Theatre Arts Courses

TA 100 Performance Ensemble 1
Options for students to participate, according to their interests, in a variety of theatre or musical theatre performing ensembles. This course may be taken for credit more than once, for a maximum of 4 Units. Course offered every semester. Prerequisite: Audition or permission of the instructor. 1 Unit Ensemble.

TA 101 Production Workshop 1
Options for students to create and produce a production from a variety of independent focus: acting, design, production, and performance. This production will also culminate in public performance and possible tour. This course may be taken for credit more than once, for a maximum of 4 Units. Course offered as needed. Prerequisite: Audition or permission of the instructor. 1 Unit Ensemble.

TA 102 Theatre Workshop 1
A laboratory course focusing each semester on different aspects of theatre production: scenery, lighting, costume, sound, properties, performance, etc. Required of all majors. Must be completed eight times for credit. Under special circumstances, it is possible for a student to take units concurrently. Course offered every semester. Prerequisite: None. 1 Unit Lab.

TA 110 Voice for the Actor 3
Stage speech for the actor. A study of the vocal apparatus and the mechanisms for stage speech including basic IPA through a series of exercises and text work. Course offered every fall. Prerequisite: None. 3 Units (2 Lecture, 1 Lab).

TA 130 Acting 3
An introduction to the art of acting for stage and film. Discovering the actor in you is explored through a series of exercises and scene work. Fulfills Aesthetic Requirement of the Foundation and Perspectives general education requirement. AGS, Non-theatre majors and minors. Course offered every semester. Prerequisite: None. 3 Units Lecture.

TA 131 Fundamentals of Acting 3
The fundamentals of acting with an emphasis on technique, basic movement, and ensemble work as explored through exercises, scenes, and monologues. Theatre majors and minors only. Course offered every spring. Prerequisite: None. 3 Units (2 Lecture, 1 Lab).

TA 140 Fundamentals of Theatre 3
A survey of theatre with an emphasis on dramatic forms, theatre history, a critical analysis of representative works, and the arts of production. Course offered every fall. Prerequisite: None. 3 Units Lecture.

TA 141 Stage & Media Performance 3
An introduction to theatrical performance & production including stage, television, film, videos, and gaming. Fulfills a Foundation and Perspectives general education requirement. AGS, Non-theatre majors and minors. Course offered in the spring. Prerequisite: None. 3 Units Lecture.

TA 142 Film as an Art Form 3
An introduction to film as an art form, this course examines aesthetic and production elements of the motion picture medium, including its narrative genres, directorial styles, cinematography, film acting, and film editing. Fulfills a Foundation and Perspectives general education requirement. AGS, Non-theatre majors and minors. Prerequisite: None. 3 Units Lecture.

TA 150 Fundamentals of Design 2
A creative investigation of the principles of design using the art of theatrical production. Prerequisite: None. 2 Units Lab.

TA 151 Stage Craft 3
An introduction to the technical arts and skills of the theatre professional, including safety practices for construction. Course offered every spring. Prerequisite: TA 150. 2 Units Lab.

TA 152 Costume Crafts 2
An introduction to technical theatre production in the construction of stage costumes, accessories, and masks. Prerequisite: TA 150. 2 Units Lab.

TA 200 Stage Management 3
The basic artistic and technical skills of stage management, including blocking notation, rehearsal organization and scheduling, performance management, and working collaboratively with actors, directors, and designers. Course offered every spring. Prerequisites: TA 131, 140, 150, 151. 3 Units Lecture.

TA 210 Advanced Voice for Actors 3
A study of techniques for the performance of heightened language in classical, modern, post-modern, and contemporary dramatic literature through extensive exercise, monologue, scene, and dialect work. Prerequisite: TA 110, 132. 3 Units (2 Lecture / 1 Lab).

TA 220 Movement for Actors 3
The examination of the actor’s physical instrument as taught through kinetic awareness, gestural language, and the mind-body connection. Basic stage combat is also studied. Prerequisites: TA 131. 3 Units (2 Lecture, 1 Lab).

TA 225 Dance for the Theatre – Ballet 1
A study of ballet preparing students for careers in theatre. This course may be taken for credit more than once, for a maximum of 2 Units. Course will be offered in fall in alternate years. Prerequisites: None. 1 Unit Lab.

