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Theatre Arts Minor

Theatre Arts & Dance Dept
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits in this minor: 24
The minor offers study of the art form in both theoretical historical context and the practice of live dramatic performance. Course offerings include theatre history and dramatic literature; acting, movement, and voice; directing; design and technology for scenery, costume, lighting, makeup, and sound; and stage and arts management.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Students may earn a B.A. or a minor in Theatre Arts, but not both.
Minor Courses
Introductory Courses
Take the following 4 courses for 12 credits.
TH 1101W - Introduction to the Theatre [AH, WI] (3.0 cr)
or TH 1101V - Honors Section: Introduction to the Theater [AH, WI] (3.0 cr)
TH 1321 - Beginning Acting: Fundamentals of Performance (3.0 cr)
TH 1322 - Creating the Performance (3.0 cr)
TH 1501 - Introduction to Design and Technology for Live Performance (3.0 cr)
Upper-division Courses
Take 2 or more course(s) from the following:
· TH 3171 - History of the Theatre: Ancient Greece Through Neo-Classicism (3.0 cr)
· TH 3172 - History of the Theatre: Age of Enlightenment to Present (3.0 cr)
· TH 4177W - Survey of Dramatic Literature I: Strategic Interpretation [WI] (3.0 cr)
· TH 4178W - Survey of Dramatic Literature II: Representation and its Effects [WI] (3.0 cr)
Design/Technology
Take 2 or more course(s) from the following:
· TH 3521 - Introduction to Scenic Design for Theater and Performance (3.0 cr)
· TH 3531 - Introduction to Theatrical Costume Design (3.0 cr)
· TH 3541 - Introduction to Stage Lighting Design (3.0 cr)
· TH 3571 - Introduction to Stage Technology (3.0 cr)
 
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TH 1101W - Introduction to the Theatre (AH, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02181
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to art/craft of theatre. Appreciation/critical analysis of plays/performances. Examples of theatre's diverse interactions with society considered from various cultural perspectives.
TH 1101V - Honors Section: Introduction to the Theater (AH, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02181
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to art/craft of theater. Appreciation/critical analysis of plays/performances. Examples of theater's diverse interactions with society considered from various cultural perspectives. prereq: Honors student
TH 1321 - Beginning Acting: Fundamentals of Performance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Vocabulary/techniques for practical performance studies. Use/training of body/voice. Creation of choices and dramatic phrases. Storytelling. Training the will, the instrument, and the imagination. prereq: 1101 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 1101
TH 1322 - Creating the Performance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Responsibilities/techniques of modern stage director as creative/interpretive artist. Creation of directed performance of invented/pre-existing forms, from happenings to traditional psychological/poetic realism. prereq: 1321 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 1321 or 1501 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 1501
TH 1501 - Introduction to Design and Technology for Live Performance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Principles, processes, and possibilities in all areas of stage design and production. Process and relationship between artistic and production staff members. Collaboration, compromise, creation. Student are assigned to a lab in a technical area. prereq: 1101 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 1101
TH 3171 - History of the Theatre: Ancient Greece Through Neo-Classicism
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
History of Western theatre and drama; theatrical practices, staging conventions, and dramatic structure of plays. Ancient to mid-18th century. prereq: Th major or instr consent
TH 3172 - History of the Theatre: Age of Enlightenment to Present
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Theatrical practices, staging conventions, dramatic structure of plays. prereq: Th major or instr consent
TH 4177W - Survey of Dramatic Literature I: Strategic Interpretation (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Basic principles of script analysis as applied to stage practice from traditional/postmodern approaches. Students read plays, critical perspectives. Discussion, critical writing, performance. prereq: [[3171, 3172], [jr or sr]] or instr consent
TH 4178W - Survey of Dramatic Literature II: Representation and its Effects (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
In-depth look at how plays actively participate in production of social values and of society itself. Emphasizes consequences of choices theatre artists make. prereq: [[3171, 3172], [jr or sr]] orr instr consent
TH 3521 - Introduction to Scenic Design for Theater and Performance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Use of space/illusion to create environments for theater/performance. Collaborative vocabulary through script interpretation/analysis. Visual literacy through sketching, painting, and drafting. Individual/group projects. prereq: 3571
TH 3531 - Introduction to Theatrical Costume Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Costume design process, including, researching, script analysis, the costume designer's role throughout the production process, and design problems. prereq: TH 3571
TH 3541 - Introduction to Stage Lighting Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Composition, color theory, instrumentation, and control (dimming) as they apply to theater, opera, and dance. Collaborative process of the lighting designer through individual and group projects in a lab setting (i.e., a theater.) prereq: 3571
TH 3571 - Introduction to Stage Technology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Hands-on techniques. Stage lighting technology in a lab (theater) setting. Electricity, optics, color, control (dimming). Construction/rigging of scenery. Operation of counter weight fly systems and power tools. Constructing a garment. Hand/machine sewing, pinning, marking, measuring, seam finishes, fabric identification. prereq: 1501