An dynamic introductory course which examines theatre analysis, history, dramatic structure, outstanding dramatic literature, and the various roles in theatre production including the playwright, producer, director, the design team, production staff, house staff, run crew, and publicity. Utilizes lecture, film review, play reading, and live theatre attendance.
Designed to develop the analytical skills necessary for understanding the motion picture - not only as an art form, but as a tool for the statement of ideas. Explores the visual and aural elements employed by movie-makers to influence audiences. Studies context--the historical, social, political, cultural, and artistic situation which produced the film and how it reflects ourselves and our society. Combines lecture, screening, and demonstration with critical discussions of assigned readings and films. Requires a weekly lab.
For theatre arts majors and anyone interested in developing acting skills. Covers basic acting terminologies and definitions, techniques of movement, voice, and script analysis with a strong emphasis on performance ethics.
Provides students the opportunity to improve their vocal skills. Studies control and enhancement of the vocal mechanism. Stresses respiration, phonation, and articulation. Includes vocal exercises, oral presentations and study of the International Phonetic Alphabet (I.P.A) combined with lectures, films, demonstrations, and critiques.
Introduction to character makeup application for stage and screen with emphasis on corrective, age, and period with some stylized applications. Studies include the development of physical characterization for scripted characters. Course fee of $23 for materials applies.
Surveys all elements of theatre and film production including sets, lighting, sound, properties, and costumes. Offers experience in the construction, painting, dressing, and striking of sets and props; the hanging, focusing and gelling of lighting instruments; the preparation of sound effects; and the operation of sound and lighting control equipment. Utilizes lecture, demonstration, films, and observation of working production facilities and personnel. Course fee of $30 for equipment applies.
Laboratory component to THEA 1513. Offers experience in the construction, painting, dressing, and striking of sets and props; the hanging, focusing and gelling of lighting instruments; the preparation of sound effects; and the operation of sound and lighting control equipment.
Provides the opportunity for freshmen students to earn college credit for supervised projects in production for the period up to dress rehearsal and during strike. Involves the development of a contract between the student and the assigned instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 2 credits toward graduation.
Introduces students to the analysis of story-based texts across a range of media. Focuses on the application of narrative and semiotic theory to dramatic literature from various periods in theatre history. Involves lecture, discussion, script and text analysis, film viewing, and live production attendance.
Designed to build upon the techniques learned in THEA 1033. Emphasizes character development and application in creating a role through intense scene study of scripts in both stage and screen.
Designed to help actors for both stage and screen develop the physical awareness and self discipline critical to effective performance of period style, staged combat, and the musical. Emphasizes balance, strength, postural correction, energy drives, motivation, and basic movement vocabulary.
Provides group instruction for actors to develop technical skill and understanding of the singing voice. Requires a minimum of 3 hours of practice each week.
Teaches students how to build bridges between play and learning by exploring how theatre and theatre games can be used to educate elementary students in the joys of theatre and the ways drama can be used to learn deeper lessons in other disciplines. Incorporates theory, materials, and practice--including story dramatization, play writing, rehearsal techniques, storytelling, puppets, pantomime, role-play and theatre games. Fulfills requirements of the Utah State Core Curriculum in Theatre for both Secondary and Elementary levels.
A beginning overview of the vocabulary and basic sewing methods of theatrical costuming. Familiarizes students with sewing machine and serger operation, basic sewing techniques, fabrics, simple patterning, and skills of costume construction. Course fee of $12 for equipment applies.
Laboratory component to THEA 2203. Provides general theatre shop experience designed to offer opportunity for the hands-on application of basic sewing methods of theatrical costuming. Includes training in sewing machine and serger operation, basic sewing techniques, fabrics, simple patterning, and skills of costume construction.
Introduces the philosophy and practices of theatre for children and youth, including its range of uses in the classroom, on the stage, in the community, corporate world and beyond. Focuses on storytelling, puppetry, and dramatic texts for children and youth. Requires play attendance.
Provides students with opportunities to perform in touring theatre productions for elementary and secondary audiences in school settings. Includes training in professional and amateur practices in performing, directing, designing, constructing, and managing touring shows for children and youth. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits toward graduation.
Provides training for children and youth in the creation of improvised drama in classroom, workshop, and community settings. Prepares students to lead drama activities in elementary and secondary schools and to use drama as a tool to teach other state core curriculum.
