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Courses (THEA)

LOWER DIVISION

10. Theatre Arts Showcase (1)
Participation in weekly programs dealing with all aspects of Theatre Arts. Required of Theatre Arts majors each semester.
These units do not count toward graduation.

101. Fundamentals of Script Analysis (3)
Basic approach to analysis of play script, intended to provide theatre practitioners and generalists with tools necessary to understand literary text of a play, and its application to work in performance, design and critical/ historical studies.
Letter grade only (A-F).

110A,B. Theatre Arts Activity-Cast (1,1)
Participation in acting projects; open to students cast in University-sponsored productions.
Letter grade only (A-F). (60 hours minimum participation time or major crew assignment.)

112. Beginning Voice and Speech for the Actor (3)
Theory and practice in developing command of oral techniques for stage including breath support, resonation, free vocal release, and articulation.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 2 hours, Activity 2 hours) (CAN DRAM 6)

113. Introduction to Acting (3)
Prerequisite or Corequisite: A General Education Foundation course.
Review of actors and acting, past and present; their work as artists; basic exercises in voice, diction, movement, and personality projection. Open only to non-Theatre Arts majors. Attendance at University sponsored productions required.
Letter grade only (A-F).

114A. Fundamentals of Acting (3)
Development and preparation of the actor’s instrument: voice, body, imagination. Exercises in relaxation, sensory work, motivations and relationships. Individual study of textual problems for actors.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 2 hours, Activity 2 hours)

114B. Fundamentals of Acting (3)
Prerequisite: THEA 114A or equivalent.
Development and preparation of the actor’s instrument: voice, body, imagination. Exercises in relaxation, sensory work, motivations and relationships. Individual study of textual problems for actors.
Letter grade only (A-F). (6 hrs. lab.)

122. Appreciation of Theatre Arts (3)
Prerequisite or Corequisite: A General Education Foundation course.
Appreciation and understanding of theatre arts for non-theatre majors; standards for critical evaluation of live theatre; lecture, discussion, written critiques and attendance at University sponsored productions required.
Letter grade only (A-F). Not open for credit to students with credit in THEA 124.

124. Introduction to World Theatre and Drama (3)
Prerequisite or Corequisite: A General Education Foundation course.
Introduction to all aspects of theatre including criticism, dramatic literature, movements, themes, historical background and theatrical production from different parts of the world.
Letter grade only (A-F).

140A,B. Theatre Arts Activity — Crew (1,1)
Participation in technical play production projects; specific assignment determined through consultation with faculty or staff supervisors of Scenery, Lighting, Costume, Makeup, Tech Production, or Management areas.
Letter grade only (A-F). (60 hours minimum participation time or major crew assignment)

142. Elementary Stagecraft (3)
Basic physical equipment of the theatre, elementary scenic design, construction, rigging, painting and drafting. Practical lab assignments dealing with preparation of scenery and props for University sponsored productions.
Letter grade only (A-F). (3 hour lecture, 4 hours lab).

144. Stage Makeup (3)
Practical introduction to techniques of theatrical make-up. Students must be clean-shaven due to nature of course. Preparation of make-up material for University sponsored productions.
May be taken concurrently with THEA 146. Letter grade only (A-F). (9 or more hrs lab.) (CAN DRAM 14)

146. Costume Crafts (3)
Techniques of costume and accessory construction for stage; use of fabrics, materials and equipment. Preparation of costumes and accessories for University sponsored productions.
May be taken concurrently with THEA 144. Letter grade only (A-F). (9 or more hrs lab.)

148. Stage Lighting (3)
Theory and practice of modern stage lighting; functions of light; design, layout; properties of various instruments; practical experience in hanging and focusing of equipment for University sponsored productions.
Letter grade only (A-F). (3 hour lecture, 4 hours lab)

201. Writing for the Theatre Arts (3)
Prerequisite: ENGL 100.
The study and application of rhetorical strategies of invention, arrangement, and style to write expository, analytic, and argumentative prose with special emphasis on particular features of writing in the Theatre Arts.
Letter grade only (A-F).

