BFA 1: Intro to EDT Welcome to the Intro to EDT course page

The Intro to EDT course is taught in Semester A to teach students basic skills in Stage Technology, Lighting and Sound to support them when working as crew on APA productions. The course is taught in the EDT Bethanie Annex campus and is taught on Tuesday mornings. The sessions are split between Stage Technology taught by German, Lighting taught by Leo and Sound taught by Chris.

Intro to EDT course information
TITLE : Introduction to Entertainment Design and Technology
COURSE CODE : TEDT 0101
PROGRAMME & YEAR : BFA in TEA Year 1
MODE OF DELIVERY : Lecture / Seminar
DURATION : 1 semester
CREDITS : 4
CREDIT ALLOCATION TYPE (CAT) : 3
CONTACT HOURS (A) (Class time) : 56 (4 hours per week)
STUDENT WORK HOURS (B) (Homework) : 112 (8 hours per week)
EXPECTED STUDY LOAD HOURS (A) + (B) : 168 (12 hours per week)
REQUISITES : None
QUALIFICATIONS FRAMEWORK LEVEL : 3
Course Description

This course provides the student with an investigation of the basic techniques and procedures of contemporary technical theatre practice. It will provide the opportunity to learn current terminology, tools, working conventions, and techniques required to install and operate systems in lighting, sound, and the stage in a safe and efficient manner.

The course will also provide opportunities for the student to gain practical experience within a controlled environment and to apply and reinforce this newly acquired knowledge within the context of a live performance.

Students will have a fundamental understanding for the associated practices and application for lighting, sound and stage technology within the context of a live performance.

Learning Outcomes
1 Demonstrate awareness and familiarity with basic theatre technical equipment specific to the areas of lighting, sound and stage technology;
2 Demonstrate knowledge for safe operational skills required of a theatre practitioner in the related areas of lighting, sound and stage technology;
3 Demonstrate comprehension and competency in the associated support roles which correspond to the collaborative team work required of creating live theatre;
4 Demonstrate competency for the use of APA elevated work platform systems and the use of portable stage trussing in a safe and efficient manner;
Intro to EDT: Course Timetable
Week Date Class Teacher Venue
Week 1 3rd Sept 1023 ST: 1 Technical Theatre History, Knots German Bethanie Tech Lab
Week 2 10th Sept 2013 ST: 2. Ropes, Rigging and Flying, Block and Tackles German Bethanie Tech Lab
Week 2 12th Sept 2013 ST: 3. 19:00-23:00. Proscenium theatre tour, draperies and their handling German Drama Theatre
Week 3 17th Sept 2013 No Class: Class moved to an evening slot
Week 3 17th Sept 2013 ST: 4. 19:00-23:00. Work at height and Cougar lift German Studio Theatre
Week 4 24th Sept 2013 ST: 5. Studio Theatre tour, CW & Hempset flying and tallescope German Studio Theatre
Week 5 1st Oct 2013 National Day
Week 6 8th Oct 2013 SD: 1. Basic Sound Systems; Theory & Practice Chris Bethanie SD Lab
Week 7 15th Oct 2013 LX: 1. Theatre Lighting; Theory & Practice Leo Bethanie LX Lab
Week 8 22nd Oct 2013 ST: 6. Flats and Ladders German Bethanie Tech Lab
Week 9 29th Oct 2013 LX: 2. Lighting Systems Leo
Week 10 5th Nov 2013 SD: 2. Analogue Audio; Theory & Practice Chris Bethanie SD Lab
Week 11 12th Nov 2013 Production Week 1
Week 12 19th Nov 2013 Production Week 2
Week 13 26th Nov 2013 ST: 7. Truss Geraman Bethanie Tech Lab
Week 14 3rd Dec 2013 SD: 3. Small Audio System Setup Chris Bethanie SD Lab
Week 15 10th Dec 2013 LX: 3. Lighting Systems Leo Studio Theatre
Week 16 17th Dec 2013 09:00-11:00 SD: 4, 11:00-13:00 LX: 4. SD: Course recap, Q & A. LX: Course recap, Q & A. Chris & Leo Bethanie SD & LX Lab

