Aesthetics and craft of the theatrical experience on stage, screen, and television. Discussions and analyses of all aspects of the theatrical arts; critical viewing of performances both in and out of class with written analyses. May not be used for credit towards the theatre major.
Basic acting skills for non-theatre majors and theatre minors.
Individual production crew assignments for theatre majors.
Individual production crew assignments (open to non-majors).
All aspects of the theatrical experience on stage and screen, emphasizing the role of the audience as well as that of the artist. May not be used for credit towards the theatre major.
Survey of dramatic literature that foregrounds issues of race, gender, culture, and/or ethnicity. Emphasis is placed on African American, Asian American, Latino/Latina, and Native American drama and theatre. The origin and development of these theatre movements are contextualized within the…
Survey of dramatic literature, including musical theatre, playwrights, directors, actors, designers, and theatre companies that foregrounds issues of race, gender, culture, and/or ethnicity. Emphasis is placed on African American, Asian American, Latino/Latina, and Native American drama and…
Film aesthetics and film as an art form, including critical viewing of selected films in laboratory, and papers on topics in film and audience values.
3 hours. 2 hours lecture and 2 hours lab per week.
Cultural history of the most important ethnic film makers in the American cinema from the 1920's to the present, with emphasis on stories and styles of the films, as well as on the underlying economic and social contexts.
3 hours. 2 hours lecture and 2 hours lab per week
A theatre appreciation course for non-theatre majors who have an interest in sports. This course will investigate representations of athletes and/or athletic events and will also discuss the ways in which sports are a form of live performance/theatre.
The principles and process of dramatic writing.
A method for analyzing scripts intended for performance.
A method of analyzing scripts intended for performance. Not offered on a regular basis.
Basic principles and techniques of design in contemporary performing arts, including the development and practice of scenery, costume, lighting, and other design aspects of stage and media production, with a look at major contemporary designers.
Planning and design of performance costumes, including exploration of drawing, painting, production, and play analysis.
Introduction to principles of stagecraft relating to the fabrication, construction, and finishing of entertainment scenery. Primary focus relates to becoming familiar with popular construction materials and practices used throughout the entertainment industry. Theatrical painting and other…
Participation in a series of group and individual activities designed to develop basic acting skills. The course also includes exercises for the actor's voice and body. Open only to theatre majors.
Voice and movement fundamentals for the actor. Essential topics include diagnosis of vocal and physical misuse; re-alignment of the spine; re-education of breathing, phonation, and physical process toward healthy, connected use for stage; conditioning of the instrument; and broadening of vocal/…
Fundamental principles and practices in makeup for stage and media. Drawing and face painting skills as well as practice in use of cosmetics, wigs, hair pieces, and work with departmental productions.
A foundation in acting for TV, film, and internet. Covers on- camera acting techniques, industry protocols, equipment, and terminology required to create successful screen performances. Also covers casting and audition strategies as well as how to work effectively with actors, directors, and…
Provides a foundation in taking a script through the transformative process from written word to visual image. An exploration of the working relationships between the director, director of photography, and production designer. Other topics include the various roles of the art department,…
Planning, writing, and polishing the short script for performance. Not offered on a regular basis.
History of theatre and dramatic arts from ca. 1800 to the present.
Examines theatre as a cultural form crucially interwoven with systems of social organization and government. As a forum for debate, a dangerous location to be regulated, a tool for molding citizens, or a revolutionary force; studies theatrical practices and dramatic literature across historical…
Examines theatre as a cultural form crucially interwoven with systems of ritual as didactic and community bonding events. Exploration of ritual as an origin for theatre, although other theories of theatre origin will be explored. Studies theatrical practices and dramatic literature (global in…
The development of the international film and of film theories from 1895 to 1945, with emphasis on cinema as a dramatic medium.
The development of international film and film theories from 1945 to the present, with emphasis on cinema as a dramatic medium.
