Courses and Curriculum

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE MAJOR AND MINOR REQUIREMENTS HAVE BEEN ADJUSTED FOR THOSE GRADUATING UNDER THE 2013-2014 CATALOG--STUDENTS WILL DECLARE A CATALOG YEAR WHEN THEY DECLARE THEIR MAJOR TO THE REGISTRAR. 

REQUIREMENTS FOR PREVIOUS CATALOGS CAN BE FOUND FURTHER DOWN THE PAGE.

MAJOR IN THEATRE ARTS

13 courses distributed as follows:

TART 120  Voice for the Theatre

TART 140  Beginning Acting

TART 150  Movement for the Theatre

TART 210  Script Into Performance:  Text Analysis 

TART 260  Theatre Production:  Scenery and Lighting 

TART 280  Theatre Production:  Costume and Make-up 

TART 310  History of the Theatre and Drama I 

TART 311  History of the Theatre and Drama II 

TART 430  Stage Directing 

TART 450  Production Design

TART 497  Senior Seminar 

One additional course, 200-level or above, in Theatre Arts or Dance.

TARA Theatre Production Practicum (.25 credit each, all four are required, 1 course credit total) 

Department faculty register students with the Registrar

• TARA P21  House & Publicity,  Assistant Stage Manager, or Properties

• TARA P22  Acting, Stage-Manager, Dance Captain, Sound, or Choreography

• TARA P23  Scenery & Lighting 

• TARA P24  Costume & Make-up

The Senior Capstone Experience for the theatre arts major consists of three parts. Parts one and two are completed during the fall semester and part three is completed during the spring semester of the senior year.

Part One consists of a written document of the student’s manifesto for the Theatre, and Part Two consists of a public oral presentation of that manifesto. Part Three is completion of TART 497 Senior Seminar. The grade average of these three components is entered on the student’s transcript but is not calculated in the GPA.

MINOR IN THEATER ARTS

7 courses distributed as follows:

TART210 Script Into Performance:  Text Analysis

1 course from the following:

DANC 160 Reading and Writing Dance: An Introduction

TART  120 Voice for the Theatre 

TART 140 Beginning Acting 

TART 150 Movement for the Theatre

1 course from the following:

TART 260 Theatre Production: Scenery and Lighting 

TART 280 Theatre Production: Costume and Make-up

1 course from the following:

TART 310 History of the Theatre and Drama I 

TART 311 History of the Theatre and Drama II

1 course from the following:

TART 290 Beginning Playwriting

TART 430 Stage Directing

TART 450 Production Design 

1 additional course, 200 level or above, in Theatre Arts or Dance

TARA  Theatre Production Practicum (.25 credit each, all four are required, 1 course credit total)

 Department faculty register students with the Registrar

• TARA P21  House & Publicity, Assistant Stage- Manager, or Properties

• TARA P22  Acting, Stage-Manager, Dance Captain, Sound, or Choreography

• TARA P23  Scenery & Lighting 

• TARA P24  Costume & Make-up

MINOR IN DANCE

7 courses distributed as follows:

DANC 160  Reading and Writing Dance:  An Introduction 

DANC 325  Choreography 

2 courses from the following:

DANC 215 Modern Dance Technique 

DANC 216 Ballet Technique 

DANC 217 Jazz Dance Technique 

TART 150 Stage Movement and Alexander Techniques

1 course from the following:

TART 260 Theatre Production: Scenery and Lighting 

TART 280 Theatre Production: Costume and Makeup

DANA A30  Dance Ensemble—four semesters (.25crediteach semester)

TARA  Theatre Production Practicum (.25 credit each, all four are required, 1 course credit total) 

Department faculty register students with the Registrar

 • TARA P21  House & Publicity, Assistant Stage-Manager, or Properties

 • TARA P22  Acting, Stage-Manager, Dance Captain, Sound, or Choreography

 • TARA P23  Scenery & Lighting

 • TARA P24  Costume & Make-up



CATALOG REQUIREMENTS IN PLACE BEFORE THE FALL OF 2013 ARE LISTED BELOW

Courses Offered Major Requirements:

Theatre Arts majors should generally adopt the following courses sequencing guidelines:

100-level courses for first year students; 200-level courses for second year students; 300 and 400-level courses for third year students and for fourth year students. With occasional exceptions all major coursework is offered yearly.

