Design

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Music thanks to Myles Black and the Pearly Whites.

The design specialization offers students comprehensive instruction ranging from fundamental design theory to present-day applications in Canadian theatre.

Classes are taught in our dedicated design classroom.  Class sizes are limited and students receive individual attention from nationally and internationally recognized teachers and professionals.

Introductory undergraduate courses in set, costume and lighting design initiate students in the history, theory and practice of theatrical design. Students develop a graphic vocabulary, learn to conceptualize and think visually as well as study design techniques and principles.

Manual drafting and drawing are first steps for students of scenic and costume design. Computer-assisted design is also supported, especially lighting design.  Scenic design courses also involve three-dimensional communication and model-making. Costume design classes examine materials and construction in relation to the realization of designs. Class projects examine all elements of design and focus on the actor in space.

Undergraduate students have the opportunity to assist professional designers on main-stage productions and, occasionally, design their own productions in our theatres.

We believe students need to learn about design in a practical professional as well as theoretical context. We cover the topics of budget, working procedures and standards, and professional membership organizations.

Design

Sugested course selections for each year for students interested in Design specialization.

Level

Courses

Units

Year 1

 

 
  THEA 105: Introduction to Stage Craft & Technical Practice 3.0
  THEA 111 / 112: History and Language of the Theatre (Parts I & II) 3.0
  THEA 120: Introduction to the Art of Acting 3.0
  FA 101 - Creative Being 1.5
 

English Course
At total of 3.0 units are required for a theatre major, of which 1.5 units must be taken before the end of second year. If required, the Academic Writing Requirement should be satisfied in the first year.

1.5
  Electives
A total of 15 units of elective courses must be taken outside the department to complete this theatre major. These electives include the 3.0 units of English courses and 1.5 units for FA 101.
3.0

 

1st Year Total:   

15.0

Year 2

 

  THEA 205: Intro to Production and Management 3.0

 

THEA 210 / 211: Theatre History – French Classicism to 19th Century / Modern Theatre

3.0

  THEA 251/ 252: Introduction to Design I & II 3.0
 

Choice of Costumes or Lighting design:
Costumes: THEA 261: Costume Design I and one of:

OR Lighting: THEA 348/349: Lighting Design I & II

3.0
  English Course
A total of 3.0 units are required for a theatre major. 1.5 units must be taken before the end of second year.
1.5
 

Electives
A total of 15 units must be taken outside the department to complete this theatre major.

1.5

 

2nd Year Total:   

15.0

Year 3 & 4

 

 
  THEA 331/ 332: Directing I & II 3.0
 

Choice of Set, Costume or Lighting areas (choose 2 pairs of courses):

6.0
  Theatre History 300+ level
Choose from 309A, 309B, 310, 311, 312, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 328, 333, 337, 338, 362, 363, 390, 391, 409 410, 411, 412, 414.
4.5
  Electives (Outside the department)
A total of 15 units must be taken outside the department to complete a theatre major. These electives include the 3.0 units of English and 1.5 units for FA 101. See note below.
10.5*
  Electives (Outside or Theatre)
See note below.
6.0*

 

Total:   

30.0

 

 

 

NOTE:

  • A minimum of 3.0 units of English electives are required to complete a theatre major, with 1.5 units required to be taken before the end of second year. If required, the Academic Writing Requirement can be satisfied by taking one of ENGL 135, 146, or 147.
  • A minimum of 4.5 units of senior level 300+ Theatre History courses are required to complete a theatre major..
  • A minimum of 15 units of elective courses must be selected from outside of the department. These include FA 101 and your English courses.
  • *Of the total of 16.5 units of electives in the 3rd and 4th year, 4.5-6.0 units of these must be at the 300+ level.

For more information on our program requirements, please refer to the UVic Calendar or contact Anne Heinl, the Fine Arts Academic Advisor.

Professors and Instructors


Mary Kerr
BFA University of Manitoba
Professor
Marykerr@highspeedplus.com

Allan Stichbury
BFA University of Alberta
Professor

astichbu@uvic.ca

Alumni Profiles

  Patrick Du Wors (BFA '02)
Is an active Toronto-based designer who frequently returns to Victoria.
    Ingrid Hansen (BFA ’09)
Multi-talented alumna heads up promising new theatre company.
    Tamara Marie Kucheran (BFA 97)
Career as a set and costume designer has taken her across Canada.
  Roberta Doylend (BFA'92)
Head of Wardrobe and instructor at Brock University.
  Bridget McGuire (BFA'89)
Production Designer and Art Director who has worked on world-famous films and TV series such as Little Women, Night at the Museum, Stargate SG-1 and Arrow.
    Janet Munsil (BFA ’89)
Is an intrepid fixture of the Victoria theatre community, and a playwright celebrated worldwide.
  Michael Whitfield (BA '67)
A lighting designer with an illustrious national and international career, worked as the resident lighting designer at the Stratford Festival for 25 years.