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Theatre Arts

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Theatre Arts - THEA Undergraduate Courses

101. Fundamentals of Script Analysis (3)
Basic approach to analysis of play script, intended to provide theatre practitioners and generalists with tools necessary to understand literary text of a play, and its application to work in performance, design and critical/ historical studies.
Letter grade only (A-F).

 

110A,B. Theatre Arts Activity-Cast (1,1)
Participation in acting projects; open to students cast in University-sponsored productions.
Letter grade only (A-F). (60 hours minimum participation time or major crew assignment.)

 

111. Theatre Arts Showcase (1)
Participation in weekly projects dealing with all aspects of Theatre Arts.
Credit/No Credit grading only. May be repeated to maximum of 8 units.

 

112. Beginning Voice and Speech for the Actor (3)
Theory and practice in developing command of oral techniques for stage including breath support, resonation, free vocal release, and articulation.
Letter grade only (A-F). (2 hours lecture, 2 hours activity) (CAN DRAM 6)

 

113. Introduction to Acting (3)
Prerequisite or Corequisite: A General Education Foundation course.
Review of actors and acting, past and present; their work as artists; basic exercises in voice, diction, movement, and personality projection. Open only to non-Theatre Arts majors. Attendance at University sponsored productions required.
Letter grade only (A-F).

 

114A. Fundamentals of Acting (3)
Development and preparation of the actor's instrument: voice, body, imagination. Exercises in relaxation, sensory work, motivations and relationships. Individual study of textual problems for actors.
Letter grade only (A-F). (2 hours lecture, 2 hours activity)

 

114B. Fundamentals of Acting (3)
Prerequisite: THEA 114A or equivalent.
Development and preparation of the actor’s instrument: voice, body, imagination. Exercises in relaxation, sensory work, motivations and relationships. Individual study of textual problems for actors.
Letter grade only (A-F). (6 hrs. lab.)

 

122. Theatre for the 21st Century (3)
Prerequisite/Corequisite: A General Education Foundation course.
Exploring live theatre in the context of emerging technologies.
Letter grade only (A-F). Not open for credit to students with credit in THEA 124.

 

124. Introduction to World Theatre and Drama (3)
Prerequisite or Corequisite: A General Education Foundation course.
Introduction to all aspects of theatre including criticism, dramatic literature, movements, themes, historical background and theatrical production from different parts of the world.
Letter grade only (A-F).

 

140A,B. Theatre Arts Activity — Crew (1,1)
Participation in technical play production projects; specific assignment determined through consultation with faculty or staff supervisors of Scenery, Lighting, Costume, Makeup, Sound, Tech Production, or Management areas.
Letter grade only (A-F). (60 hours minimum participation time or major crew assignment)

 

142. Elementary Stagecraft (3)
Basic physical equipment of the theatre, elementary scenic design, construction, rigging, painting and drafting. Practical lab assignments dealing with preparation of scenery and props for University sponsored productions.
Letter grade only (A-F). (6 hours activity)

 

144. Stage Makeup (3)
Practical introduction to techniques of theatrical make-up. Students must be clean-shaven due to nature of course. Preparation of make-up material for University sponsored productions.
May be taken concurrently with THEA 146. Letter grade only (A-F). (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) (CAN DRAM 14)

 

146. Costume Crafts (3)
Techniques of costume and accessory construction for stage; use of fabrics, materials and equipment. Preparation of costumes and accessories for University sponsored productions.
May be taken concurrently with THEA 144. Letter grade only (A-F). (2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab)

 

148. Stage Lighting (3)
Theory and practice of modern stage lighting; functions of light; design, layout; properties of various instruments; practical experience in hanging and focusing of equipment for University sponsored productions.
Letter grade only (A-F). (1 hour lecture, 4 hours lab)

 

201. Writing for the Theatre Arts (3)
Prerequisite: ENGL 100.
The study and application of rhetorical strategies of invention, arrangement, and style to write expository, analytic, and argumentative prose with special emphasis on particular features of writing in the Theatre Arts.
Letter grade only (A-F).

