Develop technical theatre expertise as you stage multiple campus productions. Develop technical theatre expertise as you stage multiple campus productions. Develop technical theatre expertise as you stage multiple campus productions. Develop technical theatre expertise as you stage multiple campus productions. Develop technical theatre expertise as you stage multiple campus productions.

College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Art & Theatre

Theatrical Design and Technology

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Why choose theatrical design and technology at North Central College?

You’ll develop design and technical theatre expertise by working with accomplished faculty and Chicago-area professionals through hands-on experience staging multiple campus productions. North Central College’s performing arts venues provide state-of-the-art, real-world “classrooms” for practicing and applying design and technical skills. The curriculum covers all aspects of design and technology, including stagecraft, makeup, lighting, costuming, scenic design, stage management and skills like drafting, model-making and rendering, and computer-aided design. Students gain exposure to the broader discipline of theatre through courses in script analysis, dramaturgy, history and literature, and directing. Opportunities are plentiful for further experiences and internships in the Chicago theatre community.

You can also:

  • Attend workshops and classes with theatre professionals.
  • Design for shows in our ambitious theatre season in collaboration with faculty and professional guest artists.
  • Develop additional design and technology skills through optional courses in art and interactive media studies.

More Department information

 

Theatrical Design and Technology, B.A.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Theatre.

Major Requirements

Core Courses

  • THEA 100 - Script Analysis

    THEA 100 - Script Analysis

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduces analytical methods for examining scripts of all forms and genres. Students learn to identify, describe and interpret various components of a script and to apply a critical vocabulary to evaluate how meaning is produced in dramatic texts.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 140 - Fundamentals of Theatrical Design

    THEA 140 - Fundamentals of Theatrical Design

    4.00 credit hours

    Through the study and practice of common theatrical design elements, students learn to analyze, collaborate, and implement theatrical designs. Students explore basic theories and design principles including script analysis, research methodology, conceptual development, color theory, balance and proportion, visual composition, and other elements of design.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 141 - Stagecraft

    THEA 141 - Stagecraft

    2.00 credit hours

    Fundamentals of scenic construction and scenic painting. Students gain knowledge of basic construction and painting techniques for stage scenery. Tool use and shop equipment are introduced along with the safety regulations that are essential and mandatory for running an effective scenic shop.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Concurrent Enrollment in THEA 144.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 144 - Makeup

    THEA 144 - Makeup

    2.00 credit hours

    Introduces the principles and techniques of theatrical makeup, design and application. Equally appropriate for beginning design students and actors who have no prior design experience.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Concurrent enrollment in THEA 141.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 304 - Theatre History and Literature I

    THEA 304 - Theatre History and Literature I

    4.00 credit hours

    A study of the theatre and its literature from its ancient beginnings through the English Restoration. Students examine theatrical events, figures and dramatic works in their aesthetic, cultural and historical contexts and synthesize analytical writing and research skills with appropriate knowledge of course material.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 100 and Sophomore standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 305 - Theatre History and Literature II

    THEA 305 - Theatre History and Literature II

    4.00 credit hours

    Investigates influential texts, performances and theatrical movements following the English Restoration through to the present day, with critical attention to how accounts of history are created and remembered. Students examine theatrical events, figures and dramatic works in their aesthetic, cultural and historical contexts and synthesize analytical writing and research skills with appropriate knowledge of course material.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 100 and Junior standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 449 - Portfolio Development

    THEA 449 - Portfolio Development

    4.00 credit hours

    An exploration of the components of a professional portfolio and resume for students interested in theatre design, technology and management. Students develop portfolios of their own work as well as learn about the professional opportunities and career paths that are typically taken by theatre professionals.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Senior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

Acting Courses

One of the following:

  • THEA 101 - Introduction to Acting

    THEA 101 - Introduction to Acting

    4.00 credit hours

    Designed for students with previous acting experience including high school and/or community theatre. This course consists of exercises in voice, movement, improvisation and text study. The course seeks to give the student an awareness of what acting is in both theory and performance. Presentation of scenes and attendance at productions are required.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 150 - Acting Fundamentals

    THEA 150 - Acting Fundamentals

    4.00 credit hours

    Designed for dedicated theatre students with previous acting experience, this course consists of exercises in voice, movement, improvisation and character study. Provides students with necessary theory and performance skills required to pursue further specialized acting training.

