Theatre Major, Production/Design Concentration (B.F.A.) - Undergraduate - 2009 University Catalog

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The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre with a concentration in Production & Design provides rigorous training with an intensive focus in theatrical design, production and technology. Production & Design majors develop exceptional skills through a combination of rigorous classroom work and consistent production opportunities. Areas of focus include scenic, costume and lighting design and technology, as well as stage management.   Students in all of the B.F.A. programs are subject to yearly juries/portfolio reviews and faculty evaluation, to determine if they may continue in the pre-professional programs of training.  (note: All Theatre & Dance majors must pass yearly juries/portfolio reviews and faculty evaluations for continuation in the programs.)

The BFA in Theatre (Production/Design concentration) is a program of the Department of Theatre & Dance.  For further information, click here.

Curriculum Requirements:  All university students must fulfill the set of General Education Requirements  applicable to their degree.  In addition, students pursuing the Theatre Major, Production/Design (BFA) must complete the requirements below:


PRODUCTION/DESIGN CONCENTRATION

Complete 74 semester hours including the following 3 requirement(s):

  1. PRODUCTION/DESIGN REQUIRED COURSES

    Complete the following 2 requirement(s):

    1. Complete the following 9 courses:

      THTR 150 Stagecraft 3
      THTR 160 Drawing and Rendering I: Theatre 3
      THTR 234 History of Decor. Start Spring 2010: History of Style: Pre-History to Elizabethan 3
      THTR 245 Drafting I: Theatre 3
      THTR 246 Drafting II: Theatre 3
      THTR 250 Advanced Theatre Technology 3
      THTR 252 Scene Design I 3
      THTR 258 Fundamentals of Stage Lighting 3
    2. Complete the following 1 course for 3 semester hours:

      THTR 255 Stage Management 3
  2. PRODUCTION/DESIGN SUPPORT COURSES

    Complete the following 2 requirement(s):

    1. Complete the following course for a total of 14 semester hours:

      THTR 205 Rehearsal and Production: BFA Production and Design 1
    2. Complete the following 5 courses:

      THTR 208 Play Script Interpretation 3
      THTR 210 Theatre History: Classical to Elizabethan 3
      THTR 211 Theatre History: Restoration to Modern 3
      THTR 330 Play Direction I 3
      THTR 440 Senior Project in Production/Design 3
  3. PRODUCTION/DESIGN MAJOR ELECTIVES

    Complete 15 semester hours from the following:

    PHYS 443 Computer-Aided Drafting: An Introduction 3
    THTR 153 Costume Construction I 3
    THTR 254 Costume Design I 3
    THTR 260 Drawing and Rendering II: Theatre 3
    THTR 278 Stage Make-Up 3
    THTR 345 Scene Design II 3
    THTR 347 Lighting Design II 3
    THTR 350 Technical Direction 3
    THTR 352 Scene Painting 3
    THTR 354 Repair and Maintenance of Theatrical Equipment 3
    THTR 403 Independent Study 1-3
    THTR 450 Theatrical Sound 3
    THTR 490 Internship in Theatre 4-16

Course Descriptions:

PHYS443: Computer-Aided Drafting: An Introduction

Students will study the command structure of AutoCad to create, modify and manage CAD drawings and designs. Various applications in graphic communication will be explored with practical hands-on lab sessions. Experience with computers or technical graphics is not required. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHYS 143.

THTR150: Stagecraft

An introductory course in technical theatre, primarily, scenery construction, lighting technology and costume construction. A practical experience course that involves stagecraft work in the theatre production shops. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: B.A. in Theatre Studies, or B.F.A. in Theatre, Acting concentration, or B.F.A. in Theatre, Production/Design concentration, or B.F.A. Dance majors, or Theatre minor students only.

THTR153: Costume Construction I

Studies the practical function of the costume shop and the techniques and crafts used in the execution of costumes for the stage. Production work is included with discussions of pattern and fitting techniques. 3 sh.

THTR160: Drawing and Rendering I: Theatre

A drawing course aimed at developing skills necessary for rendering techniques for stage designs. Perspective drawing, the use of light, shadow, composition, landscape and the techniques in different media (such as pencil, charcoal, pastel, ink, tempera), basic water color technique, color theory, and architectural sketching are included. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 150.

THTR205: Rehearsal and Production: BFA Production and Design

Course involves intense practical work on departmental productions. Taken each semester for first seven semesters in BFA Production/Design Program for a total of 14 credits. Start Spring 2010: Course involves intense practical work on departmental productions. Taken each semester in the BFA Production and Design Program for a total of 6-7 credits. 1 sh.

Prerequisites: BFA Production/Design Majors only.

THTR208: Play Script Interpretation

An evaluation of the playscript in terms of the literary, technical and production elements essential to mounting it for performance. A consideration of both the fictional and the functional elements of playscripts. Meets the University Writing Requirement for THAC, THMT, THPD and THST majors. 3 sh.

THTR210: Theatre History: Classical to Elizabethan

The development of the theatre from the Classical Greek through the Elizabethan period. Attention to plays, playwrights, theatre architecture, scenery, costuming, styles of acting and presentations; oral reports, lectures and demonstrations.Meets the University Writing Requirement for THAC, THMT, THPD and THST majors. 3 sh.

