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Course Descriptions

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FAR-2301 Enjoyment of Drama

An introduction to the theatre for non-theatre arts/speech majors. Suggested to fulfill the general education fine arts requirement.

SPC-1301 Fund of Speech

A beginning course in platform theory and practice designed to provide instruction in the essentials of effective public oral communication.

TAP-1100 Theatre Applications

Private Study in Theatre Applications

TAP-1200 Theatre Applications

Private Study in Theatre Applications

TAP-2100 Theatre Applications

Private Study in Theatre Applications

TAP-2200 Theatre Applications

Private Study in Theatre Applications

TAP-2300 Theatre Applications

Private Study in Theatre Applications

TAP-3100 Theatre Applications

Private Study in Theatre Applications

TAP-3200 Theatre Applications

Private Study in Theatre Applications

TAP-3300 Theatre Applications

Private Study in Theatre Applications

TAP-4100 Theatre Applications

Private Study in Theatre Applications

TAP-4200 Theatre Applications

Private Study in Theatre Applications

TAP-4300 Senior Level

Private Study in Theatre Applications

THA-1300 Intro to Theatre

Prerequisite: Majors/Minors enrolled in THA-0140 or consent of instructor. With a focus on dramatic literature and historical eras, this course will serve as an introduction to the various aspects of the theatre, including history, design, tech, acting and management. Laboratory hours in related theatre activities may be required. Theatre fee applies.

THA-1301 Acting I

Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in THA 1300. The theory and practice of foundation skills for portraying authentic human behavior.

THA-1302 Acting II

Prerequisite: THA 1300 and THA 1301 or the equivalent. A continuation of principles established in THA 1301 with emphasis on the preparation of the emotional component of characterization.

THA-1305 Fundamentals of Music

Skills for musical theatre singers to include basic music theory, piano skills and sight singing.

THA-1310 Technical Theatre I

Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in THA 1300. A basic introduction of the various elements of technical theatre. Areas explored include: scenery, lighting, sound, properties, paint, drafting, construction, and production organization. Three hours of lecture, weekly laboratory, and one crew assignment to gain practical experience in backstage procedures. Theatre fee applies.

THA-1312 Technical Theatre II

Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in THA 1300. A continuation of THA 1310. Areas explored include: paint, costumes, sewing, make-up, and production organization. Three hours of lecture, weekly laboratory, and one crew assignment to gain practical experience in backstage procedures.

THA-2104 Foundations of Theatre Dance

This course provides the foundation skills required for the study and application of various theatrical dance styles such as ballet, tap, jazz, and other forms prevalent in musical theatre.

THA-2108 Dance Styles

Prerequisite: THA-2104 Topics will vary each semester and may include ballet, jazz, contemporary and hip-hop, tap, and various choreographic styles. The course may be repeated when the topic changes.

THA-2300 Text Analysis

Prerequisite: THA-1300. Study of selected plays from various periods and styles to prepare for designing, directing, performing, and playwriting.

THA-2307 Voice and Speech for Actors

Prerequisite: THA 1300 and THA 1301. An introduction to the basic principles of voice production and speech for actors. Physical exercises will enable vocal range, flexibility and freedom. Students will use the International Phonetic Alphabet to develop non-regional American pronunciation to be applied to texts from various sources.

THA-2315 Movement for Actors

Prerequisite: THA-1302. The development of the body for acting. Areas of study include alignment, flexibility and freedom for character physicalization, mime and period movement, neutral mask and basic combat skills. Theatre fee applies.

THA-3250 IS: Teaching Theatre

THA-3302 Directing

Prerequisites: THA 1301, THA 1310, THA 2300, and THA 3310. The study of the director's role in theatre production through the practice of play interpretation, casting, designer collaboration, staging and rehearsal procedure. Theatre Fee Applies.

THA-3303 Scene Paint & Design

Prerequisite: THA 1310 or ART 1301 or 1311 The study and practice of stage painting and design techniques. One 3 hour lab required. Theatre fee applies.

THA-3304 Acting III

Prerequisite: THA-1302. Scene work from contemporary drama with concentration upon the individual needs of the performer.

THA-3306 Scene Design

Prerequisite: THA 1310. The study of the basic concepts and elements of design. Methods include script study, visualization, and execution in drafting, sketching, and rendering.

THA-3307 Playwriting I

Prerequisite: ENG 1301, 1302, or the equivalent. The study of the techniques of dramaturgy with practical application in the writing of drama.

