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Courses of Study

There are a variety of suggested courses of study or "tracts" that a theatre major can pursue.

Theatre Tracts

Directing

This area of expertise requires well rounded liberal arts training in the humanities with a major in theatre. The following track of courses should be supplemented with history, literature, psychology and philosophy in your core liberal art studies. Knowledge in Art History and study abroad is also highly recommended. Further training at the graduate level is essential.

Courses

  • Introduction to Theatre
    • Theatre History I
    • Theatre History II
    • Play Analysis
  • Fundamentals of Acting
    • Characterization
    • Styles of Acting
    • Shakespeare in Performance
  • Technical Theatre I
    • Scenic Design (or Costume or Lighting Design)
    • Stage Management
  • 2 dance technique classes
    • Choreography
    • Directing
    • Senior Seminar
  • Laboratory production work
    • 1 prep lab
    • 1 runcrew lab
    • 2 acting labs (by audition)
    • Stage management
    • Asst Directing
    • Dramaturgy
  • Senior Comprehensive: Producing and directing student or self directed slot

Acting

This area of expertise requires well rounded liberal arts training in the humanities with a major in theatre. The following track of courses should be supplemented with history, literature, psychology and philosophy in your core liberal art studies.

Courses

  • Introduction to Theatre
    • Theatre History I
    • Theatre History II
    • Play Analysis
  • Fundamentals of Acting
    • Characterization
    • Styles of Acting
    • Shakespeare in Performance
    • Voice for the Stage
    • Movement for the Stage
  • 2 semesters of dance technique
  • 2 semesters of voice lessons
  • Technical Theatre I
    • Scenic Design, Costume or Lighting Design
    • Make-up
    • Directing
    • Senior Seminar
  • Laboratory Production work
    • 1-2 prep lab
    • 1-2 runcrew lab
    • 4 acting labs (by audition)
  • Acting in as many non credit roles as possible in: student one acts, student productions, Foreign language play, opera, etc.
  • Senior Comprehensive: Portrayal or literary analysis of a leading role

Costume Design

Courses

  • Introduction to Theatre
    • Theatre History I
    • Theatre History II
    • Play Analysis
  • Fundamentals of Acting
    • Characterization
    • Technical Theatre I
    • Directing
    • Senior Seminar
  • Costume Design
    • Costume Construction
    • History of Fashion
    • Make-up Design
    • Stage Craft
    • Figure Drawing
  • Production Experiences
  • 1 costume prep
  • 1 Wardrobe head
  • Asst Costume Design
  • Costume Design
  • (3 other areas - acting suggested)
  • Work and Internship:
    • 4 years workstudy or campus employment costume shop
    • 2+ years on Arts Center Staff
    • Summer internship(s) in costume shop off sight
  • Senior Comprehensive: Design Department show or student show

Scene Design

Courses

  • Introduction to Theatre
    • Theatre History I
    • Theatre History II
    • Play Analysis
    • Fundamentals of Acting
    • Directing
    • Senior Seminar
  • Tech I
    • Tech II
    • Scene Painting
    • History of Period Styles
    • Stage Craft
    • Scene Design
    • Lighting Design
    • Perspective Drawing (Art)
    • Basic Design (Art)
  • Production Experiences
    • 1 Prep Lab
    • 1 light or sound board operation
    • 1 ASM
    • ME
  • Work and Internship:
    • 4 years workstudy or campus employment scenic shop
    • 2+ years on Arts Center Staff
    • Summer internship employment in scenic shop off sight
    • Design experience outside of department productions (student productions)
  • Senior Comprehensive: Design scenery for department or student production

Stage Management

Courses

  • Introduction to Theatre
  • Theatre History I
  • Theatre History II
  • Play Analysis
  • Fundamentals of Acting
  • Directing
  • Senior Seminar
  • Tech I
  • Tech II
  • Stage Management
  • Lighting Design
  • Scene Design
  • 2 Semesters of Dance
  • History of Period Styles or Fashion History
  • Organizational Management (in Business)
  • Production Work
  • Scenic Prep Lab
  • ASM
  • Wardrobe
  • 1 performance (by audition)
  • ME
  • Sound Engineering
  • Stage Management (straight play and musical)
  • Employment and Internship
    • 4 years in costumes and scenic shops
    • 2+ years on AC staff
    • Internship(s) in ASM or SM in off site theatre
  • Senior Comprehensive: Stage Management

Lighting Design

Courses

  • Intro to Theatre
  • Theatre History I
  • Theatre History II
  • Play Analysis
  • Fundamentals of Acting
  • Directing
  • Senior Seminar
  • Tech Theatre One
  • Tech Theatre Two
  • History of Period Styles
  • Scene Design
  • Lighting Design

Options

  • P1 AHI 271 History of Art - Survey 1
  • P1 AHI 272 History of Art - Survey 2
  • PII AHI 376 Italian Renaissance Art
  • PII AHI 380 18th & 19th Century Art
  • ART 250 Graphic Design I
  • SCI 167 Science of Sound

Production Experiences

  • 1 Prep lab (Electrics)
  • 1 Light Board Op or Sound Board Op Run
  • 2 as the Master Electrician in each theatre/ Studio 48 & Callahan
  • ASM

Work & Internship

  • 4 years Work Study or Reg in Scene Shop - emphasis on Electrics/load ins
  • 2 years as Arts Center Staff
  • Summer Internship as an Electrician/ME
  • Design Experience outside of Dept. (student production)
  • Senior Comp Design Lights for Dept or student production
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