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Production Design Curriculum

Assigned Faculty: Jean-Francois Revon & Linda Ricciardi
Course Description:

Oakland School for the Arts

School of Production Design Syllabus 2013 / 2014

Production Design Chair: Jean-Francois Revon Production Design, costume: Linda Ricciardi

jfrevon@oakarts.org

*THIS DOCUMENT IS REQUIRED READING FOR ALL PRODUCTION DESIGN PARENTS/GUARDIANS AND STUDENTS. By reading and signing this document, you are acknowledging that you understand and agree to adhere to all Course Policies. If you do not understand or agree to adhere to all Course Policies, please communicate to Mr. Revon directly .

Ms Ricciardi, and I have put together the School of Production Design program with rigorous and high standards.
The School of Production Design, will prepare your child for college. To reach that goal, your child must complete all assignments on time and come prepared to class.

The Production Design teachers need you to contribute to the success of your child’s education. Parental participation is vital to this emphasis. It is essential for you to be involved and aware of the academic and artistic progress of your child, as well as volunteer to help with OSA productions in our parent volunteer group. Please join us, be part of the Production Design parent group.

If needed, Mr. Revon will contact you personally to discuss your child’s progress.

Performances managed by this department take place outside of regular school hours. It is part of your child’s curriculum and grade to do 40 (Forty) hours throughout the school year on OSA productions.
If students do not accomplish their 40 hours throughout the school year, Mr. Harris with Mr. Revon will assess the consequences, and student’s semester grade will be adversely affected.
If a student does more than 40 hours, it will count towards extra credit.

School of Production Design program description:

This course will introduce students to the fundamental techniques and vocabulary used to create and critique production designs.
Students will develop skills such as script analysis and breakdown, drawing skills, design, stage craft techniques and apply them using a variety of media.

Students will study:

  • Weekly sketching

  • Production organization / management

  • Event coordination

  • Set design

  • Stage craft

  • Costume design

  • W ardrobe

  • Make-up design

  • Lighting design

  • Sound design

  • Stage management

  • Production running crew

  • Portfolio design & presentation

    Students will learn how to present conceptual ideas through color rendering and mock- ups, and refine them to be presented to the class and production team.

    The course introduces students to various computer programs such as 3-D modeling, drafting, photo retouching, sound mixing, lighting, sound boards programming, and projections.

    Throughout the year, students will participate in field trips to various venues observing professionals at work to understand design choices from various productions.

    It is essential for students to understand that even though their interest may be in a specific aspect of Production Design, they must be prepared to work in a professional environment where they will learn all aspects of theater management and design. All students are required to complete the Production Design program and will be graded accordingly.

    Required Materials

    Students will need by August 26th 2013.

  • Old clothing for painting, carpentry: shoes, shirt, and pants.

  • Closed-toe shoes must be worn at all times.

  • Graphite pencil set (at least 3 varieties of graphite; hard to soft)

  • Erasers (1 white or pink eraser, 3 soft “kneaded” erasers)

  • Six or more plain #2 pencils with erasers on the end

  • 9” by 12” sketch book

Course / Class Policies

All OSA policies as outlined in the Student Handbook will be respected.

ATTENDANCE in class is critical. Unexcused absences, tardiness and leaving class early will affect the final grade.

PARTICIPATION IN CLASS DISCUSSIONS AND CRITIQUES is also essential. The most important people you will encounter in this course and throughout your education are your peers. For that reason class participation will count as part of the final grade.

PRESENTATION COUNTS. Students will lose grade points for messy workmanship. Students must demonstrate proper care and respect for their work.

HOMEWORK WILL BE NECESSARY for passing this course, primarily in the areas of reading plays, doing research, and sketching 5 drawings a week.

PROJECTS MUST BE TURNED IN ON TIME. Every day the project is late – the final grade for that project drops.

SUPPLIES AND MATERIALS MUST BE HANDLED WITH RESPECT. All students are responsible for setting up and cleaning up project materials and tools, and properly storing all materials at the end of each class. Waste and misuse will not be tolerated.

CLASS COMPUTER USAGE: Students will have access to the School of Production Design class computers, two students or more per computer. Any students mistreating the School of Production Design equipment may loose access to the equipment.
It is not authorized to use computer for non class work, such as social media, music streaming, video streaming, emails.

TO MAINTAIN A SAFE AND ORGANIZED ENVIRONMENT, all art students will be assigned to rotational clean-up teams. Failure to comply will result in students being detained until their area is sufficiently cleaned. Part of the final grade for this course includes how well you help to keep our work environment clean and organized.

