Dance and Theatre Arts Courses

Dance, DANC = 0125

Theatre Arts, THEA = 0126

Dance, DANC = 0125

1050. Dance Performance and Production Lab. 1 hour. (0;3) A structured laboratory course giving credit to students for their experiences in the production areas and performance of dance as an art form. The course is fourfold in content, including auditions, rehearsals, performances and all facets of production. All students planning to audition for a dance performance in the Department of Dance and Theatre Arts must be enrolled in a performance and production lab. Additionally, all enrolled in the course are provided the opportunity to be involved in a dance production in the capacities of auditions, performance and/or production each semester. Prerequisite(s): concurrent enrollment in a DANC technique course. May be repeated for credit.

1100. Stress Reduction Through Movement. 3 hours. (3;1) A study of the basic theories and practices of wellness for increased quantity and quality of life through classroom and movement laboratory experiences. Scientific and philosophic examination of the body-mind connection. Course focuses on gaining an understanding of stress, stress-related illnesses and injuries, and techniques of stress release through movement for rehabilitation and health maintenance. Course addresses learning/growth processes, creativity, body image, preventive care, structural disciplines, movement analysis, body/movement therapies, massage and relaxation techniques. Satisfies Wellness requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

1200. Appreciation of Dance as a Contemporary Art Form. 3 hours. The aesthetics of dance as a performing art. Emphasis placed on the development of an appreciation for dance as a form of communication and as a reflection of contemporary society. Lectures, films and field trips. Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

1250. Somatic Approaches to Movement. 3 hours. Basic tenets of functional anatomy, accessing particular somatic (body) techniques in order to enhance one's ability to embody and project movement intent effectively and aesthetically. Addresses organizational structures of the body, core support mechanisms and dynamic alignment, as well as introduce a more sophisticated awareness of rhythm and texture in relationship to time and space. Required of all entering dance majors and open to all who wish to learn to move from the inside out.

1400. Modern Dance Technique, Level I. 3 hours. (1;3) Introduction to theory and technique of modern dance. Fundamental exercises and analysis of time, space and dynamics as they apply to elements of dance with emphasis on structural alignment and integration. May be repeated for credit.

1410. Ballet Technique, Level I. 3 hours. (1;3) Basic techniques of classical ballet. Emphasis placed on fundamentals of alignment, integration, terminology and simple ballet movement vocabulary. May be repeated for credit.

1500. Jazz Dance Technique, Level I. 1 hour. (1;3) Introduction to jazz dance through a study of its vocabulary, style and technique. May be repeated for credit.

1710. Tap Dance Technique, Level I. 1 hour. (1;3) Basic technique of tap dance designed for the beginning performing student. Fundamentals of body placement, terminology, simple tap combinations, elements of performance quality and tap dance composition. May be repeated for credit.

2050. Principles and Techniques of Dance Performance. 1 hour. (1;4) Study of principles and techniques of dance performance through practical application of performing skills. In-depth work in body awareness, development of mental discipline and understanding the psychological aspects involved in non-verbal communication. Experience in working with a choreographer and performing in both laboratory and concert settings. One hour weekly lecture and movement plus a minimum of 60 clock hours in a movement laboratory. Prerequisite(s): concurrent enrollment in DANC 1400, 2400 or 3400.

2350. Improvisation and Introduction to Composition. 3 hours. (3;4) Theory and practice of movement exploration for use in establishing expressive movement patterns to be structured into short dance compositions. Three hours weekly of lecture and movement plus a minimum of 60 clock hours in a movement laboratory. Prerequisite(s): concurrent enrollment in DANC 1400, 2400 or 3400.

2400. Modern Dance Technique, Level II. 3 hours. (1;3) Emphasis placed on performance of relatively more complex combinations of movement patterns. Technical development of the body for greater range of movement and control. Analysis of time, space and dynamics as they apply to dance. Prerequisite(s): placement through proficiency exam. May be repeated for credit.

2410. Ballet Technique, Level II. 3 hours. (1;3) A continuation of DANC 1410. More emphasis is placed on simple adagio and allegro combinations as well as stylistically building the body as a performing instrument within the vocabulary of classical ballet. Prerequisite(s): placement through proficiency exam. May be repeated for credit.

2411. Beginning Pointe. 1 hour. (0;3) Fundamentals of classical pointe work preparatory to learning variations from the classical ballet repertory; increasing awareness of and proficiency in this facet of classical ballet training. Prerequisite(s): DANC 1410 or consent of department, and concurrent enrollment in DANC 1410, 2410 or 3410. May be repeated for credit.

2500. Jazz Dance Technique, Level II. 1 hour. (1;3) A continuation of DANCE 1500. Study includes more complex vocabulary,
longer movement combinations and more attention to technique and development of jazz dance style. Prerequisite(s): placement through proficiency exam. May be repeated for credit.

