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 639 Costume Design IV
Theatre 639 Costume Design IV
Instructor: Donna Meester
Office Hours: T/TH 10:00-11:00
Office: Rowand-Johnson 235
Course Description: This course will provide an in-depth exploration of costume design for various forms of musical performing arts. The study will include dance and opera, but will not be limited to these genres. Directors from the areas studied will serve as guest mentors.
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:
· Listen to and interpret music as it relates to the story being told
· Translate the music into costumes
· Communicate effectively with the musical director/choreographer
· Present designs with thumbnails and complete sketches
· Present the above clearly and effectively in an oral presentation
January 8 TH Course Introduction
13 T Discuss Carmen with Director
15 TH Discuss concepts/ideas
20 T Present concepts/ideas to Director
22 TH Share research
27 T Present research to Director
29 TH Share thumbnails
February 3 T Present thumbnails to Director
5 TH Share response to Director’s comments
10 T Present response to Director’s comments (thumbnails)
12 TH TBA
17 T Present Sketches to Director
19 TH TBA
24 T Present Sketches to Director
26 TH Dance music due
March 3 T Dance research (inspiration) due
5 TH Dance research (inspiration) con’t.
10 T Thumbnails due (with Choreographer
12 TH Response to Thumbnails
17 T Spring Break
19 TH Spring Break
24 T Final Design Presentation to Choreographer
26 TH Discuss Final project
31 T Direction from Choreographer
April 2 TH Discuss direction, share ideas
7 T Present ideas to Choreographer
9 TH No Class
14 T Present final sketches to Choreographer
16 TH Share Final Project Work
21 T No Class
23 TH No Class
May 8 Friday FINAL EXAM 8:00-10:30
NOTE: This schedule is subject to change. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of such changes.
Exams and Assignments:
The final sketches must contain the following elements. Two points will be deducted for every omission.
MINIMUM size = 10”
Label (including Show Title, Act, Scene, Character and Designer’s Signature)
Neatness (no frayed edges, wrinkled or raveling swatches, etc.)
There will be three graded design projects throughout the semester. The final project will be one of the student’s choosing (incorporating music) with the prior approval of the instructor.
Projects are worth:
Carmen 100 points
Dance Project #1 100
Dance Project #2 100
Final Project 200
Total 500 points
Grading will be on a 10% scale. (450-500 = A; 400-449 = B; etc.)
Do keep in mind that the projects with a director or choreographer are to be truly collaborative. Respect them and work with them just as you would in a professional atmosphere. The director/choreographer comments will weigh heavily on your grade.
Policy on Missed Exams and Coursework:
While there are no exams in this course, you will be required to turn in coursework when it is due. Without prior approval, failure to do so will result in a 10 point deduction from your grade for that project.
Attendance is expected for all classes. Any absence, without prior approval from the instructor, will result in a 10 point deduction from your final grade.
You will need to acquire the libretto and music for Carmen.
Other Course Materials:
There are no specific required materials for this course. However, you are expected to have appropriate sketching materials. These can include, but are not limited to: variety of drawing pencils, colored pencils, watercolors, watercolor brushes, markers and a variety of papers.
If you are registered with the Office of Disability Services, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible to discuss any course accommodations that may be necessary. If you have a disability, but have not contacted the Office of Disability Services, please call 348-4285 or visit 133-B Martha Parham Hall East to register for services. Students who may need course adaptations because of a disability are welcome to make an appointment to see me during office hours. Students with disabilities must be registered with the Office of Disability Services, 133-B Martha Parham Hall East, before receiving academic adjustments.
All students in attendance at the University of Alabama are expected to be honorable and to observe standards of conduct appropriate to a community of scholars. The University expects from its students a higher standard of conduct than the minimum required to avoid discipline. Academic misconduct includes all acts of dishonesty in any academically related matter and any knowing or intentional help or attempt to help, or conspiracy to help, another student.
The Academic Misconduct Disciplinary Policy will be followed in the event of academic misconduct.