TART 120 Voice, Articulation, and Text Reading

TART 140 Beginning Acting

TART 150 Stage Movement and the Alexander Technique

TART 210 Script into Performance: Text Analysis

TART 220 Theatre Practicum

TART 260 Theatre Production: Scenery and Lighting

TART 280 Theatre Production: Costume and Makeup

TART 310 History of the Theatre and Drama I

TART 311 History of the Theatre and Drama II

TART 497 Senior Seminar

TART 430 Stage Directing

TART 450 Production Design
 
Minor Requirements:

A minor in Theatre Arts will consist of at least six courses distributed as follows:

TART 210 Script into performance: Text Analysis

TART 220 Theatre Practicum

Any one of the following:

TART 120 Voice, Articulation, and Text Reading

TART 140 Beginning Acting

TART 150 Stage Movement and the Alexander Technique

TART 160 Reading and Writing Dance--an Introduction

Any one of the following:

TART 260 Theatre Production: Scenery and Lighting

TART 280 Theatre Production: Costume and Makeup

Any one of the following:

TART 310 History of the Theatre and Drama I

TART 311 History of the Theatre and Drama II

Any one of the following:

TART 390 Playwriting

TART 430 Stage Directing

TART 450 Production Design
 
Independent Study:  The department will consider proposals for Independent Study that are attempted to deepen an understanding of the theatre arts.  Independent Studies may not replicate regular course offerings.  Courses taught on alternate years will not be offered through individualized instruction.
 


Course Descriptions


DANC 160 Reading and Writing Dance:  An Introduction (EA) [AC]

An introduction to dance design and focusing on the interpretive processes of viewing through the Liz Lermann critical response process or "reading" dance and the creating/revising processes of choreographing "writing" dance using historical and contemporary dance artists and styles as the foundational "grammar."

DANC 215 Modern Dance Technique (EA) [AC]

A modern dance technique class focusing on developing the basic fundamentals, theories, vocabulary, and theatricality of modern dance along with a holistic approach to a life-long learning of physical health and fitness.

DANC 216 Ballet Dance Technique (EA) [AC]

A ballet technique class focusing on developing the basic fundamentals of classical ballet movement and alignment, vocabulary, theories, and style, along with a holistic approach to a life-long learning of physical health and fitness.

DANC 217 Jazz Dance Technique (EA) [AC]

A jazz dance technique class focusing on the introduction to and the development of various styles, vocabulary and theories of jazz along with a holistic approach to a life-long learning of physical health and fitness.

DANC 325 Choreography (EA) [AC]

A study of the fundamentals of the craft of choreography through a variety of improvisational components, a study of contemporary choreographers, theory, and process.

DANC 394 Special Topics in Dance (EA)

Advanced analysis of specific topics in theatrical, textural, and kinesthetic studies, determined by student interest and faculty availability.  Can be repeated with emphasis on various topics within dance.

DANA A30 Dance Ensemble (EA, PA) [AC]

A performance ensemble of choreographed dance that may accrue 1/4 course credit per semester.  Acceptance is by audition.  Two semesters of DANA A30 fulfill the two Physical Activities capacities requirement toward graduation.  Students may only count one whole credit of DANA A30 toward graduation.



TART 100 Introduction to Theatre (EA) [AC]

Engaged understanding of the nature of theatre and of those whose creative and collaborative processes bring texts to the stage through informed choices.


TART 110 The Art of Public Speaking (EA)

Emphasis on intrapersonal, interpersonal, problem solving discussions, and public address.


TART 120 Voice for the Theatre (EA) [AC]

Focus on freeing the natural voice, the International Phonetic Alphabet, and on text reading.


