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CourseTitleDescription
TA 110DIntroduction to the Theatre ArtsAn introductory study of the theatre arts including theatre history, play analysis, and production.
TA 112Introduction to FilmIntroductory study of the history and process by which films are made, including general history, production planning, process, and a basic understanding of the components that are synthesized to produce films.
TA 165Production DynamicsIntroduces all the elements involved in modern theatre production. Concerned with acquaint¬ing majors with the opportunities, expectations and requirements within the theatre program. Required for all freshman theatre majors.
TA 166Text AnalysisConcentration in the process of reading, understanding, analyzing and interpreting play texts for production. Required for all freshman theatre majors.
TA 167Play ReadingStudents apply critical and analytical methods learned in TA 165 and TA 166 to analyze classic and modern dramatic literature. Required for all freshman theatre majors.
TA 199Special StudiesTerms and hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit.
TA 205Stage Speech I Exploration of the essential components of voice and speech. Detailed concentration onthe types of sounds in spoken English, the International Phonetic Alphabet and mastering standard American stage speech.
TA 210Oral Expression Through Theatre Experience in stage diction. Concentrated study of speaking skills for use on the stage.
TA 240Creative Drama for Teachers Creative dramatics leadership principles that apply to the classroom. Techniques of employ¬ing the child’s native aptitude.
TA 244Technical Theatre: Scenecraft Lecture, reading and discussion in the basic principles and process of theatrical scenecraft, with suitable opportunity for practical applications.
TA 245Technical Theatre: Lighting Lecture, reading and discussion in the basic principles and process of theatrical lighting, with suitable opportunity for practical application.
TA 246Technical Theatre: Costuming Lecture, reading and discussion in the basic principles and process of theatrical costuming and design with suitable opportunity for practical application.
TA 247Technical Theatre: Sound Lecture, reading and discussion in the basic principles and process of theatrical sound, with suitable opportunity for practical applications.
TA 250Basic Movement and Vocal Development for the Theatre Basic movement and voice training for the actor. Theory and practical application through body and vocal exercise.
TA 251Elements of Acting For non-majors and non-performance theatre majors. Exploration of the modern acting technique with a concentration of the basic elements of acting.
TA 252Technical Theatre: Makeup Basic principles and processes of theatrical makeup, including demonstrations and daily practice
TA 253Production Workshop Provides students with lower division credit for participating in acting or technical work for the theatre program. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: consent of instructor 1 - 3 cr.
TA 255Movement I Introduction to the principles of movement for the stage with a focus on developing dexterity, strength and coordination.
TA 261Movement IIIn depth, practical study of advanced movement techniques for actors. Actors will explore character development from a physical level and apply all of the above in performance.
TA 265Acting IA rigorous study of modern acting technique that explores the basic tools of the actor and introduces the fundamentals of the Stanislav¬sky system.
TA 271Acting IIAn in-depth application of theories learned in TA 265 and explored through rigorous scene and monologue work. Prerequisite: TA 265
TA 290Voice IIntroduction to the principles of Fitzmaurice Voicework with an emphasis on destructuring the breathing process.
TA 305Stage Speech II: DialectsStudents apply theories learned in TA 205 to mastering European and American stage dialects. Prerequisite: TA 205
TA 308History of FashionA course in the development of fashion from earliest times to the present with an emphasis on western world culture.
TA 310Elements of Acting IIA continuation of TA 251, with a more advanced concentration and exploration of modern acting technique. This course will deal with advance theory and practical application.
TA 315Musical Theatre Studio IAn introduction to Musical Theatre performance with emphasis on Musical Theatre acting tech¬niques, score reading, and text analysis.
TA 316Musical Theatre Studio IIContinuation of study in Musical Theatre performance with emphasis on lyric study, characterization, storytelling and song mapping.
TA 320WDramaturgy An exploration of the role of the production dramaturgy, including research skills, the dramaturgy’s relationship with other members of the creative team, and special emphasis on theatre-specific dramaturgical writing.
TA 321Performance ArtIntroduction to the field of Performance Art, through an examination of the history and practitioners of Performance Art, and the practical creation and development of a performance art piece.
TA 328Stage Combat StudioCourse covers the history and practical application of Stage Combat as regulated by the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD). The focus of this course is threefold: foremost is safety, followed by technical proficiency, and emotional investment in the acting of stage violence. Each term course will focus on one of the weapon styles recognized by the SAFD. Course may be repeated for credit. 1 cr.
TA 330WScript WritingConcentrates on the basic skills of writing scripts for the theatre: plotting, character development, form and structure.
