Pre-College Stage Design 5-Week Studio Program
July 9, 2017 - August 13, 2017
The Pre-College Stage Design Studio program is focused on design and technology for theater and film. The program is taught by experienced faculty and professional designers who share their own processes and provide experience in all stage of creating and presenting ideas for scenic, costume, and lighting designs.
If you are unsure about what a designer does or unsure about pursuing a design career, this course will give you the experience you need to make an informed decision. If you are looking at applying to stage design college programs, this course will expand your portfolio and your understanding of what you will be doing in college and beyond. If you are interested in other design careers, but curious about theater, you can apply what you learn to other areas of design.
As a student in the Stage Design program, you will:
- Define yourself as a designer and communicate your identity in two- and three-dimensional design practices
- Analyze a script and translate its ideas into visual images
- Build and improve your knowledge of the principles, functions, and elements of scenic, lighting, costume, and mask and makeup design
- Practice graphic techniques, symbolization, and terminology used in theatrical design
- Develop skills in the artistic presentation of theatrical design concepts
- Construct a portfolio of their design/tech projects suitable for the college admission process
Stage Design Showcase
Throughout the program, you will produce a body of visual work that is a combination of process (rough) and completed design. On the final day of the program, you will present your work to an audience of family, friends and peers. Showcase: August 11, 2017.
Get an idea of what your schedule will be like as a Pre-College Stage Design student:
Schedule is subject to change.
Participants are expected to provide their own art supplies. A list of items will be provided.
Program Dates and Costs
Program Dates (including required orientation): July 9–August 13, 2017
Stage Design Showcase: August 11, 2017
Move-out day (for on-campus students): August 13, 2017–by noon
Stage Design Studio is offered as a noncredit program.
Stage Design Program Costs per student:
- Stage Design Studio Tuition: $3395
- Residential Room and Board Fee: $2870
- Non-refundable program application fee: $60
Lunch, Monday through Friday is included in the tuition cost. The residential option includes room, linens, breakfast and dinner on weekdays, and brunch and dinner on weekends.
Who Should Apply
Stage Design Studio is designed for students who want intensive training in the elements of theatrical and cinematic design, have respect for the design process, and understand how to manage their time and complete assignments both in and out of the classroom.
Students entering grades 10, 11 and 12 during the 2017-2018 academic school year and who have the desire and maturity to receive constructive criticism about their work and give helpful feedback to others during the program are encouraged to apply.
Each candidate for the Stage Design Studio Program must submit the required online application, a non-refundable $60 application fee, and the following documents:
- Student Statement of Purpose: In one or two pages, please describe:
- 1) what you hope to achieve during the Pre-College Program
- 2) an event you feel has prepared you for Emerson's Pre-College Program.
- Essay: In one or two pages, discuss the following: a theatrical production, film or visual artwork that you believe has most influenced or inspired you and your design work.
- Teacher Recommendation: Please submit at least one recommendation, completed by a teacher who knows your work. If possible, the teacher should know your work in the field to which you are applying.
- Resume of your theatrical, visual art, or design experience.
- Photos of your work are encouraged, but not required.
International Student Applicants
The final deadline for international student applicants is April 28, 2017. Visit international student information to learn about additional required application materials and find out more about applying to pre-college programs.
We will accept applications through May 22, 2017. Admission to Emerson College's Arts and Communication Pre-College Programs is on a rolling basis. We suggest applying early, as space is limited. Admission decisions are made frequently.
Emerson College reserves the right to change any provision of this program at any time. The College specifically reserves the right to change its tuition rates and any other financial charges. The College also reserves the right to rearrange its courses and class hours, to drop courses for which registration falls below the minimum enrollment, and to change instructor assignments.
Note: pre-college programs are not eligible for Emerson college's tuition benefits.