210A,B. Theatre Arts Activity — Cast (1,1)
Participation in acting projects; open to students cast in University-sponsored productions.
Letter grade only (A-F). (60 hours minimum participation time or major crew assignment )

214. Intermediate Acting (3)
Prerequisites: THEA 112, 114A and B. Should be taken directly following THEA 114B.
Introduction to scene study. Application of techniques of body, voice and imagination to dramatic texts thereby stimulating an acting process for role development.
Letter grade only (A-F). (6 hours laboratory.)

215. Introduction to Audition Techniques (3)
Prerequisite or Corequisite: THEA 114A.
Introduction to fundamentals of auditioning for theatrical productions. For beginning actors. Focus on preparing and coaching monologues, dramatic sides and callbacks.
Letter grade only (A-F). (6 hours lab).

240A,B. Theatre Arts Activity — Crew (1,1)
Participation in technical play production projects; specific assignment determined through consultation with faculty or staff supervisors of Scenery, Lighting, Costume, Makeup, Tech Production, or Management areas.
Letter grade only (A-F). (60 hours minimum participation time or major crew assignment).

262. Beginning Movement for the Actor (3)
Beginning movement training for the actor based on physical conditioning and non-verbal communication related to beginning acting process.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 2 hours, activity 2 hours).

271. Stage Management (3)
Management skills required for the professional stage manager. Course examines responsibilities, and function of stage manager in relation to director, designer, and performer.
Letter grade only (A-F). (6 hrs lab.)

UPPER DIVISION

310A,B. Theatre Arts Activity — Cast (1,1)
Participation in acting projects; open to students cast in University-sponsored productions.
Letter grade only (A-F). (60 hours minimum participation time or major crew assignment)

312. Applied Voice and Speech for the Actor (3)
Prerequisite: THEA 112 or equivalent.
Further study of vocal techniques for theatre, including variety of quality, force, tempo and pitch, scansion, and imagery. Application of basics learned in 112 to more complicated dramatic texts.
Letter grade only (A-F). (2 hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. activity).

316. Rehearsal and Performance (3)
Prerequisites: THEA 114A and 114B.
Performance based class focusing on interrelationship of actor and director. Working with director on creative process, interpreting demands of director and combining these with actor’s creative process.
Letter grade only (A-F). (6 hours laboratory.)

318. Advanced Scene Study (3)
Prerequisites: THEA 214, 316 and consent of instructor.
Intensive scene study in modern dramatic texts. Class is designed to continue and strengthen process of actor role development through scenic exercises.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. (6 hours lab.)

321. History of Theatre and Drama to 1660 (3)
Prerequisite: THEA 101 or concurrent enrollment or consent of instructor.
Development of Theatre Arts from primitive origins to the 17th Century.
Letter grade only (A-F).

322. History of Theatre and Drama Since 1660 (3)
Prerequisite: THEA 321 or consent of instructor.
Development of Theatre Arts from 17th Century to present.
Letter grade only (A-F).

324I. Theatre Today (3)
Prerequisites: Completion of the G. E. Foundation, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.
Course examines current trends, achievements and problems in contemporary western theatre and dramatic literature. Particular attention will be paid to multicultural expression in the theatre.
Same course as CWL 324I.

340A,B. Theatre Arts Activity — Crew (1,1)
Participation in technical play production projects; specific assignment determined through consultation with faculty or staff supervisors of Scenery, Lighting, Costume, Makeup, Tech Production, or Management areas.
Letter grade only (A-F). (60 hours minimum participation time or major crew assignment.)

341. Presentation Techniques for Theatre (3)
Develop understanding of form, shape, line, and tone through exercises with various media. Explore approach to visualization and presentation techniques for theatre design.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 2 hours, activity 2 hours).

