Credit Courses

2015-2016 Catalog (Courses updated for 2016-2017)

Theater Arts (THR)

THR* E101 Introduction to Theater

A study of basic theories and elements of theater arts, including the dramatic construction of scripts, performance techniques and the administration of theater management. Students will learn what makes theater work, from the page to the stage and out to the audience.

Students will be required to attend live theater performances to fulfill writing assignments.

  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: F

THR* E102 Theater History (Fall only)

A concise study of the history of theater from the Greek and Roman theater to the present. Each era of history will be examined through formal study, plays, skits, slides, and video. Students will be required to attend live theater performances to fulfill writing assignments.
Prerequisite: Placement into ENG* E101 or a "C" or better in both ENG* E043 and ENG* E073
  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: F

THR* E110 Acting I (Fall only)

A practical approach to the art of acting with emphasis on the fundamental tools of the actor including development of the imagination, creative interpretation, characterization, script analysis, improvisation, voice and movement. The course combines individual and group exercises and assignments. Students will be required to attend live theater performances to fulfill writing assignments.
  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: F

THR* E112 Voice and Diction (Fall only)

A study of basic theories and exercises to teach the fundamentals of voice and diction for the theater. Emphasis will be on relaxation and preparation, proper breathing techniques, correct vowel formation, knowledge of different resonators, power of projection, word association, and linking one's voice to character development. Students will be required to attend live theater performances to fulfill writing assignments.
  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: F

THR* E115 Improvisation (Fall Only)

An intensive course that will build an understanding of the technique and application of improvisational practice. Students will learn through physical and vocal exercises, theatre games and improvised scene work in order to promote concentration, and to free the actor?s creative imagination. Students will develop their ability to interact and react, working moment-to-moment to create characters and scenes. This work will give the actor a heightened awareness and confidence in improvised work, as well as in scripted performances for theater.
  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: F

THR* E120 Stagecraft (Spring Only)

A survey of the various components of stagecraft and production techniques. Students will learn about the basic requirements for effective theatrical productions and gain an overview of the skills required in set design, lighting design, sound design and costume design. Lectures will be combined with studio activities.
  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: F

THR* E190 Theater Arts Practicum I (Spring Only)

This course involves students fulfilling major responsibilities for the production of a play. Areas such as acting, the design and development of sets, props, costuming, make-up, lighting, sound, and theater administration and management will be explored through the process of rehearsing and producing a play for performance. This course meets 6 hours each week.
  • Credits: 3

THR* E210 Acting II (Spring only)

A continuation of THR* 110 intensifying the development of the fundamental tools of the actor. Students will gain knowledge of advanced techniques of script analysis and character development. Students will be required to attend live theater performances to fulfill writing assignments.
Prerequisite: THR* E110 or permission of the instructor
  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: F

THR* E225 Directing (Spring only)

A study of the basic methods and techniques of directing plays, with special emphasis on script analysis, imaginative concept development, and methods of rehearsing and working with actors. Students will be required to direct short scenes.
  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: F

THR* E290 Theater Arts Practicum II

This course provides a continuation of the activities as described in THR* E190 with an emphasis on further development of theater arts skills. This course meets 6 hours each week.
Prerequisite: THR* E190
  • Credits: 3

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