Department of Theatre and Dance

Professor Norman A. Bert, Chairperson.

Professor Willis-Aarnio; Associate Professors Christoffel, Marks, and Moore; Assistant Professors Baumrin, Donahue, and Wilcox.

This department supervises the following degree programs: THEATRE ARTS, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts and DANCE, Bachelor of Arts. The department also participates in the Doctor of Philosophy degree in FINE ARTS with an option in Theatre Arts.

The department sponsors a major season of plays in the University Theatre, a season of student-directed plays in the Laboratory Theatre, a Summer Repertory program, and various workshops. In addition, it sponsors chapters of Alpha Psi Omega (national theatre honorary), Chi Tau Epsilon (national dance honorary), and the United States Institute of Theatre Technology. It is an institutional member of the Texas Educational Theatre Association, the Texas Nonprofit Theatre Inc., the Southwest Theatre Association, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and the American College Dance Festival Association.

Grades below C in required courses of theatre and dance major and minors are not acceptable in fulfillment of degree requirements. Transfer students must complete the following minimum numbers of credit hours of major or minor courses in residence at Texas Tech: B.A. theatre majors9 hours; B.F.A. theatre majors30 hours; B.A. dance majors27 hours; theatre or dance minors3 hours.

Students seeking the B.A. degree with a major in Theatre Arts must complete the following requirements in addition to those required by the University and the College of Arts and Sciences: THA 1101, 1102, 1103, 1301, 2101, 2302, 2303, 3101, 3102, 3103, 3303, 3304, 3305, 3308, 3309, 3335, 4302, two hours of dance, and additional electives to total 36 to 42 hours. For a minor in theatre arts the following courses are required: THA 1101, 1103, 2101, 2302, 3303, 3304, 3305, 4302, for a total of 18 hours.

Students seeking the B.A. degree with a major in Dance are required to complete 45 hours of study including the core plus either Plan I (ballet) or Plan II (modern dance). No minor is required. Plan I allows the student to take up to 7 of the 45 hours from support areas, while Plan II permits up to 3 of the 45 hours. Both plans provide the student a choice in the senior year of studying either ballet (6 hours) or modern dance (4 hours).

Core Requirements

DAN 1103, 1107, 3104, 4104, 4207.

Plan I (Ballet) Courses

DAN 1102 (1-2 semesters), 1304 (8 semesters), 1204 (3 semesters), 4102 (1-2 semesters). In addition ballet majors must complete 7 hours from the support areas.

Plan II (Modern Dance) Courses

DAN 1204 (5 semesters), 1304 (3 semesters), 2102 (1-2 semesters), 3201 (1-2 semesters). In addition modern dance majors must complete 17 hours from the support areas.

Support Areas

DAN 3207, 3209, 3313, 4200, 4201, THA 3304, 3308, 3309, 3311, 4308, 4311, MUHL 3221, 3222, 3304, 3308, 3336.

Minor in Dance: Students seeking a minor in dance will complete the following courses: DAN 1107, 1204 (2 semesters), 1304 (2 semesters), 2102, 3104 (2 semesters), 4201, and 4207.

Dance Curriculum (Recommended)

Plan I (Ballet)
First YearSecond YearThird YearFourth Year
DAN 1102DAN 1107-301DAN 1204-301DAN 1204-302
DAN 1103-301DAN 1304-302DAN 1204-302DAN 1304-303
DAN 1301-301(2 semesters)DAN 1304-303(2 semesters)
DAN 1304-301(2 semesters)DAN 4102
DAN 3104DAN 4104
DAN 3209DAN 4200
DAN 3313DAN 4207

Plan II (Modern Dance)

First YearSecond YearThird YearFourth Year
DAN 1103-301DAN 1107-301DAN 1204-302DAN 1204-303
DAN 1103-302DAN 1204-301DAN 1204-303DAN 3201
DAN 1304-301DAN 1204-302DAN 3104DAN 4104
(2 semesters)DAN 1304-302DAN 3207DAN 4200
DAN 2102DAN 3209DAN 4201
DAN 3313DAN 4107

