Department of Dance and Theatre Arts

Main Departmental Office

Stovall, 113

P.O. Box 310607

Denton, TX 76203-0607

(940) 565-2211

Dance Office

Stovall Hall, 180

(940) 565-3432

Fax: (940) 565-4453

Web site: www.data.unt.edu

Sandra J. Combest, Chair

Faculty

Professors Clouser, Combest, Culp. Associate Professors Cox, Cushman, Grose. Assistant Professors Chrestopoulos, Frohling, Garcia, Hayes, Smith.

Introduction

The Department of Dance and Theatre Arts is dedicated to the professions of theatre arts and dance as central concerns of a civilized society and as primary methodologies in the education of its citizenry. Small groups of teachers and students, using as a foundation artists and artworks from both past and present and from all cultures and civilizations, collaborate in rehearsals and public performances derived from the finest possible classroom experiences.

Scholarly and empirical research is combined with a high level of spontaneous creativity to develop the entire spectrum of dance, theatre and film arts. Emphasis is placed on the interaction between performing artists and appreciative spectators. Playwrights, actors, dancers, choreographers, directors, designers and technicians are taught to discover and to enhance their own creativity, to bear witness through their artistry to the richness of human life, and to make artistic performance the means of educating those present when the performance occurs.

These student artists also must learn to design and manage each of the technical and administrative crafts that constitute the business of theatre arts and dance in the 20th century. Hence, a student who completes the Bachelor of Arts in the Department of Dance and Theatre Arts will be able to employ a large body of knowledge and a wide range of skills pertinent to creative executive management in business, industry, government or one of the fields traditionally associated with the fine arts: theatre, dance, education, radio, television, film, public relations, advertising and journalism. A person who can create and manage a successful theatre or dance organization can apply the same basic skills in any field. There is no technology computers, lasers or film and video industry technology that does not manifest itself in the crafts of theatre and dance.

The Department of Dance and Theatre Arts operates several facilities designed and equipped to generate, organize and conduct research in dance and dramatic performance. The Stovall Hall performance space, five dance studios, acting/directing studio, rehearsal rooms, a scene shop and costume shop, the scenery and costume collection, and the department library represent a commitment to providing the finest possible theatre and dance education.

Assistantships, scholarships and program support are available. Application to the department for financial aid can be initiated at any time, but auditions and interviews for dance and theatre arts scholarships occur on the last Saturday in January prior to a September commitment.

Academic Advising

Students who wish to major or minor in dance should consult an adviser in the Dance Office, Stovall Hall, Room 180, about selection of courses, a degree plan, application of transfer credit in dance, and general academic requirements, policies and procedures. The approval of the department chair is required for degree plans. Theatre arts majors and minors will be advised by the academic advisers by contacting the department office, Room 113 of Stovall Hall.

All members of the dance and theatre arts faculty are available to help students achieve a successful enrollment at the University of North Texas and to provide guidance through their academic and professional careers.

Dance Programs of Study

The department offers an undergraduate program in the following area:

Bachelor of Arts with a major in dance.

Bachelor of Arts

Students must complete a minimum of 128 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as specified in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this catalog.

adviser during the degree plan process.

Major in Dance

Following is one suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment. Some requirements may have changed because the University Core Curriculum was being revised at the time this catalog went to press. Contact a degree program adviser.

BA with a Major in Dance pdf

FRESHMAN YEAR

FALL HOURS

DANC 1095, Stage Production I 1

DANC 1250, Somatic Approaches to Dance 3

ENGL 1310, College Writing 3

LANG 2040, Foreign Language
(intermediate)3 3

MATH 1600, College Math with Calculus5 5

Total 15

FRESHMAN YEAR

SUMMER I HOURS

ENGL 2210, World Literature I 3

Total 3

SOPHOMORE YEAR

FALL HOURS

BIOL 2360, Applied Human Anatomy 4

DANC 1095, Stage Production I 1

DANC 2350, Improvisation and Introduction
to Composition 3

DANC 3400, Modern Dance Technique
Level III, or DANC 3410, Ballet Technique Level III26 3

