California State University, Fullerton

Theatre and Dance

DEPARTMENT CHAIR
James R. Taulli

DEPARTMENT OFFICE
Performing Arts 139

DEPARTMENT WEBSITE
http://www.fullerton.edu/arts/theatredance

PRODUCTION OFFICE
Performing Arts 105

PROGRAMS OFFERED
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts
Liberal Arts
Production/Performance
Emphases in:
Directing
Playwriting
Design/Technical Production
Teaching
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts
Acting
Musical Theatre
Bachelor of Arts in Dance
Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts
Acting
Directing
Design and Technical Production

FACULTY
Joseph Arnold, Evelyn Case, Maria Cominis, Svetlana Efremova-Reed, John Fisher, Debra Garcia Lockwood, Bruce Goodrich, Susan Hallman, Mitchell Hanlon, Eve Himmelheber, Anne James, Lawrence Jasper, Robin Johnson, Muriel Joyce, Gladys Kares, Fred Kinney, William Lett, William Meyer, David Nevell, Debra Noble, Lawrence Peters, Ann Sheffield, John Short, James R. Taulli, Jim Volz, Abel Zeballos

INTRODUCTION
The Department of Theatre and Dance undergraduate and graduate programs include the fields of acting, dance, directing, musical theatre, playwriting, technical production and design. Specifically, the coursework and theatrical and dance production activities are arranged to provide opportunities for students to: (1) develop an appreciation for theatre arts and dance; (2) become aware, as audience or participants, of the shaping force of theatre arts and dance in society; (3) improve the knowledge and skills necessary for work in the theatrical arts profession and careers in dance; (4) pursue graduate studies; and (5) prepare for teaching theatre.

Public performance is at the center of the department’s programs. Therefore, continuing theatre and dance production activities are essential for all students at California State University, Fullerton, including the undergraduate theoretical student, as well as the undergraduate pre-professional, professional and graduate conservatory student. The program in dance is designed to develop basic technique, ability to perform and fundamental principles that lead to a fuller appreciation of the art. Within a clear framework of technique and dance studies, students will encounter challenges in both areas. Public performance, as well as a sound academic schedule, is considered paramount.

The Theatre and Dance Department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance and the National Association of Schools of Theatre. The theatre undergraduate program ranks among the top 16 schools in the nation according to the Performing Arts Major’s College Guide published by Macmillan Books. The dance program is also ranked among such noteworthy programs as Cornell, Duke, Hofstra and Brigham Young Universities.

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GENERAL BACHELOR’S DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
The Bachelor of Arts degree requires a minimum of 120 units and the Bachelor of Fine Arts requires a minimum of 132 units. This includes courses for the major, General Education and any free electives.

The concentration in Liberal Arts in theatre is for those who wish to study theatre as a cultural contribution or who wish to pursue graduate degrees in theatre with an emphasis in theory and research. It is strongly recommended that students electing this plan support the major with approved electives from art, music, foreign languages, literature, philosophy or speech.

Teaching in theatre meets the requirements of the teaching credential with specialization in secondary teaching with a degree in Theatre Arts and a degree in English.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree is designed for those wishing to pursue a career as a professional artist. Currently, concentrations in Acting and Musical Theatre are offered.

The Bachelor of Arts in Dance is designed to develop competency for pursuing careers in dance or for pursuing a graduate degree in dance. Dance majors must enroll in daily technique classes to meet the demands of choreographic and performance challenges. The Bachelor of Arts in Dance necessitates the daily training of the body and mind in technique classes. Dance majors are advised to participate in two daily classes, preferably one in Ballet and the other in Modern.

In addition to the requirements listed below for the major, students must meet the university requirements for general education. Students pursuing a concentration in Teaching must meet all specific requirements for the desired teaching credential. See description of secondary school teaching credential program under Department of Secondary Education. In addition, students pursuing the Teaching concentration should see the department’s secondary education adviser regarding the course sequence required for the single subject waiver in English.

To qualify for a B.A. or B.F.A. degree with a major in theatre or dance, students must have a “C” (2.0) or better in all theatre, dance or music courses required for the degree. In addition to course requirements, all theatre and dance majors will enroll for two units of Theatre 478B each semester of residency up to a maximum of eight semesters. All dance majors are strongly encouraged to enroll in Dance 478A Performance each semester.

Theatre 375 with a grade of “C” (2.0) or better fulfills the upper-division writing requirement for theatre majors. Dance 325 with a grade of “C” (2.0) or better fulfills the upper-division writing requirement for dance majors.

Theatre 200, or its equivalent, is a prerequisite for all upper-division theatre courses with the exception of Theatre 478A,B. Transfer students may take Theatre 200 concurrently with their first semester of upper-division courses. Prior to entering their junior year, or upon transferring to Cal State Fullerton, all students electing an Acting or Musical Theatre concentration under the B.F.A., or the major in Dance will be evaluated and advised as to potential for advancement in the major. Auditions are held only at the end of the Spring Semester for entrance into the junior level performance classes. Students should contact the department regarding audition requirements.

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BACHELOR OF ARTS IN THEATRE ARTS LIBERAL ARTS CONCENTRATION
Students in the Liberal Arts Concentration must take Theatre 110 Oral Communication of Literature (3) to fulfill General Education Category I.A.

Lower-Division Core (11 units)
Theatre 140 Acting I (2)
Theatre 200 Art of the Theatre (3)
Theatre 276 Introduction to Stagecraft (3)
OR Theatre 277 Introduction to Costume Design (3)
Theatre 285 Theatrical Makeup (3)

Upper-Division Core (21 units)
Theatre 351 Theatre Management (3)
Theatre 370A Fundamentals of Directing (3)
Theatre 375 Seminar in Writing: Critical Techniques (3)
Theatre 386 Fundamentals of Lighting Design (3)
Theatre 475A,B,C World Theatre (3,3,3)

Electives (22 adviser-approved units)
Acting/Directing (3-9 units minimum)
Theatre 141A,B Voice/Movement for Stage I (3,3)
Theatre 240A,B Acting II (3,3)
Theatre 241A,B Voice/Movement for Stage II (2,2)
Theatre 350 Stage Management (2)
Theatre 370B Fundamentals of Directing (3)
Theatre 470A Advanced Directing (3)

Technical Theatre and Design (3-9 units minimum)
Theatre 288 Introduction to Scene Design (3)
Theatre 387 Audio Techniques (3)
Theatre 486 Advanced Lighting Design (3)
Theatre 487 Advanced Audio Techniques (3)
Theatre 488 Advanced Design and Production (3)

PRODUCTION/PERFORMANCE CONCENTRATION
Students in the directing emphasis must take Theatre 110 Oral Communications of Literature to fulfill General Education Category I.A.

Directing Emphasis

Lower Division (23 units required)
Theatre 140 Acting I (2)
Theatre 141A,B Voice/Movement for Stage I (3,3)
Theatre 200 Art of the Theatre (3)
Theatre 240A Acting II (3)
Theatre 276 Introduction to Stagecraft (3)
Theatre 277 Introduction to Costume Design (3)
Theatre 288 Introduction to Scene Design (3)

Upper Division (32 units required)
Theatre 350 Stage Management (2)
Theatre 351 Theatre Management (3)
Theatre 370A,B Fundamentals of Directing (3,3)
Theatre 375 Seminar in Writing: Critical Techniques (3)
Theatre 386 Fundamentals of Lighting Design (3)
Theatre 470A,B Advanced Directing (3,3)
Theatre 475A,B,C World Theatre (3,3,3)

All theatre majors with an emphasis in directing must assistant stage manage a production either prior to or concurrently with Theatre 470A Advanced Directing, and must stage manage a production prior to graduation.