TA 334Stage ManagementBasic principles and procedures of stage management. This course is strongly suggested for all students desiring to stage manage departmental productions.
TA 336Stage Property Principles and techniques of stage properties design and production. Includes script analysis, construction techniques and organizational strategies.
TA 338History of Architecture and Decor A study of architecture, furniture and decorative arts from early Greek to modern, focusing on those eras that most commonly influence theatrical production styles.
TA 343Costume DesignBasic principles and studio practice in costume design.
TA 344Costume CraftsConcentrates on special materials and tech¬niques used in the costume shop, including mold-making/casting, thermoplastics, dyes, paints and printing.
TA 345Scenic PaintingBasic principles and studio practice in scene painting.
TA 346Scenic DesignBasic principles and studio practice in scene design. Prerequisite: TA 244 or consent of instructor
TA 347Drafting for TheatreA studio course dealing with basic drafting techniques and practices used for theatrical design.
TA 348Lighting DesignBasic principles and studio practice in light¬ing design. Prerequisite: TA 245 or consent of instructor.
TA 349Scenic Design StudioAdvanced studio course dealing with design analysis, composition and drawing/rendering techniques. Prerequisite: TA 346 or consent of instructor.
TA 350Advanced Creative Dramatics: Puppetry A study of special dramatic techniques and literature for a practical approach to produc¬ing puppet plays with children in grades 3-8.
TA 351Voice IIContinues the exploration of Fitzmaurice Voicework with an emphasis on restructuring the breathing process and connecting the voicework to the text.
TA 353Advanced Production WorkshopProvides students with upper-division credit for participating in acting or technical work for the theatre program. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: consent of instructor 1 - 3 cr
TA 354/454Production DesignScenic, lighting, costume or sound design for main stage or studio theatre productions. May be repeated for credit. Eligible for the RP grade option. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. 1 - 3 cr.
TA 355/455Production ManagementStage management, shop supervision or other leadership roles in theatre production. May be repeated for credit. Eligible for the RP grade option. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. 1 - 3 cr.
TA 356Theory of ActingPrinciples and techniques of acting; problems in analysis and interpretation of dramatic literature of various historical periods. An exploration of the various historical styles and theories of acting and how they were affected by the manners of the time. Prerequisites:
TA 250 and 251 or consent of instructor
TA 360Contemporary Audition Involves the practical study and application of developing modern audition techniques and career development for the stage. Prerequisite: TA 251 or TA 265 or consent of instructor
TA 364Play Direction Introduction to dramatic theories and techniques and their application to play direction.
TA 365Theatrical Comedy A course in the concept of comedy as a theatrical form from classical Greece to contemporary theatre. Selected comedies will be read.
TA 366Theatrical Tragedy A course in the concept of tragedy as a theatrical form from classical Greece to contemporary theatre. Selected tragedies will be read.
TA 368MasksIntermediate movement dynamics are explored through intensive character mask work in a conservatory/lab setting.
TA 370Acting For The Camera By performing and viewing work on camera everyday, students will learn how to temper their acting from the broadness required for the theatre to the intimacy of the camera. Audition techniques, acting in commercials, acting in film and acting in television will be covered.
TA 371Acting Meisner IIntermediate exploration of modern acting with a focus on the theories of The Sanford Meisner Technique. 4 cr.
TA 375Asian Theatre A survey of the history and literature of Asiatic Theatre with particular attention to India, Southeast Asia, China, Korea and Japan.
TA 381Greek, Roman & Medieval TheatreAn integrated examination of the history, literature, theory, and criticism of the theatre from the Greeks through the Middle Ages.
TA 382Renaissance Theatre An integrated examination of the history, literature, theory, and criticism of the theatre during the Renaissance.
TA 383European Theatre 1660-1875 An integrated examination of the history, literature, theory, and criticism of the theatre in Europe from 1660 to 1875.
TA 384DEuropean Theatre 1875-Present An integrated examination of the history, literature, theory, and criticism of the theatre in Europe from 1875 to the present.
TA 385American Theatre An integrated examination of the history, literature, theory, and criticism of the theatre in America from the Revolutionary War to the present.
TA 386International Theatre An integrated examination of the history, litera¬ture, theory, and criticism of the theatre around the world. The focus will include theatre from Asian, Latin American, African and others.
TA 390Performance Studies in Acting Individual study of a character in the context of performing a character in a play before an audience. Prerequisites: TA 250, TA 251, TA 356
TA 394Acting Meisner II A continuation of Sanford Meisner’s work with a focus on achieving emotional freedom on stage. Prerequisites: TA 371. 4 cr.
