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Course Descriptions

Theatre Arts Courses

1111 INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE ARTS (3 hours)
A survey of selected principles and techniques of the theatre arts.

1134 BEGINNING ACTING FOR MAJORS (3 hours)
Study and practice in the skills involved in stage acting.

1135 BEGINNING ACTING FOR NON-MAJORS (3 hours)
Study and practice in the skills involved in stage and screen acting.

1152 STAGE MAKEUP (1 hour)
Materials and techniques of makeup for the stage.

1421 ANYALYSIS OF DRAMATIC LITERATURE (3 hours)
Same as ENG 1421. The characteristics and development of major styles and forms in dramatic literature.

1422 THEATRE TRAVEL: LONDON, NYC, AND BEYOND(1 hour)
Attend theatrical performances in London, New York City, or other cities. Required course fee. Catawba College students only may enroll.

1454 STAGECRAFT (3 hours)
Introduction to scenic technology and design principles with emphasis on the practical application of scenographic techniques.

1522 DECORATIVE ARTS AND MATERIAL CULTURE (3 hours)
A study of the major developments in the decorative and applied arts and material culture from antiquity to the present. Cross-listed as ART 1522.

1537 AUDITION TECHNIQUES (3 hours)
Performance theory and techniques of auditioning for stage, film, television, and musical theatre. Prerequisite: TA 1134.

1561 FUNDAMENTALS OF THEATRE DESIGN (3 hours)
An introductory study of the theory and practice of design in relation to stage production. Prerequisite: TA1421, 1454.

2101-2102 APPLIED THEATRE (1 hour)
The learning and development of theatre techniques and practices through actual production experience.

2110 JAPANESE MUSICAL THEATRE AND DANCE (3 hours)
Same as MUSIC 2110. A semester-long, study of styles and concepts as practiced in various cultural, political, and social contexts in the music/theatre traditions of Japan.

2115 FILM CRITICISM (3 hours)
Same as CA 2115. A study of the technical aspects of film-making and of the political and artistic role of film in society.

2116 ASIAN CINEMA (3 hours)
Same as CA 2116. A semester-long study of styles and concepts of films as practiced in various cultural, political, and social contexts throughout Asia. Analytical skills will focus on how to read the visual language of the film along with the spoken work (including subtitles). (Offered in alternate years).

2161 DRAWING FOR THEATRE (2 hours)
An introduction to technical and artistic drawing with an emphasis on drafting, sketching and computer-aided design.

2444 PLAYWRITING (3 hours)
Stage practice of procedures and processes necessary for writing a stage play.

2525 STAGE SPEECH AND MOVEMENT I (3 hours)
An intermediate study in the development of onstage characterization and personal development, with an emphasis on application of vocal and physical theories. Prerequisites: TA 1134 and DAN 1101.

2534 INTERMEDIATE ACTING (3 hours)
A practical study of the theories, techniques, and practices observed in contemporary acting. Prerequisite: DAN 1101, TA 1134, TA 1421.

2551 INTERMEDIATE STAGECRAFT (3 hours)
A continued study of stagecraft with emphasis on advanced construction, theatrical drafting, design, painting, lighting, sound, and technical problem-solving, with practice and projects in all areas. Prerequisite: TA 1454.

2552 COSTUME CONSTRUCTION (3 hours)
Techniques of costume construction for the stage through practical laboratory experience. Laboratory fee required. Prerequisite: TA 1454.

2553 STAGE LIGHTING (3 hours)
The basic concepts of light, electricity, and color, with emphasis on the practical use of standard stage lighting equipment and controls. Prerequisite: TA 1454, 1561.

2554 SOUND PRODUCTION (3 hours)
A study of the theory and practice of theatre sound with emphasis on the practical use of standard sound equipment and controls.

2555 SCENE PAINTING (3 hours)
A study of the theory and practice of decorative paint with emphasis on the practical use of standard painting techniques and equipment. Prerequisites: TA 1454, 1561. (Offered in alternate years.)

2556 STAGE PROPERTIES (3 hours)
A study of the theory and practice of stage properties with emphasis on visual analysis, period research and properties craftwork.

2601-9 SELECTED TOPICS IN THEATRE ARTS(1-3 hours)
A study of a topic selected by the department focusing on an area of particular interest within the discipline.

2943 STAGE MANAGEMENT (3 hours)
A practical study of the fundamentals of stage managing.

3000 THEATRE ARTS TEACHING METHODS (3 hours)
A study of current programs, methods, and materials for teaching theatre in secondary schools Rationale. Pending approval of Theatre Arts Education major. The course is required by the state and will cover materials and issues that can’t be covered in an existing course.

3180 HISTORY OF THE MUSICAL STAGE (3 hours)
A survey of music for the stage including opera, German singspiel and nineteenth century operatic developments, with emphasis on the contributions of the American musical theatre.

