Dance Courses

DN
110
Hours
2
Intro To Dance Styles

Introduction to ballet, modern, and jazz dance through theory and practice at the beginning level.

DN
111
Hours
3
Modern Dance Technique I

This course will introduce the basics of modern dance techniques.

DN
121
Hours
3
Ballet Technique I-A

A studio course in classical ballet for first year dance majors or musical theatre majors.

DN
122
Hours
3
Ballet Technique I-B

The development of theory and practice of classical ballet for first year dance majors or students with some previous experience in ballet.

DN
142
Hours
2
World Dance

An introduction to dance movement as influenced by various cultures.

DN
151
Hours
3
Jazz Technique I

Introduction to jazz dance technique and style through dance studio work.

DN
200
Hours
3
Special Topics

Investigation of dance theories and principles.

DN
210
Hours
3
Dance Styles II

This course will include study of various dance styles at the intermediate level in order to prepare the musical theatre student for more advanced study. Students will be taught dance combinations from musical theatre repertoire in order to enhance technical skills while preparing for performance. The history and development of musical theatre dance will also be explored. Musical Theatre majors only or permission of the instructor.

DN
211
Hours
3
Modern Dance II-A

A studio course in modern dance techniques at the intermediate level. Dance majors only.

DN
212
Hours
3
Modern Dance II-B

A studio course in modern dance technique at the advanced intermediate level. Dance majors only.

DN
221
Hours
3
Ballet Technique II-A

Development of classical ballet technique, and performance quality at the intermediate level for dance majors. Dance majors only.

DN
222
Hours
3
Ballet Technique II-B

Development of the classical theory and practice of ballet, at the advanced intermediate level. Dance majors only.

DN
251
Hours
3
Jazz Technique II-A

A studio course in jazz dance technique at the intermediate level. Dance majors only.

DN
252
Hours
3
Jazz Technique II-B

A studio course in jazz dance technique at a more advanced intermediate level. Dance majors only.

DN
290
Hours
1
Dance Practicum

This course provides for participation in departmental dance productions in the form of working on dance shows in a capacity other than performing.

DN
300
Hours
1-3
Special Topics

Study of dance theories and principles for performance,choreography or pedagogy. Permission of instructor.

DN
301
Hours
1-3
Special Topics II

This course will focus on one area of dance such as technique, repertoire, composition or pedagogy in order to facilitate a more advanced analysis of that specific area.

DN
310
Hours
3
Dance Styles III

Continued exploration of musical theatre dance technique and style at a more advanced level. Students will learn movement covering a wide range of musical theatre eras and styles, with a focus on learning material quickly. For Musical Theatre majors. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours.

Prerequisite(s): DN 210
DN
311
Hours
3
Modern Dance Technique III-A

Development of modern dance technique at the advanced level. Dance Majors or permission of instructor.

Prerequisite(s): DN 211 or DN 212
DN
312
Hours
3
Modern Dance Technique III-B

Continued development of advanced modern dance technique. Dance Majors or permission of instructor.

Prerequisite(s): DN 211 or DN 212
DN
321
Hours
3
Ballet Technique III-A

Development of ballet technique at the advanced level. Includes ladies' pointe work and men's technique.

Prerequisite(s): DN221 or DN222
DN
322
Hours
3
Ballet Technique III-B

Continued development of ballet technique at the advanced level. Includes ladies' pointe work and men's technique.

Prerequisite(s): DN221 or DN222
DN
351
Hours
3
Jazz Technique III-A

Development of jazz dance technique at the advanced level. Dance Majors or permission of instructor.

Prerequisite(s): DN 251 or DN 252
DN
352
Hours
3
Jazz Technique III-B

Continued development of jazz dance technique at the advanced level. Dance Majors or permission of instructor.

Prerequisite(s): DN 251 or DN 252
DN
380
Hours
3
Independent Study In Dance

No description available.

DN
381
Hours
3
Indep Study In Dance

No description available.

DN
400
Hours
3
Special Topics

Prepare dancers for a professional career in dance performance through the rehearsal process of learning and performing, ballet, modern and jazz dance repertoire.

DN
410
Hours
3
Advanced Tap Technique

An advanced course focusing on tap dance language and the execution of advanced tap technique.

Prerequisite(s): DN 210 and DN 310
DN
411
Hours
3
Modern Dance Technique IV-A

Development of modern dance technique at the advanced level, preparing the student for professional work.