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Theatre Design Courses

Two of the following:

  • THEA 241 - Introduction to Scenic Design

    THEA 241 - Introduction to Scenic Design

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduction to the artistic and technical skillsets required of a theatrical scenic designer. Students learn how to identify location requirements of a play, create a dynamic environment and craft required props. Students develop these skillsets through a series of theoretical projects as they simultaneously begin to develop their own design aesthetic.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 140.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 242 - Introduction to Lighting Design

    THEA 242 - Introduction to Lighting Design

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduction to the artistic and technical skillsets required of a theatrical lighting designer. Students identify seasonal and time of day requirements of a play, employ advanced color theory and craft a flexible but dynamic light plot. Students develop these skillsets through a series of theoretical projects as they simultaneously begin to develop their own design aesthetic.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 140.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 243 - Introduction to Costume Design

    THEA 243 - Introduction to Costume Design

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduction to the artistic and technical skillsets required of a theatrical costume designer. Students learn to identify the period requirements of a play, create fully developed costume renderings and craft a costume tracking chart. Students develop these skillsets through a series of theoretical projects as they simultaneously begin to develop their own design aesthetic.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 140.

    Schedule Of Classes

Theatre Technology Courses

One of the following:

  • THEA 245 - Stage Management

    THEA 245 - Stage Management

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduces the administrative skills sets of stage management, while exploring the relationship between the artistry and execution of producing plays and musicals. Students learn production protocols, create a prompt book and explore the forms and formats needed to maintain professional standards while working with directors, actors and the technical crew.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 345 - Drafting, Rendering and Model-Making

    THEA 345 - Drafting, Rendering and Model-Making

    4.00 credit hours

    Develops the skills required for the communication of designs for a theatrical environment. The course focuses on hand drafting, the creation of 2D drawings that give detailed information regarding the layout and look of a scenic design. Model making techniques are also emphasized so that students learn to provide 3D information for a stage design. Rendering techniques are also mastered through concepts such as linear perspective, shade and shadow and watercolor rendering.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 140.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 445 - Advanced Topics in Design and Technology

    THEA 445 - Advanced Topics in Design and Technology

    4.00 credit hours

    Occasional seminar topic allowing for advanced study of theatre design or technology. Special topics may include in depth exploration of a single technology or design medium like projection design, draping or mask-making, theatre automation or computer assisted design, among others. Topics may also explore interdisciplinary approaches to design for live performance or contemporary trends in design and technology.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 345.

    Schedule Of Classes

Theatre Practicum

Six semesters of the following:

  • THEA 115 - Practicum

    THEA 115 - Practicum

    0.00-1.00 credit hours

    The staging, mounting, and production of a fully realized theatre production. This course -- designed for actors and crew members working on a theatre production -- is repeatable up to a maximum of six credit hours earned. Students are expected to take practicum for credit unless exceeding 18 credit hours in a semester.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 116 - Practicum

    THEA 116 - Practicum

    0.00-2.00 credit hours

    The staging, mounting, and production of a fully realized theatre production. This course -- designed for stage managers, designers, and those with larger production responsibilities -- is repeatable up to a maximum of six credit hours earned. Students are expected to take practicum for credit unless exceeding 18 credit hours in a semester.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 117 - Practicum - Musical Theatre

    THEA 117 - Practicum - Musical Theatre

    0.00-1.00 credit hours

    The staging, mounting, and production of a fully realized musical theatre production. This course -- designed for actors and crew members working on a theatre production -- is repeatable up to a maximum of six credit hours earned. Students are expected to take practicum for credit unless exceeding 18 credit hours in a semester.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 118 - Practicum - Musical Theatre

    THEA 118 - Practicum - Musical Theatre

    0.00-2.00 credit hours

    The staging, mounting, and production of a fully realized musical theatre production. This course -- designed for stage managers, designers, and those with larger production responsibilities -- is repeatable up to a maximum of six credit hours earned. Students are expected to take practicum for credit unless exceeding 18 credit hours in a semester.

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Note:

*Theatre Practicum may be taken for zero credit hours, or for credit in partial satisfaction of elective credits, up to College limits. These hours are in addition to, not part of, the hours required for the major.

Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Theatre Design and Technology Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.

Internships

Recent graduates in theatre interned at:

  • Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier
  • The Other Theatre Company
  • Goodman Theater, Chicago
  • American Theatre Company
  • Greenhouse Theater Center, Chicago

Careers

Recent graduates in theatre are working at:

  • Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier
  • Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago
  • Goodman Theatre, Chicago
  • Peninsula Players Theatre, Door County, WI
  • Montana Shakespeare, Jefferson City, MT
  • Timber Lake Playhouse, Mt. Carroll, IL
  • First Folio Shakespeare, Clarendon Hills, IL
  • Drury Lane, Oak Brook, IL
  • American Theatre Company, Chicago
  • Polarity Ensemble Theatre, Chicago
  • Royal Caribbean Productions
  • Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, UK
  • Theatre At The Center, Munster, IN
  • Norwegian Cruise Lines
  • Metropolis Theatre, Arlington Heights, IL

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