DRAMA 2310 PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN                                       SPRING 2010

Steve Gilliam, Professor                                  Scenic Designer    Office: 999-8511

 RTT 118 (by the scene shop)                                                          Studio: 494-7373




OFFICE HOURS: Tuesday & Thursday 3:30 -5:30  & by appointment. To schedule a meeting outside office hours, please e-mail or speak with Professor Gilliam in advance. M, W, F 8am - Noon, Professor Gilliam has Studio Hours. You may reach him by calling 494-7373.


CLASS MEETING: RTT 318, Design Room        T-R- 11:20- 12:35


COURSE CONTENT: Drama 2310 is one of the core requirements for the Drama Major and can be taken as an elective for both the Drama and Film Studies Minor, as well as a foundational course in the Entrepreneur Curriculum.  It also satisfies a course requirement within the Common Curriculum for Understanding the Arts and Literature.


An objective of Principles of Design is to stimulate, develop, and improve an individual's creative thought process by exploring and discovering the artist within all of us. The course honors whole brain thinking largely through the exploration of nonverbal projects utilizing the abstract language of art: the principles and elements of composition, drawing and rendering.


ATTENDANCE: Attendance in this class is required and taken. This is an experiential course. Classroom activities are central to understanding and excelling with this course’s subject matter. You are allowed a total of two cuts (one week of class) before it affects your grade. Each class missed beyond this lowers the unit evaluation during which the absence is recorded by a half letter grade. Should you miss a class, for whatever reason, it is your responsibility to cover the missed material and be prepared for the next class meeting. Do not miss class.


ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: Whereas this course is a mixture of individual and collaborative creativity, it is assumed that each student can distinguish when it is proper to use and incorporate ideas and thoughts of others and when it would be ethically improper. Drama 2310 follows the guideline set forth by the University regarding the University Honor Code.


UNITS: This course is composed of four areas of study: The Language of Artistic Expression: the Elements of Composition; Drawing as a Means to Explore Creativity and Express Ideas; and, An Introduction to Theatre Design through Costume Design and Scenery Design. Each unit includes lectures, demonstrations and creative projects.


PROJECTS: The core of this class is based on an understanding of design through both theoretical appreciation and practical experience. There are no written exams or tests. There are numerous projects, which measure understanding and appreciation of the design process. This approach encourages discovery through active involvement, through feedback and through observation and discussion of similar work. Late projects will receive a full letter grade off. Projects submitted two weeks after the due date receive no credit.


ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION: A large portion of the communications for this course is conducted via e-mail (sgilliam@trinity.edu) and through the Drama 2310 web site. Make it a practice to check and read your e-mail daily.  Failure to read email communication for whatever reason will be reflected in your final evaluation.


EVALUATIONS:  It is often stated that the evaluation of art is personal.  For the purposes of this class, the instructor will endeavor to be as objective with feedback as possible.  Evaluations are measured as a means to provide each student with constructive criticism upon which to artistically grow.  Most projects receive critiques. The instructor schedules blocks of time to review specific projects as a whole. Late projects are evaluated when the instructor has available time and may not receive the benefit of a class-wide overview. Therefore, late projects are returned when possible and may not receive extensive evaluations. When appropriate, projects are graded. Project grades, classroom participation and overall progress for each section are considered to provide unit grades. Each Unit is weighted as indicated below. After the allowed two absences, each missed class lowers the Unit Grade by a half letter grade.


Unit One: The Elements and Principles of Composition (5/15)

Unit Two: Drawing as an Exploration of Creativity (4/15)

Unit Three: Costume Design (3/15)

Unit Four: Scene Design (3/15)




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The Language of Art

Peter Pan Costume Unit

Peter Pan Scenic Unit

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