Course Descriptions

101 Appreciation of Theatre

A survey of various aspects of the theatre with emphasis on theory of the art. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.

103 Theatre Workshop
Laboratory work designed to give the student experience in mounting a play on the stage. May be repeated for credit. (1/4).
Lecture: None; Laboratory: Approximately 50 hours/term.
Prerequisite: Permission.

111 Voice and Diction
An overview of the use of voice in the theatre. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.

114 Make-up for the Stage
Lectures on and practical experience with the techniques used in stage make-up. Covers the materials and techniques for traditional stage make-up application, 3-D special effects, and prosthetics. (1)
Lecture-Laboratory: 4 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Permission.

125 Stagecraft
Techniques and principles of scenery construction and other elements of technical production. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.; Laboratory: 70 hrs/term.

150 Play Analysis
A study of methods used by actors, playwrights, directors, and designers to critically examine a play for production purposes. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.

199 Special Topics in Theatre and Drama
Workshop experience in such production activities as audition techniques, stage combat, movement for the stage, and stage makeup. (1/4). May be repeated for credit.
Lecture/Laboratory: hours vary.
Prerequisite: Permission.

203 Theatre Workshop
Practical application of theories of script analysis, acting technique, and technical skill. May not be taken Pass/Fail. May be repeated for credit. (1/4).
Lecture: None; Laboratory: hours vary.
Prerequisite: Permission.

210 Performance of Literature
More advanced work on the oral presentation of prose and poetry. Designed to develop further the vocal skills learned in Theatre Arts 111. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: THEA 111.

211-212 Acting I, II
The practical application of the fundamental principles of acting, including voice, movement, analysis, and scene work. (1, 1)
Lecture: 4.5 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: THEA 211 or permission for THEA 212.

225 Scene Design
Techniques and principles for designing scenery for the stage. Model building is central to project work as is basic drafting. Thumbnail and perspective sketching are incorporated in this class. (Extra materials required.) (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisites: THEA 125 and THEA 150.

299 Special Topics in Theatre and Drama
Selected studies in specialized design, performance, or dramaturgical activities. May be repeated for credit. (1/2).
Lecture/Laboratory: hours vary.
Prerequisite: THEA 150 or permission.

303 Theatre Workshop
Practical application of theories of script analysis, acting technique, and technical/design skill. May not be taken Pass/Fail. May be repeated for credit. (1/4).
Lecture: None; Laboratory: hours vary.
Prerequisites: THEA 150, THEA 203 and permission.

311 Video Field Production
The study and practice of the fundamentals of professional videography.  Students will receive instruction in practical applications in the areas of videography, editing, production, and media literacy. (1) (Cross-listed as COMM 311)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Any COMM200-level course or permission.

312 Acting III
Advanced application of the principles of acting covered in THEA 211 & 212, with an emphasis on in-depth work leading to mature interpretation and performance.
Lecture: 4.5 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: THEA 212.

315 Theatre History I
A study of the history and literature of theatre from its primitive origins to ca. 1700. It covers major developments in production conventions and dramatic literature, with attention given to theatre's connections to society. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: THEA 150 or permission.

316 Theatre History II
A study of the history and literature of theatre from ca. 1700 to present. It covers major developments in production conventions and dramatic literature, with attention given to theatre's connections to society. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: THEA 150 or permission.

320 Playwriting
A practical introduction to the techniques of dramatic writing. Readings and possible studio productions of students' work. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite THEA 150 or permission or appropriate coursework in literary analysis.

325 Lighting Design
Lighting theory and basic electrical principles for stage applications, including drafting of light plots and the development of instrument schedules, cue sheets, etc. Students will use the computerized lighting system to gain experience in cue writing and data entry. (Extra materials required.) (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisites: THEA 125 and THEA 150. (THEA 225 recommended)

332 Shakespeare
Analysis of selected plays with oral interpretation. (Same as ENGL 332) (1)(Cross-listed as ENGL 332)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Film-Laboratory: 2-3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisites: THEA 150 or ENGL 240 and one other 200-level ENGL literature course.

335 Costume Design for Stage
A study of techniques and principles for designing costumes for the stage through the analysis of scripts and characters, research, thumbnail drawings and final drawn and/or painted renderings.  (Extra Material required.)  (1)
Lecture: 3hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: THEA 150 or permission.

344 Modern Drama
Traces major modern movements in theatrical theory and dramatic literature beginning in the mid-19th century with particular emphasis on the first half of the 20th century. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisites: THEA 150 or ENGL230 and 250.

350 Performance Theory
A course for advanced students focusing on theatrical, dramatic, and performance theory in the 20th century in relation to actual stage practice. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: THEA 150 or permission.

399 Special Topics
Advanced studies in specialized design, performance, or dramaturgical activities. (1) May be repeated for credit.
Lecture-Laboratory: hours vary.
Prerequisites: THEA 150 or permission.

403 Theatre Workshop
Advanced practical application of theories of script analysis, acting technique, and technical/design skill. May not be taken Pass/Fail. May be repeated for credit. (1/4).
Lecture: None; Laboratory: hours vary.
Prerequisites: THEA 150, THEA 303 and permission.

405, 406, 407 Independent Study and Research
A program of advanced intensive study and experience in theatre under the guidance of the departmental staff. The student must submit a written proposal to the Department before the beginning of Examination Week of the term prior to the term in which the work is to be done. See departmental guidelines. (1/2, 1, 1/2)
Lecture-Laboratory: hours vary
Prerequisites: Departmental approval of proposal and three graded (not P/F) one-quarter units of Theatre Workshop; THEA 405 or 407 is prerequisite to THEA 406.

416 Internship
Practical experience working in or with an artistic organization as participant-observer, leading to the preparation of a report which describes and evaluates that organization's activities. The student must submit a written proposal to the department before the beginning of Examination Week of the term prior to the term in which the work is to be done. See departmental guidelines. (1)
Lecture-Laboratory: hours vary
Prerequisite: Departmental permission.

450 Play Direction
The principles, problems, and techniques of directing plays. (1)
Lecture: 4.5 hrs/wk.
Prerequisites: THEA 150 and THEA 211.

495, 496, 497 Honors Project
A program of independent study culminating in a paper, artistic creation, or performance.
Prerequisites: To qualify for consideration to receive honors in the major, a student in his/her senior year or in the Summer prior to the senior year, must work under the guidance of his/her committee. A written proposal and application must be approved by the committee and department. A minimum GPA of 3.4 in the major is required. 495 Honors Project is prerequisite for 497 Honors Project. (1/2, 1, 1/2)

 
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