Prerequisite(s): DN 311 or DN 312
DN
412
Hours
3
Modern Dance Technique IV-B

Continued development of advanced modern dance technique, preparing the student for professional work.

Prerequisite(s): DN 311 or DN 312
DN
421
Hours
3
Ballet Technique IV-A

Advanced ballet technique including study of ballet repertoire in preparation for professional work. For dance majors.

Prerequisite(s): DN 321 or DN 322
DN
422
Hours
3
Ballet Technique IV-B

Continued development of advanced ballet technique and repertoire in preparation for professional work. For dance majors.

Prerequisite(s): DN 321 or DN 322
DN
451
Hours
3
Jazz Technique IV-A

Development of jazz dance technique at the advanced/pre-professional level. Will focus on elements of technique and style for concert, commercial, and musical theatre jazz.

Prerequisite(s): DN 351 or DN 352
DN
452
Hours
3
Jazz Technique IV-B

Continued development of jazz dance technique at the advanced/pre-professional level. Special attention will be given to developing performance qualities.

Prerequisite(s): DN 351 or DN 352

Theatre Courses

TH
113
Hours
3
Voice And Diction

Credit for this course will not be awarded to students majoring or minoring in theatre. A beginning course designed to assist the student in improving use of his or her voice and speech. Offered annually and in the summer session.

TH
114
FA
Hours
3
Intro To The Theatre

Introduction to the theatre through the study of plays, stage histories, practitioners, elements of theatre and production techniques.***This course does not count toward the theatre major.

Fine Arts
TH
115
Hours
3
Beginning Acting

Credit for this course will not be awarded to students majoring or minoring in theatre. Training in the basic elements of the actor's craft. Additional hours in related theatre activities may be required.

TH
120
Hours
3
Principles Of Stage Design

An introduction to the various areas of theatrical design and technology, including but not limited to scenery, costumes, lighting, sound, and makeup.

TH
141
Hours
3
Acting I

The course is designed to introduce the beginning student to the art and craft of acting.

Prerequisite(s): This class is open to Theatre Majors and Minor
TH
165
Hours
3
Musicianship Theatre Perform I

A course in basic musical theatre skills, including sight-singing, playing keyboard instruments, singing in harmony, phonetic transcription, and audition techniques.

TH
166
Hours
3
Musicianship Theatre Perf II

A continuation of TH 165, featuring more advanced work in sight-singing, keyboard, ensemble singing, and audition techniques. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours.

Prerequisite(s): TH 165
TH
175
Hours
2
The Singing Voice

The class is designed to introduce students to basic concepts of vocal technique and musicianship through practical application.

TH
220
Hours
3
Fundamental Stage Scenery

Required lab. Survey of the techniques for building, rigging, and painting scenery for various forms of production. Emphasis is on scenery for the stage.

TH
230
Hours
2
Stage Makeup

Required lab. Principles of and practical work in all types of stage makeup.

TH
231
Hours
3
Beginning Costume Construction

A studio course in basic patterning, cutting, and construction techniques. Additional hours in related theatre activities may be required.

TH
233
Hours
3
Beginning Costume Design

An introductory course implementing the principles of design as related to costumes.

Prerequisite(s): TH 120
TH
240
Hours
3
Beginning Movement

A beginning course in movement for the actor and development of the physical instrument for performance.

TH
241
Hours
3
Beg Voice Speech Perform

A beginning course in the proper use of the vocal instrument for performance.

TH
242
Hours
3
Acting II Intro to Scene Stud

Majors- only advanced acting course. An in depth study of various techniques used to explore an acting scene in performance: advanced personalization, intense experiential analysis of emotional and intellectual transitions in a text, and specific physical and musical improvisations, which combine to form the basis of a “Simulated Experience” of the character. Students will explore works from the Realistic Period as well as modern texts, in order to develop a personal technique applicable to any material the actor might encounter, both classical and contemporary.

Prerequisite(s): TH 141
TH
245
Hours
3
Tch Theatre: Performance

Survey of the practical and theoretical knowledge necessary to teach theatre. Topics include acting, directing, choosing plays for production, and rehearsal techniques.

TH
291
Hours
1
Practicum I

Participation in University Theatre productions through a rotation of assignments in the scene shop, costume shop, box office, deck crews, and performance.

TH
322
Hours
3
Fund Of Stage Lighting

Required lab. Survey of materials and techniques employed in executing stage lighting for both the legitimate stage and television.

Prerequisite(s): TH 120 or TH 220
TH
324
Hours
3
Lighting and Sound for Dance

A technical production course specifically for dance majors covering the practical aspects of theatre technology.

