Theatre Major, Production/Design Concentration (B.F.A.) - Undergraduate - 2010 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 82 semester hours including the following 2 requirement(s):

  1. CORE REQUIREMENTS

    Complete the following 2 requirement(s):

    1. FOUNDATIONAL COURSEWORK

      Complete the following 2 requirement(s):

      1. Complete the following 8 courses:

        THTR 101 Creativity for Theatre Artists 3
        THTR 140 Introduction to Design for Theatre 3
        THTR 151 Stagecraft for Production and Design 3
        THTR 152 Basic Lighting and Sound Technologies 3
        THTR 153 Costume Construction I 3
        THTR 175 Theatre in Performance 3
        THTR 208 Play Script Interpretation 3
        THTR 245 Drafting I: Theatre 3
      2. Complete the following 1 course for 3 semester hours:

        THTR 255 Stage Management 3
    2. SUPPORTIVE COURSEWORK

      Complete the following 2 requirement(s):

      1. Complete the following course for a total of 7 semester hours:

        THTR 205 Rehearsal and Production: BFA Production and Design 1
      2. Complete the following 8 courses:

        ARHS 105 Art in Western Civilization: Ancient and Medieval 3
        ARHS 106 Art in Western Civilization: Renaissance to Modern 3
        THTR 210 Theatre History: Classical to Elizabethan 3
        THTR 211 Theatre History: Restoration to Modern 3
        THTR 234 History of Style: Pre-History to Elizabethan 3
        THTR 235 History of Style II: Restoration to Present 3
        THTR 330 Play Direction I 3
        THTR 440 Senior Project in Production/Design 3
  2. AREA OF SPECIALIZATION

    Complete 1 of the following areas of specialization:

    1. DESIGN

      Complete the following 3 requirement(s):

      1. Complete the following:

        1. Complete 2 courses:

          ARDW 200 Drawing, Beginning I 3
          THTR 160 Drawing and Rendering I: Theatre 3
        2. Complete 1 course from the following:

          ARDW 201 Life Drawing, Beginning I 3
          ARPA 200 Painting, Beginning I 3
      2. Complete 4 courses from the following. (2 courses must be in 1 concentration):

        THTR 252 Scene Design I 3
        THTR 253 Sound Design I 3
        THTR 254 Costume Design I 3
        THTR 258 Fundamentals of Stage Lighting 3
        THTR 345 Scene Design II 3
        THTR 346 Costume Design II 3
        THTR 347 Lighting Design II 3
        THTR 403 Independent Study 1-3
      3. Complete 1 course from the following:

        ARTX 422 Apparel Design: Draping 3
        ARTX 426 Apparel Design: Flat Pattern 3
        THTR 105 Acting I 3
        THTR 250 Advanced Theatre Technology 3
        THTR 252 Scene Design I 3
        THTR 253 Sound Design I 3
        THTR 254 Costume Design I 3
        THTR 258 Fundamentals of Stage Lighting 3
        THTR 260 Drawing and Rendering II: Theatre 3
        THTR 270 Advanced Costume Construction 3
        THTR 272 Costume Crafts 3
        THTR 273 Fabric Dyeing and Painting 3
        THTR 278 Stage Make-Up 3
        THTR 343 Stage Management II 3
        THTR 345 Scene Design II 3
        THTR 346 Costume 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 366 Stage Technique: Combat 3
        THTR 378 Advanced Stage Make-Up 3
        THTR 381 Theatre Administration and Audience Development 3
        THTR 382 Contracts & Law in Theatre 3
        THTR 385 Production Management 3
        THTR 403 Independent Study 1-3
        THTR 442 Theatrical Model Making 3
        THTR 490 Internship in Theatre 4-16
    2. MANAGEMENT

      Complete the following 2 requirement(s):

      1. Complete the following 6 courses:

        THTR 105 Acting I 3
        THTR 343 Stage Management II 3
        THTR 366 Stage Technique: Combat 3
        THTR 381 Theatre Administration and Audience Development 3
        THTR 382 Contracts & Law in Theatre 3
        THTR 385 Production Management 3
      2. Complete 2 courses from the following:

