Theatre Course Learning Outcomes

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THEA 1080 - Introduction to Costuming

In this course the student will:

Demonstrate familiarity with the fundamentals of the social/psychological aspects of why people wear clothing.

Understand basic clothing shapes and their place in history.

Demonstrate an understanding of what a costume designer does and how a costume shop works.

Develop a sense of color and fabric.

Come to an understanding that costuming is a part of the team effort that creates productions

Develop basic skills in hand and machine sewing and costume construction.

THEA 1090 - Introduction to Theatre

Upon completion of this course, the student should:

Be familiar with the functions of the playwright, actor, director, and designers.

Have an appreciation of the collaborative nature of the theatre arts.

Be able to critically evaluate the success of theatrical productions.

Be moved to learn more about theatre as an audience member.

Be familiar with a broad range of theatrical terminology

THEA 1120 - Stagecraft

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

Identify and use the tools, materials and equipment used in scenic production, including construction, painting and handling.

Read and execute scenic plans and drawings.

Research and determine means of acquiring production props.

Understand the scenic design process.

THEA 1125 - Play Analysis for Production

At the completion of this course, the student should be able to:

Identify and describe the 6 component parts of the dramatic form: plot, character, theme, diction, rhythm, and spectacle.

Identify and describe the mechanics of plot structure: theme, exposition, conflict, complications, crisis, climax, and conclusion.

Identify and describe the major forms of drama: tragedy, comedy, melodrama, farce, tragicomedy.

Demonstrate their ability to write and speak clearly about dramatic literature, the requirements of production and the experience of performance.

Conduct appropriate research on the play’s time period and articulate how it applies to the production process.

THEA 1126 – Diverse Voices in Contemporary Theatre

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

Identify and discuss the achievements of a number of prominent multicultural playwrights.

Demonstrate an analytical grasp of the central concerns of the selected plays.

Identify and discuss emerging themes across the range of plays, and the significance of those themes for all audiences.

Demonstrate a critical and theatrical vocabulary for writing and speaking about these works and the human experiences they illuminate.

Read, analyze, prepare and produce a public staged reading of selected scenes.

THEA 1130 - Origins of Theatre

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

Recognize the significant persons, events & theatrical movements that have provided the foundations for modern theatre.

Recognize the various historical elements of drama, such as style & literary conventions.

Identify the social themes & structures historically responsible for the development of dramatic types.

Understand the varieties of writing & performance styles & production techniques that prevailed from ancient Greece to the Renaissance.

THEA 1140 - Acting I

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

Conduct a group warm up containing vocal, physical and mental exercises.

Prepare and present a number of well-polished performance assignments, including scenes with a partner and monologues.

Demonstrate the ability to collaborate with classmates on classroom exercises and performances.

Perform detailed script analysis, focusing on a deep understanding of character’s objectives, obstacles and tactics, and effectively communicate that understanding in performance.

Utilize fundamental acting terminology and technique to solve acting challenges.

Demonstrate the ability to accurately interpret and utilize written and verbal directions provided for performances.

Apply feedback and criticism from previous performances toward improving and refining skills and techniques in subsequent performances.

Provide constructive feedback to performances by classmates.

Compose written criticism of live theatrical productions.

Maintain a detailed journal of the theatrical process.

THEA 1150 - Theatre for Children

In this course the student will:

Develop a comprehension of the principles and terminology of the theatre.

Develop an understanding of the uses of theatre in educational curriculum.

Comprehend the development of children’s theatre through storytelling.

Experience the process of producing a play for a young audience.

Gain the knowledge to implement theatre games in the classroom.

THEA 1160 - Movement for Actors

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

Assess their physical (movement) strengths and weaknesses in order to maximize their strengths and challenge the weaknesses.

Create performances through observation and analysis from a wide variety of sources.

Demonstrate communication and collaboration with other performers.

Be able to compose creative pieces that demonstrate an understanding of the complexities of visual and oral aesthetics and the challenges associated with both.

THEA 1170 - Theatrical Make-Up

In this course the student will:

Develop basic knowledge of facial anatomy and the chemicals components of cosmetics.

Be able to use disparate sources (historical, faunal, botanical, etc.) as aids in their creativity.

Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between design and communication.

Create their own design aesthetic.

THEA 1180 - Stage Lighting & Sound Production

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

Identify and use the tools, materials and instruments used in stage lighting.

Read and execute a light plot and associated paper work.

Identify and use the tools, materials and equipment used in sound production.

Read & execute a sound plot.

Know the duties and apply procedures of the stage manager.

THEA 1470 - Beginning Jazz Dance

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

Perform the fundamental exercises of elementary jazz technique including floor stretch and centrework combinations.

Define the traditional vocabulary of positions and steps in the elementary jazz syllabus.

Identify and explain the progression and purpose of the specific order of individual classroom exercises.

Demonstrate familiarity with the historical and cultural development of jazz dancing.

Increase body awareness and confidence.

Apply the spatial concepts of proper alignment, placement and isolation in all activities.

Demonstrate a connection between various types of music used in class and understanding of rhythm, space and time expressed in dance.

THEA 1480 - Dance I

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to: 

Demonstrate an understanding of dance in general and ballet, modern and jazz specifically.

Use space efficiently and adopt body movements to the stage play.

Perform ballet techniques and basic foot and arm positions.

Articulate how the three basic dance forms are dependent on each other and how Ballet, Modern and Jazz differ.

Demonstrate an understanding of the interaction of dance with theater and everyday facets of the world around us.

THEA 2140 - Acting II

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

Demonstrate proficient use of the fundamental principles of stage acting as learned in Acting I.

Develop a personal approach to Acting, utilizing a variety of recognized techniques.

Apply the experience of participating in a variety of theatre exercises, games, and improvisational techniques and the skills practiced and developed therein to the preparation of scripted scenes.

Analyze a play script in a thorough, systematic manner.

Demonstrate the personal discipline, conscientious effort, and professional attitude that the craft of acting demands.

Prepare and present a package of two contrasting monologues for professional audition.

THEA 2200 - Theatre Graphics

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

Analyze the script for dramatic and visual content.

Research for historical and dramatic accuracy of visual elements.

Draw thumbnail sketches to develop a design based on the script and pertinent research.

Exhibit advanced drafting techniques based on USITT graphic standards learned in Stagecraft and AutoCAD Basic and how to apply those skills to the design process.

Use watercolor and model building techniques needed to develop a design.

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