TH
361
Hours
3
Beginning Directing

Study of the principles and techniques of directing plays. Additional hours of related theatre activities are required.

Prerequisite(s): TH 141 and TH 120 or TH 220
TH
365
Hours
3
Stage Management

The study of the professional stage manager's process: preparing and running rehearsal and performance, conflict resolution, and general responsibilities as defined by Actor's Equity Association. Required production element outside of class.

Prerequisite(s): TH 141 and TH 120 or TH 220
TH
375
Hours
2
The Singing Voice - Intermediate

This class is designed to further students' understanding of basic concepts of vocal technique and musicianship through practical application. Students will discuss various topics related to singing and will further explore those topics through performance. Students will give four solo performances over the course of the semester per the schedule listed below.

Prerequisite(s): TH 175
TH
391
Hours
1
Practicum II

Participation in University Theatre production in the area[s] of your preference (availability permitting). Opportunities in scenery, lighting, properties, sound, costuming, publicity, musical theatre, stage management, and performance, etc.

Prerequisite(s): TH 291
TH
415
Hours
3
Properties Construction

A studio course introducing the multitude of techniques used by the props artisan to create hand props, furniture, and other set dressings.

Prerequisite(s): TH 120 or TH 220
TH
419
Hours
3
Electricity and Electronics for the Stage

This course provides study and studio work in aspects of electricity and electronics with reference to understanding, usage, and design of systems for theatrical production. This course will cover the essential concepts of electrical theory for both AC and DC systems. The student will not only be exposed to theory, but will also have hands-on experience. As a large portion of the subject matter of the class deals in scientific theory and computations, competency in basic mathematics and algebra is essential.

Prerequisite(s): TH 220 or Instructor Approval
TH
420
Hours
3
Technical Direction

This course will provide students with an overview of the technical design, construction techniques, and the administrative and management functions that are a part of the field of technical direction.

Prerequisite(s): TH 220 and TH 423
TH
421
Hours
3
Period Decor

A survey of period architecture, art, and decorations as they apply in research for theatrical design and productions.

Prerequisite(s): TH 120 or TH 220
TH
422
Hours
3
Scene Design

A studio course exploring the process and techniques of scene design. Students will design about ten projects from three to five plays.

Prerequisite(s): TH 120 or TH 220 or TH 423
TH
423
Hours
3
Drafting For Theatre

A studio course concentrating on traditional technical drafting techniques as applied to the theatre. Skills learned will include orthographic and isometric projections, ground plans, sections, perspective drawing, and layout.

Prerequisite(s): TH 120 or TH 220
TH
424
Hours
3
Adv Scene Design

A studio course in drafting, drawing, and painting techniques for the stage designer.

Prerequisite(s): TH 120 or TH 220
TH
425
Hours
3
Scene Painting

A studio course in the materials and techniques for painting and creating surfaces for stage scenery. A materials fee of $35 is required.

Prerequisite(s): TH 120 or TH 220
TH
426
Hours
3
Sound Prod Tech Th Dn

The course provides the student with a working knowledge of sound production. It emphasizes the creation of sound files for theatre and dance, and the setup and maintenance of sound reproduction and modification equipment.

TH
427
Hours
3
Computer Drafting For Theatre

A studio course exploring the creation of technical drawings through Computer Aided Drafting. Skills learned will include commands for drawing, layout of information, and other CAD techniques.

Prerequisite(s): TH 120 or TH 220
TH
432
Hours
3
Costume Constructn II

A studio course in advanced costume construction techniques and/or costume crafts. Topics may include tailoring, corsetry, millinery, armor, wigs, masks, and jewelry. May be repeated for credit.

TH
433
Hours
3
Costume Design I

A studio course in costume design, principles, and presentation.

Prerequisite(s): TH 120
TH
434
Hours
3
Costume Design II

Continued, advanced study of the material in TH 433. Projects address specific problems in design.

Prerequisite(s): TH 433
TH
435
Hours
3
Presentation for Designers

Preparation of "hard," digital and web-based portfolio presentations. Also included is information on presentation in a professional setting, such as a job interview or adjudication.

TH
436
Hours
3
Fabric Modification

Course Description: This course explores and introduces a variety of techniques in which to modify the original appearance and/or intent of fibres and fabrics. This is done through the use of various dyes/techniques, surface treatment, use of non-traditional materials and restructuring of fabrics.

