THEATRE 261. (3) TOPICS IN THEATRE PRACTICE. This studio course explores a specific aspect of theatre with an emphasis on performance or craft. The course may concentrate on a particular playwright (e.g., Shakespeare), a genre (e.g., the Comedy), or a topic interwoven with the discipline (e.g., Political Theatre). The course may examine its subjects through in-class reports, discussion, and exercises, as well as through papers and performances. Offered: each fall.
THEATRE 499. (3) SENIOR THESIS. This course involves the student in a project designed specifically to reflect his interest in the arts. In consultation with the faculty of the Fine Arts Department, and under the guidance of the appropriate member of that department, the project is undertaken in the studentâ€™s senior year, and must include appropriate documentation. Prerequisites: Theatre 498 and senior status.
THEATRE 321. (3) DIRECTING. This studio course immerses students in the comprehensive approach to theatre required of the director. Through extensive readings, script analysis, character-delineation techniques, organizational exercises, time-management drills, and communication-strengthening approaches, students develop the skills necessary to mount a production. The semester culminates in the presentation of a one-act play festival which is open to the public. Prerequisite: Theatre 101 or Theatre 220. The course is normally offered every spring semester.
Theatre performance study courses can be identified by their numbers, which fall between 250 and 253 and between 350 and 353. All performance courses have the following in common: They are offered every semester; the classroom experience culminates in public performance(s); attendance is a necessary part of fulfilling the course requirements; students study the material for performance in the context of its period(s) and its critical reception, with attention to the terms and special considerations necessary for its appreciation; each student submits written work upon an aspect of performance or the material used in performance; grading is based on attendance and class participation, quality and effort in performance, and the written work; in each course 1 hour of academic credit can be earned.
THEATRE 401. (3) THEATRE DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY. This studio course focuses on the history and evolution of design and technology from the Renaissance to the present. Students work in conjunction with the departmentâ€™s theatre productions to create a working knowledge in such areas as set and light design and stage craft. Each student also devises his own set designs for prominent plays from the history of theatre. Prerequisite: Theatre 101 or consent of the instructor. Offered: spring semester of odd numbered years. THEATRE 498. (1) PRE-THESIS STUDY. Each Theatre major must take this course the semester before taking Theatre 499 (Senior Thesis) to craft the thesis project proposal and to strengthen the skills required for the thesis. The student chooses and works with the thesis advisor to develop a plan for the upcoming semester that includes the wording of the thesis proposal and efforts sufficient to convince the advisor that he is prepared to undertake the thesis project.
PERFORMANCE STUDIES IN THEATRE
THEATRE 250, 251, 252, 253, 350, 351, 352, 353. (1) THEATRE PRODUCTION. This course provides intensely close script analysis leading towards the staging of a fully realized play, open to the public. Students may be involved in any of several aspects of production, such as acting, directing, stage managing, designing, or dramaturgy. Because of the special nature of this course, it is possible to register for it late without penalty through the fourth full week of the semester. Special rules apply to courses in Performance Studies (see above). VISUAL ARTS VISUAL ARTS 200. (3) ART IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD. An introduction to visual art that covers various media used in studio art practices, develops skills in description and analysis of such works, and engages broader issues such as gallery and museum practices, and cultural heritage and patrimony. The course is open to all students and is a requirement of the Visual Arts Major. Offered: fall semester. Prerequisite: none.