Playwriting Emphasis
Students in the Playwriting Emphasis must take Theatre 110 Oral Communication of Literature to fulfill General Education Category I.A.

Lower Division (11 units required)
Theatre 140 Acting I (2)
Theatre 200 Art of the Theatre (3)

With six units from:
Theatre 276 Introduction to Stagecraft (3)
Theatre 277 Introduction to Costume Design (3)
Theatre 288 Introduction to Scene Design (3)

Upper Division (35 units required)
Theatre 350 Stage Management (2)
Theatre 364 Seminar in Playwriting (3,3)
Theatre 370A,B Fundamentals of Directing (3,3)
Theatre 375 Seminar in Writing: Critical Techniques (3)
Theatre 386 Fundamentals of Lighting Design (3)
Theatre 464 Advanced Playwriting (3)
Theatre 475A,B,C,E World Theatre (3,3,3,3)

Electives (6 units) from the following:
Theatre 300 Theatre and Cultural Diversity (3)
Theatre 351 Theatre Management (3)
Theatre 383 Drama into Film (3)
Dance 301 Dance and Cultural Diversity (3)

Students in the Playwriting Emphasis must assistant stage manage a production either prior to or concurrently with Theatre 370B.

Design/Technical Production Emphasis
Students in the Design/Technical Production Emphasis must take Theatre 110 Oral Communication of Literature to fulfill General Education Category I.A.

Lower Division (20 units required)
Theatre 140 Acting I (2)
Theatre 200 Art of the Theatre (3)
Theatre 276 Introduction to Stagecraft (3)
Theatre 277 Introduction to Costume Design (3)
Theatre 279 Drafting for the Theatre (3)
Theatre 285 Theatrical Makeup (3)
Theatre 288 Introduction to Scene Design (3)

Upper Division ( 27 units required)
Theatre 370A Fundamentals of Directing (3)
Theatre 375 Seminar in Writing: Critical Techniques (3)
Theatre 377 Costume Design (3)
OR Theatre 388 Period Styles and Form for the Theatre (3)
Theatre 379 Drawing and Rendering (3)
Theatre 386 Fundamentals of Lighting Design (3)
Theatre 387 Audio Techniques (3)
Theatre 475A,B,C World Theatre (3,3,3)

Adviser-Approved Electives (12 units) from:
Theatre 350 Stage Management (2)
Theatre 466 Seminar in Advanced Technical Production (3)
Theatre 476 Scenery Automation and Rigging (3)
Theatre 479 Computer-Aided Design for Theatre Design and Production (3)
Theatre 485 Advanced Theatre Makeup (3)
Theatre 486 Advanced Lighting Design (3)
Theatre 487 Advanced Audio Techniques (3)
Theatre 488 Advanced Design and Production (3)

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TEACHING CONCENTRATION (SINGLE SUBJECT)
Students in the Teaching Concentration must take Theatre 110 Oral Communication of Literature to fulfill General Education Category I.A.

Lower Division (26 units required)
Theatre 140 Acting I (2)
Theatre 141A,B Voice/Movement for Stage I (3,3)
Theatre 200 Art of the Theatre (3)
Theatre 240A Acting II (3)
Theatre 276 Introduction to Stagecraft (3)
Theatre 277 Introduction to Costume Design (3)
Theatre 285 Theatrical Makeup (3)
Theatre 288 Introduction to Scene Design (3)

Upper Division (29 units required)
Theatre 350 Stage Management (2)
Theatre 370A,B Fundamentals of Directing (6)
Theatre 375 Seminar in Writing: Critical Techniques (3)
OR English 301 Advanced College Writing (3)
Theatre 386 Fundamentals of Lighting Design (3)
Theatre 402B Dramatic Activities for Children (3)
Theatre 470A Advanced Directing (3)
Theatre 475A,C,E World Theatre (9)

Theatre Education majors are required to complete a degree in English.

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BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS IN THEATRE ARTS ACTING CONCENTRATION
This concentration is for students who desire a professionally oriented education and training in acting. Only those who exhibit exceptional talent, motivation and commitment will be admitted to the program.
Students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts must take Theatre 110 Oral Communication of Literature to fulfill General Education Category I.A.

Prior to entering the junior year, or upon transferring to Cal State Fullerton, all students electing the acting concentration will be auditioned, evaluated and advised for advancement in the major.

All applicants for the B.F.A. Acting Concentration must complete the following for entry into the degree program: Theatre 140, Theatre 141A,B, Theatre 200 and Theatre 240A,B or equivalent, with a minimum grade of “B-” (2.7) in each course and an audition in acting.

In addition to the requirements listed below for the major, students must meet the university requirements for a baccalaureate degree.

Lower Division (7 units required)
Theatre 241A,B Voice/Movement for Stage II (2,2)
Theatre 285 Theatrical Makeup (3)

Upper Division (50 units required)
Theatre 310 Oral Interpretation of Shakespeare (3)
Theatre 340A,B Acting III (3,3)
Theatre 341A,B Voice/Movement for Stage III (2,2)
Theatre 370A Fundamentals of Directing (3)
Theatre 375 Seminar in Writing: Critical Techniques (3)
Theatre 440A,B Acting IV (3,3)
Theatre 443 Audition and Rehearsal Processes (3)
Theatre 475A,B,C World Theatre (3,3,3)
Theatre 482A,B Acting IV: Camera Techniques for Actor and Director (3,3)
Theatre 483 Advanced Acting Workshop (3)
Theatre 497 Production and Performance Projects in Theatre (1,1,1,1)

Electives (6 units required)
One course from each category

Category I (3 units):
Theatre 276 Introduction to Stagecraft (3)
Theatre 277 Introduction to Costume Design (3)
Theatre 288 Introduction to Scene Design (3)
Theatre 386 Fundamentals of Lighting Design (3)
Theatre 387 Audio Techniques (3)

Category II (3 units):
Theatre 300 Theatre and Cultural Diversity (3)
Theatre 351 Theatre Management (3)
Theatre 364 Seminar in Playwriting (3)
Theatre 383 Drama into Film (3)

Once students are accepted and enrolled in the Acting Concentration, they are required to audition each semester, and to accept any role in which they are cast until the degree program is completed.

At the end of each semester of the junior year of study, a faculty committee shall evaluate each BFA candidate. The committee has the authority to retain, dismiss or place candidates on probation.

To be retained in the BFA Acting program, students must prepare an acting demonstration (jury). The acting/directing faculty will assess each student at this time and determine if the student warrants retention, probation or dismissal from the program. Each student will be assessed on professionalism, collegiality and progress.

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MUSICAL THEATRE CONCENTRATION
This degree is for students who desire a professionally oriented education and training in musical theatre. Only those who exhibit exceptional talent, motivation and commitment will be admitted to the program.
Prior to entering the junior year, or upon transferring to Cal State Fullerton, all students electing a major in musical theatre will be auditioned, evaluated and advised as to potential for advancement in the major.

