Design

Plan of Study

The student’s training is accomplished through approximately equal parts classroom work and production experience. A balance between theoretical work, which students conceive of and develop on their own, and projects which are realized on stage in collaboration with others, is the ever-present goal.

Students of visual design study set, costume, lighting, and projection design in their first year. Lighting and projection designers also study sound design. Starting in the second year, the required sequence of courses for each student focuses more closely on the student’s primary area or areas of concentration. The goal of the department is that students achieve mastery of their own discipline and working knowledge of all disciplines. Given that no two students arrive at training with the same skill sets, the department reserves the right to make different course assignments for each student in pursuit of this aim.

Sound design students who are admitted into the Design department are also required to take introductory visual design classes in an attempt to develop a common body of knowledge within the entire design team, and to provide opportunities for all designers to develop collaborative communication and presentation skills.

Set Design

Year One

The Collaborative Process
Scene Design: Background and Practice
Costume Design: Background and Practice
Stagecraft for Designers
Introduction to Lighting Design
Life Drawing Studio
Digital Imaging for Designers
AutoCAD for Set Designers
Drafting for Designers
Vectorworks for Set Designers
Introduction to Projection Design
Visual Storytelling

Weekly production-related seminars
Assignments as assistant designer

Year Two

Survey of Theater and Drama
Advanced Problems in Scene Design
Advanced Problems in Stage Lighting
Advanced Problems in Costume Design
Scene Painting
Advanced Problems in Projection Design

Weekly drafting review sessions
Weekly production-related seminars
Design assignments for School of Drama productions
Students take either DRAM 135a/b (Advanced Problems in Stage Lighting) or DRAM 334a/b (Advanced Problems in Projection Design).

Year Three

Advanced Professional Set Design for the Stage

Weekly drafting review sessions
Weekly production-related seminars
Design assignments for School of Drama productions and possible design assignments for Yale Repertory Theatre
Thesis Project: a comprehensive design for a theoretical production

In addition, all design students are required to take two one-term electives over the course of their second and third years of study.
Costume Design

Year One

The Collaborative Process
Scene Design: Background and Practice
Costume Design: Background and Practice
Stagecraft for Designers
Introduction to Lighting Design
Life Drawing Studio
Digital Imaging for Designers
Costume Production
Fabric and Fabric Manipulation
Introduction to Projection Design
Visual Storytelling
Costume Seminar

Weekly production-related seminars
Assignments as assistant designer

Year Two

Survey of Theater and Drama
Advanced Problems in Scene Design
Advanced Problems in Costume Design
Life Drawing Studio
Costume Seminar

Weekly production-related seminars
Design assignments for School of Drama productions

Year Three

Advanced Professional Costume Design for the Stage
Costume Seminar

Weekly production-related seminars
Design assignments for School of Drama productions and possible design assignments for Yale Repertory Theatre
Thesis Project: a comprehensive design for a theoretical production

In addition, all design students are required to take two one-term electives over the course of their second and third yeas of study.
Lighting Design

Year One

The Collaborative Process
Computer-Assisted Design Techniques for Lighting Designers
Scene Design: Background and Practice
Costume Design: Background and Practice
Advanced Problems in Stage Lighting
Introduction to Sound Design
Life Drawing Studio
Digital Imaging for Designers
Drafting for Designers
Introduction to Projection Design
Visual Storytelling

Weekly production-related seminars
Assignments as assistant designer

Year Two

Survey of Theater and Drama
Advanced Problems in Scene Design
Advanced Problems in Costume Design
Professional Stage Lighting Design
Advanced Problems in Projection Design

Weekly production-related seminars
Design assignments for School of Drama productions

Year Three

Advanced Professional Stage Lighting Design

Weekly production-related seminars

Design assignments for School of Drama productions and possible design assignments for Yale Repertory Theatre
Thesis Project: a comprehensive design for a theoretical production

In addition, all design students are required to take two one-term electives over the course of their second and third yeas of study.

Projection Design

Year One

The Collaborative Process
Computer-Assisted Design Techniques for Lighting Designers
Costume Design: Background and Practice
Stagecraft for Designers
Introduction to Lighting Design
Introduction to Sound Design
Life Drawing Studio
Digital Imaging for Designers
Introduction to Projection Design
Visual Storytelling
Projection Engineering
Designers and Directors Workshop II

Weekly production-related seminars
Production assignments as assistants and projection engineers

Year Two

Survey of Theater and Drama
Advanced Problems in Scene Design
Advanced Problems in Stage Lighting
Motion Graphics and Film Production
Advanced Problems in Projection Design
Advanced Topics in Projection Engineering
Animation Studio

Projection Seminar
Production assignments as designers, assistants, and programmers when available
One general elective
One music elective (spring or fall)
Participation in DRAM 162a/b, Life Drawing Studio, when no conflict with other class or production assignments
Up to two small-to-medium-scale production assignments (if prepared)

Year Three

Advanced Professional Projection Design

Projection Seminar
Two one-term electives
One professional projection assignment (if prepared)
Design assignments for School of Drama productions and possible design assignments for Yale Repertory Theatre
Thesis Project: a fully realized design of one dance and one dance or alternative project