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Set Construction

Course Code: STGE 2306
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 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


  • working drawings
  • design


  • 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.

course prerequisites

Enrolment in SET program or permission of instructor

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.