TA 395, 396, 397Special Studies: Plays in Performance 2 cr. eachB.F.A. students only. The study of plays through performance; viewing, analyzing, critically assessing. Students attend six professional performances per year and complete associated written work assigned by faculty advisor.
TA 399Special Studies Terms and hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit. 1 - 3 cr.
TA 405Acting ShakespeareConcentration in the process of acting Shakespeare for the stage. Verse speaking, text analysis, antithesis, and a view to the ever-changing world of the Elizabethan acting style. Prerequisite: TA 251 or TA 265 or consent of instructor
TA 406 Independent StudyTerms and hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit.
TA 406Independent Study: Capstone ThesisInvolves preparation and presentation of a theatrical production or appropriate theatre project. B.F.A. candidates only.
TA 407SeminarTerms and hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit. 1 - 15 cr.
TA 408WorkshopTerms and hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit. 1 - 15 cr.
TA 409PracticumTerms and hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit. 1 - 15 cr.
TA 412Portfolio Review Portfolio and resume refinement, interview skills for technical theatre, and a survey of the job market. Prerequisite: consent of instructor
TA 414Children’s Theatre The study of aesthetic and technical problems in producing theatre for youth, including the history, philosophy and psychology and literature of children’s theatre.
TA 415Musical Theatre Studio III Continuation of study in Musical Theatre performance with emphasis on relationships, staging, and live performance.
TA 420Acting: Scene Study Intermediate acting technique with emphasis on Sanford Meisner’s approach to the text/ script. Prerequisites: TA 251 or TA 265 or consent of instructor
TA 427Contemporary Theatre Intensive study of skills required when acting various modern acting styles and traditions. Through practical application and scene work, students explore Becket, Pinter, Ibsen, Checkov, Stringdberg, O’Neil and others. Explores the world view of the plays and performance traditions. Prerequisite: TA 371
TA 432Acting Styles I: Modernism Intensive study of the skills required when acting various modern acting styles and tradi¬tions. Explores world views of the plays and performance traditions. Prerequisite: TA 251 or TA 265 or consent of instructor
TA 433Acting Styles II: Restoration/MannersIntensive study of the skills required when acting various classical acting styles tradition. Explores world views of the plays and performance traditions. Prerequisite: TA 251 or TA 265 or consent of instructor
TA 434/534Advanced ScenecraftAdvanced work in scenic techniques and processes. Prerequisites: TA 244 or consent of instructor
TA 436/536Advanced Costume TechniquesAdvanced work in the area of costuming. Prerequisite: TA 246 or consent of instructor
TA 437Acting Shakespeare IIAdvanced techniques of acting Shakespeare and approaching heightened language and verse. Prerequisite: TA 405
TA 440Theatre ManagementA study of the problems and procedures involved in running the business affairs of a theatre: The box office, house, publicity, ticket sales, supporting funds, budgeting.
TA 442/542Using Creative Dramatics to Teach Across the CurriculumStudy of and experience in the basic techniques of creative dramatics as these apply to the teaching of most disciplines in the curriculum from Early Childhood/Elementary to High School levels. (K-12). Prerequisite: upper-division or graduate standing
TA 443Advanced Costume DesignAdvanced principles and studio practices in costume design.
TA 445Scenic Painting IIAdvanced principles and studio practice in scenic painting. Prerequisite: TA 345 or consent of instructor
TA 446Advanced Scene Design: CADAdvanced principles and studio practice in scenic design, using computers for drafting and painting. Prerequisite: TA 346 or consent of instructor
TA 447Digital ImageryAdvanced studio class dealing with the creation, manipulation and use of digital images in theatre production.
TA 448Advanced Lighting DesignContinued study and practice of lighting design. Prerequisite: TA 348 or consent of instructor.
TA 453Capstone ExperienceCapstone independent study to be determined for all majors by faculty advisor. Eligible for the RP grade option. 1 - 3 cr.
TA 457/557Advanced DirectingStudy of the practical processes of directing by which plays are produced in the theatre. Prerequisite: TA 364 or consent of instructor
TA 606Special Individual StudiesDesigned for graduate advanced individual study in some aspects of the theatre arts. Prerequisite: consent of instructor 1 - 3 cr.
TA 607SeminarTerms and hours to be arranged. Designed for graduate students as a supplemental enrichment course of study in the theatrical literature and history, or production techniques, of a specific nation, culture or the work of a particular theatrical artist of contemporary or historical significance. Prerequisite: consent of instructor 1 - 9 cr.
TA 608WorkshopTerms and hours to be arranged. 1 - 3 cr.
TA 609PracticumTerms and hours to be arranged. 1 - 9 cr

 

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