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Theatre Transfer Degree Program

One Acts 2012 Performance PhotoStudents are offered a variety of classes and work in a modern, open stage auditorium where techniques in theatre design and acting are addressed.  Students are offered the opportunity to work with guest artists and professional groups.  The curriculum is designed to provide the foundation to continue into a theatre education program for prospective teachers.

A student’s class choices should be planned with the requirements of the transfer institution in mind.  See your advisor for enrollment information and transfer institution requirements.

Most students who decide to major in Theatre at a four-year institution will plan a course of study that will lead to an Associate in Arts Degree.

 

Recommended Courses

    Credit Hrs.
THTR-160 Theatre Appreciation 3
THTR-175 Theatre Appreciation: Honors 3
THTR-200 Playwriting 3
ENGL-214 Classic Theatre: The Humanities in Drama 3
THTR-165 Directing Project 2
THTR-164 Fundamentals of Acting I 3
THTR-264 Fundamentals of Acting II 3
THTR-166 Improvisation 3
THTR-266 Improvisation II 3
THTR-161 Stagecraft 3
THTR-265 Stagecraft II 3
THTR-167 Stage Movement 3
THTR-168 Theatre Internship 1
THTR-163 Theatre Production 1-4
THTR-162 Workshop in Theatre Design 3
THTR-270 Acting Styles 3


To complete an associate degree the program emphasis credit hours and the general education credit hours, which must be taken from the list approved by the General Education Committee, must total at least 64 credit hours.

Description of Courses

ENGL-214. Classic Theatre: The Humanities in Drama. 3 Hours. This course is a study of drama and literature by European authors of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries to be developed around a selection of 13 televised plays, augmented by textual materials and readings.

THTR-160. Theatre Appreciation. 3 Hours. This course is a basic approach to the what, why and how of theatre. The course provides an introduction to the history of the theatre as reflected in architecture, design,
playwriting and acting of the major periods.

THTR-161. Stagecraft. 3 Hours. This course is an introduction to stage scenecraft techniques: basic carpentry, scene painting, props, lighting, sound, design, and direction through laboratory experience mixed with lecture. Students will work on construction and operating crews, handle business details under supervision and generally participate in the operation of the college theatre.

THTR-162. Workshop in Theatre Design. 3 Hours. This course offers practical experience in areas of play
production other than directing, acting and construction. Areas are properties, publicity, makeup, costuming and house management.

THTR-163. Theatre Production. 1 Hour. Credit is earned by participation in school theatrical and assigned crew presentations and granted upon recommendation of instructor of dramatics. May be taken for credit four times. Prerequisite: Required of all Theatre Scholarship students.

THTR-164. Fundamentals of Acting I. 3 Hours. This course is a beginning acting class for majors and  nonmajors in theatre. Students will learn and perform four contrasting monologues during the course of the class. The course is designed to further acting skills in several areas, including characterization, body  movement, make-up, costuming, voice and stage techniques. An acting recital will be held during finals and is open to the public.

THTR-165. Directing Project. 2 Hours. This course offers practical experience in the area of play production. It is designed to provide the student training in directing techniques. Practical application of the presented theatre principles will be required. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

THTR-166. Improvisation. 3 Hours. This is a theatre course designed to provide the student training in body
movement, voice techniques, stage presence, spontaneity and acting techniques. Practical application of the presented theatre principles is required.

THTR-167. Stage Movement. 3 Hours. This course is designed to further acting skills in regards to stage movement. These acting skills include characterization, body movement, voice and stage techniques.

THTR-168. Theatre Internship. 1-2 Hours. This course consists of practical work experience in the theatre performance, or technical theatre in the sceneshop of the college theatre. Students and their job supervisors will report on the students' hours worked and their experiences in technical or performance theatre, emphasizing the development of workplace skills. The course will present ideas and practical knowledge as well as provide the how's and why's of technical and performance theatre positions. Prerequisite: Permission
of instructor.

THTR-170. Theatre Practicum. 1 Hour. Credit is earned by participation in a College stage production. Performer must be cast in a role that will meet 45 clock hours of rehearsal. Technicians may also take this course for technical areas, as long as they meet the specific hours needed. A log sheet must be turned in  and have dates and entries of rehearsals and performances attended. May be taken for credit four times.

