Curriculum Guideline

Properties

Effective Date:
Course
Discontinued
No
Course Code
STGE 1207
Descriptive
Properties
Department
Stagecraft & Event Technology
Faculty
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Credits
2.00
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
PLAR
Yes
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
25
Contact Hours
48 hrs. per semester
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Lab
Methods Of Instruction

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

Course Description
This course introduces students to the basic skills required by the properties and costume person. Research techniques, safety concerns, script analysis, paperwork and construction techniques will be emphasized.
Course Content

Properties and Costume Organization:

  • the props and costume person’s role in production
  • relationship with other members of the team
  • script analysis and breakdown including appropriate paperwork
  • props research and libraries
  • props procurement
  • running props during production
  • storage and inventory of props

The Props and Costume Shop:

  • Equipment and materials including:
    • hand tools for carving, forming, and cutting
    • adhesives and glues
    • plastics, thermo-plastics and metal
    • Costume construction equipment
  • Safety in the shop including:
    • WHMIS
    • personal protective equipment
    • work procedures and safe work practices
  • Construction techniques including:
    • simulation of food and weapons
    • furniture upholstery
    • metal work
    • masks
    • costumes
Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate safe working procedures when using equipment, tools and materials common to the properties and costume shop.
  2. Demonstrate research skills and techniques for specific properties and costumes.
  3. Understand the role and responsibilities of the properties department within the production hierarchy.
  4. Describe basic techniques for the construction of properties and costumes
  5. Describe the script analysis process for the properties and costume departments.
Means of Assessment
Attitude as indicated by work habits, safety, cleanliness and housekeeping 10%
Research assignments x 3 30%
Construction projects x 3 30%
Final project that combines the elements of instruction 30%
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. Toronto: Mayfield Publishing (current edition).

Prerequisites

Acceptance to Stagecraft Program or permission of the Stagecraft Program Coordinator.