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Courses Offered

TA 110D Introduction to the Theatre Arts (3)
An introductory study of the theatre arts including theatre history, play analysis, and production.

TA 112 Introduction to Film (3)
Introductory study of the history and process by which films are made, including general history, production planning, process, and a basic understanding of the components that are synthesized to produce films.

TA 165 Production Dynamics (3)
Introduces all the elements involved in modern theatre production. Concerned with acquaint¬ing majors with the opportunities, expectations and requirements within the theatre program. Required for all freshman theatre majors.

TA 166 Text Analysis (3)
Concentration in the process of reading, understanding, analyzing and interpreting play texts for production. Required for all freshman theatre majors.

TA 167 Play Reading (3)
Students apply critical and analytical methods learned in TA 165 and TA 166 to analyze classic and modern dramatic literature. Required for all freshman theatre majors.

TA 199 Special Studies
Terms and hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit.

TA 205 Stage Speech I (3)
Exploration of the essential components of voice and speech. Detailed concentration onthe types of sounds in spoken English, the International Phonetic Alphabet and mastering standard American stage speech.

TA 210 Oral Expression Through Theatre (3)
Experience in stage diction. Concentrated study of speaking skills for use on the stage.

TA 240 Creative Drama for Teachers (3)
Creative dramatics leadership principles that apply to the classroom. Techniques of employ¬ing the child’s native aptitude.

TA 244 Technical Theatre: Scenecraft (3)
Lecture, reading and discussion in the basic principles and process of theatrical scenecraft, with suitable opportunity for practical applications.

TA 245 Technical Theatre: Lighting (3)
Lecture, reading and discussion in the basic principles and process of theatrical lighting, with suitable opportunity for practical application.

TA 246 Technical Theatre: Costuming (3)
Lecture, reading and discussion in the basic principles and process of theatrical costuming and design with suitable opportunity for practical application.

TA 247 Technical Theatre: Sound (3)
Lecture, reading and discussion in the basic principles and process of theatrical sound, with suitable opportunity for practical applications.

TA 250 Basic Movement and Vocal Development for the Theatre (3)
Basic movement and voice training for the actor. Theory and practical application through body and vocal exercise.

TA 251 Elements of Acting (3)
For non-majors and non-performance theatre majors. Exploration of the modern acting technique with a concentration of the basic elements of acting.

TA 252 Technical Theatre: Makeup (3)
Basic principles and processes of theatrical makeup, including demonstrations and daily practice.

TA 253 Production Workshop (1-3)
Provides students with lower division credit for participating in acting or technical work for the theatre program. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: consent of instructor

TA 255 Movement I (3)
Introduction to the principles of movement for the stage with a focus on developing dexterity, strength and coordination.

TA 261 Movement II (3)
In depth, practical study of advanced move¬ment techniques for actors. Actors will explore character development from a physical level and apply all of the above in performance.

TA 265 Acting I (3)
A rigorous study of modern acting technique that explores the basic tools of the actor and introduces the fundamentals of the Stanislav¬sky system.

TA 271 Acting II (3)
An in-depth application of theories learned in TA 265 and explored through rigorous scene and monologue work. Prerequisite: TA 265

TA 290 Voice I (3)
Introduction to the principles of Fitzmaurice Voicework with an emphasis on destructuring the breathing process.

TA 305 Stage Speech II: Dialects (3)
Students apply theories learned in TA 205 to mastering European and American stage dialects. Prerequisite: TA 205

TA 308 History of Fashion (3)
A course in the development of fashion from earliest times to the present with an emphasis on western world culture.

TA 310 Elements of Acting II (3)
A continuation of TA 251, with a more advanced concentration and exploration of modern acting technique. This course will deal with advance theory and practical application.

TA 315 Musical Theatre Studio I (3)
An introduction to Musical Theatre performance with emphasis on Musical Theatre acting tech­niques, score reading, and text analysis.

TA 316 Musical Theatre Studio II (3)
Continuation of study in Musical Theatre performance with emphasis on lyric study, characterization, storytelling and song mapping.

TA 320W Dramaturgy (3)
An exploration of the role of the production dramaturgy, including research skills, the dramaturgy’s relationship with other members of the creative team, and special emphasis on theatre-specific dramaturgical writing.

TA 321W Performance Art (3)
Introduction to the field of Performance Art, through an examination of the history and practitioners of Performance Art, and the practical creation and development of a performance art piece.

TA 328 Stage Combat Studio (1)
Course covers the history and practical application of Stage Combat as regulated by the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD). The focus of this course is threefold: foremost is safety, followed by technical proficiency, and emotional investment in the acting of stage violence. Each term course will focus on one of the weapon styles recognized by the SAFD. Course may be repeated for credit.

TA 330W Script Writing (3)
Concentrates on the basic skills of writing scripts for the theatre: plotting, character development, form and structure.

