Drafting for stage

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Course Code
STGE 1100
Drafting for stage
Stagecraft & Event Technology
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
Lecture: 12 hours per semester Studio: 36 hours per semester
Method(s) Of Instruction
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.

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 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.

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