TART 140 Beginning Acting (EA) [AC]

Students study Stanislovski as a basis for scene work.  The approach frees the actor from mechanical, self conscious behavior on stage and enhances the awareness of the given circumstances and finding truth in the moment. 


TART 150 Movement for the Theatre (EA) [AC]

A study of the performer in movement through theatrical space.


TART 210 Script into Performance: Text Analysis (EA, LS) [AC]

Study and analysis of dramatic texts for the purpose of transforming scripts into theatrical productions


TART 240 Intermediate Acting: Modern Scene Study (EA) [AC]

Focusing on the study of modern scenes and techniques. Prerequisite:  TART 140


TART 260 Theatre Production: Scenery and Lighting (EA) [AC]

Techniques of lighting, sound, scenery and property construction for the theatre.
 

TART 275 The Art of Stage and Properties Management (EA) [AC]

Offers students an opportunity to explore the philosophies, tools, and techniques used in theatrical productions by stage managers, properties managers, and properties artisans.  The course explores the development of research, organizational and time management skills, as well as the construction and craft skills crucial to the production of effective stage props.


TART 280 Theatre Production: Costume and Makeup (EA) [AC]

Techniques of makeup and costume construction for the theatre.
 

TART 290 Beginning Playwriting (EA) [AC]

Construction of the dramatic text through in-depth research and disciplined creativity.

TART 295 Computer Aided Design (EA) [AC]

This course allows students of all disciplines to explore the basic mechanics of 2-D Drawing and 3-D modeling.  Basic concepts presented can be applied to most drafting and visualization programs and are particularly useful to students interested in art, architecture, film, animation, interior design, engineering, and theatrical design.

TART 310 History of the Theatre and Drama I (HP, LS, W2) [AC]

Study of Theatre and dramatic texts from the Classical Era through the Eighteenth Century.  Offered in alternate years.


TART 311 History of the Theatre and Drama II (HP, LS, W2) [AC]

Study of Theatre and dramatic texts from Romanticism through modernism.  Offered in alternate years.


TART 390 Advanced Playwriting (EA) [AC]

An extension of TART 290.  Construction of the dramatic text through in-depth research and disciplined creativity.

TART 391 Special Topics in Acting (EA)

Advanced analysis of specific topics in theatrical, textural, and kinesthetic studies, determined by student interest and faculty availability.  Can be repeated with emphasis on various topics within acting.

TART 392 Special Topics in Design (EA)

Advanced analysis of specific topics in theatrical, textural, and kinesthetic studies, determined by student interest and faculty availability.  Can be repeated with emphasis on various topics within design.   Prerequisite:  Sophomore standing or above.

TART 393 Special Topics in Performance (EA) 

Advanced analysis of specific topics in theatrical, textural and kinesthetic studies, determined by student interest and faculty availability.  Can be repeated with emphasis on various topics within performance.   Prerequisite:  Sophomore standing or above.


TART 430 Stage Directing (EA) [AC]

Study of play analysis and of the techniques of staging plays.  Prerequisite:  Consent of the Instructor


TART 450 Production Design (EA) [AC]

Process of unified design for the technical elements of a play.  Prerequisites:  TART 260 and TART 280 or consent of instructor.


497 Senior Seminar (EA, W2) [AC]

A collaborative synthesis: Theory transformed into theatrical practice.

Prerequisite: Senior Theatre Arts Majors or consent of instructor.

TARA Theatre Production Practicum (EA) [AC]

Practicum offers the student extensive experience in play production.  Students interested in taking this course should not preregister.  Students should contact department faculty members during the week of orientation and registration in fall or during the first week of classes in the spring.  The grade earned in each Practicum is included in the computation of the student's grade point average.  Students must complete all four areas of practicum in order to receive a full course credit, EA credit, and AC (Odyssey) credit.  Theatre Practicum fractional credits may NOT be combined with any other fractional credit for whole course credit.

TARA P21  House & Publicity, Assistant Stage Manager, or Properties 

TARA P22  Acting, Stage Manager, Dance Captain, Sound or Choreography

TARA P23  Scenery & Lighting

TARA P24  Costume & Make-up