THR - THEATRE, FILM AND DANCE

Department of Theatre, Film and Dance (ARS)


THR - 1010 CREATIVE PROCESS
[3 hours] Using theatre games and theatrical techniques, students explore the nature of creativity and its relationship to their own processes of creative expression.


THR - 1030 STAGECRAFT
[3 hours] Introduction to scenic design and construction using the tools and techniques of theatre including properties and scene painting. Lectures, readings and projects with practical laboratory experience. Students are required to purchase supplies.


THR - 1040 STAGE LIGHTING AND SOUND
[3 hours] Introduction to theory and practice in stage lighting and sound. Students will use lighting and sound tools and equipment in production crews on department productions.


THR - 1050 COSTUMING
[3 hours] Introduction to the theory and practice of stage costuming. Lectures, readings and projects offer practical laboratory experiences. Students will use tools and equipment of the costume shop on production crews. Students are required to purchase supplies.


THR - 1100 INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE
[3 hours] Introductory survey of the development of theatre and drama from the ancient world to the present day; discussion of representative plays; slides and films complement lectures. (Not recommended or required for majors.)


THR - 1220 DANCE IMPROVISATION I
[2 hours] An introduction to dance improvisation technique. May be taken twice for credit.


THR - 1230 TAP I
[2 hours] Development of basic skills in tap dance. May be taken twice for credit.


THR - 1240 MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE I
[2 hours] Development of basic skills in modern dance. May be taken twice for credit.


THR - 1250 INTRODUCTION TO THE DANCE
[3 hours] A fine arts course designed to acquaint the student with the nature of dance as a performing art.


THR - 1260 JAZZ I
[2 hours] Introduction to the American idiom of dance found in musical theatre forms. May be taken twice for credit.


THR - 1270 BALLET I
[2 hours] Introduction to ballet basics. May be taken twice for credit.


THR - 1310 INTRODUCTION TO FILM
[3 hours] Introduction to the history and interpretation of cinema as art form, with emphasis on discovering how meaning is encoded in film at the levels of shot, sequence and narrative construction. (Not recommended or required for majors.)


THR - 2100 THEATRE FORM AND CRITICISM
[3 hours] An introduction to the analysis of playscripts. A range of historical styles will be explored, emphasizing close reading of the text.


THR - 2240 MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE II
[2 hours] An intermediate level dance technique course with emphasis on continuity and phrasing. May be taken twice for credit. Prerequisite: THR 1240 or permission of instructor


THR - 2260 JAZZ II
[2 hours] An intermediate level jazz technique class where elements of performing and group work are introduced. May be taken twice for credit. Prerequisite: THR 1260 or permission of instructor


THR - 2270 BALLET II
[2 hours] A second level ballet technique class where continuity and phrasing are introduced. May be taken twice for credit. Prerequisite: THR 1270 or permission of instructor


THR - 2280 CHOREOGRAPHY
[3 hours] An introduction to dance composition. The creative processes of well known choreographers will be examined in relationship to the personal process, facilitating the making of dances, solo and group work. Prerequisite: THR 1250 or permission of instructor


THR - 2310 FILM I
[3 hours] An intensive introduction to the theory and practice of creative filmmaking utilizing the professional 16 mm format. Individual and group production exercises. Students must purchase supplies.


THR - 2320 VIDEO I
[3 hours] An intensive introduction to the theory and practice of video as an art form and means of expression. Individual and group production projects supported by critical reading and writing assignments. Students are required to purchase supplies.


THR - 2340 INTRODUCTION TO CINEMA STUDIES
[3 hours] Course is crosslisted as ARTH 4990. A critical approach to the development of cinema as an industrial, artistic, and ideological practice. Emphasis on theories of film construction and interpretation and the development of research skills for cinema studies.


THR - 2420 MAKEUP FOR THE ACTOR
[2 hours] Principles and techniques of makeup for stage. Practical execution of stage makeup problems. Students are required to purchase supplies.


THR - 2610 ACTING I
[4 hours] An introduction to the art and craft of acting. Through scene work and improvisation, students learn to use acting terminology, identify dramatic beats, develop character objectives, and play actions.


