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THA 101 Introduction to Drama

This course is an introduction to theatre textual and performance analysis through critical, historical and dramatic readings.
For Theatre Majors only
Fall, 3 credits

THE 2 Current Theatre in New York

Visits to theatrical productions include: Broadway, off-Broadway, off-off- Broadway and repertory; discussion and analysis of the theatrical experience; social and economic problems of the New York theatre; understanding the separate contributions of the author, actor, director and designer to the production.
Special ticket charge
Every Other Spring, 3 credits

THE 103 Design Concepts for Visual Artists

This course is a conceptual approach to lighting, scenic and costume design for the actor/director in theatre, dance, media and motion pictures. It includes an analysis of designers‚ drawings and the necessary communication skills in expressing concepts to designers and directors.
Fall, 3 credits

THE 104, 105 Technical Theatre Practices I & 2

This course is a comprehensive survey of the theoretical and practical aspects of Costuming, Scenery, Lighting and Arts Management. This course is intended to provide the student with a working vocabulary and the basic knowledge necessary to function effectively in the theatre through practical experience in laboratory exercises and production assignments.
These courses are prerequisite for all courses in Design and Technical Production; may be taken concurrently with design or technical courses with permission of the instructor.
Crew requirement
THE 104 Fall, 3 credits; THE 105 Spring, 3 credits

THE 106 Acting for Non-majors

A comprehensive second-level course that combines exercises, improvisations, and rehearsal and performance of scenes especially designed for the student who is not an acting major.
May be repeated a maximum of two semesters.
Prerequisite: THE 101.
Spring, 3 credits

The 108 Drafting

This course introducing all phases of engineering drawing with special emphasis on the specifics of theatrical drafting: floor plans, design elevations, shop drawings, pictorial drawings.
Prerequisites: THE 104, 105 or permission of the instructor.
Fall, 3 credits

THE 110 Stage Management

The basic principles and skills of stage management, including: analysis of script, preparation of prompt book, rehearsal organization, production coordination and running of productions.
May be repeated for a maximum of two semesters.
Prerequisites: THE 104 and 105 or permission of the instructor.
Fall, 3 credits

THE 113, 114 Scene Design

This course includes the art and craft of scenic design, including design sketches, model preparation, designer’s elevations and painter’s elevations. It also includes the principles and processes of analyzing a play in visual terms to create the scenic environment of productions.
Prerequisites: THE 104, 105 and 108 or permission of the instructor. THE 113 is a prerequisite for THE 114. Every other Spring, 3 credits per semester

THE 115 Lighting Design

This course is an introduction to lighting design, theory and practice. The light plot, color theory, and media; electricity, lighting instruments, and control; physics and optics of stage lighting are considered. Also included is the application of theatrical lighting techniques in related fields, such as television and film.
Prerequisites: THE 104, 105 and 108 or permission of the instructor
Every other Spring, 3 credits

THE 116 Lighting Technology

Through lecture and demonstration, the student will become familiar with the standard equipment that is used in theatrical and television lighting. The student will learn instrument function and repair and gain an understanding of dimming systems, control systems, “intelligent” lighting fixtures and current peripheral equipment. Proficiency in DMX protocol and programming, set-up and operation of peripheral equipment, and “intelligent” lighting will be covered.
Prerequisites: THE 104, 105 or permission of the instructor.
Fall, 3 credits

THE 117 Scene Painting

This course covers extensive practical experience in scene painting techniques from the simplest to “trompe l’oeil.”
Prerequisites: THE 104 and 105 or permission of the instructor.
Every other Fall, 3 credits

THE 119 Stagecraft

This course is a detailed and intensive study of the materials, processes and techniques necessary for constructing, rigging and shifting the visual elements of scenic settings.
Prerequisites: The 104 and 105 or permission of the instructor.
Every other Spring, 3 credits

THE 121, 122 Basic Acting

Exercises and improvisations are intended to develop the student’s ability to identify readily with various imagined situations and to act truthfully and spontaneously with each situation.
May be repeated for a maximum of three semesters.
Prerequisite: Major or minor in Theatre, Dance or Film, or permission of the chair; THE 121 is a prerequisite for THE 122.
Annually, 3 credits per semester

THE 128 Sound Technology

Through lecture and demonstration, the student will become familiar with the standard equipment that is used in theatrical sound production. The student will learn equipment function and proper operation. Basic sound recording, editing, communication systems, enhancement and repair will be included.
Prerequisites: THE 104, 105 or permission of the instructor.
Every other Spring, 3 credits

THE 129 Sound Design

This course is an introduction to sound design, theory, and practice. Design projects are related to historical reference with an emphasis on the sources of research needed for a design.
Prerequisites: THE 104, 105 or permission of the instructor.
Every other Spring, 3 credits

THE 130 Makeup and Mask

This course is a practical study in the techniques of makeup research, design and application. The student will gain knowledge and experience in character analysis, makeup design, and application of a variety of techniques, from basic makeup to special effects, taking into account factors of age, temperament, and production style.
May be repeated for a maximum of 2 semesters.
Prerequisites: THE 104, 105 or permission of the instructor.
Fall, 3 credits

