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Department of Performing Arts

Department of Performing Arts

Course Descriptions

MUS-D 115 : Modern Dance I

2 credits
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

2 credits
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)

2 credits
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

2 credits
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

2 credits
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

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

MUS-P 100 : Piano Elect/Secondary

1- credits
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

1- credits
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

3 credits
(Occasionally)

THTR-T 100 : Introduction to Theatre

3 credits
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

3 credits
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

1 - 2 credits
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

3 credits
Techniques for expressing physical, intellectual, and emotional objectives.  Study, creation and performance from varied dramas.  Lecture and laboratory.  (Fall or Spring)
Prerequisite - THTR T120 and consent of instructor.

THTR-T 225 : Stagecraft I

3 credits
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

3 credits
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

3 credits
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

3 credits
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

3 credits
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

3 credits
Character analysis and use of language on stage. Exploration of character through intensive scene study.  Lecture and laboratory.  (Occasionally)
Prerequisite - THTR T220 and consent of instructor.

THTR-T 325 : Voice and Speech

3 credits
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

3 credits
Introduction to process of scene design, scene designer''s responsibilities, scene problem solving, and exploration of visual materials and forms. (Occasionally)
Prerequisite - THTR T228.

THTR-T 335 : Stage Lighting Design

3 credits
Introduction to theories, methodology, and skills; instruments and their use, control of light, practical applications. Lecture and laboratory. (Occasionally)
Prerequisite - THTR T228.

THTR-T 337 : Dramaturgy

3 credits
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

3 credits
Introduction to theories, methodology, and skills: play analysis, working with actors, basic elements of stage composition. (Fall or Spring)
Prerequisite - THTR T120 or THTR T228, or consent of instructor.

THTR-T 390 : Creative Work in Summer Theatre

1 - 3 credits
Work in summer theatre productions. May be repeated once for credit. (Occasionally)
Prerequisite - Consent of department chairperson.

THTR-T 392 : Theatre Internship

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

THTR-T 410 : Movement for the Theatre

3 credits
Introduction to fundamental principles and methods focusing on kinesthetic awareness, posture, flexibility, coordination, relaxation, and physical characterization. (Occasionally)
Prerequisite - THTR T120.

THTR-T 420 : Acting IV

3 credits
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)
Prerequisite - THTR T320 and consent of instructor.

THTR-T 424 : Stagecraft II

3 credits
History of stagecraft, stage mechanics, and perspective drawing. Lecture and laboratory. (Occasionally)
Prerequisite - THTR T225 or consent of instructor.

THTR-T 426 : Scene Design II

3 credits
Work in line, color, and composition using historical conventions as the basis for contemporary scenic statements. Emphasis on period style and presentational forms. (Occasionally)
Prerequisite - THTR T326 or consent of instructor.

THTR-T 430 : Stage Costuming II

3 credits
Pattern drafting, fabric selection, special construction problems, design and management of costume shops, and care of wardrobes. (Occasionally)
Prerequisite - THTR T230 or consent of instructor.

THTR-T 438 : Lighting Design

3 credits
Stage lighting design concept, development and implementation. Advanced lighting techniques and approaches. (Occasionally)
Prerequisite - THTR T228 or THTR T335 or consent of instructor.

THTR-T 442 : Directing II: Script Analysis

3 credits
Problems and functions of director from selection of script through performance. Emphasis on script analysis. Lecture and practical projects. (Occasionally)
Prerequisite - THTR T340 and THTR T228.

THTR-T 446 : Theatre for Children

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

THTR-T 470 : History of the Theatre I

3 credits
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

3 credits
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

1 - 3 credits
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

3 - 6 credits
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)