University Bulletin 2017-2018

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  • DRA 100
    Theatre Wkshp Rehrs-Perform
    1 cr

    Practical experience in acting. May be repeated three times for a maximum of four credit hours. Prerequisite: Permission of department chair. Fulfills the Fine Arts and Humanities requirement in general education.

  • DRA 101
    Theatre Wksp Tech Production
    1 cr

    Practical experience in backstage work. May be repeated three times for a maximum of four credit hours. Prerequisite: Permission of department chair. Fulfills the Fine Arts and Humanities requirement in general education.

  • DRA 102
    Theatre Wksp Special Act
    1 cr

    Practical experience in theatre areas other than acting or technical production. May be repeated three times for a maximum of four credit hours. Prerequisite: Permission of department chair. Fulfills the Fine Arts and Humanities requirement in general education.

  • DRA 103
    Theatre Symposium
    .5 cr

    A symposium required of all full time drama majors meeting weekly to share and discuss theatre activities. Four hours required for majors for graduation with adjustments made for transfer students. Prerequisites: Must be Drama Major

  • DRA 104
    Fundamentals of Dance I
    3 cr

    Beginning level instruction in dance, including theory and terminology, with a primary focus on classical ballet. Designed to prepare the student dancer for performance.

  • DRA 105
    Fundamentals of Dance II
    3 cr

    Beginning-level instruction in Dance, with a primary focus on jazz and modern. Through the study of technique, theory, and terminology, students will be introduced to the form from the viewpoint of audience member, performer, and choreographer.

  • DRA 110
    Introduction to Theatre
    3 cr

    A basic survey of theatre practice. Fulfills the Fine Arts and Humanities requirement in general education.

  • DRA 111
    Introduction to Dance
    3 cr

    A basic survey of dance as an art form. Through readings, lectures, viewing of live and filmed dance, and basic studio work, students will gain a better appreciation of the historical development and forms of the art.

  • DRA 115
    Acting for Non-Majors
    3 cr

    An interactive course designed to introduce the non-major to the art and discipline of acting as both performer and observer. Through a sequence of exercises and practice, the student will be introduced to the actor's mode of thinking, creating, and working. Fulfills the Fine Arts and Humanities requirement in General Education.

  • DRA 116
    Opera & Musical Theatre Wkshop
    .5 cr

    A performing ensemble dedicated to training students in the fundamentals of stage craft, performance, and production through experience with music for the stage. Standards of opera, operetta, and American musical theatre are explored in scene exercises and fully staged productions on and off campus. Enrollment is open to all students through audition or permission of the instructor. Course is cross-listed with MUO 116. Credit cannot be received for both MUO 116 and DRA 116. May be repeated four times for a maximum of two credit hours. Fulfills the Fine Arts and Humanities requirement in General Education.

  • DRA 120
    Acting I
    3 cr

    A workshop-lecture course introducing a basic process for acting on the stage in the style of modern realism. Restriction: Must be a Drama major or minor or a dance minor. This course fulfills the Fine Arts and Humanities requirement in General Education.

  • DRA 130
    Stagecraft
    3 cr

    A lecture-laboratory course in the fundamentals of stagecraft. This course fulfills the Fine Arts and Humanities requirement in General Education.

  • DRA 131
    Fundamentals of Stage Lighting
    3 cr

    A lecture-laboratory course in the fundamentals of stage lighting. Prerequisite: This course fulfills the Fine Arts and Humanities requirement in General Education.

    Pre-requisite: DRA 133 Minimum Grade of C
  • DRA 132
    Costume Fundamentals
    3 cr

    A lecture-laboratory course in the fundamentals of costuming for the stage, including basic sewing skills as they apply to theatrical costumes. This course fulfills the Fine Arts and Humanities requirement in General Education.

  • DRA 133
    Computer Graphics Theatre
    1 cr

    The fundamentals of computer drafting and graphic design for the stage.

  • DRA 150
    Text Analysis
    3 cr

    Reading and analyzing play scripts as blueprints for dramatic actions, sights, sounds, characters, and productions. This course fulfills the Fine Arts and Humanities requirement in General Education.

  • DRA 204
    Dance Techniques I
    3 cr

    A review and expansion of technique, vocabulary, and history of ballet, jazz, and theatrical dance.

