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Performance Design

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 Theatre and Dance Department. Advisors: Davis-Green, Ames - a minimum of 5.5 units

CATEGORY #1: Foundations in Design and Art History: 2-units of design courses:
            TH 110 Fundamentals of Performance Design and one of the following:
            TH 207 Lighting Design
            TH 210 Intermediate Performance Design
            TH 218 Costume Design
One unit in Art History:
            AH 100 Great Monuments in Western Art History
            AH 111 History of Architecture
            AH 112 Introduction to Art History
            (Note: courses are 2-block courses but only one unit counts toward the minor.)
CATEGORY #2: Interdisciplinary Electives: Select one OR two from two different areas –
            TH 240 Special Topics in Design
            TH 340 Advanced Topics in Design or TH 350 Design Practicum
            FS 205 Topics in ‘cinema or FS 212 Basic Filmmaking
            AS 103 Introduction to Drawing
            AS 111 Fiber Arts
            AS 114 Introduction to three-Dimensional Arts or AS 116 Introduction to digital Practices
            GS 222 Special Topics 
CATEGORY #3: Practical applications: .5 units in technical theatre.
            TH 101 Fundamentals of Performance Design or two of the following:
            TH 212 Studio work in technical theatre and acting
            TH 213 Studio work in technical theatre and acting
            TH 214 Studio work in technical theatre and acting
            TH 215 Studio work in technical theatre and acting

One unit –TH 404 A final creative project appended to a 300-level course or taken as an independent study.

Progress Meeting: There will be an annual progress meeting with full faculty and individual students to monitor, assess and advise their progress. Students must bring 10 copies of their unofficial transcript and resume to the meeting.