3181 THEATRE HISTORY I (3 hours)
European theatre and dramatic literature from ancient Greece through the eighteenth century. Prerequisite: TA 1421, ENG 2111, and Junior standing.

3182 THEATER HISTORY II (3 hours)
European theatre and dramatic literature from early nineteenth century to the present. Prerequisite: TA 1421, ENG 2111, and Junior standing.

3361 THEATRE ARTS MANAGEMENT (3 hours)
Astudy of the administration of theatre arts organizations, with an overview of events management, publicizing, marketing, and audience development, and developmental functions.

3525 STAGE SPEECH AND MOVEMENT II (3 hours)
An advanced study in the development of onstage characterization and personal development, with an emphasis on application of vocal and physical theories. Prerequisites: TA 1134, TA 2525, and DAN 1101.

3530 PLAYING SHAKESPEARE (3 hours)
Study and practice of scenes, monologues and sonnets of Shakespeare, with emphasis on Elizabethan movement, manners, customs and the practicalities of analyzing and performing Shakespeare’s language. Prerequisites: DAN 1101, TA 1134, TA1421.

3531 PERIOD PERFORMANCE (3 hours)
Study and practice of theatre performance styles from ancient Greece through Nineteenth-Century Romanticism, excluding Shakespeare. May be taken with acting, directing or design emphasis. Prerequisites: TA 1134, TA 1421, and either TA 1522 or TA 3181.

3533 ACTING FOR THE CAMERA (3 hours)
Adjusting basic techniques for film, television, and commercial industry. Prerequisites:TA 1134, DAN 1101and TA 2534. (Offered in alternate years.)

3534 DIRECTING I (3 hours)
A practical study of the fundamentals of directing. Prerequisite: DAN 1101,TA 1134, TA 1421, TA 1454, TA 1561 (The Theatre Arts Core) and Junior standing.

3536 STAGE COMBAT (2 hours)
A practical study for the performer in basic unarmed and single weapon techniques with a focus on the safe and effective performance of stage violence Prerequisites: TA 1134 or TA 1135 and DAN 1100 or DAN 1101.

3539 MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE (3 hours)
A practical study of the special theories, techniques and practices of theatrical performance in musical theatre styles. Prerequisites:  DA1101, TA1134, TA1421.

3544 DIRECTING II (3 hours)
A practical experience in the direction of a one-act play. Prerequisites: DAN1101, TA1134, TA1421 TA1454, TA1561 (The Theatre Arts Core), TA 3534 and Permission of Instructor.

3561 SCENE DESIGN (3 hours)
Theory and practice of scenic design for the stage. Prerequisites: TA 1421, 1454, 1522 and 1561.

3562 COSTUME DESIGN (3 hours)
Theory and practice of costume design for the stage. Prerequisites: TA 1421, 1522 and 1561.

3563 LIGHTING DESIGN (3 hours)
The concepts of stage lighting design with emphasis on accepted professional procedures, script analysis, drafting, and cueing. Prerequisites: TA 15611 and TA 2553.

3950 RECITAL PREPARATION (1 hour)
A practical study to prepare the Musical Theatre major to meet the exit requirement by public performance.

3951 RECITAL (0 hours)
A practical study to prepare the Musical Theatre major to meet the exit requirement by public performance, to include assembling and preparing the materials, making physical arrangements, and other preliminary necessary preparation. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Prerequisite: TA 3950.

4000 B.F.A. CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE (3 hours)
Supervised research for B.F.A. students in either the area of musical theatre, theatre arts performance, or theatre design and production, to be conducted in conjunction with a creative project within the student's area of emphasis. Prerequisite: B.F.A. major and Senior standing, or permission of instructor.

4100 B.A. CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE (3 hours)
A capstone course for seniors seeking the B. A. in Theatre Arts, Musical Theatre, or Theatre Education. Prerequisite: B.A. major in Theatre Arts, Musical Theatre, or Theatre Education and Senior standing.

4101-4109 THEATRE ARTS SEMINAR (3 hours)
Reading, discussion, independent research, and written reports on a topic selected by the department. (e.g., American Theatre History, British Theatre, Trends in Directing, Advanced Playwriting Practices, etc.)

4201-4209 PRACTICUM (1-3 hours)
An application of theory and methods to specific areas of theatre and dance in supervised experience. Prerequisite: permission of Department.

4301-4309 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-4 hours)
Self-directed study following a contractual plan initiated by the student and approved by the department faculty.

4400 THEATRE ARTS FELLOWSHIP (1-2 hours)
For advanced students who have already received credit for a course or have proven competency in an area who would like to assist the teaching and mentorship of that course under supervision from the course instructor(s). Permission of Instructor and Theatre Arts Chair required. (S-U grading).

4401 INTERNSHIP (1-6 hours)
A supervised application of theory in practice in a functional area related to arts management or other theatre arts area. Approval granted by department and Registrar prior to internship, with tuition charged according to hours.