*342. Advanced Technical Theatre (3)
Prerequisite: THEA 142 or consent of instructor.
Investigation of tools, materials, and procedures used in scenic construction and rigging. Supervised practical application of the techniques through scenic drafting and work on University sponsored productions.
Lecture 2 hours, activity 2 hours).

352. Foundations of Visual Expression (3)
Introduction to basics of visual composition stressing a link to Theatre Design. Emphasizes development of visual discipline, creative skills and poetic and artistic nature of theatre design.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 2 hours, activity 2 hours).

364. Stage Combat (3)
Prerequisite: THEA 262 or consent of instructor.
Practical study of unarmed combat for stage. Covers technique, safety, and application of combat skills for acting process.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 2 hours, activity 2 hours.)

373. Directing for the Camera (3)
Prerequisites: THEA 214 or consent of instructor.
Study of script analysis, filmic space, creating mise-en-scene, decoupage, and working with actor. Emphasis on a series of collaborative exercises between director and actor.
Letter grade only (A-F).

*374. Fundamentals of Directing (3)
Prerequisite: THEA 101 or consent of instructor.
Introduction to script analysis, rehearsal techniques, director’s prompt book and organization of stage space and time. Using contemporary realistic plays to develop actor/director communication skills. Intensive scene work.
Letter grade only (A-F).

*375. Intermediate Directing (3)
Prerequisite: THEA 374
Intensive work using nonrealistic plays to develop director’s concept, advanced script analysis and approach to challenges of style. Introduction to collaboration with set, lighting, costume, sound, and make up designers. Intensive scene work with student actors focusing on rehearsal techniques.
Letter grade only (A-F). (6 hrs lab.)

*380. Playwriting (3)
Creative writing for the stage. Study of character, concept, theme, dialogue and structure.
Letter grade only (A-F).

410A,B. Theatre Arts Activity — Cast (1,1)
Participation in acting projects; open to students cast in University-sponsored productions.
Letter grade only (A-F). (60 hours minimum participation time or major crew assignment).

413. Film/Video Acting (3)
Prerequisite: THEA 318 and consent of Instructor
Acting techniques required for stylistic range and variety of film and television scripts. Video recording and playback of scenes and filmic acting exercises to adjust acting skills to these media.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 2 hours, activity 2 hours.)

414. Period Scene Study (3)
Prerequisite: THEA 318 and/or consent of instructor.
Scenes from period plays including Greek, Shakespeare, Comedy of Manners. Analysis of play’s structure in terms of language, background, human behavior.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 2 hours, activity 2 hours).

415. Audition Techniques (3)
Prerequisite: THEA 318 or consent of instructor.
Designed to acquaint actor with auditioning skills and practical business information necessary for acting professionally. Topics include: picture, resume, interview, audition, agent, casting, director, unions, contracts, job market and career strategies.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 2 hours, activity 2 hours).

425I. Theatre and Cinema (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of G.E. foundation, one or more Explorations courses, THEA 324I, and upper-division standing.
Examines relationships between theatre and cinema both historically and concerning problems of realism, comedy and melodrama.
Letter grade only (A-F).

*426. Dramatic Theory and Criticism (3)
Prerequisite: THEA 101 or consent of instructor.
Study of the major theories of dramatic literature and performance. Analysis of dramatic works from the standpoint of genre, style and structure.
Letter grade only (A-F).

*427. Dramatic Construction (3)
Prerequisites: Completion of the Foundation; at least one Exploration course in Theatre Arts or in literature (an English literature course, a comparative world literature course, a foreign language literature course, or other literature course); and upper division standing.
Examination of dramatic and literary theories that focus on narrative construction as applied to drama, film, storytelling and screenwriting.
Letter grade only (A-F).

433. Design for Theatre (3)
Prerequisites: THEA 142, 146, 148 or consent of instructor.
Integration of styles and methods of theatrical costume, make-up, scenery and lighting design.
Letter grade only (A-F).