    Pre-requisite: DRA 104 Minimum Grade of D or DRA 105 Minimum Grade of D
  • DRA 205
    Dance Techniques II
    3 cr

    An exploration of modern dance techniques, vocabulary, and history with ballet as their basis.

    Pre-requisite: DRA 204 Minimum Grade of D
  • DRA 210
    Makeup
    1 cr

    A study of the materials and techniques of theatrical makeup.

  • DRA 220
    Stage Movement
    3 cr

    Through exercises and scene study, student-actors explore movement for the stage. This course fulfills the Fine Arts and Humanities requirement in General Education.

    Pre-requisite: DRA 121 Minimum Grade of C
  • DRA 221
    Voice for Actors
    3 cr

    A workshop-lecture course in speaking voice and articulation for performance. This course fulfills the Fine Arts and Humanities requirement in General Education.

    Pre-requisite: DRA 121 Minimum Grade of C
  • DRA 222
    Acting II - Study in Realism
    3 cr

    Course is designed to teach theory and techniques in character development and analysis, used in Realistic theatre, through the use of scene studies.

    Pre-requisite: DRA 120 Minimum Grade of C and DRA 220 Minimum Grade of C and DRA 221 Minimum Grade of C
  • DRA 230
    Drawing & Drafting for Theatre
    2 cr

    Drawing and Drafting for the Theatre-An introductory course designed to develop basic skills in freehand drawing and mechanical drafting for theatre and the entertainment industry.

  • DRA 233
    Rendering for the Theatre
    1 cr

    This course focuses on the major painting mediums, styles, of illustration, and techniques utilized in the visual presentations of costume, scene and lighting design for the theatre. The student will develop artistic skills and techniques through studio work in drawing and painting projects for the theatre. One (1) hour (second of three one (1) hour courses designed to develop Theatre Design & Technology students portfolio skills).

  • DRA 250
    Theatre Management
    3 cr

    A basic course in the principles of accounting, purchasing, box office management, house management, and promotion. This course fulfills the Fine Arts and Humanities requirement in General Education.

  • DRA 261
    Creative Dramatics
    3 cr

    A practical course concerned with improvisational acting with children. Of special interest to students in Education and Leisure Services.

  • DRA 290
    Special Topics -
    1 TO 3 cr

    Theatre and drama topics not covered in regular curriculum. May be repeated when subject varies for a total of 9 hours.

  • DRA 300
    Adv Wksp Rehearsal and Perform
    1 cr

    Advanced practical experience in acting. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 hours. Prerequisites: Junior status and Permission of Instructor.

  • DRA 301
    Adv Wksp Technical Production
    1 cr

    Advanced practical experience in backstage work. May be repeated for a total of 4 hours. Prerequisites: Junior status and permission of Instructor.

  • DRA 302
    Adv Wksp Spec Activities
    1 cr

    Advanced practical experience in theatre areas other than acting or technical production. May be repeated three times for a total of four hours. Prerequisites: Junior status and permission of department chair.

  • DRA 310
    Playwriting
    3 cr

    Studies in character, plot development, and the one-act play form. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.

  • DRA 315
    History of Musical Theatre
    3 cr

    A comprehensive overview of the origins and evolution of American Music Theatre to present time. The course also includes both general and specific information toward appropriate performance choices. Cross-listed with MUL 315. Credit cannot be received for both DRA 315 and MUL 315.

    Pre-requisite: EH 101 Minimum Grade of C and (EH 102 Minimum Grade of C or EH 105 Minimum Grade of C)
  • DRA 320
    Studies in Acting Styles -
    3 cr

    Variable-content course featuring acting styles found in different theatrical genres as well as for camera. May be repeated twice when the topic varies for a total of 9 hours.

    Pre-requisite: DRA 222 Minimum Grade of C
  • DRA 322
    Adv. Voice and Movement
    3 cr

    An in-depth continuation of voice and movement training for the actor, with a focus on extending range and expressivity in the voice and body. Emphasis will be placed on understanding and transforming the actor's vocal and physical instrument. DRA 120, 220, and 221, or permission of department chair.

    Pre-requisite: DRA 120 Minimum Grade of C and DRA 220 Minimum Grade of C and DRA 221 Minimum Grade of C
  • DRA 330
    Scene Design
    3 cr

    The fundamentals of scene design for the stage. Prerequisite: Limited to undergraduate status.

    Pre-requisite: DRA 133 Minimum Grade of C
  • DRA 331
    Lighting Design
    3 cr

    The course focuses on the fundamentals of lighting design for the Stage.

