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USA Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin 2014-2015

DRAMATIC ARTS (DRA)

DRA 100     Theatre Workshop: Rehearsal and Performance    1 cr   

Practical experience in acting. May be repeated for a maximum of four hours. Pre-requisite: Permission of department chair.   

DRA 101    Theatre Workshop: Technical Production    1 cr   

Practical experience in backstage work. May be repeated for a maximum of four hours. Pre-requisite: Permission of department chair.   

DRA 102    Theatre Workshop: Special Activities    1 cr   

Practical experience in theatre areas other than acting and technical production. May be repeated for a maximum of four hours. Pre-requisite: Permission of department chair.   

DRA 103    Theatre Symposium    0.5 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.   

DRA 104, 105     Introduction to Dance I and II    3 cr   

Introduction to dance theory, basic ballet, and jazz techniques, and terminology used in theatre dance. Designed to prepare the student for performance.   

DRA 110    Introduction to Drama    3 cr   

A basic survey of theatre practice. Fulfills the Fine Arts requirement for Arts and Sciences. Core Course.   

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.   

DRA 116,416     Opera and Musical Theatre Workshop     1/2 cr    
A Workshop dedicated to training students in the fundamentals of 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-stage productions. Enrollment is open to all students through audition or permission of the instructor. Cross-listed with MUO 116, 416    
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.   

DRA 130    Stagecraft     3 cr   

A lecture-laboratory course in the fundamentals of stagecraft.   

DRA 131    Fundamentals of Stage Lighting     3 cr   

A lecture-laboratory course in the fundamentals of stage lighting.   

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.   

DRA 133    Computer Graphics for the Theatre (C)    1 cr   

An introductory course on 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.    

DRA 204    Dance Techniques I    3 cr   

A review and expansion of technique, vocabulary, and history of ballet, jazz, and theatrical dance. Pre-requisites: DRA 104 and 105.   

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.   

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. Pre-requisite: DRA 121 or permission of instructor.   

DRA 221    Voice for Actors    3 cr   

A workshop-lecture course in speaking voice and articulation for performance. Pre-requisite: DRA 121 or permission of instructor.   

DRA 222     Acting II: Scene Study in Realism     3 cr   
Course is designed to teach theory and techniques in character development and analysis, as used in Realistic theatre, through the use of scene studies. Pre-requisites: DRA 120 Acting I, DRA 220 Stage Movement, DRA 221, Voice for the Actor, or Permission of Instructor. (It may be taken concurrently with 220, 221, when frequency requires)    
DRA 233     Theatrical Rendering     1 hr    
Course focuses on the major painting mediums, styles of illustration, and techniques utilized in the visual presentation of design for the theatre. The student will develop artistic skills and techniques through studio work in drawing and painting projects for the theatre.    
DRA 250    Theatre Management    3 cr   

A basic course in the principles of accounting, purchasing, box-office management, house management, and promotion.   

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     3 cr   

Theatre and drama topics not covered in regular curriculum. May be repeated when subject varies.   

DRA 300     Advanced Workshop: Rehearsal and Performance    1 cr   

Advanced practical experience in acting. May be repeated for a maximum of four hours. Pre-requisites: Junior status and permission of the department chair.   

DRA 301    Advanced Workshop: Technical Production    1 cr   

Advanced practical experience in backstage work. May be repeated for a total of four hours. Pre-requisites: Junior status and permission of the department chair.   

DRA 302     Advanced Workshop: Special Activities    1 cr   

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

DRA 310    Playwriting     3 cr   

Studies in character, plot development, and the one-act play form. Pre-requisite: Permission of department chair.   

DRA 315     History of Musical Theatre (W)     3 cr    
A comprehensive overview of the origins and evolution of American Music Theatre. The course includes both general and specific information toward appropriate choices. Cross-listed with MUL 315. Credit cannot be received for both DRA 315 and MUL 315.    
DRA 320     Studies in Acting Styles     3 cr   

Variable-content course treating acting styles found in different theatrical genres as well as for camera. May be repeated twice for credit when topic varies. Pre-requisites: DRA 120, 220, 221, and 222, or permission of instructor.    

DRA 330    Scene Design     3 cr   

The fundamentals of scene design for the stage.   

DRA 331     Lighting Design     3 cr    
The fundamental of lighting design for the stage. Pre-req. DRA 131.    
DRA 332     Costume Design     3 cr   

The fundamentals of costume design for the stage. Pre-req: DRA 132    

DRA 333     Design Portfolio     1 cr    
Practical lab course designing and developing aesthetically pleasing portfolio for Graduate School Interview or Professional Theatre placement. Developments of digital portfolio and web-page development both included. Pre-req: Junior or permission of instructor.    
DRA 340     Directing I    3 cr   

The fundamental techniques involved in directing a stage play: analysis, casting, and blocking. Pre-requisite: DRA 120.   

DRA 350     Theatre History I (W)(C)    3 cr   

A comprehensive study of the important contributions in theatre art from its beginnings to 1642.   

DRA 351    Theatre History II (W)    3 cr   

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

DRA 352     Costume History and Period Style     3 cr    
Historical study of dress in relation to costuming for the stage.    
DRA 400    Theatre Internship    6 cr   

Practical experience in stock, repertory, or touring theatre. Pre-requisite: Junior status or permission of department chair.   

DRA 410     3-Dimensional Makeup and Masks     3 cr    
Laboratory class in basic face casting, slush mold, latex appliances, and other theatrical mask-making techniques.    
DRA 431    Lighting Design    3 cr   

The fundamentals of lighting design for the stage. Pre-requisite: DRA 131.   

DRA 432    Costume Design    3 cr   

The fundamentals of costume design for the stage. Pre-requisite: DRA 132.   

DRA 434     Advanced Theatre Design     3 cr    
Advanced variable topics class in design theory, concept, and research with concentration in Costume, Scenic, or Lighting. May be repeated twice with different topic. Pre-req: DRA 330, 331, or 332.    
DRA 435     Design Practicum (Design of Main Stage)     3 cr    
Provides students with practical application of design theory and actualization of design for a realized main stage production.    
DRA 460     Theatre for Youth    3 cr   

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

DRA 480     Senior Capstone     3 cr    
Exploration of realized public product in student's area of concentration.    
DRA 490     Special Topics    3 cr   

Various topics of special interest to students of drama. Pre-requisite: Permission of department chair.   

DRA 494     Directed Studies     1-3 cr   

Independent study under faculty supervision, involving research, readings, or artistic projects. Pre-requisite: Permission of department chair.   
Department of Dramatic Arts
College of Arts and Sciences

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