Theatre Arts Courses
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS (THEA)
*THEA 1101 Drama Survey I
A survey of theatre beginning with ancient Greece continuing through Romanticism.
Students will study theatre as a developed art form through reading, viewing, and
discussing plays representing diverse eras of history.
Drama Survey I may be taken independently of Drama Survey II.
*THEA 1102 Drama Survey II
A survey of theatre from the rise of Realism through contemporary drama. Students
will study theatre as a developed art form through reading, viewing, and discussing
plays representing diverse eras of history.
Drama Survey II may be taken independently of Drama Survey I.
*THEA 1180 Stagecraft
A course designed to provide the student with theoretical and working knowledge
of technical theatre. An emphasis is placed on the fundamental techniques and processes
used in theatre productions. Students work on a departmental production.
*THEA 1184 Acting I
A course designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of acting for the
stage. The course includes achievement of a simple objective, self and sensory
awareness, relaxation, concentration, and beginning scene and text analysis.
*THEA 1205 Movement for the Actor
A course designed to develop body awareness by exploring movement connected to
impulse and instinct, focusing on integration of the mind, body, and spirit.
*THEA 1286 Makeup for the Stage
A study in the theories and application of stage makeup. Topics may include corrective,
old age, and character makeup, as well as prosthetics.
*THEA 2110 Introduction to Design
This course introduces students to the fundamental elements of the design process,
with emphasis on script analysis, visual communication, and creative expression.
THEA 2210 Voice and Diction
To introduce students to the process of voice production, methods of Linklater's
freeing the voice with emphasis on relaxation and breathing, and applicable techniques
for working with text.
THEA 2272 Creative Dramatics
A course that introduces methods of creating, designing, and utilizing drama to
enhance teaching skills and foster the educational development of students.
Highly recommended for Early Childhood and Secondary Education majors
THEA 2283 Stage Management
A course designed to provide students with introduction to, and basic training
in, the area of stage management.
THEA 2285 Theatre Practicum
Designed for students to gain practical experience in and outside of their areas
of focus. Students will engage in production assignments each semester to earn
credit for this course. Each production assignment carries a point value. Six points
are needed to pass this course. A detailed description of the point process is
found in the Theatre Arts Handbook.
THEA 2330 Script Analysis
A study of major genres of dramatic literature designed to provide the director,
actor, designer, dramaturge, and/or technician with basic guidelines for text analysis.
Students develop and utilize skills to thoroughly analyze text.
THEA 2345 Musical Theatre
This course introduces singers and actors to musical theatre as an art form, and
emphasizes advancing dramatic action through a song. Students will study and perform
music and scenes from a range of musical theatre styles, beginning with early compositions
and concluding with contemporary musical theatre selections.
Prerequisite: THEA 1184
THEA 2351 Acting II
A continuation of THEA 1184 that explores further character development through
advanced scene work and improvisational exercises.
Prerequisite: THEA 1184
THEA 2360 Costume Construction
This course introduces students to the basic and advanced techniques of costume
construction for the stage. Students will engage in hand and machine sewing, learn
how to alter and create patterns, and identify costume styles.
*THEA 2370 Properties Design and Construction
This course is designed to explore a myriad of processes involved in researching,
designing and building props for the stage. Possible projects will include: sculpting,
carving, casting, furniture maintenance, food for the stage and blood & gore
*THEA 2380 Scenic Painting
This course is designed to be an exploration of the scenic painting process. Through
practical application students will interact with the materials and apply the techniques
required for painting scenery.
THEA 3305 Period Styles of Acting
An advanced acting course which introduces students to period styles of acting
and movement including Greek, Elizabethan, Comedy of Manners, Farce, and the Theatre
of the Absurd.
Prerequisites: THEA 1184, THEA 2351
THEA 3350 Theatre History I
This course examines theatrical traditions, styles, and practices from ancient
Greece through the mid-17th century.
THEA 3351 Theatre History II
This course examines theatrical traditions, styles, and practices from the Restoration
to contemporary theatre.
THEA 3352 History of Fashion and Style
A survey of Western clothing, ornament, architecture, and style that will examine
roughly 3000 years. Beginning with the Ancient Greeks and continuing to contemporary
style, students will be introduced to a wide range of designers and architects.
THEA 3360 Scenic Design
A study of the scenic design process. Students will apply the principles of design
to scenery through intense practical assignments. Emphasis is placed on communication
through drafting, rendering, and modeling.
THEA 3381 Lighting Design
A study of the lighting design process. Students will apply the principles of
design to lighting through intense practical assignments.
THEA 3385 Costume Design
A course that acquaints students with the basic skills needed to design theatrical
costumes. Students will focus on research methods and rendering techniques to create
a diverse portfolio of work.
Prerequisite: THEA 2110 or ARTD 1151
THEA 3390 Advanced Stagecraft
Students will apply the principles of stagecraft to rigorous practical assignments
intent on developing fine craftsmanship skills. This project-based course will
provide opportunities for woodworking, metal work, and technical design.
Prerequisite: THEA 1180
THEA 3451 Auditioning
A course designed for developing audition techniques and examining guidelines
for audition procedures with emphasis on practical auditions, résumés, headshots,
selection of audition material, and compilation of an audition portfolio.
Prerequisite: THEA 1184
THEA 3586 Advanced Stage Makeup
Advanced study in the theories and application of stage makeup. Advanced topics
may include plaster casting, contouring and modeling, post-modern, fantasy, moulage
and ethnicity makeup.
Prerequisite: THEA 1286
THEA 4370 Directing
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of directing, including the
director's role in interpreting, choosing, rehearsing, and staging a play. The
course culminates in realized One Act productions.
Prerequisites: THEA 1184, THEA 2110, THEA 2330
THEA 4470-2 Special Topics
A series of courses designed to provide students with advanced material/study
in either performance or design tracks.
Prerequisite: consent of instructor
THEA 4484 Senior Thesis
A course in which senior Theatre Arts majors bring their training and emphasis
into focus. Senior thesis projects must be track-specific.
All proposals must be approved by the department chair and are subject to scheduling
and faculty supervisory commitments.
*Denotes THEA courses that satisfy the Fine Arts requirement in the Core Curriculum.