440A,B. Theatre Arts Activity — Crew (1,1)
Participation in technical play production projects; specific assignment determined through consultation with faculty or staff supervisors of Scenery, Lighting, Costume, Makeup, Tech Production, or Management areas.
Letter grade only (A-F). (60 hours minimum participation time or major crew assignment).

441. Scenographic Techniques (3)
Prerequisite: THEA 142 or consent of instructor:.
Study of drafting techniques used to translate designer’s vision to finished set on stage. Includes both traditional and computer aided design and drafting tools.
Letter grade only (A-F). (2 hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. activity).

442. Scenic Technical Skills (3)
Prerequisite: THEA 142 or consent of instructor.
Use of materials and construction methods in stage properties, set dressing and furniture. Painting techniques for scenery and properties. Supervision in practical application of these elements in University sponsored productions.
Letter grade only (A-F). (2 hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. activity).

444. Scenic Design (3)
Prerequisite: THEA 101, 142, 433.
Comprehensive study in techniques and art of scenic design. Course includes practical hands-on instruction in design conceptual development and two and three dimensional visual expressions of ideas.
Letter grade only (A-F). (2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory)

*446. Costume Design (3)
Prerequisite: THEA 101, 146 or consent of instructor.
Development of costume design through character and script analysis and understanding of line, space, color, and texture. Planning and presentation of costume rendering.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units in different semesters. (Lecture 2 hours, activity 2 hours).

447. Costume Technical Skills (3)
Prerequisite: THEA 101, 146, or consent of instructor.
Analysis of structure of costumes and accessories. Advanced technical projects using materials, patterning and construction methods in costume and accessories. Supervision in practical application of these elements in University sponsored productions.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units in different semesters. (2 hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. activity).

*448. Lighting Design (3)
Prerequisites: THEA 101, 148 or consent of instructor.
Techniques of designing lighting for various stage forms; creative planning and projection of designs for specific productions.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. (Lecture 2 hours, activity 2 hours)

*449. Sound Design for the Theatre (3)
Introduction to scope, tools, materials and practices of sound in theatre today.
Letter grade only (A-F).

*451. Computer Applications for the Theatre (3)
Use of computers and general application software as used in theatrical design, management and technical production. Primary areas of focus include spreadsheets, database, presentation graphics and basic web page development.
Letter grade only A-F.

456. Virtual and Automated Lighting Design (3)
Comprehensive study in techniques of virtual and automated lighting design. Course includes practical hands-on instruction in WYSIWYG virtual lighting software; Emphasis Control software and hardware; Vari*Lite, Martin, and High End automated fixtures, and Catalyst Media Server.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 2 hours, activity 2 hours)

462. Advanced Movement for the Actor (3)
Prerequisite: THEA 262 or consent of instructor.
Kinesthetic approaches to theatrically utilizing heightened physical language to explore character, relationship and truth.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Laboratory 6 hours).

*466. Costuming for Media Productions (3)
Exploration of costume skills specific to recorded media including continuity, script break-down and project management.
Letter grade only (A-F).

*476. Theatre Management (3)
Examination of administration, management and promotion of a producing theatre organization. Practical application required in University-sponsored productions.
Letter grade only (A-F). (9 or more hrs lab.)

*490. Special Topics in Theatre Arts (3)
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
Topics of current interest in Theatre Arts selected for intensive study.
Letter grade only A-F May be taken to maximum of 9 units (Lecture 2 hours, activity 2 hours). Topics will be announced in the Schedule of Classes.

*498. Special Studies in Theatre Arts (3)
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
Independent projects and research of advanced nature in areas of Theatre Arts under faculty supervision.
Letter grade only (A-F). Limited to 6 units in any one area. Topics will be announced in the Schedule of Classes.

A. Acting
B. Directing
C. Costume
D. Scenery
E. Properties
F. Playwriting
J. Theatre history
K. Theatre criticism
L. Movement
M. Makeup
N. Lighting
O. Voice
P. Stage management
Q. Theatre management
R. Dance
S. Technical direction.

