Entertainment Design & Technology Courses

Graphic of EDT letters on top of the Smith Center building with a double spotlight shining.Production oriented classes are based on real-world experience and through understanding of the demands of the professional entertainment industry. Industry pros offer hands-on training, using the tools and technology of today's entertainment workplace.

For information about Entertainment Design & Technology (EDT) courses, review these summaries:

TD-129 Summerfest - Technicians

This course is normally taught as and eight- to ten-week summer session course. It is designed to familiarize and teach students the various technical aspects; i.e., set construction, lighting, costuming, makeup, publicity, and house management, needed for the preparation and production of a major theatrical Summerfest production. Repeatable = 3 times.

  • Total of 360 hours lab for Term
  • Prerequisite: None; Units: 7
  • Corequisite: None
  • Advisory: TD-150
  • Accepted for Credit: CSU and UC

TD-150 Technical Theatre

This course offers and introduction to the theory and practice of technical theatre, scene construction, property selection, and budgeting for theatre, television and dance productions. There is laboratory experience in preparing for public performance.

  • 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Units: 3
  • Corequisite: None
  • Advisory: None
  • Accepted for Credit CSU and UC

TD-152 Introduction to Lighting

This course introduces the basic concepts, technology, and safe practices of electricity and lighting for live events. Lectures will focuse on theory and practice, while lab will provide opportuniites to use equipment in "real life" situations. There is participation in current productions.

  • 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Units: 3
  • Corequisite: None
  • Advisory: None
  • Accepted for Credit: CSU and UC

TD-153 Scenic Painting

This course is a study of various methods of painting theatrical scenery. Tools to be used will include brushes, rollers, sponges, and stenciling. Students will learn techniques in faux, troup de'ellio, and forced perspective. Students also participate in current production. Repeatable = 3 times.

  • 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Units: 3
  • Corequisite: None
  • Advisory: TD 150

TD-159 Theatre Management

This course is an introduction to the theories and practice of dance, theatre and music performance management. Students will study advertising, public relations, box office operations and event staffing. There is practical lab application of studies in conjunction with concurrent production (student and professional), and/or outside projects in film or TV.

  • 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Units: 3
  • Corequisite: None
  • Advisory: Elig. for ENGL 151B
  • Accepted for Credit: CSU

TD-160 Production Lab

This laboratory practices knowledge and techniques gained in the drama, television and dance production and technique classes. Repeatable = 3 times.

  • 1.5 - 9 hours lab
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Units: 0.5-3
  • Corequisite: None; F-S
  • Advisory: None
  • Accepted for Credit: CSU and UC

TD-161 to TD-164 Stage Craft Lab

This course involves participation in all the technical aspects of preparing a scheduled college production (stage, television or film, and dance); i.e., set construction, lighting, costuming, makeup, publicity, and house management. Repeatable = 3 times.

  • 3 - 12 hours lab
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Units: 1-4
  • Corequisite: None; F-S
  • Advisory: None
  • Accepted for Credit: CSU and UC

TD-170 Survey of Entertainment Design

This course explores trends in entertainment design and technology through lectures and filed trips. Areas covered will include live performance, film and television, themed entertainment and retail, and corporate events. The purpose of this course is to provide students with a broad overview of the field of entertainment design and technology with emphasis on current and future employment opportunities and the skills needed for them.

  • 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
  • Units: 3

TD-171 3D Entertainment Design for Lighting

This course focuses on the fundamentals of computer-aided design as related to lighting design for the entertainment industry. Using Mini-CAD design and drafting programs, this course will guide students through the process of creating lighting designs using three-dimensional models of theatres and other spaces. Repeatable 1 time

  • 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
  • Units: 3
  • Advisory: ID-155 or equivalent TD-152

TD-172 Intermediate Lighting for Stage, Television, and Live Events

This course offers product-based instruction on the equipment and techniques used in lighting. It will be divided into three sections, each of which will focus on a specific area of the entertainment industry: lighting for the stage, for television production, and for live events. Repeatable = 3 times.

  • 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
  • Units: 3
  • Advisory: TD-152 or stage/TV lighting experience
  • Accepted For Credit: CSU

TD-173 Introduction to Moving Lights

This course offers an introduction to the technology and applications of intelligent lighting systems for the entertainment industry. The course and lab work will concentrate on the features and functions of a wide variety of lighting fixtures and control systems in use in the entertainment industry today. Repeatable = 3 times.

  • 1 hr lecture, 3 hours lab
  • Units: 2
  • Advisory: TD 172
  • Accepted for Credit: CSU

TD-174 Intermediate Moving Lights

This course builds upon the work done in TD-173. Students will begin designing with, and programming, intelligent lighting systems for different types of events (concerts, corporate parties, trade shows, etc.). More sophisticated work will be done in trouble shooting, servicing, and rigging, as well. Repeatable = 3 times.

  • 1 hr lecture, 3 hours lab
  • Units: 2
  • Prerequisite: TD 173
  • Advisory: TD 172
  • Accepted for Credit: CSU

TD-175 Intermediate Sound for Stage, Television and Live Events

This course offers project-based instruction on the equipment and technologies used in sound design, recording, and reinforcement. It will be divided into three sections, each of which will focus on a specific area of the entertainment industry: sound for the stage, for television production, and for live events. Repeatable = 3 times.

  • 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
  • Units: 3
  • Advisory: TD-152 or stage/TV lighting experience
  • Accepted For Credit: CSU

TD-178 Fundamentals of Rigging

This course offers an introduction to the rigging systems and equipment commonly used in the entertainment industry. Through a combination of classroom and lab, students will learn the fundamental concepts of safe rigging, including load calculation and placement, safety devices, and fall protection. Students should be in good physical condition and must be able to climb ladders and lift fifty pounds. Repeatable = 1 time.

  • 2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab
  • Units: 2
  • Advisory: TD-150; ability to climb ladders and lift 50 lbs.

TD-179 Introduction to Stage Management

The course introduces the responsibilities, techniques and tools of a modern stage manager for live and broadcast events. Areas covered will include creating schedules, promptbooks and other paperwork; organizing and managing crew; managing production meetings; managing the rehearsal process; running performances.

  • 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
  • Units: 3
  • Advisory: ID-155 or Equivalent, TD-152

Textbooks, Online Access Codes, Other Supplies and Resources

Most Ohlone College classes require the purchase of a textbook, and some classes require the purchase of online access codes (also known as keys) or other supplies. Most of these purchases are available at the Ohlone College Bookstore.

Students may go to the Ohlone College Bookstore website to find the textbook(s), access codes (keys), or supplies for their class(es). Students may be required to pay additional fees for access to online resources that are not available through the Ohlone College Bookstore. Please check with your instructor.

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