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THEA 0181 THEATRE PRACTICUM (4-0) Open to all students interested in participating in dramatic productions on-stage, backstage, or front of house. Considers aspects of play production which may include scenery construction, publicity, costumes, and lighting. Practicum students participate in auditions and are assigned to production crews. May be repeated for credit. All Theatre Arts majors register for 0181 each semester.

THEA 1101 THEATRE ARTS SYMPOSIUM (1-0) An orientation to academic and professional theatre skills and resources. This course is graded pass/fail.

THEA 1302 VOCAL FUNDAMENTALS (3-0) Introduction to the fundamentals of vocal production for the stage and oral communication skills in presentations, including interaction in the classroom setting to meet the needs of course work. Emphasis on relaxation, breathing techniques, the creation of vocal sound, the interconnection of voice and body, and the use of acceptable grammar and pronunciation in formal presentations. Credit for THEA 1302 will not be granted to B.F.A. students in the performance option.

THEA 1303 VOCAL PERFORMANCE I: FUNDAMENTALS (3-0) The use and training of the speaking voice for performance. Provides the student with a system of vocal improvement through interactive exercises designed to teach acceptable grammar and pronunciation in formal presentation. Includes specialized techniques of vocal production, physical relaxation, and the interconnection of voice and body. (Formerly titled THEA 1303 Performance Fundamentals I: Voice) Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

THEA 1304 STAGECRAFT I (2-4) An introduction to all areas of theatre craft, technology, and production. The development and application of technical skills, production organization, and an orientation to production facilities, equipment, and materials. Service on crews for productions as required.

THEA 1305 INTRODUCTION TO THEATRICAL DESIGN (3-0) Fundamentals of design elements, theory and practice as applied to costume, scenic, properties, lighting, and sound design.

THEA 1307 ACTING I: BASIC TECHNIQUES (3-0) Study and exercise in fundamentals of the actor's craft utilizing the Stanislavsky Method. Emphasis on the development of basic acting techniques including: characterization, objectives, beats, action, and script analysis. Performance requirements include improvisation, monologues, and scene study. Attendance at productions outside of the classroom may be required. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

THEA 1342 THEATRE AND FILM APPRECIATION (3-0) Develops awareness of and appreciation for dramatic art as reflected in theatre and film. Designed to increase the student's enjoyment and knowledge of drama and its historical, social and cultural contexts. Students may be required to attend plays. Open to all students as a Fine Arts elective; Theatre Arts BFA and BA majors and minors may not use this course in place of THEA 1343.

THEA 1343 INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE (3-0) Acquaints the student with major phases of theatrical activity and production research. Considers the duties and contributions of director, actor, scene designer, costumer, and others involved in play production. Students may be required to attend and review productions.

THEA 2306 THE CRAFT OF COSTUME (2-4) Introduction to the process and application of the fundamental skills of costuming and costume design preparation methods.

THEA 2337 IMPROVISATION (3-0) The study of modern improvisational skills and techniques for the performer, director, playwright, and instructor. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

THEA 2352 ACTING II: SCENE STUDY (2-4) Acting technique exercise to enhance and develop acting skills through scene study. Methods of characterization, research, and role preparation. Prerequisite: THEA 1303, 1307, and permission of instructor.

THEA 3300 DIRECTING I (2-4) The techniques of staging plays. Play interpretation, casting, rehearsal procedure, staging, and the role of the director in character analysis and creation. Prerequisite: THEA 1303, THEA 1304, THEA 1305, THEA 1307, THEA 1343, THEA 3309 and permission of faculty.

THEA 3301 SCENE DESIGN I (2-4) History, theory, and basic concepts of design methods with application for stage, television, and film. Aesthetic skills of color, line, texture, and form, and the interactions of these elements. Mechanics and techniques of illustration and rendering of design ideas. Prerequisites: THEA 1304, 1305, 1343, 3304, 3309, and permission of instructor.