All applicants for the B.F.A. Musical Theatre Concentration must complete the following to qualify for entry into the degree program: Theatre 140 and Theatre 141A,B, Theatre 200 and Theatre 240A,B or equivalent, with a minimum grade of “B-” (2.7) in each course and an audition that shall consist of acting, singing and dance.

In addition to the requirements listed below for the major, students must meet the university requirements for a baccalaureate degree. Music 101 Music Theory for Non-Music Majors (3) must be taken to fulfill General Education Category III.B.1 before taking Theatre 181 Basic Music Reading.

All degree candidates must:

1. prove competency in piano
2. achieve a 300 level in voice juries
3. audition for and be available for casting in all Department of Theatre and Dance musical theatre production

Lower Division (17 units required)
Theatre 181 Basic Music Reading and Sight-Singing (1)
Theatre 236A,B Fundamentals of Musical Theatre Performance (2,2)
Theatre 285 Theatrical Makeup (3)
Theatre 276 Introduction to Stagecraft (3)
OR Theatre 277 Introduction to Costume Design (3)
OR Theatre 288 Introduction to Scene Design (3)
Dance 212 Ballet II (2)
Dance 232 Jazz II (2)
Dance 242 Tap Dance II (2)

Upper Division (44 units required)
Theatre 340A,B Acting III (3,3)
Theatre 370A Fundamentals of Directing (3)
Theatre 375 Seminar in Writing: Critical Techniques (3)
Theatre 436A,B Musical Theatre Workshop (3,3)
Theatre 437 Musical Theatre Practicum (1,1,1)
Theatre 475A,B or C World Theatre (3,3,3)

Theatre 475E World Theatre (3)
Theatre 497 Production and Performance Projects in Theatre (1,1,1,1)
Dance 336 Dance for Musical Theatre (3,3)
Theatre 393, 493 Individual Voice Instruction (1,1,1,1)

Electives in the discipline of musical theatre (3 units required) from:
Dance 126 Dance Improvisation (2)
Dance 312 Ballet III (3)
Dance 332 Jazz III (3)
Music 184A Piano Class for Non-Music Majors (1)
Music 365V Vocal Workshop (1)
Theatre 437A,B Musical Theatre Practicum (3,3)

All dance technique courses may be repeated for credit upon adviser recommendation.

At the end of each semester of the junior year of study, a faculty committee shall evaluate each BFA candidate. The committee has the authority to retain, dismiss or place candidates on probation. To be retained in the BFA Musical Theatre program, students must juries in Voice, dance and acting. In addition to the juries, each student will be assessed on professionalism, collegiality and progress.

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BACHELOR OF ARTS IN DANCE
The Bachelor of Arts in Dance is for students who desire an education in the art of dance. The mission of the dance program is to develop dance artists and to foster the skills, understanding and discipline that prepare them for the professional world. The curriculum combines practical training in technique, aesthetics and critical training. Intensive training in Modern Dance and Ballet is complemented by improvisation, composition, dance history, kinesiology, pedagogy and performance experiences. The graduating student is prepared technically and creatively to work as a dance artist from the studio to the stage. Students entering the program must attend a placement class and an advisement session before enrolling in the major. It is mandatory that dance majors be assessed, evaluated and advised as to the potential for advancement in both Modern Dance and Ballet on a yearly basis

All degree candidates must:
1. receive a “C” (2.0) or better in all course requirements
2. enroll in daily technique classes
3. successfully complete the fourth level of both Ballet and Modern Dance in order to graduate
4. attend yearly dance assessments
5. audition and be available for casting

Lower Division (11 units required)
Dance 122 Modern Dance I (2)
Dance 126 Dance Improvisation (2)
Dance 212 Ballet II (2)
Dance 222 Modern Dance II (2)
Dance 226 Rhythmic Analysis (3)

Upper Division (39 units required)
Dance 301 Dance and Cultural Diversity (3)
Dance 312 Ballet III (2)
Dance 322 Modern Dance III (2)
Dance 323A,B Dance Composition (3,3)
Dance 324 Forces and Figures in Dance (3)
Dance 325 Dance Theory and Criticism (3)
Dance 372 Dance Kinesiology (3)
Dance 412 Ballet IV (3)
Dance 422 Modern Dance IV (3)
Dance 423 Advanced Dance Composition (3)
Dance 424 Dance Pedagogy (2)
Dance 471 Creative Dance for Children (3)
Dance 478A Production and Performance (2)
Dance 497 Production and Performance Projects in Dance (1)

Electives (7 units required)
With the approval of the appropriate departmental adviser, students complete a minimum of seven elective units, including at least one course from each category below:

Category I:
Dance 142 Tap Dance I (2)
Dance 213 Classical Pointe (2)
Dance 232 Jazz II (2)
Dance 242 Tap Dance II (2)
Dance 332 Jazz III (3)
Kinesiology 381 Sports, Games and Culture (3)
Music 100 Introduction to Music (3)
Theatre 100 Introduction to the Theatre (3)
Theatre 160 Acting for Non-Majors (3)
Dance 479 Repertory and Performance Techniques (2)

Category II:
Theatre 277 Introduction to Costume Design (3)
Theatre 285 Theatrical Makeup (3)
Theatre 386 Fundamentals of Lighting Design (3)
Theatre 387 Audio Techniques (3)

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MASTER OF FINE ARTS IN THEATRE ARTS (DESIGN AND TECHNICAL PRODUCTION, ACTING AND DIRECTING)
This degree is for students who desire a professionally oriented education and training in design and technical production, acting and directing. It is the objective of the department to educate and train highly skilled, motivated individuals for careers in professional theatre (including television and film) or for careers as artist-teachers in college or university theatre. Only those who demonstrate an exceptional talent, a high degree of motivation, and a deep commitment to their education and training will be admitted into the program. The highest academic and creative standards will be demanded throughout the program. A positive attitude and a rigid sense of theatre discipline are essential for success in the program.

The degree requires 60 units of approved coursework. Based on a student’s previous undergraduate or professional experience, substitutions or revisions in the study plan might be appropriate. Average length of time to complete the program is three years.

At the end of each semester, each M.F.A. candidate shall be evaluated by a faculty committee. The committee, by recommendation to the Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies, has the authority to retain, dismiss or place candidates on probation. To be retained in the M.F.A. Acting Program, students must prepare an acting demonstration (jury) at the end of each semester. The performance faculty will assess each student at this time and determine if the student warrants retention or dismissal from the program based on a set of predetermined criteria. In addition to the acting jury, each student will be assessed on professionalism, collegiality and progress in coursework and departmental productions.

Application Deadlines
Applications for the Directing and Acting Concentrations are accepted in the fall semester only in odd-numbered years (i.e., Fall 2009, 2011, etc.) for admission in even-numbered years (i.e. Fall 2010, 2012, etc.) Applications for the Design/Technical Production Concentration are accepted every fall semester. The deadline for completing online applications is March 1 for the following fall semester; mailed applications also need to be postmarked by March 1. This deadline may change based upon enrollment projections.

Please call the Theatre and Dance Department directly at 657-278-3628 to satisfy additional requirements for consideration, including auditions for actors, interviews for directors and design portfolios for design/production students.

