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Technology Plan 2004-2007

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Theatre Arts

Description
Theatre as an art form continues to be enhanced with technological tools. The faculty has incorporated many aspects of this technology into their curriculum. Theatre Arts students need to have access to the tools that are becoming more common in the industry.
 
Curriculum Impact
With the continued refining of Theatrical equipment, a method of updating antiquated equipment must be implemented. In addition, virtually every competitive commercial practitioner of theatre now uses a computer in some manner for drafting, rendering, presentation, fiscal concerns, writing or scheduling. The Theatre Arts program must fully embrace computer aided design and communication methods, along with traditional hand methods, as part of each course. Also, existing apparatus must continue to upgraded and replaced with more up to date technologies and equipment.

Approximate Number of Students Served
500 students in 25 lecture and lab sections Mondays through Saturdays.
 
Support Impact
Installation and general ongoing maintenance to be completed by existing Theatre Arts faculty, staff and District technicians.

Year 1 (2004-2005)

Objective
Pursue the purchase of a digital camera for Costume and Make Up classes. This item was due to be purchased in the spring of 2001 but a District Budget shortfall rendered money unavailable. Pursue methods of producing large format computer projections in rooms 239 and 247. Pursue new projection surface for room 247. Pursue new lighting equipment technology, including Auto Yokes, other fixtures and a new Lighting Console. Pursue improving Department of Theatre Audio console because of State approval of Musical Theatre AA degree. Pursue adding 5 Apple Workstations with individual graphics tablets, network color printer, network plotter and appropriate furniture to room 238. The Monitor Interface and Designer Graphics Tablet for the Theatre Computer Lighting System are being carried forward. Upgrading Department Laptop computer has been carried forward. Advanced pattern drafting software has been re-evaluated and reassigned.
 
Action to Meet Objective
Two Auto-Yokes were purchased with Theatre Arts Department funds in November of 2003. Seek funding for a mid level Digital Camera. Seek funding for Data/Graphic projectors and projection surfaces for rooms 239 and 247.

Year 2 (2005-2006)

Objective
Pursue the purchase of a digital camera for Costume and Make Up classes. Pursue methods of producing large format computer projections in rooms 239 and 247. Pursue new projection surface for room 247. Pursue new lighting equipment technology such as new automated fixtures, other fixtures and a new Lighting Console. Pursue the purchase of advanced pattern drafting software and peripheral equipment. Pursue the purchase of a 35mm Slide Projector. Pursue adding 5 Apple Workstations with individual graphics tablets, network color printer, network plotter and appropriate furniture to room 238. Pursue the purchase of CD/DVD/VHS Musical Theatre materials. The Monitor Interface and Designer Graphics Tablet for the Theatre Computer Lighting System are being carried forward. Upgrading Department Laptop computer has been carried forward.
 
Action to Meet Objective
Seek funding for all items not yet purchased.

Year 3 (2006-2007)
Updated September 2006

 Objective 
Pursue methods of producing large format computer projections in room 239 and room 247.  Pursue new lighting equipment technology such as new automated fixtures, color changers and other fixtures.  Pursue the purchase of advanced pattern drafting software and peripheral equipment.  Pursue adding 5 Apple workstations with individual graphics tablets, network color printer, network plotter and appropriate furniture to room 238.  Pursue the purchase of a 35mm Slide Projector.  Pursue the purchase of CD/DVD/VHS Musical Theatre materials.  Purchase wireless headsets for use in 247 and 241/242. Purchase and install a dimmer rack for the lighting system in 241/242.  Purchase new Overlock sewing machines and dress forms for costuming classes in 239. Purchase new woodworking equipment for scenic construction in 246. 

 Action to Meet Objective
Digital camera purchased in Spring of 2007 with ETC monies.  Dimmer rack purchased in summer of 2006 with Departmental funds.  Installation by District technicians is being performed Fall of 2006.

 


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