THEA 3302 FILM STUDIES (2-4) Principles of film study, including history, genre, aesthetics, theory, and criticism of U.S. and international films. Lecture and discussion, with lab devoted to the screening of selected films.

THEA 3303 SOUND DESIGN (3-0) The study of the fundamentals of sound design as related to the theatrical production environment. The study of basic sound design tools and the practical application of these tools through project work. Prerequisites: THEA 1305, 3316, and 3318 or permission of instructor.

THEA 3304 STAGECRAFT II (2-4) An overview of and hands-on training in advanced production techniques, including metalworking and welding, theatrical rigging, automation principles, advanced wood joinery, and fabrication utilizing new materials, as well as an in-depth study of theatrical safety practices. Prerequisites: THEA 1304 or permission of instructor.

THEA 3305 LIGHTING DESIGN I (2-4) The study of basic design principles and techniques and their application in theatrical lighting design. The practical application of computer-aided design tools and the use of theatrical lighting equipment in realized design projects. Prerequisites: THEA 1305, 3316, and 3318 or permission of instructor.

THEA 3306 SCENE PAINTING FOR THE STAGE (2-4) Instructional and demonstrative approaches to scenic painting for the stage. Prerequisite: THEA 1304 and 1343, or permission of instructor.

THEA 3307 COSTUME HISTORY (3-0) Historical styles and trends of fashion to the present as applied to stage, television, and film.

THEA 3308 ACTING III: ACTING FOR THE CAMERA (3-0) An advanced acting course to acquire performance technique on camera. Previously taught as THEA 4308. Credit will be granted only once. Prerequisite: THEA 1303, 1307, 2352, and permission of instructor.

THEA 3309 SCRIPT ANALYSIS (3-0) An investigation of dramatic structure from the points of view of the director, actor and designer. Elements of dramatic theory are included.

THEA 3310 CREATIVE DRAMA (3-0) The theory and practice of creative dramatics exercises and activities. The application of the artistic elements in creative drama and interdisciplinary applications of creative drama activities. Prerequisite: THEA 1307, 1343, and permission of instructor.

THEA 3311 VOCAL PERFORMANCE II: DIALECTS (3-0) The study and application of selected U.S. and international dialects. Prerequisite: THEA 1303 and permission of instructor.

THEA 3312 THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES (3-0) The theory and practice of creating and producing plays for young audiences. Students shall be required to act in selected works. Prerequisite: THEA 1307, 1343, and permission of instructor.

THEA 3315 THEATRICAL MAKEUP (3-0) Types, styles, and techniques of make-up application for stage, television, and film.

THEA 3316 LIGHTING AND SOUND TECHNOLOGY (3-0) An introduction to the equipment, technologies, terminology, and careers in the theatrical areas of lighting and sound. Examines the theories and application of optical control and distribution, the physics of audio, distribution of acoustical energy, and lighting color theory.

THEA 3317 SINGING FOR THE ACTOR I (3-0) An applied study of the vocal apparatus, vocal placement, the voice/body relationship, character, working with text, phrasing, and auditioning as they relate to singing in musical theatre for the Broadway or West End theatre. Emphasis is placed on integrating singing and acting skills. Prerequisites: THEA 1307 or permission of faculty. Same as offering MUSI 3317; may not be repeated and credit will only be granted in one department.

THEA 3318 DRAFTING FOR THE ARTS (2-4) The principles and application of computer-aided drafting techniques for the entertainment industry.

THEA 3320 PLAYWRITING I (3-0) The art and craft of constructing a play. Students write playlets, scenes, and one-act plays for in-house performance and/or instructor evaluation. Prerequisite: THEA 3309 or permission of faculty.

THEA 3335 DANCE FOR THE ACTOR I (3-0) An introduction to dance styles and choreographic elements found in theatrical productions, and the applied use of dance and choreography to convey dramatic action and characterization. Open to Theatre Arts majors and minors only. Prerequisite: THEA 1307, Theatre Arts major or minor, and permission of faculty.