Explores the development of the feature film, both in America and abroad from 1895 to 1945. Covers the evolution of motion pictures from conception as an entertainment novelty (c. 1895) to the mass-audience, commercial art form of the 1940's. Examines film as a serious historical study of a form of mass communication, which has had ethical, social, and political consequences on society. Includes lecture, screenings, and demonstrations with critical discussions of assigned readings and films.
Explores the development of the feature film, both in America and abroad from 1940 to the Present. Emphasizes the continuing evolution of motion pictures from the height of the Studio System 1930s through to its status as one "form" of digital entertainment in 2010. Examines film as a serious historical study of a form of mass communication, which has had ethical, social, and political consequences on society. Includes lecture, screenings, and demonstrations with critical discussions of assigned readings and films. (Note: Some films screened may be considered controversial and carry an "R" rating.)
Focuses upon a particular genre, director, or film movement for the benefit of theater students seeking a film emphasis and MCT and English students seeking added depth in their fields of study. Topic varies by semester. May be repeated for 3 credits toward graduation, more for interest.
Studies the design process associated with costumes, scenery, and lighting. Uses research, conceptual renderings, models, and drafting. Introduces perspective drawing, figure drawing, three dimensional model building, and standard drafting practices. Course fee of $10 applies.
Laboratory course to accompany THEA 2513. Teaches skills in the application of elements and principles of design in the creation of scenery, costumes, and lighting in the theatre.
Trains theatrical design students in the advanced drawing and painting skills necessary to create detailed renderings of costumes and scenery that effectively communicate visual ideas for stage design concepts.
Introduces students to the translation of scripts into visual imagery for the stage. Focuses on the processes of conception, development, and implementation of design components to the point of actual presentation.
Studies costume history from ancient to modern times. Focuses on the political, social, economic and aesthetic concerns of each period. Includes study of the impact of other cultures on Western costume design.
Provides the opportunity for sophomore students to earn college credit for supervised projects in production for the period up to dress rehearsal and during strike. Involves the development of a contract between the student and the assigned instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 2 credits toward graduation.
Prepares BFA students for integration into the program through theatrical projects that encourage ensemble collaboration and cooperation with cohorts. Teaches critical unifying skills for future professional endeavors.
Introduces dramatic writing in plays and screenwriting. Covers script formatting, dramatic structure, theatre and film conventions, use of dialogue, character, and plot development. Requires writing monologues, scene treatments, a short one-act play, and a short screenplay.
Provides a transition from school to professional life where learned theory is applied to actual practice through meaningful on-the-job experience. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits toward graduation. May be graded credit/no credit.
Offers private vocal instruction for theatre majors to develop skills and techniques for performance in musical theatre. Requires substantial individual practice each week and bi-monthly master class participation. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 credits toward graduation. Course Lab fee of $331 for private voice lessons.
For students with individual projects. Credits given for acceptable projects in playwriting, direction, acting, design or other supervised performance, labor, or research in theatre or film. Proposals must be submitted and approved by the department or instructor prior to enrollment. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 credits toward graduation.
Trains advanced students in the use of contemporary methods, theories, and practices in creation of roles. Focuses on material written and produced in late 20th and early 21st century theatre.
Surveys the history of non-fiction/documentary film from 1896 to the present. Includes study of early pioneers from Flaherty's NANOOK OF THE NORTH to the current trend of reality television and the popular documentaries of Michael Moore.
Introduces the specialized techniques of performance, audition, and agent/actor relationships as they apply to the film and television industries.
Introduces acting students to the use of improvisational techniques. Includes advanced training in the application of objectives, tactics, relationships, and movement in the creation of improvised scenes.
Prepares BA students with the specific skills to successfully audition for stage roles at the amateur level. Includes instruction on playing objectives, defining relationships, making emotional connections, and physicalizing action. Focuses on mental and psychological preparation for the audition situation.
Prepares students with the specific skills to successfully audition for stage and screen roles. Includes work on objectives, relationships, emotional connection, and honest physicality.
Offers advanced study and application of techniques and practices for increasing vocal strength, range, and diction. Integrates organic movement, vocal exercises, and acting technique. Emphasizes work on operative word stress and articulation.
Teaches the creation of believable characters from various linguistic backgrounds. Emphasizes lilt, stress, resonance, and pronunciation of dialects as a stage tool. Utilizes the IPA - International Phonetic Alphabet. Includes multiple dialects from three broad geographical categories: American, British Isles, and Western Continental Europe.
Trains advanced movement students in somatic techniques such as Yoga, Tai Chi, Feldenkrais, and Laban.
