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Theatre Arts Minor

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Division of Humanities
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2015
  • Required credits in this minor: 32
The discipline encompasses theatre as an artistic form and as a social and cultural institution. The study of theatre arts enables the individual to develop a creative imagination, an inquiring mind, a sense of social responsibility, professional discipline, a collaborative attitude, artistic standards and judgment, and a respect for the art form. Objectives The theatre arts curriculum is designed to ensure that students * understand the theories and process of theatrical production; * are able to apply theories and skills learned in the classroom to the practice of theatre both through discipline productions and other venues; * gain the physical and intellectual skills necessary to embody character, interpret a play, or envision the visual and aural elements of the world of the play; * are able to analyze a theatrical text so that they may in turn conceptualize and execute its design and performance; * learn to collaborate as a team in the production of theatre and, through critical thinking, learn how to solve the problems that must be addressed throughout the process; * develop competence in the technologies necessary to the design and production of theatre; * learn the historical and cultural significance of theatre and theatrical literature; * are competent in oral and written communication; and * are adequately prepared for graduate or professional school.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Up to 4 credits of coursework with a grade of D or D+ may be used to meet the minor requirements if offset by an equivalent number of credits of A or B. Courses may not be taken S-N unless offered S-N only. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in the minor to graduate. The GPA includes all, and only, University of Minnesota coursework. Grades of "F" are included in GPA calculation until they are replaced.
Required Courses
TH 1101 - The Theatre Experience: An Introduction [FA] (4.0 cr)
TH 1111 - Fundamentals of Acting [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
TH 1301 - Fundamentals of Design [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
TH 2101 - Fundamentals of Directing [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
TH 2301 - Stagecraft [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
Elective Courses
Take 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
· TH 2111 - Creative Drama with Children [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
· TH 2201 - Voice and Movement [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
· TH 2211 - Oral Interpretation [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
· TH 2221 - Readers' Theatre [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
· TH 3001 - Theatre Scene Painting Studio [FA] (4.0 cr)
· TH 3003 - Stage Management [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
· TH 3101 - World Theatre: History and Literature I [FA] (4.0 cr)
· TH 3102 - World Theatre: History and Literature II [FA] (4.0 cr)
· TH 3301 - Stage Lighting [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
· TH 3302 - Stage Costuming [FA] (4.0 cr)
· TH 3303 - Computer-Assisted Drawing [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
· TH 3306 - Advanced Lighting and Sound Design [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
· TH 4301 - Scenic Design [FA] (4.0 cr)
· TH 3201 - Advanced Acting [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
or TH 3202 - Advanced Directing [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
Production Requirement
Three major production responsibilities (at least one of which must be in a faculty-directed production, and at least two must be completed in the junior and senior years).
 
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TH 1101 - The Theatre Experience: An Introduction (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Fundamental examination and practical application of the theory, history, and practice of theatrical performance as a reflection of society. Focus is on the theatre event as a collaborative effort and transitory art form. (lect, 2 hrs practicum)[Note: practicum two hours per week, selected from M-Th from 2:00-5:00 pm]
TH 1111 - Fundamentals of Acting (ART/P)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Approaches characterization from a physical and psychological view. Focus is on use of imagination, text analysis, body and voice to develop characters from modern realistic dramatic literature. prereq: 1101, theatre arts major or minor or instr consent
TH 1301 - Fundamentals of Design (ART/P)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Problem-solving approach to elements, principles, and functions of design; their place in the theatre and elsewhere.
