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  • Objectives
    Students will study a range of disciplines including lighting, sound production, costume management, stagecraft, set painting, prop making and rendering, special effects, and stage management techniques. The emphasis is on applying theory in practical situations while working safely in the theatre environment. During the first two semesters, students will begin to apply their technical expertise by working with professional and community groups throughout the Sudbury area. By the final two semesters, a major part of their time will be devoted to working directly on theatrical productions under the supervision of professionals. At this stage, some degree of specialization will be required.
  • Academic Title
    Theatre Arts Technical Production Diploma
  • Course description
    Semester 1
    # TAP1110   -   004   -   Stagecraft I

    Stagecraft I surveys tools, materials, and equipment used in the construction of theatrical sets. The course will emphasize safety and practical skills.

    # TAP1120   -   004   -   Lighting I

    This course will introduce students to the basic elements of lighting, first in a workshop situation, then under the conditions imposed by live theatre. Students will learn the different lighting instruments, their uses, care and maintenance, color theories and their applications, and control systems. They will learn to solve basic lighting problems.

    # TAP1130   -   004   -   Drafting & Design Interpretation

    This course will develop the skills required to read and draft the designs needed for all stage productions. Emphasis will be on the interpretation of existing designs and drawings, how to develop technical drawings that facilitate the construction of the set on stage, and on the drafting styles and techniques that are specific to the theatre. Topics will include formal drawings, costing, stock designs, and stock construction, as well as the various stage styles and how they influence both design and drafting techniques.

    # TAP1250   -   004   -   Audio I

    Audio I introduces the student to the art and craft of sound production as related to Theatre Arts. Areas of instruction include the identification, setup, and operation of sound reinforcement systems for theatrical and musical situations, sound effects,and the design, creation and operation of performance (show) tapes. Audio I includes both theory and practice. Practical work will be concurrent with theory so the student, through projects and practical demonstrations, will become familiar with equipment necessary for theatrical performance.

    # TAP2240   -   002   -   Stage Rigging

    This course introduces students to the basic concepts of rigging as they apply to theatre. Topics include basic hardware, safety, flying scenery, and the principles of flying people.

    Semester 2

    # TAP1115   -   003   -   Microcomputers For Theatre Students

    This course will provide students with an introduction to computers with special emphasis on practical applications for theatre professionals. Topics covered will include general hardware and software concepts, pecific uses for computers in front of house, sound and lighting design and production.

    # TAP1230   -   004   -   Lighting II

    This course is a continuation of Lighting I. Having covered the basics of lighting in the first semester, students will now begin applying their knowledge both in a series of workshop situations and under the discipline of live theatre.

    # TAP2100   -   004   -   Audio II

    A continuation of ideas and theories learned in Audio I, this hands-on course will focus mainly on the implementation of materials and applications learned in Audio I. Areas of instruction include the setup, running and dismantling of sound equipment, and effects in a live show environment. The importance of effective teamwork and precision will be stressed. Opportunities to expose the students to various live shows and special events (i.e. concerts, industrial shows, special events) will be explored. To prepare the student for the eventual working environment that he/she may be exposed to upon graduation, a great deal of time will be spent on project work.

    # TAP2120   -   004   -   Stagecraft II

    This course will continue Stagecraft I with a more advanced look at different types of scenery construction and materials. Tried and true traditional construction methods as well as some of the newer mechanical and computerized assisted systems will be explored. Special attention will be placed on the safe use of materials and the concern that has developed recently about the prolonged exposure of actors to the effects of some commonly used materials. Wherever possible, students will have hands-on experience with equipment. Field trips to various theatres and shows to see different scenic material effects will be arranged where possible. Topics will include styrofoam carving and turning, composite construction, mold making, small specialty units, and steel construction.

    # TAP2210   -   003   -   Stage Management

    Classroom and workshop situations will introduce students to stage management practices, which deal with technical aspects of pre-production, rehearsal, technical rehearsal, and production calling. As well, students will discuss qualities of a stage manager and dealing with theatre personalities.

    Semester 3
    # AAD1010   -   003   -   Production & Tour Management

    Production and Tour Management will introduce the student to the planning process of managing a tour/production at a local, regional, provincial, national, and/or international level.

