Theatre

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The Meadows Division of Theatre is one of the most highly regarded training programs in the country.

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Students select from the Acting track or the Theatre Studies track.

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The Division of Theatre produces 8-10 main stage shows of new and classical works every year. Pictured: Artist-in-residence Will Power works with students.

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Students can produce their own plays through the SMUST organization and may also apply for Meadows Exploration grants to help supplement production costs.

Graduate Stage Design Classes

Please note that not all courses are offered every semester. This listing is not considered authoritative. Please visit Access.SMU for authoritative course offerings including meeting times, professor, and more.

THEA 5001, 5002, 5003, 5004: Design Lab I, II, III, IV
Exploration of techniques in advanced design.

THEA 5221, 5222: Scene Design I, II
An introductory course for designers, focusing on the communication skills (visual and verbal) necessary for collaborating with the director and the other artists in the theatre. Included is a design seminar that explores the text relative to its literary, musical, social and historical influences.

THEA 5223, 5224: Costume Design I, II
An introductory course for designers with emphasis on the application of design principles and the use of research materials.

THEA 5225, 5226: Lighting Design I, II
Fundamentals of learning how to see, exploring the mind’s eye and painting with light. How to translate theatrical moments and music into lighting sketches, storyboards and atmospheres. Developing points of view and approaches. Fundamentals of the tools of the lighting designer and assistant skills and techniques are studied.

THEA 5258: Advanced Designing with Computers
A continuation of the exploration of tools for computer image creation and their applications. Software used includes, but is not limited to, AutoCAD, MiniCAD, and Adobe Photoshop.

THEA 5351, 5352: Scene Design III, IV
Continuation of the study of scene design incorporating individual class projects with the intensive study of style and genre.

THEA 5353, 5354: Costume Design III, IV
An intermediate course with emphasis on play analysis, character relationships and techniques of presentation.

THEA 5355, 5356: Lighting Design III, IV
Continued study in the art of lighting design. Advanced atmosphere creation, professional techniques and specialized approaches are explored. Professional assistantships are assigned to selected students.

THEA 5357: Designing With Computers: Stage Photography
An exploration of the tools for computer image creation and their applications. Software used includes, but is not limited to, AutoCad, MiniCad and Adobe Photoshop.

THEA 5319: History of Design
How and why do elements of design describe a culture? A study of design elements and their role in various historical cultures, including the relationship between fashion, art, architecture, and the decorative arts of selected time periods. For majors and non-majors. No prerequisites.

THEA 5373: Draping I
A study of pattern making that uses both the three-dimensional approach of draping fabric on a dress form and drafting patterns by formula. Students will learn to drape a basic bodice, skirt and collars. They will create a basic sleeve pattern by formula. They will manipulate these patterns to achieve a variety of shapes.

THEA 5374: Draping II
Exploration of period dress from a draping point of view.

THEA 5375: Theatre Technology 5: Lighting Automation
Advanced studies in the field of automated lighting and control systems. Students will explore top brands of intelligent lighting equipment, learning to program and provide simple repair and upkeep of equipment.

THEA 5379: Computer Assisted Design
Students will learn the fundamentals of computer-assisted design, using Vectorworks and Spotlight, in application for the theatre. Two-dimensional work will be emphasized. Some time will be spent on 3D work as well. Drafting, as such, will not be taught. It is assumed that the student has an understanding of mechanical drawing and its conventions. The course will focus on how to apply that knowledge using a computer.

THEA 6119: Drawing for Designers I
Drawing and painting from life with emphasis on developing designers for the stage. Emphasis is on the exploration of various media, development of the individual artist and collaborative projects. Each student advances at her or his own pace.

THEA 6120: Drawing for Designers II
Drawing and painting from life with emphasis on developing designers for the stage. Emphasis is on the exploration of various media, development of the individual artist and collaborative projects. Each student advances at her or his own pace.

THEA 6215: Text Analysis for Designers
An interdisciplinary and integrated approach to analysis of modern and postmodern dramatic literature. Students will acquire the skills necessary to use texts as blueprints for interpretation and/or departure.

THEA 6316: Portfolio
Preparation of the designer’s portfolio for entry into the profession. Presentation, layout and content are discussed, planned and executed according to each student’s primary adviser.

THEA 6317: Business Aspects for Designers
An introduction to business skills and self-marketing for the freelance professional designer, including information about union membership, contracts, agents, portfolio presentation, résumés, pension, and health plans and taxes.

THEA 6319: History of Design: Fashion, Architecture and Interiors
A historical survey of fashion, interior design and architecture and how they relate to designing costumes and scenery for theatre, film and television.

THEA 6351, 6352: Scene Design V, VI
Master’s class in scene design. Practical study of the integration, collaboration and exploration of the design process with other theatre artists.

THEA 6353, 6354: Costume Design V, VI
Master’s class in costume design. An advanced course with emphasis on the design and execution of both theoretical and practical costume projects for the various theatrical media.

THEA 6355, 6356: Lighting Design V, VI
Master’s class in lighting design. Practical study of the integration, collaboration and exploration of the design process with other theatre artists. Professional assistantships and internships are assigned to select students.

THEA 6357/THEA 4357: Designing With Computers: Stage Projection
Working with the tools necessary to create projected scenery, students learn the fundamentals of creating projected images for the stage.

THEA 6361: Textiles
Explores various fabrics and materials used in costume construction, millinery and crafts for theatre and film. Skills, such as dyeing, distressing and fabric painting, and various methods of fabrication will be included.

THEA 6362: Advanced Skills in Painting
The study of specific technical skills for the practical application of painting on scenery and costumes.

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