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Theatre Arts

THE1000 Introduction to the Theatre (3)
Provides a survey of artistic collaborations, materials, and processes used in the creation of
theatre arts events through a study of the evolution of drama, comparisons of playwrights, actors, directors and performance styles, design processes, and stage technology. Fulfills the General Education Visual and Performing Arts Requirement.
THE1005 Oral Interpretation and Communication of Literature (3)
Gives students oral communication and interpretation skills, including analysis and oral performance of a wide range of literary genre: fiction, nonfiction, prose, and poetry. Fulfills the General Education Visual and Performing Arts Requirement.

THE1007 Playwriting to Performance: The Short Play (3)
The course will cover the basics of playwriting with a special emphasis on developing short projects such as monologues, short scenes, and the ten-minute format. There will be an option for students who want to write in a longer format.  There will be a special emphasis on preparing students for the 10 Minute Play Festival at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). Students will have the opportunity to perform projects in class and workshops with possible presentations in student-directed projects and entering their projects at the festival.

THE1010 All the World's a Stage (3)
Students learn about the history of art forms and focus specifically on several important production companies along with film and television studies. Students attend performances, tour performance and production facilities, and attend presentations by professionals from the theatre, dance, film, and television.

THE1013 Theatre and Drama in the Schools (3)
Students and faculty create a children's theatre touring production to be presented at elementary and middle schools throughout the Bay Area. Students learn the skills and techniques needed to create play scripts. They learn basic design and construction skills for costumes, properties, scenic elements, and musical components. Although some experience in theatre is preferred, there are no prerequisites for the course. Fulfills the General Education Visual and Performing Arts Requirement.

THE1015 Beginning Acting (3)
Develops student's awareness of his/her physical response to emotion in order that he/she may truthfully recreate these responses in an appropriate way in acting scenes. The class utilizes constant activity, including structured exercise and sensory practice. Fulfills the General Education Visual and Performing Arts Requirement.

THE1020 Makeup (1)
Focuses on theory and practice of using theatre makeup. Emphasis is placed on corrective, middle age, old age, and character makeup.

THE1025 Theatre Production and Stagecraft I (3)
Provides an introduction to theatre production: stagecraft practices, reading, drafting, engineering, and estimating shop drawings; the tools, materials, techniques, and procedures of scenic construction; stage operations; shop safety; and scenic painting for stage productions. In-class work includes regular quizzes and hands-on practice with tools and materials. Course requires a minimum of 10 hours of laboratory stagecraft time.

THE1030 Theatre Production and Stagecraft II (3)
Prerequisite: THE1025 or instructor’s approval
Advance assignments in theatre production principles and practices. May include technical directing, student productions, assistant designing, scenic artist, properties master, special construction projects, learning techniques on welding, mold casting, rigging, and special effects. Fulfills the General Education Visual and Performing Arts Requirement.

THE1055 Scenic Design and Model Building (3)
Prerequisites:
  THE1000 and THE1025 or THE1030
Corequisites: THE1076L (1 unit)
Provides an in-depth study of the process of creating theatrical scenery through a study of historical staging techniques to the most current scenic technology. Students are taught advance drafting rendering techniques and model-building skills and are challenged through projects in drafting, perspective, drawing, color rendering, and CADD presentation to communicate design ideas and construction information. Fulfills the General Education Visual and Performing Arts Requirement.

THE1059 Introduction to Arts Management (3) (CE)
Provides an in-depth and hands-on introduction to a wide range of Theatre management skills and procedures.  Students participate in production selection, planning, financing, promotion, and staffing. Study includes a wide variety of performing arts organizations and

events and focuses on how they are produced by arts organizations ranging from amateur to professional. Fulfills the General Education Visual and Performing Arts Requirement.

THE1060L Theatre and Dance Production: Theatre Administration (1-2)
Provides practical experience in box office, house management, public relations, and audience development.

THE1065L Theatre and Dance Production: Costume Laboratory (1-2)
Provides practical experience in building costumes or working on costume and/or makeup
crews for Theatre Arts productions.

THE1070L Theatre and Dance Production: Lighting and Sound Laboratory (1-2)
Provides practical experience in working on light and sound crews for Theatre Arts productions.

THE1075L Theatre and Dance Production: Rehearsal and Performance (1-2)
Provides credit for participation as a performer in departmental productions. May be repeated for credit.

THE1076L Theatre and Dance Production: Stagecraft and Scenic Construction Laboratory (1-2)
Provides practical experience in working stage crews, scenic construction, painting, and lighting for Theatre Arts productions.

THE1077 Assistant Stage Manager (1)
Provides the opportunity for students to serve as Assistant Stage Manager for an NDNU Theatre Department production. Student Assistant Stage Managers are responsible for assisting the Stage Manager and the Director. They gain experience in the organization and implementation of the necessary theatre production process.

THE1078 Stage Manager (1)
Provides the opportunity for students to serve as Stage Manager for an NDNU Theatre Department production. Student Stage Managers are responsible for assisting the production
Director. They supervise technical crews, auditions, rehearsals, and performances. They gain experience in overseeing all aspects of organizing and implementing the necessary Theatre production process.