THE 131 Play Directing

This is a studio course in all basic elements of theatrical direction: play selection and analysis, pre-production planning, casting, rehearsals, integration of production elements.
Students direct short plays for public performance. Substantial rehearsal time required.
May be repeated for a maximum of four semesters.
Prerequisites: THE 121, 121, 110 or permission of the instructor.
Fall, 3 credits

THE 141 History of Theatre: Classical

This course investigates historical periods, dramatic genres, and theatre literature of Western theatrical culture from the Greeks through Romanticism.
Fall, 3 credits

THE 142* History of Theatre: Modern

This second semester investigates historical periods, dramatic genres and theatre literature from Realism to the present.
Spring, 3 credits
*Fulfills Fine Arts core requirement for non-majors

THE 143 Shakespeare in Performance

This course surveys developments in the theory and practice of Shakespearean dramatic works. Stylistic analysis of selected plays, performance techniques, and theatrical conventions, including contemporary and non-traditional approaches.
Fall, 3 credits

THE 149 History of Style

This course is a survey of costume, architecture and decor of the major periods of Western civilization from pre-history to the present time with an emphasis on the sources of research needed for design. Visits to museums, libraries and historical sites.
Every other Fall, 3 credits

THE 150 Stage Combat

An introductory practicum dealing with the fundamental techniques and skills of theatrical combat. Emphasis on safety as well as integrating staged fighting and movement into the actor’s process.
Every other Fall, 3 credits

THE 161, 162 Intermediate Design Seminar

This course is an intermediate seminar in design for the theatre. Included are projects in various styles and types of theatrical productions.
Prerequisites: THE 103, 113, 115, 171 or 129 or permission of the instructor. THE 161 is a prerequisite for THE 162.
Every other Fall, 3 credits

THE 163, 164 Advanced Design Seminar

This course is an advanced seminar in design. Included is experience designing projects for theatre, films, musicals, operas and ballets.
Prerequisites: THE 161 or permission of the instructor.
Every other Spring, 3 credits per semester

THE 171 Costume Design

This course is an introduction to the principles and procedures of costume design for the theatre. Design projects focus on process and research.
Prerequisites: THE 104 and 105 or permission of the instructor
Every other Spring, 3 credits

THE 172 Intermediate Costume Construction

This course builds upon basic costuming skills by providing practical experience in construction, fitting and alteration techniques of garments cut from commercial patterns.
Prerequisites: THE 104 and 105 or permission of the instructor.
Every other Spring, 3 credits

THE 173 Patterning for Costumes

This course covers extensive practical experience in flat patterning techniques, including how to develop basic patterns to achieve complex designs. Costume construction skills are strengthened through construction, fitting and alteration of drafted patterns.
Prerequisites: 172 or permission of the instructor.
Every other Fall, 3 credits

THE 176 Draping for Costumes

This course is an introduction to the basic principles and methods of draping patterns for garment construction. Patterning skills are strengthened through fitting and alteration of draped patterns.
Prerequisites: THE 173 or permission of the instructor.
Every other Spring, 3 credits

THE 239, 240 Production Lab

This course is an intensive experience in theatrical production for public performance. Synthesis of acting, design, technical and managerial elements in total production. Production concept, planning, rehearsal, performance, evaluation.
Every semester, 1 credit

THE 201, 202 Department Contract

Every semester, 0 credits

ARM 64 Theatre Management

This course is a detailed study of the problems of managing various theatrical organizations: single commercial production, repertory companies, touring, educational theatre companies. It includes press relations, publicity, budgeting, audience development, business management, union relations, and economic trends in theatre.
Every other Fall, 3 credits

ARM 68 Legal Aspects of the Arts and Entertainment Industries

This course is an introduction to entertainment law, specifically to the role of contracts, copyright, and the Constitution in the arts and entertainment. Emphasis will be placed on practical aspects of the arts and entertainment law so that students studying arts management will learn the vocabulary utilized by entertainment lawyers and the principles of the major working areas of entertainment law.
Fall, 3 credits

ART 5 Introduction to Basic Drawing

This course is the beginning investigation into the practice of drawing as an expressive, descriptive art medium. Through historic examples (slides and prints) and the use of a variety of materials and techniques, the student learns the past, present and (possible) future uses of drawing.
Every Semester, 3 credits

ART 11 Life Drawing

This course is an introduction to the study of the human figure as an art subject. Various techniques and drawing media are explored in developing compositional and drawing skills of the individual student.
Every Semester, 3 credits

ART 59 Survey of World Art I

A chronological survey of the fine arts in the world tracing the path of creative expression in architecture, graphics, painting and sculpture from prehistoric times to the present.
Annually, 3 credits

ART 60 Survey Western Art 2

A chronological survey of the fine arts in the world tracing the path of creative expression in architecture, graphics, painting and sculpture from prehistoric times to the present.
Annually, 3 credits