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Intro to EDT: Stage Technology Module

The art of creating and controlling the total sonic environment of a live theatre performance is an integral part of the dramatic narrative. This series of courses bring together the technical skills with the integrative and aesthetic determinants to provide a rounded and comprehensive knowledge that will allow the student to explore and develop a personal style of sound design. Creation of the Sound Design explores the methods and procedures required for the development of the sound design. It first looks at the role of the sound design as part of the production and the definitions of how sound is used as part of a sound design. It covers dramatic structure and how to listen for sounds from the script and group them into voices; how to map voices, characters, emotions, locations, to create a visualization of the sound components in relation to the time line of the script.

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Intro to EDT: Lighting Module

Creating and controlling the sonic playback environment of a live performance has become a highly complex, sophisticated process. This series of courses bring together the technical skills with the integrative and aesthetic determinants to provide a comprehensive and autonomous knowledge that will allow the student to explore and develop the required technical skills to design, install and optimize a sound system with the assessment and evaluation abilities required in modern sound system design. This first course provides the student with an in-depth coverage of the components of a sound system, an introduction to audio spectrum analysis and basic loudspeaker tuning techniques.

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Intro to EDT: Sound Module

The Intro to EDT course Sound Module covers: Analogue Audio; Theory & Practice. Basic Sound Systems; Theory & Practice. Small Audio System Set-up. It covers analogue mixer set-up and operation. Information about each of the classes and the assignments are available on the course page.

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Course Assessment & Weighting

The work completed for this course is subject to continuous assessment. Students are given written and/or verbal evaluations on various aspects of this course as appropriate to meet the assessment criteria listed below. Assessment of work completed in the course is discussed with each student during the mid-term period and final grades are awarded at the end of the semester.

Written and practical assignments allow the student to evaluate and strengthen the knowledge being studied and the opportunity to gain some practical hands on experience. The assignments are constructed to reinforce newly acquired knowledge and produce a greater understanding for the lighting and sound areas of study. The Cougar Lift Operators exam ensures the student’s competency for the safe operation of this equipment currently in use at the Academy.

1 Class Participation Requires students to articulate their ideas and discuss issues related to the subject in class. The Attendance Policy is covered in the Student Handbook. It will be reflected in the final grade. 10%
2 Stage Technology Assignment 1 Requires the student to demonstrate competency in design, installation and use of portable stage trussing systems currently utilized within the APA. 15%
3 Cougar Lift Operators Exam Requires the student to apply knowledge and demonstrate a competency in understanding such knowledge to fulfill the requirements of the exam. 10%
4 Stage Technology Portfolio Requires the student to compile a portfolio showing the knowledge that they have learnt as a result of the course. The portfolio should consist of materials covered in class, and additional materials from their own research, based upon the course’s content and personal interests. 15%
5 Lighting Assignment 1 Requires the student to complete a practical lighting assignment, consisting of rigging, focusing, followspot operation and de-rigging, in a safe and timely manner, adhering to standard working practices and ensuring assembled systems function correctly. 10%
6 Lighting Assignment 2 Requires the student to apply knowledge of lighting systems and competency with lighting consoles to prepare a system schematic and patching chart for a provided lighting design. 15%
7 Sound Assignment 1 Requires the student to research and compile an operational manual or a specified analogue mixing console 10%
8 Sound Assignment 2 Requires the student to complete a practical sound assignment, consisting of rigging, line checking, operation and de-rigging of a PA system, in a safe and timely manner, adhering to standard working practices and ensuring assembled systems function correctly. 15%

Intro to EDT: Syllabus

All courses offered by the EDT Department are available to be taken as an elective by EDT students, so long as the student fulfils the course prerequisites. There are obviously timetable clashes that cannot be helped, but if this is the case then it is often possible to take the course the following year. There are also special elective courses offered by the EDT Department, the TEA School or Academy Wide that are available for students to take to broarden their educational experience.

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