 

210A,B. Theatre Arts Activity — Cast (1,1)
Participation in acting projects; open to students cast in University-sponsored productions.
Letter grade only (A-F). (60 hours minimum participation time or major crew assignment )

 

214. Intermediate Acting (3)
Prerequisites: THEA 112, 114A and B. Should be taken directly following THEA 114B.
Introduction to scene study. Application of techniques of body, voice and imagination to dramatic texts thereby stimulating an acting process for role development.
Letter grade only (A-F). (6 hours laboratory.)

 

215. Introduction to Audition Techniques (3)
Prerequisite or Corequisite: THEA 114A.
Introduction to fundamentals of auditioning for theatrical productions. For beginning actors. Focus on preparing and coaching monologues, dramatic sides and callbacks.
Letter grade only (A-F). (6 hours lab).

 

262. Beginning Movement for the Actor (3)
Beginning movement training for the actor based on physical conditioning and non-verbal communication related to beginning acting process.
Letter grade only (A-F). (6 hours activity)

 

271. Stage Management (3)
Management skills required for the professional stage manager. Examines responsibilities, and function of stage manager in relation to director, designer, and performer.
Letter grade only (A-F). (2 hours lecture, 2 hours activity)

 

290. Special Topics in Theatre Arts (3)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Topic of current interest in Theatre Arts selected for intensive study.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to maximum of 9 units with different topics in different semesters. Topics will be announced in Schedule of Classes. (Lecture 2 hours, Activity 2 hours).

 

UPPER DIVISION


310A,B. Theatre Arts Activity — Cast (1,1)
Participation in acting projects; open to students cast in University-sponsored productions.
Letter grade only (A-F). (60 hours minimum participation time or major crew assignment)

 

312. Applied Voice and Speech for the Actor (3)
Prerequisite: THEA 112 or equivalent.
Further study of vocal techniques for theatre, including variety of quality, force, tempo and pitch, scansion, and imagery. Application of basics learned in 112 to more complicated dramatic texts.
Letter grade only (A-F). (2 hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. activity).

 

316. Rehearsal and Performance (3)
Prerequisites: THEA 114A and 114B.
Performance based class focusing on interrelationship of actor and director. Working with director on creative process, interpreting demands of director and combining these with actor’s creative process.
Letter grade only (A-F). (6 hours lab.)

 

318. Advanced Scene Study (3)
Prerequisites: THEA 214, 316 and/or consent of instructor.
Intensive scene study in modern dramatic texts. Class is designed to continue and strengthen process of actor role development through scenic exercises.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. (6 hours lab.)

 

321. History of Theatre and Drama to 1660 (3)
Prerequisite: THEA 101 or concurrent enrollment or consent of instructor.
Development of Theatre Arts from primitive origins to the 17th Century.
Letter grade only (A-F).

 

322. History of Theatre and Drama Since 1660 (3)
Prerequisite: THEA 321 or consent of instructor.
Development of Theatre Arts from 17th Century to present.
Letter grade only (A-F).

 

324I. Theatre Today (3)
Prerequisites: Completion of the G. E. Foundation, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.
Course examines current trends, achievements and problems in contemporary western theatre and dramatic literature. Particular attention will be paid to multicultural expression in the theatre.
Same course as CWL 324I.

 

340A,B. Theatre Arts Activity — Crew (1,1)
Participation in technical play production projects; specific assignment determined through consultation with faculty or staff supervisors of Scenery, Lighting, Costume, Makeup, Sound, Tech Production, or Management areas.
Letter grade only (A-F). (60 hours minimum participation time or major crew assignment.)

 

341. Presentation Techniques for Theatre (3)
Develop understanding of form, shape, line, and tone through exercises with various media. Explore approach to visualization and presentation techniques for theatre design.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 2 hours, activity 2 hours).

