Loyola University Chicago


Department of Fine and Performing Arts


New Design Curriculum

In alignment with Loyola’s liberal arts approach to education, the department has decided to restructure the Theatre design curriculum into a new multidisciplinary sequence that will provide a broader trajectory for student designers. The change can be generalized into two parts:
  1. The design courses are being combined into a team taught course sequence.
  2. Crafts for the Stage is being absorbed into the practicum courses.
The nature of these changes and their impact on requirements for the major are explained below.

Is Introduction to Theatrical Design still required?
Yes. The class is now called THTR 252: Theatrical Design I.
What new design courses are being offered?
THTR 352: Theatrical Design II
An intermediate course of study to explore the process of Theatre Design (Scenic, Costumes, and Lighting)in a team taught format. Collaboration and storytelling through visual means is the key to understanding text-based theatre. Each individual will have the opportunity to express ideas in class discussions, written critical analysis and execution of design while enhancing the process of design with weekly skill-based exercises.
THTR 353: Theatrical Design III
This team taught course will alternate between full group discussions on topics valuable to all disciplines and small group instruction on specific techniques within sub-disciplines. Students will declare a design discipline at beginning of the course. This course may be repeated to pursue a second discipline.  Students will be placed in teams of complimentary disciplines and collaborate on designs for stage plays. Teams will change for each play. Faculty instructors will play the role of director.
Are either of these new courses required? 
Theatre Majors will be required to take either Theatrical Design II or Acting II. 
Theatrical Design III will fulfill one of the Theatre elective requirements, but is not a requirement.
Where does Applied Design fit in?
Applied Design (receiving credit to design a production under THTR 324) will be positioned as the fourth step in this new design sequence. It will not be strictly required that a student take all three design courses before designing for a production, but it will be highly encouraged that they follow this trajectory. As always, the Second Stage Committee will assign design positions by application, based on student ability and interest. 
Which classes are no longer a part of the curriculum?
THTR 253: Crafts for the Stage will no longer be taught; the material from the class will be covered in the Costume Construction, Scenic Construction, and Electrics practicums. Additionally, Costume Design, Lighting Design, Scenic Design, and Sound Design will no longer be taught as individual courses and will instead be taught through the new team taught design course sequence.
How have the practicum credit values changed?
As of Fall 2017, Costume Construction, Scenic Construction, and Electrics practicums will be worth 2 credits. Run Crew and Production practicums will still be worth 1 credit. A student must repeat THTR321C, 321S, 321E oTHTR321R to accumulate 8-9 required credits. The requirements for completion of the Theatre Major for those who have not taken Crafts will be:
Course Number
Theatre Practicum - Costume Construction
Theatre Practicum - Scenic Construction
Theatre Practicum - Electrics
Theatre Practicum - Run Crew
THTR 321C, THTR 321E, THTR 321R, OR THTR 321P
What if I have already taken Crafts?
Currently, students are required to take five 1-credit practicums in conjunction with 3 credits of Crafts for a total of 8 credits. As of Fall 2017, students who have taken Crafts may choose between one of the construction practicums. Thus to graduate, a Theatre Major who has taken Crafts must take four practicums for a total of 8-9 credits by taking one Construction practicum (Costume OR Scenic), one Electrics practicum, one Run Crew practicum, and one more of their choosing.
What if I have NOT taken Crafts?
The construction aspects of Crafts are now built into the practicum courses. Students must take five practicums for a total of 8-9 credits by taking three 2-credit practicums (Electrics, Costume, AND Scenic), one 1-credit practicum (Run Crew or Production), and one more of their choosing, as laid out in the chart above.
How often will other design electives be offered? 
In the past, specialized electives such as Makeup Design were offered on an occasional basis. As of Fall 2017, four specialized design electives will be offered on a set rotation. They are as follows:
THTR 300: Design Technology: Special Effects, Sound Engineering, Moving Light Programming, Projections, Computer Aided Drafting, and Automation Design
THTR 329: Makeup and Mask Design
THTR 346: Scenic Art: Color Elevation to Scene Painting
THTR 354: Storytelling Design: Puppetry, Properties, and Toy Theatre

For more information about these specialized electives as well as other course offerings, please see our updated course catalog.
To see the Theatre Major curriculum requirements laid out, see our updated curriculum page.
If you have any additional questions about the change and its effect on your graduation requirements, contact your Theatre Advisor.