Loyola University Chicago


Department of Fine and Performing Arts

New Design Curriculum

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Which classes are no longer a part of the curriculum?

THTR 253: Crafts for the Stage no longer exists. Additionally, Costume Design, Lighting Design, Stage Design, and Sound Design are now being taught through a new team-taught design course sequence.

What new design courses are being offered?

THTR 352: Theatrical Design II

An Intermediate course of study to explore the process of Theatre Design (Scenic, Costumes, and Lighting)in a team taught format.  Collaboration and storytelling through visual means is the key to understanding text-based theatre. Each individual will have the opportunity to express ideas in class discussions, written critical analysis and execution of design while enhancing the process of design with weekly skill-based exercises.

THTR 353: Theatrical Design III

This team taught course will alternate between full group discussions on topics valuable to all disciplines and small group instruction on specific techniques within sub-disciplines.  Students will declare a design discipline at beginning of the course. This course may be repeated to pursue a second discipline.  Students will be placed in teams of complimentary disciplines and collaborate on designs for stage plays.  Teams will change for each play.  Faculty instructors will play the role of director.

Is Introduction to Theatrical Design still required?

Yes. The class is now called THTR 252: Theatrical Design I.

How have the practicum credit values changed?

As of Fall 2017, Costume Construction, Scenic Construction, and Electrics practicums are worth 2 credits. Run Crew and Production practicums are still worth 1 credit. A student may repeat THTR 321C, 321S, 321E or THTR 321R to accumulate 8-9 required credits.

Course Number
Theatre Practicum-Costume Construction
Theatre Practicum-Scenic Construction
Theatre Practicum-Electrics
Theatre Practicum-Run Crew
THTR 321C, THTR 321E, THTR 321R, OR THTR 321P

What if I have already taken Crafts?

Currently, students are required to take five 1-credit practicums in conjunction with 3 credits of Crafts for a total of 8 credits. As of Fall 2017, students who have taken Crafts must take four practicums for a total of 8-9 credits by taking one Construction practicum (Costume OR Scenic), one Electrics practicum, one Run Crew practicum, and one more of their choosing.

What if I have NOT taken Crafts?

The construction aspects of Crafts are now built into practicum. Students must take five practicums for a total of 8-9 credits by taking three 2-credit practicums (Electrics, Costume, AND Scenic), one 1-credit practicum (Run Crew or Production), and one more of their choosing.