Set Construction II

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Stagecraft & Event Technology
Course Code
STGE 2306
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Course Designation
Industry Designation
Typically Offered
To be determined


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


  • reading and interpreting plans
  • working drawings
  • basic design
  • cost estimation


  • forces on rigging
  • load calculations
  • safe working loads for the counterweight system
  • natural, synthetic and wire rope
  • knots
  • flying techniques, block and fall, counter-weight system

Metal work:

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

Structural design:

  • 2D and 3D scenery
  • construction requirements for floors, platforms, ramps and stairs under various loads
  • turntables and wagons
Learning Activities

Students will receive instruction in the form of lecture/demonstration followed by shop time each week, including independent work and one-on-one instruction.

Means of Assessment

Assessment will be in accordance with the Douglas College Evaluation Policy. Students are expected to be self-motivated and to demonstrate professionalism, which includes active participation, good attendance, punctuality, effective collaboration, and the ability to meet deadlines.

Professionalism 10%
Drafting Assignments 20-30%
Contruction projects 40-50%
Quizzes and exams 20-30%
TOTAL  100%
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 advanced scene construction techniques including metalwork and rigging.
  2. Develop and demonstrate skills in:
    • advanced construction techniques
    • basic engineering
    • development and interpretation of shop plans
    • cost estimation
    • advanced rigging techniques.
  3. Develop creative problem solving skills through use of advanced construction techniques and specialized 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.


  • Carter, Paul. Backstage Handbook. Shelter Island: Broadway Press (current edition)
  • Gillette, Michael. Theatrical Design and Production. Toronto: Mayfield Publishing (current edition)
  • CSA Grade 1 Green Triangle Safety Footwear.




No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

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Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for STGE 2306
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU ARTS 2XXX (3)
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU THTR 2XXX (2)
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO VISA 2nd (2)
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV THTR 2nd (2)
University of Northern BC (UNBC) No credit
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV THEA 1XX (2)
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC THEA 2XX (1)

Course Offerings

Fall 2023