Admission to Graduate Standing: Classified
Prerequisites for admission to the program and granting of classified standing are:

  1. B.A., B.F.A. or M.A. from an accredited college or university with a major in theatre; or a degree in a related field and extensive work in technical design and production, acting or directing

  2. Completion of an oral interview and satisfactory review of the student’s portfolio or audition

  3. Acceptance by the faculty

  4. Minimum GPA of 3.0 in all upper-division undergraduate work in theatre. A minimum GPA of 2.75 for the last half of the undergraduate program is also required

  5. Completion of any additional prerequisites which may be required by the student’s individual committee prior to classification

  6. Selection of a graduate adviser and committee. Total committee membership should be three or four faculty members, including the adviser7. Submission of a formal M.F.A. study program approved by the individual committee, the department graduate adviser and the dean of graduate studies

  7. Must meet the Graduate Writing Requirement

Admission to Graduate Standing: Conditionally Classified
Students who do not meet certain prerequisites may be considered for admission in conditionally classified graduate standing. Consult the graduate program adviser.

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Study Plan - Acting
Course Requirements (60 units)
Theatre 443 Audition and Rehearsal Processes (3)
Theatre 500 Intro to Graduate Study in Theatre (3)
Theatre 541 Voice and Movement for the Actor (8)
Theatre 543 The Performer and the Professional Theatre (3)
Theatre 563 Acting Studio (16)
Theatre 565 Dramatic Textual Analysis (3)
Theatre 570A,B Styles of Directing/Performance (6)
Theatre 582A,B Camera Techniques for the Actor and Director (3,3)
Theatre 583 Graduate Seminar: Acting (3)
Theatre 597 Projects (Two) (3,3)
Adviser-Approved Elective (3)

M.F.A. Projects in Acting
The M.F.A. in Acting requires the completion of two creative projects which, by their nature, are of sufficient challenge and complexity to be accepted as worthy completion of the period of study. These projects, which shall be performances in major departmental productions, shall be approved by the individual’s committee. In addition, the program will culminate in a project book submitted by the M.F.A. candidate to the individual’s committee. The project book will clearly and objectively articulate the development of the candidate’s process as an actor based on the various experiences in and materials discovered through classroom and performance.

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Study Plan - Directing
Course Requirements (60 units)
Theatre 470A Advanced Directing (3)
Theatre 470B Advanced Directing (3)
Theatre 500 Introduction to Graduate Study in Theatre (3)
Theatre 541 Voice and Movement for the Actor (2)
Theatre 563 Acting Studio (4)
Theatre 565 Dramatic Textual Analysis (3)
Theatre 570A,B Styles of Directing/Performance (12)
Theatre 575 Seminar in Theatre History (3)
Theatre 582A,B Camera Techniques for the Actor and Director (6)
Theatre 583 Graduate Seminar: Acting (3)

Theatre 597 Projects (3,3)
Adviser-approved electives (includes 6 units technical coursework) (12 units)

M.F.A. Projects in Directing
The M.F.A. in Directing Program requires the completion of three creative projects that have been approved by the individual’s committee and which by their nature, are of sufficient challenge and complexity to be accepted as worthy completion of the period of study. These projects shall be mounted and presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance as a portion of its production program. The program shall culminate in a project book submitted by the M.F.A. candidate to the individual’s committee. The project book will clearly and objectively articulate the process of formulating the final main stage project from initial concept to critical reaction, utilizing experiences and material discovered through classroom participation and the development of the production.

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Study Plan - Design And Technical Production
Students should concentrate their activities in two of the following four technical theatre areas during their three-year course of study: scene design, costume design-makeup, lighting-sound and technical production.

Course Requirements (60 units)

All of the following (9 units):
Theatre 500 Introduction to Graduate Study (3)
Theatre 565 Dramatic Textual Analysis (3)
Theatre 575 Seminar in Theatre History (3)

Three from the following (9 units):
Theatre 566 Seminar in Technical Production (3)
Theatre 577 Graduate Seminar: Costume Design (3)
Theatre 578 Graduate Seminar: Scene Design (3)
Theatre 586 Graduate Seminar: Lighting Design (3)

Four enrollments in the following (24 units):
Theatre 588A,B Graduate Projects in Design and Technical Theatre
(3/3, 3/3, 3/3, 3/3)

Adviser-approved units from technical courses in theatre, art or engineering (12 units)
Creative project in two of the four technical areas: Theatre 597
Project (3) (6 units)

M.F.A. Projects in Design
The M.F.A. Program in Design and Technical Production shall be culminated by two creative projects which, by their nature, are of sufficient challenge and complexity to be accepted as worthy completion of the period of study. These projects are determined by the individual committee and shall be design assignments for major productions. Each project shall be reviewed by the individual committee within two weeks after completion. If accepted, the student shall submit a project book within a specified time.

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DANCE COURSES
Courses are designated as DANC in the class schedule.

DANC 101    Introduction to Dance

Description: Historical and contemporary dance forms. Experiences in various dance forms such as ballet, modern, jazz, folk, ethnic, mime. Recommended for non-majors.
Units: (3)

DANC 112    Ballet I

Description: Fundamental structure and technique of beginning classical ballet. May be repeated for a maximum of four units. (2 hours activity per unit)
Units: (1-2)

DANC 122    Modern Dance I

Description: Fundamental structure and technique of beginning modern dance. May be repeated for a maximum of four units. (2 hours activity per unit)
Units: (1-2)

DANC 126    Dance Improvisation

Description: Theory and practice of improvisation in movement. Practical use of improvisation in expressing imagery, developing choreographic concepts and enhancing performance. (4 hours activity)
Units: (2)

DANC 132    Jazz I

Description: Modern jazz dance techniques and basic jazz choreography. May be repeated once for credit. (4 hours activity)
Units: (2)

DANC 142    Tap Dance I

Description: Structure and technique of tap dance and tap choreography. May be repeated once for credit. (4 hours activity)
Units: (2)

DANC 212    Ballet II

Description: Prerequisite: Dance 112. Intermediate level technique of classical ballet. May be repeated for a maximum of four units. (2 hours activity per unit)
Units: (1-2)

DANC 213    Classical Pointe

Description: Prerequisites: Dance 212 or 312 or equivalent level of proficiency and consent of instructor. Technique for basic beginning pointe work and building performing strength. May be repeated once for credit. (4 hours activity)
Units: (2)

DANC 222    Modern Dance II

Description: Prerequisite: Dance 122. Intermediate level modern dance technique. May be repeated for a maximum of four units. (2 hours activity per unit)
Units: (1-2)

DANC 226    Rhythmic Analysis

Description: Prerequisites: Dance 126, 212, 222. Musical form and structure as it pertains to dance and choreography; musically notating dance rhythms and percussion accompaniment.
Units: (3)

DANC 232    Jazz II

Description: Prerequisite: Dance 132. Intermediate level skills in jazz technique and choreography. (4 hours activity)
Units: (2)

DANC 242    Tap Dance II

Description: Prerequisite: Dance 142. Intermediate skills in tap technique and choreography. May be repeated for once for credit. (4 hours activity)
Units: (2)

DANC 301    Dance and Cultural Diversity

Description: Prerequisite: Dance 101. Impact of various dance forms, from primitive time to modern, on diverse cultures. Contributions of immigrants, minorities and women to dance as a personal, social and cultural expression.
Units: (3)

