2018-2019 University Catalog 
    
    Oct 20, 2020  
2018-2019 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


 

Theatre

  
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    THE 263(IH) - Seminar, 2-4 credit hours


    The study of topics relevant to the theatre. May be repeated more than once, provided the subject or topic is different.

  
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    THE 266 - Acting on Camera, 3 credit hours


    Prerequisite(s): BFA in Acting only or permission of instructor
    Students will apply the tools and vocabularies developed in acting studio work to acting for the camera. The mechanics, physical freedoms and limitations of particular camera shots will be examined. Students work on television and film scenes on camera, honing their text analysis and acting skills for the specific demands of digital media performance. Through rehearsal, taping, and reviewing scene work, students develop crucial skills for working on camera.

  
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    THE 270 - Collaborative Studies in Theatre, 3 credit hours


    Notes: Required of all theatre majors and minors.

    Prerequisite(s): THE 100 , THE 190 
    This course is designed to improve the student’s ability to collaborate on theatrical material by exploring the intellectual process required to communicate with colleagues. Emphasis will be placed on developing each student’s artistic sensibility and their ability to articulate conceptual ideas.

  
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    THE 276 - Movement, 2 credit hours


    Prerequisite(s): THE 160 ; BFA in Acting Only, or Permission of Department Chair
    Students will explore spontaneous physical expression, refine stage presence and specificity, seek an awareness of control and range of movement, and find a sense of play.  May include work in Clown, Commedia, Laban, dance, and other physical approaches.

  
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    THE 277 - Stage Combat I, 3 credit hours


    An introductory course in the design, practice, and performance of theatrical violence. This course will focus on unarmed (or hand to hand combat) and single sword (or single rapier). Students will explore the techniques used to create the illusion of danger and the means by which we use violence to tell stories on the stage and screen. Focus will be places on safety, partnering and physical specificity. The course will culminate in a final performance of choreography set to a scene from classic dramatic literature.

  
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    THE 285 - Stage Management, 2 credit hours


    Notes: Required of all theatre majors in the stage management/directing tracks.

    Prerequisite(s): THE 100 
    A study of the principles and practice of stage management in commercial and non-commercial settings. The course will explore such areas as scheduling, cue-calling, and rehearsal procedures.

  
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    THE 286 - Theatre Management, 2 credit hours


    Notes: Required of all theatre majors in the stage management track.

    A study of the principles and practice of theatre arts management in commercial and noncommercial applications. The course will explore such areas as philosophy, objective financing and theatre promotion.

  
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    THE 288I - Theatre History I, 3 credit hours


    Notes: Required of all theatre majors.

    Prerequisite(s): THE 100  or MUC 146  
    A survey of the origin and development of Western theatre.

  
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    THE 289I - Theatre History II, 3 credit hours


    Notes: Required of all theatre majors.

    Prerequisite(s): THE 100  or MUC 146  
    A study of the foundations of modern theatre including American theatre history.

  
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    THE 328IX - Acting Shakespeare, 4 credit hours


  
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    THE 359 - Faculty-student Collaboration, Credit hours to be arranged


  
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    THE 360 - Acting III, 3 credit hours


    Notes: Required of all theatre majors in the acting and directing track.

    Prerequisite(s): THE 260  
    This is a scene study class based in dramatic literature from the genre identified as classical realism. Scene work will be drawn from the playwrights Heinrich Ibsen and Anton Chekhov. Working the poetic imagery of these two playwrights is a preparatory step toward the denser imagery of Shakespeare’s text. Also included in the course will be a study of the life and culture of 19th C Norway and Russia and the various cultural and historical forces that led to the creation these great works of dramatic literature.

  
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    THE 361 - Music Theatre, 2 credit hours


    Prerequisite(s): THE 261  and BFA in Acting students or permission of instructor.
    Study and practice of fundamentals of musical theatre.

  
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    THE 375 - Costume Construction I, 2 credit hours


    Notes: Required of all theatre majors in the costume design track.

    Students will be introduced to the methods and materials used to create theatrical costumes. Emphasis will be placed on developing skills in millinery, dyeing, draping, and costume construction.

    Additional lab hours required.
  
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    THE 377 - Stage Combat II, 3 credit hours


    Prerequisite(s): THE 277  
    This class builds off the philosophies of Stage Combat I and introduces students to an advanced technique of Rapier and Dagger style theatrical combat. Focus is on safety, communication, precise technique and ways to build choreography into a performance ready and polished piece of work. The course will culminate in a final performance of choreography set to a scene from classic dramatic literature.

