Assigned artistic production work in directing, acting, design, technology, dramaturgy under the supervision of a faculty advisor relative to the student's area of interest; performance, technical, design, media, management.
A survey of the organization and practical application and execution of performance events.
Special topics in advanced theory and techniques of performance technology, including scenery construction and rigging, costume construction, lighting technology, and sound.
Not open to students with credit in THEA 5310 or THEA 7310
3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 6 hours credit. 6…
Techniques of computer-aided design and drafting in the performing arts.
3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 6 hours credit. 6 hours lab per week.
Survey of architecture, interiors, and clothing styles for use in the entertainment design industry.
Offered: Not offered on a regular basis.
Basic technology for performance production. Costume materials and construction, scenery rigging and movement, lighting equipment and technology, and sound equipment and practices.
Semester Course Offered: Offered every odd-numbered year.
Special workshops with guest artists.
Semester Course Offered: Not offered on a regular basis.
3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 9 hours credit. 6 hours lab per week.
Selected performance topics and theories.
The director's analysis of the script, the actor-director relationship, and theatrical style. Each student directs a one-act play or short film.
3 hours. 6 hours lab per week.
Developing the full length script for performance.
Critical and practical work in producing new scripts for writers, actors, directors, and designers.
Theories and techniques of the dramatic cinema.
Semester Course Offered: Offered every year.
A special topics course in dramatic writing.
3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 9 hours credit.
Under the supervision and approval of an advisor, students perform the duties of an internship within film, television, animation, and media. Students report to work as required by their employers, maintain a record of duties, and write a final paper summarizing their experiences and…
An introduction to the history, theories, and practice of community-based theatre. Hallmark troupes and artists, and techniques of theatre for social change. Involves outreach in the community, critical reflection, and the creation our own community-based performance.
A special topics course in computer technology not otherwise offered in the drama and theatre curriculum.
Lecture and discussion is integrated with hands-on work at…
Advanced computer animation techniques and digital compositing which integrate live action with computer generated environments.
Semester Course Offered: Offered every year
Preparation of a portfolio-quality computer animation project, including a narrative script story book, pre-production meetings, schedules and budgets, production and post-production.
Semester Course Offered: Not…
Principles and techniques of technical animation. Topics include skeletal and control rigging virtual characters, simulation of cloth, simulation of hair and fur, simulation of fluids (fire, water, etc.), and simulated particle systems.
Principles and techniques of motion capture. Exploration of motion capture as a technical medium. Development of rigs for capture sessions. Methods for capturing multiple performances in single sessions. Post-processing MoCap data for quality output, and making use of the captured data.…
Principles and techniques of sound design for live theatre, film, and animation. Considers both the theory of sound design and the practical application of sound as a design medium. Topics include emotional and narrative content of sound, analyzing scripts for sound needs, creating foley effects…
An introduction to 100 years of film theory and criticism. Students are introduced to key concepts and major figures from Classical Film Theory (Eisenstein, Arnheim, Bazin) through Structuralism, Semiotics, Psychoanalysis, Feminism, and Cognitive Studies.
3 hours. 2 hours lecture and 2…
Planning, writing, and polishing the short script for performance.
Not offered on a regular basis.
History of theatre and dramatic arts from ca. 1800 to the present.
Examines theatre as a cultural form crucially interwoven with systems of social organization and government. As a forum for debate, a dangerous location to be regulated, a tool for molding citizens, or a revolutionary force; studies theatrical practices and dramatic literature across historical…
Examines theatre as a cultural form crucially interwoven with systems of ritual as didactic and community bonding events. Exploration of ritual as an origin for theatre, although other theories of theatre origin will be explored. Studies theatrical practices and dramatic literature (global in…
The development of the international film and of film theories from 1895 to 1945, with emphasis on cinema as a dramatic medium.
3 hours. 2 hours lecture and 2 hours lab per week.
The development of international film and film theories from 1945 to the present, with emphasis on cinema as a dramatic medium.
Women's contributions to the performing arts, focusing on contemporary American artists in such fields as theatre, film, dance, performance art, and other contemporary performance genres.
Dramatic art applied to script analysis and performance criticism.
Duplicate Credit: Not open to students with credit in DRAM 6290
Overview of the presentation of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered characters in theatre, film, and television. Through readings of theoretical texts and dramatic scripts and through viewings of films and theatre productions, students will examine the social, historical, artistic, and…
Genres of performance in India, China, Japan, and Southeast Asia. Focus on social and cultural significance of performances, including examples of Noh, Kabuki, Beijing Opera, Kathakali, Kutiyattam, Wayang Kulit, and Topeng.
Studies the Broadway musical as one of the most quintessentially American forms of performance. Explores the history of musical theatre and its relationship to other entertainment media. Analyzes the messages about gender, race and ethnicity, sexuality, and the meaning of "America" that musicals…
Resources and methods for graduate level research in theatre and dramatic media.
Fundamental principles and practices in makeup for stage and media. Drawing and face painting skills as well as practice in use of cosmetics, wigs, hair pieces, and work with departmental productions.
A survey of feminist film criticism and theory, as well as the valuable contributions of key women directors.
3 hours. 3 hours lecture and 2 hours lab per week.
Semester Course Offered: Offered spring semester every even-numbered year.