THR - 2620 ACTING II
[4 hours] Students are exposed to a range of techniques explicated by primary acting theorists/practitioners, including diagnosis of individual skills, work in voice, movement, textual analysis, and scene preparation. Prerequisite: THR 2610


THR - 2630 ACTING: CONTEMPORARY STYLES
[3 hours] Scene and monologue study emphasizing the works in contemporary, non-realistic styles. Scene labs, critiques, text study and research. Rehearsal outside of class time. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: THR 2620 or permission of instructor


THR - 2640 VOICE AND MOVEMENT
[2 hours] Theory and practice of vocal and physical techniques for the actor. Repeatable for up to 8 hours of credit. (BFA Performance majors should enroll in the course every semester up to the maximum credit.)


THR - 2980 CINEMA STUDIES TOPIC I
[3 hours] Course is crosslisted as ARTH 4990. Topics of Cinema Studies, concentrating on a specific style, genre, or national cinema, such as, Italian Cinema, Non-Western Cinema, etc. Topics vary. May be repeated for 9 hours. Prerequisite: THR 2340 or THR 1310 (non-majors)


THR - 2990 SPECIAL PROJECTS
[1 - 3 hours] Individual study provides a student an opportunity to work independently on a problem of special interest in theatre, film or dance under the direction of the faculty. For Freshman and Sophomore Students. Prerequisite: Prior approval of a prospectus by the faculty. (Seminar forms may be picked up at the department office.) Freshman and Sophomore Standing


THR - 3110 WORLD THEATRE I
[3 hours] Developments and trends in theatre and drama from the ancient world through the Renaissance, including traditional forms of theatre in India, China, and Japan.


THR - 3120 WORLD THEATRE II
[3 hours] Developments and trends in theatre and drama from the late 17th Century to the present day, including developments in Latin America and Africa.


THR - 3210 PLAYWRITING
[3 hours] Creative writing for the theatre analyzing traditional and contemporary structure and style. Prerequisite: THR 2100 or ENGL 2720


THR - 3310 FILM II
[4 hours] Intermediate 16mm filmmaking workshop. Emphasis on sync-sound and narrative film, advanced lighting and exposure techniques, and camera movement. Individual and group projects. Students are required to purchase supplies. Prerequisite: THR 2310


THR - 3320 VIDEO II
[4 hours] Intermediate video production utilizing A/B roll editing; emphasis on personal and political uses of the medium. Individual and group projects. Students are required to purchase supplies. Prerequisite: THR 2320


THR - 3350 SCREENWRITING
[4 hours] Creative script writing for film and video. Individual and group writing exercises emphasizing aspects of narrative structure and screen play format as expressive elements. Prerequisite: THR 2310 or 2320


THR - 3360 PRODUCTION TOPIC
[4 hours] Topics of Film or Video production including Animation, Sound, Lighting, Editing, etc. Individual and group projects. Students must purchase supplies. Prerequisite: THR 2310 or 2320


THR - 3410 STAGE LIGHTING DESIGN
[3 hours] Principles and theories of lighting design for theatrical productions are explored. Develop skills of script analysis, light study, light plot, and related graphics for conceptualization and communication of design ideas. Prerequisite: THR 1040 or permission of instructor


THR - 3440 STAGE DESIGN
[3 hours] Theory and principles of scenic design for stage are the focus. Conceptualization and communication of design ideas are explored through renderings, models, ground plans and elevations. Students are required to purchase supplies. Prerequisite: THR 1030 or permission of instructor


THR - 3470 THEATRE SOUND
[3 hours] Students study the methods and techniques of sound production and design used in the theatre. Tools and techniques of audio production are used in laboratory recording and mixdown. Prerequisite: THR 1040 or MUS 2270 or COMM 2610


THR - 3480 COSTUME DESIGN
[3 hours] Principles and theories of costume design for theatrical productions are explored. Develop skills of script analysis, sketching, fabric study, and rendering for conceptualization and communication of design ideas. Students are required to purchase supplies. Prerequisite: THR 1050 or permission of instructor


THR - 3610 ACTING FOR THE CAMERA
[3 hours] Performing dramatic material for camera with an emphasis on the differences between stage and screen performing. Prerequisite: THR 2620 or permission of instructor


THR - 3640 VOICE AND DICTION
[2 hours] Theories and practice of vocal techniques for the actor. Diagnosis of individual skills continues work begun in voice and movement. Prerequisite: THR 2640 or permission of instructor


THR - 3650 STAGE MOVEMENT
[2 hours] Theories and practice of physical techniques for the actor. Diagnosis of individual skills continues the work begun in voice and movement. Prerequisite: THR 2640 or permission of instructor


THR - 3710 DIRECTING I
[3 hours] The director's approach to analyzing a script, formulating a production concept, and realizing that concept on stage. Discussions and exercises progress to directing scenes or short plays in class. Prerequisite: THR 2610, 2640 or permission of instructor


THR - 3870 PRODUCTION DANCE
[1 - 3 hours] Student contributes significantly as a dancer or choreographic assistant on department productions. Students schedule lab time with instructor. Prerequisite: At least one other Theatre, Film or Dance course.


