Course Offerings

COURSE OFFERINGS IN THEATRE ARTS (TA)

Lower Division

130. Computer Applications for Technical Theatre
Introduction to computer programs and techniques with applications for theatrical design and production. May be repeated for credit. (1 unit)
131. Makeup for Stage and Screen
Theory and application of makeup for theatre, television and film. (3 units)
160. World Drama
Selected readings of dramatic literature (in translation) from the 5th century B.C. to the present. (Also offered as ENG 160. Students may not receive credit for both.) Prerequisite: satisfaction of the GE written communication (A1) requirement or equivalent. (GE=C2) (4 units)
212. Oral Interpretation of Literature
Literary and aesthetic analysis of poetry, prose or drama through performance techniques of oral interpretation. (GE=C2) (4 units)
221. Theatre Laboratory: Performance
Students direct, choreograph or perform in student-initiated productions, including student-written one-act plays, dance concerts and special performance-art pieces under the guidance of a faculty supervisor. A maximum of five units of TA 221 may be used to satisfy graduation requirements. (1 unit)
223. Audition/Interview Preparation
Students select and prepare material for acting auditions and technical interviews, both for inter-college competition and professional theatre/film work. Two hours activity. (1 unit)
225. Festival Production
Remounting and reconfiguring University production for touring to national and international festivals and venues. Two hours activity. (1 unit)
231. Sound for Stage and Screen
Basic design theories of stage and screen sound, production techniques, instrumentation and control equipment. (3 units)
232. Lighting for Stage and Screen
Basic electrical theory of stage lighting, production techniques, instrumentation and control equipment. (3 units)
233. Costume Construction
Costume techniques including basic pattern drafting, cutting, fitting and construction. (3 units)
235. Fundamentals of Stage Design
Study of the elements of color, line and texture as they relate to visual analysis of dramatic literature, through two- and three-dimensional projects in set, costume and lighting design. Three hours lecture and two hours activity. (4 units)
239. Stagecraft
Introduction to the theory and practice of scenery and prop construction including the use of tools, materials, techniques and drafting required in execution of designs. (3 units)
240. Improvisation
A beginning course in improvisational techniques for the actor and for those who will use drama as an educational tool. (3 units)
245. Beginning Theatre Movement
Beginning theory and fundamentals of specialized stage movement. (2 units)
251. Acting I: Games and Exercises
Foundation training for actors through theatre games, improvisation and exercises for developing expressive freedom, creativity, relaxation and concentration. (3 units)
252. Acting II: Creating a Role
Fundamentals for creating a role methodically. Improvisational exercises and textual performances exploring the use of such elements as objectives, given circumstances, character analysis and conflict. Prerequisite: TA 251. (3 units)
253. Voice for the Stage
Theory and practice of vocal techniques for the actor, including voice production, diction, flexibility, projection, and voice care. (2 units)
260. Introduction to Theatre
Introduction to the art of Theatre, including the nature of theatrical presentation and the contributions of the playwright, actor, director, designer, technician and audience to the process of theatremaking. Students will authentically experience this process as production crew or audience members. (GE=C1) (4 units)

Upper Division

302. Analysis of Drama

Credit allowed for only one of the following:

