EMERGING THEATRE TECHNOLOGIES

OVERVIEW

  • Emerging Theatre Technologies is a two-year, career education program designed to develop critical skills in stage lighting, live sound reinforcement, stage technology, live event video and project management. With over 75 annual events in venues across Southern California and Hawaii, ETT students will be exposed to and gain hands-on experience with the latest live event technology in multiple specialized technical production areas including theatre, concert touring, theme parks, television, and film.

    Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be competitive candidates for entry-level and high positions in one or more areas of specialty, as well as possess the fundamental tools necessary to transition quickly and effectively into increasingly responsible supervisory capacities.

    Areas of employment include:

    • Theatre Technician
    • Stage Lighting Programmer
    • Audio Technician
    • Concert Lighting and Sound Technician
    • Production coordinator
    • Stage Electrician
    • Stage Manager
    • Assistant State Manager
    • Assistant Lighting Designer

    For further information email Dan Volonte.

PREREQUISITES


  • FALL SEMESTER 1

    THEA 120 Introduction to Tech for Theatre, TV and Film

    3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC) - 54 lecture hours
    Grade Mode: Standard Letter
    Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

    An introduction to the technical areas of lighting, scenery, sound and costumes for theatre, film and television. Field trips include area theatres and studios.

    THEA 125 Technical Theatre Production

    3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC) - 36 lecture hours, 54 lab hours arranged
    Grade Mode: Standard Letter
    Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

    A course in which students will gain practical experience while participating in a variety of productions in any of the following: construction crew, scenery crew, properties crew, costume crew, or running crew.

    THEA 140 Introduction to Lighting for Theatre, Television and Film

    3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC) - 54 lecture hours, 36 lab hours arranged
    Prerequisite(s): THEA 120 or concurrent enrollment.
    Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement or if required by English level.

    A visual survey through field trips, lecture, video and computer of lighting design for theatre, television, film and concerts.

    REC 135 Live Sound Reinforcement

    4 Units (AA/AS; CSU) - 54 lecture hours, 72 lab hours
    Grade Mode: Standard Letter
    Co-Requisite(s): REC 105 or THEA 120.

    This course focuses on the essential elements of sound reinforcement: acoustics, sound equipment and mixing techniques. Major subject areas are acoustics, microphones, live sound consoles, speakers, placement, mixing and the cumulative effects to the final sonic product.

REQUIRED COURSES


  • SPRING SEMESTER 1

    THEA 126 Technical Theatre Technician or THEA 226 Concert Touring Technician

    THEA 126 Technical Theatre Technician | 3 Units (AA/AS; CSU) - 36 lecture hours, 54 lab hours
    Grade Mode: Standard Letter
    Prerequisite(s): THEA 125.

    A course in which students will gain practical experience while participating in a variety of live theatre productions in any of the following: lighting crew, sound crew, or rigging and automation crew.

    THEA 226 Concert Touring Technician | 3 Units (AA/AS; CSU) 18 lecture hours, 108 lab hours arranged
    Grade Mode: Standard Letter
    Prerequisite(s): THEA 125.

    A course in which students will gain practical experience while participating in a variety of concert productions in any of the following: prep crew, load in crew, running crew, strike crew, lighting crew, or sound crew.

    THEA 145 Anatomy of Intelligent Lighting Instruments

    3 Units (AA/AS; CSU) - 54 lecture hours, 18 lab hours arranged
    Grade Mode: Standard Letter
    Prerequisite(s): THEA 120 and THEA 140.

    The study, dissection and manipulation of intelligent lighting instruments and their use in various aspects of the entertainment field.

    THEA 150 Introduction to Intelligent Lighting Consoles

    3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC) - 54 lecture hours, 18 lab hours arranged
    Grade Mode: Standard Letter
    Prerequisite(s): THEA 120 and THEA 140.

    The study, manipulation and application of intelligent lighting consoles and their use in various aspects of the entertainment field.