    Pre-requisite: DRA 131 Minimum Grade of C
  • DRA 333
    Design Portfolio
    1 cr

    An upper-level course meant to help graduating students focus on designing and developing an aesthetically pleasing portfolio for either graduate school interviews or professional theatre interviews. Development of a digital portfolio and a web page will also be included.

  • DRA 334
    Costume Design
    3 cr

    A class in basic design theory,, concentrating on design concept, characterization and research. Some instruction in figure drawing and rendering. Artistic and Technical concerns as they apply to Costume Design will be addressed through lectures, discussions, and critiques. The course will focus on the first half of the design process: research, direction and rendering of ideas. Special concentration will focus on character analysis and their physical manifestations. In-class critiques will help the student to identify and utilize the characteristics of good design.

  • DRA 340
    Directing I
    3 cr

    The fundamental techniques involved in directing a stage play: analysis, casting, and blocking.

    Pre-requisite: DRA 120 Minimum Grade of C or DRA 150 Minimum Grade of C
  • DRA 350
    Theatre History I - W
    3 cr

    A comprehensive study of the important developments in theatre art from its beginnings to 1642, including a computer component.

    Pre-requisite: DRA 120 Minimum Grade of D and (EH 102 Minimum Grade of C or EH 105 Minimum Grade of C)
  • DRA 351
    Theatre History II - W
    3 cr

    A continuation of DRA 350 from the Restoration to the present.

    Pre-requisite: (EH 102 Minimum Grade of C or EH 105 Minimum Grade of C)
  • DRA 352
    Period Styles For The Theatre
    3 cr

    Historical study of dress in relation to costuming for the Stage. For Tech-Design students and Actors.

  • DRA 410
    3-Dimensional Makeup and Masks
    3 cr

    A class in basic face casting, theatrical masks and slush mold latex appliances for the Stage.

    Pre-requisite: DRA 210 Minimum Grade of C
  • DRA 416
    Opera & Musical Theatre Wkshop
    .5 cr

    A performing ensemble dedicated to training students in the fundamentals of stage craft, performance, and production through experience with music for the stage. Standards of opera, operetta, and American musical theatre are explored in scene exercises and fully-staged productions on and off campus. Enrollment is open to all students through audition or permission of the instructor. Course is cross-listed with MUO 416. Credit cannot be received for both MUO 416 and DRA 416. May be repeated four times for a maximum of two credit hours. Fulfills the Fine Arts and Humanities requirement in General Education.

  • DRA 433
    Studies in Advanced Design -
    3 cr

    Advanced studies in either Scene Design, Costume Design. or Lighting Design for the Stage. May be repeated once if the topic varies for a total of six credits.

    Pre-requisite: DRA 330 Minimum Grade of C or DRA 431 Minimum Grade of C or DRA 432 Minimum Grade of C
  • DRA 435
    Design Practicum - Main Stage
    3 cr

    A class geared to giving the student practical application design theory, continued development of render/modeling skill, and actualization of design

    Pre-requisite: DRA 330 Minimum Grade of C or DRA 331 Minimum Grade of C or DRA 332 Minimum Grade of C
  • DRA 460
    Theatre for Youth
    3 cr

    The reading and production techniques of plays for children and teenagers.

  • DRA 480
    Senior Capstone
    3 cr

    "A culminating experience for all theatre majors, this course will provide instruction in professional theatre business practices aimed at graduating students about to leave the university for early career opportunities, as well as afford the student the opportunity to prepare and present a major research project that builds upon and synthesizes the knowledge and skills acquired during their theatre studies. A presentation of the research project will be presented to the entire department, and adjudicated by the full-time theatre faculty."

    Pre-requisite: DRA 340 Minimum Grade of C
  • DRA 490
    Special Topics -
    1 TO 3 cr

    Various topics of special interest to students of drama. Restrictions. Limited to undergraduate status. Prerequisite: Permission of department chair. May be repeated once for a maximum of six credit hours when topic varies.

  • DRA 494
    Directed Studies -
    1 TO 3 cr

    Independent study under faculty supervision, involving research readings, or artistic projects. Restrictions: Limited to undergraduate status. Prerequisites: Permission of department chair. May be repeated seven times for a maximum of eight credit hours.

  • DRA 496
    Theatre Internship
    6 cr

    Practical experience in stock, repertory, or touring theatre.