  1. A. Analysis. Literary analysis of selected plays with special emphasis on how to write about dramatic literature. Formerly TA 302. (Also offered as ENG 302A. Students may not receive credit for both.) Prerequisite: satisfaction of the GE written communication (A1) requirement. (4 units)
  2. B. Analysis and Writing. Literary analysis of selected plays with special emphasis on how to write about dramatic literature, as well as integrated practice in writing for performance. (Also offered as ENG 302B. Students may not receive credit for both.) Prerequisite: satisfaction of the GE written communication (A1) requirement. (4 units)
320. Performance Practicum
Main Stage students experience role preparation, rehearsal and acting before an audience; Imagination Players gain touring experience in rehearsal and performance of children's literature, readers theatre style; Touring Theatre students experience rehearsal and performance of adult dramatic material; special projects students experience production of student-developed projects; dance performance students experience choreography development, rehearsal and dancing before an audience. Puppetry students gain touring experience in the performance of puppetry. Open to all students. No more than eight units of Performance Practicum may be counted toward fulfilling course requirements in the theatre arts major. No more than four units of TA 320 and 321 may be counted toward fulfilling course requirements in the theatre arts minor. No more than 20 units of TA 320 and 321 may be used to satisfy graduation requirements. Each topic may be repeated for credit.
  • A. Main Stage (admission by audition only) (2 units)
  • B. Imagination Players (2 units)
  • C. Touring Theatre (2 units)
  • E. Special Projects (admission by audition only) (2 units)
  • F. Dance Performance (admission by audition only) (2 units)
  • G. Puppetry Performance (admission by audition only) (2 units)
321. Technical Practicum
Application of scenery, costumes, makeup, lighting, sound or stage management theories and techniques to live performance before an audience. Open to all students. No more than 10 units of TA 321 may be counted toward fulfilling course requirements in the theatre arts major. No more than four units of TA 320 and 321 may be counted toward fulfilling course requirements in the theatre arts minor. No more than 20 units of TA 320 and 321 may be used to satisfy graduation requirements. May be repeated for credit.
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331. Theatre Management
Survey of fine arts management principles as they apply to theatre. Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor. (4 units)
332. Stage Lighting Design
Lighting design theories and emerging technologies. Light plots for various theatrical styles will be developed. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: TA 232 and 235. (3 units)
333. Stage Sound Design
Advanced theories and applications of sound design for the theatre with an emphasis on the integration of prerecorded sound effects with vocal reinforcement in a live performance environment. Prerequisites: TA 231 and 235 or consent of instructor. (3 units)
334. Theatrecrafts
Theory and application of a theatrecraft such as: stage management, shop crafts, scene painting, millinery, pattern drafting, rendering. Experience with the craft will be provided. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: TA 235 or consent of instructor. (3 units)
337. Design: Costume Design
Advanced projects in the design of costumes with an emphasis on rendering techniques and stylization. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: TA 233 and 235 or consent of instructor. (3 units)
338. Design: Scene Design
Advanced projects in scene design, using both renderings and models. Concentration on an exploration of design styles. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: TA 235 and 239 or consent of instructor. (3 units)
345. Advanced Voice and Movement
Advanced theory and practice of voice and movement techniques for the actor. Prerequisites: TA 245 and 253 or consent of instructor. (2 units)
346. Directing I
Fundamentals of play directing through theory and practice. Prerequisites: TA 235 and 252 or consent of instructor. (3 units)
347. Playwriting
Fundamentals of play development, including plot, character, structure, and theme. Classroom exercises will culminate in students creating their own dramatic scenes and short plays. (Also offered as ENG 347.) Prerequisite: one course from ENG 302A, 302B, TA 302A, 302B; or consent of instructor. (4 units)
351. Acting III: Scene Study
Application of acting techniques through scene study of plays in the contemporary repertory. At the close of this course students will be placed in advanced acting courses by departmental examination. Prerequisite: TA 252. (3 units)
352. Acting IV: Modern Repertory
Continued scene study with an emphasis on plays in the modern classical repertory (for example, Ibsen, Chekhov, Shaw). May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: TA 351. (3 units)
353. Acting V: Styles of Acting
Studies and performance of selected styles in theatre from classical times to the nineteenth century. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: TA 351. (3 units)
354. Acting VI: Acting Shakespeare
Concentrated study on performing Shakespeare, with emphasis on voice, movement, and textual meaning. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: TA 351. (3 units)
355. Acting VII: Acting Musicals
Concentrated study on performing musical theatre, with an emphasis on voice, dance and character development. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: TA 351. (3 units)
356. Puppetry
Survey of the field of puppetry, including an overview of puppet forms and practitioners from an international perspective. Includes an introduction to puppet design, construction, and manipulation. Six hours activity. (3 units)
357. Acting for the Camera
Study and application of acting techniques unique to film and video. Prerequisite: TA 351 or 385. (3 units)
358. Puppetry for the Camera
Study and application of puppeteering techniques unique to film and video. Six hours activity. Prerequisite: TA 356 or 486. (3 units)
361. Theatre History I: Origins Through Medieval
