Drafting for stage

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Stagecraft & Event Technology
Course Code
STGE 1100
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course introduces students to the basic concepts of drafting for the performing arts. The role of the scenic designer in a production, basic theatre terminology and an introduction to perspective sketching will be included.
Course Content
  1. The Scenic Designer’s role in the production
    • Relationship with other members of the production team
    • Required paperwork and other materials created by the designer for the production
  2. Basic Theatre jargon
  3. Tools
    • T-squares, triangles, scale rules
  4. Drafting fundamentals
Learning Activities

Students will receive 1 to 1 ½ hours of lecture/demonstration followed by 2 ½ to 3 hours of studio that includes independent work and one-on-one instruction.

Means of Assessment
Jargon quiz 10%
7 projects that demonstrate a basic skill in the fundamentals of drafting 70%
Final project 20%
TOTAL  100%
Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the successful student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of theatre terminology as a language for the course and program.
  2. Demonstrate the correct use of basic manual drafting equipment and correct working procedures.
  3. Understand the basic elements of drafting (ground plans, elevations, isometrics and cross sections) working to United States Institute of Theatre Technology standards.
  4. Describe the role of the scenic designer in a theatrical production.
  5. Communicate through sketching.

Textbook Materials

A list of recommended textbooks and materials is provided on the Instructor’s Course Outline, which is available to students at the beginning of each semester.

Example:  Gillette, Michael.  Theatrical Design and Production.  3rd Ed.  Toronto: Mayfield Publishing, 1997.



Acceptance to Stagecraft Program or permission of the Stagecraft Program Coordinator


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

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Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for STGE 1100
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU IDDS 1XXX (3)
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU CA 1XX (2)
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU THTR 1XXX (3)
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU THTR 2XX (2)
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV THTR 1st (2)
University of Northern BC (UNBC) No credit
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV THEA 1XX (2)
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC THEA 2XX (1)
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU THEA 1st (3)

Course Offerings

Winter 2023