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Academic Tracks in Theatre/TV/Film

The theatre program offers four tracks towards a Bachelor of Arts in Communication:  Design, Performance, Film, and Teaching.

  • Design Track PDF
    The degree is intended to prepare students to serve as a design assistant in a professional studio or to apply for an appropriate graduate school for more specialized studies.
  • Performance Track PDF
    The degree is intended to prepare students to leave the area for more performance opportunities and training elsewhere or to apply for an appropriate graduate school for more specialized studies.
  • TV Film Track PDF
    The degree is intended to prepare students for entry-level jobs in the field of media production or to apply for an appropriate graduate school for more specialized studies.
  • Teacher Certification Track PDF
    The degree is intended to prepare students to enter the teaching field or to apply for an appropriate graduate school for more specialized studies.

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Course Descriptions

Comm. 1301 - Cinema Appreciation
This course is an introduction to the art of cinema for the non-major. Focus will be on critical viewing of films, identification and analysis of film form, technique, and content.
Comm. 1305 - Acting 1
For the advanced undergraduate, an intensive workshop in which students are responsible for the production of a major dramatic work that will be produced for television and that will embody the principles of dramatic production in television form. Journalism students taking the course will produce a documentary concerning the production.
Comm. 1311 - Stagecraft
This course gives instruction and practice in the methods of construction, painting, rigging, shifting stage scenery and properties, as well as the application of these techniques to television production.
Comm. 1312 - Sound and Light Technology
This course is a continuation of COMM. 1311. It consists of instruction and practical experience in production problems, including lighting and sound
Comm. 1615 - Summer Theatre Workshop
Designed to introduce beginning students to basic techniques of theatre staging through practical situations, this workshop requires students to participate in a series of productions for public viewing. Because of the intensive nature of this course, students are not allowed to take other studies or outside employment during their workshop enrollment period without permission of the instructor.
Comm. 1616 - Summer Television Workshop
An intensive workshop course in which students are responsible for all aspects of the production of a major dramatic work that will be produced for television and that will embody the principles of dramatic production in television form.
Comm. 2101 - Practicum - Theatre/TV/Film
Participation in theatre, television or film programs sponsored the department. One hour of credit requires a minimum of 60 hours of satisfactory participation plus any additional requirements set by the advisor. May be repeated for credit a maximum of four times.
Comm. 2304 - Television Production
This course is an introduction to television studio operations with emphasis on television production. It covers cameras, microphones, lights, setting and performers.
Comm. 2306 - Acting 2
Intensive study of the techniques of building and developing a characterization...
Comm. 2310 - Video Editing
From televesion news to documentaries to feature films, the video/film editing step is the last re-write of any screen (TV or film) material before it is broadcast, cablecast, shown in theaters, or released either on DVD or the internet. Students will learn professional level software and acquire both the arts and crafts of assembling sound and visual images into finished, viewable productions. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: COMM 2304
Comm. 2312 - Theatre Appreciation
An introduction to the theatre, how to enjoy and understand plays, an appreciation and understanding of the various factors that make up a live theatre performance. Designed for non-majors.
Comm. 2313 - Readings In Dramatic Literature
Critical review and analysis of selected classic plays from Greek antiquity to the present time, designed to clarify the nature and major achievements of Western dramatic art. Equivalent course: ENG 2313; may be counted as English or Communication in satisfying degree requirements. Credit may be received for only one course.
Comm. 2319 - Make - Up
This course is a study of make-up for stage, film and television camera. It includes the study of make-up design and application and special effect make-up. Students must provide their own make-up for the course.
Comm. 2320 - Costume Technology
This course is a study of costume construction and technology with emphasis on problems encountered in patterning, draping, construction and fitting of costumes for the theatre and television.
Comm. 2321 - Drawing and Rendering for the Theatre
This course covers the processes of communicating design ideas through drafting, drawing and rendering and modeling. This course needs to be taken before any of the design classes or concurrently with the student's first class in design.
Comm. 3302 - Voice and Diction
An intensive course in high quality diction for those planning to speak professionally on stage, TV, radio or film. Work on diction, foreign accents and dialects. Some voice work included.
Comm. 3308 - Creative Drama
A study of informal drama in its application to the elementary classroom. Development of creativity through original dramatizations by children. Of special interest to the elementary teacher.
Comm. 3309 - Scene Design
This course teaches the principles of design as applied to modern stage and television production.
Comm. 3310 - Lighting for Stage, Film, and Television
Problems of lighting design and execution as applied to the various media ' stage, screen and television.