THTR-171. Theatre Production II. 1 Hour. Credit is earned by participation in school theatrical and assigned
crew presentations and granted upon recommendation of instructor of dramatics. May be taken for credit four times. Prerequisite: Required of all Theatre Scholarship students.

THTR-172. Theatre Production III. 1 Hour. Credit is earned by participation in school theatrical and assigned
crew presentations and granted upon recommendation of instructor of dramatics. May be taken for credit four times. Prerequisite: Required of all Theatre Scholarship students.

THTR-173. Theatre Production IV. 1 Hour. Credit is earned by participation in school theatrical and assigned
crew presentations and granted upon recommendation of instructor of dramatics. May be taken for credit four times. Prerequisite: Required of all Theatre Scholarship students.

THTR-175. Theatre Appreciation: Honors. 3 Hours. This course is an introductory approach to the what, why and how of theatre. The course focuses upon an introduction to the history of theatre as identified in architecture, design, playwriting and acting of the major periods. It also focuses on application of theatre
criticism and theory of plays through written analysis. It is designed to foster a more challenging,  sophisticated level of skill development and theoretical understanding of theatre concepts by using field trips, guest artists, written papers, review, play readings and theatre history lectures. This class uses teaching strategies that focus upon the skills of Honors students. Prerequisite: Student must be a member of the CCC Honors Program.

THTR-200. Playwriting. 3 Hours. This course is an introductory class for beginning and experienced writers of plays, for theatre majors and those students studying to be playwrights. Students will learn specific techniques, practical exercises, candid exploration of famous plays and methods from award-winning playwrights during the course of this class. This course is designed to work with the basic building blocks of
dramatic structure, study the exploration of developing character, analyze the elements of good dialogue writing, research the different methods of how to get plays published and explore different marketing tools to make a play a best seller. A playwright’s recital of original work from the class will be held during finals and is open to the public.

THTR-220. Voice and Diction. 3 Hours. This course is a study of vocal mechanisms, phonetics and related
exercises to improve articulation, pronunciation and expressive intonation. The course also covers the International Phonetic Alphabet and its uses in vocal performance. Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Acting I.

THTR-240. Sketch Comedy I. 3 Hours. This course will provide students with an overview of modern improvisation techniques. These core skills are useful to performers, instructors and directors. Special  emphasis will be placed on techniques used to build an ensemble and the use of improv as a tool to boost creativity. Students will learn how improv can be used to help the performer with auditions and  performances. Students will also learn the various techniques needed to create written comedy sketches for performance. Prerequisite: Improvisation I.

THTR-245. Sketch Comedy II. 3 Hours. This course will challenge students to continue their comic writing abilities. Comic situations from classic and contemporary theatre pieces will be studied. Comic techniques will be applied to current writings and reviewed in dramatic comedies. Comedy techniques will also be studied by reading and analyzing various playwrights throughout history. Prerequisite: Sketch Comedy I.

THTR-250. Musical Theatre Audition. 3 Hours. This course is a beginning musical theatre class for majors and non-majors in theatre, music, and musical theatre. Students will learn and perform two contrasting monologues and two contrasting songs during the course of the class. It is designed to teach auditioning skills for those students auditioning for musical theatre, theatre or music departments at the four year universities or colleges. The course will also require the students to learn how to put a professional performance resume together along with a portfolio.

THTR-264. Fundamentals of Acting II. 3 Hours. This course is designed to further acting skills in several
areas, including characterization, body movement, make-up, costuming, voice and stage techniques.

THTR-265. Stagecraft II. 3 Hours. This is a course designed to further stagecraft skills in several areas,
including design of a set, experience construction methods and techniques and business through laboratory
mixed with lecture. Students will work on construction and operating crews, handle business details under
supervision and participate in the operation of the College theatre. Prerequisite: Stagecraft.

THTR-266. Improvisation II. 3 Hours. This is a theatre course designed to provide the student advanced  training in body movement, voice techniques, stage presence, spontaneity, acting techniques and character development. Practical application of the presented theatre principles is required. Prerequisite: Improvisation.

THTR-270. Acting Styles. 3 Hours. This course is an advanced class for majors in theatre. Students will learn and perform three period monologues and scenes during the course of the class. It is designed to help the student work with verse, including characterization, body movement, voice and stage techniques. An acting recital will be held during finals and is open to the public. Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Acting I and
Fundamentals of Acting II.