Consideration of theatre architecture and theatre practices for the purpose of understanding the major trends in the development of theatre arts. Representative examples of dramatic literature will be read to illustrate those trends. Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor. (4 units)
362. Theatre History II: Renaissance Through Eighteenth Century
Consideration of theatre architecture and theatre practices for the purpose of understanding the major trends in the development of theatre arts. Representative examples of dramatic literature will be read to illustrate those trends. Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor. (4 units)
363. Theatre History III: Nineteenth Century to the Present
Consideration of theatre architecture and theatre practices for the purpose of understanding the major trends in the development of theatre arts. Representative examples of dramatic literature will be read to illustrate those trends. Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor. (4 units)
385. Acting for Non-Majors
Introduction to acting through exercises, improvisations and scene study. Not open to theatre arts majors. (4 units)
401. History of Musical Theatre
History of musical theatre literature and production. Also offered as MUS 401; students may not receive credit for both. (4 units)
423. Studies in Dramatic Literature
Intensive study of a selected topic in dramatic literature within historical and/or cultural contexts. May be repeated as topics change. (2 units)
445. The Camera Eye
Film as a creative art medium. Such topics as art direction and production design for film, sex and violence in film, and film and television lighting will be offered. May be repeated for credit as topics change. (4 units)
446. Directing II
Advanced studies in play directing. Prerequisite: TA 346. (3 units)
450. Classical Drama
Development of comedy and tragedy in Greece and Rome. (4 units)
451. Mystery to Melodrama
Development of drama from medieval passion plays to late nineteenth century villain-hissing melodramas. Emphasis on either comedy or tragedy. (4 units)
455. Modern Drama I
European, British and American realism. (4 units)
456. Modern Drama II
European, British and American anti-realism. (4 units)
457. Theatre of the Avant-Garde
Exploration and analysis of performance traditions from Dada to performance art. (4 units)
458. Theatre for Youth: History and Literature
Exploration and analysis of the history and literature of performance for young audiences, from its origins to current trends. (4 units)
461. American Drama
Survey of the American theatre and its drama (Dunlap to Odets) as they reflect the changing patterns of American society. (4 units)
462. African-American Theatre and Drama
A survey of the African-American theatre from its African origins in the oral tradition through contemporary trends, including issues of politics, race and gender in terms of the American theatre in general. Emphasis on African-American playwrights, companies and performers within their social and historical contexts. (GE=G2) (4 units)
463. Asian Theatre
Survey of significant Asian theatre forms from Indian dance-drama to Indonesian wayang kulit. Emphasis on how performance reflects and shapes both culture and identity. (GE=G2) (4 units)
464. Theatre in the Post-Colonial World
Dramatic literature and theatre of countries and cultures seeking to redefine their identity in a post-colonial world. Includes study of plays from India, Africa, Canada, South America, Asia and the Pacific Rim. (4 units)
465. Ethnic Films and Film Makers
Analysis, overview and exploration of performers, directors, screenwriters, and designers of films of a particular ethnic group. Emphasis on the artistic contributions of a particular ethnic group to the cinematic art form. May be repeated for credit as topics change. (4 units)
466. Issues in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Theatre
An examination of the culturally diverse body of theatre work dealing with Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender issues. (4 units)
468. Chicana/o and U.S. Latina/o Theatre
Introduction to Chicana/o and Latina/o dramatic literature and performance in the U.S. (1965-present). Examines diverse factors associated with the birth and development of Chicana/o and Latina/o theatre. (4 units)
475. Shakespeare I
Comedies and history plays. (Also offered as ENG 475. Students may not receive credit for both.) Prerequisite: one course from ENG 301A, 301B, 302A, 302B; or consent of instructor. (4 units)
476. Shakespeare II
Tragedies and romances. (Also offered as ENG 476. Students may not receive credit for both.) Prerequisite: one course from ENG 301A, 301B, 302A, 302B; or consent of instructor. (4 units)
481. Creative Drama in the Classroom
Introduction to theory and practice of creative drama. Concentration, imagination and self-expression are emphasized in lesson planning as creative drama is used as a teaching tool across the curriculum. Designed in accordance with California and National standards for the arts. Two hours lecture and two hours of fine arts activity. (3 units)
483. Children's Theatre
Theory and techniques of selecting, directing and creating plays for young audiences. Course includes script analysis and directing from text as well as developing plays based on children's literature. The course presents approaches to children's theatre in community and educational settings. (4 units)
484. Readers Theatre in the Classroom
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. Designed in accordance with California and National standards for the arts. Two hours lecture and two hours fine arts activity. (3 units)
486. Puppetry in the Classroom
Overview of the uses of puppets as interdisciplinary teaching tools in the elementary classroom. Emphasis on lesson planning and performance techniques for teachers. Two hours lecture and two hours fine arts activity. (3 units)
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)

COURSE OFFERINGS IN DANCE (DAN)

  • DAN 200. Studies in Dance (2)
  • DAN 300. Dance Techniques (2)
  • DAN 310. World Dance Traditions (2)
  • DAN 355. Dance Notation (3)
  • DAN 360. Dance History (4)
  • DAN 450. Choreography (3)
  • DAN 481. Creative Dance in the Classroom (4)
  • DAN 580. Advanced Creative Dance Methods (4)

 

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