TA 226 Dance for the Theatre – Jazz 1
A study of jazz preparing students for careers in theatre. This course may be taken for credit more than once, for a maximum of 2 Units. Course will be offered in spring in alternate years. Prerequisites: None. 1 Unit Lab.

TA 227 Dance for the Theatre – Modern 1
A study of modern dance preparing students for careers in theatre. This course may be taken for credit more than once, for a maximum of 2 Units. Course will be offered in fall in alternate years. Prerequisites: None. 1 Unit Lab.

TA 228 Dance for the Theatre – Tap 1
A study of tap dance preparing students for careers in theatre. This course may be taken for credit more than once, for a maximum of 2 Units. Course will be offered in spring in alternate years. Prerequisites: None. 1 Unit Lab.

TA 229 Musical Theatre Dance Styles 1
This course is designed for the student interested in studying representative dance techniques which are used in musical theatre productions, including folk, social, ballroom and popular dance styles through the years. Prerequisites: None. 1 Unit Lab.

TA 230 Acting II 3
An in-depth focus on developing a role through character analysis, specific to realistic acting styles, through scene and monologue work. Prerequisites: TA 110, 132. 3 Units (2 Lecture / 1 Lab).

TA 235 Musical Theatre Scenes I 3
Classroom study and practice of various approaches to the problems of acting in musical theatre. Special emphasis is given to the analysis of music and lyrics and the challenges of acting the song. Course offered in fall in alternate years. Prerequisites: TA 110, 131 or permission of the instructor. 3 Units (2 Lecture / 1 Lab)

TA 236 Musical Theatre Scenes II 3
Classroom study and practice of various approaches to the problems of acting in musical theatre. Special emphasis is given to the analysis of music and lyrics and the challenges of acting the song. Course offered in fall in alternate years. Prerequisites: TA 110, 131 or permission of the instructor. 3 Units (2 Lecture / 1 Lab)

TA 240 Musical Theatre Literature I 2
A study of composers, styles, and scores from Musical Theatre Literature and examination of audio and video samples. Course offered in fall in alternate years. Prerequisites: None. 2 Units Lab.

TA 241 Musical Theatre Literature II 2
A continued study of composers, styles, and scores from Musical Theatre Literature and examination of audio and video samples. Course offered in fall in alternate years. Prerequisites: None. 2 Units Lab.

TA 250 Rendering for the Theatre 3
An introduction to rendering and painting techniques used by a theatrical designer. Students are exposed to a variety of media and rendering styles used to communicate visual ideas and to discover a personal style of presentation. Course will be offered in fall of alternate years. Prerequisites: 150, 151. 2 Units Lab.

TA 251 Theatrical Design Seminar 2
An exploration of the design process from the evolution of the design concept to the execution of renderings, detail drawings and models. The work may include design projects, script analysis, research presentation and beginning portfolio review. Prerequisites: TA 150, 151. 2 Units Lab.

TA 252 Make-Up 2
A basic course in the fundamental principles and practices of designing and applying theatrical make-up. Emphasis will be placed on the development of application techniques and familiarization with materials. Prerequisites: TA150, 151, 250. 2 Units Lab.

TA 326 Dance for Musical Theatre – Intermediate Jazz 1
A continued study of jazz dance preparing students for careers in theatre. This course may be taken for credit more than once, for a maximum of 2 Units. Prerequisites: Two of the following: TA 225, 226, 227, 228, 229. 1 Unit Lab.

TA 328 Dance for Musical Theatre – Intermediate Tap 1
A continued study of tap dance preparing students for careers in theatre. This course may be taken for credit more than once, for a maximum of 2 Units. Prerequisites: Two of the following: TA 225, 226, 227, 228, 229. 1 Unit Lab.

TA 330 Acting III 3
An advanced study of historical period acting styles with an emphasis on movement, language, manners, and motives of a given style. Prerequisite: TA 210, 220, 230. 3 Units (2 Lecture / 1 Lab).

TA 333 Advanced Acting: Shakespeare 3
A comprehensive study of performing Shakespearean text as it relates to verse and prose technique and inherent characterizations based in these techniques. Prerequisites: TA 330. 3 Units (2 Lecture / 1 Lab).

TA 334 Advanced Acting: Film and Television 3
This course will concentrate on the development of acting and improvisational skills appropriate to the recorded media through a variety of scene studies. Scripts and scenes will be chosen for their application to the techniques of film acting. Course offered in fall in alternate years. Prerequisites: TA 230. 3 Units (2 Lecture / 1 Lab).

