Approved by Faculty Senate.




THAD 309 - Design II Lighting and Sound
Oral Flag Course

Department: Theatre and Dance

Course Number: THAD 309

Number of Credits: 3

Course Title: Design II Lighting and Sound

Catalog Description: Study of the process of creating lighting and sound designs for the stage including research, conceptualization, and creation. Course contains production crew assignment. Concurrent registration in THAD 090 required unless excused by the Department. Prerequisites THAD 107. Open to majors and minors or with instructor approval. Offered biyearly.

Offered : Alternate years in the fall

This is an existing course that has previously been approved by A2C2.

Department contact person for this course: Win Lewis


The proposed course is designed to satisfy the requirement as Oral Flag Course:

a. earn significant course credit through extemporaneous oral presentations

All designers must learn to take an active part of a design team and present their work to the design team at design/production meetings. To better prepare the students for this component of design, all design projects will be presented to the other students in the class as if in a production meeting. Each student will present their work including their design concept, research to back up their concept and the designs that results from the concept and research. Students will be expected to answer questions on their project, including their concept, their research and their realized work. The oral presentation will be worth from 15% to 25% of their project grade.

b. understand the features and types of speaking in their disciplines

Student designers must learn to present and defend their ideas to their colleagues especially directors. The instructor and the other class members will assume the roles of director and designers to explore and challenge the student designers ideas.

c. adapt their speaking to field-specific audiences

All other members of a production meeting are theatre professionals or students. They share a common vocabulary and a common goal. The mounting of production is a team effort where the exchange and sharing of ideas goes beyond a designer simply stating their own ideas. Designers must learn to work collaboratively incorporating ideas and approaches from all members of the production team resulting in a work that is a synthesis of the production team's creativity.

d. receive appropriate feedback from teachers and peers, including suggestions for improvement

All students will receive both written and verbal feedback on their presentations from the instructor. For each formal presentation a student gives, they will receive a written evaluation from the instructor. This evaluation will discuss the quality of the student's opening statement, design concept presentation, organization of the presentation and use and depth of research used in the presentation. Following each formal presentation there will be an open discussion on the presentation allowing the other students in the class to respond to the presentation. These students will be encouraged to role play other members of a design team to further examine the ideas of the presenter.

e. make use of the technologies used for research and speaking in the fields

The students in the design class are expected to do research using all possible sources including books, journals, magazines, and the WEB. They are also learning the different mediums that are available to them to present their ideas from traditional hand drawn, drafted and painted work to computer generated sound, computer controlled lighting and CAD and computer graphics.

f. learn the conventions of evidence, format, usage, and documentation in their fields

The students are learning how to combine research and script analysis with the exploration and study of controlling and modifying light and sound to create designs suitable to be used on stage as part of a unified production. They are also learning how to present and defend their ideas to the other members of the production team in a clear and organized manner.

Winona State University
  Department of Theatre and Dance  
THAD 309 - Design II - Lighting & Sound Design


Objective Computer Lab Access Evaluations Text Design Lab Policy
Materials Attendance Policy Due Date Policy Related Web Sights
Calendar EML IV Schedule THAD Season 00/01 THAD Home Page


M,W,F 9:00 - 10:50 334 Minne
Instructor: Win Lewis Office: 235 Performing Arts Center
Office Phone : 457-5247 Home Phone : 453-0880 (Not after 10 PM)
E-mail -
Office Hours: See Schedule


B. Oral Communication Flag (3 S.H.)
The purpose of the Oral Communication Flag requirement is to complete the process of providing graduates of Winona State University with the knowledge and experience required to enable them to become highly competent communicators by the time they graduate. Courses can merit the Oral Communication Flag by demonstrating that they allow for clear guidance, criteria, and feedback for the speaking assignments; that the course requires a significant amount of speaking; that speaking assignments comprise a significant portion of the final course grade; and that students will have opportunities to obtain student and faculty critiques of their speaking.
These courses must include requirements and learning activities that promote students' abilities to...
a. earn significant course credit through extemporaneous oral presentations;
b. understand the features and types of speaking in their disciplines;
c. adapt their speaking to field-specific audiences;
d. receive appropriate feedback from teachers and peers, including suggestions for improvement;
e. make use of the technologies used for research and speaking in the fields; and

f. learn the conventions of evidence, format, usage, and documentation in their fields.