Teaches basic principles of stage combat/choreography and safety practices.
Studies the evolution of global film styles, movements, stars, and genres with a focus on international cinema chronologies outside the United States. Some films screened may be considered controversial and carry an "R" rating.
Introduces the acting student to the techniques of acting, singing, and dancing for the musical, as well as looking at the history and trends of the musical. Also incorporates the art of transitioning between dialogue and song.
Further develops and refines the performer's abilities as a singer, dancer, and actor. Links trends in musical theatre with past and present artistic choices. Explores design aspects of musical theatre and thematic integration of acting, singing, and dancing. Includes lecture, discussion, film, rehearsal, and performance.
Focuses on the academic and practical study of the history and development of Musical Theatre Dance as an art form from the late 19th century to present. Melds tap, ballet, jazz, ballroom, and ethnic dance into practical character and story based movement while exploring historic context, landmark choreographers and productions.
Introduces the study of musical theatre choreography. Emphasizes practical application involving a blending of various styles of dance into the creation of practical character and story-based movement.
Prepares the student to perform in and produce musical theatre through development of acting, singing, and dance techniques in performance showcase forum. Offers performance opportunities such as musical sketch comedy reviews, children's theatre touring productions, and small scale musicals. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits toward graduation. Course fee of $30 for materials, specialized clothing applies.
Provides opportunity for earning college credit for supervised performance and production assignments in UVU theatre productions from dress rehearsal through closing performance (excluding strike). Allows students to apply learned skills to productions that are currently in performance. Criteria for project completion will be negotiated with the instructor or Department Chair on an individual basis. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 credits toward graduation.
Provides training and experience in Applied Theatre with adult, youth, and child participants in educational and community settings. Includes using Theatre of the Oppressed techniques (as formulated by Augusto Boal), devising original theatre pieces, and creating theatre-in-education programs that address social and community needs and issues.
Teaches advanced techniques in makeup design and application, character analysis, and three-dimensional masks. Includes hair applications, prosthetic appliances, airbrush techniques, and variety characterizations. Course fee of $120 for materials applies.
Introduces techniques associated with effective storytelling practice. Focuses on the use of storytelling as a means of interpreting, generating and preserving stories as an entertaining and empowering tool. Includes performance.
Develops intermediate skills in the various stage crafts including carpentry, property construction, lighting and sound for theatre and film. Includes further education in drafting; set and lighting principles; professional, management and safety practices. Students fulfill assigned responsibilities for UVU theatrical productions. Course Lab fee of $40 for equipment applies.
Introduction to historical styles of architecture, painting, and dress as they influence theatrical design.
Focuses on the basics of production design and art direction, the importance of costumes, props, locations selection, special effects, and set decoration in the visual presentation of a cinematic story.
Introduces students to the physics of sound. Focuses on the production of audio content, and the design and engineering of playback systems. Facilitates collaboration with other members of a theatrical design team. Requires 25 hours of technical sound support for UVU theatrical productions.
Provides more experience with sewing machine operations and advanced sewing techniques. Includes textile selection and construction skills. Focuses on specialized pattern drafting and draping. Course fee of $25 for materials, equipment applies.
Introduces students to the basic processes of creating and managing a theatre production organization. Includes introductory structural organization, collaboration, strategic planning, accounting, and marketing concepts, procedures, and simulation exercises. Prepares students for upper division courses in theatre management.
Explains the role of the Technical Director in the realization of a theatre production from page to stage. Offers training and hands-on experience in the collaborative production process as seen through the work of the Technical Director. Includes training in industry-standard software and tools.
Introduces basic approaches to painting theatrical scenery. Covers traditional scene painting techniques and the tools and paints which support those techniques. Course Lab fee of $42 applies.
Introduces and trains technical theatre students in the processes of drafting for theatrical design. Focuses on attaining a basic proficiency in using the most recent computer-aided drafting software.
Provides opportunity to earn college credit for managing projects in production for the period up to dress rehearsal and during strike. This includes projects in lighting, sound, costumes, props, scenery, design, stage management, running crews, house management or publicity. Involves the development of a contract between the student and the assigned instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 2 credits toward graduation.
Introduces basic directing techniques utilized in casting and rehearsing actors for stage and screen performance. Places emphasis on achieving honest and believable performances in the intimate style of camera acting, as well as the highly physical acting style of the stage. Includes studies in script structure, visualization, movement, pace and rhythm, gesture, casting techniques, and rehearsal techniques.