THEA 3340 MOVEMENT PERFORMANCE I: FUNDAMENTALS (3-0) Development of movement techniques and movement performances. Freeing the body through exercises and experiences in relaxation, physical awareness, and movement through space. Focus on body awareness and the release of habitual patterns that restrict the body (formerly titled Performance Fundamentals II: Movement). Prerequisite: permission of faculty.

THEA 3341 ACTING IV: ADVANCED ACTING & PORTFOLIO (3-0) Advanced principles of character development. Emphasis on the development of a role through script, exercises, and character work. The development and presentation of an actor's portfolio in an audition context. Prerequisite: THEA 1303, 1307, 1343, 2352, 3309 and permission of faculty.

THEA 3346 STAGE COMBAT I (3-0) An introduction to stage combat. Students will safely explore the choreographed illusion of stage violence through the skills of unarmed and armed combat. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

THEA 3387 ART DIRECTION I (3-0) The history, theory, and basic concepts of art direction methods and basic construction techniques for television and film. Prerequisite: Permission of faculty.

THEA 4300 DIRECTING II (2-4) Continuation of THEA 3300. Students will direct scenes and/or one-act plays. Prerequisite: THEA 3300 and permission of instructor.

THEA 4301 ACTING V: PERIOD STYLES (2-4) Selected periods in classical theatre literature exploring acting styles through text, movement, and performance. Prerequisite: THEA 1303, 1307, 1343, 2352, 3309 and permission of faculty.

THEA 4302 STAGE MANAGEMENT AND THEATRE ADMINISTRATION (3-0) Managerial activities and responsibilities applicable to community or professional theatre. Prerequisite: THEA 1343 and permission of instructor.

THEA 4303 CLASSICAL THEATRE HISTORY (3-0) The development of world theatre from its beginnings through the Renaissance. Analysis of representative plays of each period with particular emphasis on drama in its historical context. History of acting, costuming, and directing. Prerequisite: THEA 1343 and permission of instructor.

THEA 4304 MODERN THEATRE HISTORY (3-0) The development of Western theatre from the Renaissance to the present. Analysis of representative plays from Europe, England, and America. Development of the modern stage, acting methods, and production techniques. Prerequisite: THEA 1343 and permission of instructor.

THEA 4305 SCENE DESIGN II (3-0) Continuation of THEA 3301. Distinctions among stage, television, and film design, interaction of one with another, advanced methods, and application of scene design concepts. Prerequisite: THEA 3301 and permission of instructor.

THEA 4306 LIGHTING DESIGN II (3-0) Specialized topics and advanced design technique and application principles. Participation on light crews in departmental productions required. Prerequisite: THEA 3305 and permission of instructor.

THEA 4311 VOCAL PERFORMANCE III: SHAKESPEARE AND VERSE (3-0) The study and performance of iambic pentameter and verse as found in Shakespearean and verse plays. Prerequisite: THEA 1303 and permission of instructor.

THEA 4314 ADVANCED PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES (3-0) An advanced examination of theatre craft, technology, and production. Prerequisite: THEA 3304.

THEA 4315 SPECIAL EFFECTS MAKEUP DESIGN (3-0) The examination of styles and techniques of specialty makeup applications for the stage and how these relate to television and film.

THEA 4317 SINGING FOR THE ACTOR II (3-0) The advanced study of musical theatre performance as it relates to the integration of acting, singing and dance skills into an effective performance. The script, score, character, vocal demands, and movement requirements of both solo and ensemble works will be studied, and the works will be performed in a culminating, musical revue-styled performance. Prerequisites: THEA 1307, 3317 or permission of instructor.

THEA 4320 STAGE WELDING, RIGGING, AND FABRICATION (3-0) Styles and techniques of welding, rigging, and specialized materials fabrication for the stage and in video and film production. Prerequisite: THEA 1304, and permission of instructor.