 

*342. Advanced Technical Theatre (3)
Prerequisite: THEA 142 or consent of instructor.
Investigation of tools, materials, and procedures used in scenic construction and rigging. Supervised practical application of the techniques through scenic drafting and work on University sponsored productions.
(Lecture 2 hours, activity 2 hours).

 

352. Foundations of Visual Expression (3)
Introduction to basics of visual composition stressing a link to Theatre Design. Emphasizes development of visual discipline, creative skills and poetic and artistic nature of theatre design.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 2 hours, activity 2 hours).

 

364. Stage Combat (3)
Prerequisite: THEA 262 or consent of instructor.
Practical study of unarmed combat for stage. Covers technique, safety, and application of combat skills for acting process.
Letter grade only (A-F). (6 hours activity)

 

373. Directing for the Camera (3)
Prerequisites: THEA 214 or consent of instructor.
Study of script analysis, filmic space, creating mise-en-scene, decoupage, and working with actor. Emphasis on a series of collaborative exercises between director and actor.
Letter grade only (A-F). (6 hours lab.)

 

*374. Fundamentals of Directing (3)
Prerequisites: THEA 101 and 114A or consent of instructor.
Introduction to script analysis, rehearsal techniques, director's prompt book and organization of stage space and time. Using contemporary realistic plays to develop actor/director communication skills. Intensive scene work.
Letter grade only (A-F). (6 hours lab)

 

*375. Intermediate Directing (3)
Prerequisite: THEA 374 and consent of instructor.
Intensive work using nonrealistic plays to develop director’s concept, advanced script analysis and approach to challenges of style. Introduction to collaboration with set, lighting, costume, sound, and make up designers. Intensive scene work with student actors focusing on rehearsal techniques.
Letter grade only (A-F). (6 hrs lab.)

 

*380. Playwriting (3)
Creative writing for the stage. Study of character, concept, theme, dialogue and structure.
Letter grade only (A-F).

 

410A,B. Theatre Arts Activity — Cast (1,1)
Participation in acting projects; open to students cast in University-sponsored productions.
Letter grade only (A-F). (60 hours minimum participation time or major crew assignment).

 

413. Film/Video Acting (3)
Prerequisite: THEA 318 and/or consent of Instructor
Acting techniques required for stylistic range and variety of film and television scripts. Video recording and playback of scenes and filmic acting exercises to adjust acting skills to these media.
Letter grade only (A-F). (6 hours activity)

 

414. Period Scene Study (3)
Prerequisite: THEA 318 and/or consent of instructor.
Scenes from period plays including Greek, Shakespeare, Comedy of Manners. Analysis of play's structure in terms of language, background, human behavior.
Letter grade only (A-F). (6 hours activity)

 

415. Preparing for the Profession (3)
Prerequisite: THEA 318 or consent of instructor.
Designed to acquaint actor with auditioning skills and practical business information necessary for acting professionally. Topics include: picture, resume, interview, audition, agent, casting, director, unions, contracts, job market and career strategies.
Letter grade only (A-F). (6 hours activity)

 

425I. Theatre and Cinema (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of G.E. foundation, one or more Explorations courses, THEA 324I, and upper-division standing.
Examines relationships between theatre and cinema both historically and concerning problems of realism, comedy and melodrama.
Letter grade only (A-F).

 

*426. Dramatic Theory and Criticism (3)
Prerequisite: THEA 101 or consent of instructor.
Study of the major theories of dramatic literature and performance. Analysis of dramatic works from the standpoint of genre, style and structure.
Letter grade only (A-F).

 

*427. Dramatic Construction (3)
Prerequisites: Completion of the Foundation; at least one Exploration course in Theatre Arts or in literature (an English literature course, a comparative world literature course, a foreign language literature course, or other literature course); and upper division standing.
Examination of dramatic and literary theories that focus on narrative construction as applied to drama, film, storytelling and screenwriting.
Letter grade only (A-F).

