Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Courses

Make Theatre, Create Community

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2015-2016, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2015. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

THEA 111, THEA 115, THEA 116, THEA 155, THEA 205, THEA 220, THEA 230, THEA 302, THEA 303, THEA 315, THEA 316, THEA 320, THEA 330, THEA 340, THEA 350, THEA 360W, THEA 365W, THEA 369, THEA 370, THEA 375C, THEA 385, THEA 435, THEA 445, THEA 455, THEA 494, THEA 496, THEA 499

THEA 111 | THEATRE AND SOCIETY

Units: 3-4

This course studies theatre as an art form and examines the historical role of theatre in the world and its significance as a cultural force. It involves attending plays, designing projects and/or performing. Satisfies the core curriculum fine arts requirement.

THEA 115 | THEATRE PRACTICUM I FOR NON-MAJORS

Units: 1 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

A course for non-majors/non-minors only. Students serve on a faculty-supervised running crew for a minimum of 30 crew hours (most productions and projects will require more hours). This course is repeatable for up to three units.

THEA 116 | THEATRE PRACTICUM I

Units: 2 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

A course for majors and minors only. Students serve on a faculty-supervised running crew for a minimum of 30 crew hours (most productions and projects will require more hours). This course is repeatable for up to 3 units.

THEA 155 | THEATRE IN EDUCATION

Units: 3

This course is designed specifically for future elementary school teachers enrolled in the liberal studies major as an introduction to the use of theatre and dance in the classroom. It involves theatre and dance through form, style, history, and cultural perspectives. Students learn the structure and vocabulary of theatre and dance, as well as practical methods of application in the classroom.

THEA 205 | TECHNICAL THREATRE WITH LAB

Units: 4

This course covers the primary technical process, the behind-the-scenes work, necessary to mount a theatrical production. It involves stagecraft vocabulary, set construction, lighting and sound technology, stage management, production organization, and theatre architecture. In the technical theatre lab portion of this course, students learn how to put theory into practice in the support of the semester’s theatrical productions. It involves the construction and installation of sets, hanging and focusing lights, and the installation and configuration of the sound system. Hours outside scheduled class time will be required, including some weekends.

THEA 220 | FUNDAMENTALS OF THEATRICAL DESIGN

Units: 3

This course focuses on understanding foundational elements of theatrical design and developing the skills to translate text into visual content. It involves script analysis, research, creative exploration, and visual communication. Satisfies the core curriculum fine arts requirement.

THEA 230 | ACTING I

Units: 3

This course examines the tradition of the actor as storyteller and challenges students to increase their ability to express their own experience and the experience of others. It involves improvisation, monologue, and scene work, technical methods in voice, physical action, and text analysis. Satisfies the core curriculum fine arts requirement.

THEA 302 | ACTING II

Units: 3

Prerequisites: THEA 230

Focusing on contemporary dramatic scripts and actor transformation, this course teaches students to work creatively within a structure and to develop an acting process that balances and integrates text analysis and creative imagination.

THEA 303 | COSTUME CONSTRUCTION

Units: 3

Prerequisites: THEA 111 and (THEA 220 or THEA 230)

This course introduces theatrical costume construction techniques, procedures, and overall process. Students develop basic machine and hand-sewing skills, become familiar with costume-shop tools and equipment, pattern development, and all aspects of costume building. Also involves costume history, millinery, costume props, and accessories. Extra class laboratory hours for semester theatrical productions are required.

THEA 315 | THEATRE PRACTICUM II FOR NON-MAJORS

Units: 1 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

A course for non-majors/non-minors only. Students serve on a faculty-supervised running crew for a minimum of 30 crew hours (most productions and projects will require more hours). This course is repeatable for up to 3 units.

THEA 316 | THEATRE PRACTICUM II

Units: 2 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

A course for majors and minors only. Students serve on a faculty-supervised running crew for a minimum of 30 crew hours (most productions and projects will require more hours). This course is repeatable for up to 3 units.

THEA 320 | SCENIC DESIGN

Units: 3

Prerequisites: THEA 220

This course is an advanced study of the process of costuming a theatrical production. It involves how the social impact of clothes translates to theatrical costuming, visual and textual research, play analysis, costume history, rendering, design elements, production procedures, and collaboration with other artists.