GRADUATE LEVEL

502. Seminar in Theatre Management I (3)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the MFA Program.
Study of contemporary principles of management processes specifically targeted to people pursuing professional Theatre Arts Management careers. Principles and practices of marketing, development, fund-raising, and publicity are analyzed and assessed through research and study.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units.

503. Leadership and the Arts (3)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the MFA Program or senior status and completion of THEA 476 or consent of instructor.
Study of contemporary principles of leadership and leadership development processes with special concern for application to people working in the arts. Context for leadership in arts organization is assessed and matched against students’ personal leadership styles.
Letter grade only (A-F).

504. Managing the Not-For-Profit Arts Organization (3)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the MFA Program or senior status and completion of THEA 476 or consent of instructor.
Study of principles of organizational management as applied to not-for-profit arts organizations. Issues include strategic planning and analysis, organizing, staffing, leading and controlling. Additionally studied are principles and practices of fundraising in not-for-profit environment.
Letter grade only (A-F).

507. Entertainment Law (3)
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the MFA Program.
Overview of legal aspects of entertainment business, especially in performing arts.
Letter grade only (A-F).

517. Repertory Theatre I (2)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the MFA Program.
Design, preparation, rehearsals and performances of selected plays in California Repertory Company and University Players.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 4 units (6 hrs lab.)

518. Repertory Theatre II (2)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the MFA Program.
Design, preparation, rehearsals and performances of selected plays in California Repertory Company and University Players.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 4 units (6 hrs lab.)

519. Repertory Theatre III (2)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the MFA Program.
Design, preparation, rehearsals and performances of selected plays in California Repertory Company and University Players.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 4 units. (6 hrs lab.)

520A. Voice I (2)
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the MFA Program.
Groundwork in Voice and Speech techniques for professional actors.
Letter grade only (A-F). (3 hrs. laboratory).

520B. Voice I (2)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into MFA Program.
Application of vocal technique into various styles of verse and prose for meaningful vocal expressiveness.
Letter grade only (A-F). (3 hrs. laboratory).

521A. Voice II (2)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into MFA Program.
Exploration of extensive vocal variety and expressiveness, using four components of voice: quality, force, tempo, pitch. Expanding the boundaries.
Letter grade only (A-F). 3 hrs. laboratory)

521B. Voice II (2)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the MFA Program.
Analysis and development of dialects and accents for performance.
Letter grade only (A-F). (3 hrs. laboratory).

522A. Voice III (2)
Prerequisite: Acceptance into MFA Program.
Advanced study of dialects. Coursework covers research, analysis, and performance of selected dialects in context of a play.
Letter grade only (A-F). (3 hrs. laboratory).

522B. Voice III (2)
Prerequisite: Acceptance into MFA Program.
Exploration of microphone techniques. Coursework covers stand-up, radio drama, dubbing, animation, and practice in development of a demo-tape for professional voice-over work.
Letter grade only (A-F). (3 hrs. lab).

523. Theory and Practice of Contemporary Theatre (3)
Critical exploration of major schools of thought between 1980-present including styles, genres and both national and international trends. Contributions of theatre practitioners and theorists and role of audience in this period.
Letter grade only (A-F).

524. Dramaturgy (3)
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the MFA Program.
Dramaturgical approaches to textual analysis, dramatic structure and the theatrical event.
Letter grade only (A-F).

530A. Acting in Repertory I (2)
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the MFA program.
Foundation and development of individual and ensemble acting techniques necessary for repertory actor and company. Applicable and related to performance schedule.
Letter grade only (A-F). (3 hrs. laboratory).

530B. Acting in Repertory I (2)
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the MFA program and THEA 530A.
Variable modules of technique training in ensemble and interaction skills for repertory actor. Dependent upon needs of individual actor, ensemble and/or performance schedule.
Letter grade only (A-F). (3 hrs. laboratory).

