Pre-College Programs

Pre-College: Design/Technology for Stage & Screen

The Design/Technology for Stage & Screen program is focused on design and technology for theater and film. By expanding the scope of your design ideas, this program will enhance your problem-solving and visual communication skills while helping you develop the necessary tools to exhibit and present your work. As the scenic, lighting, costume designer and make-up designer, you will learn to read and analyze a script, sketch, draft and build scale models, create a light plot, swatch and render costume designs.

Taught by experienced faculty and professional designers who share their own processes and provide experience in all aspects of design/technology, this program will expand your portfolio and your understanding of what you will be doing in college and beyond. 

Design/Technology for Stage & Screen is offered as a noncredit program.

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Program Dates and Costs

Dates:

  • July 5 – August 9, 2020 (including required orientation)
  • Design/Technology for Stage & Screen showcase: August 7, 2020
  • Move-out day (for on-campus students): August 9, 2020 – by noon

Costs per student:

  • Design & Technology for Stage & Screen Tuition: $3,395
  • Residential Room and Board Fee: $3,080
  • 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.

Pre-college programs are not eligible for Emerson college's tuition benefits.

Learning Outcomes

As a student in the Design/Technology for Stage & Screen program, you will:

  • 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, mask and makeup design
  • Learn programs theater and set designers use, such as Lightwright, SketchUp, and Vectorworks
  • Exhibit, present, and discuss your designs
  • Create a portfolio for college interviews and applications

Schedule

The Design/Technology for Stage & Screen schedule is Monday through Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm and Saturday 9:00am - 12:00pm.

Acting Studio classes meet on the following schedule for 5 weeks:

  • Monday through Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm and ;7:00pm - 9:00pm (field trips, theatre lab, other activities as scheduled), with a break period provided from 5:00pm-7:00pm for dinner.
  • Saturday mornings for master classes

Sample Design/Technology Schedule: Monday-Friday

Time Activity
7:30am Breakfast
9:00am Sketching and sharing sketchbook work
10:00am Studio Lessons & Practice Time. Sample topics: Scenic Design & Drafting; Scenic or Costume Rendering; 2-Dimensional Design; 3-Dimensional Design & Model Building; Lighting Design & Drafting
12:30pm Lunch
1:00pm Concept Development. Sample Topics: Metaphors; Script Analysis; Research Methods; Intentional Design; Symbolism
3:00pm Individual Work Time. This can include: Developing and working on individual design projects; One-on-one time with Instructor(s)
5:30pm Dinner
7:00pm Evening Individual Work (scheduled at the discretion of Instructors) OR evening residence hall activities: meditation, movies, sports night, writers' readings
10:00pm In-Residence Curfew; In-Hall Free Time
12:00am In-Room Curfew

Sample Design/TechnologySchedule: Saturday

Time Activity
7:30am Breakfast
9:00am Studio Time: Personal Design Projects
12:30pm Lunch
1:00pm Free Time
5:30pm Dinner
7:00pm Free Time
10:00pm In-Residence Curfew; In-Hall Free Time
12:00am In-Room Curfew

Sample Design/Technology Schedule: Sunday

Time Activity
7:30am Breakfast
9:00am Free Time
12:00pm Weekly group excursion to a variety of Boston attractions with members of the residence hall staff
5:30pm Dinner
8:00pm Open Mic: Students may present songs, poems, skits, comedy sketches, etc.
10:00pm In-Residence Curfew; In-Hall Free Time
12:00am In-Room Curfew

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. 

Acting Studio Presentation

The Studio culminates in a presentation of work for friends, family, faculty, and peers. The Acting Studio presentation is scheduled for Saturday, August 8, 2020.

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. 

Design/Technology for Stage & Screen Showcase

On the final day of the program, you will present your work to an audience of family, friends and peers. The Final Presentation Showcase is scheduled for August 8, 2020.

    Required Materials

    Participants are expected to provide their own art supplies. A list of items will be provided.

    Application Guidelines

    Who Should Apply

    The Design/Technology for Stage & Screen Program 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 2020 - 2021 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.

    Application Materials

    Each candidate for the Design/Technology for Stage & Screen 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:
      • what you hope to achieve during the Pre-College Program
      • 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.
    • Creative Portfolio: photos of your work, show paperwork, or other items that highlight your skills and accomplishments.

    International Student Applicants

    Visit international student information to learn about additional required application materials and find out more about applying to pre-college programs.

    Application Deadlines:

    • Priority Deadline: February 1, 2020.
    • International Student Deadline:  April 3, 2020.
    • We will accept applications through May 1, 2020.

    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.

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