Builds upon concepts covered in Directing I. Includes class workshops and demonstrations followed by class/instructor critique. Requires completion and presention of a director's book. Culminates in public presentation of a one-act play.
Builds upon concepts covered in Directing Actors. Includes class workshops and demonstrations followed by class/instructor critique. Requires completion and presention of a director's book. Culminates in public presentation of a short film. For Digital Media Majors and Theatre Majors (only with instructor approval).
Introduces the development process, cultivating donors, and raising money through donations, sponsorships, and grants to support nonprofit arts organizations.
Focuses on the practical application of dramatic, narrative, semiotic, and developmental theory to the practice of theatrical artists, educators, and dramaturgs.
Examines the history of the theatre from its earliest origins through the Renaissance. Emphasizes theatre practice in its social, political and economic contexts. Introduces the theory and skills necessary for writing analytically about the theatre.
Examines the history of the theatre and its associated literature and artists from the Restoration to the present time. Focuses on historical theatre practice in its social, political and economic contexts. Introduces the theory and skills necessary for writing performance reviews and extended research papers in theatre.
Explores the evolution of musical theatre from the 1700s through present day, focusing on how politics, cultural trends, and technology have changed the art form.
Introduces students to the practice of production research and play outreach. Provides grounding in theory and analysis to develop skills in the discipline. Aimed at students in multiple interest areas such as performance, design and administration.
Builds and enlarges on the specific writing craft elements of plot, character, and theme introduced in prior writing classes. Examines plot structures in one-act plays and short films including documentaries. Involves students in identifying and strengthening weaknesses or challenges in their own as well as fellow students' original scripts. Includes active class discussions, readings, written and oral presentations, research and final projects of a one-act play or short film from 30 to 60 minutes in length.
Acts as a reading, performance, discussion and improvisation lab for scriptwriter's creative works. Involves students in the process of polishing, refining, and brainstorming dramatic works. Supports original student scripts with the ultimate goal of production. Integrates the work of writers, directors and actors into a collaborative effort. Includes active class discussions, readings, improvisations, written and oral presentations and critiques, research and completion of a project. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits toward graduation. Course fee of $15 for materials applies.
Includes advanced preparation for performance of classical texts. Emphasizes voice, speech, movement, and character development. Covers Greek and Roman acting styles, Commedia dell Arte and 17th Century French Neoclassic styles, Shakespearean Tragedy and Comedy, Comedy of Manners, and 19th Century Romanticism and Melodrama. Includes a brief introduction to Modern and Post-modern acting styles.
Teaches advanced skills and methods involved in the audition process for stage and screen roles. Focuses on developing resumes, interview skills, and preparing a wide range of audition pieces.
Performance workshop course that allows BFA Theatre Arts: Acting and Musical Theater emphasis seniors to collaborate with a director to create a showcase of each student actor's performance for promotional purposes. Teaches key skills in career and personal financial management related to the acting profession.
Increases the actor's command of tone, rhythm, pacing, and diction to fulfill the demands of classical acting. Involves rigorous textual analysis of the verse and prose of classical texts followed by interpretive exercises in both vocalization and physicality.
Focuses study on a specific U.S. or International period or movement. Representative topics may include German Expressionism, Italian Neorealism, New Hollywood Cinema, and etc. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits toward graduation. Some films screened may carry an "R" rating.
Covers cinema directors, genre, theory, and social change on a rotating basis. Explains course focus, defines terminology involved, then studies evolution and/or specific texts or contexts, and considers theoretical discourse. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits toward graduation. Some films screened may carry an "R" rating. Course fee of $40 for support applies.
For theatre majors interested in teaching theatre arts at the secondary and college levels. Introduces methodologies, strategies, and philosophies of theatre pedagogy based upon current research and practices. Emphasizes lesson plan writing using the Utah State Secondary Theatre Core Curriculum and the National Committee for Standards in the Arts. Integrates theory and practice through lecture, discussion, writing, activities, and classroom teaching experiences in the college and public school settings.
Offers in-depth study of specialized topics in theatre technology and design. Includes possible topics such as scenic and integrated projections, mixed reality and video design, audience participatory technology, 3-D Modeling and prop design, special effects technology, and scenography and European technology. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits toward graduation.
Focuses on the designing and practical application of theatrical lighting and sound. Includes laboratory work on UVU theatre productions. Course Tool fee of $20 for materials applies.
Explores and applies elements of design as they relate to lighting for theatre, dance and film from design process conception to final paperwork. Requires work on UVU productions as well as individual student projects.
