Set Construction

Faculty
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department
Stagecraft & Event Technology
Course Code
STGE 2306
Credits
2.00
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
25
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Lab
Typically Offered
To be determined

Overview

Course Description
This is an advanced course in scenic construction techniques and procedures. Students will be encouraged to formulate inventive and creative solutions to basic engineering and structural design problems. Students will continue the study of tools, materials and equipment common to the scene shop and stage, including rigging and electrics. Safe working procedures in both the construction and set up phase will be emphasized. Please note: The scene shop is a construction area. Safety footwear, eye and ear protection are mandatory.
Course Content

Drafting:

  • working drawings
  • design

Rigging:

  • forces on rigging
  • load calculations
  • natural, synthetic and wire rope
  • knots
  • flying techniques, block and fall, counter-weight system

Metal work:

  • materials, pipe, channel
  • welding basics, gas and electric

Structural design:

  • 2D and 3D scenery
  • deck design, load calculations and construction
  • staircases, trusses and beams, turntables and wagons
Methods Of Instruction

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

Means of Assessment
Drafting and problem solving in deck design 25%
Problem solving in rigging 20%
Final project that combines the elements of instruction 25%
Written exam 30%
TOTAL  100%
Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Learn and demonstrate safe working procedures when using equipment, tools and materials common to scene construction.
  2. Learn the use of a variety of construction materials and demonstrate the theatrical construction techniques by which they are used.
  3. Develop creative problem solving skills through use of advanced construction techniques materials.
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)
  • Carter, Paul. Backstage Handbook. Shelter Island: Broadway Press (current edition)
  • CSA Grade 1 Green Triangle Safety Footwear.

Requisites

Prerequisites

Enrolment in SET program or permission of instructor

Corequisites

No corequisite courses.

Equivalencies

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
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU ARTS 2XXX (3) 2004/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU THTR 2XX (2) 2004/09/01 to 2010/08/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU THTR 2XXX (2) 2004/09/01 to 2009/04/30
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU THTR 2XXX (2) 2010/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) No credit 2009/05/01 to 2010/12/31
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO VISA 2nd (2) 2005/05/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV THTR 2nd (2) 2004/09/01 to -
University of Northern BC (UNBC) No credit 2004/09/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV THEA 1XX (2) 2004/09/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC THEA 2XX (1) 2004/09/01 to -

Course Offerings

Fall 2021

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