TH 120 Principles of Stage Design
TH 430/530 Historic Costume
TH 433/533 Costume Design I
TH 435/535 Prof. Presentation
TH 436/536 Fabric Modification
TH 437/537 Drawing
TH 439/539 Adv. Stage Makeup
TH 635 Costume Design III
TH 639 Costume Design IV
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TH 433/533 Costume Design I
Rm 204, Rowand-Johnson Hall
Instructor: Donna Meester
Hours by appointment
Office: Rowand-Johnson 235
Texts: The Magic Garment, Rebecca Cunningham
From Page to Stage, Rosemary Ingham
Materials: variety of drawing pencils (HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, 2H, etc.), eraser, pencil sharpener, small set of watercolors (tube), variety of watercolor brushes (0,2,8,12,etc.), watercolor paper (at least 8 ½”x11”), paper scissors, glue stick
Course Objective: The student will have an understanding of the elements and principles of design. The student will be able to analyze a script and apply the principles of design to character appropriate costumes. In addition, the student will be familiar with a variety of professional costume designers and styles.
Attendance: Attendance is expected at all classes and mandatory on presentation days. You are allowed two absences. A third absence will constitute one full drop of a letter grade of the final grade. Each additional absence will result in an additional ½ grade drop. Three tardies (5 minutes or more late) will equal one absence. There is no distinction between “excused” and “unexecused” absences.
Note: Late projects worth 50 points or less will not be accepted, all other late projects will be eligible for ½ credit. Missed quizzes will not be allowed to be made up.
Academic Misconduct: All acts of dishonesty in any work constitute academic misconduct. This includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, fabrication of information, misrepresentations, and abetting any of the above. The Academic Misconduct Disciplinary Policy will be followed in any such case. This policy is outlined in the student affairs handbook, which can be obtained from the Student Life Office in the Ferguson Center.
Prequisites: TH 120 or instructor approval
Disabilities: To request disability accommodations, please contact Disabilities Services (348-4285). After initial arrangements are made with that office, contact your instructor.
August 23 TH Course Introduction
28 T Classmate Project Due
30 TH No Class
September 4 T No Class
6 TH No Class
11 T Discuss the Magic Garment Chapters 1-8
13 TH Designers Presentations #1
18 T Lean Cuisine project due--grads
20 TH Lean Cuisine project due--undergrad
25 T Designers Presentations #2
27 TH Somebody Else’s Closet due--grads
October 2 T Somebody Else’s Closet due--undergrads
4 TH Fall Break, No Class
9 T Modern Show Collage due
11 TH Modern Show Collage due
16 T Discuss From Page to Stage
18 TH Inspiration Collage due Show #2
23 T Research due Show #2
25 TH Designer Presentations #3
30 T Thumbnails due Show #2
November 1 TH Thumbnails due Show #2
6 T Show #2 due
8 TH Show #2 due
13 T No Class
15 TH No Class
20 T Classmate Project #2 Due
22 TH Turkey Day – No Class Gobble! Gobble!
27 T Designer Presentations #4
29 TH Discussion and Inspiration for Final project due
December 4 T Research for Final project due
6 TH Thumbnails for Final project due
Note: This is a dual-level course. Project requirements will typically be more demanding for students enrolled in TH 533. Students enrolled in TH 433 will be allowed to complete the requirements for TH 533 for extra credit. However, this extra credit will not be able to be used for absences beyond two.
Classmate Project #1 50 pts.
Lean Cuisine 100 pts.
“Somebody Else’s Closet” 100 pts.
Modern Show 50 pts.
Design Project #2 100 pts.
Classmate Project #2 50 pts.
Designer Presentation 50 pts.
Final Project 200 pts.
Quizzes/Class Participation 50 pts.
Total 750 pts.
Grades will be based on a 10% scale. 750-675 = A. 674-599 = B, etc.
The Final Exam time is scheduled for Friday, December 14, 8:00am-10:30 am.
Please note: This syllabus is subject to change. Changes will be announced prior to the class they will affect. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of such changes.
Each student will be required to research the life and work of a designer assigned to them. Students will report their findings to the class in a Powerpoint presentation. The report should include a brief personal biography of the designer, as well as following their design career. Include images of their sketches as well as pictures of their work on stage. PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE!! You will only have 10 minutes for the presentation! Grad students will present their finding on two designers.
The assigned designers for each student are:
Katharine Hooper: Ann Hould Ward (Sept. 25)
Rachel Matthews: Freddy Wittop (Sept. 13)
Xenia Miles: Theoni Aldridge (Sept. 25)
Katherine Mills: Patricia Zipprodt (Sept. 25)
Caitlin Tuten: Bill and Jean Eckart (Oct. 25)
Marc Vital: Edith Head (Nov. 27)
Cathleen Connor: Willa Kim, Paul Tazewell (Sept. 13, Nov. 27)
Randy Hozian: Desmond Heeley, Carrie Robbins (Sept. 13, Oct. 25)
Andy Jean-Mary: Irene Sharaff, Bob Mackie (Sept. 25, Nov. 27)
Alexander Kosbab: William Ivey Long, Gregg Barnes (Oct. 25, Nov. 27)
Brad Lee: Motley, Martin Pakledinaz (Oct. 25, Nov. 27)
Christina Johnson: Karinksa, Susan Tsu (Sept. 13, Oct. 25)
Daniel Whitlow: Motley, Deborah Dryden (Sept. 13, Sept. 25)