The legibility of images, materials, objects and space have re-tooled how performance is made. With more frequency, designers are creating work in installation projects and exhibitions that while performative, are no longer absolutely reliant on a script. This new approach necessitates not only an understanding of theatrical design principles, but it also requires the designer to be visually literate, historically, critically and theoretically aware of the cultural, social and political meanings as well as aesthetics of their designed spaces and objects. To this end, the Performance Design thematic minor, draws upon courses from art history, studio art, film, visual and media studies as well as the design courses within the Drama and Dance Department. Advisors: Davis-Green, Ames. A minimum of 5.5 units.
CATEGORY ONE: Foundations in Design and Art History: 2-units of design courses — DR110 and one of the following: DR218, DR207, DR210. One unit in Art History: AH100, AH111, AH112 (Note: courses are 2-block courses but only one unit counts toward the minor.).
CATEGORY TWO: Interdisciplinary Electives: Select one OR two from two different areas – DR240, DR310, DR340 or DR350, FS205 or FS212, AS103, AS111, AS114 or AS116, GS222.
CATEGORY THREE: Practical applications: .5 units in technical theatre. DR101 or two of the following: DR212, DR213, DR214, and DR215.
THE INTEGRATIVE EXPERIENCE:
One unit – DR404. A final creative project appended to a 300-level course or taken as an independent study.