THE1079 Assistant Director (1)
Provides the opportunity for students to serve as Assistant Directors for an NDNU Theatre Department production. Student Assistant Directors assist the Director in planning and preparing all aspects of the play production. They serve as a liaison for the performers, Stage Manager, theatre staff and administration, and production personnel.

THE2100 Intermediate Acting (3)
Prerequisite: THE1015 or permission of instructor
Provides for intensive work in character analysis and development through exercises and
scene study.

THE2105 Oral Interpretation and Communication of Literature (3)
Gives students oral communication and interpretation skills, including analysis and oral performance of a wide range of literary genre: fiction, nonfiction, prose, and poetry. The amount of work required for upper-division credit will differ in both quantity and quality from that required for lower-division credit.

THE2007 Playwriting to Performance: The Short Play (3)
The course will cover the basics of playwriting with a special emphasis on developing short projects such as monologues, short scenes, and the ten-minute format. There will be an option for students who want to write in a longer format.  There will be a special emphasis on preparing students for the 10 Minute Play Festival at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). Students will have the opportunity to perform projects in class and workshops with possible presentations in student-directed projects and entering their projects at the festival. The amount of work required for upper-division credit will differ in both quantity and quality from that required for lower-division credit.

THE2110 All the World's a Stage (3)
Students learn about the history of art forms and focus specifically on several important production companies along with film and television studies. Students attend performances, tour performance and production facilities, and attend presentations by professionals from the theatre, dance, film, and television. The amount of work required for upper-division credit will differ in both quantity and quality from that required for lower-division credit.

THE2115 Advanced Acting (3)
Prerequisites:
THE1000, THE1015, THE2100
Provides an intensive study of period acting styles through monologue and ensemble scene work.

THE2120 Stage Lighting and Electrics (3)
Prerequisites:
THE1000, THE1025 or THE1030, and THE1055
Corequisite: THE1070L (1 unit)
Provides an introduction to the art and technology of theatrical and stage lighting through a study of the nature and psychology of light and the principles of electrics, production, documentation, lighting control systems (including computers), and conceptualization. Hands-on practice and application are highlighted in this course.

THE2123 Costume Development and Design (3)
Prerequisites:
THE1000 and THE1025 or THE1030
Corequisite: THE1065L (1 unit)
Provides an introduction to the process of creating theatrical costumes through a study of clothing style, historically and across cultures. Includes character and script analysis, conceptualization, patterning, and construction techniques. Sewing techniques and rendering skills are taught and exercised. Fulfills the General Education Visual and Performing Arts Requirement.

THE2125 Theatre Production and Stagecraft I (3)
Prerequisite: THE1025 or instructor’s approval
Advance assignments in theatre production principles and practices. May include technical directing, student productions, assistant designing, scenic artist, properties master, special construction projects, learning techniques on welding, mold casting, rigging, and special effects. The amount of work required for upper-division credit will differ in both quantity and quality from that required for lower-division credit. Fulfills the General Education Visual and Performing Arts Requirement.

THE2130 Theatre Production and Stagecraft II (3)
Prerequisite: THE1025 or instructor’s approval
Advance assignments in theatre production principles and practices. May include technical directing, student productions, assistant designing, scenic artist, properties master, special construction projects, learning techniques on welding, mold casting, rigging, and special effects. The amount of work required for upper-division credit will differ in both quantity and quality from that required for lower-division credit.

THE2135W Development of Drama and Theatre to 1600 (4)
Prerequisite:
THE1000
The literature component of this course provides the history of the theatre and its literature
from ancient Greece to 1620. Approximately one fourth of class time is devoted to the instruction and practice of writing. Instruction will review basic skills and provide instruction in the language of the discipline, common forms for writing, and documentation. Fulfills the General Education Visual and Performing Arts Requirement. Fulfills 1 unit of General Education Upper-Division Writing requirement.
THE2140W Development of Drama and Theatre from 1600 to 1800 (4)
Prerequisite:
THE1000
The literature component of this course provides the history of theatre and its literature from 1600 to 1830. Approximately one fourth of the class time is devoted to the instruction and practice of writing. Instruction will review basic skills and provide instruction in the language of the discipline, common forms for writing, and documentation. Fulfills the General Education Visual and Performing Arts Requirement. Fulfills 1 unit of General Education Upper-Division Writing requirement.

THE2145W Development of Drama and Theatre from 1800 to Present (4)
Prerequisite: THE1000
The literature component of this course provides the history of theatre and its literature from 1800 to the present. Approximately one fourth of the class time is devoted to the instruction and practice of writing. Instruction will review basic skills and provide instruction in the language of the discipline, common forms for writing, and documentation. Fulfills the General Education Visual and Performing Arts Requirement. Fulfills 1 unit of General Education Upper-Division Writing requirement.