531A. Acting in Repertory II (2)
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the MFA program.
Development of a variety of acting techniques available to actor for playing situation, character, style and theatricality. Applicable and related to performance schedule.
Letter grade only (A-F). (3 hrs. laboratory).

531B. Acting in Repertory II (2)
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the MFA program and THEA 531A.
Variable technique modules in further development of repertory acting skills for playing situation, character, style and theatricality. Dependent upon needs of individual actor, ensemble and/or performance schedule.
Letter grade only (A-F). (3 hrs. laboratory).

532A. Acting in Repertory III (2)
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the MFA program.
Advanced and professional technique training of skill variety in the repertory actor. Applicable and related to performance schedule.
Letter grade only (A-F). (3 hrs. laboratory).

532B. Acting in Repertory III (2)
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the MFA program and THEA 532A.
Variable advanced technique modules for expansion and enrichment of professional acting skills for the individual and ensemble. Dependent upon needs of individual actor, ensemble and/or performance schedule.
Letter grade only (A-F). (3 hrs. laboratory).

540. Non-traditional Material Use in the Theatre (2)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Creative use of non-traditional materials in the design and fabrication of props, accessories and set dressing. Exploration into decorative techniques and processes in fabrication and finishing.
Letter grade only (A-F). (4 hrs lab)

541. Portfolio Development (2)
Study of content and presentation forms of designer’s portfolio, resume and cover letter. Acquaints the designer/technician with interview skills and practical business information.
Letter grade only (A-F). (4 hrs lab.)

543. Character Costume Rendering (2)
Exploration of professional skills necessary for Costume Designers visual communication of fully rendered costumed characters. Exploration includes communication of proportion, movement, personality, fabrication, accessories, details, and adaptation of style or period, as applied through different types of illustration media.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Activity 4 hours)

544. Visual Concepts in Theatre Design (2)
Foundations in visual conceptualization emphasizing development of visual discipline, creative skills and the poetic nature of theatre design.
Letter grade only (A-F). (4 hrs lab)

545A. Computer Aided Design for the Theatre (2)
Applications of two/three dimensional computer aided design/drafting programs to problems in technical theatre and design. Course concentrates on application of 2D-CADD programs to common theatrical drafting problems. Course explores use of 3D-CADD programs as design tools in theatrical spaces.
Letter grade only (A-F). (4 hrs lab.)

545B. Computer Aided Design for the Theatre (2)
Prerequisite: THEA 545A or consent of instructor.
Advanced application of computer aided design for theatrical lighting designer.
Letter grade only (A-F). (4 hrs lab.)

546A. Advanced Costume Design I (2)
Development of costume design through character and script analysis, and understanding of line, space, color and texture.
Letter grade only (A-F). (4 hrs lab.)

546B. Advanced Costume Design I (2)
Prerequisite: THEA 546A or consent of instructor.
Exploration of elements of design as demanded by a variety of scripts and styles.
Letter grade only (A-F). (4 hrs lab.)

548A. Advanced Lighting Design I (2)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Techniques of designing lighting for various stage forms.
Letter grade only (A-F). (4 hrs lab.)

548B. Advanced Lighting Design I (2)
Prerequisite: THEA 548A or consent of instructor.
Creative planning and development of lighting designs for specific productions.
Letter grade only (A-F). (4 hrs lab.)

550. Computer Graphics for Theatre (3)
Prerequisite: THEA 451 or equivalent.
Course is a comprehensive study of tools and techniques incorporated in Adobe PhotoShop and their application to theatre. Techniques in scanning, digital image manipulation and exporting to hard and soft copies are covered.
Letter grade only (A-F).

552. Collaborative Studies (2)
Explores aesthetic visions, directorial approaches, dramaturgical practices and performance styles that characterize contour and magic of Theatre. Use of collaborative study and presentation affords a greater expanse of creativity with the integration of methodologies as seen in Professional arenas.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 2 hrs., activity 2 hrs.)