THR - 3980 CINEMA STUDIES TOPIC II
[4 hours] Course is crosslisted as ARTH 4990. A non-historical approach to specific topics of cinema studies, concentrating on problems of film theory and analysis (such as semiology, feminism, ideology, etc.) and individual research projects. Topics vary. (May be repeated to 12 hours.)


THR - 4110 MODERN AMERICAN THEATRE
[3 hours] Developments and trends in the American Theatre since 1945.


THR - 4320 FILM/VIDEO WORKSHOP
[4 hours] Advanced independent production projects, including screenwriting. Weekly critiques of work in progress. Requires proposal for admission. Larg er projects may be completed over successive semesters. May be repeated up to 8 hours. Prerequisite: Junior standing, approval of a project proposal, and one of the following: THR 3310, THR 3320, THR 3350, THR 3360.


THR - 4370 CINEMA STUDIES SEMINAR (TOPICS)
[4 hours] A research oriented seminar concerning a specific topic of cinema studies, emphasizing original research culminating in an individual research project. Prerequisite: THR 2340 or permission of instructor


THR - 4400 SEMINAR TOPICS IN DESIGN
[3 hours] Individual and group investigations of particular topics in all phases of design and technology, i.e. scene painting, advanced design and rendering technique, new technology.


THR - 4620 ACTING: CLASSIC STYLES
[3 hours] Advanced training in acting with emphasis on effective vocal and rhetorical techniques and the use of poetic rhythm and imagery in creating a role psychologically as well as physically. Prerequisite: THR 2610, 2620, 2640 or permission of instructor


THR - 4630 ACTING: SHAKESPEARE
[3 hours] Advanced study and scene work addressed to specific problems in acting Shakespeare. Prerequisite: THR 2610, 2620, 2640 or permission of instructor


THR - 4640 DIALECTS FOR STAGE
[2 hours] Exercises and projects designed to help the student explore the major regional and foreign stage dialects. An introduction to the International Phonetic Alphabet. Prerequisite: THR 2640, 3640 or permission of instructor


THR - 4700 MAJORS SEMINAR
[1 hour] Survey of the full range of professional opportunities and practices in Theatre, Film, and Dance. Students in designated program tracks are instructed in resume, portfolio and interview processes. Prerequisite: Permission of coordinating instructor.


THR - 4800 SENIOR PROJECT
[3 hours] The student conceives, creates and presents theoretical or executed theatrical productions as part of the requirements for the B.F.A. Prerequisite: Senior standing, approval of adviser and prior approval of a prospectus by faculty one semester in advance of registration.


THR - 4900 SPECIAL TOPICS: THEATRE AND DRAMA
[3 hours] Exploration of a special topic in the history and criticism of theatre and drama e.g., Modern Theories of Theatre Art or Stanislavski's Heritage or Baroque Theatre Architecture and Its Scenic Conventions. Recommended: THR 2100 OR ENGL 2720.


THR - 4940 INTERNSHIP
[3 hours] Internship with an approved program, company, or agency in theatre or film. Student must submit project proposal for approval by advisor. (Repeatable for 6 hours credit.) Prerequisite: Approval of adviser


THR - 4950 HONORS THESIS
[3 hours] Research or a creative project on a topic in theatre or film. Required of all B.A. and B.F.A. candidates seeking department honors. (Repeatable for 6 hours credit.) Prerequisite: Approval of Honors Adviser


THR - 4990 SPECIAL PROJECTS
1 - 3 hours] Individual study provides a student an opportunity to work independently on a problem of special interest in theatre, film or dance under the direction of the faculty. Prerequisite: Prior approval of a prospectus by the faculty. (Seminar forms may be picked up at the department office.)

Last Updated: 5/5/14