CAS-319   Production Design

A study of the craft and art of production design for theatre, television and film from introductory technical production practices to finished design projects. Includes reading discussions, student presentations, workshops, demonstrations and group critique of student artwork aimed toward the development of basic competence in scenic, wardrobe and lighting design. Special attention is paid to the communication of design ideas in the form of written concept descriptions and oral presentation of work as well as the visual communication tools of the artist, including the use of basic computer design and visualization technologies. 320 World and Ancient Theatre History (3). A historical and cultural study investigating a range of influential world theater traditions, including: the ancient theatres of Greece, Rome and India; the classical age of African dance and theatre; the golden ages of classical Chinese and Japanese dance-song-theatre; and the religious ritual drama of First People?s theatre in the Americas. The course will focus on a study of theatre?s early sources, considering especially the religious and ritual elements of theatrical development. In so doing, the course will examine various viewpoints such as the impact of cultural identity, religious identities, gender roles, aesthetics, the meaning of power and the meaning of play.