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Theatre (THTR)

Theatre Appreciation. (3-3-0)
A survey of the components, the basic elements, and the participating artists in the live theatrical experience to enhance the viewer’s appreciation.
Theatre Lab Production. (1-0-2)
This course is designed to give practical experience in all areas of the art form to students interested in theatre production. Instruction is through the master/apprentice method. For Associate of Arts in Theatre candidates, enrollment is required for each semester of study (except the summer semester) for a minimum of four courses totaling 4 hrs. (May be repeated for credit.)
Stagecraft. (3-3-0)
A course designed to present the basic information needed to construct, paint, and shift scenery for the stage.
Stage Lighting Fundamentals. (3-3-0)
Practical and theoretical experience in stage lighting and equipment and their uses in both the professional and non-professional stage.
Drawing for the Theatre. (3-3-0)
A study of line, texture, mass composition, and color; and applying these elements to the design of scenery, through drafting floor plans, elevations, and other theatre drawings.
Stage Management. (3-3-0)
A study of the responsibilities, organization, and methods used in the operations of the stage manager in theatre.
Makeup for Stage. (3-3-0)
A study and application of research, design, and techniques employed in creating makeup for the stage.
Elements of Theatre. (3-3-0)
A study of play analysis, concept creation, and application in the performing and technical areas of theatre for theatre artists.
Acting I. (3-3-0)
The study and application of basic acting theories and principles for the beginning actor.
Acting II. (3-3-0)
An advanced study of the application of acting theories and principles with an emphasis on stage and film techniques.
Voice for the Stage. (3-3-0)
Principles of vocal production applied to development of characterization for the stage.
Fundamentals of Stage Movement. (3-3-0)
A performance class that introduces traditional techniques of movement styles for the stage (including dance).
Theatre Arts Apprenticeship. (3-3-0)
This course provides curriculum credit for practical work experience secured either through an approved apprenticeship or professional work.
Props Creation and Special Effects for the Stage. (3-3-0)
An advanced study and application of the skills required to design, create, and execute stage properties and special effects for the theatre.
Special Problems in Stage Lighting. (3-3-0)
Applying the basic principles of lights for the stage with an emphasis in design and utilizing computer technology.
Scene Design. (3-3-0)
Designing of scenery for the theatre by the building of models and use of color rendering techniques with an emphasis in utilizing computer technology.
Scene Painting. (3-3-0)
A study and application of the techniques necessary for creating stage textures and scene illusions.
Technical Direction/Stage Technology. (3-3-0)
A study and application of the principles involved in coordinating and supervising the execution of all technical theatre activities.
Costume Construction Techniques. (3-3-0)
A study and application of the construction techniques employed in creating costumes for the stage.
Costume Design. (3-3-0)
A study and application of the research and design techniques employed in the creation of costumes for the stage.
Theatre Management. (3-3-0)
A study of the application of the management principles required to administer successfully the operations of a theatre arts organization, including planning, funding, budgeting, promotions, business operations, and management.
Directing Fundamentals. (3-3-0)
The director’s introduction to play production: staging, actor coaching, scenery, lighting, backstage organization, makeup, costuming.
Directing Styles. (3-3-0)
The director’s continued study of play production: staging, actor coaching, scenery, lighting, backstage organization, make-up, costuming; introducing historical directing styles, significant directors, and alternative spaces.
Dance for the Theatre. (3-3-0)
Study in the techniques of movement and dance for the stage.
Special Projects. (3-3-0)
An instructor supervised course that allows an advanced student to explore specific styles, designs, techniques and production practices in a chosen area of theatre. (May be repeated for credit.)

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