THEA 516 Advanced Theatrical Design:  Model Making              9:35-10:50 WF


Ron Naversen                          2230 Comm.                     453-3076


Model Making is now offered as part of THEA 516 Advanced Theatrical Design, which is a team-taught seminar composed of advanced Design and Production students working on collaborative projects in their various specializations.



1) To introduce students to the elements of theatrical space in scene design including

three-dimensional form, texture, line, shape, space, and the affect of light on these spaces.

2) To introduce model making tools equipment and techniques specific to theater and increase proficiency in these areas through project work.

3) To introduce different types of models used in theater and their specific use for different plays and theatre spaces.

4) To offer practical opportunities to develop model making as a design process and tool.

5) To foster independent research in model making to increase knowledge and awareness of current trends, materials, and employment in model making fields.



1) Basic model making tools which will be discussed in class.

2) Attendance is mandatory  (see Departmental Attendance Policy in student handbooks). You cannot learn if you are not here and your fellow students are deprived of your insights and contributions. 

3) Attendance at Department of Theater productions.  You are part of a theater community and as such should exposing yourself to the work of others to expand your appreciation of the art and craft. We will also make reference to the design work during class.


Required Readings

Theory and Craft of the Scenographic Model by Darwin Reid Payne

Readings as assigned by the instructor


Suggested Bibliography

Pecktal, Lyn.                Designing & Drawing for the Theater

Smith Andre.                The Scenewright, The Making of Stage Models and Settings

Price Buck.                  The Model Building Handbook

Jensen, Gerald E.          Buildings in Miniature. 

Daniele, Joseph.           Building Miniature Furniture.



Assigned projects are designed to teach basic model making skills, which are part of the scenic designers duties.  Projects will progress in difficulty requiring the students to learn and improve upon earlier assignments.  Therefore it is essential that the student keep up with the work.  Projects will be graded the week they are due.  Students will have the opportunity to raise their grades by reworking projects and turning them in at the end of the semester.  Late projects will be reduced one letter grade, which cannot be raised if a project is resubmitted at the end of the semester.  Students are graded individually on their ability to grasp basic techniques and functions of model making, demonstrated growth and development of their graphic skills, and growing awareness of the aesthetics of scenic design.


The Instructor reserves the right to alter the course content and schedule in the best interests of the students.


Model Making Projects

10%     Contribution to class discussions          

10%     Thumbnail Model (white)

10%     Toy Theater                                         

10%     Room Model (white)

10%     Period Wall (white)      

10%     Experimental Model

20%     Exhibition Model # 1 (fully colored)

20%     Exhibition Model # 2 (fully colored)