Women's contributions to the performing arts, focusing on contemporary American artists in such fields as theatre, film, dance, performance art, and other contemporary performance genres.
Not offered on a regular basis.
Overview of the presentation of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered characters in theatre, film, and television. Through readings of theoretical texts and dramatic scripts and through viewings of films and theatre productions, students will examine the social, historical, artistic, and…
Genres of performance in India, China, Japan, and Southeast Asia. Focus on social and cultural significance of performances, including examples of Noh, Kabuki, Beijing Opera, Kathakali, Kutiyattam, Wayang Kulit, and Topeng.
Studies the Broadway musical as one of the most quintessentially American forms of performance. Explores the history of musical theatre and its relationship to other entertainment media. Analyzes the messages about gender, race and ethnicity, sexuality, and the meaning of "America" that musicals…
A survey of feminist film criticism and theory, as well as the valuable contributions of key women directors.
3 hours. 3 hours lecture and 2 hours lab per week.
Semester Course Offered: Offered spring semester every even-numbered year.
An in-depth analytical survey of one or multiple historically significant film genres.
3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 6 hours credit. 2 hours lecture and 2 hours lab per week.
Semester Course Offered: Not offered on a regular basis.
A historical survey of cinema and related audio(visual) media, including radio, television, and digital media, in Latin America. The course traces the role played by cinema and media in nation-building in Latin American countries as well as the relationship between film aesthetics, politics, and…
History of major films, directors, and movements in French cinema from 1895 to present.
3 hours. 1 hours lecture and 2 hours lab per week.
Semester Course Offered: Offered fall semester every even-numbered year.
History of major techniques, films, directors, and movements in motion picture animation from 1895 to present. Emphasis on narrative and representational strategies.
Semester Course Offered: Offered fall semester every odd-numbered year.
History of major technological inventions in cinema and the results on narrative film style.
Essential filmmaking techniques, the basic digital video (DV) production process and procedures. A basic technical foundation in DV cinematography, sound, and editing. Student will learn basic crew responsibilities and how to collaborate as a team and be prepared for more advanced production…
A dramaturg is a theatrical literary advisor, whose responsibilities include play development (including new plays, adaptations, or translations), production research and support, and educational support. Students will learn that set of skills and how to communicate their knowledge productively…
Topical issues in theatre or cinema, combining history and critical analysis of specific significant topics (e.g., national theatre or cinema, animation, authorship, genre).
Offered every year.
Individual study, reading, or projects under the direction of a faculty advisor.
Individual study, reading, or projects under the direction of a project director.
Individual study, reading, or projects under the direction of a project director.
Concentration on voice, movement, and character study for actors.
3 hours. 6 hours lab per week.
Open only to theatre majors. Individually assigned production and/or performance crew.
Repeatable for maximum 2 hours credit. 2 hours lab per week.
1 hour. Repeatable for maximum 2 hours credit. 2 hours lab per week.
The current status of dramatic arts with specific planning and preparation to enter into the profession. The course includes senior exit examination. Open only to theatre majors.
Assigned artistic production work in directing, acting, design, technology, dramaturgy under the supervision of a faculty advisor relative to the student's area of interest; performance, technical, design, media, management.
A survey of the organization and practical application and execution of performance events.
Special topics in advanced theory and techniques of performance technology, including scenery construction and rigging, costume construction, lighting technology, and sound.
Not open to students with credit in THEA 5310 or THEA 7310
3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 6 hours credit. 6…
Techniques of computer-aided design and drafting in the performing arts.
3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 6 hours credit. 6 hours lab per week.
Costume design for the performing arts, emphasizing conceptualization and application for basic research and technology to meet dramatic needs.
Survey of architecture, interiors, and clothing styles for use in the entertainment design industry.
Offered: Not offered on a regular basis.
Basic technology for performance production. Costume materials and construction, scenery rigging and movement, lighting equipment and technology, and sound equipment and practices.
Semester Course Offered: Offered every odd-numbered year.
