Texas Applied Arts — Fall 2018 Courses

IMPORTANT: To enroll in any of the classes below, you must have instructor consent. Please complete the Applied Arts Student Information Form to be considered.


TD 354T / ES 377 / AET 339 — Monday 8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m. — Lab Monday 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. or  12:30 p.m.–2 p.m — Student Cap: 25

Instructors: J. E. Johnson, Karen Maness, and Ben Bays

Working from historical story boards and films, student teams will design and fabricate a practical effect to support a narrative moment. Students will then light and film the effect in collaboration with UT film makers. All students will create “demo reel” of their completed effect.

Projects are student driven. Depending on project needs, students may receive training in fabrication methods such as carpentry, welding, mold making, and machining as well as digital technologies including, 3D printing, laser cutting, and CNC machining. Final finish and surface treatments will be critical for all projects.

All students will be given personal logins to all Stan Winston School of Character Arts On Demand Training Courses and a materials budget.


TD 354T / 388L — Tuesday & Thursday 2:00–3:30 p.m. — Student Cap 12

Instructor: Karen Maness

Mastering illusion. Welcome to the monumental and collaborative art of scene painting. This hands-on rigorous course is designed to develop the visual and manual skills of drawing, painting, and finishes for film, live design, and themed attraction.

Students will dive deeply into independent inquiry projects and work in teams producing elements for the UT Department of Theatre & Dance, Center for Arts Entertainment and Technology, and Butler School of Music productions. Mastering the language of visual communication empowers student artists, story-tellers, influencers, entrepreneurs, designers, and place-makers.

Mastery and play are at the heart of this course.  Warning-you will be challenged and you will get messy. 



Past Courses — Enron Raptors, Fall 2017

Driven by student inquiry and collaboration, 16 students constructed three “velociraptor” suits for the March 2018 production of Enron in UT’s Oscar G. Brocket theatre. Students drew upon their existing competencies and interests to self-organize into teams to determine design solutions, material choices, fabrication schedules and project mile stones.