DANC 312    Ballet III

Description: Prerequisite: Dance 212 and/or consented placement test. Classical ballet technique at the second stage of the intermediate level. Complex combinations. Elements of technique and theory. May be repeated for credit. (2 hours activity per unit)
Units: (1-2)

DANC 322    Modern Dance III

Description: Prerequisite: Dance 222 and/or consented placement test. Modern dance technique at an advanced intermediate level. Detailed study of technical theory with emphasis on more complex combinations. May be repeated for credit. (2 hours activity per unit)
Units: (1-2)

DANC 323A    Dance Composition

Description: Prerequisites: Dance 126, 226, 312, 322 and junior standing. Choreography and forms of beginning dance composition. Final project required. (6 hours activity).
Units: (3)

DANC 323B    Dance Composition

Description: Prerequisite: Dance 323A. Choreography and forms of intermediate dance composition. Final project required. (6 hours activity)
Units: (3)

DANC 324    Forces and Figures in Dance

Description: Prerequisites: Dance 301 and 323A. Dance history from primitive to contemporary times, including historical eras, famous dancers, choreographers and companies.
Units: (3)

DANC 324A    Forces and Figures in Dance History I

Description: Prerequisite: Dance 323A. Ballet history from ancient Greece to contemporary times, including historical dance styles, artistic forces, prominent dance figures, dance companies, dance literature and dance media.
Units: (3)

DANC 324B    Forces and Figures in Dance History II

Description: Prerequisite: Dance 324A. Modern dance history from Isadora Duncan and Denishawn to contemporary times, including various dance styles, artistic forces, prominent dance figures, dance companies, dance literature and dance media.
Units: (3)

DANC 325    Dance Theory and Criticism

Description: Prerequisites: Dance 323B and 324. Dance theory and philosophy, choreographic styles, published reviews, critique writing. Fulfills the course requirement for the university upper-division baccalaureate writing requirement for dance majors.
Units: (3)

DANC 332    Jazz III

Description: Prerequisite: Dance 232. Advanced jazz techniques and choreography through grade three of professional jazz dance. Relation of jazz to other forms of dance. (6 hours activity)
Units: (3)

DANC 336    Dance for Musical Theatre

Description: Prerequisites: Acceptance into the BFA in Theatre Arts Musical Theatre concentration. Dance utilized in musical theatre. Ensemble and individual approaches to the style. May be repeated once for credit. (6 hours activity)
Units: (3)

DANC 372    Dance Kinesiology

Description: Prerequisites: Dance 126, 212 and 222. Structural aspects of the human body and factors that affect movement in dance.
Units: (3)

DANC 412    Ballet IV

Description: Prerequisites: Dance 212, 312. Stylization and performance of the advanced level of classical ballet. May be repeated for credit. (6 hours activity)
Units: (3)

DANC 422    Modern Dance IV

Description: Prerequisite: Dance 322 and/or placement test. Advanced level skills in modern dance. Emphasis on individual techniques. May be repeated for credit. (6 hours activity)
Units: (3)

DANC 423    Advanced Dance Composition

Description: Prerequisite: Dance 323A,B or equivalent. Elements and forms in dance composition. Choreographing dances of concert quality. (6 hours activity)
Units: (3)

DANC 424    Dance Pedagogy

Description: Prerequisites: Dance 112, 222, 226, 323A, 372 and consent of instructor. Philosophies, techniques and methods for developing progressions in dance instruction.
Units: (2)

DANC 471    Creative Dance for Children

Description: Prerequisite: upper-division standing. Methods and materials for teaching creative dance to children.
Units: (3)

DANC 478A    Production and Performance

Description: (Same as Theatre 478A)
Units: (2)

DANC 479    Repertory and Performance Techniques

Description: Prerequisites: Dance 312, 322 and audition. Broadens understanding of the history, theory and practice of concert dance performance. Emphasizes learning repertory and exploring performance techniques. Maybe repeated twice for credit. (4 hours activity)
Units: (2)

DANC 497    Production and Performance Projects in Dance

Description: Prerequisites: upper-division standing and consent of instructor; application form with appropriate signatures must be on file in department office prior to registration. Projects that culminate in production or performance. May be repeated for credit.
Units: (1-3)

DANC 499    Independent Study

Description: Prerequisites: upper-division standing and consent of instructor; application form with appropriate signatures must be on file in department office prior to registration. Undergraduate research projects. May be repeated for credit.
Units: (1-3)

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THEATRE COURSES
Courses are designated as THTR in the class schedule.

THTR 100    Introduction to the Theatre

Description: For the general student leading to an appreciation and understanding of the theatre as an entertainment medium and as an art form. Recommended for non-majors.
Units: (3)

THTR 110    Oral Communication of Literature

Description: Analysis and performance of literary works through the medium of oral interpretation. Understanding the content of communication in literature as well as the form. Techniques involved in the discovery, critical evaluation and performance of various literary speakers. Meets the General Education (G.E.) requirement in Oral Communication for Theatre/Dance majors.
Units: (3)

THTR 140    Acting I

Description: Improvisation, movement, relaxation and characterization techniques for performance. For majors only. (4 hours activity)
Units: (2)

THTR 141A    Voice/Movement for Stage I

Description: Intensive training in the integral use of the voice and body for the actor; developing skills for vocal and physical relaxation, flexibility and strength. Phonetics and anatomy. May be repeated once for credit.
Units: (3)

THTR 141B    Voice/Movement for Stage I

Description: Prerequisite: Theatre 141A. Intensive training in the integral use of the voice and body for the actor; developing skills for vocal and physical relaxation, flexibility and strength. May be repeated once for credit.
Units: (3)

THTR 160    Acting for Non-Majors

Description: Form and content of acting: improvisation, action, motivation, and behavior. Recommended for non-majors. (6 hours activity)
Units: (3)

THTR 181    Basic Music Reading and Sight Singing

Description: Practical skills in music reading and sight-singing. Fundamentals of voice production for the musical theatre. (2 hours activity)
Units: (1)

THTR 193    Individual Voice Instruction

Description: Prerequisite: jury recommendation. Individual voice study with approved instructor. Technique and repertoire. B.F.A. Musical Theatre Majors must register for one unit each semester of residency up to a maximum of four semesters. Instructional fee required. May be repeated for credit.
Units: (1-2)

THTR 200    Art of the Theatre

Description: Study of scripts with emphasis on dramatic analysis and cultural significance. Required of all theatre majors.
Units: (3)

THTR 236A    Fundamentals of Musical Theatre Performance

Description: Introduction to materials, exercises, techniques and the preparation of audition portfolio for performance in musical theatre. May be repeated for credit. (4 hours activity)
Units: (2)

THTR 236B    Fundamentals of Musical Theatre Performance

Description: Prerequisites: Theatre 141A, 200, 236A and audition. Continued study of materials, exercises, techniques and the preparation of audition portfolio for performance in musical theatre. May be repeated for credit. (4 hours activity)
Units: (2)

THTR 240A    Acting II (Formerly 263A)

Description: Improvisations, exercises, and techniques of acting for the stage. Motivation and behavior in characterization. (6 hours activity)
Units: (3)

THTR 240B    Acting II (Formerly 263B)

Description: Prerequisites: Theatre 141A,B; 200 and 240A. Improvisations, exercises and techniques of acting for the stage. Motivation and behavior in characterization. (6 hours activity)
Units: (3)