TH
437
Hours
3
Drawing for Stage Designs

This course is designed to teach students in stage design all aspects of drawing and rendering. Students will explore different types of media in which to color the drawings as well as how to render specific types of fabrics. Drawing exercises will focus on live models with and without period garments and elements of stage settings. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 hours.

TH
439
Hours
3
Advanced Stage Makeup

A studio course using a variety of materials in the art of mask making, hair ventilating, and prosthetics.

Prerequisite(s): TH 230
TH
440
Hours
3
Stage Movement III

Advanced theory and practice of specific stage movement, such as Alexander Technique, Developmental Movement, Grotowski,clowning, Mask, Stage Combat, Mime, and Stage Combat. Techniques alternate in successive semesters. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours for differing topics.

Prerequisite(s): TH 240
TH
441
Hours
3
Acting III: Advanced Scene Study

Thorough exploration of character study, script analysis, and scene work for the actor. Offered in alternate years. This course is repeatable up-to 6 credit hours.

Prerequisite(s): TH 242, or permission of the instructor.
TH
444
Hours
3
Acting 4: Comedy and Film

Study and practice of acting styles from 1900 to the present, concentrating on classical comedy, high comedy, situation comedy and acting for the camera.

Prerequisite(s): TH 242 and TH 441
TH
445
Hours
3
Acting 5: Acting Shakespeare

Study and practice of acting in verse drama, concentrating on the particular demands of Shakespeare's works.

Prerequisite(s): TH 242 and TH 441
TH
446
Hours
3
Adv Voice Speech Perform

Intensive exercises and practice in the healthy use of voice and speech for performers. This course is repeatable up-to 6 hours, and is also offered as Interim Intensive. The course will include an introduction to Fitzmaurice Voicework, Archetypes for Actor, along with articulation and text work to develop the vocal skills of the actor.

Prerequisite(s): TH 141 or Permission of the Instructor
TH
447
Hours
3
Stage Dialects

Study of stage dialects for the performer. Offered in alternate years. This course is repeatable up-to 6 hours.

Prerequisite(s): TH 446, or permission of the instructor.
TH
448
Hours
3
Rehearsal Process

In this acting course, students analyze and participate in the rehearsal process of both unpublished and published scripts.

Prerequisite(s): TH 441
TH
451
W
Hours
3
Hist Of The Theatre I

Covers the period from western theatre's beginnings to the 18th century. This course is restricted to Seniors or by permission of the Instructor.

Prerequisite(s): TH 120 or TH 220
Writing
TH
452
W
Hours
3
History Of The Theatre II

Covers the period in western theatre from late 18th century Romanticism to the current 21st century theatre. This course is restricted to seniors, or by permission of the Instructor.

Prerequisite(s): TH 120 or TH 220
Writing
TH
458
Hours
3
American Feminist Theatre

Survey of dramas, performances, criticism and theory since 1900 in American Theatre. Offered every three years.

Prerequisite(s): TH 120 and TH 220
TH
461
Hours
3
Advanced Directing

Through class discussions and presentations of various styles, theories and approaches to the craft and art of directing, students will apply new ideas and concepts in a practical, hands-on studio setting. This studio work will be augmented with the direction of a short one-act play or extended scene with minimal, “bare-bones” production value at the end of the semester.

Prerequisite(s): TH 120 or 220 TH 115 or equivalent TH 361
TH
465
Hours
3
Musical Theatre Performance I

A course in musical theatre scene study, in which acting, singing, and movement skills are blended in the performance of songs and scenes.

Prerequisite(s): TH 166
TH
466
Hours
3
Musical Theatre Performance II

A special topics course exploring such areas as musical theatre history, cabaret performance, in-depth study of a single work, etc.

Prerequisite(s): TH 465
TH
467
Hours
0.5-2
Musicl Theatre Repertoire Coac

Individual coaching in musical repertoire, musical and dramatic performance techniques, and skills crucial to learning and rehearsing new material.

Prerequisite(s): TH 166 and THMT 174, TH 174, or MUA 174.
TH
470
Hours
3
Theatre Management

This course will provide students with an overview of the administrative and management functions in the not-for-profit organizations, and the commercial theatre industry.

Prerequisite(s): TH 120 or TH 220
TH
482
Hours
3
Playwriting I

The course introduces the fundamentals of writing for the stage. Practical instruction in playwriting includes an opportunity to write a one-act play. This course is offered in alternate years.

