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Thr 202 History of Styles


Theatre 202 - 001

Tues/Thurs: 11:30am – 1:00pm

Room: ACW-18



Roy Hoglund


424-7043 / Office ACW 216

Office hours: Tues/Thurs 10:00am -11:30am


Kathleen Donnelly


424-7127 / Office ACW 220

Office hours: M/W 11:30am – 12:30pm, Tues: 8:00am – 9:00am, or by appointment



Web based movies with images related to lecture material will be made available to the students through the D2L website.


Course Description:

The History of Styles course will explore the clothing, furniture, décor and architecture of cultures from Ancient Egypt to 20th Century America.  Why did certain styles in fashion and architecture develop? How did the cultural practices of the people in the country affect these decisions? Do class structure, and politics have an impact on style trends?   We will set out to explore the cultural differences and similarities of style, while also looking at the reasoning behind the evolving periods of style.



Based on goals established by the Theatre Program, the goals of this course, for the student, are: 1.To have a broad knowledge of the process of theatrical production; 2.To develop a comprehensive understanding of the history of the theatre; 3.To make effective use of the research tools available to the theatre artist, critic and historian; 4 To develop a commitment to the pursuit of artistic excellence and integrity.



The goals listed above will be achieved through the following objectives of this course. The objectives are: to provide a basic knowledge of architecture, décor and fashion trends in the major historical periods of Western drama, and to equip the student with the research tools available for use in theatre design. The student must demonstrate a proficiency of knowledge in the historical periods, the research and documentation process and their application to design in order to pass the class. The information will be presented in lectures and demonstrations. The student’s knowledge will be tested through exams and projects.


Value of a Liberal Education: Liberal Education is an approach to learning that empowers individuals and prepares them to deal with complexity, diversity, and change.  It provides students with broad knowledge of the wider world (e.g. science, culture, and society) as well as in depth study in a specific area of interest. A liberal education helps students develop a sense of social responsibility, as well as strong and transferable intellectual and practical skills such as communication, analytical and problem-solving skills, and a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and skills in real world settings (AAC&U;


Theatre is a collaborative creative process requiring a broad knowledge of the human condition to be successful.  The importance of theatre in society is well documented, and understanding the role it plays in society contributes to the development of a well-rounded citizen.  Theatre, as with all areas of the Liberal Arts, is most effectively employed when it is built on a broad base of knowledge.



This course has been structured as a “Blender course”.  Each week there will be at least one

in-class meeting of the group, to provide background, and information regarding the time period being discussed that week.  On alternate days, the students will use the class period to create a research journal using web sites provided in the class material.


Exams: There will be three comprehensive exams divided as follows:

  • Exam 1: Classical Period to Early Renaissance,

  • Exam 2: Late Renaissance to 18th Century,

  • Exam 3: 19th Century to 20th Century.

Note: All exams will be given during the allotted class times.



There will be nine quizzes related to the class material covered in the class. These quizzes will be taken on- line through D2L during a prearranged time slot.


Projects:  There will be three research projects in this class. See description below.

PROJECT 1: Research Morgue – Due dates are listed in the class schedule

  • The student will create a research document for each time period covered in the syllabus. The research in this morgue must be different from the material already included in the Web-based movies provided by the instructors. A list of web sites is included for each time period to aid the student in this research.

  • The research document will be submitted for each time period in a specific drop box on the D2L web site.  There is only one submission allowed per time period, for a student.  The images of the research must be in a digital format, and the file needs to be saved as a .docx file. Please remember that the file should be complete when you submit in the drop box.

  • The following is required for each of the eight time periods covered:

A: Architecture or Furniture: One image of primary research with a notation of the artist, year of work and the name of the museum. Additionally, the student must write a short essay on the significance of the artwork, as it relates to the time period and style of architecture/furniture.

B: Clothing/Fashion: One image of primary research with a notation of the artist, year of work and the name of the museum. Additionally, the student must write a short essay on the significance of the artwork, as it relates to the time period and style of clothing.


PROJECT 2: Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet – Presentation Date: October 29th, 2013

  • The student will read the play and write a script analysis to be used in the design choices.

  • The student will choose a time period in which to set the play for the purpose of research. The student may choose a time period between the Classical Period and 1940.

  • Based on the time period chosen, the student will create a class presentation of the material required which includes a concept statement that supports the decision of the time period chosen.

