Dance and Theatre Arts Courses

Dance, DANC = 0125

Theatre Arts, THEA = 0126

Dance, DANC = 0125

4400. Modern Dance Technique, Level IV. 3 hours. (1;3) A continuation of DANC 3400. For the highly accomplished modern dancer giving emphasis to pre-professional training. Introducing more complex work in contemporary styles. Prerequisite(s): placement through proficiency exam. May be repeated for credit.

4410. Ballet Technique, Level IV. 3 hours. (1;3) A continuation of DANC 3410. For the serious ballet dancer with emphasis on pre-professional preparation. Introducing more complex elements of petit allegro, grande allegro, classical and contemporary ballet repertory. Prerequisite(s): placement through proficiency exam. May be repeated for credit.

4610. Effort/Shape. 3 hours. Study of the expressive relationships of energy exertions and the body as it adapts to space. Exploration of how combinations of motion factors affect the visual, functional and expressive composition of movement. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. One year of movement training helpful but not necessary. (Same as THEA 4610.)

4620. Space Harmony. 3 hours. Study of harmonic spatial forms and the manner in which they materialize in movement. Explorations of these forms are developed out of geometric shapes. Prerequisite(s): DANC 3610 or equivalent.

4650. Senior Project. 3 hours. (3;4) Individualized dance project with selected faculty member. Includes specialized study in, but not limited to, areas such as choreography, creative research, therapy, dance science, examination of pedagogical or administrative issues. Services as the capstone course for the BA degree in dance.

4800. Studies in Dance. 1-3 hours.

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 Extensive reading assignments and discussion of published and unpublished research.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 = 0126

4000. The Modern American Musical Theatre. 3 hours. (3;2) History and evolution of musical theatre in the 20th century. Practical experience in auditioning, rehearsing and performing. Prerequisite(s): consent of department.

4110. Scene Painting for the Theatre. 3 hours. (3;2) Principles and practices of scene painting. Use of the tools, materials and techniques of the modern scenic artist. Prerequisite(s): THEA 3170 or consent of department.

4140. Performance IV. 3 hours. (3;2) Study and performance of dramatic verse in plays, films and television productions. Emphasis on Shakespearean roles. Acting exercises and scene work. Written examination on a selected bibliography about acting. Prerequisite(s): THEA 3140, 3340, 4250, 4300 or consent of department.

4240. Creative Dramatics. 3 hours. (3;2) Use of theatre arts to develop creativity, semiotic exchanges and self-realization. Emphasis on independent theatrical productions and group improvisations. Principles and techniques of theatre arts management.

4250. World Theatre to 1700. 3 hours. Plays, playwrights, actors and other theatre artists in relation to world cultures. Theatre architecture and the use of environmental spaces for theatrical performances. Emphasis on theory and criticism of dramatic art.

4290. Musical Theatre Direction and Management. 3 hours. (3;2) Theories of musical play selection and theatre management. Advanced training in musical play production, directing, theatre organization and creative dramatics as they apply to musical theatre.

4300. World Theatre after 1700. 3 hours. Plays, playwrights, actors and other theatre artists in relation to world cultures. Theatre architecture and the use of environmental spaces for theatrical performances. Emphasis on theory and criticism of dramatic art.

4310. Acting for Film and Television. 3 hours. (3;2) A study of the role of the actor in contemporary film and television productions. Methods and styles of acting in relation to the script, the environment and the off-camera personnel. Viewing and discussion of performances in current film/television productions. Prerequisite(s): 75 credit hours of university or college work and 27 credit hours in either THEA or RTVF, including RTVF 2200 or 2350; THEA 2350; or consent of both departments. (Same as RTVF 4310.)

4350. Senior Theatre Arts Colloquium. 3 hours. (3;2) The capstone course in theatre. Individual intensive study of aesthetic principles, history, criticism, terminology and techniques in all areas of theatre. Emphasis on problem-solving, exchange of ideas among various theatre artists and technicians, summary of the students; four-year matriculation, preparation for the senior comprehensive examination in theatre and the senior artistic presentation. Class meets regularly as a seminar and also at frequent laboratory events. Prerequisite(s): 90 hours of college-level courses, 30 hours of theatre courses or consent of department.

4360. Advanced Repertory Theatre. 3 hours. (2;3) Principles and practices governing the management of a professionally oriented summer repertory theatre program. Prerequisite(s): THEA 2360, upper-division or graduate status, or consent of department. Students may enroll four times for credit, but no more than 6 semester hours may be used toward a major in theatre arts or a teaching field in drama; no more than 3 semester hours may be used toward a minor in theatre arts. May not be substituted for THEA 1042, 1043 or 1044.

4460. Play and Film Scriptwriting. 3 hours. Dramatic theory, structure, characterization, dialogue and technical media as used by the playwright or the film scriptwriter in both dramatic and comedic works. Study of the scriptwriting process from proposal to production. Marketing of scripts. Practice in playwriting and film scriptwriting. Prerequisite(s): consent of department. May be repeated twice for credit, but no more than 3 hours may be counted toward a major in theatre arts. (Same as RTVF 4460.)

4500. Topics in Dance and Theatre Arts. 3 hours. Representative topics include theatrical unions, dance and theatre arts criticism, music for non-musical productions, dialects for stage and film performances and playwriting for non-theatrical media. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

4610. Effort/Shape. 3 hours. Study of the expressive relationships of energy exertions and the body as it adapts to space. Exploration of how combinations of motion factors affect the visual, functional and expressive composition of movement. Prerequisite(s): one year of previous movement training helpful but not necessary. (Same as DANC 4610.)

4920. Cooperative Education in Theatre Arts. 3 hours. Supervised work in a job directly related to the student's major, professional field of study or career objective. Prerequisite(s): 18 advanced hours of theatre arts and consent of department; student must meet the employer's requirements. May be repeated for credit.

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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