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Technical Direction

Course Code: STGE 2405
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Credits: 2.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Tutorial
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

Students will examine the role and responsibilities of the Technical Director in various performing arts situations. Emphasis will be placed on pre-production situations. Students will be encouraged to develop skills in problem solving, product searching, and production scheduling.

Course Content

Areas of responsibility: audio, lighting, rigging, communications, staging, construction, electrical, special effects, crew estimation, and safety.

Production venues: production companies, road houses, community halls, summer festivals, special events, touring companies, and educational institutions.

Role and responsibilities during Pre-production including: script analysis, design assessment, production timetables, problem solving, budget and cost estimation, product research and applications, responsibilities before, during and after production run.

Role and responsibilities during Production including: safety issues, materials list and acquisition, supervision of departments, set-in, run, and strike.

Methods of Instruction

Students will receive three hours of lecture/demonstration per week that includes independent work and one on one instruction.

Means of Assessment

Product Research 20%
Set Construction Drawings 10%
Theatre Drawings 10%
Masking Drawings  10%
Lighting Design 10%
Sourcing Project 10%
Production Schedule 10%
Production Budget 10%
Tech Binder 10%
TOTAL  100%

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the successful student should:

  1. Be able to describe the inter-relationship of the technical director with the design team and the various production departments.
  2. Be able to describe the duties and responsibilities of the technical director.
  3. Learn and demonstrate competent technical direction in pre-production planning including production schedules, budgets, and any safety issues.
  4. Become familiar with production execution for various venues including road houses, festivals and special events, and production houses.
  5. Develop a personal technical binder of material collected throughout the course.

course prerequisites

STGE 2306, STGE 1207

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.