 

433. Design for Theatre (3)
Prerequisites: THEA 142, 146, 148 or consent of instructor.
Integration of styles and methods of theatrical costume, makeup, sound, scenery, and lighting design.
Letter grade only (A-F).

 

440A,B. Theatre Arts Activity — Crew (1,1)
Participation in technical play production projects; specific assignment determined through consultation with faculty or staff supervisors of Scenery, Lighting, Costume, Makeup, Sound, Tech Production, or Management areas.
Letter grade only (A-F). (60 hours minimum participation time or major crew assignment).

 

441. Scenographic Techniques (3)
Prerequisite: THEA 142 or consent of instructor:.
Study of drafting techniques used to translate designer’s vision to finished set on stage. Includes both traditional and computer aided design and drafting tools.
Letter grade only (A-F). (2 hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. lab).

 

442. Scenic Technical Skills (3)
Prerequisite: THEA 142 or consent of instructor.
Use of materials and construction methods in stage properties, set dressing and furniture. Painting techniques for scenery and properties. Supervision in practical application of these elements in University sponsored productions.
Letter grade only (A-F). (2 hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. lab).

 

444. Scenic Design (3)
Prerequisite: THEA 101, 142, 433.
Comprehensive study in techniques and art of scenic design. Course includes practical hands-on instruction in design conceptual development and two and three dimensional visual expressions of ideas.
Letter grade only (A-F). (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)

 

*446. Costume Design (3)
Prerequisite: THEA 101, 146 or consent of instructor.
Development of costume design through character and script analysis and understanding of line, space, color, and texture. Planning and presentation of costume rendering.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units in different semesters. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)

 

*447. Costume Technical Skills (3)
Prerequisite: THEA 101, 146, or consent of instructor.
Analysis of structure of costumes and accessories. Advanced technical projects using materials, patterning and construction methods in costume and accessories. Supervision in practical application of these elements in University sponsored productions.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units in different semesters. (2 hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. lab).

 

*448. Lighting Design (3)
Prerequisites: THEA 101, 148 or consent of instructor.
Techniques of designing lighting for various stage forms; creative planning and projection of designs for specific productions.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)

 

*449. Sound Design for the Theatre (3)
Introduction to scope, tools, materials and practices of sound in theatre today.
Letter grade only (A-F). (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)

 

*451. Computer Applications for the Theatre (3)
Use of computers and general application software as used in theatrical design, management and technical production. Primary areas of focus include spreadsheets, database, presentation graphics and basic web page development.
Letter grade only A-F.

 

456. Virtual and Automated Lighting Design (3)
Comprehensive study in techniques of virtual and automated lighting design. Course includes practical hands-on instruction in WYSIWYG virtual lighting software; Emphasis Control software and hardware; Vari*Lite, Martin, and High End automated fixtures, and Catalyst Media Server.
Letter grade only (A-F). (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)

 

462. Advanced Movement for the Actor (3)
Prerequisite: THEA 262 or consent of instructor.
Kinesthetic approaches to theatrically utilizing heightened physical language to explore character, relationship and truth.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Laboratory 6 hours).

 

*476. Theatre Management (3)
Examination of administration, management and promotion of a producing theatre organization. Practical application required in University-sponsored productions.
Letter grade only (A-F).

 

*490. Special Topics in Theatre Arts (3)
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
Topics of current interest in Theatre Arts selected for intensive study.
Letter grade only A-F May be taken to maximum of 9 units (Lecture 2 hours, activity 2 hours). Topics will be announced in the Schedule of Classes.

 

*498. Special Studies in Theatre Arts (3)
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
Independent projects and research of advanced nature in areas of Theatre Arts under faculty supervision.
Letter grade only (A-F). Limited to 6 units in any one area. Topics will be announced in the Schedule of Classes.
A. Acting
B. Directing
C. Costume
D. Scenery
E. Properties
F. Playwriting
J. Theatre history
K. Theatre criticism
L. Movement
M. Makeup
N. Lighting
O. Voice
P. Stage management
Q. Theatre management
R. Dance
S. Technical direction.