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Set Painting

Course Code: STGE 1202
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Credits: 2.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course introduces students to the techniques and materials of set painting. Students will develop skills in lay-in texturing color mixing, and layout.

Course Content

The Design Relationship:

  • set designer
  • scenic artist
  • set painter

Scenic Materials

  • types of paint and uses
  • brushes and applicators
  • fabrics
  • care of equipment
  • hazards and safety


  • color mixing
  • lay-in texturing and surfaces

Methods of Instruction

Students will receive 1 - 1 ½ hours of lecture/demonstration followed by 2 ½ - 3 hours of studio that includes independent work and one-on-one instruction.

Means of Assessment

Attitude as indicated by: work habits, safety, cleanliness and housekeeping 10%
7 projects that demonstrate skills in the fundamentals of scenic painting 70%
Final project that combines the elements of instruction 20%
TOTAL  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe basic techniques and materials for set painting.
  2. Develop skills in lay-in texturing, color mixing, and layout.

course prerequisites

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

curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.