RESPECT OTHER PEOPLE. - Their opinions, their creative processes, and endeavors.

SENIORS, they must receive a passing grade for their final portfolio presentation, in order to graduate from Production design.

HAVE FUN – as much as possible, while working hard.

Student Assessment:
OSA Vision Statement:
Oakland School for the Arts balances a comprehensive academic curriculum with an immersive arts program, providing students unique opportunities for learning, expression and personal growth. OSA’s academic and arts programs challenge students, build discipline and confidence, and effectively prepare creative youth to achieve their individual potential both in and outside of the arts.

This course has been designed with that mission in mind, it serves as a first step toward understanding Production design as a way of life and establishing the discipline and standards that will help any student succeed wherever life may take them. The grading breakdown is as follows:

GRADING:

The students’ grade in this class will be based on the accumulation of 100 points. Class grades will be calculated as follows:

Category 1: Class Participation & Etiquette = 20%
• Willingness to fully participate in group critique and to initiate questions and discussion • Preparation for and execution of class assignments and projects
• Raising of the hand before talking
• Classroom set-up and clean-up
• Disrespect and general gossiping is not tolerated

Category 2: Class work: = 15% Both in-class and homework assignments will be graded on the following criteria: • Effort
• Presentation / articulation
• Aesthetic impact / conceptual weight
• Following instructions/ fulfillment of requirements
• Comprehension of assigned material

Category 3: Sketching:
• Weekly sketch are due every Monday, except during production tech week. Sketches are graded on: effort, quality of the drawings, innovation.

Category 4: Production Work: = 50%
• Construction, installation, and running all productions supported by Production design.

= 15%

This category includes how students are learning hands on building, staging, managing, running, strikes of the actual productions. This includes the 40 hours they need to put into the productions throughout the school year.

A (93%-100%) Student pushes the boundaries of class material, constantly seeking a keener understanding of the subject matter. He or She is a leader in classroom activities and asks thoughtful questions. All work is completed in a manner that demonstrates great pride and commitment.

A– (90%-92%) Student demonstrates a mastery of all class material. He or She is a leader in classroom activities and asks thoughtful questions. All work is completed in a manner that demonstrates commitment to their art and is turned in on time.

B+ (87%-89%) Student demonstrates a thorough understanding of all class material. He or She participates in classroom activities and asks thoughtful questions. All work is completed and turned in on time.

B (83%-86%) Student demonstrates a thorough understanding of most class material. He or She participates in classroom activities and contributes to class discussions. All work is completed and turned in on time.

B– (80%-82%) Student demonstrates an understanding of most class material. He or She participates in classroom activities and occasionally contributes to class discussion. All work is completed and turned in on time.

C+ (77%-79%) Student demonstrates an understanding of some class material. He or She participates in classroom activities and is not distracting in class. All work is turned in.

C (73%-76%) Student demonstrates an understanding of some class material. He or She is well behaved and not distracting in class. All work is turned in.

C– (70%-72%) Student demonstrates an understanding of some class material. He or She is usually well behaved and respectful in class. All work is turned in.

A student earning a “NC” or “F” (0%-69%) in this course has an understanding of very little class material, has been a consistent behavior problem or has not turned in all class assignments.

IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT UNSATISFACTORY GRADE:

Students who fail in his/her academic classes or receive an Production design grade

below C, will be required to make up all work not turned in or not executed appropriately.

Work turned in late will require extra work to allow the student to bring his/her grade up. The consequences for a C- or an NC, are as follows:

Students failing academic classes may be required to complete academic assignments during Production Design class time. In this case students may miss out on productions and events. The academic support team will determine what the student needs to do in this case.

If they are failing in Production design, they will work directly with the teachers to catch up on their work. This means extra work (after school) for the student and extra attention from their parent(s) /guardian(s).

The student will NOT be named in the program, but will be required to be present and doing his/her work in the position he/she took in the production or the project. If the student does not accomplish their duty, it will impact their grade, and further consequences will be put in place.

School of Production Design Course Outline:

This 2013/2014 schedule is subject to change.

Week 1 (8/26–8/30) – Intro to Production Design, sketching workshop. Week 2 (9/03-9/06) – Design labs and workshop & Portfolio.
Week 3 (9/09-9/13) –
Design labs, workshop.
Week 4 (9/16-9/20) – Design Haunted House & 12 Angry Jurors. Week 5 (9/23-09/27) – Design Haunted House.

