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Tech Theater

Course: Tech Theater

Level: Academic Semester (9-12)

Credits: 2.5 Visual /Performing Arts

Course Description: Technical Theater is a course in which students will learn the proper use of lighting and sound equipment for theater production. Students will learn the process of set design, poster design, costume design, lighting design, and sound design. Students will build a model set and be introduced to the use of power tools and proper safety measures for operation. Students will establish a foundation for further exploration in Theater Technology.


  • Standard 1.1: The Creative Process – All students will demonstrate an understanding of the elements and principles that govern the creation of works of art in dance, music, theatre, and visual art.
  • Standard 1.2: History of the Arts and Culture – All students will understand the role, development, and influence of the arts throughout history and across cultures
  • Standard 1.3: Performing – All students will synthesize skills, media, methods, and technologies that are appropriate to creating, performing, and/or presenting works of art in dance, music, theatre, and visual art.
  • Standard 1.4: Aesthetic Responses & Critique Methodologies – All students will demonstrate and apply an understanding of arts philosophies, judgment, and analysis to works of art in dance, music, theatre, and visual art.


Supplementary Materials

  • Internet and Technology Resources
  • Film-related DVDs, videos, CDs, and art books from the resource library
  • Theater and Stagecraft Videos and DVDs
  • Current Theater Publications/Theater Biographies

Units of Study

  • Examining the Role and Influence of Tech Theater in a Variety of Social, Cultural, and Historical Context
  • Exploring and Pursuing Career Options Related to Theater
  • Understanding Theater and Tech Theaterg Terminology in Spoken and Written Form
  • Sound Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Stage Management
  • Set Design
  • Makeup
  • Stagecraft
  • House Management
  • Prop Design
  • Costume Design

Proficiencies: By the end of this course, students will:

  • Have an understanding of Tech Theater in a historic context and an appreciation for artistic accomplishments throughout the ages.
  • Think, write, and speak about Tech Theater critically and fluently.
  • Demonstrate an introductory level of knowledge of Tech Theater History.
  • Identify and apply the basic principles of Tech Theater, including scripts, set design, costume design, lights, props, make-up, sound design, and model making.
  • Understand the logistical aspects of working with actors, crew, and the public.
  • Understand timing in relation to directing and stage managing.
  • Understand how to use sound equipment, lighting board, and power tools.
  • Recognize the roles and contributions of various theater professionals.
  • Identify types of theaters and their infrastructures.
  • Appreciate live performance and the production aspects of the theater.
  • Write an effective critique.
  • Understand and use basic theater terminology.
  • Identify a variety of tools and understand their functions.
  • Identify different types of structural elements as well as their function for set design.
  • Apply a working knowledge of basic tools used in scenic construction, and understand the requirements for safe operation of those tools.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the design process, including drafting, paint,
  • Demonstrate the ability to function as a successful crew member or crew chief.

Evaluation & Assessment

  • Projects (30%) – projects are assigned as both instructional tools and instruments for assessment. Projects are assessed on an individual basis and evaluated based on the following criteria: following instructions, skill and development, creativity and originality, craftsmanship, and completion of the project.
  • Class Work (20%) – an integral aspect of the learning process, allowing students to demonstrate their ongoing understanding of content and concepts taught.   Class work includes demonstration of a cooperative attitude and contribution to the learning process of the class, proper utilization of class time, attendance and punctuality, proper use of materials and supplies, studio set-up and clean-up, and participation in class discussions and critiques.
  • Tests/Quizzes (30%) – an assessment of cumulative knowledge and understanding of a unit of study/evaluation of short-term knowledge and understanding of homework assignments and class lessons.
  • Homework (10%) – enables students to exercise and reinforce their knowledge and understanding of skills taught in class, as well as preparation and/or research for projects to be executed in class.
  • Final Exam (10%) – a culminating assessment of skills and knowledge administered at the end of the semester’s coursework.


Updated: 9/26/2017