1) To continue the study of theatre design communication techniques.
2) To continue to explore theatre design practices.
3) To improve understanding of the technology needed for lighting & sound design.
4) To explore the visual elements associated with lighting & sound design.
5) To develop the organizational skills needed for lighting & sound design.
6) To practice principles used in lighting & sound design with hands on projects.


Text Book Information
Required Texts (from THAD 107)    
Gillette, J. Michael. Theatre Design and Production. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield, 1997.
Carter, Paul. Back Stage Handbook. New York: Broadway Press, 1994.
New Required Lighting Text    
Keller, Max. Light Fantastic - The Art and Design of Stage Lighting. Munich: Prestel, 1999.
New Required Sound Text    
Kaye, Deena & James LeBrecht. Sound and Music for the Theatre. Boston: Focal Press, 2000.


Old Materials All Drafting & Drawing tools used in 207 Design Communications
New Materials Sketch Book, Velum


Sketch Book / Journal 100
Class Participation 50
Short Lighting Test 75
Light Project One ( 2 Emotions) 100
Light Project Two (Sound to Light) 125
Light Project Three (Shakespeare) 125
Sound Project 100
Practical Exam 75
Final Exam 75
Final Music Project 200
Total 1025


Attendance Policy

Theatre is an “Collaborative Art Form” that must be shared. Attendance for this class is mandatory. Many of the projects will be performance pieces of one form or another by your fellow classmates. It is unacceptable to not share in their work. Each Student will be allowed 3 Un-excused Absences. After which the following penalties will Apply.
First Absence 1 Point = 1 point off Final Grade
Second Absence 1 Point + 2 Points = 3 Points off Final Grade
Third Absence 1 Point + 2 Points + 3 Points = 6 Points Off Final Grade Etc..
After 5 absences it will be an additional 5 points per class.

Class Participation

Due to the need for student participation in class projects and on work days this course has class participation points. These points equal 15% of your final grade. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class. All students not present will be marked absent. Students arriving after this time will be marked present but are considered late. One (1) class participation point will be lost for each time a student is marked late.

Admittance to Design Lab

All Students may rent a key for the design studio from the instructor at the cost of Ten Dollars ($10.00) in cash. This rental fee will be returned in full when the student returns the key to the instructor at the end of the semester. This lab is used for more then one class, so students must, when ever possible, cover any drawings that are taped to the desk and put in the flat file any projects that are being worked on. The instructor will do everything possible to protect the students work. I understand that this room is a "lab" or "studio" not a traditional classroom, but please try to pick up any large mess that you generate in the creation of a project.

Admittance to Computer Lab

All students wishing access to the Watkins 213 computer lab can sign out a key from Win. This key should be signed out for no longer then a 24 hour period. Students working on computer should have a Zip disk to store their work.

Due Date Policy

All assignments for this class have specific due dates. All assignments are expected on the assigned day at the beginning of class. I will not accept any assignments past 5 PM on the due date so please turn in what you have before then. If the assignment is not finished by class time, but it is turned in finished by 5 p.m. a penalty may be imposed, but the assignment will be accepted. All written assignments must be typed (all computer users : the font may no larger than 12 Point, the margins no larger then one (1) inch, and please spell check. )


Any student who, because of a disabling condition, may require some special arrangements in order to meet course requirements should contact the instructor as soon as possible to make necessary accommodations.


