such, it serves as an introduction to potential employers. Prerequisite(s): PROD 430.
  • PROD 495 Special Topics in Production Design
     

    PROD 495

    Special Topics in Production Design
    The topic of this course varies from quarter to quarter. Each seminar focuses on various issues in the field of production design and allows students to pursue individual projects related to the subject of the course. Prerequisite(s): Vary according to topic.

700 Level

  • PROD 715 Drafting for Film Production
     

    PROD 715

    Drafting for Film Production
    This course allows students to transition to the drafting styles necessary for the entertainment designer with the intent of making them fluent in the language of layout, shape, proportion, contour, mass, detail and the drafting standards accepted across the entertainment industry. An element of the course introduces students to software used for preliminary 3-D renderings of the visual elements. Prerequisite(s):
  • PROD 720 Production Design Theory and Practice
     

    PROD 720

    Production Design Theory and Practice
    This is a project-driven course that examines design solutions through the specific utilization of the elements and principles of design. These solutions are made manifest through the use of graphite as the main medium and culminate in a short film. Prerequisite(s):
  • PROD 726 Production Design Studio I
     

    PROD 726

    Production Design Studio I
    Using a broad range of drawing, conceptualization and presentation skills, students master the theoretical understanding and studio skills used in the professional arena to develop the narrative. Design projects may include stage productions, performance art pieces, installation projects and industrial-, film- and television-specific applications. Students focus on discipline-specific skills in scenery, lighting or costumes and actualize design projects and build portfolio-level work. Through class discussion, design collaboration and critiques, design concepts are developed and challenged. Prerequisite(s): PROD 720.
  • PROD 730 Script Analysis and Conceptualization
     

    PROD 730

    Script Analysis and Conceptualization
    This course requires that students apply established principles of script interpretation by producing design projects based on scripts, screenplays or other narrative source material. Using research, critical thinking and analytical skills, students develop the analysis process to identify and evaluate successful production designs and their relationship and origin in script- and text-based material. Prerequisite(s): ARTH 701.
  • PROD 741 CAD for Production Design
     

    PROD 741

    CAD for Production Design
    This course focuses on computer-aided drafting for the entertainment designer, using industry-standard software. Students learn and polish their skills in preparing digital production documents to the standards expected in the professional arena of performance events. Prerequisite(s): PROD 720.
  • PROD 745 Decorative Arts: Context in Storytelling
     

    PROD 745

    Decorative Arts: Context in Storytelling
    This course expands students’ knowledge in the decorative arts, costuming and movements in the visual arts. Students study and manipulate styles of detail in the building arts, interior design, the visual arts and costumes and apparel to create a context of visual communication supportive of the story narrative. Prerequisite(s): PROD 726.
  • PROD 746 Draping as Design for Costume
     

    PROD 746

    Draping as Design for Costume
    This course emphasizes the development of skills needed to create advanced shapes and designs directly on the dress stand rather than by using basic blocks or slopers. Students work with different fabric types to learn the use and manipulation of fabric and to learn the variations in fitting procedures. Projects involve developing the conceptual process from the idea to the finished garment, including detailed renderings for construction. Demonstrations and discussions lead to methods suitable for contemporary production methods. Prerequisite(s): PROD 726.
  • PROD 749 Production Design M.A. Final Project
     

    PROD 749

    Production Design M.A. Final Project
    The final M.A. project is the culmination of the sum total of all work, learning and growth by the student over the course of study. The project demonstrates ability and mastery of the design concepts, theory and artistic development by the M.A. student. Prerequisite(s): PROD 720 and completion of the review for candidacy.
  • PROD 750 Digital Visualization for Production Design
     

    PROD 750

    Digital Visualization for Production Design
    Techniques for developing designs through the use of digital media are taught integrating different software. Computer-aided drafting uses industry-standard software. Digital rendering instruction uses a variety of graphic software. Previsualization integrates lighting as well as the dimensional form into the conceptualization, articulation and communication process with the production team. Prerequisite(s): PROD 726 or THED 720.
  • PROD 756 Evolution of Production Design
     

