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Course Code: STGE 1207
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 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

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.

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%

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.

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.