Production Techniques

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Stagecraft & Event Technology
Course Code
STGE 1180
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This is a practical course in theatre production. A minimum of 90 hours of active involvement as a technician in an assigned college production is required. The emphasis is on pre-production, set-in, running of a show, and strike. Students will be assigned to a specific production department as a crew member. Evening and week-end participation is often required. Students may also be assigned to off campus worksites when co-productions are undertaken. Safety footwear is mandatory.
Course Content

Participation as a crew member in an assigned production including pre-production, technical rehearsals, running of the show, post-production.

Students may participate in one or more of the following areas: lighting, sound, front of house, set construction, set painting, properties, costumes, stage crew, and stage management.

Students may be required to participate in off-campus productions. This may include assigned hours at facilities such as Langara College’s Studio 58, The Massey Theatre, etc.

Methods Of Instruction

Practical labs in which students will learn and demonstrate skills relevant to their assigned areas.

Means of Assessment

Regular attendance, participation and punctuality are crucial to learning production skills and the achievement of high performance standards. A minimum of 90 hours of active involvement as a technician is required in order to receive a passing grade. 90 hours of involvement does not guarantee a passing grade.

Unexcused absence from a production call will reduce final grade by 10%. Lateness for a production call or leaving without permission will reduce final grade by 5%. Grade reductions are cumulative. Any combination of unexcused absence, lateness or leaving without permission totaling 30% will result in a failing grade.

Unexcused absence from performance calls will result in a failing grade. The Production Profile and Timesheets must be handed in by the due date in order to receive a passing grade.

Demonstration of a responsible, cooperative, and professional attitude during the production process as indicated by :

Work Habits: safety awareness, care of equipment, quality of work, completion of tasks, housekeeping, attendance, punctuality, participation. 40%

Attitude: cooperation, willingness to learn, initiative, respect for others, teamwork, adaptability, appropriate dress. 35%

Production Profile: must be complete, type written, and handed in on time. 15%

Time Sheets: must be complete, with total hours, and handed in on time. 10%

Safe work practices must be adhered to during all production calls. Horseplay, running or skirmishing will not be tolerated. Students not complying with safe work practices will be asked to leave and will be assigned a zero percent grade for the course.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Students will develop an understanding of the multiple aspects of staging a play and an appreciation of the team work, co-operation and discipline that is involved.
  2. Students will learn and demonstrate a degree of technical proficiency for their particular area of production.
  3. Students will demonstrate a responsible and professional attitude toward their assigned tasks.
Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students:

Grade 1, green triangle CSA approved safety footwear, work gloves, safety glasses, hearing protection, tool belt, 3/4" wide imperial/metric 16' tape measure, 6" or 8" crescent wrench, small glue gun, side cutters/needle nose pliers or “multitool”, AA flashlight or “maglight”, utility or “olfa” knife, multi screwdriver, black shirt, black pants, black socks, and black shoes for backstage running crew.



No prerequisite courses.


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU THTR 160 (3) 2014/09/01 to -
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU ARTS 1XXX (3) 2009/09/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) DOUG STGE 1105 (2) & DOUG STGE 1110 (2) & DOUG STGE 1180 (3) & DOUG STGE 1200 (3) = SFU CA 170 (3) & SFU CA 1XX (5) 1995/09/01 to 2013/08/31
Simon Fraser University (SFU) DOUG STGE 1105 (2) & DOUG STGE 1110 (2) & DOUG STGE 1180 (3) & DOUG STGE 1200 (3) = SFU CA 170 (3) & SFU CA 1XX (5) 1995/09/01 to 2013/08/31
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU CA 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU THTR 112 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2010/08/31
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU DRAM 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2009/08/31
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU THTR 1XX (3) 2009/09/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO THTR 150 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2016/08/31
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV THTR 1st (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC UNSP 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV THEA 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC THEA 1XX (1.5) 2004/09/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) DOUG STGE 1180 (3) & DOUG STGE 1280 (3) = UVIC THEA 105 (3) 2021/09/01 to -

Course Offerings

Winter 2022

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.