Spring 2011—costume technology—syllabus THEA 241 M&W 10:20-12:25 FAC 307 3 credit hours Professor Shura Pollatsek’s Contact info: Office: FAC 116, phone 745-2306 email: [email protected] Office Hours: M&W 9-10 am or by appointment You can also find me most afternoons in the Costume Shop, to chat informally! Costume Shop phone: 745-6268 Jennie Ingram’s phone 745-2644 course overview The aim of this course is to provide an over-all look at the technical side of stage costumes, with an emphasis on construction. There will be as much hands-on practice as possible, as this is a craft learned by doing. course objectives o Students will gain an understanding of the overall technical costume process, including construction, patterning, fitting, and costume shop procedures and safety. o Students will gain proficiency in sewing skills for costume construction. o Students will construct and fit two articles of clothing. o Students will demonstrate hands-on understanding of pattern adaptation, measuring performers, and pulling and fitting clothing. o Students will learn and apply terminology for fabric, clothing and sewing. o Students will apply the above skills with work on departmental productions. supplies There is no text for this class. There will be a few short hand-outs and postings on Blackboard. You will need the following supplies: (please wait until we discuss them in the first class to do any shopping!) Required: 60” cloth measuring tape, seam ripper, marking pencils and lead pencils, hand-sewing needles in assorted sizes, a thimble if desired, a pin container, and a storage container—a soft zip pencil case or toiletry bag is good, or small tool box or etc. Suggested: Gingher or other quality brand cutting shears, 2”x18” clear grid ruler PUT YOUR NAME OR INITIALS ON EVERYTHING YOU WILL ALSO BUY YOUR OWN FABRIC FOR THE PJ and SHIRT PROJECTS This will all cost less than most text books class attendance This is a hands-on class. ATTENDANCE IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT! Missing class, arriving late, or being physically present but mentally absent will affect your daily points. CEL PHONES, PAGERS, ETC—MUST BE OFF Closed toe shoes must be worn in the costume shop, and improper footwear is not an excuse for missing class or lab. Four absences from class or lab hours will be forgiven during the semester without a documented excuse. However, you will still be penalized for late work and responsible for making up work you miss, at my convenience, not yours. Please save these “free passes” for an unavoidable problem, and don’t blow them early in the semester as vacation days. Also, remember class participation points are lost whether excused or not, and these can not be made up! ABSENCES: the 5th unexcused absence costs you 5% of your total semester’s points the 6th unexcused absence—10% 7th unexcused absence—15% 8th unexcused absence—20% more than 8 can jeopardize your chances of passing the class EXCUSED ABSENCES: I will excuse absences in the case of serious illness, emergency, or death in the family. You may be required to furnish written proof, such as a doctor’s note, obituary, etc. Approved university activities will be excused if you notify me in advance, and make arrangements to cover the work you will miss. TARDINESS: (not being present at the very start of class, ready to work) Four unexcused tardies will equal one unexcused absence. Being more than a few minutes late will also hurt your participation points for the day. grade components CLASS PARTICIPATION- 3 per class or lab/class work session (31x3=93) PRODUCTION WORK—45 points for completing 18 hours. Each hour missing below the required 18 will cost you 5 points. For detailed policy, please see separate lab hour policy. QUIZZES (6)——60 points total these are simple quizzes to make sure you are retaining information SMALL ASSIGNMENTS & HOMEWORK --5 pts ea BASIC TECHNIQUES-25 points QUILT SQUARE PROJECT—35 points SHORTS/PJ PROJECT—40 points SHIRT PROJECT—60 points FINAL EXAM--55 points Project grades will be based on skills, effort, and overall appearance. Late assignments will lose 10% of the assignment’s value (one letter grade) per day they are late. It is the student’s responsibility to keep track of material and assignments missed, and make arrangements to make up work and quizzes. I want you to make up missed work, but it is your responsibility to talk to me—I will not chase you down! Missed quizzes may be made up, at my discretion. The same penalty applies as for late work, minus 10% per day—DO make them up, but DON’T put it off!!! You are welcome to come in during afternoon hours to finish up projects, just please check ahead of time with me or with Jennie. grading formula approx. % Activity point value of total grade Class Participation 93 20% Production Work 45 10 Quizzes 60 14% Small Assignments 30 7% Basic Techniques 25 6% Quilt Square 35 8% Shorts/PJ 40 9% Period Shirt 60 14% Final Exam 55 12% total 443 100% A=90-100%, B-80-89%, C=70-79%, D=60-69, F=59 or below other policies CEL PHONES AND OTHER NOISE MAKERS—please keep them off during class! INCOMPLETES Incompletes will be granted only under very extreme circumstances. ACADEMIC DISHONESTY Any cheating or plagiarizing on assignments or quizzes will cause zero points for said assignment, and possibly failure of the course for grave offenses. DISABILITIES Students with disabilities who require accommodations (academic adjustments and /or auxiliary aids or services) for this course must contact the Office for Student Disability Services, Downing University Center, A-200. The OFSDS telephone number is (270) 745-5004 V/TDD. Per university policy, please do not request accommodations directly from the professor or instructor without a letter of accommodation from the Office for Student Disability Services. CHANGES I reserve the right to make reasonable changes to the syllabus, including schedule, due dates, or points at any time. Changes will be announced with sufficient warning for you to plan ahead. Lab Hour and Production Work Expectations You must schedule your two lab hours per week with the Shop Supervisor at the beginning of the semester. You are expected to be present and on time for these hours. When we do production work, whether in class time or lab hours, our shop work plan is usually mapped out a week in advance under the assumption that everyone scheduled to work will be there. Banking hours is considered a schedule change and is not permitted without prior approval from the Shop Supervisor. If you are working on a project and would like to stay beyond your scheduled time to finish something you may do so, but if you wish these hours to be counted towards your total, you must first receive permission. Staying late without approval will not allow you to miss future scheduled hours! With prior permission from the Shop Supervisor lab hours can be temporarily rescheduled. This is a privilege, not a right, so please do not abuse it! Barring any extreme and unforeseen circumstances these arrangements should occur a week in advance. (Extreme and unforeseen circumstances include situations such as a death in the family or illness.) Depending on circumstances and shop schedules you may be required to complete re-scheduled production work hours prior to the time you have scheduled to take off. The first time you miss production work time, whether during class hours or lab hours, you may make up the hours at a 1 to 1 ratio. Beyond this, any hours missed may be made up, but at a 2 to 1 ratio (two makeup hours to compensate for one missed hour.) Make up hours must be scheduled and approved in advance by the Shop Supervisor. Make up hours can happen during regular shop hours or during crunch weekends. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE END OF THE SEMESTER- WE WON’T NEED YOU THEN!!