A: Scenic: Choose one interior scene. Research must include: a doorway, a window and furniture. For each image the student must notate the images as to: the source of the image, and what scenic element is indicated by the image.

B: Costume: Choose 4 characters: 2 male and 2 female. Research must include costume, accessories and hairstyles.  For each image, the student must notate the images as to: the source of the image, and what character would be wearing the costume/accessory indicated by the image.


The presentation of this project must be formatted into a PowerPoint presentation, and submitted into a drop box on the D2L website by 8pm on October 28th. The PowerPoint must include the concept statement, primary research, annotated research, and include a bibliography of web sites used. Please remember that the file should be complete when you submit in the drop box.


PROJECT 3:  20th Century Design  - Presentation Date:  December 3rd, 2013

  • Choose a significant fashion designer, architect, style or movement in the twentieth century, and research the impact it had on design/style in the 20th Century.

  • Write a four-page paper summarizing the significant design details of the movement in architecture, furniture and/or clothing, and include visual references as well as a bibliography of source material. The visual images must be indicated by a Figure # and be referenced within the text of the paper.

  • A short presentation will be given in class on the due date.


The visual images must be in a digital format, and the paper needs to be saved in a .docx format, and deposited in the D2L dropbox by 11:30am on December 3rd. Please remember that the file should be complete when you submit in the drop box.  This file will be shared with the class on D2L.

The visual images along with an abbreviated text that will be used for the class presentation should be in a Powerpoint file and placed in the D2L dropbox by 8pm on December 2nd, 2013.



Consistent attendance at all lectures is critical to the students understanding of the material. If a student is going to be absent for a lecture, they need to contact the professors in advance of the class. The student is also responsible for getting the lecture material that was covered. In general, two unexcused absences will not affect the grade, however unexcused absences in excess of two will decrease your overall grade by two points for each absence thereafter. Because it is important to keep up with the time schedule allotted, no late projects will be accepted.



Grades will be weighted as follows:

15%   Exam 1

15%   Exam 2

15%   Final Exam

10%   Quizzes

15% Project 1: Research Morgue

15% Project 2: Romeo and Juliet

15% Project 3: 20th C Design



Grading Scale:

A       94 - 100%

A-      90 - 93.9%

B+      87 - 89.9%

B        84 - 86.9%

B-       80 - 83.9%

C+      77 - 79.9%

C        74 - 76.9%

C-       70 - 73.9%

D+      67 - 69.9%

D        64 - 66.9%

D-       60 - 63.9%

F         Below 60




I Classical:

Egyptian 4000BC – 30 BC

Greek 600 BC – 100 BC

Roman 753 BC – 330 AD


II     Medieval:

Byzantine 395 – 1453 AD

Romanesque 900 – 1150 AD

Early Gothic 1150 – 1350 AD

Late Gothic 1350 – 1450 AD


III Renaissance (Early):

Italian 1450 – 1550 AD

French 1497 – 1559 AD

Spanish 1470 – 1550 AD


IV Renaissance (Late/English):

Tudor 1485 – 1558 AD

Elizabethan 1558 – 1603 AD

Jacobean 1603 – 1625 AD


V 17th Century:

Cavalier 1625 – 1660 AD

Restoration 1660 – 1715 AD


VI 18th Century:

Early Georgian 1715 – 1750 AD

Late Georgian 1750 – 1790 AD


VII 19th Century: Early

Directoire/ Regency 1790 – 1815 AD

Romantic 1815 – 1840 AD


VIII 19th Century: Late

Victorian 1840 – 1901 AD

Crinoline 1840 – 1865 AD

Bustle 1865 – 1890 AD

Fin de Sicle’ 1890 – 1901 AD


IX 20th Century: Dates Significant events

1901 – 1910 Edwardian

1911 – 1919 World War I

1920 - 1929 Roaring 20’s/Prohibition

1930 – 1939 Depression/World War II

1940 – 1949 World War II / Post War

1950 – 1959 Eisenhouer/ Korean War/ Television

1960 – 1969 Kennedy/Vietnam/Hippie Culture

1970 – 1979 Vietnam/Watergate/Yuppies

1980 – 1989 Reagan/Bush

1990 – 2000 Bush/ Clinton/ Desert Storm

2000 – 2013 Bush/ 9-11/ Obama/ Iraq/Afghanistan War


by Alderson, James M last modified Aug 18, 2013 08:15 PM