TH 2101 - Fundamentals of Directing (ART/P)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduces the practical components of the director as artist, teacher, and collaborator. Focus is on the craft of directing modern realistic dramatic literature through text analysis, communication of concepts, and stylistic techniques. prereq: 1111, theatre arts major or minor or instr consent
TH 2301 - Stagecraft (ART/P)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Development of stagecraft from the Greeks to the present. Basic forms of stage scenery and their functions in the theatre. Tools, materials, and techniques employed in creating the visual environment of the stage. (3 hrs lect, 3 hrs practicum)
TH 2111 - Creative Drama with Children (ART/P)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Development of classroom skills in the use of dramatic techniques to teach a broad range of subjects to children. Exercises, presentations, and experiential learning techniques are modeled and practiced in class. prereq: 1101 or theatre or elem ed major or instr consent
TH 2201 - Voice and Movement (ART/P)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Explores the use of the voice and the body as means for expression in performance and everyday communication. Focus is on expansion and enhancement of vocal and physical skills through release of tension, posture, vocal exercises, and muscle extension. prereq: 1111, theatre arts major or minor or instr consent
TH 2211 - Oral Interpretation (ART/P)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
offered alternate yrs
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduces the study of literature through text analysis and performance. Focus is on the student's discovery of the aesthetic, communicative, and performative elements of a variety of personal narratives, prose, and poetry.
TH 2221 - Readers' Theatre (ART/P)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Explores the theory and practice of adapting literature into group performance. Focus is on text analysis, script development, directing, and performing both dramatic and non-dramatic literary texts. prereq: 2211
TH 3001 - Theatre Scene Painting Studio (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Instruction in a systematic approach to painting theatrical scenery. Traditional techniques and the tools and paints that have been developed to support those techniques. prereq: instr consent
TH 3003 - Stage Management (ART/P)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduces the principles of theatrical stage management; explores the stage manager's functions and duties through all phases of the production process including pre-production, rehearsal, and performance. prereq: instr consent
TH 3101 - World Theatre: History and Literature I (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theatrical practice and dramatic literature from origins through late 17th century, tracing the roots leading to, and influences on, early modern European theatre practice and dramatic literature, as well as examining select Asian, African, and/or pre-Columbian American theatrical practice.
TH 3102 - World Theatre: History and Literature II (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Theatrical practice and dramatic literature from the late 17th century to the present, examining select Asian, African, and/or Western Hemisphere theatrical practice, as well as tracing the roots leading to, and influences on, current world theatre practice and dramatic literature.
TH 3301 - Stage Lighting (ART/P)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
History and development of lighting for the stage. Theory and concepts of lighting as a visual art and its function in the theatre. Lighting design as a creative process and practical solution of lighting design problems. Lighting equipment and its use. prereq: 1301, 2301
TH 3302 - Stage Costuming (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
History and development of stage costume. Theory and concepts of stage costuming as a visual art and its function in the theatre. Costume design as a creative process. Practical demonstrations of knowledge of design, history, and functions of stage costume. prereq: 1301, 2301
TH 3303 - Computer-Assisted Drawing (ART/P)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Theory, concepts, and practice of using a computer as a drawing and drafting tool.
TH 3306 - Advanced Lighting and Sound Design (ART/P)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1301 or 3301 or #
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Advanced study in the application of design theory as it relates to lighting and sound for theatre. Particular emphasis on use of relevant technologies in the design process. prereq: 1301 or 3301 or instr consent
TH 4301 - Scenic Design (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Designing scenery as an expressive environment for the theatre. Elements and functions of design and principles of composition. Problems in coordination and execution of design in the interpretation of dramatic literature using a variety of staging techniques. Study of various styles of historical and contemporary stage productions and theatre architecture through the writings and designs of such artists and theorists as Appia, Craig, Meyerhold, Jones, and Svoboda. prereq: 1301, 2301
TH 3201 - Advanced Acting (ART/P)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Begins with advanced acting techniques based in psychological realism and moves to an exploration of select classical and non-realistic forms. Styles to be examined are chosen from a list, including ancient Greek, Elizabethan, comedy of manners, absurdism, postmoderism, musical theatre, etc. prereq: 1101, 1111, 2101
TH 3202 - Advanced Directing (ART/P)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Begins with advanced directing techniques based in psychological realism and moves to an exploration of select classical and non-realistic forms. Styles to be examined are chosen from a list, including ancient Greek, Elizabethan, comedy of manners, absurdism, postmoderism, musical theatre, etc. prereq: 1101, 1111, 2101