THEA 4322 PLAYWRITING II (3-0) The art and craft of constructing a full-length, two-act play. Course content will include references to the work of major playwrights and playwriting theory. Students will receive course content through a combination of class lectures and one-on-one writing conferences with the instructor. Prerequisites: THEA 3309 and 3320 or permission of faculty.

THEA 4330 U.S. THEATRE HISTORY (3-0) The evolution of theatre in the United States from its beginning in colonial times to the present day. Representative plays from various periods are studied. Prerequisite: THEA 1343 and permission of instructor.

THEA 4340 MOVEMENT PERFORMANCE II: PHYSICAL THEATRE (3-0) The study and performance of physical theatre techniques. Prerequisites: THEA 3340 and permission of instructor.

THEA 4342 THEATRE STUDIES RESEARCH (3-0) Studies in theatre research culminating in written and/or presentational work, depending upon the student's area of interest. Prerequisites: THEA 1343, THEA 3309 and permission of instructor.

THEA 4343 COSTUME DESIGN (2-4) Theory and practice of costume design and application of those principles to theatrical production. Prerequisite: THEA 1343, 1305, 2306, 3309, and permission of instructor.

THEA 4344 PORTFOLIO AND RENDERING (2-4) The application of the principles of developing and disseminating professional materials in the 21st century, including résumés, business cards, digital portfolios, and web-based portfolios. Includes developing interview skills and practices, accounting for the independent contractor, job searching, and research into unions on the theatrical industry. The lab component focuses on rendering techniques, both traditional and digital.

THEA 4345 SUMMER THEATRE ACTIVITIES (2-4) The study and application of specialized production and performance activities in a summer repertory theatre setting.

THEA 4346 STAGE COMBAT II (3-0) This course builds upon the classwork studied in THEA 3346, fostering an appreciation for the process of creating safe and credible violence for the stage. Primary focus is placed on working with weapons most frequently used in stage violence. Depending upon the semester, the student may be trained in broadsword, single rapier, rapier and dagger, or smallsword. Prerequisites: THEA 3346 or permission of instructor.

THEA 4352 DRAMATURGY (3-0) The study of the critical investigation of drama and/or other performance texts as a contribution to the ensemble-based production of theatre. In the course of their study, students will produce scene analyses, performance critiques, and a dramaturgical information packet. Prerequisite: THEA 1343, THEA 3309 and permission of instructor.

THEA 4387 ART DIRECTION II (2-4) An applied course in art direction methods, construction practices and techniques in video and film production. Prerequisite: Permission of faculty.

THEA 4391 CONFERENCE COURSE (3-0) Topics assigned on an individual basis covering individual research or study in a designated area. May be repeated as the topic changes. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

THEA 4393 SPECIAL TOPICS (3-0) Special studies in drama and theatre. Topic varies from semester to semester. May be repeated as topic changes or until a maximum of six credit hours is attained. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

THEA 4394 HONORS THESIS/SENIOR PROJECT (3-0) Required of all students in the University Honors College. During the senior year, the student must complete a thesis or project of equivalent difficulty under the direction of a faculty member in the major department.

THEA 4395 THEATRE INTERNSHIP LEVEL I (3-0) Individual research through working with a professional theatre or performing arts organization. Individual conference to be arranged. Prerequisites: Theatre Arts major with permission of instructor and department chair. Graded on a pass/fail basis.

THEA 4695 THEATRE INTERNSHIP LEVEL 2 (6-0) Individual research through working with a professional theatre or performing arts organization. Individual conference between sponsor and departmental advisor required. Prerequisites: Theatre Arts major with permission of instructor and department chair. Graded on a pass/fail basis.

THEA 4995 THEATRE INTERNSHIP LEVEL 3 (9-0) Individual research through working with a professional theatre or performing arts organization. Individual conference between sponsor and departmental advisor required. Prerequisites: Theatre Arts major with permission of instructor and department chair. Graded on a pass/fail basis.

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