THEATRE ARTS (THA)
Course Descriptions

THA 420/520 Cr. 3
Directing

Theory and practice of directing for the stage. Emphasis on analysis, preparation and presentation of dramatic scenes. Lect. 2, Lab. 2. Prerequisite: THA 220, 230, and six credits from THA 250, 251, 350, 351. Offered Sem. I, even-numbered years.

THA 421/521 Cr. 3
Performance Studio

This is an advanced performance studio that provides an opportunity for students to research, explore, and create performance within a specific style or genre. The course will provide directing and/or acting students with both theoretical and practical experiences in the art of theatre performance and will occasionally feature a guest artist. Examples of offerings include: improvisation, traditional (comedy of manners, commedia dell' arte) and non-traditional styles (absurdism, post-modernism, expressionism), auditioning and others. Prerequisite: THA 321 and/or 420. Repeatable for credit - no maximum. Offered Sem. II, even-numbered years.

THA 440/540 Cr. 3
Costume Design/History

A course in the principles and practices of designing stage costumes. Emphasis on the creative capabilities of the designer with a working knowledge of historical periods used in stage costuming. Prerequisite: THA 230. Offered Sem. II, odd-numbered years.

THA 450/550 Cr. 3-15
Internship in Theatre Arts

An academically relevant work experience focusing on career development through professional contexts. Students pursue practical applications of course work in community or professional theatre or related areas. A written project relating the internship experience to the academic preparation will be required. Credit depends on the demands and complexity and the duration of the work the student performs. Evaluation is a joint effort of the cooperating firm or group, the department supervisor, and the cooperative education internship liaison. Prerequisite: consent of department faculty, 15 credits in theatre, and junior standing. Note: three to six credit hours may count toward a theatre arts major in the College of Liberal Studies. Three credits maximum on graduate level.

THA 470/570 Cr. 1-3
Symposium in Theatre Arts

Study in a selected area of theatre arts. Varying topics will be offered at intervals, with a specific title assigned to each. For current content and credit assignment, consult the instructor or department chair. Repeatable for credit - no maximum.

THA 471/571 Cr. 3
Playwriting

A study of the fundamentals of playwriting, with emphasis on creating stage worthy plots, characters, dialogue and spectacle, and finding venues for having plays produced. Course will culminate in the writing of a one-act or full-length play. Offered Sem. I, odd-numbered years.

THA 472/572 Cr. 3
Theatre Management

The principles and methods involved in the operation of the non-commercial theatre: organization, play selection, building an audience, publicity, advertising, graphic reproduction, ticket sales, box office routines, house management, touring, and business records. Prerequisite: THA 110, with the exception of theatre arts majors and minors. Offered Sem. II, even-numbered years.

THA 481/581 Cr. 1-3
Independent Study

Directed individual study under an assigned faculty member. Student is responsible for submitting study proposal for approval before registration. Prerequisite: consent of instructor and junior standing. Repeatable for credit - no maximum.

THA 482/582 Cr. 1-3
Special Topics in Theatre Arts

Workshops, directed individual readings, or projects involving significant content and/or activities not available through regular offerings within the Department of Theatre Arts. Student is responsible for submitting a project proposal for approval before registration. Prerequisite: consent of department faculty, junior standing. Repeatable for credit - no maximum.