PSCI 1040, American Government 3

Total 14

SOPHOMORE YEAR

SUMMER I HOURS

PHYS 1410, General Physics I 3

PHYS 1430, General Physics Lab I 1

Total 4

JUNIOR YEAR

FALL HOURS

COMM 1010, Introduction to Communication 3

DANC 3050, Dance Kinesiology33 3

DANC 3060, Music Analysis for Dance 3

DANC 4095, Stage Production II 1

HIST 2610, United States History to 186512 3

Elective (advanced) 3

Total 16

SENIOR YEAR

FALL HOURS

DANC 3230, Introduction to Movement
Therapy 3

ECON 1110, Principles of Macroeconomics34 3

Elective (advanced)15, 16 3-6

Understanding of Ideas and Values
(Group I or III)8 6

Total 15-18

FRESHMAN YEAR

SPRING HOURS

DANC 1095, Stage Production I 1

DANC 1200, Appreciation of Dance as a Comtemporary Art Form14 3

ENGL 1320, College Writing II 3

LANG 2050, Foreign Language
(intermediate) 3

Wellness11 3

Total 13

FRESHMAN YEAR

SUMMER II HOURS

ENGL 2220, World Literature 3

Total 3

SOPHOMORE YEAR

SPRING HOURS

BIOL 2370, Applied Human Physiology 4

DANC 1095, Stage Production I 1

DANC 2050, Principles and Techniques of Dance Performance33 1

DANC 3400, Modern Dance Technique
Level III, or DANC 3410, Ballet Technique Level III26 3

DANC 2800, Survey of Dance14 3

PSCI 1050, American Government 3

Total 15

JUNIOR YEAR

SPRING HOURS

DANC 3510, Principles and Theories of
Dance Composition 3

DANC 4095, Stage Production II 1

DANC 4400, Modern Dance
Technique Level IV, or DANC 4410,
Ballet Technique Level IV26 3

HIST 2620, United States History Since 186512 3

Elective (advanced)15, 16 3

Elective (advanced)15, 16 3

Total 16

SENIOR YEAR

SPRING HOURS

CSCI 1100, Introduction to Computer Science1 3

DANC 4650, Senior Project 3

Elective (advanced)15, 16 3

Elective (advanced)15, 16 3

Elective (advanced)15, 16 3

Total 15

Actual degree plans may vary depending on availability of courses in a given semester.
Some courses may require prerequisites not listed.
See Arts and Sciences notes in supplement booklet for footnotes.

Supplemental Information for BA with a Major in Dance

1. Major of 43 hours in dance, including 6 hours from DANC 3400 and 3410 (3 hours each), and 3 hours from either DANC 4400 or 4410. Students also must take DANC 1200, 1250, 2050, 2350, 2800, 3050, 3060, 3230, 3510, 4650 and 6 hours from DANC 1095/4095.

2. The following courses are recommended electives for dance majors and minors: DANC 1050, 2411, 2710, 3411, 3610, 3710, 4610, 4620; THEA 1043.

3. PHYS 1410/1430, BIOL 2360, 2370, which may be used for 12 hours of laboratory science for the Bachelor of Arts degree, are required.

4. A Placement Audition Examination is required for enrollment in DANC 2400, 2410, 2500, 2710, 3400, 3410, 4400 and 4410. This examination is held twice each academic year. Exact dates and times may be obtained from the dance office.

5. Continuing dance majors and minors enrolled in DANC 1400, 1410, 1500, 1710, 2400, 2500, 2710, 3400, 3410, 4400 and 4410 must be enrolled for two consecutive semesters within an academic year. Transfer students entering the spring semester will be evaluated individually.

6. A minimum grade of C is required for all dance courses. Transfer course work to be substituted for required dance courses must be approved by a student's academic adviser during the degree plan process.

Minor in Dance

A minor in dance consists of a total of 18 hours, including 6 advanced, selected from the following: 3 hours from DANC 3400, 4400; 3 hours from DANC 3410, 4410; 2 hours from DANC 2500, 2710; and 10 hours from DANC 1250, 2050, 2350, 2800, 3060, 3510, 4610, 4620, 4650.

Theatre Arts Programs of Study

The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the following areas:

Bachelor of Arts

Students must complete a minimum of 128 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as specified in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this catalog.

Major in Theatre Arts

Following is one suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment. Some requirements may have changed because the University Core Curriculum was being revised at the time this catalog went to press. Contact a degree program adviser.