THTR 241A    Voice/Movement for Stage II

Description: Prerequisites: Theatre 141A,B. Continuation of intensive voice/movement training for the actor; strong focus on movement and voice for extension of range and availability, and for character development. Each may be repeated once for credit.
Units: (2)

THTR 241B    Voice/Movement for Stage II

Description: Prerequisites: Theatre 141A,B. Continuation of intensive voice/movement training for the actor; strong focus on movement and voice for extension of range and availability, and for character development. Each may be repeated once for credit.
Units: (2)

THTR 276    Introduction to Stagecraft

Description: Planning and constructing stage and television scenery. Use of tools and stage equipment. Work in the scenic lab for department productions is required. May be repeated for credit. (6 hours activity)
Units: (3)

THTR 277    Introduction to Costume Design

Description: Design fundamentals, including costume history, research, play analysis, fabric selection, construction basics and hypothetical design projects. (6 hours activity)
Units: (3)

THTR 279    Drafting for the Theatre

Description: Prerequisite: Theatre 276. Drafting and reading technical drawings. Work in the scenic lab for department productions is required. May be repeated for credit. (6 hours activity)
Units: (3)

THTR 285    Theatrical Makeup

Description: Makeup for stage and television. Individual skill in character analysis, application in pigment, plastic, hair, makeup and selection and use of makeup equipment.(6 hours activity)
Units: (3)

THTR 288    Introduction to Scene Design

Description: Prerequisite: Theatre 276. Scene design, including script analysis, formation of visual concepts, floor plan development and model building for stage and camera. (6 hours activity)
Units: (3)

THTR 293    Individual Voice Instruction

Description: Prerequisite: jury recommendation. Individual voice study with approved instructor. Technique and repertoire. B.F.A. Musical Theatre Majors must register for one unit each semester of residency up to a maximum of four semesters. Instructional fee required. May be repeated for credit.
Units: (1-2)

THTR 300    Theatre and Cultural Diversity

Description: Prerequisite: completion of G.E. Category III.B.1. Contributions of diverse cultures to the fabric of American theater. Influence of Hispanic, Asian and African-American cultures, as well as alternative theatre viewpoints from gender, political and experimental perspectives.
Units: (3)

THTR 310    Oral Interpretation of Shakespeare

Description: Prerequisite: upper-division standing; Theatre 110. Develop techniques for oral interpretation of Shakespeare with special emphasis on the problems of verse.
Units: (3)

THTR 311    Oral Interpretation of Children’s Literature

Description: Oral presentation of children’s literature in classroom, recreation and home situations including individual and group performance of fiction, non-fiction, fantasy and poetry. Not available for graduate degree credit.
Units: (3)

THTR 315    Chicano/Latino Theatre

Description: (Same as Chicana/o Studies 315)
Units: (3)

THTR 320    Theatre and Issues in American Society

Description: Prerequisite: completion of G.E. Category III.B.1. Introduction to the Arts. Study and analysis of modern and contemporary literature and productions of comedies, dramas and musicals that examine current social problems to establish an experiential view of living in today’s world.
Units: (3)

THTR 331    Shakespeare on Film

Description: (Same as English 331)
Units: (3)

THTR 340A    Acting III (Formerly 363A)

Description: Prerequisites: Theatre 141A,B, 200, 240A,B and audition. Characterization; roles, special problems and application of acting techniques through exercises and two-character scenes from contemporary theatre. (6 hours activity)
Units: (3)

THTR 340B    Acting III (Formerly 363B)

Description: Prerequisites: Theatre 340A and audition. Characterization; roles, special problems and application of acting techniques through exercises and two-character scenes from contemporary theatre. (6 hours activity)
Units: (3)

THTR 341A    Voice/Movement for Stage III

Description: Prerequisites: Theatre 241A,B. Process-oriented advanced work in stage voice/movement for the actor. Extended vocal techniques, integration of voice/movement with acting/directing perspectives. Each may be repeated once for credit.
Units: (2)

THTR 341B    Voice/Movement for Stage III

Description: Prerequisites: Theatre 241A,B. Process-oriented advanced work in stage voice/movement for the actor. Extended vocal techniques, integration of voice/movement with acting/directing perspectives. Each may be repeated once for credit.
Units: (2)

THTR 346    Introduction to Entertainment and Tourism Studies

Description: (Same as Communications 346)
Units: (3)

THTR 350    Stage Management

Description: Corequisite: Theatre 370A. Backstage management, including interrelationships of production personnel for stage and television.
Units: (2)

THTR 351    Theatre Management

Description: Prerequisite: junior or senior standing. Overview of theatre producing, audience development, fundraising, business management; arts management principles and organization. Participation in College of the Arts management work required. (6 hours activity)
Units: (3)

THTR 357    Blacks in the Performing Arts

Description: (Same as Afro-Ethnic 357 and Music 357).)
Units: (3)

THTR 364    Seminar in Playwriting

Description: Prerequisites: evidence of interest in creative writing and consent of instructor. Superior models, development of style, and group criticism and evaluation of independent work as it relates to play-writing. May be repeated for credit.
Units: (3)

THTR 370A    Fundamentals of Directing

Description: Prerequisite: Theatre 140 and 200. Prerehearsal problems and procedures, structural analysis of plays, composition, picturization, pantomimic dramatization, movement and rhythm on stage and in television. Practice in directing scenes. (6 hours activity)
Units: (3)

THTR 370B    Fundamentals of Directing

Description: Prerequisite: Theatre 140 and 200. Prerehearsal problems and procedures, structural analysis of plays, composition, picturization, pantomimic dramatization, movement and rhythm on stage and in television. Practice in directing scenes. (6 hours activity)
Units: (3)

THTR 375    Seminar in Writing: Critical Techniques

Description: Prerequisite: Theatre 200. Practical criticism as applied to local dramatic productions. Fulfills the university upper-division baccalaureate writing requirement for theatre arts majors.
Units: (3)

THTR 377    Costume Design

Description: Advanced work in the design process involving research, analysis, costume history and construction fundamentals.
Units: (3)

THTR 379    Drawing and Rendering

Description: Scenic and costume rendering techniques and scene painting techniques for effective communication between designer, director and technical personnel.
Units: (3)

THTR 383    Drama into Film

Description: Prerequisite: completion of G.E. Category III.B.1, Introduction to the Arts. Critical examination of films adapted from plays. Interpretation and evaluation of the techniques and structure employed in presenting dramatic literature in theatrical and film performance. Intended primarily for non-theatre majors; may be used as a theatre-major elective.
Units: (3)

THTR 386    Fundamentals of Lighting Design

Description: Theories of lighting for stage and camera productions. Work on departmental productions is required. (6 hours activity)
Units: (3)

THTR 387    Audio Techniques

Description: Practice necessary to integrate live and recorded sound into performing arts productions. Recording, reproduction and studio techniques. (6 hours activity)
Units: (3)

THTR 388    Period Styles and Form for the Theatre

Description: Visual survey through lecture and slides of architecture, interior design and furniture from ancient to modern times. Provides necessary basis for advanced design course.
Units: (3)

THTR 393    Individual Voice Instruction

Description: Prerequisite: jury recommendation. Individual voice study with approved instructor. Technique and repertoire. B.F.A. Musical Theatre majors must register for one unit each semester of residency up to a maximum of four semesters. Instructional fee required. May be repeated for credit.
Units: (1-2)