554. Textile Applications in Theatre Design (2)
Exploration and creative application of techniques of manipulating, painting and dyeing textiles for theatrical design.
Letter grade only (A-F). (4 hrs lab.)

555. Virtual and Automated Lighting Design (2)
Comprehensive study in techniques of virtual and automated lighting design. Course includes practical instruction in WYSIWYG virtual lighting software; Emphasis Control software and hardware; Vari*Lite, Martin, and High End automated fixtures, and the Catalyst Media Server.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Activity 4 hours)

556A. Advanced Costume Design II (2)
Development of skills in visual communication and style, including advanced rendering techniques and presentation.
Letter grade only (A-F). (4 hrs lab.)

556B. Advanced Costume Design II (2)
Prerequisite: THEA 556A or consent of instructor.
Development of skills in research, interpretation, conceptualization and integrating multiple sources in design.
Letter grade only (A-F). (4 hrs lab.)

564A. Movement I (2)
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the MFA Program.
Practical study in movement fundamentals, body mechanics, and non-verbal communication. Exploration of movement as actor’s tool to aid in acting process.
Letter grade only (A-F). (3 hrs. laboratory).

564B. Movement I (2)
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the MFA Program.
Analytical and practical exploration of movement principles of weight, space, time, and energy and their application to acting process.
Letter grade only (A-F). (3 hrs. laboratory).

565A. Movement II (2)
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the MFA Program.
Practical study of unarmed combat for stage. Coursework covers technique, safety, choreography, and application to acting process, including performance of scenes that include combat.
Letter grade only (A-F). (3 hrs. laboratory).

565B. Movement II (2)
Prerequisite: Acceptance into MFA Program.
Practical study of armed combat for stage, including quarterstaffs, broadswords, sabres, rapiers and daggers. Coursework covers technique, safety, choreography, and application to acting process.
Letter grade only (A-F). (3 hrs. laboratory).

566A. Movement III (2)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the MFA Program.
Historical and practical study of movement styles from selected theatrical periods through eighteenth century. Coursework covers social dancing, movement, manners, and handling of period costumes, props, and accessories.
Letter grade only (A-F). (3 hrs. laboratory).

566B. Movement III (2)
Prerequisite: Acceptance into MFA Program.
Historical and practical study of movement styles of nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Coursework covers social dancing, movement, manners, and handling of period costumes, props, and accessories.
Letter grade only (A-F). (3 hrs. laboratory).

580A. Scene Design I (2)
Development of scene design through script analysis and understanding of space, form, line, color, texture and mood. Planning and development of scenic rendering and model.
Letter grade only (A-F).

580B. Scene Design I (2)
Prerequisite: THEA 580A or consent of instructor.
Exploration of elements of scenic design as demanded by a variety of scripts and styles with specific challenges and complex production format.
Letter grade only (A-F).

581. Scenographic Techniques (2)
Study of drafting techniques used to translate designer’s vision to finished set on stage. Includes both traditional and computer aided design and drafting tools.
Letter grade only (A-F).

583. Theatrical Patterning Methods (2)
Exploration of fitting, advanced patterning and construction techniques. Projects in fitting problems, flat patterning, draping, understructures and tailoring for theatre.
Letter grade only (A-F).

584. Rendering and Painting for Theatre (2)
Introduction to rendering basics and painting stressing links to art of theatre design. Developing ability to depict form and space. Emphasizes development of visual discipline, drawing and rendering techniques used in visual presentation of stage design and scenic painting.
Letter grade only (A-F). (6 or more hours lab)

585A. Scene Design II (2)
Projects in scene design for the multi-set play. Consideration of stylistic unity, current trends and approaches as well as shifting problems. Development of advanced rendering techniques.
Letter grade only (A-F). (4 hrs lab.)

585B. Scene Design II (2)
Prerequisite: THEA 585A or consent of instructor.
Further development of skills in scene design for multi-set play. Development of advanced model making techniques.
Letter grade only (A-F). (4 hrs lab.)