        ARDW 200 Drawing, Beginning I 3
        ARDW 201 Life Drawing, Beginning I 3
        ARPA 200 Painting, Beginning I 3
        ARTX 422 Apparel Design: Draping 3
        ARTX 426 Apparel Design: Flat Pattern 3
        THTR 160 Drawing and Rendering I: Theatre 3
        THTR 250 Advanced Theatre Technology 3
        THTR 252 Scene Design I 3
        THTR 253 Sound Design I 3
        THTR 254 Costume Design I 3
        THTR 258 Fundamentals of Stage Lighting 3
        THTR 260 Drawing and Rendering II: Theatre 3
        THTR 270 Advanced Costume Construction 3
        THTR 272 Costume Crafts 3
        THTR 273 Fabric Dyeing and Painting 3
        THTR 278 Stage Make-Up 3
        THTR 345 Scene Design II 3
        THTR 346 Costume 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 378 Advanced Stage Make-Up 3
        THTR 403 Independent Study 1-3
        THTR 442 Theatrical Model Making 3
        THTR 490 Internship in Theatre 4-16
    3. PRODUCTION

      Complete 1 of the following plans of study:

      1. TECHNICAL PRODUCTION

        Complete the following 8 courses:

        THTR 160 Drawing and Rendering 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
        THTR 350 Technical Direction 3
        THTR 352 Scene Painting 3
        THTR 354 Repair and Maintenance of Theatrical Equipment 3
      2. COSTUME TECHNOLOGY

        Complete the following 8 courses:

        ARTX 422 Apparel Design: Draping 3
        ARTX 426 Apparel Design: Flat Pattern 3
        THTR 160 Drawing and Rendering I: Theatre 3
        THTR 254 Costume Design I 3
        THTR 270 Advanced Costume Construction 3
        THTR 272 Costume Crafts 3
        THTR 273 Fabric Dyeing and Painting 3
        THTR 346 Costume Design II 3

Course Descriptions:

ARDW200: Drawing, Beginning I

Basic elements of line, tone, composition, and perspective; exploration of traditional and experimental media and materials; and investigation of still life, landscape, life drawing, portraiture, and abstraction. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Fine and Performing Arts. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Electives, Creative Expression. 3 sh.

ARDW201: Life Drawing, Beginning I

Structure and proportions of the human figure. Study of skeletal and muscular structure, the figure at rest and in motion, isolated and in a setting. Expressive as well as analytical approach to drawing. Exploration of traditional as well as current techniques and media. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Fine and Performing Arts. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Electives, Creative Expression. 3 sh.

ARHS105: Art in Western Civilization: Ancient and Medieval

The history of Western art and architecture from Prehistoric Europe through the Middle Ages. The course covers ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, Greece and Rome, then Byzantine, Early Medieval, Romanesque, and Gothic art. Museum visits and extensive reading. Required for Fine Arts majors. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Humanities, World Literature or General Humanities. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Fine and Performing Arts: Art Appreciation. Meets the University Writing Requirement for ANIL, FAAH, FAED, FASF, FASH, FASI, FASL, FAST and GRDN majors. 3 sh.

ARHS106: Art in Western Civilization: Renaissance to Modern

The history of Western art and architecture from the fifteenth century to the present. Included are the arts of the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Romantic, Impressionist and Modern periods. Museum visits and extensive reading. Required for fine arts majors. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Humanities, World Literature or General Humanities. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Fine and Performing Arts: Art Appreciation. Meets the University Writing Requirement for FAAH, FAED, FASF, FASH, FASI, FASL and FAST majors. 3 sh.

ARPA200: Painting, Beginning I

Exploration of painting media and modes of expression. Reading, gallery and museum visits. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Fine and Performing Arts. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Electives, Creative Expression. 3 sh.

ARTX422: Apparel Design: Draping

Design principles and fabric properties; figure types; fashion interest. Draping fabric on a three-dimensional body and form for interpretation of design. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARTX 120.

ARTX426: Apparel Design: Flat Pattern

Flat pattern design in developing original designs for apparel. Basic pattern used to execute designs related to the use of fabric on a human form. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARTX 120.

THTR101: Creativity for Theatre Artists

An exploration of the creative impulse as expressed through the medium of theatre. This is a course intended to ground the student with an understanding of the self, the process, and provide a beginning exploration of the elements and principles of artistic expression specific to theatre. 3 sh.

