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
Honors and Awards
Employment / Placement
TH 435/535 Professional Presentation for Theatre Designers
Instructor: Donna Meester
235 Rowand-Johnson Hall
Required Textbook: Show Case: Developing, Maintaining, and Presenting a Design-Tech Portfolio for Theatre and Allied Fields/Edition 2; Rafael Jaen; ISBN: 0240819268
Additional Materials: Portfolio (no smaller than 11x17), thumbdrive, CDs, Professional quality stationary, digital camera
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course. Students are expected to have completed design work.
Course Description: This course will give the student the tools to present their design/tech work in a professional manner, both through paper media and electronically.
Upon completion of this course 100% of enrolled students will have:
1) A complete “hard” portfolio
2) A design/tech resume
3) A business card
4) An effective “boiler plate” cover letter
5) A digital portfolio
80% of enrolled students will be able to:
1) Scan and/or photograph their design work
2) Present their portfolio in a creative, intelligent and artistic manner visually
3) Present their portfolio in a creative, intelligent and artistic manner verbally
Attendance: Attendance is expected at all classes and mandatory on exam and presentation days. You will be allowed three absences total. There are no “excused” absences, plan accordingly. Exceptions can be made in extreme cases with the instructor’s approval. You will be allowed one “tardy” (less than ten minutes late); three tardies count as one absence. If you are ten minutes late or more you will be marked absent. Each additional absence will result in additional 1/3 grade drop.
Cell Phones/Computers: All cell phones must be turned off during class. Twenty-five points will be deducted for each occurrence if your phone rings or you are caught texting. You are allowed the use of your computer to take notes ONLY. If you are caught using it in class for purposes other than class, your final grade will be deducted by 25 points for each occurrence.
Late/Missed Work: It is imperative that you attend class on presentation days. Your feedback is important! If you are not in class on the day you are scheduled to present, you will give your presentation during the next classtime and will be worth 50% of the original total points. Late assignments will result in a 10 point deduction for each day that it is late.
Resume 100 pts.
Business Card 25 pts.
Job Listings 25 pts.
Cover Letter 50 pts.
Hard Portfolio 200 pts.
Hard Portfolio Presentation 100 pts.
Digital Portfolio 150 pts.
Website 250 pts.
Digital Presentation 200 pts.
Final Interview 400 pts.
Total 1500 pts.
1500-1350 = A
1349–1200 = B
1199-1050 = C
1049-900 = D
899> = F
Extra Credit: You have the option of preparing a CV for 50 points.
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 the event that academic misconduct occurs. This policy is outlined in the student affairs handbook, which can be obtained from the Student Life Office in the Ferguson Center.
Disabilities: To request disability accommodations, please contact the Office of Disability Services (348-
4285). After initial arrangements are made with that office, contact your instructor.
Student Code of Conduct: Students are expected to behave in accordance with Code of Conduct as outlined in Section 4 Article 3. Any student found to have committed the acts of misconduct including but not limited to acts of dishonesty, disruption or obstruction of teaching, harassment, and/or attending class under the influence of alcohol, narcotic, or other controlled substance is subject to the disciplinary sanctions outlined in Article V. As students engage in group projects and class discussions, consideration and respect should be shown for the ideas and opinions of others. Demeaning, belittling, mocking, intimidating, or otherwise derogatory speech or behavior towards another classmate will not be tolerated.
Final Project: The class will be divided into small groups to collaborate on the design of an assigned play. Grading will be based on design ideas, successful collaboration and participation (including peer evaluation), and presentation. A short one-page description of the process is due from each individual on the date of the presentation. Presentations will take place during the final week of classes. Specific requirements for this assignment will be handed out when groups are assigned during the semester.
The Scheduled Final Exam is: Wednesday, December 10: 11:30am-2:00pm
Note: This outline is subject to change, particularly during the latter part of the semester. It is the responsibility of the student to be aware of such changes. All changes will be announced at least one class prior to the change.
August 20 W Course Introduction
22 F Present Portfolio
25 M Present Portfolio
27 W Present Portfolio
29 F Present Portfolio (Last day to register or add. Last day to drop without a W)
September 1 M Labor Day – No Class
3 W Chapter 1 – What is a Design-Tech Portfolio?
Chapter 2 - Traditional Portfolio Techniques
5 F Chapter 3 – The Effective Showcase
Chapter 4 – Types of Portfolios
8 M Review Portfolios
10 M Review Portfolios
Chapter 11--Design/Tech Resumes, CV, Business Cards and Stationery
12 F Chapter 12 – Design/Tech Resumes, CV, Business Cards and Stationery Do’s and Don’ts
15 M Work on Portfolio/Job listings due
17 W Work on Portfolio/Resume due
19 F Work on Portfolio/Business Card due
22 M Present Portfolio/Cover Letter due
24 W Present Portfolio
26 F Present Portfolio
29 M Present Portfolio
October 1 W Chapter 6 – The Effective Digital Portfolio
3 F Chapter 7 – Digital Portfolio Developing Techniques
6 M Chapter 8 – Digital Portfolio Do’s and Don’ts
8 W Work on Digital Portfolio
10 F Work on Digital Portfolio
13 M Work on Digital Portfolio
15 W Work on Digital Portfolio
17 F Chapter 9 – Portfolio Presentation Techniques
20 M Present Digital Portfolio
22 W Present Digital Portfolio
24 M Present Digital Portfolio
29 W TBA Last day to drop a course with a grade of "W"
31 F Mid semester Study Break – No Class
November 3 M TBA
5 W Professional Presentation
7 F Professional Presentation
10 M Professional Presentation
12 W Professional Presentation
14 F TBA
17 M Chapter 13 – Establishing Goals, Reviewing, Choosing and Updating Work
19 W Chapter 14 – Self Assessment
21 F Chapter 15 – Planning the Next Job
24 M TBA
26 W Thanksgiving Break – No Class
28 F Thanksgiving Break – No Class
December 1 M Portfolio Reviews
3 W Portfolio Reviews
5 F Portfolio Reviews