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Course Syllabus

Course: THEA 2540

Division: Fine Arts, Comm, and New Media
Department: Theater Arts
Title: Lighting Design

Semester Approved: Spring 2017
Five-Year Review Semester: Spring 2022
End Semester: Spring 2023

Catalog Description: This course explores the study and application of theory and principles in designing theatrical lighting. Opportunities are provided to exercise theory in practical settings. Students are given opportunities to learn and develop skills in the following areas: (1) design appreciation and aesthetics; (2) the design process; (3) lighting instrumentation, hanging, and focusing; (4) qualities and functions of light; (5) color mixing; and (6) lighting effects.

Semesters Offered: Spring
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 3; Lecture: 2; Lab: 2

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Justification: Although not a general education course, this class allows the student an opportunity to learn the use of lighting in producing a theatrical work of art. They are tutored in the art and craft of stage lighting and are evaluated on their ability to use lighting within the collaborative framework of theatre production. These experiences are invaluable in developing a student's appreciation and understanding of the art and craft of theatre.This course is offered by most theatre departments throughout the state as a lower divison credit. This course fills a lower division core for technical theatre majors wishing to transfer to a four-year institution.;

Student Learning Outcomes:
This is a course aimed at developing practical skills as well as a knowledge of stage lighting theory and methods. The primary goal is to develop student skills to the point they can design the lighting for actual stage productions. 

After completing the course, the student will have developed and/or improved skills in the following general behaviors.
1. Design appreciation and aesthetics
2. The design process
3. Lighting instrumentation, hanging, and focusing
4. Qualities and functions of light
5. color mixing
6. Lighting effects
These will be as measured by self-evaluation, peer-evaluation, and instructor evaluations. 

Units in each of the following areas will be covered during the course:
1. Design appreciation and aesthetics
2. The design process
3. Lighting instrumentation, hanging, and focusing
4. Qualities and functions of light
5. Color mixing
6. Lighting effects

Key Performance Indicators:
Students will be evaluated on:

Their level of mastery and knowledge of the theoretical uses of lighting design and its relative terminology and instrumentation. (40-65%) 

Demonstrated mastery of the practical application of their knowledge by completing application exercises in class and presenting at least one light plot. (40-65%) 

Majors will be given an exit survey of their overall experience in the department before graduation.  

Students will be tracked as they transfer to other institutions. This will be accomplished by direct contact with directors, professors, and advisors at the four-year institutions. 







Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Designing With Light, An Introduction To Stage Lighting, current edition, by J. Michael Gillette, Mayfield Publishing Co.

Pedagogy Statement:

Maximum Class Size: 15
Optimum Class Size: 12