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Course Descriptions

Theatre Prefix: TH

100 Introduction to Theatre (3)
Explores the nature and existence of theatre as a collaborative art form: its artists, craftsmen, practices, products, traditions and historical perspectives.

105 Introduction to Technical Theater (3)
A survey class examining the various technical and artistic facets of a live theatrical production.

111 Technical Theatre Lab I (1)
Beginning technical theatre lab with focus on backstage operations and crew assignments. Emphasis on practical application in actual productions. (Repeatable course)

155 Acting I: Fundamentals I (3)
An eclectic, performance-oriented course designed to introduce, develop and reinforce fundamental acting skills and techniques.

156 Voice & Movement (3)
A full examination of vocal production and movement techniques for the actor.

180/380 University Theatre Ensemble (1-3)
Involvement in a full-length play on the mainstage. Admission by audition or faculty approval. (Repeatable courses)

185 Stagecraft (3)
Introduction to theatre technology with emphasis on tools, materials, terminology, drafting, safety, and practical application of the basic techniques for construction of scenery and stage rigging.

208 Principles of Lighting & Sound (3)
Study of stage lighting and sound equipment, practices, theories, and practical applications. Prerequisite TH 185

211 Technical Theatre Lab II (1)
Intermediate technical theatre lab with focus on backstage operations and crew assignments. Emphasis on practical application in actual productions. Prerequisite: TH 111. (Repeatable course)

255 Acting II: Role Analysis (3)
Emphasis on the development and use of techniques for in-depth research and analysis of characters. Prerequisite: TH 155.

256 Acting III: Scene Study (3)
A workshop course designed to reinforce performance techniques through the performing of selected scenes. Prerequisite: TH 255

295 Principles of Costume and Makeup (3)
Study of sewing, fabrics, patterns and practical application of costume construction techniques; materials and techniques for stage makeup with emphasis on practical application.

300 Special Topics (3)
Advanced course designed to enrich the student's understanding and appreciation of the theatre as an art form. This course can include but is not exclusive to Stage Combat, Playwriting, or Theatre Management.

311 Technical Theatre Lab III (1)
Advanced technical theatre lab with focus on backstage operations and leadership assignments. Emphasis on practical application in actual productions. Prerequisites: TH 211. (Repeatable course)

323 Play Directing (3)
Investigation and execution of the classical theories, traditional techniques up to the postmodern visionary aspects of play direction. Prerequisites: TH 100, TH 155 or permission of the Instructor.

355 Acting IV: Period Styles (3)
Advanced study of acting focusing on performance, reflecting historical periods or social cultures. Prerequisite: TH 256 or permission of Instructor.

389 Critical Readings: Topics (3)
Advanced course focusing on various dramatic genres, styles, playwrights, and/or script analysis. Content to be determined. (Repeatable course)

390 Costume Design (3)
Advanced course in theory and practical design techniques with an emphasis on challenging the student's creative potential. Prerequisite: TH 295.

391 Lighting Design (3)
Design theories and techniques, drafting and related paperwork for theatre and dance lighting, with emphasis on practical application in the form of light plots and production work. Prerequisites: TH 185 and TH 208.

392 Scene Design (3)
Theory of designing stage sets. Study of drafting and rendering techniques needed to execute a design. Emphasis upon portfolio enhancement, theoretical projects and production work. Prerequisites: TH 185 and TH 208. Theatre Majors/Minors only.

439 Theatre History I (3)
A history of theatre production from Aeschylus to Shakespeare, with selected readings from Greek, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance dramatic literature. Same as ENG 439.

440 Theatre History II (3)
A history of theatre production from Restoration to Realism, with selected readings from French neo-classical comedy and tragedy, English restoration comedy and Continental realism. Same as ENG 440.

441 Contemporary Theatre (3)
A survey of theatre production in the 20th and 21st Centuries, with selected readings. Same as ENG 441.

455 Acting V: Acting for the Camera (3)
On-camera workshop focusing on specific acting techniques relevant to film, TV and commercials. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.

459 Independent Study Project (3)
Opportunity to showcase area of specialization, culminating in a studio level production or demonstration of developed work. Faculty approval required.

497 Senior Seminar (1)
An integrative experience to assist the theatre major in preparation for graduate study or professional work.

499 Internship (3-12)
On-site experience in a professional theatre or with an approved organization. Prerequisites: Senior status (90+ credits) Faculty approval required. Requires a minimum of 120 service hours of experience. CR/NC grade only – Majors only.