590. Graduation Design (3)
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.
Advanced design projects and concepts with faculty supervision.
Topics to be listed in the Schedule of Classes. Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated for a maximum of 9 units in different semesters.

C. Costumer
D. Scenery
E. Properties
M. Make-up
N. Lighting

602. Seminar in Theatre Management II (3)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the MFA Program.
Study of application of contemporary principles of management processes specifically targeted to people pursuing professional Theatre Arts Management careers. Applications of principles and practices of marketing, development, fund-raising, and publicity are analyzed and assessed through research and study.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units.

603. Producing Commercial Theatre (3)
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the MFA Program.
Examination of all facets of professional theatre production including off-Broadway, Broadway, regional and stock operations.
Letter grade only (A-F).

614. Advanced Period Scene Study (3)
Prerequisite: Acceptance by audition into MFA program.
Acting in Shakespeare and advanced scene study from selected theatrical periods and plays. Analysis and exercises include language, background, and human behavior.
Letter grade only (A-F).

648A. Advanced Lighting Design II (2)
Direct application of cueing and structuring of the total lighting design within the time constraints of rehearsal and production.
Letter grade only (A-F). (4 hrs lab.)

648B. Advanced Lighting Design II (2)
Prerequisites: THEA 648A or consent of instructor.
Development of skills in lighting design process for a variety of scripts and styles with specific challenges and complex production format.
Letter grade only (A-F). (4 hrs lab.)

649A. Advanced Lighting Design III (2)
Development of skills in lighting for musical, opera, and dance.
Letter grade only (A-F).

649B. Advanced Lighting Design III (2)
Prerequisite: 649A or consent of instructor.
Development of skills in lighting for other production venues.
Letter grade only (A-F).

656A. Advanced Costume Design III (2)
Development of skills in costume design for musical, opera, and dance.
Letter grade only (A-F). (4 hrs lab.)

656B. Advanced Costume Design III (2)
Prerequisite: THEA 656A or consent of instructor.
Development of skills in costume design for other production venues.
Letter grade only (A-F). (4 hrs lab.)

685A. Scene Design III (2)
Development of skills in scene design for musical, opera, and dance.
Letter grade only (A-F). (4 hrs lab.)

685B. Scene Design III (2)
Prerequisites: THEA 685A or consent of instructor.
Further development of skills in scene design for other production venues.
Letter grade only (A-F). (4 hrs lab.)

686. Theatrical Tailoring (2)
Investigation of tailored garments and understructures in selected historical periods. Projects in traditional and contemporary hand machine tailoring techniques, and in specialized construction for undergarments. Supervision in practical application of these elements in university sponsored productions.
Letter grade only (A-F). (4 hrs lab.)

690. Special Topics in Theatre Arts (1-3)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Topics of current interest in Theatre Arts selected for intensive study.
May be taken for maximum of nine units. Topics will be announced in the Schedule of Classes.
Letter grade only (A-F).

694. Advanced Studies in Theatre Arts (3)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Advanced individual projects with faculty supervision in an area of Theatre Arts specialization. Limited to three units in any one area per semester and no more than six units in one semester with a total of nine units in any one area. Areas will be designated by letter at time of registration.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units.

A. Acting
B. Directing
C. Costumes
D. Scenery
E. Properties
F. Playwriting
J. Theatre History
K. Theatre Criticism
L. Movement
M. Makeup
N. Lighting
O. Voice
P. Stage Management
Q. Theatre Management
S. Technical Direction

696. Aesthetic Theory and Conceptualization (3)
Study of theoretical aesthetics as it applies to creative act. Practical application of research and variable aesthetic elements in production style and conceptualization.
Letter grade only (A-F).

699. MFA Thesis/Project (1-6)
Prerequisite: Advancement to candidacy and consent of department chair.
Planning, preparation and completion of thesis related to field of specialization.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units.