  
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    THE 382 - Scenic Design, 3 credit hours


    Notes: Required of all theatre majors in the design and technical studies and stage management tracks.

    Prerequisite(s): THE 180 , THE 270 
    A study of the application of the elements of basic design to the art of scenic design for the theatre. The course explores the design process from the evolution of the design concept to the execution of renderings and model making.

  
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    THE 383 - Lighting Design, 3 credit hours


    Notes: Required of all theatre majors in the design and technical studies and stage management tracks.

    Prerequisite(s): THE 180 , THE 270 
    A study of the theories and practice of lighting design with emphasis on the functions and the controllable properties of light. The course is designed to acquaint the student with practical application and effective utilization of lighting design.

  
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    THE 385 - Costume Design, 3 credit hours


    Notes: Required of all theatre majors in the design and technical studies track.

    Prerequisite(s): THE 270 
    This course is designed to introduce the student to the fundamentals of costume design. Emphasis will be placed on historical research, applying conceptual thought, and developing character. Students will be exposed to costuming materials and design techniques, as well as historical costume period.

  
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    THE 390 - Directing, 3 credit hours


    Notes: Required of all theatre majors in the acting and directing track and stage management track.

    Prerequisite(s): THE 180 , THE 190 , THE 260 , THE 270 
    A study of the theories, processes and techniques of the stage director. The course will also focus on questions of play selection, analysis and research. Practical laboratory experience will supplement lecture/discussion.

  
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    THE 459 - Faculty-student Collaboration, Credit hours to be arranged


  
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    THE 460 - Acting IV, 3 credit hours


    Notes: Required of all theatre majors in the acting and directing track.

    Prerequisite(s): THE 360  or MUC 246X  
    An advanced acting course focusing on performance and analysis of period scenes and monologues.

  
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    THE 461 - Acting V, 3 credit hours


    Prerequisite(s): THE 460  and Senior Status or permission of instructor.
    In a scene-study environment, this course will refine and implement advanced principles of the craft of acting for the theatre.  Students will perform multiple scenes in a variety of styles. Particular emphasis will be placed on imaginative physical and vocal characterization, the ability to quickly render bold, dramatic acting choices, and the capacity to manage an accelerated work rate.

  
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    THE 463 - Seminar, 2-4 credit hours


    The study of advanced topics relevant to the theatre. May be repeated more than once, provided the subject or topic is different.

  
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    THE 465 - Shakespeare in Performance, 4 credit hours


    Prerequisite(s): ENG/THE 328IX  
    Students will gain a greater understanding of Shakespeare and the theatrical practices of his time through rehearsing and performing a full-length play at an outdoor performance venue.  This work will expand and refine vocal and physical technique, and the abbreviated rehearsal and staging conditions will expose students to contemporary professional staging practices.

  
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    THE 475 - Costume Construction II, 3 credit hours


    Notes: Required of all theatre majors in the costume design track.

    Prerequisite(s): THE 375 
    Students will explore advance techniques in costume construction. Emphasis will be place on costume draping with accuracy in historical periods.

    Additional lab hours required.
  
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    THE 480 - Advanced Stagecraft, 3 credit hours


    Notes: Required of all theatre majors in the scenic/lighting design and technical studies track.

    Prerequisite(s): THE 180 
    An advanced course in the art of stagecraft. Topics of study may include but are not limited to advanced scene construction, welding, rigging, props construction, lighting and scene painting.

    Additional lab hours required.
  
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    THE 485 - Advanced Stage Management, 3 credit hours


    Notes: Required of all theatre majors in the stage management track.

    Prerequisite(s): THE 285 
    An advanced course focused on the professional stage manager covering topics on advanced management aspects such as rehearsal to performance, collaboration between directors and designers, how to lead a run crew, and practical skills from paperwork to calling a show.

  
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    THE 491 - Honors Courses, Credit hours to be arranged


  
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    THE 492 - Honors Courses, Credit hours to be arranged


  
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    THE 495 - Showcase, 2 credit hours


    Prerequisite(s): BFA Acting majors with Senior Status only.
    A performance-based course that bridges the actor’s craft from educational to professional.  Students will rehearse scenes and monologues, and learn practical skills for career development.  The course will culminate in a 30-minute industry presentation for agents and casting directors in New York City.


Urban Studies

  
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    UST 050 - Independent Study, Credit hours to be arranged


  
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    UST 070 - Internship, Credit hours to be arranged


 

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