Dance Prefix: DAN

104 Dance Appreciation (3)
Dance appreciation will encourage the student to develop in-depth observational, perceptual and cognitive understanding of dance from the respective roles of dancers, choreographers, and audiences relating to the art of dance. The class will examine selected global traditions in dance within a historical and cultural context. Various visualizations will be used such as live performances, videos, television, and film. This course is designed to introduce the student to a broad perspective of dance and its many contributions.

105 Ballet I (2)
Study and practice in beginning ballet technique designed to improve strength, flexibility, and an understanding of ballet vocabulary. (Special fee)

108 Theatrical Movement (1)
A survey of dance forms used in stage productions. Forms to be covered include: jazz, tap, ballet, folk, ballroom, hip hop, line, Latin, and ethnic dances. Appropriate for Theatre, Musical Theatre, and Physical Education majors. (Special fee)

109 Modern Dance I (2)
An objective approach to beginning modern dance technique. The student will explore movement skills, basic vocabulary, and principles. A development of basic principles of the dance form through learned dance phrases, self-expression in improvisational structures, and discussion of dance viewing. (Special fee)

110 Modern Jazz I (2)
Beginning jazz dance with exploration of disco jazz, classic jazz, and character jazz dance. (Special fee)

119 Latin Dance I (2)
Emphasis upon the basic steps of Latin dances originating in Cuba and the Dominican Republic. These dances include salsa, cha-cha, and merengue. Students will be challenged to place these dances in a socio-cultural and geographical context, both in their countries of origin and the United States. (Special fee)

180 Repertory Dance Ensemble (1-2)
Repertory Dance Ensemble – A faculty directed performing group formulated to enhance presentation skills in dance and dance theatre. Prerequisite: Audition. (Repeatable courses) (Special fee)

205 Ballet II (2)
Study and practice in intermediate ballet technique designed to improve strength, flexibility, and an understanding of ballet vocabulary. Prerequisite DAN 105 (Special fee)

210 Modern Jazz II (2)
Intermediate jazz dance with continued exploration of disco jazz, classic jazz, and character jazz dance. Prerequisite DAN 110 (Special fee)

209 Modern Dance II (2)
An objective approach to intermediate modern dance technique. The student will explore movement skills, vocabulary, and principles. Further development of the principles of the dance form through learned dance phrases, self-expression in improvisational structures, and discussion of dance viewing. Prerequisite DAN 109 (Special fee)

219 Latin Dance II (2)
An extension of Latin Dance I with an emphasis on individual style development. Students will refine techniques in salsa, cha-cha, and merengue and how to incorporate these and other Latin dances into their own choreographed movement sequence. Prerequisite: DAN 119 (Special fee)

220 Dance Composition/Choreography I (2)
This course investigates the procedures and concepts of dance composition and choreography. Students will explore the practical the process of dance-making through improvisation and learned movement studies.

305 Ballet III (2)
Study and practice of intermediate to advanced level ballet technique designed to further develop the student's ballet dance technique, and ballet vocabulary, as well as providing an opportunity for dance performance experience. Prerequisite: DAN 205. (Repeatable course) (Special fee)

309 Modern Dance III (2)
An objective approach to advanced modern dance technique. The student will explore movement skills, advanced vocabulary, and principles. Further development of the principles of the dance form through learned dance phrases, self-expression in improvisational structures, and discussion of dance viewing. Prerequisite DAN 209 (Repeatable course) (Special fee)

310 Modern Jazz III (2)
Intermediate/Advanced jazz dance with advanced exploration of disco jazz, classic jazz, and character jazz dance. Prerequisite DAN 210 (Repeatable course) (Special fee)

320 Dance Composition/Choreography II (2)
This course is a continuation of DAN 220 with a more in-depth examination of choreography which culminates in the creation of a dance piece. Appropriate for Theatre, Musical Theatre, and Physical Education majors. Prerequisite: DAN 220.

325 Dances of the African Diaspora (3)
This course is designed to explore dances with African roots found in South America, the United States and the Caribbean. Specific dances such as Gullah Ring Shout, Gahu, Samba and Kumina will be examined. These dances are experiences utilizing body/mind interaction in order to learn the classic movement vocabulary and investigate individual development of style. Prerequisite: any dance course.

380 Repertory Dance Ensemble (1-2)
Repertory Dance Ensemble – A faculty directed performing group formulated to enhance presentation skills in dance and dance theatre. Prerequisite: Audition. (Repeatable course) (Special fee)

410 Dance Production (3)
The student will investigate various areas of dance production through hands-on activities in marketing, stage crew, publicity and promotions. Students will learn all the technical skills necessary to plan and mount a successful dance production.

429 History and Philosophy of Dance (3)
This course examines the historical development of dance with reference to periods, social structures and cultural context.
selected topics under direction of instructor.

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