2710. Tap Dance Technique, Level II. 1 hour. (1;3) A continuation of DANC 1710 with an emphasis placed on performance of relatively more complex combinations of movement patterns and increased vocabulary. Attention to performing technically to include more intricate rhythm skills, projection, focus, spatial clarity and overall musicality. Prerequisite(s): placement through proficiency exam. May be repeated for credit.

2800. Survey of Dance. 3 hours. Primitive to contemporary dance both as a reflection of cultures and societies and as a performing and participatory art form. Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts or the Understanding of Ideas and Values, Crosscultural and Global Studies requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

2900-2910. Special Problems. 1-3 hours. Prerequisite(s): consent of the department.

3050. Dance Kinesiology. 3 hours. Study of the science of movement as it relates to the specific needs of the dancer. Emphasis placed on kinesiological studies within the dance technique class for greater understanding of developing strength, flexibility, balance and endurance as they apply to the mechanics of movement vocabulary in dance. Special attention will be given to injury prevention. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2360, 2370 and DANC 2400/2410.

3060. Music Analysis for Dance. 3 hours. (3;4) Interrelationship of music and dance; investigative and experiential aspects of improvisational accompaniment for dance, including elementary playing of instruments and voice. Techniques of sound taping and construction of percussive instruments; observation of the relationship between the work of a musician/composer and a teacher/choreographer. Three hours weekly of lecture and movement plus a minimum of 60 clock hours in a skills development laboratory. Lab time involves development of skills playing instruments and accompaniment of movement as well as development of creative compositions. Prerequisite(s): two dance laboratories plus MUED 1130 and MUMH 2040.

3230. Introduction to Movement Therapy. 3 hours. Theory and methods of movement and dance in the therapeutic setting. Use of movement as a tool of rehabilitation. Various aspects of therapy and their relationships to movement and higher states of consciousness. Prerequisite(s): DANC 3050 and BIOL 2360.

3400. Modern Dance Techniques, Level III. 3 hours. (1;3) Continued development of movement vocabulary with emphasis on processing increasingly complex material. Self-analysis of strengths and weaknesses. Prerequisite(s): placement through proficiency exam.

3410. Ballet Technique, Level III. 3 hours. (1;3) Greater emphasis on expressive performance of classical ballet. Development of greater physical strength, stamina and flexibility. Introduction to pointe work, partnering and more complex movement vocabulary. Prerequisite(s): placement through proficiency exam. May be repeated for credit.

3411. Pointe/Repertory/Partnering. 1 hour. (0;3) A continuation of DANC 2411; continued development of expertise that prepares the dancer for learning classical repertory and partnering techniques. Prerequisite(s): DANC 2411 or consent of department, and concurrent enrollment in DANC 2410 or 3410. May be repeated for credit.

3510. Principles and Theories of Dance Composition. 3 hours. (3;4) Development of principles and theories involved in composition. Emphasis placed on movement principles. Group and structural forms. Three hours weekly of lecture and movement plus a minimum of 60 clock hours in a movement laboratory. Prerequisite(s): concurrent enrollment in DANC 1400, 2400 or 3400.

3610. Elementary Labanotation. 3 hours. Study at the beginning level of the system of analyzing and recording movement devised by Rudolf von Laban. Applications to other fields of movement depending on student needs. Prerequisite(s): one year of previous movement experience and concurrent enrollment in a dance technique class. (Same as THEA 3610.)

3710. Tap Dance Technique, Level III. 1 hour. (1;3) Continuation of DANC 2710. Emphasis on refining performance quality by developing use of space, energy exertion and body functioning with optimum efficiency. Complex rhythmic components are explored for further development of tap technique and composition. Prerequisite(s): placement through proficiency exam. May be repeated for credit.

4400. Modern Dance Technique, Level IV. 3 hours. (1;3) A continuation of DANC 3400. For the highly accomplished modern dancer giving emphasis to preprofessional 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 preprofessional 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's previous 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.
Serves as the capstone course for the BA degree in dance.

4800. Studies in Dance. 1-3 hours.

4900-4910. Special Problems. 1-3 hours each. Problems must be approved by the department chair.

Theatre Arts, THEA = 0126

1042. Stagecraft I. 3 hours. (3;2) Principles and practices governing the construction and rigging of scenery for theatrical productions. Standard construction, basic materials, drafting techniques. Practical application in laboratory and on crew assignments for theatrical productions. Required for theatre arts majors.

1043. Costume I. 3 hours. (3;2) Principles and practices governing the preparation of costumes for theatrical productions. Costume construction, basic materials, pattern making, work with special fabrics; introduction to design techniques. Practical application in laboratory and on crew assignments for theatrical productions. Required for theatre arts majors.

