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Introduction To Theatrical Design Syllabus

Course Code
THTR 2022

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Introduction to Theatrical Design: Fall 2014
Section 2 11:30 am-12:30 pm MWF
Professor: Ken M. Ellis Office: M&DA 377 Phone: 578 3538
Office Hrs.: 10:20 am -11:20 am Mon. & Wed. Email: kennethellis@lsu.edu
Course Objective
This course will introduce basic principles in designing lighting, costumes, scenery, and sound. Students
will learn how to apply various design elements and compositional principles to design for the stage via
individual and group projects, which lead up to the final project involving all elements mentioned above.
This is a certified Communication-Intensive (C-I) course, which meets all of the requirements set forth
by LSU’s Communication across the Curriculum program, including:
o Instruction and assignments emphasizing informal and formal speech and visual
o Teaching of discipline-specific communication techniques
o Use of draft-feedback-revision process for learning
o Practice of ethical and professional work standards
o 40% of the course grade rooted in communication-based work
o Student/faculty ratio no greater than 35:1
Textual Materials & Supplies
There is no required text for the class. Readings will be distributed as necessary. Students will be
required to purchase materials to complete each class project.
Class Attendance/Participation
Class attendance is an important/necessary element. Each student is allowed two absences:
excused or not excused. Each absence after the second one will result in the loss of 5points out of
the total 200 point earned for the course. Just because you come to class, that does not mean that
you are participating in the class. After a grace period: first couple of weeks, if you continue to
not participate in class discussions, your attendance/participation grade will reflect it as a half
absence. Please put your phone away as you walk into the classroom.
There are four (4) projects comprised of a total fourteen (14) segments throughout the semester
including the final project: the comprehensive theatrical design project. Each project will be
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