THTR211: Theatre History: Restoration to Modern

The development of the theatre from the Restoration through the Modern period. Attention on plays, playwrights, theatre architecture, scenery, costuming, styles of acting and presentations of the period; oral reports, lectures and demonstrations. Meets the University Writing Requirement for MMTH, THAC, THMT, THPD and THST majors. 3 sh.

THTR234: History of Decor. Start Spring 2010: History of Style: Pre-History to Elizabethan

The major architectural and decorative periods of the world and their influences and role in the theatre as applied to the designer, from Ancient to Post-Modern. Start Spring 2010: An introduction to the major styles in costume, architecture and decor of western civilization from pre-history to the Elizabethan age. Particular attention will be given to the influences and role of style, as used by designers, in theatre production. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: B.F.A. in Theatre, Production/Design concentration majors only. Start Spring 2010: THTR 208.

THTR245: Drafting I: Theatre

Techniques in theatrical drafting that explore the mechanics of drafting through the solution of practical problems in floor planning, front and rear elevations; the use of different building techniques, materials and structures. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 150.

THTR246: Drafting II: Theatre

Advanced drafting techniques for theatrical designs including computer assisted drafting techniques. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 245.

THTR250: Advanced Theatre Technology

An advanced course in technical theatre. Examples of topics to be covered are mechanics, stage rigging, advanced construction techniques, pneumatics, hydraulics and electronics. Practical application in department of theatre productions. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 150.

THTR252: Scene Design I

Interpretation of dramatic texts towards the realization of effective stage designs. Styles and principles will be explored as well as the complete process which translates visual concepts into stage worthy designs. The use of different media: drawing ground plans, paint, front elevations. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 160.

THTR254: Costume Design I

A study of basic costume design for the stage, emphasizing the interpretation of dramatic texts in terms of characterization. Basic figure drawing and fabric study are included and the collaborative process which translates ideas to finished design will be explored. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 153.

THTR255: Stage Management

A study in the organizational skills needed to document and manage a theatre or dance production from audition to final performance. May be repeated once for a total of six credits. 3 sh.

THTR258: Fundamentals of Stage Lighting

The functions of light on stage; the use of lighting equipment. Application work in the Memorial Auditorium and the L. Howard Fox Studio Theatre. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 152 is a prerequisite and THTR 245 may be taken as a prerequisite or corequisite.

THTR260: Drawing and Rendering II: Theatre

Advanced drawing and rendering for theatrical stage design. Includes work with color, the human figure and perspective as well as work with ink. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 160.

THTR278: Stage Make-Up

Appreciation of make-up through symbolic aspects and historic differences with regard to theatrical productions. Make-up materials and their uses; creating corrective and character make-up, mustaches and beards for a research or creative experience to compile a practical resource file. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: B. A. in Theatre Studies majors, or B. F. A. in Theatre, Acting concentration majors, or B. F. A. in Theatre, Production/Design concentration majors, or Theatre minors only.

THTR330: Play Direction I

Principles of direction; selection and casting; exercises in composition and movement; scenes directed for class criticism; preparation of prompt book. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: All 100 and 200-level major requirements; and B.F.A. or B.A. Theatre majors only.

THTR345: Scene Design II

A continuation of Stage Design I with emphasis upon specific forms of drama as well as opera and musical comedy. Includes the use of color with ink, acrylic and pastel. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 252.

THTR347: Lighting Design II

Advanced lighting skills in theatre and the related areas of dance, opera and the musical comedy. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 258.

THTR350: Technical Direction

An in-depth study of technical direction production and direction. Areas of study include production budgeting, planning and scheduling, and production studio design. The course will include laboratory and production experience. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 150.

THTR352: Scene Painting

The theory and practice of the general techniques of the scenic artist and the methods and materials used in this discipline. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 160 and B.F.A. in Theatre, Production/Design concentration majors only. Start Summer 09: THTR 160 or with instructor permission.

THTR354: Repair and Maintenance of Theatrical Equipment

Practical study in the repair and maintenance of theatre equipment, including machines, lights, and tools. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 150.

THTR403: Independent Study

Proposals must be submitted for departmental approval prior to registration for the course. May be repeated without limit as long as the topic is different. 1 - 3 sh.

Prerequisites: B.F.A.or B.A.Theatre majors only and departmental approval.

THTR440: Senior Project in Production/Design

Topics for investigation in the area of production and design. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: B.F.A.Theatre, Production/Design concentration majors only; and senior standing and departmental approval.

THTR450: Theatrical Sound

Theatrical uses of sound in production approaches to theatre. Primary focus on the role sound plays in enhancing theatrical design and production. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: B.F.A.Theatre, Production/Design concentration majors only; and departmental approval.

THTR490: Internship in Theatre

Upper-class undergraduate students may pursue a major portion of a semesters work under the supervision of an experienced professional practitioner as an assistant in an active, successful theatre, dance, speech or media center program. Departmental eligibility and approval must be secured by the mid-point of the semester preceding registration. Credit by arrangement. 4 - 16 sh.

Prerequisites: B.A.Theatre Studies and B.F.A.Theatre, Acting, Musical Theatre, and Production/Design concentration majors only; and senior standing and departmental approval.