1044. Lighting I. 3 hours. (3;2) Principles and practices governing the creation of lighting for theatrical productions. Stage instrumentation, circuiting, and elementary stage lighting techniques. Practical application in laboratory and on crew assignments for theatrical productions. Required for theatre arts majors.

1045. Performance I. 3 hours. (3;2) Fundamentals of theatrical and film performance. Exercises to develop physical and emotional identities, powers of observation, sense memory, emotion memory, sources of vocal production, physical expressiveness and techniques of improvisation and mime.

1340. Aesthetics of the Theatre Throughout the World. 3 hours. Theory and practice of theatre art throughout the world. Appreciation of drama in both western and nonwestern cultures. Principles of dramatic criticism. Cultural and social significance of the theatre and its drama. Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts or the Crosscultural and Global Studies requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

1375. Acting for the Amateur. 3 hours. (3;2) Principles and practices governing the actor's use of voice, body and imagination for public performances. Scene work. Acting in non-theatrical situations. Play production for amateur theatrical productions. Designed for students who are not theatre arts majors or minors. May not be counted toward a major or a minor in theatre arts. Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

2051. Voice for Theatre. 3 Hours. (3;2) Principles and practices governing the use of the voice for theatrical and filmic performances. Contemporary systems of vocal preparation. Standard stage, film and television dialects. Required for theatre arts majors whose concentration is acting or directing.

2110. Stagecraft II. 3 hours. (3;2) Advanced study of scenery construction and rigging; shop and production crew organization and management; backstage techniques. Introduction to scene design. Practical experience in laboratory and production assignments. Prerequisite(s): THEA 1042 or consent of department.

2150. Costume II. 3 hours. (3;2) Advanced construction techniques for theatrical costuming. Practical experience in laboratory and production assignments. Prerequisite(s): THEA 1043 or consent of department.

2160. Lighting II. 3 hours. (3;2) Advanced techniques for theatrical lighting, stage instrumentation and circuitry. Practical experience in laboratory and production assignments. Prerequisite(s): THEA 1044 or consent of department.

2260. Non-Western Theatre and Drama. 3 hours. Plays, playwrights, actors and other theatre artists in relation to the cultures of Japan, China, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, India, Africa and the Middle East. Theatre architecture and the use of environmental spaces for theatrical performances. Emphasis on theory and criticism of dramatic art. Satisfies the Crosscultural and Global Studies requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

2340. Theatre Appreciation. 3 hours. (3;2) The study of the elements and production of the theatrical art form. A survey of theatre productions in and around the Metroplex. Field trips. May not be counted toward a major or minor in theatre arts. May be repeated for credit when the productions vary. Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

2350. Performance II. 3 hours. (3;2) Study and practice of the fundamentals of acting. Techniques of scoring a role, communicating with a partner, playing intentions and finding the inner world of a character in a play, a film or a television production. Acting exercises and scene work. Written examination on a selected bibliography about acting. Prerequisite(s): THEA 1045, 2051, 2351 or consent of department.

2351. Movement for Theatre. 3 Hours. (3;2) Principles and practices governing the use of the actor's body for theatrical and filmic performances. Emphasis on the dynamics and the therapeutic aspects of movement as a means of exploring and expressing thoughts or feelings, and on periods and styles of movement. Study of the theories and techniques of Rudolf von Laban. Coordinated performance with voice, body and musical accompaniment. Development of mime, pantomime and stage combat techniques. Required for theatre arts majors whose concentration is acting or directing.

2360. Repertory Theatre. 3 hours. (1;4) Principles and practices governing performance and technical activities in a professionally oriented summer repertory theatre. Students may enroll four times for credit, but no more than 6 semester hours may be used toward a major in theatre arts and no more than 3 semester hours toward a minor in theatre arts.

2380. Theatrical Makeup. 3 hours. (3;2) Principles and practices governing the use of theatrical makeup in the performance of a play or in a film or television production. Prerequisite(s): THEA 1042, 1043 and 1044, or consent of department. Recommended for all theatre arts majors.

2610. Advanced Movement for Theatre. 3 hours. (3;2) Principles and practices governing the use of the actor's body for theatrical and filmic performances that include dramatic scenes with complex and sophisticated problems of characterization. Emphasis on periods and styles of movement. Advanced study of Labanalysis techniques and mime productions. Introduction to movement patterns for musical theatre and opera. Three hours of lecture weekly plus at least 60 clock hours in a movement/mime laboratory. Prerequisite(s): THEA 2351, or consent of department. Recommended for theatre arts majors whose emphasis is acting or directing.

