Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Fashion Courses at Vassar

Are you still thinking about what you want to take this semester? Or maybe you're thinking ahead to the spring? Here are fashion-related classes at Vassar that you can take:

DRAM 103a or b. Introduction to Stagecraft (1/2)

An introduction to the fundamentals of stagecraft, including the processes of flat and platform construction, scene painting, rigging, and theatrical safety.
Two 75-minute periods, one 2 hour lab, and 16 hours of crew time are required.
Six-week course.

DRAM 209b. Topics in Production (1)

In-depth study of one or more of the specialized skills used in the creation of the technical aspects of theatrical production. Past topics have included Drafting and Draping. Graphic Communication for Designers, Scene Painting, and Stage Management. May be repeated, but students may study each skill area only once. Ms. Hummel.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
One 3-hour period; additional lab time required.

DRAM 231a. History of Fashion for the Stage (1)

A historical survey of dress from the Egyptian era through the fin de si├Ęcle as seen in sculpture, manuscript illumination, painting, and drawing. Cultural background investigated through manners and customs in Western Europe.
Two 75-minute periods.

(Highly recommended! No pre-reqs!)

302a or b. Theatrical Design (1)

Study of set, costume, lighting or sound design. May be repeated in another area of design. Ms. Hummel and instructors to be announced.
Prerequisite: Drama 102 and permission of the instructor.
One 3-hour period.

DRAM 298a or b. Independent Work (1/2 or 1)

To be elected in consultation with the adviser.

You can speak to Ms. Hummel about possibly doing an independent study in costume design.

 ART 385b. Seminar in American Art (1)

Topic for 2010/11b: Modernity and the Movies: The Material Culture of Hollywood Films in the 1940s and 1950s This course examines the contribution of set designs, costumes, hair styles and body types to the narrative structures of classic Hollywood films. The goal is to appreciate filmmakers' creative adaptation of American material culture and to understand the complex and often conflicting attitudes toward modernity in the mid-twentieth century. The course includes films with striking design concepts that invoke industrial, technological and urban modernity. Retreat from modernity into a small town or suburban pastoralism is also considered. Filmmakers include Alfred Hitchcock, Douglas Sirk, Preston Sturges, William Wyler, Vincent Minnelli, and Billy Wilder. Ms. Lucic.
Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
One 2-hour period and one weekly film screening.

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