    THEA 240 Introduction to Live Video Event Production

    3 Units (AA/AS; CSU) - 54 lecture hours, 18 lab hours arranged
    Grade Mode: Standard Letter
    Prerequisite(s): THEA 120 and THEA 140.

    An introduction into multi-imaging; digital camera systems; high power video projection from LED scenic video and large screen displays to content delivery systems.

    REC 255 Live Sound Workshop

    4 Units (AA/AS; CSU) - 54 lecture hours, 72 lab hours
    Grade Mode: Standard Letter
    Prerequisite(s): REC 135.
    Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement or if required by English level.

    This course focuses on further concepts in sound reinforcement; mixing skills, system troubleshooting, sound system design for different types of venues, audio editing for live applications and live recording.


    SUMMER SEMESTER 1

    THEA 160 Computer Aided Design for Theatre

    4 Units (AA/AS; CSU) 54 lecture hours, 54 lab hours
    Grade Mode: Standard Letter
    Strongly recommended: THEA 120.

    Entertainment design and technical production with an emphasis on the computer as a design and drafting tool. Applications include Vectorworks and Sketch-up.


    FALL SEMESTER 2

    THEA 127 Technical Theatre Crew Lead or THEA 227 Concert Touring Production

    THEA 227 Technical Theatre Crew Lead | 3 Units (AA/AS; CSU) - 54 lecture hours, 18 lab hours arranged
    Grade Mode: Standard Letter
    Prerequisite(s): THEA 126.

    A course in which students will gain practical crew lead experience while participating in a variety of productions in any of the following: lighting crew lead, sound crew lead, running crew lead, or rigging and automation crew lead.

    THEA 227 Concert Touring Production | 3 Units (AA/AS; CSU) - 18 lecture hours, 108 lab hours arranged
    Grade Mode: Standard Letter
    Prerequisite(s): THEA 226.

    A course in which students will gain practical experience while participating in a variety of concert touring productions in any of the following: assistant project coordinator, assistant lighting designer, audio assistant, or assistant master electrician.

    THEA 245 Stage and Project Management for Theatre, TV and Film

    3 Units (AA/AS; CSU) - 36 lecture hours, 54 lab hours
    Grade Mode: Standard Letter
    Prerequisite(s): THEA 120.

    A survey of stage management and project management exploring the relationship between the artistry and the execution of show production in the entertainment industry.

    THEA 255 Entertainment Production for Theme Parks and Themed Environments

    2 Units (AA/AS) - 36 lecture hours, 9 lab hours
    Grade Mode: Standard Letter
    Prerequisite(s): THEA 120.

    An in-depth look at how to produce and execute themed entertainment for corporate events/shows and other non-traditional theatrical venues.

    THEA 262 Rigging and Automation for Theatre and Live Events

    2 Units (AA/AS) - 36 lecture hours, 9 lab hours
    Grade Mode: Standard Letter
    Prerequisite(s): THEA 120.

    The theory and practice of scenery automation and stage rigging with emphasis on theatre venues and the design of systems for special production events.

Certificate of Achievement Level Student Learning Outcomes


  • Students completing the Emerging Theatre Technologies Certificate of Achievement will:
    • Increase their ability to speak articulately and listen actively by attending various performance classes and productions, as well as having interactions with faculty and students from other disciplines.
    • Develop and expand writing skills to broaden communication abilities.
    • Become proficient in technical theatre and computer-aided design (CAD) through in-class utilization of appropriate design software, to gain the ability to make creative and analytical decisions throughout.
    • Investigate their personal skill set through research projects, practicum, progressive classroom assignments and varied rehearsal techniques in order to create, evaluate and execute realistic goals.
    • Develop a variety of learning strategies through an introduction to various theatrical styles and techniques presented by outside professionals and adjunct professors to increase educational flexibility.
    • Interact with audiences of all ages and backgrounds through touring, public, and outreach performances, to internalize the importance of strong community relationships, citizenship and integrity.
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