Dance Courses

1100 INTRODUCTION TO DANCE (2 hours)
A survey of basic concepts, history, and movement techniques in dance, including ballet, modern, jazz and other dance forms designed to serve the inexperienced dancer. Appriopriate clothing and shoes required.

1101 FOUNDATIONS IN MOVEMENT (3 hours)
An introductory study of basic concepts in movement and vocal and physical performance techniques through exploration of embodied anatomy, yoga, Alexander Technique geared specifically for theatre majors. Appropriate clothing required.

1115 SOCIAL DANCE IN FILM AND PRACTICE (3 hours)
A survey of various social dance forms in art and culture, with a major portion of course content focusing on films and practical dance lessons. Appropriate clothing and shoes are required.

1134 TAP DANCE I (2 hours)
An intensive study of tap dance technique, history, performance, and style, usually resulting in a public performance. Prerequisites: DAN 1100 and DAN 1101.

1135 TAP DANCE II (2 hours)
A continued study of tap dance technique, with an emphasis on more intricate footwork and overall performance quality. Appropriate clothing and shoes required. Prerequisite: DAN 1134.

1193 DANCE ENSEMBLE (1 hour)
A repertory ensemble, which prepares dances for performances on campus and/or in the community. By audition only (the first day of class). May be repeated for credit.

1501 BALLET AND MODERN DANCE I (2 hours)
An intensive study of the fundamentals of dance technique, with an emphasis on classical vocabulary and terminology (including execution of same). Appropriate clothing and shoes are required. Prerequisites: DAN 1100 and DAN 1101. May be repeated for credit.

1502 BALLET AND MODERN DANCE II (2 hours)
A continued study of ballet and modern dance technique, with an emphasis on advanced movements and overall performance quality. Appropriate clothing and shoes required. Prerequisite: DAN 1501.

2501 JAZZ DANCE I (2 hours)
An intensive study of the fundamentals of jazz dance technique, with an emphasis on vocabulary and terminology (including execution of same). Appropriate clothing and shoes required. Prerequisites: DAN 1501.

2502 JAZZ DANCE II (2 hours)
A continued study of jazz dance technique, with an emphasis on more advanced movements and overall performance. Appropriate clothing and shoes required. Prerequisite: DAN 2501.

2601-9 SELECTED TOPICS IN DANCE (1-3 hours)
A study of a topic selected by the department focusing on an area of particular interest within the discipline. Appropriate clothing and shoes for the topic are required.

3180 HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES IN DANCE (2 hours)
A survey of dance and its historical evolution from ancient tribal ritual to contemporary post-modern dance performance. Prerequisite: DAN 1100 or DAN 1101.

3537 DANCE FOR THE MUSICAL STAGE (2 hours)
A study of performance theory and practice in the techniques of dance for the musical theatre. Prerequisite: DAN 1101, DAN 1501, and Junior standing.

3543 CHOREOGRAPHY (3 hours)
An intensive study and practice of basic principles in choreography to include a choreographic project(s). Prerequisite: 6 credit hours of Dance.

4201 PRACTICUM (1-3 hours)
An application of theory and methods to specific areas of dance in supervised experience. Prerequisite: Permission of Department.

4301-4309 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-4 hours)
Self-directed study following a contractual plan initiated by the student and approved by the department faculty.

4400 DANCE FELLOWSHIP (1-2 hours)
For advanced students who have already received credit of a course or have proven competency in an area who would like to assist the teaching and mentorship of that course under supervision from the course instructor(s). Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor and Theatre Arts Chair required. (S-U grading)

4401 INTERNSHIP (1-6 hours)
A supervised application of theory in practice in a functional area related to arts management or other theatre arts area.


Art Courses

The Art program does not provide art supplies for studio courses; those must be provided by the student. (Lists of needed materials are available.)

1111 INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL ARTS (3 hours)
A comprehensive and balanced study in the language and elements of the visual arts with a brief overview of art history.

1522 DECORATIVE ARTS AND MATERIAL CULTURE (3 hours)
A study of the major developments in the decorative and applied arts and material culture from antiquity to the present. Cross-listed as TA 1522.

1551 DRAWING (3 hours)
An introduction to drawing in a variety of media involving basic skills, techniques, and theory.

1552 PAINTING (3 hours)
An introduction to painting involving basic concepts, materials, and techniques.

1553 GRAPHIC DESIGN (3 hours)
An introduction to the basic principles and methods in visual communication and advertising design to include layout, typography, and printing production.

2601 SELECTED TOPICS IN ART (1-3 hours)
A study of a topic selected by the division focusing on an area of particular interest within the discipline.

4303 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ART (1-4 hours)
Self-directed study following a contractual plan initiated by the student and approved by the faculty.

4401 INTERNSHIP (1-6 hours)
A supervised application of theory to practice in a functional area related to art.