Students seeking the B.F.A. degree in theatre arts specialize either in acting-directing or in design technology. Entrance to the B.F.A. program is by audition and interview. Students usually audition for the program in their sophomore year and are admitted at the discretion of the faculty. Continuance in the program is dependent upon annual review and the faculty's assessment of the student's timely progress. Students whose progress is found unsatisfactory will be placed on probation. Probationary students who fail to improve will be removed from the program. The minimum number of hours required for B.F.A. theatre majors is a total of 126-133, at least 40 of which must be at the junior and senior levels. Students seeking the B.F.A. degree in theatre arts must complete the following requirements in addition to the University and the College of Arts and Sciences requirements:

Core Requirements

THA 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 2101, 2302, 2303, 3104, 3105, 3303, 3304, 3305, 3308, 3309, 3335, 4302, 4303, 4308.

Acting and Directing Specialization Courses

THA 1301 (twice), 2302 (twice, total), 3105 (three times total), 3302 (twice), 3306, 3307, 4301 (twice). In addition, students must complete 20 hours from the following: THA 2305, 2306, DAN 1102, 1103, 1107, 1204, 1304, 2100, 2102, 3104, 3201, 3313, 4102, 4207, MUAP (voice) 1001, 1002, 2001, 2002, 3001, 3002.

Design and Technology Specialization Courses

THA 2306, 3306, 3307, 4108 (twice), 4301 (twice), 4309, 4310 and 4311; ART 1320, 1324, 1325, 1331, and 2322. Also 9 hours must be selected from THA 3100, 3101, 3102, 3103, 4309, and 4310, ART 1310, 1311, and 2322.*

*Students with an emphasis in scenery or costume design must take 6 of the additional 9 hours in their area of specialization.

Teacher Education. Students desiring secondary certification in theatre arts must complete the following: THA 1301, 2302, 2303, 3303, 3304, 3305, 3308, 3309, 4302, and one 3-hour elective. Students desiring secondary certification in dance must complete the following courses: DAN 1102 or 2102, 1103, 1204, 1304, 2100, 3104, 3207, 3209, 3313, 4200, 4201, 4207, and MUTH 1301.

Courses in Dance. (DAN)

1103. Jazz (1:0:3). A study of jazz techniques. May be repeated once for credit. [DANC 1147]

1107. Musical Stage Dance (1:0:3). An introduction to musical stage forms including hybrid forms of dance specifically for the Broadway, television, or musical stage. May be repeated once for credit.

1204. Modern Dance (2:0:41/2). A study of modern dance techniques. May be repeated for credit. [DANC 1245]

1304. Ballet (3:0:71/2). The academic study of ballet from its beginning to the most sophisticated forms. May be repeated for credit. [DANC 1341]

2100. Dance Activities in Theatre (1:0:2). Skills and knowledge in ballet, modern and jazz dance activities. May be repeated for credit. [DANC 1131]

2102. Improvisation (1:0:2). Experiences in improvisation to develop spontaneity and heighten awareness so that movement response can become instantaneous. May be repeated once for credit.

3104. Dance Production Activities (1). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Participation in a dance production, either as a lighting designer, performer, choreographer, or crew head. May be repeated once for credit.

3201. Modern Dance Repertoire (2:0:4). Prerequisite: DAN 1204 and consent of instructor. Exposure to various modern dance choreography.

3207. Dance for Children (2:1:2). Creative movement, singing and rhythmic games, ballet, modern, and jazz dance for children.

3209. Pedagogy (2:1:2). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Basic principles and guidelines for the teaching of ballet and modern dance.

3313. History of the Dance (3:3:0). History and philosophy of dance and the relationships of dance to allied arts. (Writing Intensive)

4102. Partnering (1:0:2). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. An introduction to supported adagiothe assimilation of the easiest methods of partner relationship on the stage. May be repeated once for credit.