Comm. 3311- Contemporary Drama
A study of trends and movements in 20th century American, British and European drama with emphasis on works of major playwrights. Equivalent Course: ENG 3311; can be counted as English or Communication in satisfying degree requirements. Credit may be received for only one course. Prerequisite: 12 hours of English.
Comm. 3312 - Costume Design
Problems of lighting design and execution as applied to the various media ' stage, screen and television.
Comm. 3323- World Drama
Study of trends and movements in dramatic literature from ancient Greece through World War I. Emphasis on the works of major playwrights. Equivalent Course: ENG 3323; can be counted as English or Communication in satisfying degree requirements. Credit may be received for only one course. Prerequisite: 12 hours of English.
Comm. 3324 - Location Video
Principles of single camera 'film style' location video production. Using video equipment, students will produce short productions based on careful preproduction planning (scripting and storyboarding). Major stress on post-production editing and quality of finished product.
Comm. 3325 - Motion Picture History & Significance
Historical survey of motion pictures from 1890s to the present. Students will view, study and review major motion pictures from various periods, noting important periods, styles, genres and movements in the dramatic film (including foreign films and TV). Viewing lab arranged.
Comm. 3326 - American Film Genre
This course will offer an overview of the fourteen basic American film genres. Students will study their evolution from the silent days to the present and examine how commercial considerations have influence their development in both positive and negative terms.
Comm. 3341 - Acting 3
This course is a study of work with partners in scenes. It gives the students practice in the techniques of working in large and small groups, working for specificity of character and developing responsive and responsible rehearsal techniques.
Comm. 3342 - Acting 4
This course consists of working with particular acting problems, such as characterization, developing responsive and responsible rehearsal techniques.
Comm. 4101 - Practicum in Theatre/TV/Film
Participation in theatre, television or film programs sponsored by the department or other programs approved by the instructor. One hour of credit requires a minimum of 60 hours of satisfactory participation, plus any additional requirements set by the instructor. May be repeated for credit a maximum four times.
Comm. 4301 - Directing 1
Study, observation and practice in selecting scripts and working with problems, methods and techniques of direction and production.
Comm. 4302 - Directing 2
A continuation of Comm. 4301 with stress upon student direction and production of plays and television programs.
Comm. 4303 - Special Topics
For the advanced undergraduate, this course may be taken more than once if the topic changes. The class is designed to give students an opportunity to study a special advanced topic not required in the undergraduate curriculum.
Comm. 4304 - Scriptwriting
Advanced-level course in the arts and crafts of scriptwriting for stage and screen (motion picture and/or television). Course would be repeatable for credit with new work or work with different medium.
Comm. 4312 - Advanced Video Editing
Based on what students learned in the introduction to video and film editing, students will learn advanced professional level software and acquire both the arts and crafts of assembling sound and visual images into finished, viewable productions. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: COMM 2304 and COMM 2310.
Comm. 4314 - Advanced Television/Film Production
Advanced-level course stressing the application of basic arts and media developed in Comm. 2404 and making use of advanced students in directing, technical crafts, performance and scriptwriting. May be repeated for credit with new production.
Comm. 4315 - History of Theatre 1
A thorough study of the history of the theatre forms its origins until the end of the Jacobean era.
Comm. 4316 - History of Theatre 2
A thorough study of the history of the theatre form the Restoration era until the present.
Comm. 4317 - Children's Theatre Workshop
This is an intensive workshop course in which students are responsible for all aspects of the production of a major dramatic work that will be produced for children and that will embody the principles of dramatic production in forms suitable for elementary school audiences.
Comm. 4318 - Theory & Styles of Acting
This course covers techniques of period acting and exploration of major theories of acting techniques.
Comm. 4319- Problems in Acting
This course teaches acting techniques to adapt performance to varying situations such as large and small proscenium, film and television. It also includes preparation of audition material and problems in developing range of characterization.
Comm. 4615- Summer Theatre Workshop
For the advanced undergraduate, experience in all areas of theatrical presentation. Students assume responsibility for one or more of the following areas: technical theatre production problems in acting and directing, theatre business management. Because of the intensive nature of this course, students are not allowed to take other studies or outside employment during the workshop enrollment period without permission of the instructor.
Comm. 4616- Summer Film & Television Workshop
For the advanced undergraduate, an intensive workshop in which students are responsible for the production of a major dramatic work that will be produced for television and that will embody the principles of dramatic production in television form. Journalism students taking the course will produce a documentary concerning the production

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