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TA110 Introduction to Theatre
Explores the theatre arts from the audience perspective. Introduces styles and genres, theatre architecture, play analysis, and elements of production, with a focus on contemporary theatre in the United States. Students develop a critical and informed response to performances of all types. Requires viewing of two local theatre productions. Prerequisite: Placement into WR115 (or higher), or completion of WR090 (or higher) with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. W; CL
4 Credits

TA141 Acting 1
Introduces the skills and techniques of acting for the stage focusing on the actor’s instrument of body, voice, and mind. Includes voice and movement, improvisation games, script analysis, performance evaluation, and the rehearsal process. Improves public speaking and confidence for the non-actor and develops stage presence and essential skills for the beginning actor. Prerequisite: Placement into WR115 (or higher), or completion of WR090 (or higher) with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. F, Sp
4 Credits

TA142 Script Analysis
Analyzes the dramatic structure of plays with an emphasis on interpretation and production (directing, acting, and design). Examines traditional and non-traditional plays from various periods. Introduces major theatrical theories related to play structure, theme, and style. Recommended Prerequisite: TA110 or TA141, either with a grade of C or better. Prerequisite: Placement into WR121; or completion of WR115 (or higher) with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. F, Offered as needed
4 Credits

TA242 Acting 2
Provides a rigorous study of modern, realistic stage acting based on Stanislavsky’s system, focusing on character development and technique. Explores movement, voice, text work, professionalism, and collaboration. Surveys modern acting theory. Suitable for students intending to transfer as a theatre major. Recommended: TA142 with a grade of C or better. Prerequisite: Placement into WR115 (or higher), or completion of WR090 (or higher); and completion of TA141; or consent of instructor. (All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.) W, Offered as needed
4 Credits

FA255 Understand Movies: Film Styles
Features critical analysis and appreciation of cinema through the viewing and study of narrative film, while exploring other film forms. Introduces the historical, cultural, generic, and stylistic variety of cinematic art within its social context. Also introduces basic cinematic terminology and concepts, film criticism, and the conventions of writing film analysis. Includes a weekly film screening lab that accompanies the lecture. This course may be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits total. Prerequisite: Placement into WR115; or completion of WR090 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. F, Sp, Su
4 Credits

FA256 Understand Movies: Directors
Features critical analysis and appreciation of cinema through the viewing and study of films that broke with tradition. Highlights the films of one artist, group style, or national cinema movement seen as an innovation in film history. Explores individual films as the work of an author or authors, especially within the context of viewing the films as a body of work embodying a unique world view and artistic practice. Also introduces basic cinematic terminology and concepts, film criticism, and the conventions of writing film analysis. Includes a weekly film screening lab that accompanies the lecture. This course may be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits total. Prerequisite: Placement into WR115; or completion of WR090 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. W
4 Credits

FA257 Understand Movies:Theme/Genre
Features critical analysis and appreciation of cinema through the viewing and study of films within the context of a specific film genre or thematic topic. Emphasizes analysis of formal and stylistic similarities and differences of significant film traditions. Explores cinema’s relationship to society. Introduces basic cinema terminology and concepts, film criticism, and the conventions of writing film analysis. Includes a weekly film screening lab that accompanies the lecture. This course may be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits total. Prerequisite: Placement into WR115; or completion of WR090 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. F, Sp, Su
4 Credits