TA 334 Stage Management (3)
Basic principles and procedures of stage management. This course is strongly suggested for all students desiring to stage manage departmental productions.

TA 336 Stage Properties (3)
Principles and techniques of stage properties design and production. Includes script analysis, construction techniques and organizational strategies.

TA 338 History of Architecture and Decor (3)
A study of architecture, furniture and decorative arts from early Greek to modern, focusing on those eras that most commonly influence theatrical production styles.

TA 343 Costume Design (3)
Basic principles and studio practice in costume design.

TA 344 Costume Crafts (3)
Concentrates on special materials and tech­niques used in the costume shop, including mold-making/casting, thermoplastics, dyes, paints and printing.

TA 345 Scenic Painting I (3)
Basic principles and studio practice in scene painting.

TA 346 Scenic Design (3)
Basic principles and studio practice in scene design. Prerequisite: TA 244 or consent of instructor

TA 347 Drafting for Theatre (3)
A studio course dealing with basic drafting techniques and practices used for theatrical design.

TA 348 Lighting Design (3)
Basic principles and studio practice in light­ing design. Prerequisite: TA 245 or consent of instructor.

TA 349 Scenic Design Studio (3)
Advanced studio course dealing with design analysis, composition and drawing/rendering techniques. Prerequisite: TA 346 or consent of instructor.

TA 350 Advanced Creative Dramatics: Puppetry (3)
A study of special dramatic techniques and literature for a practical approach to produc­ing puppet plays with children in grades 3-8.

TA 351 Voice II (3)
Continues the exploration of Fitzmaurice Voicework with an emphasis on restructuring the breathing process and connecting the voicework to the text.

TA 353 Advanced Production Workshop (1-3)
Provides students with upper-division credit for participating in acting or technical work for the theatre program. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: consent of instructor

TA 354/454 Production Design (1-3)
Scenic, lighting, costume or sound design for main stage or studio theatre productions. May be repeated for credit. Eligible for the RP grade option. Prerequisite: consent of instructor

TA 355/455 Production Management (1-3)
Stage management, shop supervision or other leadership roles in theatre production. May be repeated for credit. Eligible for the RP grade option. Prerequisite: consent of instructor

TA 356 Theory of Acting (3)
Principles and techniques of acting; problems in analysis and interpretation of dramatic literature of various historical periods. An exploration of the various historical styles and theories of acting and how they were affected by the manners of the time. Prerequisites:
TA 250 and 251 or consent of instructor

TA 360 Contemporary Audition (3)
Involves the practical study and application of developing modern audition techniques and career development for the stage. Prerequisite: TA 251 or TA 265 or consent of instructor

TA 364 Play Direction (3)
Introduction to dramatic theories and techniques and their application to play direction.

TA 365 Theatrical Comedy (3)
A course in the concept of comedy as a theatrical form from classical Greece to contemporary theatre. Selected comedies will be read.

TA 366 Theatrical Tragedy (3)
A course in the concept of tragedy as a theatrical form from classical Greece to contemporary theatre. Selected tragedies will be read.

TA 368 Masks (3)
Intermediate movement dynamics are explored through intensive character mask work in a conservatory/lab setting.

TA 370 Acting For The Camera (3)
By performing and viewing work on camera everyday, students will learn how to temper their acting from the broadness required for the theatre to the intimacy of the camera. Audition techniques, acting in commercials, acting in film and acting in television will be covered.

TA 371 Acting Meisner I (4)
Intermediate exploration of modern acting with a focus on the theories of The Sanford Meisner Technique.

TA 375 Asian Theatre (3)
A survey of the history and literature of Asiatic Theatre with particular attention to India, Southeast Asia, China, Korea and Japan.

TA 381 Greek, Roman & Medieval Theatre (3)
An integrated examination of the history, literature, theory, and criticism of the theatre from the Greeks through the Middle Ages.

TA 382 Renaissance Theatre (3)
An integrated examination of the history, literature, theory, and criticism of the theatre during the Renaissance.

TA 383 European Theatre 1660-1875 (3)
An integrated examination of the history, literature, theory, and criticism of the theatre in Europe from 1660 to 1875.

TA 384D European Theatre 1875-Present (3)
An integrated examination of the history, literature, theory, and criticism of the theatre in Europe from 1875 to the present.

TA 385D American Theatre (3)
An integrated examination of the history, literature, theory, and criticism of the theatre in America from the Revolutionary War to the present.

TA 386D International Theatre (3)
An integrated examination of the history, litera­ture, theory, and criticism of the theatre around the world. The focus will include theatre from Asian, Latin American, African and others.

