Course code:



M - Intermediate

Class size limit:


Meets the following requirements:

  • ADS - Arts & Design Studio

Lab fee:


Puppetry is the art of designing, constructing, and operating puppets, usually for an audience.

A puppet is an articulated figure controlled by external means. Puppets have been used for entertainment, education, therapy, spectacles, and social/political demonstration. This course will explore both the construction and use of puppets, investigate the theory, history and practice of puppetry, and seek out the role and potential of puppets.

Various types of puppets will be made, including hand puppets, rod puppets, shadow puppets, and large scale puppets. Students, individually and in collaboration, will create both original and adapted scripts and scenarios for their puppets, exploring relationships between text, story, character and movement of the puppet. In addition to live work, students may choose to develop puppets for use within film, video or multimedia projects.

The course will include readings on puppetry, screenings, presentations, demonstrations, and group discussions. Students will be evaluated on 1) participation in class discussions and exercises, 2) quality and effort demonstrated through projects/presentations and, 3) understanding and study of readings and screenings as demonstrated in discussions and projects.


Recommended at least one of the following: Intro to Art and Design, 2-D Design Studio, 3-D Design, Performance Art or The Sculptural Object in Performance.

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