Week 6 (9/30-10/04) – Build Haunted House, Design “Raisin in the Sun”. Week 7 (10/07-10/11) – Build Haunted House. Design “Raisin in the Sun” Week 8 (10/15-10/18) – Build Haunted House. Paint “Raisin in the Sun”. Week 9 (10/21-10/25) – Tech Haunted House 23rd to the 25th.

Week 10 (10/29-11/01) – Haunted House 29th to the 31st .
Week 11 (11/04-11/08) – Strike Haunted House /Build “Raisin in the Sun” Week 12 (11/12-11/15) – Tech Raisin in the Sun, Opening 14
th.
Week 13 (11/18-11/22) – Master Class design, PD master class 11/22.

***Thanksgiving Break 11/25-11/29***

Week 14 (12/02-12/06) – Portfolio & Musical design. Week 15 (12/09-12/13) – Musical design.
Week 16 (12/16-12/20) – Musical design.

***Winter Break 12/23 – 01/06***

Week 17 (1/07-1/10) – Build Musical. Week 18 (1/13-1/17) – Build Musical.

Week 19 (1/21-1/24) – Finals week.

2nd Semester

Week 20 (1/27-1/31) – Build Musical.
Week 21 (2/03-2/07) – Build Musical.
Week 22 (2/10-2/16) – Musical tech & show opening 14
th .
Week 23 (2/18-2/21) – Put away Musical.
Week 24 (2/24-2/28) – Fashion Show work – Design Jazz concert. Week 25 (3/03-3/07) – Fashion Show work & New works festival. Week 26 (3/10-3/14) - Ohlone college prep.
Week 27 (3/18-3/22) – Ohlone college prep. – Fashion Show work Week 28 ( 3/24-3/28) – Fashion Show work & Jazz concert build. Week 29 (4/01-4/04) – Fashion Show work & Jazz tech, show 4
th & 5th . Week 30 (4/07-4/11) – Fashion Show Week - 9th to the 11th .

***Spring Break 04/14 – 04/18***

Week 31 (4/21-4/25) – Build Vocal Show.
Week 32 (4/28-5/02) – Vocal Show at the Fox 2
nd . Week 33 (5/05-5/09) – Strike Vocal Show & Portfolio. Week 34 (5/12-5/16) – Portfolio Design.
Week 35 (5/19-5/23) – Portfolio Design.
Week 36 (5/27-5/30) – Portfolio presentation.
Week 37 (6/02-6/06) – Finals and Commencement.

Field Trips:

1/ October 9th : Tosca Opera in Palo Alto, behind the scene tour and performance.
2/ May 9
th : Exploratorium in San Francisco, behind the scene and exhibition tour.

We look forward to this 2013/2014 year, and want to welcome you all !!!

Please sign this copy and return to instructor.

Oakland School for the Arts

School of Production Design

Fall 2013
High School
Production Design Chair: Mr. Revon
jfrevon@oakarts.org

AGREEMENT

I have reviewed this Production Design syllabus (8 pages) in it’s entirety with my child and understand and agree to all policies and schedules.

Please put in order of preference which productions you will be volunteering for. (One through four).

______: Haunted House 10/29/13 – 10/31/13
______: Musical 2/14/14 – 2/16/14
______: Ohlone Theater Festival (Drivers) 3/21/14 – 3/22/14 ______: Fashion Show 4/9/14 – 4/11/14

____________________________________ Mr. Revon, Department Chair

_________________________________ Parent / Guardian Signature

____________________________________ Student Print Name

__________________________________ Student Sign Name

______________________ Date

_____________________ Date

_____________________ Date

Please sign this copy and keep it for your records.

Oakland School for the Arts

School of Production Design

Fall 2012
High School
Production Design Chair: Mr. Revon
jfrevon@oakarts.org

AGREEMENT

I have reviewed this Production Design syllabus (8 pages) in it’s entirety with my child and understand and agree to all policies and schedules.

Please put in order of preference which productions you will be volunteering for. (One through four).

Please put in order of preference which productions you will be volunteering for. (One through four).

______: Haunted House 10/29/13 – 10/31/13
______: Musical 2/14/14 – 2/16/14
______: Ohlone Theater Festival (Drivers) 3/21/14 – 3/22/14 ______: Fashion Show 4/9/14 – 4/11/14

____________________________________ ______________________ Mr. Revon, Department Chair Date

_________________________________ _____________________ Parent / Guardian Signature Date

____________________________________ Student Print Name

__________________________________ _____________________ Student Sign Name Date