I'm nearing the end of my time in undergrad (degree in communications, concentration in film, television and radio) and I'm beginning my grad school search. I've been involved in theater in varying capacities over the past several years, but—like many of you—I really enjoy lighting design.
My first choice, pipe dream, would-love-nothing-more-than-to-be-accepted-there-school wants a designer's package containing all of the usual suspects: photos, cue synopses, light plot, intended emotional response, scene breakdown... it also wants research (historic, sociologic, light and color). The play that I'm using as my basis for this portfolio (Zimmerman's Metamorphoses) offers a TON of research opportunity in terms of history and color, and indeed, I have already spent (and continue to spend) a lot of time researching—but I'm thoroughly confused by the university's request for "sociologic" research.
Can any of you shed some light on this for me? (pun unintended) I truly appreciate any guidance or direction you can provide.
With sincerest thanks,