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Department of Performing Arts

Department of Performing Arts

Course Descriptions

MUS-D 115 : Modern Dance I

Modern Dance technique for beginners.  This course will emphasize body alignment, movement dynamics, spatial awareness, emotional intensity of various movements and an understanding of kinesthetic concepts.  Also, Laban’s theory of effort/shape will be studied and applied to movements.  (Occasionally)

MUS-J 100 : Ballet

Introductory course: open to all students. Does not count toward fulfillment of College of Arts and Sciences Group III distribution requirements. (Occasionally)

MUS-J 200 : Ballet (secondary)

For students wanting to study ballet as a related field but not as a major. Beginners' sections open to all students. Open to intermediate and advanced students with consent of instructor. Does not count toward fulfillment of College of Arts and Sciences Group III distribution requirements. (Occasionally)

MUS-J 210 : Jazz Dance

A study of dance and dance attitudes using rhythms based on music primarily with a jazz tempo and jazz form. Does not count toward fulfillment of College of Arts and Sciences Group III distribution requirements. (Occasionally)

MUS-L 101 : Beginning Guitar

This course is intended as an introduction to techniques employed in contemporary guitar styles. This will involve learning basic open and bar chords, learning how to read music and play it on the instrument and learning basic guitar finger style techniques. The course will also cover basic music theory necessary for a) playing songs and b) getting basic fret board knowledge. No previous experience required.

MUS-M 174 : Music for the Listener I

How to listen to music; art of music and its materials; instruments and musical forms. (Fall, Spring)

MUS-P 100 : Piano Elect/Secondary

An elective course designed to provide private insturction in piano at each student's level.  May be repeated once more for credit.  Does not count toward fulfillment of College of Arts and Sciences Group III distribution requirements.  (Fall, Spring)

MUS-V 100 : Voice

An elective course designed to provide instruction in voice at each student's level. May be repeated once more for credit. Does not count toward fulfillment of College of Arts and Sciences Group III distribution requirements. (Fall, Spring)

MUS-Z 103 : Special Topics in Music

(Occasionally)

THTR-T 100 : Introduction to Theatre

Exploration of theatre as a collaborative art.  Investigation of the dynamics and creativity of theatre production through plays, theatrical space, and cultural context, with particular attention to the roles and interaction of the audience, playwrights, directors, actors, designers, producers and critics.  (Fall, Spring)

THTR-T 120 : Acting I

Introduction to theories and methodology through sensory awareness, physical and vocal exercises, improvisations, and scene study.  Lecture and laboratory. (Fall, Spring)

THTR-T 168 : Theatre Production

The study and application of theatre practices. Students will be assigned to all levels of departmental production for applied practice. Six credit hours required for Theatre Major. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

THTR-T 220 : Acting II

Techniques for expressing physical, intellectual, and emotional objectives.  Study, creation and performance from varied dramas.  Lecture and laboratory.  (Fall or Spring)

THTR-T 225 : Stagecraft I

Introduction to theories, methodology, and skills: analysis of practical and aesthetic functions of stage scenery, fundamentals of scenic construction and rigging, mechanical drawing for stagecraft. Lecture and laboratory. (Fall, Spring)

THTR-T 228 : Design for the Theatre

An overview of design principles and practices in all areas of theatre production. Emphasis on those aspects of design that are common to work in scenery, costumes, and lighting. (Spring)

THTR-T 230 : Costume Design and Technology

Introduction to theories, methodology, and skills for costume design for the theatre, with laboratory component in basic costume technology skills and wardrobe.  (Occasionally)

THTR-T 302 : Musical Theatre

A history and analysis of musical comedy and revue from its origins to the present. The musical theatre looked on as a mirror of social, political, and cultural values. (Occasionally)

THTR-T 310 : Creative Dramatics

Theory and technique of guiding children in spontaneous activity, specifically, creating scenes or plays and performing them with improvised dialogue and action.  Although theories will be discussed, the emphasis will be on practical activities that may be useful to prospective teachers, recreation leaders, etc. (Occasionally)

THTR-T 320 : Acting III

Character analysis and use of language on stage. Exploration of character through intensive scene study.  Lecture and laboratory.  (Occasionally)

THTR-T 325 : Voice and Speech

Introduction to voice production.  Emphasizes relaxation, breathing, the production of vocal sounds; addresses vocal habits and cultural holds through exercises and workouts with the goal of freeing the voice and redeveloping a passion for language. (Occasionally)

THTR-T 326 : Scene Design I

Introduction to process of scene design, scene designer's responsibilities, scene problem solving, and exploration of visual materials and forms. (Occasionally)

THTR-T 335 : Stage Lighting Design

Introduction to theories, methodology, and skills; instruments and their use, control of light, practical applications. Lecture and laboratory. (Occasionally)

THTR-T 337 : Dramaturgy

The application of critical and research skills in performance situations. Student dramaturges work in collaboration with directors, producers, and playwrights in preparing scripts for rehearsal, documenting period styles and norms, researching production histories, and critiquing the social implications of the performance arts. (Occasionally)

THTR-T 340 : Directing I

Introduction to theories, methodology, and skills: play analysis, working with actors, basic elements of stage composition. (Fall or Spring)

THTR-T 390 : Creative Work in Summer Theatre

Work in summer theatre productions. May be repeated once for credit. (Occasionally)

THTR-T 392 : Theatre Internship

THTR T392 Theatre Internship (3 cr.) P: consent of instructor. Training and practice at a professional theatre or venue approved by the theatre faculty.

THTR-T 410 : Movement for the Theatre

Introduction to fundamental principles and methods focusing on kinesthetic awareness, posture, flexibility, coordination, relaxation, and physical characterization. (Occasionally)

THTR-T 420 : Acting IV

Emphasis on ensemble acting and contrasting styles. Study and performance of characters in scenes from Ibsen, Chekhov, Strindberg, and classical Greek dramas. Lecture and laboratory. (Occasionally)

THTR-T 424 : Stagecraft II

History of stagecraft, stage mechanics, and perspective drawing. Lecture and laboratory. (Occasionally)

THTR-T 426 : Scene Design II

Work in line, color, and composition using historical conventions as the basis for contemporary scenic statements. Emphasis on period style and presentational forms. (Occasionally)

THTR-T 430 : Stage Costuming II

Pattern drafting, fabric selection, special construction problems, design and management of costume shops, and care of wardrobes. (Occasionally)

THTR-T 438 : Lighting Design

Stage lighting design concept, development and implementation. Advanced lighting techniques and approaches. (Occasionally)

THTR-T 442 : Directing II: Script Analysis

Problems and functions of director from selection of script through performance. Emphasis on script analysis. Lecture and practical projects. (Occasionally)

THTR-T 446 : Theatre for Children

Purposes, principles, and problems of staging plays for young people. (Occasionally)

THTR-T 470 : History of the Theatre I

The study of theatre history, performance, and dramatic literature from the primitive eras through the Renaissance. Emphasis is on the relationship of theatre and its society. (Occasionally)

THTR-T 471 : History of the Theatre II

The study of theatre history, performance, and dramatic literature form 1660 to the present. Emphasis is on the relationship of theatre to its society. (Occasionally)

THTR-T 483 : Topics in Theatre and Drama

Studies in special topics not ordinarily covered in other departmental courses. May be repeated once for credit if topic differs. (Occasionally)

THTR-T 490 : Independent Study in Theatre and Drama

THTR T490 Independent Study in Theatre and Drama (3-6 cr.) P: majors only, senior standing and consent of instructor. Creative projects and performances in the area of student's special interest. (Fall, Spring)