TA 390 Performance Studies in Acting (3)
Individual study of a character in the context of performing a character in a play before an audience. Prerequisites: TA 250, TA 251, TA 356

TA 394 Acting Meisner II (4)
A continuation of Sanford Meisner’s work with a focus on achieving emotional freedom on stage. Prerequisites: TA 371

TA 395, 396, 397 Special Studies: Plays in Performance (2 each)
B.F.A. students only. The study of plays through performance; viewing, analyzing, critically assessing. Students attend six professional per­formances per year and complete associated written work assigned by faculty advisor.

TA 399 Special Studies (1-3)
Terms and hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit.

TA 405 Acting Shakespeare (3)
Concentration in the process of acting Shakespeare for the stage. Verse speaking, text analysis, antithesis, and a view to the ever-changing world of the Elizabethan acting style. Prerequisite: TA 251 or TA 265 or consent of instructor

TA 406 Independent Study (1-15)
Terms and hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit.

TA 406 Independent Study: Capstone Thesis (3)
Involves preparation and presentation of a theatrical production or appropriate theatre project. B.F.A. candidates only.

TA 407 Seminar (1-15)
Terms and hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit.

TA 408 Workshop (1-15)
Terms and hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit.

TA 409 Practicum (1-15)
Terms and hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit.

TA 412 Portfolio Review (1)
Portfolio and resume refinement, interview skills for technical theatre, and a survey of the job market. Prerequisite: consent of instructor

TA 414 Children’s Theatre (3)
The study of aesthetic and technical problems in producing theatre for youth, including the history, philosophy and psychology and literature of children’s theatre.

TA 415 Musical Theatre Studio III (3)
Continuation of study in Musical Theatre performance with emphasis on relationships, staging, and live performance.

TA 420 Acting: Scene Study (3)
Intermediate acting technique with emphasis on Sanford Meisner’s approach to the text/ script. Prerequisites: TA 251 or TA 265 or consent of instructor

TA 427 Contemporary Theatre (3)
Intensive study of skills required when acting various modern acting styles and traditions. Through practical application and scene work, students explore Becket, Pinter, Ibsen, Checkov, Stringdberg, O’Neil and others. Explores the world view of the plays and performance traditions. Prerequisite: TA 371

TA 432 Acting Styles I: Modernism (3)
Intensive study of the skills required when acting various modern acting styles and tradi­tions. Explores world views of the plays and performance traditions. Prerequisite: TA 251 or TA 265 or consent of instructor

TA 433 Acting Styles II: Restoration/Manners (3)
Intensive study of the skills required when acting various classical acting styles tradition. Explores world views of the plays and performance traditions. Prerequisite: TA 251 or TA 265 or consent of instructor

TA 434/534 Advanced Scenecraft (3)
Advanced work in scenic techniques and processes. Prerequisites: TA 244 or consent of instructor

TA 436/536 Advanced Costume Techniques (3)
Advanced work in the area of costuming. Prerequisite: TA 246 or consent of instructor

TA 437 Acting Shakespeare II (3)
Advanced techniques of acting Shakespeare and approaching heightened language and verse. Prerequisite: TA 405

TA 440 Theatre Management (3)
A study of the problems and procedures involved in running the business affairs of a theatre: The box office, house, publicity, ticket sales, supporting funds, budgeting.

TA 442/542 Using Creative Dramatics to Teach Across the Curriculum (3)
Study of and experience in the basic techniques of creative dramatics as these apply to the teaching of most disciplines in the curriculum from Early Childhood/Elementary to High School levels. (K-12). Prerequisite: upper-division or graduate standing

TA 443 Advanced Costume Design (3)
Advanced principles and studio practices in costume design.

TA 445 Scenic Painting II (3)
Advanced principles and studio practice in scenic painting. Prerequisite: TA 345 or consent of instructor

TA 446 Advanced Scene Design: CAD (3)
Advanced principles and studio practice in scenic design, using computers for drafting and painting. Prerequisite: TA 346 or consent of instructor

TA 447 Digital Imagery (3)
Advanced studio class dealing with the creation, manipulation and use of digital images in theatre production.

TA 448 Advanced Lighting Design (3)
Continued study and practice of lighting design. Prerequisite: TA 348 or consent of instructor.

TA 453 Capstone Experience (1-3)
Capstone independent study to be determined for all majors by faculty advisor. Eligible for the RP grade option.

TA 457/557 Advanced Directing (3)
Study of the practical processes of directing by which plays are produced in the theatre. Prerequisite: TA 364 or consent of instructor

TA 606 Special Individual Studies (1-3)
Designed for graduate advanced individual study in some aspects of the theatre arts. Prerequisite: consent of instructor

TA 607 Seminar (1-9)
Terms and hours to be arranged. Designed for graduate students as a supplemental enrichment course of study in the theatrical literature and history, or production techniques, of a specific nation, culture or the work of a particular theatrical artist of contemporary or historical significance. Prerequisite: consent of instructor

TA 608 Workshop (1-3)
Terms and hours to be arranged.

TA 609 Practicum (1-9)
Terms and hours to be arranged.

Contact

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