BA with a Major in Theatre Arts pdf

FRESHMAN YEAR

FALL HOURS

ENGL 1310, College Writing I 3

PSCI 1040, American Government 3

THEA 1045, Performance I 3

THEA 1046, Introduction to Stagecraft,
Scenery, Lighting, Props and Sound 3

THEA 2380, Theatrical Makeup, or
THEA 2051 Voice for Theatre 3

Total 15

SOPHOMORE YEAR

FALL HOURS

CSCI 1100, Introduction to Computer Science 3

ENGL 2210, World Literature I 3

HIST 2620, United States History Since 186512 3

THEA 1095, Stage Production 1 1

THEA 2051, Voice for Theatre, or
THEA 2110, Stagecraft, or THEA 2150, Costume II, or THEA 2160, Lighting 3

THEA 3340, Play Analysis 3

Total 16

JUNIOR YEAR

FALL HOURS

LANG 2050, Foreign Language
(intermediate)3 3

MATH 1600, College Math with Calculus5 5

THEA 1095, Stage Production 1, or
THEA 4095, Stage Production II 1

THEA 3100, Directing I, or THEA 3140, Performance III, or THEA 3160 Theatrical Lighting Design, or THEA 3170, Stage Design, or THEA 3190, Sound Production
for the Theatre, or THEA 3400,
Children's Theatre33 3

THEA 4250, World Theatre Before 170014 3

Total 15

SENIOR YEAR

FALL HOURS

THEA 3180, Theatrical Costume Design
and Construction, or THEA 3280,
Stage Management 3

THEA 4000, The Modern American Musical Theatre, or THEA 4110, Scene Painting for the Theatre, or THEA 4140, Performance IV 3

THEA 4095, Stage Production II 1

Elective (advanced)15, 16 3

Physical Science9 4

Understanding of Ideas and Values8 3

Total 17

FRESHMAN YEAR

SPRING HOURS

ECON 1110, Principles of Macroeconomics 3

ENGL 1320, College Writing II 3

PSCI 1050, American Government 3

HIST 2610, United States History to 186512 3

THEA 1043, Costume I 3

THEA 2110, Stagecraft, or THEA 2150, Costume II, or THEA 2160, Stage Lighting, or THEA 2351, Movement for Theatre 3

Total 18

SOPHOMORE YEAR

SPRING HOURS

COMM 1010, Introduction to Communication 3

ENGL 2220, World Literature II 3

LANG 2040, Foreign Language
(intermediate)3 3

THEA 1095, Stage Production I 1

THEA 2110, Stagecraft, or THEA 2150, Costume II, or THEA 2160, Stage Lighting, or THEA 2350, Performance II, or
THEA 2700, Theatrical Design: Drawing
and Rendering33 3

THEA 3150, History of Theatrical Costume
and Decor 3

Total 16

JUNIOR YEAR

SPRING HOURS

THEA 4095, Stage Production II 1

THEA 4300, World Theatre After 1700 3

Elective (advanced)15, 16 3

Natural Science9 4

Understanding of Ideas and Values8 3

Wellness11 3

Total 17

SENIOR YEAR

SPRING HOURS

THEA 3270, Directing II, or THEA 4000,
The Modern American Musical Theatre, or THEA 4240, Creative Dramatics, or THEA 4290, Musical Theatre Direction and Management, or THEA 4310, Acting for
Film and Television, or THEA 4460, Play
and Film Scriptwriting 3

THEA 4095, Stage Production II 1

THEA 4350, Senior Theatre Arts Colloquium 3

Elective (advanced)15, 16 3

Elective (advanced)15, 16 3

Laboratory Science (choice)9 4

Total 17

Actual degree plans may vary depending on availability of courses in a given semester.
Some courses may require prerequisites not listed.
See Arts and Sciences notes in supplement booklet for footnotes.

Supplemental Information for BA with a Major in Theatre Arts

A major in theatre arts requires 45 semester hours: 6 hours of THEA 1095 or 4095 (minimum of 3 hours of 4095); 1043, 1045, 1046, 2380, 3150, 3340, 4250, 4300 and 4350, and after consultation with an adviser from the theatre arts faculty, 12 hours (at least 9 advanced) from the following: THEA 2051, 2110, 2351, 2700, 3100, 3140, 3160, 3170, 3180, 3190, 3270, 3280, 3400, 4000, 4110, 4310, 4140, 4240, 4290, 4460.