Day Subject Location Readings/Assignments  
M Introduction/Light 334 Minne 9-20  
W Work Day - All Report PAC Scene Storage    
F Reflection & Refraction 334 Minne 67-73  
M No Classes      
W Lamps/ Cables 334 Minne 75-97  
F Lighting Instrumentation PAC Main Stage 105-119  
M Electricity & Lighting Control 334 Minne 153-162  
W Lighting Control Control Booths 147-151  
F Color - Color Demonstrations PAC Main Stage Booth 25-47  
M Design Introduction 334 Minne 48-65  
W Angles of Light PAC Scene Storage 169-178  
F Text Analysis for Light 334 Minne 179-201  
M Lighting Paperwork 334 Minne 203-221  
W Lighting Design Discussions 334 Minne 222-229  
F Work Day PAC Scene Storage    
M Work Day PAC Scene Storage    
W Light Project 1 - Group 1 PAC Scene Storage Class Presentation a-f
F Light Project 1 - Group 2 PAC Scene Storage Class Presentation a-f
M Work Day      
W Work Day      
F Light Project 2 - Group 1 PAC Scene Storage Class Presentation a-f
M Light Project 2 - Group 2 PAC Scene Storage Class Presentation a-f
W Work Day      
F Work Day      
M Light Project 3 - Group 1 PAC Scene Storage Class Presentation a-f
W Light Project 3 - Group 2 PAC Scene Storage Class Presentation a-f
F Sound Introduction 334 Minne 1-64  
M Music & Sound 334 Minne 65-180  
W Recording Techniques DBM Booth 109-177  
F Recording Techniques 2 DBM Booth    
M Work Day DBM /Main Stage Booths    
W Work Day DBM /Main Stage Booths    
F Work Day - Research DBM /Main Stage Booths    
M One Act Project Paper - Draft      
W Work Day - Research      
F One Act Sound Project - Group 1 DBM Theatre Class Presentation a-f
M One Act Sound Project - Group 2 DBM Theatre Class Presentation a-f
M Light Hang - All Report DBM Theatre    
W Light Focus - All Report DBM Theatre    
F Project work/Final Project Paper      
M Practical Exam - Group 1 DBM Theatre    
W Practical Exam - Group 2 DBM Theatre    
F Final Exam - All Report 334 Minne    
T Final Projects - Group 1 DBM Theatre Class Presentations a-f
W Final Projects - Group 2 DBM Theatre Class Presentations a-f


Light Project 1
Concept Paper
Paper Work
Emotion 1
Emotion 2
Oral Presentation


Light Project 2 Pts.
Light Project 3
Concept Paper 15
Concept Paper
Paper Work 15
Lighting Paper Work
Lighting Realization 50
Oral Presentation 20
Oral Presentation
Total 100


Sound Project Pts.
Concept Paper 25
Music List 25
Music Tape 25
Presentation 25
Total 100


Final Project Pts.
Concept Paper 40
Paper Work 30
Sound Choices 30
Lighting Realization 70
Oral Presentation 30
Total 200


Design II - Oral Presentation Breakdown
1) Clarity / Strength of Opening Statement
2) Concept Presentation
3) Organization of Presentation
4) Overall Clarity of Presentation
5) Quality of Research used in Presentation
6) Effective use of Research for Presentation


Every project required research. There are many ways to do research. Each design project has different demands but there are some standards and guidelines that you should follow.

1) Do not rely on the WEB. It has a great deal of visual information that will be very helpful but it is not the only source available to you and it should not be your only source of information. It is often very inaccurate. To encourage you to use other research sources no more than 1/4 of your total research can be taken from the WEB.

2) When you are doing research and you Xerox something out of a book or magazine take the time to write down the bibliographic information as you make the copies. Then, when you are asked where it came from, you know and you can find the book again if needed.

3) Use all of the resources of the library, not just books. Use magazines, newspapers, and most importantly the librarians. They know the library better then anyone and they can help you find things that most people never knew existed in the library.

4) Research can come from more places then the WEB or from printed materials. Look at life/reality too. If you are researching light coming through doors and windows, go look at buildings around campus or town and take pictures or make sketches of the images you like. If you are researching sound in different public places go and visit some of them.

5) Go to museums, antique stores, and art galleries.

6) Keep your sketchbook with you at all times and write down your observations and ideas. Make sketches if you see something that relates to a project you are working on. Borrow a small tape recorder and record the sounds of a locations you are investigating. How could you re-create the ones you want without all the other background noises.

7) Research is an never ending activity that is done throughout the design process. You never have everything you need. When you realize you are missing something go find it, but also get your work done because the show is going to open.

E.M.Lewis IV created 6/00 Revised 11/01