THEA 330 | COSTUME DESIGN

Units: 3

Prerequisites: THEA 220

This course is an advanced study of the process of costuming a theatrical production. It involves how the social impact of clothes translates to theatrical costuming, visual and textual research, play analysis, costume history, rendering, design elements, production procedures, and collaboration with other artists.

THEA 340 | VOICE AND SPEECH

Units: 3

Prerequisites: THEA 111 or THEA 230

This course will integrate various vocal training approaches and methods in order to encourage vocal growth in the areas of breath support, clarity of speech, diction, and range. It is specifically designed for actors, but can benefit anyone interested in public speaking or in communicating with more clarity and confidence. It involves cultivating vocal potential and performing monologues, scenes, and poetry.

THEA 350 | MOVEMENT FOR ACTORS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: THEA 111 or THEA 230

This course focuses on physical communication through exploring personal habit, body language, character development, transformation, and style through physical action.

THEA 360W | THEATRE HISTORY

Units: 3

Prerequisites: THEA 111

Centering on the contributions of theatre in mirroring cultures, this course examines the roots and development of world theatre, from ancient Greece to modern realism. It involves, along with the reading of plays, the historical approaches to studying the creation of theatre.

THEA 365W | PLAYWRITING

Units: 3

Prerequisites: THEA 111 and (THEA 230 or ENGL 121)

This course will focus writing scenes and creating work in playwriting format through reading, writing and acting exercises. A final project is the writing of an original one-act play.

THEA 369 | CONTEMPORARY THEATRE

Units: 3

Prerequisites: THEA 111

This course examines diverse contemporary plays, including alternative and avant-garde forms of theatre. It involves textual analysis, production history, and critical theory as is applicable to current dramatic criticism and interpretation.

THEA 370 | PERFORMANCE STUDIES

Units: 3

Prerequisites: THEA 111

This course focuses on the critical terms and practices of the contemporary study of performance. Several key terms and important genres of artistic and social performance will be engaged through an in-depth analysis of live and recorded performances as well as performance texts. The course will draw disciplinary methodologies from anthropology and ethnography in addition to employing concepts from literary and cultural theory. Projects combine written and performance elements to help students develop as scholar-practitioners.

THEA 375C | THEATRE AND COMMUNITY

Units: 3-4

Prerequisites: THEA 111 or THEA 230

This course focuses on the use of theatre and performance as a means of exploring social and political issues. Students will examine the skills needed to create theatre for and about specific communities and their concerns. It involves all levels of creation, including researching, interviewing, writing, and performing. When available and appropriate, students will be guided in establishing partnership building with community-based organizations. Cross-listed with community service-learning.

THEA 385 | ACTING FOR THE MUSICAL THEATRE

Units: 6

Prerequisites: THEA 230

This course cultivates the skills of analyzing, interpreting, and performing the two primary texts of the musical theatre song: lyrics and music. By learning the performer’s mind/body connection through researching musical theatre repertoire, students ultimately are prepared for an effective musical theatre singing audition.

THEA 435 | ACTING III

Units: 3

Prerequisites: THEA 230 and THEA 302

This course will focus on performing classical texts. Students will address the challenges of heightened language, rhetoric, argumentation, style, scansion, poetry, and period movement.

THEA 445 | PRODUCING AND DIRECTING

Units: 3

Prerequisites: THEA 230 and THEA 305

This course examines the process of producing and directing for the theatre. It involves choosing a play, securing performance rights, paying royalties, negotiating contracts, casting, scheduling, design collaboration, script analysis, actor coaching, blocking, publicity, marketing, and house management.

THEA 455 | STAGE MANAGEMENT

Units: 3

Prerequisites: THEA 116 and THEA 230 and THEA 305

This course, by examining the role of the stage manager in the theatrical process, prepares students for practical experience and employment in educational or professional theatre, as well as for developing stage management skills in other arts-related or non-related fields. It involves field experience/observation of productions on and off campus.

THEA 494 | SPECIAL TOPICS IN THEATRE

Units: 4 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Courses examining specific aspects of theatre not covered in other classes. See program listing each semester.

THEA 496 | SENIOR PROJECT IN THEATRE

Units: 1-3

Individual directed study under the supervision of a faculty member.

THEA 499 | INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units: 1-3

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