THE2150 Directing (3)
Prerequisite:
THE1000, THE1015 or by permission of instructor
Students examine the theories and practices of stage direction. Study includes the emergence of the position of the stage director, script selection and analysis, casting procedures, staging concepts, and discussions of the relationship of the director to the cast, designers, and technicians. Fulfills the General Education Visual and Performing Arts Requirement.

THE2151 Children's Theatre (3)
Provides theory of theatre education in the elementary school with practical projects planned for specific developmental levels.

THE2153 Theatre and Drama in the Schools (3)
Students and faculty create a children's theatre touring production to be presented at
elementary and middle schools throughout the Bay Area. Students learn the skills and techniques needed to create play scripts. They learn basic design and construction skills for costumes, properties, scenic elements, and musical components. Although some experience in theatre is preferred, there are no prerequisites for the course. The amount of work required for upper-division credit will differ in both quantity and quality from that required for lower-division credit. Fulfills the General Education Visual and Performing Arts Requirement.

THE2155 Scenic Design and Model Building (3)
Prerequisites:
THE1000 and THE1025 or THE1030
Provides an in-depth study of the process of creating theatrical scenery through a study of historical staging techniques to the most current scenic technology. Students are taught drafting and model-building skills and are challenged through projects in drafting, perspective, life drawing, and faux painting to communicate design ideas and construction information. The amount of work required for upper-division credit will differ in both quantity and quality from that required for lower-division credit.
THE2157 Acting for the Camera (3)
Provides an exploration of specific techniques required for acting in television and film productions.

THE2159 Introduction to Arts Management (3) (CE)
Provides an in depth and hands-on introduction to a wide range of Theatre management skills and procedures. Students participate in production selection, planning, financing, promotion, and staffing. Study includes a wide variety of performing arts organizations and events and focuses on how they are produced by arts organizations ranging from amateur to professional. The amount of work required for upper-division credit will differ in both quantity and quality from that required for lower-division credit. Fulfills the General Education Visual and Performing Arts Requirement.

THE2160L Theatre and Dance Production: Theatre Administration (1-2)
Provides practical experience in box office, house management, public relations, and audience development. The amount of work required for upper-division credit will differ in both quantity and quality from that required for lower-division credit.

THE2165L Theatre and Dance Production: Costume Laboratory (1-2)
Provides practical experience in building costumes or working on costume and/or makeup crews for Theatre Arts productions. The amount of work required for upper-division credit will differ in both quantity and quality from that required for lower-division credit.

THE2170L Theatre and Dance Production: Lighting and Sound Laboratory (1-2)
Provides practical experience in working on light and sound crews for Theatre Arts productions. The amount of work required for upper-division credit will differ in both quantity and quality from that required for lower-division credit.

THE2175L Theatre and Dance Production: Rehearsal and Performance (1-2)
Provides credit for participation as a performer in departmental productions. May be repeated for credit. The amount of work required for upper-division credit will differ in both quantity and quality from that required for lower-division credit.

THE2176L Theatre and Dance Production: Stagecraft Laboratory (1-2)
Provides practical experience in working stage crews, scenic construction, painting, and lighting for Theatre Arts productions. The amount of work required for upper-division credit will differ in both quantity and quality from that required for lower-division credit.

THE2177 Assistant Stage Manager (1)
Provides the opportunity for students to serve as Assistant Stage Manager for an NDNU Theatre Department production. Student Assistant Stage Managers are responsible for
assisting the Stage Manager and the Director. They gain experience in the organization and implementation of the necessary theatre production process. The amount of work required for upper-division credit will differ in both quantity and quality from that required for lower-division credit.

THE2178 Stage Manager (1)
Provides the opportunity for students to serve as Stage Manager for an NDNU Theatre Department production. Student Stage Managers are responsible for assisting the production Director. They supervise technical crews, auditions, rehearsals, and performances. They gain experience in overseeing all aspects of organizing and implementing the necessary Theatre production process. The amount of work required for upper-division credit will differ in both quantity and quality from that required for lower-division credit.

THE2179 Assistant Director (1)
Provides the opportunity for students to serve as Assistant Directors for an NDNU Theatre Department production. Student Assistant Directors assist the Director in planning and preparing all aspects of the play production. They serve as a liaison for the performers, Stage Manager, theatre staff and administration, and production personnel. The amount of work required for upper-division credit will differ in both quantity and quality from that required for lower-division credit.

THE2883 Directing Practicum (2)
Prerequisite:
THE2150
Offers practical experience in play directing.

THE2886 Special Topics in Theatre (1-3)
Special projects in theatre theory and design are available.

THE2990 Theatre Internship (2)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Provides practical theatrical experience with an off-campus theatre organization.

THE2994 Teaching Assistant (1-3)
Prerequisite:
Permission of instructor
Provides an opportunity for advanced Theatre Arts students to earn credit by assisting instructors in planning and conducting theatre courses and production activities.

THE2999 Independent Study in Theatre Arts (1-3)
Provides an opportunity for independent study or research under the direction of an instructor. See Undergraduate Policies and Procedures for more information on Independent Study.