Technical Design: Scenery, Mechanisms, and Special Effects

A photo of five perfomers on stage.

MIT Production of "The Company of Angels." (Photo courtesy of OCW.)


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Spring 2004



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This course features extensive tech notes and examples of student work.

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This class looks at the special structural and practical needs of theatrical scenery and effects and how they can be constructed. We map the technical design process from initial meetings to realization on stage. The class emphasizes safety, budgeting, and problem solving. Ten 1-3 page Tech notes are required as well as a final project. Work includes actual production assignments as well as paper design projects.

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Michael Katz. 21M.735 Technical Design: Scenery, Mechanisms, and Special Effects. Spring 2004. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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