Prerequisite(s): TH 120 or TH 220
TH
483
Hours
3
Playwriting II

An advanced course in playwriting concentrating on full-length play forms, draft revisions, and the script development process. Offered in alternate years.

Prerequisite(s): TH 120 and 220 or by permission of the instructor
TH
491
Hours
1
Practicum III

Participation in University Theatre production through performance and design/leadership assignments in scenery, lighting, properties, sound, costuming, publicity, musical theatre, and stage management, theatre management,etc.

Prerequisite(s): TH 391
TH
499
Hours
1-4
Independent Study

No description available.

DNCA-Dance Academics Courses

DNCA
240
Hours
3
Choreography I

Basic exploration of the rhythmic and spatial elements in the development of movement phrases and choreographic dance studies. Dance Majors only or permission of instructor.

DNCA
265
Hours
3
Introduction to Anatomy and Kinesiology For Dance

Lecture/studio course covering the basics of the musculoskeletal system and kinesiology with an emphasis on dance. Dance majors only.

DNCA
302
Hours
1-3
Special Topics in Dance

This course will investigate the possibilities for synthesizing elements of dance technique and dance academics to facilitate success in the professional dance industry.

DNCA
320
Hours
3
Composition, Movement, and the Camera

This is a composition course for the camera with an emphasis on capturing human movement. The class begins with instruction in basic camera and digital editing skills. In a series of studies for the camera that culminate in a final project, students develop a compositional vocabulary, taking into consideration, choreography, sound, and visual composition. Students’ compositional understanding will be expanded by video-viewing, reading, and discussion. Students with an interest in dance, visual art, theatre, experimental filmmaking, and music are encouraged to enroll.

DNCA
340
Hours
3
Choreography II

Exploration in more complex choreographic forms and compositions. Dance majors only.

Prerequisite(s): DNCA 240 or DN 240
DNCA
350
Hours
1-3
Creative Processes in Dance

This course explores creative processes in various dance styles. Students will research their chosen subject matter with a public presentation as the culmination of the class. Dance Majors or permission of the instructor only.

Prerequisite(s): DNCA240
DNCA
403
Hours
3
Approach Dance Instructn

This course is a service-learning course developing techniques for teaching movement concepts. This course includes a practicum component teaching dance to elementary students in the public schools. Dance Majors or permission of the instructor.

Prerequisite(s): DNCA 265 or DN 265
DNCA
420
Hours
3
Dance and the Camera

Dance and the Camera will introduce students to the videographic, choreographic, and editing skills involved in making dances for the screen. Students will work both in front of and behind the camera to create studies and final projects. Through lecture, reading, video-viewing and discussions, the class will also explore the history of screendance and its current trends. Dance majors or permission of instructor.

Prerequisite(s): DNCA 240 Choreography I
DNCA
440
Hours
3
Choreography III

A study and practice of choreographic composition at the advanced level including all aspects of production. Offered on demand.

Prerequisite(s): DNCA 340 or DN 340; and TH 324
DNCA
470
W
Hours
3
History Of Dance I

The history of dance from pre-classic, romantic, classical and early modern ballet. Dance majors only. Writing proficiency within this discipline is required for a passing grade in this course.

Writing
DNCA
471
W
Hours
3
History of Dance II

The history of dance with an emphasis on 20th century and contemporary dance styles. Writing proficiency within this discipline is required for a passing grade in this course. Dance Majors only.

Prerequisite(s): DNCA 470
Writing

THMT-Theatre-Musical Theatre Courses

THMT
174
Hours
1-2
Freshman Musical Theatre Voice

Private Instruction. This class is designed to work on vocal technique, including but not limited to, breathing, resonance, coordination of vocal registers, and musical theatre repertoire.

Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into the Musical Theatre Program, by audition only.
THMT
274
Hours
0.5-2
Sophomore MTVoice

Private Instruction. This class is designed to work on vocal technique, including but not limited to, breathing, resonance, coordination of vocal registers, and musical theatre repertoire.

Prerequisite(s): THMT 174 or TH 174
THMT
374
Hours
0.5-2
Junior Musical Theatre Voice

Private Instruction. This class is designed to work on vocal technique, including but not limited to, breathing, resonance, coordination of vocal registers, and musical theatre repertoire.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor or THMT 274.
THMT
474
Hours
0.5-2
Senior MTVoice

Private Instruction. This class is designed to work on vocal technique, including but not limited to, breathing, resonance, coordination of vocal registers, and musical theatre repertoire.

Prerequisite(s): THMT 374 or TH 374