Laboratory component to THEA 4531. Allows students to implement theatrical lighting and sound design plans. Includes laboratory work on UVU theatre productions.
Introduces the language, history, and technology of digital media as it applies to the theatre. Focuses on developing skills to conceive, create, and implement digital media designs for the stage.
Introduces theories and fundamentals of costume design with practical application through research and rendering. Provides an overview of costume history and period research. Emphasizes conceptual ideas based in script and director's concept. Course Lab fee of $19 applies.
Develops further the theories of costume design and provides more experience with practical application through research and rendering. Emphasizes advanced conceptual ideas based in script and director's concept. Encourages organization of a professional portfolio.
Laboratory course to accompany THEA 4541. Provides opportunities for practical application of design fundamentals in creation of costumes for various genres and historical periods.
Strengthens abilities to work with advanced design ideas based in script and director's concept. Develops digital rendering skills via training in Photoshop and Illustrator.
Introduces students to the most advanced methods of tailored costume construction. Focuses on practical application of these techniques in the creation of fine couture. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits toward graduation.
Introduces theatre management students to the advanced processes of creating and managing a professional theatre production organization. Emphasizes practical application of skills in professional situations (including work on UVU Theatre Arts main stage productions). Includes collaboration with directors, designers, and production crews to build both a personal methodology and the discipline of practice.
Advanced application of the principles of scenic design for sets and properties. Includes completion of at least one project design including elevation drawing and drafting, rendering and model building. Emphasizes conceptual ideas based on script and director's concept. Student designers for UVU productions may be selected from this class.
Focuses on integration of elements and phases of advanced set construction, property construction and paint finishes for theatrical sets. Includes shop experience and work on UVU productions. Course fee of $30 for equipment applies.
Laboratory component to THEA 4571 in which students may acquire skills in creation and presentation of scale models used in the development of scenic design for theatrical productions. Includes layout, model making techniques, model finishes, and presentation.
Involves work on approved projects requiring sophisticated skills in scenic, lighting, costume, or makeup design. May include designs for UVU productions or for community and regional performing groups. Requires approval by appropriate theatre faculty. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 credits toward graduation.
Provides in-depth study of performance or academic topics such as theatrical artists, movements, theories, genres, and social changes. Involves delineation of course focus, defines terminologies involved, then studies evolution and/or specific texts or contexts and considers theoretical discourse. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits toward graduation.
Introduces advanced concepts in theatre management. Includes an overview of the theatre industry and discussions of theatre organization structures, relevant personnel, and governance for commercial New York theatre, stock and resident theatre, and college theatre and community theatre. Teaches how to locate and secure rights to production and how to work with theatre unions. Includes concepts in audience development techniques. Also includes career discussion of career opportunities in theatre management/ entrepreneurship. Utilizes lecture, discussion, and real-world simulation experiences.
Extends student dramatic writing skills by creating, rewriting, and polishing a full-length film or play. Focuses on choice of material for specific audiences as well as the specific issues of adaptation of material from an already published source. Emphasizes the processes of selection, securing legal rights, adaptation management imperative to the success of a venture. Includes active class discussions, readings, written and oral presentations, research and final readings of students completed projects.
Offers upper-division directed study with professional/academic supervision to motivated students for writing projects such as commissioned or speculative scripted and/or dramatic works, i.e., musicals, one-man shows, guerilla theatre, mimes, short or full-length films, documentaries, television shows, sit-coms, movies-of-the-week and other forms not covered by current classes. Allows for a semesters of writing/re-writing and/or critique/development and possible workshop presentation. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits toward graduation.
Provides a transition from school to professional life where learned theory is applied to actual practice through meaningful on-the-job experience. Repeatable for a maximum of 4 credits toward graduation. May be graded credit/no credit.
Offers private vocal instruction for upper division theatre majors to continue develop skills and techniques for performance in musical theatre. Requires bimonthly master class participation and substantial individual practice. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits toward graduation. Course Lab fee of $331 for private voice lessons applies.
Provides independent study as directed in reading and individual projects at the discretion and approval of the Dean and/or Department Chair. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits toward graduation.
For those intending to enter professional theatre. Includes, but not limited to, the following topics: literature, research, analysis, design, management or performance aspects of theatre and the performing arts. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 credits toward graduation.
Features development of student portfolio for the areas of performance, design, management, directing, script writing, and performance. Includes interview skills and website development. Emphasizes placement in the theatrical job market or graduate school placement.