An in-depth analytical survey of one or multiple historically significant film genres.
3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 6 hours credit. 2 hours lecture and 2 hours lab per week.
A historical survey of cinema and related audio(visual) media, including radio, television, and digital media, in Latin America. The course traces the role played by cinema and media in nation-building in Latin American countries as well as the relationship between film aesthetics, politics, and…
History of major films, directors, and movements in French cinema from 1895 to present.
3 hours. 1 hours lecture and 2 hours lab per week.
Semester Course Offered: Offered fall semester every even-numbered year.
History of major techniques, films, directors, and movements in motion picture animation from 1895 to present. Emphasis on narrative and representational strategies.
Semester Course Offered: Offered fall semester every odd-numbered year.
History of major technological inventions in cinema and the results on narrative film style.
Essential filmmaking techniques, the basic digital video (DV) production process and procedures. A basic technical foundation in DV cinematography, sound, and editing. Student will learn basic crew responsibilities and how to collaborate as a team and be prepared for more advanced production…
A dramaturg is a theatrical literary advisor, whose responsibilities include play development (including new plays, adaptations, or translations), production research and support, and educational support. Students will learn that set of skills and how to communicate their knowledge productively…
Topical issues in theatre or cinema, combining history and critical analysis of specific significant topics (e.g., national theatre or cinema, animation, authorship, genre).
Offered every year.
Advanced supervised experience in an applied setting. This course may not be used to satisfy a student's approved program of study.
3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 45 hours credit.
Individually assigned production and/or performance crew. Open only to drama majors.
1 hour. Repeatable for maximum 2 hours credit. 2 hours lab per week.
MFA thesis project.
Nontraditional Format: Independent research and thesis preparation.
An introduction to drawing and dry media techniques typical to application in theatrical design presentations. This includes drawing and sketching techniques for architecture and landscape, natural lighting observations, the human figure, and various surface textures.
6 hours lab per week…
Role analysis and the problems and techniques of creating subtext with special relation to text and improvisation.
6 hours lab per week.
Problems and techniques of period manners, customs and style. Practice and performance of theatrical genre. Topics may include farce, Greek theatre, Restoration, comedy of manners, musical theatre, etc.
Not offered on a regular basis.
Repeatable for maximum 9 hours credit. Advanced projects in dramatic performance.
Applying theatre acting techniques to the demands of modern media. Practical work in class with emphasis on the vocal and physical demands of dramatic material designed for television and cinema.
6 hours lab per week
Offered fall semester every odd-numbered year.
Development of consistent acting process through partner work, exercises, scenes, play and character analysis, scoring a role, and Stanislavski's method of physical action. Additional major focus will be on the actor's creative self and development of the inner instrument.
Not offered on…
Repeatable for maximum 9 hours credit. Laboratory course testing new dramatic writing by critical examination of scripts in progress, public readings, trial stagings of scenes, and improvisational work.
Course is a laboratory course experimenting with new work.
Provides a foundation in taking a script through the transformative process from written word to visual image. Explores the workings of a typical art department and the working relationships between the director, director of photography, and production designer. Other topics include the various…
Intermediate level projects in costume design for the performing arts, emphasizing multi-character, multi-setting, and highly complex methods and technologies.
Repeatable for maximum 9 hours credit. Professional experience in the performance arts under the supervision of experts in the field.
A minimum of two months full-time supervised employment for three credit hours. Student may be required to work off-campus.
Digital video production, with emphasis on directorial creativity and professional-level post-production techniques. Students participate in personal and/or small group projects from the proposed idea through scripting, pre-production, production, editing, and sound mixing for a completed short…
Independent projects in scenery, costume, or lighting design, aimed at developing professional placement skills and portfolio presentation techniques. Students will use the semester to develop professional resumes, reference banks, and placement skills while developing design portfolios in both…
Develops methodologies and strategies to support the student's completion of coursework and comprehensive exams for the Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies; mentors the student entering professional organizations and conferences.
A multiple-instructor course that develops methodologies and strategies to support the student's preparation of the Ph.D. dissertation in Theatre and Performance Studies and successful transition to the professional world; develops students as mentors.
Repeatable for maximum 6 hours credit. Dramatic form and style concentrating on specific problems and writers.
A comparison of current critical approaches to theatre and performance.
Offered once every year.
Study of major issues in cinema history (movements, national cinemas, directors, eras, or technologies).
3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 9 hours credit. 3 hours lecture and 2 hours lab per week.
Semester Course Offered: Not offered on a regular…
Repeatable for maximum 9 hours credit. Problems in the study of stage, cinema, and media history.
Repeatable for maximum 6 hours credit. Problems in visual design for the performing arts.
Study of major topics in cinema theory and criticism. Narrative, gender, authorship, psychoanalysis, ideology, spectatorship, structural vs. poststructural, and/or cognitive.
Repeatable for maximum 18 hours credit. Problems in the study of dramatic theory and criticism for stage, cinema, and media.
Repeatable for maximum 9 hours credit. Research while enrolled for a doctoral degree, under the direction of faculty members.
Repeatable for maximum of 45 hours credit. Advanced supervised experience in an applied setting. This course may not be used to satisfy a student's approved program of study.
Individually directed study under faculty supervision on research problems in drama, theatre, and media.
Dissertation writing under the direction of the major professor.
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