2700. Theatrical Design: Drawing and Rendering. 3 hours. (3;2) Stage, costume and lighting design skills. Techniques for rendering, drawing and painting skills for the theatrical designer. Pencil, ink and watercolor techniques for rendering architecture, scenery, costumes and lighting. Required for theatre arts majors whose concentration is design and technology.

2900. Special Problems. 1-3 hours.

3100. Directing I. 3 hours. (3;2) Directing theatrical productions. Analysis of play and film scripts, composition and movement, business and pantomime, coaching the actor, production staff development and management, rehearsal techniques. Written examination on a selected bibliography about theatrical directing. Prerequisite(s): THEA 1042, 1043, 1044, 1045, 2051, 2350, 2351 and 3340 or consent of department.

3140. Performance III. 3 hours. (3;2) Study and performance of characters in plays, films and television productions. Application of characterization techniques to period styles and various non-realistic styles, including physical farce, comedy of manners, absurdism and dark comedy. Scene work. Written examination on a selected bibliography about acting. Prerequisite(s): THEA 2350, 3340 or consent of department.

3150. History of Theatrical Costume and Decor. 3 hours. Historical survey of clothing, architecture, furniture, and decorative styles as they pertain to theatrical production. Required for theatre arts majors.

3160. Theatrical Lighting Design. 3 hours. (3;2) Principles of theatrical design as they apply to the lighting for stage presentations. Emphasis on independent designing of major production. Design laboratory. Prerequisite(s): THEA 2160 or consent of department.

3170. Stage Design. 3 hours. (3;2) Design principles applied to theatrical productions; drafting of design plans to include ground plan, side section, front and rear elevations, rendering or model building for the stage; practical application in a laboratory and on production crews. Prerequisite(s): THEA 2110 or consent of department.

3180. Theatrical Costume Design and Construction. 3 hours. (3;2) Theories and styles of costume design for stage presentation. Techniques of drawing, rendering and organization. Prerequisite(s): THEA 2150 and 3150, or consent of department.

3190. Sound Production and Design for the Theatre. 3 hours. (3;2) Designing and producing sound support and effects for theatrical applications. Covering live, recorded, engineered and multiple effects. Emphasis on creativity and appropriateness of sound design for special theatrical situations. Prerequisite(s): THEA 2110 or consent of department.

3270. Directing II. 3 hours. (3;2) Theories and production techniques for selected styles, periods or genres of dramatic literature. Written examination on a selected bibliography about styles of directing. Prerequisite(s): THEA 3100, 3340, 4250, 4300 or consent of department.

3280. Stage Management. 3 hours. (3;2) Advanced training for the organization and management of theatrical productions and companies. Practical application in laboratory and production management assignments. Prerequisite(s): THEA 1042, 1043, 1044 or consent of department.

3340. Play Analysis. 3 hours. Principles and techniques governing the preparation of plays and other theatrical events for performance, design, direction and production. Contemporary systems of script analysis. Emphasis on theory and criticism of theatre arts.

3400. Children's Theatre. 3 hours. (3;2) Problems and projects in the development of theatrical productions for children. Emphasis on the use of creative dramatics in the preparation of a play. Puppetry, makeup and costume designs for children's plays.

3610. Elementary Labanotation. 3 hours. Study at the beginning level of the system of analyzing and recording movement devised by Rudolph von Laban. Applications to other fields of movement depending on student needs. Prerequisite(s): one year of previous movement experience and concurrent enrollment in a dance technique class. (Same as DANC 3610.)

3910. Stage and Film Performance. 1 hour. (1;4) Principles and practices governing performances in a drama or film. Auditioning procedures, service on a production staff and participation in front-of-house activities. Students may be cast in roles for public productions or major films under the supervision of a faculty producer or director, both on campus and in selected professional theatres or film or television production companies that have contracted to provide acting internships for University of North Texas students. Study of selected bibliography of stage and film production. May be repeated for credit when the stage, film or television production, or the production company is different.

3920. Dramatic Production. 1 hour. (1;4) Principles and practices governing the preparation of scenery, lights, costumes, properties, make up, and sound or musical effects for a dramatic production. Students provide leadership in technical positions for public productions under the supervision of one or more faculty designers, both on campus and in selected professional production
companies that have contracted to provide technical internships for UNT students. Study of a selected bibliography for design and technology for dramatic productions. Prerequisite(s): THEA 1042, 1043 and 1044, or consent of department. May be repeated for credit when the production or the professional company is different.

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. Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

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 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 arts. 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 arts 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 arts 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 theatre arts; 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 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): junior standing. One year of previous movement training helpful but not necessary. (Same as DANC 4610.)

4900-4910. Special Problems. 1-3 hours each. Problems must be approved by the department chair.

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): senior standing; 18 advanced hours of theatre arts and consent of department; student must meet the employer's requirements. May be repeated for credit.

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