    PROD 756

    Evolution of Production Design
    This course is an examination of the development of modern theories of production design. It investigates different responses to the problems of creating a vital performance event in the context of an ongoing evolution of performance by looking at the contributions of significant theorists, designers and movements. This course develops the student’s aesthetic choices through the analysis and criticism of well-known and exemplary production designers and theories. Prerequisite(s):
  • PROD 757 Lighting Design Documentation and Communication
     

    PROD 757

    Lighting Design Documentation and Communication
    This course combines the skills of documentation and communication with the complexity of advanced design in order to achieve a final lighting design product. Light plots, spreadsheets, databases and portfolio-quality presentations are produced by students in order to prepare them for assistant, associate and design positions. Prerequisite(s): PROD 726.
  • PROD 761 Set Decoration
     

    PROD 761

    Set Decoration
    A production designer's visual vocabulary includes the design of the properties and set decorations related to the overall design. Students enhance their skills through the processes of design, fabrication and interpretation of character through the physical elements of properties and set dressings as they relate to the narrative, using research into the characteristics of historical periods. Prerequisite(s): INDS 712 or PROD 745.
  • PROD 762 Production Design Studio II
     

    PROD 762

    Production Design Studio II
    In this course, students produce design materials in their area of specialization and participate in the execution of these designs for practical projects. Emphasis is placed on developing an in-depth process of analysis and translation of information in a storyline to descriptive performance pictures. The importance of developing the student’s ability to collaborate with fellow designers and directors is stressed. Students explore the actualization of these ideas in a variety of performance media. Prerequisite(s): PROD 726.
  • PROD 770 Professional Practices in Production Design
     

    PROD 770

    Professional Practices in Production Design
    Students experience the development of complex production strategies, the process of communication with production shops and the professional standards necessary to work in the entertainment industry. Emphasis is placed on refining and clarifying the communication process. Projects are tailored to the discipline of the student. Prerequisite(s): PROD 762 or THED 720.
  • PROD 772 Production Design Studio III
     

    PROD 772

    Production Design Studio III
    A design for a single complex narrative production involving advanced scenic, lighting and/or costume visual solutions for a live performance or film culminates in the completion of a complete, fully articulated package of presentation materials. It explores the use of various presentation techniques including both two- and three-dimensional options and materials utilized in several performance media to create a visual narrative. A discipline-specific, portfolio-quality presentation materials package is developed during this course. Prerequisite(s): PROD 745, PROD 762.
  • PROD 777 Graduate Production Lab
     

    PROD 777

    Graduate Production Lab
    From preproduction through the close of production, students gain hands-on, practical experience under the guidance of a professional designer. Participation in the process of communication and execution of visual elements for entertainment design provides the student with an understanding that cannot be achieved in the classroom alone. Students experience the responsibilities of assisting a designer through researching the narrative, creating industry-standard production documents, and evaluating and assisting with the integration of the performers and visual elements. Prerequisite(s): PROD 726, permission of the department chair.
  • PROD 780 Special Topics in Production Design
     

    PROD 780

    Special Topics in Production Design
    The topic of this course varies from quarter to quarter and focuses on diverse issues in the field of production design. The course gives graduate students the opportunity to pursue projects of interest related to these particular issues. Faculty, course content and prerequisites vary each time the course is offered. The course may include lectures, discussions, individual projects and critiques, depending on the nature of the topic. Prerequisite(s):
  • PROD 790 Production Design M.F.A. Thesis
     

    PROD 790

    Production Design M.F.A. Thesis
    The production design thesis is the culmination of the sum total of all work, learning and growth by the student over the course of study. The thesis consists of both a visual and written component. Prerequisite(s): Completion of the review for candidacy.