Students majoring in theatre arts must enroll in THEA 3910 or THEA 4500 each semester the student performs in public productions sponsored or approved by the department.

Other Requirements

A minimum grade of C is required for all theatre arts courses.

A written departmental comprehensive examination is required after a student completes 90 hours of college-level courses or 39 hours of courses in theatre arts.

An artistic presentation is required during one or more long semesters after a student has completed 90 hours of college level courses or 36 hours of theatre arts courses. The presentation may consist of:

1. a solo duet or acting performance of not less than 30 or more than 60 minutes in length;

2. an independent directing project; or

3. a major design project.

A minimum grade of B is required for the comprehensive examination and the artistic presentation.

Transfer work to be substituted for required theatre arts courses must be approved by a student's faculty adviser during the degree plan process.

DRED (Traffic Safety) courses may not be used to satisfy any portion of a degree in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Comprehensive Examination

A written departmental comprehensive examination is required during the long semester that immediately follows the semester or summer term in which a theatre arts major completes 90 hours of college-level courses or 36 hours of theatre arts courses. A minimum grade of B is required on this examination.

Artistic Presentation

An artistic presentation is required during one or more long semesters after a theatre arts major has completed 90 hours of college-level courses or 30 hours of theatre arts courses. The presentation may consist of (1) a solo or duet acting performance not less than 30 or more than 60 minutes in length, (2) an independent directing project or (3) an independent design project. A minimum grade of B is required on this presentation.

Minor in Theatre Arts

A minor in theatre arts consists of 21 semester hours: 6 hours from THEA 1042, 1043, 1044, 1045, 2051, 2150, 2160, 2350, 2351, plus 12 advanced hours in theatre arts and, after 90 hours of college level courses, the capstone course: THEA 4350.

Dance and Theatre Arts Teacher Certification

Students who expect to teach dance or theatre arts in elementary or secondary schools must meet the requirements of the state of Texas for teacher certification as listed in the College of Education section.

Students who wish to seek an elementary or a secondary teaching certificate should consult a theatre arts adviser during their first semester at the University of North Texas. Consultation with the College of Education should occur in accordance with the catalog that controls a student's matriculation at North Texas.

Graduate Degrees

The department offers degree programs leading to the Master of Arts and Master of Science with a major in theatre arts. Graduate work in dance may be pursued through the Master of Arts/Master of Science in interdisciplinary studies. For information, consult the Graduate Catalog.

Scholarships

The University Players present a scholarship each year to a theatre arts major who has been outstanding in scholarship, creative activities and service. The Ann Bradshaw Stokes Award is provided by a grant from the Ann Bradshaw Stokes Foundation. The Gaylord-Hughes Scholarship is made possible through benefit performances by noted actress Martha Gaylord and by Tom Hughes, late producer and managing director of the Dallas Summer Musicals and a Distinguished Alumnus; by the work of guest artists; and by contributions. The Tony and Linda Altermann Scholarship is made possible through the Tony and Linda Altermann Scholarship Endowment for Theatre and Visual Arts. The scholarship is awarded in even-numbered academic years. Dance Scholarships are supported by gifts from faculty, students and alumni. The Lucille Murchison Scholarships in dance, costuming and technical theatre are the result of the department's participation in the UNT Centennial Extravaganza. The Chun Hui Lee Dance Scholarship is the result of the generosity of Mr. Chun Hui Lee. The Mills Dance Scholarship was established by an alumnus, the late Eugene Mills.

All scholarships are presented to students majoring in the Department of Dance and Theatre Arts during any semester or summer term. Each year on announced dates, interested students must audition for the performance awards or submit design portfolios for technical awards available for the summer terms and the following academic year.

Information may be obtained in the department office, Stovall Hall, Room 113.

Organizations

The serious student of dance or theatre arts may become a member of Alpha Psi Omega, Chi Tau Epsilon, DANCE UNiT, and University Players, undergraduate and graduate organizations that serve the dance and theatre arts department and other university programs.

Courses of Instruction

All Courses of Instruction are located in one section at the back of this catalog.

Course and Subject Guide

The "Course and Subject Guide," found in the Courses of Instruction section of this book, serves as a table of contents and provides quick access to subject areas and prefixes.

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