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Theatre Courses

THE 101-102, 201-202, 301-302, 401-402 STAGE PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLE (1 s.h. each)
A minimum of thirty hours of work as a performer in Theatre Department productions. Practical application of performance tools such as character analysis, scene study, stage speech, improvisation, dialects, pantomime, clowning, and/or period styles will be dealt with as dictated by the needs of the specific production. May be taken eight times. These courses are offered every spring and fall semester. Fulfills the Fine Arts requirement in the Core Curriculum.

THE 103-104, 203-204, 303-304, 403-404 STAGECRAFT ENSEMBLE (1 s.h. each)
A minimum of thirty hours of work as a technician on Theatre Department productions. Practical application of stagecraft techniques used in scenery, lighting, costumes, properties, makeup and/or sound will be dealt with as dictated by the needs of the specific production. May be taken eight times. These courses are offered every spring and fall semester. Fulfills the Fine Arts requirement in the Core Curriculum.

THE 162 SURVEY OF THEATRE (3 s.h.)
Develops an appreciation of theatre for audiences with emphasis on theatre crafts, styles, and modes. Students must attend at least two theatrical productions. This course is offered in the fall and spring semesters. Fulfills the Fine Arts requirement in the Core Curriculum.

THE 163 BASIC STAGECRAFT (3 s.h.)
A practical course devoted to the crafts of theatre production with emphasis on costuming, lighting, make-up, properties, scenery, and sound effects. Students must attend at least two theatrical productions and should be prepared to commit to ten hours of work outside of class working as crew for Methodist University productions. This course is offered in the fall and spring semesters. Fulfills the Fine Arts requirement in the Core Curriculum.

THE 230 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN THEATRE (3 s.h.)
An introduction to theatrical applications of computer technology, with an emphasis on (a) Computer-assisted Design and Drafting (CADD) and (b) computer-driven lighting systems, and (c) use of the Internet as a research tool. Topics covered under (a) will include: drawing, dimensioning, layers, text, and use of components in creating ground plans, elevations, perspective drawings, and lighting plots. Students will also be introduced to fundamentals of 3-D rendering. Topics covered under (b) will include programming, automating, and executing a variety of cues and special effects. Prerequisite: THE 163 or permission of the instructor. This course is offered as needed.

THE 311 THEATRICAL HISTORY AND LITERATURE I (3 s.h.)
The development of theatre and drama from the Greeks to the Seventeenth Century. Emphasis will be placed on dramatic texts as an integral component of theatrical production and how the relationship between text and production has developed over time. Prerequisite: THE162 and completion of core requirements in English. This course is offered every Fall semester in even-numbered years.

THE 312 THEATRICAL HISTORY AND LITERATURE II (3 s.h.)
The development of theatre and drama from the Eighteenth Century to the present. Emphasis will be placed on dramatic texts as an integral component of theatrical production and how the relationship between text and production has developed over time. Prerequisite: THE162 and completion of core requirements in English. This course is offered every Fall semester in even-numbered years.

THE 361 COSTUMING LABORATORY (3 s.h.)
A laboratory course devoting equal time to theories and work on costumes for current productions. Prerequisite: THE 163 or permission of instructor. This course is offered every spring semester in odd-numbered years.

THE 362 MAKE-UP LABORATORY (3 s.h.)
A laboratory course devoting equal time to theories and work on make-up for current productions. Prerequisite: THE 163 or permission of instructor. This course is offered every spring semester in even-numbered years.

THE 365 ACTING (3 s.h.)
Acting crafts with emphasis on performance. Prerequisite: THE 162 or 163 or permission of the instructor. This course is offered every spring semester in even-numbered years.

THE 366 ADVANCED ACTING (3 s.h.)
Advanced acting with an emphasis on acting styles. Prerequisite: THE 365 or permission of the instructor. This course is offered every spring semester in even-numbered years.

THE 368 SCENE DESIGN LABORATORY (3 s.h.)
A laboratory course devoting equal time to studying scene design theories and their practical applications. Prerequisite: THE 163 or permission of the instructor. A computer-intensive course. This course is offered every fall semester in odd-numbered years.

THE 369 LIGHTING DESIGN LABORATORY (3 s.h.)
A laboratory course devoting equal time to theories and work on lighting for current productions. Prerequisite: THE 163 or permission of the instructor. A computer-intensive course. This course is offered every fall semester in even-numbered years.

THE 370 STAGE MANAGEMENT LABORATORY (3 s.h.)
Study of the production process of stage management for theatrical enterprises and managing current productions. Prerequisite: THE 163 or permission of the instructor. This course is offered every spring semester in odd-numbered years.

THE 467 PLAY DIRECTION (3 s.h.)
The craft and art of play direction. Students direct one-act plays. Prerequisite: THE 162 or 163 or permission of the instructor. This course is offered every spring semester in odd-numbered years.

THE 468 ADVANCED PLAY DIRECTION (3 s.h.)
An emphasis on directing styles and creating the fully mounted production. Prerequisite: THE 467 or permission of the instructor. This course is offered every spring semester in odd-numbered years.

THE 485 SPECIAL STUDY IN THEATRE (3 s.h.)
An exploration of the student's special interest in theatre, either academic or production-oriented. Prerequisite: Permission of the department chair. Writing-enrichment course. This course is offered every fall and spring semester.

THE 490 SPECIAL PRODUCTION IN THEATRE (3 s.h.)
A cumulative student production with written pre-production plans, a public performance, and a post-production evaluation. Prerequisite: Permission of the department chair. This course is offered as needed.

THE 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN THEATRE (TBA)
An opportunity for a well-qualified, upper-division student to engage in special research in his/her major. Requires approval by the faculty advisor, the supervising professor, the department chair, and the school dean before approval by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Credit to be determined.
 

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