Department of Music & Theatre

Course Descriptions

Course DescriptionsElements of Theatre (TH 100) 
Orientation and instruction in all aspects of a major university production, including acting, directing, design, construction, stage and house management. Course includes classroom lectures and participation in dramatic production of campus plays. Laboratory periods by arrangement. May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 12 semester hours.(Fall, Spring)

Stage Make-Up (TH 110)
Study and practice in the techniques and materials of make-up and the relation of make-up to stage and television production. (Fall, odd-numbered years)

Orientation to Communications and Theatre (TH 120)
Description of basic academic terminology, professional opportunities and requirements for the individual in the diverse areas of communications and theatre. Should be completed by all departmental majors as soon as possible after the major is declared. (Fall, Spring)

Voice and Diction (TH 200)
Practice in the development of a good speaking voice, with individual help in the correction of faulty speech habits. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

Introduction to Theatre (TH 210)
A comprehensive study of the theatre as an art form, including the history, technical, and production components of theatrical theory and practice. Appreciation of theatre by the playgoer.(Fall, Spring, Summer)

Acting I (TH 220)
A study of beginning acting techniques.(Fall)

Theatrical Design (TH 250)
Class provides an overview and rudimentary study of the general areas of theatre design. The course includes the study of rendering and drawing of design elements as well as the materials and construction techniques required to implement designs in major productions. (Fall, Even-Numbered Years)

History of Film (TH 300)
The historical development of the motion picture and television film as the art form from earliest stages to the present, including the technical, social, economic, and cultural factors influencing development, and using films from the periods and genres. (Spring)

Script Analysis (TH 310)
Introduction to script analysis methods and research methods from the differing perspectives of acting, directing, design and management. Prerequisites: TH 220 and TH 250 (Offered on sufficient demand)

Movement for the Stage (TH 320)
This class is designed to provide study in movement, with emphasis on dance, used in stage performance. Students will study basic ballet, jazz, musical theatre, tap, ballroom and folk dance that would be encountered in musical and non-musical theatre. Students will also be exposed to Alexander Technique and Renaissance stage movement. (Spring, Even-Numbered Years)

Oral Interpretation (TH 330)
Oral reading of prose, poetry, and drama; study and practice in reader’s theatre. Prerequisite: Voice and Diction.(Spring, Odd-Numbered Years)

Scene Design (TH 340)
Basic principles of design including the study of styles, techniques, and methods of design. (Spring, Odd-Numbered Years)

Lighting Design (TH 350)
The study of lighting hardware and methods of lighting different events. (Fall, Odd-Numbered Years)

Costume Design (TH 360)
Study of costuming as an essential element of all theatre activity. The class will provide a study of styles, techniques, and methods of performance. (Spring, Even-Numbered Years)

Directing I (TH 370)
The nature of stage direction; a study of basic directorial concepts and their application to short scenes and plays. Prerequisites: Acting I and Theatrical Design; or permission of the instructor.(Fall)

Acting II (TH 400)
Continuation of Acting I. May include field trip. Prerequisite: Acting I.(Spring, Odd-Numbered Years)

Dramatic Literature and Criticism I (TH 402)
An intensive study of the works of major playwrights and critical theorists of western theatre from Greece through the Romantic period. Extensive reading of both dramatic and critical literature will be required. (Fall, Odd-Numbered Years)

Dramatic Literature & Criticism II (TH 405)
An intensive study of the works of major playwrights and critical theorists of western theatre from the 19th and 20th centuries. Extensive reading of both dramatic and critical literature will be required. (Spring, Even-Numbered Years)

Portfolio Preparation (TH 420)
Issues faced by graduates upon entering graduate school or the professional world. Topics include preparation of the professional portfolio, current market trends and long-term professional prospects. Should be completed by all departmental majors in the last semester prior to graduation. (Fall, Spring,)

History of the Theatre I (TH 430) The development of the theatre from its beginnings through the Renaissance. (Fall, Even-Numbered Years)

History of the Theatre II (TH 440)
A continuation of History of Theatre I; the development of theatre from the Elizabethan period to the present. Recommended in sequence. (Spring, Odd-Numbered Years)

Senior Seminar (TH 450W)
Discussion of a particular topic in the field of communications and theatre and preparation of an academic paper on a subject relevant to the topic.(Fall, Spring)

Arts Management (TH 460)
Study of theatre management. Emphases will include box office management, marketing strategies, funding challenges, promotion, and public relations activities specific to arts organizations. (Spring, Odd-Numbered Years)

Directing II (TH 470)
A continuation of Directing I. The class focus is on more advanced directing practices, covering the theories and techniques of traditional and non-traditional approaches to directing. Students will be required to produce a student directed one-act play in this course. Prerequisite: Directing I or permission of the instructor. (Spring, Even-Numbered Years)

Topics in Theatre (TH 480)
A detailed study of a particular topic of special interest. Topics will vary but will be listed in the schedule of classes and on the students’ transcripts. May include a field trip. May be repeated one time. recent topics included: Acting Seminar, Scene Painting and Rendering, Acting Shakespeare, and Acting for the Camera. (Semesters Vary)

Independent Study/Internship (TH 499)
Independent study and research under department supervision or special field experience under departmental determination and evaluation. Requires written permission of the department chair prior to registration. (Fall, Spring, Summer)