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Southern Oregon University

2015 Elective Course

Ashland, Oregon

A weeklong three-credit graduate level course geared toward high school and community college theatre educators, introducing the basics of computer-aided design using the professional CAD package VectorWorks Spotlight 2015. In addition to being the entertainment industry's standard CAD platform, VW is also the only major CAD program available for both computer platforms, so no matter if your school is Mac or PC, there's a version of VW for you.

  • Demystify computer-aided design with VectorWorks
  • Create two-dimensional ground plans, elevations, and section views of scenic designs quickly and efficiently
  • Produce 3-D virtual models easily from the two-dimensional work
  • Generate lighting plots that interface with your hook-ups and other lighting paperwork
  • Learn how to save time and keep better records of the design work for your productions
  • Explore an additional free, downloadable software that you can teach your students
  • Attend the Oregon Shakespeare Festival production of Tenth Muse
  • Come away with a ground plan and basic lighting plot of your school theatre venue on your own thumbdrive -- ready to make your next production more efficient!

Important Notes:

This is not a class for the computer novice. As pre-requisite, it is essential that you are fully versed in basic personal computing skills. Previous experience with other design programs (PhotoShop, Illustrator, Sketchup, etc.) is not required but is certainly a plus.  Students will need to bring a thumb drive; a modern laptop, either Windows or MAC with available space on the hard drive is recommended.
You must also possess a basic understanding of traditional drafting terminology and methods. Once you are accepted, we will send you textbook information for study prior to beginning the course.

Here's what our students say:

  • "Sean led us gently into the turbulent waters of a very complex system. He was invaluable."
  • "The instruction booklet was fantastic – and of course learning enough of VectorWorks to take off!"
  • "I feel confident I could go home and render a set."
  • "Awesome techniques I will definitely use in the future!"


Sean O'Skea, Scenic Design faculty at SOU

Daily Schedule

7:00-8:00 am Breakfast
9:00-11:00 am Morning Session
11:30 am-12:30 pm      Lunch
1:00-3:00 pm Afternoon Session I                    
3:30-5:30 pm Afternoon Session II
5:30-6:30 pm Dinner


Evening Schedule

Monday 7/27 Homework
Tuesday 7/28 Homework
Wednesday 7/29 8 p.m. OSF Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land
Thursday 7/30 Homework

Application Information

Space is limited to fourteen students. This course may serve as an elective course requirement for the Master of Theatre Studies degree.  Registration prioity is given to Master of Theatre Studies students until February 15, 2015.  After February 16, students wishing to enroll in this week-long course for professional development or personal interest may do so. The enrollment deadline is April 1, 2015 (postmark).

Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree or permission of the instructor.

 Note: ACTS Master of Theatre Studies applicants do not need to send additional deposit and resume; simply respond with your elective course choice on the document that will be mailed to you.

Students who are new to Southern Oregon Univerisity and are not returning to or applying for admittance to the graduate program should apply online as non-admitted students.

This online process will generate a MySOU account and provide registration instructions.

We will send notification letters postmarked in mid April. At that time we will send you your pre-session assignment. You will be billed separately by SOU for your tuition and housing.

2015 Fees

Tuition $1,110
Materials/tickets $53

Acceptance Deposit

Upon acceptance a nonrefundable deposit will be due in order to save your spot.  Information regarding the deposit will be included in your acceptance letter to be mailed no later than April 15.  Active MoTS candidates will not be assessed an additional deposit; however, a $50 penalty fee will apply to any elective course dropped after May 30, 2015.

Elective one week courses

Six nights of lodging (July 26 arrival, August 1 departure)

Single room  $348
Double room  $228
Meal plan

(Sunday dinner 7/26 - through breakfast Saturday 8/1; meal plan includes breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Additional nights of Lodging
May be reserved at $58 per night, regardless of double or single accommodation; no meals will be available.