TH-134: Stage Makeup

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: TH-134 Stage Makeup

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 1 class hour, 2 studio hours

Credits: 2

Pre-requisites (if any): None

Co-requisites (if any): None

Course Description in college catalog:

Theory and practice of theatrical stage makeup. Project-based learning with a concentration on the design and practical application of stage makeup for a variety of characters. Proper use of tools and materials used in the application of stage makeup techniques. Comprehension of terminology and function used in makeup design.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.S. Theatre, (Concentration: Acting) Elective

A.S. Theatre, (Concentration: Technical Theatre) Elective

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

a. Identify basic facial and anatomical structures as they relate to the practical application of theatrical makeup.

b. Demonstrate technical proficiency in basic to intermediate make-up concepts and application procedures.

c. Generate makeup designs for various characters created from imagination, inspired by research,    and developed from dramatic text.

d. Complete practical makeup application projects based on their own designs.

e. Discover and apply historical styles and traditions that define the role of makeup and masks within the context of theatrical crafts and performance.

f. Create schematics of each makeup assignment, some of which will include research material that is relevant to the theme of the assignment.

g. Assist with departmental shows by researching and applying makeup to student and guest actors based on their characters.

h. Develop oral and visual presentation skills in preparation for prospective job interviews in the makeup industry.

i. Create and write biographies of each makeup assignment, some of which will include research material that is relevant to the theme of the assignment.

j. Learn about the makeup industry for stage and film and the role of the makeup artist within the hierarchy of a professional production team.

Program-specific outcomes

I. Engage in the creation and execution of works of theatre.

Concentration-specific outcomes: Technical Theatre

A. Employ stagecraft knowledge, skills, and tools.

B. Articulate the basic elements and interrelated processes of theatrical production.

Supplemental Information

Required attire

Clothing that can get dirty.

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

High & low stakes performance
High & low stakes writing
High & low stakes testing

Jury Requirement

This course is part of the department’s student jury assessment process. At the end of each semester, students present a capstone project, a demonstration of technique, for a panel of theatre faculty. Acting courses present a monologue, scene, or other demonstration of acting technique. Technical theatre courses present a portfolio of course content, or other demonstration of technical theatre technique. The jury provides an opportunity for students to showcase their work and for faculty to celebrate and assess progressive development.

Formal grading of the jury is left to the discretion of the course professor. The department’s course syllabus will identify if a course requires a jury presentation. The professor's course outline will identify how a jury presentation may impact the final course grade. The jury is scheduled outside of regular course meetings.

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the Office of Accessibility Services in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Office of Accessibility Services website.

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