THTR 402A    Dramatic Activities for Children

Description: Prerequisite: junior or senior standing. Creative dramatics as a tool for building and developing creative and socialized processes in children. Sense memory, movement/mime, dialogue, characterization and dramatization.
Units: (3)

THTR 402B    Dramatic Activities for Children

Description: Prerequisite: junior or senior standing. Creative dramatics as a tool for building and developing creative and socialized processes in children. Teaching techniques, including concentration, imagination, dramatization and improvisation for adolescents.
Units: (3)

THTR 403A    Theatre for Young Audiences

Description: Prerequisite: audition. Theatrical production for an audience of children. Philosophy, theory and practice. (6 hours activity)
Units: (3)

THTR 403B    Theatre for Young Audiences

Description: Prerequisite: 403A. Theatrical production for an audience of children. Application of production principles. (6 hours activity)
Units: (3)

THTR 436A    Musical Theatre Workshop

Description: Prerequisites: Theatre 340B, Dance 336 and audition. Roles and excerpts from musical theatre: musical, dramatic, language and dance techniques. Scenes and musical numbers in workshop. Large group and solo work.
Units: (3)

THTR 436B    Musical Theatre Workshop

Description: Prerequisites: Theatre 340B; 436A, Dance 336 and audition. Roles and excerpts from musical theatre: musical, dramatic, language and dance techniques. Scenes and musical numbers in workshop. Small group and audition material preparation.
Units: (3)

THTR 437A    Musical Theatre Practicum

Description: Prerequisites: Theatre 236A,B; 240A,B; Dance 232 and audition. Development and preparation of musical theatre materials for small, medium and large group presentations. Performances of prepared materials. Application of performance principles to auditions. Each may be repeated once for credit.
Units: (1-3)

THTR 437B    Musical Theatre Practicum

Description: Prerequisites: Theatre 236A,B; 240A,B; Dance 232 and audition. Development and preparation of musical theatre materials for small, medium and large group presentations. Performances of prepared materials. Application of performance principles to auditions. Each may be repeated once for credit.
Units: (1-3)

THTR 440A    Acting IV (Formerly 463A)

Description: Prerequisites: Theatre 310, 340A,B and audition. Historical theories and techniques of styles of acting—Greek through renaissance periods. (6 hours activity)
Units: (3)

THTR 440B    Acting IV (Formerly 463B)

Description: Prerequisite: Theatre 440A and audition. Historical theories and techniques of styles of acting—neoclassic periods to contemporary styles. (6 hours activity)
Units: (3)

THTR 443    Audition and Rehearsal Processes

Description: Prerequisites: Theatre 340A,B. Auditioning and rehearsal processes for professional work in theatre, television and film. Includes techniques for selecting material and performance preparation.
Units: (3)

THTR 449    Capstone in Entertainment and Tourism Studies

Description: (Same as Communications 449)
Units: (3)

THTR 451    Theatre Production Management

Description: Prerequisite: Theatre 351 or consent of instructor. Theatrical producing, entertainment production and overall production management. Production research, a study of historical and current theatrical methods, and practical experience in day-to-day production management duties.
Units: (3)

THTR 464    Advanced Playwriting

Description: Prerequisite: Theatre 364. Advanced study in writing and analyzing dramatic texts.
Units: (3)

THTR 466    Seminar in Advanced Technical Production

Description: Prerequisites: Theatre 276, 279, 288; working knowledge of VectorWorks and Excel. Advanced technical production for the performing arts. Role of the technical director and skills/technique needed to be successful. Topics include cost estimating, purchasing, budgeting strategies, creative problem solving, scenic studio management, season and production scheduling, and time/stress management. May be repeated once for credit. (6 hours activity)
Units: (3)

THTR 470A    Advanced Directing

Description: Prerequisites: Theatre 288, 350, 370A,B and consent of instructor. Readings in theory, analysis of scripts and practice in directing plays for their oral and visual value as theatre. Each student directs a one-act play. (6 hours activity)
Units: (3)

THTR 470B    Advanced Directing

Description: Prerequisites: Theatre 288, 350, 370A,B and consent of instructor. Readings in theory, analysis of scripts and practice in directing plays for their oral and visual value as theatre. Each student directs two one-act plays or equivalent. (6 hours activity)
Units: (3)

THTR 475A    World Theatre

Description: Prerequisites: Theatre 200 and junior standing. Historical examination of significant developments in World Theatre and drama from the origins to the present.
Units: (3)

THTR 475B    World Theatre

Description: Prerequisites: Theatre 200 and junior standing. Historical examination of significant developments in World Theatre and drama from the origins to the present.
Units: (3)

THTR 475C    World Theatre

Description: Prerequisites: Theatre 200 and junior standing. Historical examination of significant developments in World Theatre and drama from the origins to the present.
Units: (3)

THTR 475E    World Theatre

Description: Prerequisites: Theatre 200 and junior standing. Historical examination of significant developments in World Theatre and drama from the origins to the present.
Units: (3)

THTR 476    Scenery Automation and Rigging

Description: Prerequisites: Theatre 276, 279, 288, working knowledge of VectorWorks and consent of instructor. Theory and practice of scenery automation and stage rigging with emphasis on traditional theatre venues and the design of systems for special production requirements. May be repeated once for credit. (6 hours activity)
Units: (3)

THTR 478A    Production and Performance

Description: Performing in stage or camera productions. (More than 6 hours activity) (Same as Dance 478A)
Units: (2)

THTR 478B    Production and Performance

Description: Technical crew work in stage or camera performances. One section of 478B per semester required of all theatre and dance majors, as well as non-majors cast in theatre and dance department productions. (More than 6 hours activity)
Units: (2)

THTR 479    Computer Aided Design for Theatre Design and Production

Description: Prerequisites: Theatre 276, 277, 279, 288, 379, 386 and consent of instructor. Advanced theatre design and technical production with emphasis on the computer as a design and drafting tool. Applications include VectorWorks and Painter. May be repeated for credit.
Units: (3)

THTR 482A    Acting IV: Camera Techniques for Actor and Director

Description: Prerequisites: Theatre 340A,B or Theatre 370A,B. Adaptation of stage acting/directing techniques for the camera, audition, rehearsal and final performance project, utilizing studio equipment. Development of camera acting/directing techniques. (6 hours activity)
Units: (3)

THTR 482B    Acting IV: Camera Techniques for Actor and Director

Description: Prerequisite: Theatre 482A. Adaptation of stage acting/directing techniques for the camera, audition, rehearsal and final performance project, utilizing studio equipment. Production of varied dramatic presentation for broadcast. (6 hours activity)
Units: (3)

THTR 483    Advanced Acting Workshop

Description: Prerequisites: Theatre 440A,B and audition. Extensive scene study, based on particular needs and problem areas of the advanced acting student. (6 hours activity)
Units: (3)

THTR 485    Advanced Theatre Makeup

Description: Prerequisite: Theatre 285. Problems in makeup, including special techniques and materials: prosthetics, hairpieces and masks for stage and television productions. May be repeated once for credit. (6 hours activity)
Units: (3)

THTR 486    Advanced Lighting Design

Description: Prerequisite: Theatre 386 or consent of instructor. Design and technology of lighting for stage and television. May be repeated for credit. (6 hours activity)
Units: (3)

