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1000 Level Courses

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

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

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

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

1301. [DRAM 2336] Voice for the Actor (3). Explores “freeing” the natural resources of the human voice with emphasis on characterization and vocal flexibility. Enrollment in noncredit lab is required. May be repeated once for credit.

1302. [DRAM 1322]. Movement for the Actor (3). Explores the physical skills necessary for the actor with emphasis on individual physical creativity and imagination. May be repeated once for credit. Enrollment in noncredit lab is required.

1303. Introduction to Theatre (3). Introduction to theatre as a career and academic pursuit: basic concepts, practices, and values. Required of all theatre majors prior to admission to upper-level courses. Fall semester only. Theatre majors only.

2000 Level Courses

2101. [DRAM 1141, 1241, 1341] Stage Makeup (1).

2301. Introduction to Acting (3). Fundamental principles of acting for nonmajors, with emphasis on establishing a working vocabulary and basic acting process. Fulfills core Creative Arts requirement.

2302. [DRAM 1351] Principles of Acting I (3). Explores the fundamental principles of acting. Emphasis on establishing a process and working vocabulary necessary for the profession. Enrollment in noncredit lab is required.

2303. [DRAM 1310] Theatre Appreciation (3). Study and application of the various activities and methods of theatrical practice. Attendance at representative plays is required. Fulfills core Creative Arts requirement.

2304. [COMM 2366; DRAM 2366, 2367] Introduction to Cinema (3). A study of the cinematic art form. Fulfills core Creative Arts requirement.

2305. Elements of Theatrical Design (3). Introduction to the elements, principles, and techniques of design for contemporary performing arts, including the design and practice of scenery, lighting, costume, and sound.

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

2312. [DRAM 1352] Principles of Acting II (3). Prerequisite: THA 2302. Explores representative acting theories in practice with emphasis on given circumstances and character development. Enrollment in noncredit lab is required. May be repeated once for credit.
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3000 Level Courses

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

3101. Advanced Theatre Activities: Scenery and Properties (1). Prerequisite: THA 3303. Opportunity to participate extensively in theatre activities in scenery and properties with emphasis on leadership experiences. May be repeated once for credit.

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. May be repeated once for credit.

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. May be repeated once for credit.

3104. Advanced Theatre Activities: House Management (1). Prerequisite: THA 1104. Opportunity to participate extensively in theatre activities in house management with emphasis on leadership experiences.

3105. Rehearsal and Performance (1). Credit for acting or stage managing in departmental productions or acting in approved directing scenes. May be repeated twice for credit.

3208. Scene Painting (2). Prerequisites: THA 3303 and 3304. Study of the art and craft of scene painting styles and techniques. May be repeated once for credit.

3302. Acting Period Styles I (3). Prerequisite: THA 2312. Scene study in a spectrum of periods and styles, from the Greeks to Renaissance theatre. Required of B.F. A. acting majors. Enrollment in noncredit lab is required. May be repeated once for credit.

3303. Principles of Theatrical Scenery (3). Prerequisite: THA 1303 or 2303. The study of technical problems of play production. Design, construction, and painting of scenery and properties and special effects. Enrollment in noncredit lab is required.

3304. Principles of Theatrical Lighting (3). Prerequisite: C or higher in THA 1303 or THA 2303. Study of the theory and practice of theatrical stage lighting. Elementary electricity, lighting control and instruments, lighting design. Enrollment in noncredit lab is required. Fulfills Core Technology and Applied Science requirement.

3305. Principles of Theatrical Costuming (3). Prerequisite: THA 1303 or 2303. Study and application of the theories and techniques of theatrical costuming. Survey of historical dress. Design for the stage. Construction of theatrical clothing. Enrollment in noncredit lab is required.

3306. Performance Lab I (3). An immersive learning experience in theatre and dance that explores avenues of production, theory, devising, and development with diverse professional artists in a laboratory setting. May be repeated once for credit.

3307. Performance Lab II (3). An immersive learning experience in theatre and dance that explores avenues of production, theory, devising, and development with diverse professional artists in a laboratory setting. May be repeated once for credit.

3308. History of Theatre I (3). A comprehensive review of world theatre from its beginning to the seventeenth century. Fulfills multicultural requirement. (Writing Intensive)

3309. History of Theatre II (3). A comprehensive overview of world theatre from the seventeenth century to the present. Fulfills multicultural requirement. (Writing Intensive)

3310. Auditioning (3). Prerequisites: THA 1301, 2302 (may be taken concurrently). A practicum for developing audition techniques and examining guidelines for audition procedures, with emphasis on resume organization and audition material selection and performance.

3311. Acting for the Camera (3). Prerequisite: THA 2301 or 2302. Principles of acting for the camera, including industry terms, auditioning, and acting techniques.

3322. Acting Period Styles II (3). Prerequisite: THA 2312. Scene study in a spectrum of periods and styles from Restoration to contemporary theatre. May be repeated once for credit.

