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Performance Design


Minor Requirements

The legibility of images, materials, objects, and space have re-tooled how performance is made. With more frequency, designers are creating work in installation projects and exhibitions that while performative, are no longer absolutely reliant on a script. This new approach necessitates not only an understanding of theatrical design principles, but it also requires the designer to be visually literate, historically, critically and theoretically aware of the cultural, social and political meanings as well as aesthetics of their designed spaces and objects. To this end, the Performance Design thematic minor draws upon courses from art history, studio art, film, visual and media studies, as well as the design courses within the Theatre and Dance Department. Advisors: Davis-Green, Ames - a minimum of 5.5 units

CATEGORY #1: Foundations in Design and Art History: 2-units of design courses:

  • TH 110 Fundamentals of Performance Design and one of the following:
  • TH 207 Lighting Design
  • TH 210 Intermediate Performance Design
  • TH 218 Costume Design

One unit in Art History:

  • AH 100 Great Monuments in Western Art History
  • AH 111 History of Architecture
  • AH 112 Introduction to Art History

(Note: courses are 2-block courses but only one unit counts toward the minor.)

CATEGORY #2: Interdisciplinary Electives: Select one OR two from two different areas –

  • TH 240 Special Topics in Design
  • TH 340 Advanced Topics in Design or TH 350 Design Practicum
  • FS 205 Topics in ‘cinema or FS 212 Basic Filmmaking
  • AS 103 Introduction to Drawing
  • AS 111 Fiber Arts
  • AS 114 Introduction to three-Dimensional Arts or AS 116 Introduction to digital Practices
  • GS 222 Special Topics 

CATEGORY #3: Practical applications: .5 units in technical theatre.

TH101 Stagecraft practicum (.50 credit over 2 blocks connected with production) or two of the following:

  • TH 212 Studio work in technical theatre and acting
  • TH 213 Studio work in technical theatre and acting
  • TH 214 Studio work in technical theatre and acting
  • TH 215 Studio work in technical theatre and acting

Each class above is worth 0.25 units.

The Integrative Experience

One unit –TH 404 A final creative project appended to a 300-level design course or taken as an independent study.