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Theatre Arts (THA)

Theatre Arts (THA)

100 Theatre Appreciation
A survey of the basic principles of live theatre performance for both drama students and non-majors.  It discusses theatre history, literature, and the principles of production.
Three hours, three credits.

111 Fundamentals of Acting I
Students study improvisation and body movement both on and off stage.  Students use their life experiences to create character and also relate that experience to philosophies and methods of performance.
Three hours, three credits.

112 Fundamentals of Acting II
Students develop the concentration, imagination, observation, and understanding that basic acting requires.  They involve themselves in performance in order to understand the nature of humankind.  This course also introduces students to stage geography, theatre terminology, and a beginning understanding of fundamental makeup practices.
Three hours, three credits.

202 Stage Craft
A study of the basic techniques of scene design and construction.
Four hours, three credits.

203 Video Production Workshop
This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of acting and directing from the camera.  The students will examine theories and implement the techniques for producing short video productions.
Three hours, three credits.

205 Applied Summer Theatre I
Intensive experience in one or more areas of productions in a summer theatre.  The emphasis will be placed on practical and sound approaches to theatre technique characterized by a short rehearsal time.  By audition only.
Three hours, three credits.

222 Voice and Diction (SI)
The purpose of this course is to improve verbal communication by the study and practice of articulation and pronunciation, including an introduction to phonetics and vocal anatomy through delivery of simple speeches and reading.  Students explore various vocal techniques, use specific vocal exercises for individual learning, and analyze and evaluate their peers.

This course is designated by Ferrum College faculty to meet the entire Speaking Intensive requirement; a grade of “C” or higher in this course is required for this course to be used by a student to complete the Speaking Intensive graduation requirement for Ferrum College.  A student cannot earn a grade of “C” or higher in this course unless he or she earns a “C” or better on the speaking assignments required by the course.   
Three hours, three credits.

233 Introduction to Musical Theatre
Students in this course will learn to appreciate the historical development and special problems of theatre, music and dance as they merge into a specific performing art. Students will consider “page to stage” issues of musical theatre as it has evolved from early opera to contemporary Broadway musicals.
Three hours, three credits.

246 Play Production I: Beginning Directing
This course takes the beginning director through the production process from page to stage.  It will cover the fundamentals of directing including script selection, auditions, rehearsals and design decisions into production.
Five hours, three credits.

281 Theatre Practicum
Offers practical and supervised experience in either acting or production.  All students will be extensively involved in a major, faculty-directed production.  The course may be repeated for credit.  Majors may count no more than three credits toward the major; minors may count no more than one credit towards the minor.  Students enroll in this course immediately following the tryout period for major productions.
One credit.

300 Auditions and Makeup Workshop
The students will learn, refine,  and apply industry standard audition process and makeup design theory and techniques. Students will learn the methods and techniques for preparing the professional resume, the headshot and the audition pieces appropriate to presentation at professional talent calls. The students in the course will also learn the research methods and practical techniques for doing stage makeup for specific characters.
Three hours, three credits.

301 World Theatre I: through the Eighteenth Century
Students examine diverse theatrical literature development from the beginning of Greek drama through the eighteenth century.  Students will study representative scripts, libretti and scores and the historical context in which they were created.   

This course is designated Writing Intensive; a grade of “C” or higher in this course is required for this course to count toward the six-credit-hour Writing Intensive graduation requirement for Ferrum College.  A student cannot earn a grade of “C” or higher in this course unless he or she earns a “C” or better on the writing assignments required by the course.  Prerequisite: ENG 102.
Three hours, three credits.

302 World Theatre II: from 1800 to the Present
Students examine diverse theatrical development  from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries into the 2nd millennium  Students will study representative scripts, libretti and scores and the historical context in which they were created.

This course is designated Writing Intensive; a grade of “C” or higher in this course is required for this course to count toward the six-credit-hour Writing Intensive graduation requirement for Ferrum College.  A student cannot earn a grade of “C” or higher in this course unless he or she earns a “C” or better on the writing assignments required by the course. Prerequisite: ENG 102.
Three hours, three credits.

305 Applied Summer Theatre II
Intensive experience in one or more areas of productions in summer theatre.  The emphasis will be placed on practical and sound approaches to theatre technique characterized by a short rehearsal time.  By audition only.
Three hours, three credits.

320 Advanced Acting and Performance Theory
An advanced study and practice of roles in contemporary theatre with some emphasis placed on acting for children and youth.  Students develop a personal philosophy of performance after studying a variety of theories such as those of Brecht, Stanislavsky, Growtowski, Schectner, and Strasburg, which will be used to develop a personal approach to performing.  Prerequisite: THA 111.
Five hours, four credits.

331 Historical Dramatization
(see HIS 331)
Three hours, three credits.

336 Creative Dramatics in School, Church, and Community
Surveys and develops a philosophical approach to using drama for children as not only a means of arts expression but also as a method to teach life skills.  Students experience various techniques that allow them to develop their own methods of using drama in non-theatrical forms.  Students study leading practitioners in the field including McCaslin, Heathcoate, and Way.
Three hours, three credits.

405 Applied Summer Theatre III
Intensive experience in producing plays for Ferrum’s Summer Theatre.  Students will be required to specialize in box office management, directing, or supervision of interns.  By audition only.
Three hours, three credits.

412, 413, 414 Special Theatre Topics
The course is an intensive study of a particular aspect of theatre.  The topics will vary from semester to semester based on the yearly assessment of the needs and interests of sophomore-level students.  This course accommodates the individual needs of students across the major.  Possible topics could include puppetry, specific lighting techniques, sound design, makeup and costume design as well as emerging performance and production techniques.
One to three hours, one to three credits.

446 Directing
Focuses on analysis, communication, and style in directing.  Students will have the opportunity to bring the principles and creative concepts they have learned to bear on the complex task of directing the total artistic product.  Prerequisite: THA 111.
Three hours, three credits.

481 Academic Theatre Practicum
Students may arrange independent work in academic research, teaching, or play writing with one of the drama faculty members to explore a variety of individualized learning experiences that standard courses do not meet.
Two hours, one credit.

498 Senior Seminar
All drama majors are required to take the senior seminar in the senior year.  Students complete selected readings and complete a major project related to the student’s field of study, usually a one-person original show.  The course culminates with the performance and subsequent analysis in which the student integrates the total educational experience.
Three hours, three credits.

499 Internship
The internship is designed to give the student practical work experience in the area of theatre for which the student has been trained while at Ferrum.  The work experience is carefully chosen to fit the specific needs of the individual student.  The internship is carefully supervised to insure a job experience that will help make the transition to a fruitful career.  Before students enroll in this course they must complete several requirements that are listed in the Internship Handbook.  Candidates for the B.F.A. must complete this internship in a professional theatre company approved by the Theatre Arts Coordinator.
Three to six credits.