3332. Acting Period Styles III (3). Prerequisite: THA 2312. Scene study in the performance of Shakespearean texts and the conventions and performance styles of Elizabethan theatre. Enrollment in noncredit lab is required. May be repeated once for credit.

3341. Advanced Voice for the Actor (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. A continuation of the development of the actor’s “neutral” voice, resonating capability, range and quality of tone. Introduces dialects for the stage.

3342. Advanced Movement for the Actor (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. A continuation of the development of the actor’s physical skill, clarity, and awareness. Emphasizes integrating mind, body, voice, and emotion in all work.

3351. Theatre in the Community (3). Combines community service (creating theatre activities for or with non-profit community organizations that serve at-risk populations) with readings, discussions, and collaborations on societal applications for the performing arts.

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4000 Level Courses

4000. Projects in Theatre and Dance (V1-6). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Individual study under the guidance of a faculty member. May be repeated for up to 12 credit hours.

4110. Senior Seminar for the B.A. in Theatre (1). A capstone course providing upper-level B.A. majors professional preparation tailored to their individual strengths.

4208. Professional Career Management (2) Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing. An overview of the various aspects of developing and managing a career in the performing arts including auditioning, resume writing, portfolio development, and contract evaluation.

4300. Script Analysis (3). A study of dramatic structure and methods of script analysis as a prepara-tion for writing, directing, designing, performing, and criticizing plays. (Writing Intensive)

4302. Stage Directing Methods (3). Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing, THA 1303, 2302, 3303, 3304, and 3305. Study and practice of fundamental principles and techniques of directing. Student direction of representative plays. Enrollment in noncredit lab is required.

4303. Theory and Practice of Playwriting (3). Prerequisite: THA 4300. Study of the techniques of dramaturgy. Practical work in the writing of drama. May be repeated once for credit.

4308. Topics in Theatre History (3). Prerequisites: THA 4300 and either THA 3308 or 3309. Advanced topics course to integrate history, drama, production, and theory around a focused era or subject. May be repeated once for credit.

4309. Scene Design (3). Prerequisites: THA 1303 and 3303. Study of theory and practice of theatrical scene design. May be repeated twice for credit.

4310. Costume Design (3). Prerequisites: 1303 and 3305. Theory and practice of costume design for technical production. May be repeated twice for credit.

4311. Lighting Design (3). Prerequisites: THA 1303 and 3304. Study of the theory, process, and practice in lighting design for theatre, opera, and dance. May be repeated twice for credit.

4319. Theatre Sound Design (3). An exploration of the concepts and techniques of sound design for live performance structured around the typical workflow of a sound designer for a theatrical production.

4336. Computerized Drafting for the Theatre (3). Traditional and computer-aided drafting techniques for theatrical presentation. May be repeated once for credit.

4337. Computer Rendering for the Theatre (3). Computer-aided rendering techniques and portfolio tools for theatrical presentation. May be repeated once for credit.

4340. Period Styles of Design (3). Advanced and in-depth research of historical periods as it relates to theatrical design.

4351. Performing Arts in the Community (3). Prerequisites: 6 hours of 2000- or 3000-level THA and/or DAN courses or consent of instructor. Combines community service (creative theatre and dance for or with community agencies) with readings and discussions on societal applications of performing arts. May be repeated once for credit when topics vary.

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5000 Level Courses

5300. Dramatic Analysis (3). Study of dramatic structures and script analysis methods as a preparation for writing, directing, designing, performing, and criticizing plays.

5301. Playwriting I (3). Prerequisite: THA 5300. Basic graduate-level study in the theory and practice of playwriting, focusing on crafting the short play.

5302. Playwriting II (3). Prerequisite: THA 5301. Instruction and practice in crafting the full-length play script. May be repeated once for credit.

5303. Theatre Scene Design (3). Advanced work in the process of designing for the stage. Includes work on models, sketches, renderings, and theatre drafting. May be repeated for credit.

5304. Theatre Lighting Design (3). Advanced work in theatrical lighting design with an emphasis on the use of light as artistic expression. May be repeated for credit.

5305. Theatre Costume Design (3). Advanced work in the total process of designing costumes for the stage through design projects for representative plays. May be repeated for credit.

5306. Theatre History Survey (3). A survey of the major periods and traditions of world theatre and various approaches to theatre historiography. Required of all theatre arts doctoral students.

5307. Performance Lab I (3). An immersive learning experience in theatre and dance which asks students to explore avenues of production, theory, devising, and development with diverse professional artists in a laboratory setting. May be repeated once for credit.

5308. Advanced Performance Lab II (3). An immersive learning experience in theatre and dance which asks students to explore avenues of production, theory, devising, and development with diverse professional artists in a laboratory setting. May be repeated once for credit.

