Production Techniques

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Course Code
STGE 1280
Production Techniques
Stagecraft & Event Technology
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
Laboratory: 90 hours
Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction

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

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.

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.
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.

Textbook Materials

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.