Course Offerings

THEATRE ARTS (TA)

Upper Division

505. Criticism of Theatre in Performance
Critical analysis of public theatrical performance with an emphasis on the journalistic review. Textual analysis, artistic perception and aesthetic evaluation of acting, directing and design. Both individual and class attendance at several theatrical performances outside of regular meeting times will be required. Prerequisites: TA 302, ENG 306 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
510. Studies of Major Figures and Genres
Advanced study of a selected theatre topic. May be repeated for credit as topics change. (4 units)
520. Theatre Seminar
Literature and theory relative to topics such as: aesthetics, theatre history, drama, dramatic criticism and design. May be repeated for credit as topics change. (4 units)
526. Puppetry Workshop
Advanced study of a selected puppetry topic, including but not limited to: puppet design, puppet construction, puppetry performance, directing puppetry, and international puppet traditions. May be repeated for credit. Six hours activity. Prerequisite: TA 356 or 486. (3 units)
535. Independent Project
Advanced individual project in any aspect of departmental productions. A total of six units may apply toward the major, a total of 12 units may apply toward graduation. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (1-4 units)
555. Independent Study
Study and analysis culminating in demonstrated expertise in the areas of performance, direction, design or theatre research. A total of six units may apply toward the major, a total of 12 units may apply toward graduation. Prerequisites: a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0, consent of instructor and departmental approval of a written proposal of a project submitted on a standard application filed in advance of the quarter in which the course is to be taken. (1-6 units)
575. Internship in Theatre Arts
Supervised study in private or public organizations. A total of 12 units may be applied toward graduation. Generally assumes thirty hours of work/study per unit of credit. Prerequisite: consent of internship coordinator. (1-6 units)
579. Theatre in the Elementary Classroom
Integrating aesthetic perception with creative expression in the elementary classroom through the application of theatrical performance and production techniques. This course includes 15 service learning hours in which students actually direct and create theatre within an elementary school classroom under the supervision of course instructor and classroom teacher. Prerequisite: TA 481 or 484 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
580. Advanced Creative Drama in the Classroom
Advanced methods of teaching across the curriculum using process-oriented creative drama techniques. Course concentrates on fostering imagination and self-expression through pantomime, improvisation and play making. Course includes developing creative drama/educational units and lesson plans as well as practical experience in an educational setting. Requires a six hour field component including observation and participation in teaching at an approved setting. Prerequisite: TA 481. (4 units)
581. Theatre in the Secondary Classroom
Integrating aesthetic perception with creative expression in the secondary classroom through the application of theatrical performance and production techniques. This course includes 15 service learning hours in which students actually direct and create theatre within a secondary school classroom under the supervision of course instructor and classroom teacher. Prerequisites: TA 302 or ENG 302, and TA 481 or 484. (4 units)
585. Senior Assessment
Student preparation of portfolio and self-critiques of artistic/research projects which document academic progress. Formal presentation of this collected material to be evaluated by peers and faculty. Two hours activity. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisite: senior status; must be taken in winter quarter immediately prior to graduation. (1 unit)

Graduate/Postbaccalaureate

May not be taken by undergraduate students.

600. Research Methods in Theatre
A survey of methods commonly used in theatrical criticism and their application to research questions including the systematic collection of bibliographic, dramaturgical and aesthetic information to formulate theses, organize and write research papers, or to develop conceptual approaches to production. (4 units)
602. Seminar in Dramatic Literature for Stage and Film
Advanced study in particular kinds of dramatic literature and film with special focus on generic problems and issues. May be repeated for credit as topics change. (Also offered as ENG 602. Students may not receive credit for both.) (4 units)
620. Applied Theatre Practicum
Advanced study and application of techniques and technologies used in the creation of theatre. (1-8 units)
633. Seminar in Theory and Criticism
Major theories which have influenced and motivated theatre practice in western and non-western civilization throughout its development, with an emphasis on the relationship between theory and theatrical performance. (4 units)
646. Graduate Directing
Advanced studies in play directing, with a special emphasis on directing the high school performer. (4 units)
650. Seminar in Dramatic Production
Advanced studies in theatrical production theories and methods, with special focus on generic issues or problems encountered when transferring dramatic literature to the stage. May be repeated for credit as topics change. (4 units)
681. Graduate Creative Drama
Studies in the theory and practice of creative drama with emphasis on drama structures, lesson and unit planning, and creative drama facilitation. Designed in accordance with California and National standards for the arts. (4 units)
683. Advanced Studies in Theatre for Youth
Advanced study of a selected theatre topic, including but not limited to: reader's theatre, theatre outreach, Theatre-in-Education (T.I.E.), theatre for social change, playwriting for and with youth, and puppetry. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (4 units)
684. Graduate Readers Theatre
Studies in the theory and techniques of adapting, directing and performing non-dramatic children's literature for oral presentation and limited staging. Includes preparation and performance of scripts to be used for reading enhancement and interdisciplinary studies. Additional focus on teaching elementary, middle, and high school students how to develop Readers Theatre scripts and performances. Designed in accordance with California and National standards for the arts. (4 units)
686. Graduate Puppetry
Overview of puppetry as an interdisciplinary teaching tool in a variety of educational settings. Emphasis on lesson planning and performance techniques for teachers and arts educators. (4 units)
694. Graduate Project Preparation
Design and implementation of an advanced individual project on a specific topic relevant to student's program of study. Done under direct supervision. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: advancement to candidacy, approval of graduate coordinator, and good academic standing. (1-5 units)
695. Advanced Project
Advanced individual project on a specific topic relevant to the student's program of study. Done under direct supervision. Prerequisite: advancement to candidacy. (1-5 units)
696. Advanced Internship
Supervised internship experience with a theatre organization, such as a youth theatre, youth outreach program, professional theatre, or other appropriate arts agency. Prerequisite: advancement to candidacy. (1-5 units)
697. Thesis Preparation
Preparation for independent graduate research in theatre arts including proposal development and research. Prerequisites: advancement to candidacy, approval of graduate coordinator, good academic standing. May be repeated for credit. (1-5 units)
698. Continuous Enrollment for Graduate Candidacy Standing
Independent study leading to completion of requirements (other than course work) for the master's degree. To retain classified standing in the master's program, a student must enroll in 698 each quarter until the project or thesis is accepted or the comprehensive examination passed. Cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements. Students who enroll in 698 through the university have full use of all university facilities. See Page 370, Culminating Experience: Exam, Thesis, or Project. Prerequisites: advancement to candidacy and approval of program graduate coordinator or, if an interdisciplinary studies major, consent of the Dean of Graduate Studies. 698 is a variable unit course, see Page 43 for fee schedule. Earned units are not degree-applicable nor will they qualify for financial aid. (0-6 units)
699. Thesis
Independent graduate research in theatre arts culminating in a written thesis. (4 units)

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