4104. Senior Concert (1). Prerequisite: DAN 4207. Senior presentation of an original dance composition, including selection of music, costume, and lighting designs.

4200. Ethnic Dance (2:1:2). Prerequisite: DAN 1304. A study of Spanish and character dance.

4201. Special Topics in Dance (2:2:0). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Introduction to special topics in dance for in-depth study. (Writing Intensive)

4207. Choreography (2:1:2). Prerequisite: DAN 1204, 1304. The study of the craft of composing ballet and modern dances.

Courses in Theatre Arts. (THA)

1101. Theatre Activities: Scenery and Properties (1). Opportunity to participate extensively in theatre activities in scenery and properties. [DRAM 1120]

1102. Theatre Activities: Lighting and Sound (1). Opportunity to participate extensively in theatre activities in lighting and sound. [DRAM 1121]

1103. Theatre Activities: Costume and Makeup (1). Opportunity to participate extensively in theatre activities in costume and makeup. [DRAM 2120]

1104. Theatre Activities: House Management (1). Opportunity to participate extensively in theatre activities in the area of house management.

1301. Voice and Movement (3:3:3). Devoted to freeing the actor's voice and body. Practical training for actors and announcers. Must be repeated for credit by B.F.A. acting and/or directing majors. [DRAM 2337, DRAM 1322]

2101. Stage Makeup (1:0:3). [DRAM 1141]

2301. Introduction to Acting (3:3:0). Acting techniques in communication processes. May be applied toward the fine arts requirement for the B.A. degree.

2302. Principles of Acting (3:3:3). Training in basic skills of acting. Theatre games, exercises, creative dramatics, improvisation, rehearsal, and scene study. Two labs at progressive skill levels. Must be repeated for credit by B.F.A. performance majors. [DRAM 1351]

2303. Introduction to Theatre (3:3:0). A study of the modern theatre art form, its backgrounds and values. Attendance at representative plays is required. Applies toward Fine Arts requirement for B.A. degree. [DRAM 1310, HUMA 1315]

2304. Introduction to Cinema (3:3:1). A study of the cinematic art form. Three-hour lecture and viewing session plus one hour discussion each week. Applies toward fine arts requirement for the B.A. degree.

2305. Fundamentals of Oral Interpretation (3:3:0). Major emphasis is placed on the appreciation of good literature and its effective oral interpretation from the printed page. [SPCH 2341]

2306. Stage Management (3:3:0). Prerequisite: THA 2303. An in-depth study of the functions and responsibilities of the stage manager in the performing arts.

2310. Avant-Garde Theatre (3:3:0). An examination of the works of European and American twentieth-century artists who have challenged the boundaries of what is generally considered theatre. (Writing Intensive)

3100. Advanced Theatre Activities: Stage Management (1). Prerequisite: THA 2306. Opportunity to participate extensively in theatre activities in stage management in University Theatre productions.

3101. Advanced Theatre Activities: Scenery and Properties (1). Opportunity to participate extensively in theatre activities in scenery and properties with emphasis on leadership experiences.

3102. Advanced Theatre Activities: Lighting and Sound (1). Prerequisite: THA 3304. Opportunity to participate extensively in theatre activities in lighting and sound with emphasis on leadership experiences.

3103. Advanced Theatre Activities: Costume and Makeup (1). Prerequisite: THA 3305. Opportunity to participate extensively in theatre activities in costume and makeup with emphasis on leadership experiences.

3104. Advanced Theatre Activities: House Management (1). Opportunity to participate extensively in theatre activities in house management with emphasis on leadership experiences.

3105. Rehearsal and Performance (1). Credit for acting in University Theatre and Laboratory Theatre productions. May be repeated for credit.

3106. Auditioning (1:0:2). Prerequisite: THA 1301 and 2302. A practicum for developing audition techniques and examining guidelines for audition procedures, with emphasis on resume organization and audition material selection and performance.