Special workshops with guest artists.
3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 9 hours credit. 6 hours lab per week.
Role analysis and the problems and techniques of creating subtext with special relation to text and improvisation.
Intensive study in physical techniques for the actor.
Intensive training in voice techniques for the actor.
In-depth practical study of particular theatrical theories, approaches, and techniques. Based on instructor's area of interest.
Semester Course Offered: Not offered on…
Applying theatre acting techniques to the demands of modern media. Practical work in class with emphasis on the vocal and physical demands of dramatic material designed for television and cinema.
Semester Course Offered: Offered every year…
Selected performance topics and theories.
Special projects for the advanced student, including internships.
Nontraditional Format: Directed study.
Basic methods and procedures of the art of dramatic directing.
The director's analysis of the script, the actor-director relationship, and theatrical style. Each student directs a one-act play or short film.
Developing the full length script for performance.
Critical and practical work in producing new scripts for writers, actors, directors, and designers.
Theories and techniques of the dramatic cinema.
Semester Course Offered: Offered every year.
A special topics course in dramatic writing.
3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 9 hours credit.
Under the supervision and approval of an advisor, students perform the duties of an internship within film, television, animation, and media. Students report to work as required by their employers, maintain a record of duties, and write a final paper summarizing their experiences and…
Under the supervision of an advisor, or with the permission of the undergraduate coordinator, students perform the duties of an internship within their areas of interest. Student apply for the internship as they would for a job and report to work as required by their employers. Students maintain…
An introduction to the history, theories, and practice of community-based theatre. Hallmark troupes and artists, and techniques of theatre for social change. Involves outreach in the community, critical reflection, and the creation our own community-based performance.
Projects in costume design for the performing arts, emphasizing multi-character and highly complex designs using traditional and complex methods and technologies.
A special topics course in computer technology not otherwise offered in the drama and theatre curriculum.
Lecture and discussion is integrated with hands-on work at…
Computer animation in television, film, and theatre from the perspective of the director/animator. The hardware and software necessary to create computer animation is accompanied by the principles of kinetics and narrative story-telling in a visual medium.
3 hours. 6 hours lab per week.…
Advanced computer animation techniques and digital compositing which integrate live action with computer generated environments.
Semester Course Offered: Offered every year
Preparation of a portfolio-quality computer animation project, including a narrative script story book, pre-production meetings, schedules and budgets, production and post-production.
Semester Course Offered: …
Principles and techniques of technical animation. Topics include skeletal and control rigging virtual characters, simulation of cloth, simulation of hair and fur, simulation of fluids (fire, water, etc.), and simulated particle systems.
Principles and techniques of motion capture. Exploration of motion capture as a technical medium. Development of rigs for capture sessions. Methods for capturing multiple performances in single sessions. Post-processing MoCap data for quality output, and making use of the captured data.…
Practice and theory of interactive multimedia as a dramatic medium. Multimedia hardware and software, principles of interactive design, and comparison of development tools and delivery systems including CD-ROM and the World Wide Web.
The use of computers to trigger and manipulate media events, including sound, lighting, digital images and video, and techniques allowing performers and spectators to interact with such media events in real time. Topics include sensors, motion capture, MIDI, and theoretical issues concerning the…
Principles and techniques of sound design for live theatre, film, and animation. Considers both the theory of sound design and the practical application of sound as a design medium. Topics include emotional and narrative content of sound, analyzing scripts for sound needs, creating foley effects…
An introduction to 100 years of film theory and criticism. Students are introduced to key concepts and major figures from Classical Film Theory (Eisenstein, Arnheim, Bazin) through Structuralism, Semiotics, Psychoanalysis, Feminism, and Cognitive Studies.
3 hours. 2 hours lecture and 2…
Independent projects in scenery, costume, or lighting design, aimed at developing professional placement skills and portfolio presentation techniques. Students will use the semester to develop professional resumes, reference banks, and placement skills while developing design portfolios in both…
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