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Theatre Course Learning Outcomes

THEA 1080 - Introduction to Costuming

Upon completion of this course, the student should:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the fundamentals of the social/psychological aspects of why people wear clothing.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic clothing shapes and their place in history.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of what a costume designer does and how a costume shop works.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of clothing fibers and their uses in costuming.
  • Explain how color affects character development.
  • Articulate the role of the costume designer in the collaborative team of theatre productions.
  • Demonstrate mastery of basic skills in hand and machine sewing.
  • Correlate costume design to the literary, historical, and social/psychological aspects of the dramatic literature.
THEA 1090 - Introduction to Theatre

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • define and explain the contributions of the playwright, actor, director, designers, and technical theatre personnel.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the collaborative nature of the theatre arts.
  • demonstrate an understanding of a broad range of theatre terminology.
  • demonstrate an understanding of how a theatrical production is “made”, and be able to critically evaluate the success of a theatrical production.
THEA 1120 - Stagecraft

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Identify and use the tools, materials and equipment used in scenic production, including construction, painting and handling.
  • Read and execute scenic plans and drawings.
  • Research and determine means of acquiring production props.
  • Understand the scenic design process.
THEA 1125 - Play Analysis for Production

At the completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Identify and describe the 6 component parts of the dramatic form: plot, character, theme, diction, rhythm, and spectacle.
  • Identify and describe the mechanics of plot structure: theme, exposition, conflict, complications, crisis, climax, and conclusion.
  • Identify and describe the major forms of drama: tragedy, comedy, melodrama, farce, tragicomedy.
  • Demonstrate their ability to write and speak clearly about dramatic literature, the requirements of production and the experience of performance.
  • Conduct appropriate research on the play’s time period and articulate how it applies to the production process.
THEA 1126 – Diverse Voices in Contemporary Theatre

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Identify and discuss the achievements of a number of prominent multicultural playwrights.
  • Demonstrate an analytical grasp of the central concerns of the selected plays.
  • Identify and discuss emerging themes across the range of plays, and the significance of those themes for all audiences.
  • Demonstrate a critical and theatrical vocabulary for writing and speaking about these works and the human experiences they illuminate.
  • Read, analyze, prepare and produce a public staged reading of selected scenes.
THEA 1130 - Origins of Theatre

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Recognize the significant persons, events & theatrical movements that have provided the foundations for modern theatre.
  • Recognize the various historical elements of drama, such as style & literary conventions.
  • Identify the social themes & structures historically responsible for the development of dramatic types.
  • Describe the varieties of writing & performance styles & production techniques that prevailed from ancient Greece to the Renaissance.
THEA 1140 - Acting I

Upon completion of this course the student should be able to:

  • Conduct a group warm up containing vocal, physical and mental exercises.
  • Prepare and present a number of well-polished performance assignments, including scenes with a partner and monologues.
  • Demonstrate the ability to collaborate with classmates on classroom exercises and performances.
  • Perform detailed script analysis, focusing on a deep understanding of character’s objectives, obstacles and tactics, and effectively communicate that understanding in performance.
  • Utilize fundamental acting terminology and technique to solve acting challenges.
  • Demonstrate the ability to accurately interpret and utilize written and verbal directions provided for performances.
  • Apply feedback and criticism from previous performances toward improving and refining skills and techniques in subsequent performances.
  • Provide constructive feedback to performances by classmates.
  • Compose written criticism of live theatrical productions.
  • Maintain a detailed journal of the theatrical process.
THEA 1150 - Theatre for Children

Upon completion of this course the student should;

  • Develop a comprehension of the principles and terminology of the theatre.
  • Develop an understanding of the uses of theatre in educational curriculum.
  • Comprehend the development of children’s theatre through storytelling.
  • Experience the process of producing a play for a young audience.
  • Gain the knowledge to implement theatre games in the classroom.
THEA 1160 - Movement for Actors

Upon completion of this course the student should be able to:

  • Assess their physical (movement) strengths and weaknesses in order to maximize their strengths and challenge the weaknesses.
  • Create performances through observation and analysis from a wide variety of sources.
  • Demonstrate communication and collaboration with other performers.
  • Be able to compose creative pieces that demonstrate an understanding of the complexities of visual and oral aesthetics and the challenges associated with both.
THEA 1170 - Theatrical Make-Up

upon completion of this course the student should:

  • Develop basic knowledge of facial anatomy and the chemicals components of cosmetics.
  • Be able to use disparate sources (historical, faunal, botanical, etc.) as aids in their creativity.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between design and communication.
  • Create their own design aesthetic.
THEA 1180 - Stage Lighting & Sound Production

Upon completion of this course the student should be able to:

  • Identify and use the tools, materials and instruments used in stage lighting.
  • Read and execute a light plot and associated paper work.
  • Identify and use the tools, materials and equipment used in sound production.
  • Read & execute a sound plot.
  • Know the duties and apply procedures of the stage manager.
THEA 1470 - Dance II Jazz and Tap

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Perform the fundamental exercises of elementary jazz technique including floor stretch and centrework combinations.
  • Use and understand the traditional vocabulary, positions and steps in the elementary jazz and tap syllabus.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the progression and purpose of the specific order of individual classroom exercises.
  • Summarize the historical and cultural development of jazz dance and tap dance.
  • Demonstrate Increased body awareness and confidence.
  • Apply the spatial concepts of proper alignment, placement, weight distribution, and isolation in all activities.
  • Demonstrate a connection between various types of music used in class and understandings of rhythm, space and time expressed through dance.
THEA 1480 - Dance I

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of dance in general and ballet, modern and jazz specifically.
  • Use space efficiently and adopt body movements to the stage play.
  • Perform ballet techniques and basic foot and arm positions.
  • Articulate how the three basic dance forms are dependent on each other and how Ballet, Modern and Jazz differ.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the interaction of dance with theater and everyday facets of the world around us.
THEA 2140 - Acting II

Upon completion of this course the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficient use of the fundamental principles of stage acting as learned in Acting I.
  • Develop a personal approach to Acting, utilizing a variety of recognized techniques.
  • Apply the experience of participating in a variety of theatre exercises, games, and improvisational techniques and the skills practiced and developed therein to the preparation of scripted scenes.
  • Analyze a play script in a thorough, systematic manner.
  • Demonstrate the personal discipline, conscientious effort, and professional attitude that the craft of acting demands.
  • Prepare and present a package of two contrasting monologues for professional audition.
THEA 2145 - Acting for the Camera

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the differences between stage and film acting
  • Implement and evaluate single-camera acting techniques for film and television
  • Recognize and define on-set terminology and vocabulary
  • Prepare for on-camera auditioning
  • Recognize industry standards for resume, headshots, self-submissions and other promotional pieces
  • List and locate casting breakdowns, union affiliations, and representation
THEA 2200 - Theatre Graphics

Upon completion of this course the student should be able to:

  • Analyze the script for dramatic and visual content.
  • Research for historical and dramatic accuracy of visual elements.
  • Draw thumbnail sketches to develop a design based on the script and pertinent research.
  • Exhibit advanced drafting techniques based on USITT graphic standards learned in Stagecraft and AutoCAD Basic and how to apply those skills to the design process.
  • Use watercolor and model building techniques needed to develop a design.