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Course Learning Outcomes


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, draping, simple pattern making, 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 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 1480 - Dance 

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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