Theatre Arts Minor

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required courses:

TA 102: Fundamentals of Acting (3)

This course introduces students to the fundamental principles of acting. They will gain knowledge and develop skills in character analysis, basic internal and external acting methods, characterization, listening, relaxation, concentration, and improvisation. May not be taken on a pass/fail basis.

TA 103: Stagecraft (3)

An introduction to the theory and practice of stage lighting and set construction techniques, including introductory electrical and color theory.

TA 382: Directing (3)

A course on the directing process. Students will gain training in script analysis and interpretation, conceptualization, blocking, and actor coaching – culminating in the direction of a short one-act play. May not be taken on a pass/fail basis. Prerequisites: Theatre Arts 102; junior or senior standing; or permission of instructor.

*Theatre Arts 371 recommended.

must choose:

Theatre Arts 203 or 262

TA 203: Scenic Design (3)

An introduction to scenic design that includes design theory, design process, and the technical skills related to scenic design. May not be taken on a pass/fail basis. Prerequisite: Theatre Arts 103.

TA 262: Educational Theatre in the Classroom and Beyond (3)

An introduction to informal dramatics for the classroom, youth theatre programs, and other applications in fields such as youth ministry, social work, and psychology. Students interested in elementary, middle or high school teaching are encouraged to enroll. Emphasis is on dramatic activity requiring minimal equipment and facilities. Field experience required in area schools, churches, or after-school programs. Prerequisite: admission to the Teacher Preparation Program; or permission of instructor. [Cross-listed: Education 262]

one course from Theatre Arts 204, 207, 208, 307

TA 204: Voice and Movement (1.5)

In this course students apply voice, diction, ensemble, and movement fundamentals toward the development of clear stage speech and dialect creation, sensory awareness, ensemble performance, character movement, body control, and basic juggling and tumbling skills

TA 207: Improvisation for Theatre and Life (1.5)

This class explores the history and techniques of improvisation from the renaissance through contemporary times. It challenges the student to grow in spontaneity and confidence in their creative capacities in all parts of life.

TA 208: Stage Combat (1.5)

An introduction to stage combat focusing on the technique for safely creating and performing stage violence. This course covers hand tohand combat and basic sword fighting methods for the stage.

TA 307: Acting Styles (1.5)

An integration of body, mind, and voice techniques for the purpose of developing a way to conventionalized period acting. Students will research period styles, practice script analysis, learn characterization techniques, participate in physical and vocal acting exercises, and apply this work in stylistic scene and monologue work. Period/Styles covered in this course may include the following: Greek, Shakespearean, Comedy of Manners, Farce, etc.

one course from Theatre Arts 233, 234, 235, 236

TA 233: Sound Design and Technologies (1.5)

Students will explore the physics and technology of sound. We will develop a basic understanding of how sound works in our day to day lives, discuss the technologies and tools used to control sound, and develop an understanding of how we might use this knowledge to create artistic, theatrical experiences.

TA 234: Lighting Design and Technologies (1.5)

Students will explore lighting theory, and engage in lighting design practices for the theatre. The hands-on nature of the curriculum will enable students to feel comfortable with, and be employable in an introductory position in the field of lighting design.

TA 235: Makeup Design (1.5)

 This course covers the materials, principles, and practices of makeup design and application for theatre and film.

TA 236: Costume Design (1.5)

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to costume design. Students will learn the costume design process from the analysis of a script to the final color rendering. Students will gain a basic understanding of costume history, script analysis, design theory, and basic rendering skills.

one course from English 312, Theatre Arts 365, 366

ENG 312: Shakespeare and Elizabethan Drama (3)

Primary emphasis on a study of Shakespeare’s plays: comedies, histories, and tragedies. Some attention to Shakespeare’s sonnets, to other Elizabethan playwrights, and to background. One paper required. English 210 recommended.

TA 365: Theatre History and Literature I: Greek through Neo-Classicism (3)

Students engage the literature of the theatre from Sophocles to Moliere as an introduction to the rise, decline, and rebirth of Western drama, as well as some forms of Eastern drama. May not be taken on a pass/fail basis. Not recommended for freshman students. Satisfies Core Program writing-intensive requirement.

TA 366: Theatre History and Literature II: Restoration through Present Day (3)

Students engage representative literature of the theatre from Behn to Pinter and Parks as they examine the birth of modernism, anti-realism, and various forms of postmodernism. May not be taken on a pass/fail basis. Not recommended for freshman students.

a minimum of four credits from Theatre Arts 001.