THTR105: Acting I

Basic introduction to acting for the non-major; involving exploration of one's self and experiencing inwardly; deepening the personal involvement and significance of actions; improvisation and exercises for perception, self-awareness and justification. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Fine and Performing Arts. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Electives, Creative Expression. 3 sh.

THTR140: Introduction to Design for Theatre

This course intends to develop students' understanding of textual interpretation as it relates to theatre design. Emphasis is placed on the exploration of ideas and the process by which visual metaphors are formed, developed and re-thought through the process of collaboration. Course includes text analysis, research, and the exploration of design ideas from a liberal arts point of view. Students are not expected to have strong technical skills. 3 sh.

THTR151: Stagecraft for Production and Design

Introduction to basic production facilities, operations, methods and techniques used at our school, and to relate these practices to those used in professional, amateaur and other education theatres. Strong emphasis is placed on developing practical skills (tehcnical and conceptual). Students are also expected to research and report on the theatrical industry. 3 sh.

THTR152: Basic Lighting and Sound Technologies

Introduction to basic lighting and sound production skills in a studio environment. Topics include: lighing, electrics, instrument processing, lighting systems, use of microphones, sound mixing, theatrical sound systems and use of special effects systems. Strong emphasis is placed on developing practical skills (technical and conceptual). Students are also expected to research and report on the theatrical industry. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 151.

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.

THTR175: Theatre in Performance

Play-going class that introduces students to the variety of theatre and performance experiences in New York and New Jersey. The course combines attendance at plays with classroom discussion and text analysis. All styles and genres of performance will be considered when selecting productions. 3 sh.

THTR205: Rehearsal and Production: BFA Production and Design

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 Style: Pre-History to Elizabethan

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: THTR 208.

THTR235: History of Style II: Restoration to Present

An introduction to the major styles of costume, architecture and decor of Western civilization from Restoration to the present through video, films, television, artwork, music, museum research and site visits. This course will familiarize students with various research approaches and tools including the use of Internet, libraries, museums and historical sites. An emphasis is placed on the sources of research needed for theatre design. Part two of a two course sequence. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARHS 105 and ARHS 106.

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.

THTR253: Sound Design I

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: THTR 152.

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.

THTR270: Advanced Costume Construction

An advanced study of flat patterning, draping, and period cut used in the development of specific patterns for stage costumes. Construction projects and lab hours required. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 153.

THTR272: Costume Crafts

An introduction to costume crafts for the theatre including masks, millinery, hair, shoe alteration bags, jewelry and armor. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 153.

THTR273: Fabric Dyeing and Painting

An introduction to techniques for dyeing and patterning fabric. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 153.

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.

THTR343: Stage Management II

This course defines the responsibiities of the stage management position for various performance mediums including dance, opera, musical theatre and television. Content includes an introduction to the various unions involved in performance, the nature of collaboration and leadership and students will explore a variety of management styles. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 255.

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.

THTR346: Costume Design II

Continues the theories and skills introduced in Costume Design I. Advanced rendering techniques are explored as well as specific design problems related to opera, ballet, and other non-naturalistic theatrical forms. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 254.

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 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.

THTR366: Stage Technique: Combat

Stage use of sword-play, hand-to-hand combat and combat choreography with broadsword, epee, cudgel and staff among others. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 105 or THTR 115.

THTR378: Advanced Stage Make-Up

A demonstration laboratory in planning and executing corrective middle-age, old age, stylized and other creations; three-dimensional make-up with crepe hair, latex, putty and dermawax; make-up crew supervision. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 278.

THTR381: Theatre Administration and Audience Development

The initiation, development and continuing operation of the theatrical enterprise including methods of finance, budget and contract and methods of audience research and development. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 100.

THTR382: Contracts & Law in Theatre

A study of the legal aspects of work in theatre including contracts and unions. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 255.

THTR385: Production Management

Study and compare aspects related to the management of theatrical productions in professional and educational theatre. The course will cover resource management, budget planning and tracking, labor union rules and regulations. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 100 or THTR 150 or THTR 151, 152 and 153.

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.

THTR442: Theatrical Model Making

Three-dimensional design in theatrical model making. Exploration of the creative design process in working with construction models executed in paper, cardboard and clay. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 245 and 252.

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.