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Department of Visual and Performing Arts
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Courses in Theatre (TH)

1101 Theatre Practicum (0-3). Supervised laboratory assignments in areas of specialization. May be repeated for a maximum of four semester credit hours but may not be used to meet theatre major or minor requirements.

1104 Rehearsal and Performance (0-3). A program of activities to include participation in the cast and/or production staff of at least one dramatic production each semester. May be repeated for a maximum of four semester credit hours but may not be used to meet theatre major or minor requirements.

1311 Introduction to Dramatic Art (3-0). A historical survey of the development of dramatic art; introduction to contemporary theatre practice.

1351 Acting I (3-0). Study of acting techniques; vocal and physical training.

1352 Acting II (3-0). Study of acting techniques, vocal, and physical training with a focus on scene structure and character development.

2331 Technical Production (3-0). Basic techniques in scene construction; technical drafting for the stage; survey of technical areas of concentration. Theatre 1101 must be taken in conjunction with this course.

2334 Stage Lighting (3-0). Study of design principles and techniques of lighting for the stage. Theatre 1101 must be taken in conjunction with this course.

2345 Computer Applications for the Theatre (3-0). The use of computers in designing for theatrical production, with study of basic computer software for scenic, lighting, costume, sound, promotions and projections design.

3311 Dramatic Literature (3-0). A critical study of representative 20th-21st Century drama with emphasis on script analysis, dramatic theory, and stage production.

3320 Vocal Production (3-0). Development of clear articulation and enunciation, correct pronunciation, proper vowel placement and control of the speaking voice through study and exercise specifically for the actor.

3331 Theatre Production Management (3-0). Management of the physical stage; production schedules; box office; public relations. Theatre 1101 must be taken in conjunction with this course. Prerequisite: Theatre 1311, 1351 or 1352.

3334 Scene Design (3-0). Basic techniques of scenery design; ground plans, renderings, elevations; perspective drawing. Prerequisite: Theatre 2331 and 2345 or consent of instructor.

3341 Costume Design and Construction (3-0). Study of historical costume with emphasis on major cultures and historical periods. The nature and use of costume fabrics and sewing implements; cutting, with and without patterns; pattern-making and alteration; wardrobe management. Theatre 1101 must be taken in conjunction with this course.

3353 Acting III - Styles (3-0). An exploration of special problems the actor encounters with dramatic texts from various periods. Plays, manners, customs, and movement characteristics of Greek, Elizabethan, French Neoclassical, and Restoration periods will be studied through monologue work.

4301 Senior Seminar (3-0). The capstone course for all areas of drama, emphasizing portfolio development and other preparation for entry into the drama profession.

4311 History of Dramatic Art I (3-0). A historical study of the theatre from primitive times to the Eighteenth Century. Course includes an examination of the physical theatre, acting styles, costumes and scenery, representative plays, and theories of drama applicable to the various periods under consideration.

4312 History of Dramatic Art II (3-0). A historical study of the theatre from the Eighteenth Century to the present. Includes a study of the physical theatre, development of modern drama, acting styles, and theories of drama applicable to the various periods under consideration.

4314 Playwriting (3-0). Analysis of play structure. Each student will write a one-act play to demonstrate comprehension of the processes involved.

4321 Directing (3-0). Basic techniques of directing for the stage; scene interpretation; pictorial composition. Students direct and supervise production of short scenes. Prerequisite: Theatre 1351 or 1352, 2331, 2334.

4331 Stage Make-up (3-0). Basic techniques in the application of theatrical make-up, corrective, character, and nonrealistic types.

4341 Theories of Dramatic Production (3-0). A study of the essential elements of theatre production. Criteria for evaluating and selecting plays and the philosophy of performance theories.

4351 Acting IV - Advanced Acting (3-0). Focus on acting for the camera, alternative approaches to acting and preparation of career development process - development of resume, headshots, portfolio, auditioning, markets, etc. A study of the essential elements of theatre production. Criteria for evaluating and selecting plays and the philosophy of performance theories. Prerequisite: Theatre 1351 or 1352, or permission of instructor.

4381 Special Topics (3-0). A course dealing with selected topics in drama. May be repeated once for credit when topic varies. Prerequisite: Senior standing and department head approval.

4391 Research. A specialized course that may be directed reading or research for superior students majoring in theatre. Prerequisite: Senior standing and department head approval.