5309. Seminar in Theatre History (3). Consideration of the theatre of a specific historical epoch, or the comparative study of the theatre of several periods.May be repeated for credit.

5310. Historical and Critical Perspectives in Theatre Arts (3). Historical and critical overview of the field including introduction to major theories and methodologies; study of particular artists; works or movements that provide insight into specific creative techniques; basic media and techniques of the field; and interdisciplinary relationships with the other arts.

5311. Advanced Directing (3). Prerequisite: Undergraduate directing course or consent of instructor. Study of procedures and techniques of directing. Enrollment in noncredit lab is required.

5312. Theatre Management (3). Study of university, community, and professional theatre management with special attention to policy making, audience building, play selection, staff organization, budget preparation, and relationships with governmental and private agencies and foundations.

5313. Dramatic Criticism (3). Principles of dramatic criticism from Aristotle to the present day.

5314. Theatre Arts in Contemporary Context (3). Study of contemporary issues in the field: Current artistic trends, theory and criticism, organization (e.g., funding, administration), and cultural policy (e.g., education, assessment, multi-cultural issues, censorship).

5315. Reading Playscripts (3). Reading and analysis of numerous playscripts and a study of the way in which they are produced in performance.

5316. Marketing the Arts (3). An approach to the field of current theories and practices of arts marketing.

5317. Funding the Arts (3). A seminar in locating and arranging funding for arts organizations.

5318. Advocacy for the Arts (3). Study of the importance and impact of external environments on the formation, production, and funding of arts activities.

5319. Theatre Sound Design (3). An exploration of the concepts and techniques of sound design for live performance structured around the typical workflow of a sound designer for a theatrical production.

5320. Theatre Planning (3). A study of the planning and design of theatre facilities.

5321. Playwriting III (3). Prerequisite:C or higher in THA 5301; may be taken concurrently. Study of selected topics in the theory and practice and process of playwriting.

5322. New Script Production (3). Practical work for playwrights participating in the production of their original full-length scripts.

5323. Theatrical Collaboration (3). Development of scenery, costume, and lighting designs for selected plays and theatre buildings from research to presentation.

5324. The Teaching of Acting (3). Study of modern theories and practices of acting and actor training. Design of the acting course.

5325. Period Styles in Acting (3). Scene study in various periods ranging from Ancient Greece through Medieval, Spanish Golden Age, Jacobean, Restoration, and beyond. Enrollment in non-credit lab is required.

5326. Seminar in Directing Methods (3). A study of the methods of selected modern directors and directing theories.

5327. Special Problems in Directing (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Individual directing project on or off campus. Project must be approved by instructor before enrollment.

5328. Special Problems in Playwriting (3). Prerequisite: THA 5301. Advanced study in developing, writing, and revising play scripts. May be repeated for credit.

5329. Advanced Scene Study (3). Scene study in realist and contemporary acting styles. Various approaches to acting in twentieth century drama. Required of all first-year acting and directing M.F.A. students. Enrollment in non-credit lab is required.

5331. Studies in Contemporary Theatre (3). A seminar in contemporary theatre theories and practices.

5333. Studies in the Production of Pre-Modern Drama (3). A study of the problems of producing classical, Elizabethan, French neo-classic, Restoration, and eighteenth-century drama for present-day audiences.

5334. Topics in Acting (3). In-depth workshop in specific acting styles, genres, national and ethnic theatres, and techniques or training.

5336. Graphics Presentations for the Theatre: Computer Drafting (3). Computer-aided drafting techniques for theatrical presentations.

5337. Graphics Presentations for the Theatre: Computer Rendering (3). Computer-aided rendering techniques and portfolio tools for theatrical presentations.

5340. Period Styles of Design (3). Advanced and in-depth research of historical periods as it relates to theatrical design.

5341. Seminar in Dramatic Theory (3). The consideration of a specific theoretical approach to the theatre or the comparative study of several theoretical approaches.May be repeated for credit.

5343. Seminar in Voice and Movement (3). Intensive training in specific voice and movement techniques and methodologies culminating in a studio performance of improvisations, montages, and solo performances.

5350. Seminar in Theatre Research Methods (3). Examination of research and critical processes in dramatic history, theory, and performance or production through current philosophical orientations, methodologies, and techniques.

5351. Mentoring Community Outreach in the Arts (3). Methods of utilizing performing arts in community outreach to underserved populations. Combines pedagogical theory with mentorship of undergraduates. May be repeated once for credit.

5372. Dramaturgy (3). Study of the role of the dramaturgy in the theatre with emphasis on research, artistic collaboration, and the development of new works.
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6000 Level Courses

6000. Master’s Thesis (V1-6).

6001. Internship (V1-6). Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Service assignment in an arts organization for students in the graduate theatre and dance program. May be repeated for credit.

7000 Level Course

7000. Research (V1-12). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

8000 Level Course

8000. Doctor's Dissertation (V1-12).

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