THTR 487    Advanced Audio Techniques

Description: Prerequisite: Theatre 387 or consent of instructor. Advanced problems in the design and technology of live and recorded sound used in the performing arts. (6 hours activity)
Units: (3)

THTR 488    Advanced Design and Production

Description: Prerequisites: Theatre 276, 277, 279, 288 and consent of instructor. Scenic and costume design projects for various theatres and television. May be repeated for credit.
Units: (3)

THTR 493    Individual Voice Instruction

Description: Prerequisite: jury recommendation. Individual voice study with approved instructor. Technique and repertoire. B.F.A. Musical Theatre majors must register for one unit each semester of residency up to a maximum of four semesters. Instructional fee required. May be repeated for credit.
Units: (1-2)

THTR 495    Theatre Internship

Description: Prerequisite: consent of appropriate faculty supervisor. Supervised work experience in all areas of theatre to expand the dimensions of the classroom by integrating formal academic training with direct application. Periodic seminar meetings to discuss work. May be repeated once for credit.
Units: (3)

THTR 496    Student-to-Student Tutorial

Description: Prerequisites: grade point average of at least 3.0, upper-division standing, previous enrollment in the course being tutored or equivalent experience and written approval from the instructor. Encourages students to learn through teaching. Work may include contact hours with tutees; tutorial preparation; consulting with instructor; reporting, analysis and evaluation of tutorial experiences; and participating in university programs for tutors. Does not count toward major requirements. May be taken for letter grade or credit/no credit.
Units: (3)

THTR 497    Production and Performance Projects in Theatre

Description: Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and consent of instructor; application form with appropriate signatures must be on file in department office prior to registration. Projects that culminate in production or performance. May be repeated for credit.
Units: (1-3)

THTR 499    Independent Study

Description: Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and consent of instructor; application form with appropriate signatures must be on file in department office prior to registration. Undergraduate research projects. May be repeated for credit.
Units: (1-3)

THTR 500    Introduction to Graduate Study in Theatre

Description: Methodological problems in graduate research. Location of source materials, including library and original data; interpretation of research and practice in scholarly writing. Must be taken the first semester after admission to graduate study.
Units: (3)

THTR 541    Voice and Movement for the Actor

Description: Prerequisite: audition. Corequisite: Theatre 563. Development and conditioning of the actor’s voice and body, with an emphasis on understanding and transforming the actor’s use of his/her vocal and physical instrument. Required of first and second year M.F.A. students. May be repeated for credit.
Units: (2)

THTR 543    The Performer and the Professional Theatre

Description: Prerequisite: Theatre 443 and audition. Continues techniques and strategies used by the performer in accessing the professional environments of live theatre, film and television, including the selection, preparation and performance of dramatic material for a professional acting showcase.
Units: (3)

THTR 563    Acting Studio

Description: Prerequisite: audition. Re-creation and interpretation of roles utilizing period and contemporary dramatic literature, interrelating voice, movement, characterization and period style acting. Enrollment limited to M.F.A. students. May be repeated for credit.
Units: (4)

THTR 565    Dramatic Textual Analysis

Description: Prerequisite: graduate standing. Process of translating a dramatic text to theatrical production, with an emphasis on techniques of perception, imagination and integration used by the theatrical artist in developing a concept and determining specific performance choices.
Units: (3)

THTR 566    Seminar in Technical Production

Description: Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Advanced theories in preparing and installing scenery for theatrical production; engineering drawings, exploring materials and research into new methods of theatre technology. May be repeated for credit up to six units.
Units: (3)

THTR 570A    Styles of Directing/Performance

Description: Prerequisites: Theatre 470A,B. Research in the theories of directing and acting styles and practice in directing and performance of period plays. Staging and acting problems from Greek tragedy through the Restoration.
Units: (3)

THTR 570B    Styles of Directing/Performance

Description: Prerequisites: Theatre 470A,B. Research in the theories of directing and acting styles and practice in directing and performance of period plays. Staging and acting problems from recent classical work (Ibsen, Strinberg, Chekhov) to present. May be repeated once for credit.
Units: (3)

THTR 575    Seminar in Theatre History

Description: Directed research and criticism in examining significant historical periods or movements in theatre history. May be repeated for credit.
Units: (3)

THTR 577    Graduate Seminar: Costume Design

Description: Prerequisite: consent of instructor Costume production problems and their solutions. Specific designers, past and present. Research in practical methods of interpreting the designer’s sketch. May be repeated for credit up to six units.
Units: (3)

THTR 578    Graduate Seminar: Scene Design

Description: Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Scenic design projects involving in-depth production style and scheme development. May be repeated for credit up to six units.
Units: (3)

THTR 582A    Camera Techniques for the Actor and Director

Description: Prerequisites: Theatre 541 and 563. In-depth study of the process and performance of camera techniques utilized by actor and director. Camera compatibility, rehearsal, acting and directing methods. Develop screen acting and directing techniques.
Units: (3)

THTR 582B    Camera Techniques for the Actor and Director

Description: Prerequisites: Theatre 541,563 and 582A. In-depth study of the process and performance of camera techniques utilized by actor and director. Camera compatibility, rehearsal, acting and directing methods. Production of varied dramatic presentations for broadcast.
Units: (3)

THTR 583    Graduate Seminar: Acting

Description: Prerequisites: Theatre 563A,B. Investigation and delineation of current acting methods as techniques for solving problems presented by popular dramatic literature. Develop a personal acting philosophy and methodology. May be repeated once for credit.
Units: (3)

THTR 586    Graduate Seminar: Lighting Design

Description: Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Advance theoretical lighting design projects. Production problems and their solutions. Specific designers, past and present. May be repeated for credit up to six units.
Units: (3)

THTR 588A    Graduate Projects in Design and Technical Theatre

Description: Theoretical projects and designs for productions prior to final projects. Faculty and student critiques. Tailored to individual student needs. Enrollment limited to M.F.A. students.
Units: (3)

THTR 588B    Graduate Projects in Design and Technical Theatre

Description: Theoretical projects and designs for productions prior to final projects. Faculty and student critiques. Tailored to individual student needs. Enrollment limited to M.F.A. students.
Units: (3)

THTR 597    Project

Description: Prerequisites: consent of instructor, student’s graduate committee and department executive committee. Development and presentation of a creative project beyond regularly offered coursework. May be repeated for credit up to six units. Student must complete course application form by the end of the seventh week of the semester preceding that in which the work is to be done.
Units: (1-3)

THTR 599    Independent Graduate Research

Description: Prerequisites: consent of student’s graduate committee and instructor; application form with appropriate signatures must be on file in department office prior to registration. Research in theatre. May be repeated for credit.
Units: (1-3)

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THEATRE EDUCATION COURSES
Courses are designated as THED in the class schedule.

THED 442    Teaching Theatre in the Secondary School

Description: Prerequisite: admission to teacher education. Objectives, methods and materials for teaching in the secondary school.
Units: (3)

THED 449E    Externship in Secondary Teaching

Description: (See description under Department of Secondary Education.)
Units: (3)

THED 449I    Internship in Secondary Teaching

Description: (See description under Department of Secondary Education.)
Units: (10)

THED 449S    Seminar in Secondary Teaching

Description: (See description under Department of Secondary Education.)
Units: (3)

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