    # ENG1510   -   002   -   Business Communications I

    In this course, students will begin to develop professional business communication skills through the study and practice of the theory of communication, patterns of organization, usage and style appropriate to the workplace, and editing and proofreading strategies.

    # ENG1551   -   001   -   Writing Fundamentals: Ind. Study

    This course is required in the first semester of most post-secondary programs at Cambrian. The purpose of the course is to allow students to develop their independent learning skills and to review the fundamental conventions of Standard English.

    # PLY3531   -   003   -   Philosophy of Art

    This course is intended to increase the student's critical faculties and aesthetic judgement. Each student should develop and test a personal aesthetic value system necessary for critical appraisal of the student's own work, the work of the classmates and, within the course, the work of selected professional artists.

    # TAP1100   -   003   -   History Of The Theatre I

    History of Theatre I surveys dramatic performance from its origins in ritual and dance up to the closing of the theatres in England in 1642. Special attention will be given to the rise of the actor, the staging, dramatic conventions, costumes, and set elements developed at different periods.

    # TAP1220   -   004   -   Set Painting

    This course will cover how to create the illusionary magic of painted scenery. Students will learn, through practical experience, how scenic painters transform the simplest materials into hundreds of different surface finishes. They will learn to create three-dimensional scenery on painted canvases and will study the painting techniques unique to the theatre. Topics will include marbling, wood graining, scaling up, colour theory, the effects of lighting on the final product, and the differences between television and theatrical painting.

    # TAP1240   -   002   -   Special Effects

    The course outlines a variety of effects used in stage and live performances. Students receive practical, hands-on experience in creating pyrotechnics, lighting, and scenic effects. The course will stress the safe use and creation of such effects.

    # TAP2140   -   003   -   Practicum I

    The purpose of the practicum is twofold: 1] to enable a student to work on a production in the area that he/she has identified as one of his/her strengths and to give students an opportunity to hone their leadership skills by supervising first year student crews working on productions.

    Semester 4

    # ENG1751   -   001   -   Job Search Skills: Ind. Study

    Prerequisite: ENG 1551 Through guided independent study, students will explore the job search process in detail and gain a comprehensive understanding of the theories and practices that lead to successful job searching and career planning. This course will also encourage further development of the independent learning skills and strategies practiced in ENG 1551 and 1581.

    # ENG2315   -   002   -   Business Communications III

    Prerequisite: ENG 1510, ENG 1550, ENG 1710 or ENG 2324 Using the business communication strategies and techniques studied in Business Communications I (ENG 1510), students will create the effective business correspondence required in specific workplace situations in their professions.

    # TAP1200   -   003   -   History Of The Theatre II

    History of Theatre II surveys dramatic performance from 1660 with the restoration of Charles II to the British throne to modern developments in theatre. Special attention will be given to the development of theatrical architecture, the rise of the director, the staging, costumes, and set elements, and the origins of the specialist-the theatre technician.

    # TAP1210   -   004   -   Costume Management

    This course will discuss the skills required in the theatre wardrobe. Topics will include historical, modern, and fantasy costuming, as well as the job of the designer, cutter, seamstress, wardrobe mistress/master, and dresser. Construction, from designer's sketch to costume parade, aspects of textiles on stage, inventory and alteration of existing stocks, budgeting a show, maintenance during the run, and handling backstage emergencies (i.e. 101 uses for a safety pin) will also be covered.

    # TAP2110   -   004   -   Prop Making

    This course will discuss the methods of propping a stage production. Methods of construction and sources for purchasing or renting will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on the traditional methods of sources and construction. This course places special attention on the safe use of construction materials and on the safe use of the finished prop by the performers. Wherever possible, students will have hands-on experience with materials and equipment. Practical work on props for different local productions will give each student a feel for the range of different skills required in being a prop person. Topics include mask making, molding, soft props, complex mechanical props, sources, and maintenance.

    # TAP2250   -   003   -   Practicum II

    This course is an extension of Practicum I that gives students further opportunities to work professionally in the field and to supervise first year crews working on productions.

    # TAP2230   -   004   -   Model Making

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