TA 341 Theatre History I 3
A survey of theatre history and literature from early ritual to the Italian Renaissance. Prerequisites: TA 140 and ENG 111/112 or 113 or permission of instructor. 3 Units Lecture.

TA 342 Theatre History II 3
A survey of theatre history and literature from the Italian Renaissance to the beginning of the Twentieth Century. Prerequisites: TA 140 and ENG 111/112 or 113 or permission of instructor. 3 Units Lecture.

TA 343 Theatre History III 3
A survey of theatre history and literature from the beginning of the Twentieth Century to the present. Fulfills a general education practicum requirement. Prerequisites: TA 140 and ENG 111/112 or 113 or permission of instructor. 3 Units Lecture.

TA 344 Musical Theatre History 3
The development of Musical Theatre from the beginning of opera to the present. The course will cover several major musicals and examine the trends of performance, composers, and historical movements. Prerequisites: TA 117 and ENG 111/112 or 113 or permission of instructor. 3 Units Lecture

TA 345 Women in Contemporary American Dramatic Literature 3
A study of women in contemporary American dramatic literature written by female playwrights of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Special emphasis is placed on the examination of female identity from social, historical, cultural and social-scientific perspectives. Fulfills the U.S. Ideas & Innovations requirement of the Foundations and Perspectives General Education Curriculum. Prerequisites: FYS 111/112, English 111/112 or 113, Junior Standing

TA 350 Scene Design 3
Advanced study of the aesthetic choices, paperwork and visual representations necessary for completing theoretical scene design projects. Extensive laboratory experience and critique. Prerequisites: TA 150, 151, 250, 251. 3 Units (2 Lecture / 1 Lab).

TA 351 Lighting Design 3
Advanced study of practical theories of lighting design and the associated paperwork with extensive implementation through the use of lighting equipment and control systems in laboratory and production situations. Prerequisites: TA 150, 151, 250, 251. 3 Units (2 Lecture / 1 Lab).

TA 352 Costume Design 3
A study of theories and practices of costume design with an overview of the history of stage costumes. Extensive laboratory assignments to include paperwork, research and visual representations necessary for completing costume design projects. Prerequisites: TA 150, 152, 250, 251. 3 Units (2 Lecture / 1 Lab).

TA 370 Directing I 3
An introduction to the principles of play direction with emphasis on script analysis and scene work. Prerequisite: TA 230 and Junior Standing. 3 Units (2 Lecture / 1 Lab).

TA 400 Summer Theatre Workshop 3
This course is designed to provide practical experience in theatre production to college students. Workshops will observe and work with the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre and will assist with practical projects during production. Prerequisites: None. 3 Units (2 Lecture / 1 Lab)

TA 405 Summer Theatre Workshop for School Teachers 3
This course is designed to provide practical experience for elementary and secondary school teachers. Topics included are simplified production techniques with limited budget, directing principles, and basics of stage lighting, scenic construction, costume design and play selection and casting. Students will observe and work with the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre and will assist with practical projects during production. Prerequisites: None. 3 Units (2 Lecture / 1 Lab).

TA 470 Directing II 3
A continued study of the principles of play direction as it relates to the art of collaboration with actors and designers. Each student will direct a one-act play. Prerequisite: TA 370. 3 Units (2 Lecture / 1 Lab).

TA 480 Senior Seminar 1
Required of all senior Theatre Arts and Musical Theatre majors. The course will focus on the practical aspects of working the theatre after graduation, including audition preparation, portfolio compilation, application to graduate schools, resume development, and personal marketing strategies. Prerequisites: None. 1 Unit Lab.

TA 481 Auditions Preparations and Techniques 2
This course will concentrate on the development of audition and resume skills, and will incorporate both musical and non-musical audition preparation. Students will prepare an audition book and will work on skills for large cattle-call auditions. Prerequisites: TA 230. 2 Units Lab.

TA 490 Scriptwriting for Stage & Screen 3
This class introduces the craft of writing for the theater and film. Through weekly assignments, in class writing exercises, and work on a sustained piece, students explore scene structure, action, events, voice, and dialogue. Course offered in fall in alternate years. Prerequisites: ENG 111/112 or 113. 3 Units Lecture.