3302. Scene Study (3:3:3). Prerequisite: THA 2302 and consent of instructor. Scene study in a spectrum of periods and styles, from the Greeks to the current era. Work towards the refinement of technique and analytical skills. Two labs at progressive skill levels. Must be repeated for credit by performance B.F.A. majors. (Writing Intensive)

3303. Principles of Theatrical Scenery (3:2:3). Prerequisite: THA 2303 or equivalent. The study of technical problems of play production. Design, construction, and painting of scenery and properties and special effects. [DRAM 1330]

3304. Principles of Theatrical Lighting (3:2:3). Prerequisite: THA 2303 or equivalent. Study of the theory and practice of theatrical stage lighting. Elementary electricity, lighting control and instruments, lighting design.

3305. Principles of Theatrical Costuming (3:2:3). Prerequisite: THA 2303 or equivalent. Study and application of the theories and techniques of theatrical costuming. Survey of historical dress. Design for the stage. Construction of theatrical clothing.

3306, 3307. Practicum in Repertory Theatre I, II (3:0:9 each). Prerequisite: THA 1301, 2302, 2303, or equivalent. Practical work in the organization, mounting, and presentation of plays in a repertory situation. May be repeated for credit.

3308. History of Theatre I (3:3:0). A comprehensive review of world theatre from its beginning to the seventeenth century. May be applied toward fulfillment of fine arts requirement for the B.A. degree. [DRAM 2361] (Writing Intensive)

3309. History of Theatre II (3:3:0). A comprehensive overview of world theatre from the seventeenth century to the present day. May be applied toward fulfillment of fine arts requirement for the B.A. degree. [DRAM 2362] (Writing Intensive)

3310. Introduction to Performance Studies (3:3:0). An introduction to the discipline of performance studies that draws on American, European, Asian, and African performance-related material. (Writing Intensive)

3311. Principles of Performing Arts Management (3:3:0). Study of the management principles of various types of performing arts including planning, organizing, leading, controlling, fund-raising, marketing, audience development, etc.

3312. Creative Drama (3:3:0). The study of the principles of creative drama, including exercises in pantomime, concentration, story-building, verbal activities, and story dramatization.

3335. Script Analysis (3:3:0). An introduction to dramatic structure and methods of script analysis as a preparation for writing, directing, designing, performing, and criticizing plays. (Writing Intensive)

4000. Projects in Theatre and Dance (V1-6). Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing and 9 hours of theatre or dance and consent of instructor. Individual study, under the guidance of a faculty member. Repeatable for credit.

4108. Scene Painting (1). Prerequisite: THA 2302, 3303, and 3304. Study of the art and craft of scene painting styles and techniques. Repeatable for credit.

4302. Stage Directing Methods (3:2:3). Prerequisite: Junior standing, THA 2302, 2303, 3303, 3304, and 3305. Study and practice of fundamental principles and techniques of directing. Student direction of representative plays. (Writing Intensive)

4303. Theory and Practice of Playwriting (3:3:0). Study of the techniques of dramaturgy. Practical work in the writing of drama. May be repeated for credit. (Writing Intensive)

4308. Professional Career Management (3:3:0). An overview of the various aspects of developing and managing a career in the performing arts including auditioning, résumé writing, portfolio development, and contract evaluation.

4309. Principles of Scene Design (3:0:9). Prerequisite: THA 2303, 3303, and 3304. Study of theory and practice of theatrical scene design. May be repeated for credit.

4310. Costume Design (3:0:9). Prerequisite: 2303 and 3305. Theory and practice of costume design for technical production. Repeatable for credit.

4311. Theory and Practice of Lighting Design (3:0:9). Prerequisite: THA 2303, 3303, and 3304. Study of the theory, process, and practice in lighting design for theatre, opera, and dance. Repeatable for credit.

4312. Workshop in Theatre (3:3:3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. In-depth instruction and practice in specific areas of performance, design, and production. Repeatable for credit.

4313. Seminar in Theatre (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. In-depth study of selected topics in theatre and dance.


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