Dance and Theatre Arts

Dance, DANC

5110. Critical Analysis of Professional Literature. 3 hours. Analysis and philosophical criticism of the literature in the student's major area and other related fields. Extensive reading assignments and discussion of published and unpublished research.

5200. Improvisation as a Basis for Choreography. 3 hours. A non-technical course dealing with advanced improvisational problems relating to gesture, body exploration, spatial and rhythmic exploration, group interaction and communication of time, space and motion.

5210. Principles of Dance Theatre. 3 hours. (3;2) Theoretical and creative aspects of choreography. Concepts relating to the development of creativity and artistic integrity in dance. The dual emphasis concerns large-group works and experimental forms. Prerequisite(s): DANC 1400, 2400 or 3400. Lecture and movement 3 hours per week plus a minimum of 60 clock hours in a movement laboratory.

5250. Philosophy and Criticism of Dance. 3 hours. In-depth examination and critical analysis of philosophical approaches and resultant aesthetics of performance and choreography through observation of dance performances and study of aesthetic theories and criticism.

5300. Kinesiology and Biomechanics of Dance Injuries. 3 hours. Factors of stress, force, motion, equilibrium and leverage affecting incidence and cause of injuries noted in dancers. Prevention, immediate care and rehabilitation of common injuries seen in the studio. Prerequisite(s): concurrent enrollment in DANC 1400, 1410, 2400 or 2410. Lecture and movement 3 hours weekly plus a minimum of 60 clock hours in a movement laboratory.

5400. Survey of Performing Arts Management. 3 hours. A survey course designed to point out the needs, values and roles of the managerial position in a performing arts organization, with special reference to the administration of professional dance.

5800. Studies in Dance. 1-3 hours. Organized classes specifically designed to accommodate the needs of students and the demands of program development that are not met by regular offerings. Short courses and workshops on specific topics, on a limited-offering basis, to be repeated only upon demand. May be repeated for credit.

5900-5910. Special Problems. 1-3 hours each. Problems must be approved by department chair.

Theatre Arts, THEA

5000. Research Methods in Dance and Theatre Arts. 3 hours. Historical, investigative and empirical methods of research for dance and theatre arts scholars or artists. Quantitative analysis. Survey of dramatic and critical literature. Required of all majors in theatre arts the first fall semester of their graduate enrollment.

5260. Asian Theatre. 3 hours. Plays, playwrights, actors and other theatre artists in relation to the cultures of Japan, China, Indonesia, Southeast Asia and India. Theatre architecture and the use of environmental spaces for theatrical performances. Emphasis on theory and criticism of dramatic art.

5300. World Theatre to 1750. 3 hours. Plays, playwrights, actors and other dramatic artists in relation to world cultures. Theatre architecture. Emphasis on the relationship between premodern theories and criticism, and the theories and criticism of the 20th century.

5310. World Theatre After 1750. 3 hours. Plays, playwrights, actors and other dramatic artists in relation to specific cultures. Theatre architecture. Emphasis on 20th-century theories and criticism as they developed from earlier historical periods.

5320. American Theatre. 3 hours. The history and technical development of the theatre in America.

5330. Play Analysis for Design and Production. 3 hours. (3;2) Independent planning and production of plays in various styles and modes. Special problems in directing. Prerequisite(s): 6 advanced undergraduate hours of directing or consent of the department.

5340. Contemporary Theatre Criticism. 3 hours. Experimental and new trends in playwriting, production and criticism.

5350. Theatre Management. 3 hours. Design, organization and administration of commercial, regional, community, educational and touring theatre programs or companies. Management of fine arts centers.

5360. Principles of Stage Design. 3 hours. (3;2) History and theory of stage design with emphasis on problems of period and style. Independent production assignments.

5370. Principles of Stage Lighting. 3 hours. (3;2) History and theory of lighting stage presentations with emphasis on problems of period and style. Independent production assignments.

5380. Principles of Stage and Film Performance. 3 hours. (3;2) History, theory and practice of acting for theatre, film and television. Emphasis on problems of period and style. Independent production assignments.

5390. Theatre for Children, Youth and Teachers. 3 hours. (3;2) Improvisation, play production, playwriting and creative dramatics as tools for teaching a variety of subjects. Emphasis on preparing the classroom or laboratory performance.

5410. Principles of Theatrical Costume Design. 3 hours. (3;2) History, theory and practice of costume design for dance, drama and film. Selected problems in design concept and approach, including modern interpretive development, using written and artistic resources. Practical application with rendering and craft techniques developed.

5460. Studies in Playwriting. 3 hours. (3;2) Principles and practices governing the art of writing for dramatic presentations. The scriptwriting process from proposal to production. Study of historical and contemporary models. Marketing techniques. Prerequisite(s): consent of department. May be repeated twice for credit.

5500. Seminar in Dance and Theatre Arts. 3 hours. Rotating topics. Representative topics include dance and theatre arts criticism, playwriting for non-theatrical media, history of theatrical design and classroom performance for teachers. May be repeated for credit.

5750. Practicum in the Teaching of Theatre Arts. 3 hours. (3;2) Training in the teaching of dance and theatre arts. Under the supervision of a faculty member the student prepares and presents instructional units, conducts class and laboratory activities, practices interscholastic competition and handles administrative matters peculiar to theatre arts. No more than 3 hours may be applied to a master's degree. Duties performed for a teaching or technical fellowship or assistantship may not earn credit for, or be part of, this course.

5900-5910. Special Problems. 1-3 hours each. Problems must be approved by department chair.

5920-5930. Research Problems in Lieu of Thesis. 1-3 hours each.

5950. Master's Thesis. 3 or 6 hours. To be scheduled only with consent of department. 6 hours credit required. No credit assigned until thesis has been completed and filed with the graduate dean. Continuous enrollment required once work on thesis has begun. May be repeated for credit.

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