THA-3308 Teaching the Theatre Arts

Prerequisites: THA 0140, THA 1300, THA 1301, THA 1310, THA 1312, or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor. This Course will serve as an introduction to teaching theatre and is designed to give theatre arts majors a realistic approach to teaching in the public school system. Students will be introduced to a range of approaches and teaching methods through lecture, activities, field work, and observation in select public schools. Theatre fee applies.

THA-3310 Thea/Stage Mgmt

Study of the techniques and skills involved in stage management. Three hours of lecture and practical application in University theatre productions.

THA-3311 Theatre Costume Design

Prerequisite: THA 1312. Survey of historical styles and trends with emphasis on silhouettes, motifs, and accessories. Practical application with basic costume design and construction techniques. Theatre fee applies.

THA-3312 Theatrical Makeup

Study of the design and application of makeup for the stage. Areas explored include theory, color, materials, character analysis, aging, fantasy, and three dimensional makeup. Three hours of lecture/demonstration and one crew assignment. This course may not be used to satisfy the general education fine arts requirement. Theatre fee applies.

THA-3315 Act Styles: Musical Theatre

Prerequisite: THA 1302 and 2 semesters of TAP voice lessons. Individual and group work on scenes from the musical theatre with concentration on characterization and acting objectives in songs. Theatre Fee Applies.

THA-3321 Stage Lighting

Prerequisite: THA 1310 or consent of instructor. The mechanics, control, and art of lighting for the stage. Studies include the nature of light, color, instrumentation, dimmers, and basic lighting design. Practical application with University theatre productions.

THA-3324 Sound Engineer & Design

Prerequisite: THA 1310 The study of sound engineering concepts, system design, and the art of sound design.

THA-3326 Design Technology

Prerequisite: THA 1310. An exploration of technology in theatre design. Topics may include: CAD, Scenery, Lighting, Sound, Props, and Projection.

THA-3343 Survey of Mus Theatre

A survey of major writers, composers, and production trends in both the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

THA-4301 Senior Project

Prerequisite: Senior standing, all required Theatre courses, 2.5 cumulative GPA, consent of Theatre faculty. Each student will work independently, meeting regularly with an assigned faculty member for assessment of progress and response to work. Specific requirements for this course will be determined by the student and instructor and must be submitted in written form for approval by the Chair of the Department. Each Senior Project must contain a research component, include appropriate documentation, and culminate in a public presentation for the Department. Students desiring to take THA 4301 should turn in a written proposal to the Department Chair at least two months prior to registering for this course. May not be repeated for credit.

THA-4307 Adv Playwriting

Prerequisite: THA 3307 or consent of instructor; may be repeated for credit with permission of instructor. Conducted as a seminar, this course is an advanced study and intense application of skills and techniques of playwriting with each student producing a completed play (one act or full length) by the end of the course. Theatre fee applies.

THA-4312 Directing

Prerequisites: THA 1301, THA 2300, THA-2303 and THA 3310. The study of the director's role in theatre production through the practice of play interpretation, casting, designer collaboration, staging and rehearsal procedure. Theatre Fee Applies.

THA-4318 Production Administration

This course explores the concepts and practices in production organization and management. Topics may include: personal budgeting, marketing, production budgeting, scheduling, administration (e.g. contracts), personnel, and facilities management.

THA-4341 History of the Theatre I

Prerequisite: THA 1301 or consent of instructor. The study of the development of theatre from the Egyptians to the French Neoclassicists, with emphasis on the particular periods, plays, and theatrical styles which have influenced contemporary stage productions. Theatre fee applies.

THA-4342 History of the Theatre II

Prerequisite: THA 1300 and THA 4341; or consent of instructor. A continuation of THA 4341, involving the theatre from the Renaissance to the present. Theatre fee applies.

THA-4345 Adv Acting Studies: Topic

Prerequisite: THA 1301, THA 1302, and THA 2300 Topics will vary each semester and may include forms and styles such as contemporary drama, Shakespeare, comedy, on-camera acting, audition technique and the business aspects of professional acting. The course may be repeated when the topic changes.

THA-4350 Is:the Pedagogy of Teaching Th

THA-4376 Properties Des/Const

Prerequisite: THA 1310 and 1312 Study of the techniques and skills needed to analyze, research, and construct various stage properties and special effects with practical application in University theatre productions.

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