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Open to all students. Required of all Theater Arts majors and other students desiring to participate in the production of plays. A survey study and analysis of the various elements that make up the institution called the Theatre. Subjects range from origins of primitive drama to contemporary structure and direction of our modern Theatre.

Theater is approved for Cooperative Education, Work Experience, and Internships. See listing under Cooperative Education in the ELAC catalog




Note: Open to all students. Required of all Theater Arts majors and other students desiring to participate in the production of plays. A survey study and analysis of the various elements that make up the institution called the Theatre.
Subjects range from origins of primitive drama to contemporary structure and direction of our modern Theatre.

The course provides advanced study of the acting methods and techniques developed by Konstantin Stanislavsky which are the basis for most contemporary acting approaches. This technique is then applied and performed using the scenes from works of contemporary playwrights including, Chekhov, O’Neill, Miller, and others.

Note: Requires 15 to 19 hours per week; paid employment related to the occupational major and enrollment in at least 7 units (which include Co-op Ed). Theater is approved for Cooperative Education, Work Experience, and Internships. See listing under Cooperative Education.
THEATRE (TA)
TA 100 Intro to Theater & Online 

TA 101 Acting in History and Style
In this course, students are introduced to the development of acting from classical style to modern systems through lecture, discussion, demonstration, and various assigned exercises.

TA 110 History of World Theater I
In this course, students study the history and development of theater and drama, from the 5th century BCE to the 17th century CE. Students examine how, from pre-civilization to present day, theatre has served a variety of functions within different cultures and societies and examine how, throughout history, theatre changes in response to the changing needs and concerns of a given culture, so that students can understand and articulate the relationship between theatre and society.

TA 112 History of World Theater II
In this course, students study the history and development of theater and drama, its plays and playwrights, and structures and methods of staging and acting from the English Restoration through the 21st Century. Students examine how, throughout history, theatre changes in response to the changing needs and concerns of a given culture and understand and articulate the relationship between theatre and society and the individual, as well as its changing relevance over the past 400 years.

TA 114 Script Analysis
This course provides principles, theories, and techniques of play script analysis for theatrical production.

TA 130 Playwriting every
This course leads students from the basics through all the elements necessary to create compelling dramatic material: interpretation of published works, character, theme, plot, action, dialogue, and style. It provides firm guidance for beginning playwrights in all aspects of play creation from conception to realization, culminating with the student’s original one-act play being presented by student actors to a live audience.

TA 200 Intro to Acting
Through lecture, discussion, demonstration, and various assigned exercises, the student is introduced to the development of acting from classical style to modern systems.

TA 205 Actor's Orientation
The student learns about a career as a professional actor int the American entertainment industry including methodology and techniques for seeking and gaining employment in theatre, film, television, commercials, and new media, which includes all forms of electronic performance.

TA 225 Beginning Direction
This course leads students from the basics through all the elements necessary to get a play on stage; interpretation, casting, scheduling, movement, blocking, business, pace, and timing. It also provides firm guidance for beginning directors in the technical handling of a script from preparation of a Prompt Book to working out technical plots.

TA 226 Directors Project Practicum
In this course, under the guidance of student directors and producers, students work together on all elements necessary to rehearse and stage a one-act play for public performance.

TA 232 Play Production
Theatre students study performance and managerial practices while participating in public performances. Performance and production work may consist of acting and stage management.

TA 235 Play Performance
Theatre students study the real practices of performance, managerial and technical theatre while participating in college public performances, technical shops and theatre spaces. Production work may consist of the following: Acting, carpentry, costumes, painting, lighting, sound, props and stage management.

TA 240 Voice and Articulation
This course is designed to emphasize speech practice and technique for the stage, motion pictures, television and the Lecture platform. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of good speech, including breathing, posture, resonance, projection and articulation. A study is made of the psychological and acoustical factors determining vocal quality, force, time and pitch. Students are introduced to the International Phonetic Alphabet and how to drop into their natural voice.

TA 244 Voice for Performance
This course is designed to emphasize speech practice and technique for scene performance on the stage, motion pictures, and television. Students apply fundamentals of good speech, including breathing, posture, resonance, projection, and articulation to performance texts that require two or more actors. Students apply the International Phonetic Alphabet to General American Speech and learn how to maintain this dialect and their natural voice in a scene performance that requires physical effort

TA 246 Dialects for the Actor
In this course, students learn to speak English with dialects. They apply the International Phonetic Alphabet, observation of professional actors and research of authentic speakers to performance for stage and recorded media. Dialects include, but are not limited to, General American Speech, Upper Class British, Cockney, Irish, Russian, French, Southern, and New York.

TA 251 Tour for Children
This course is focused on the rehearsal, performance, and tour of a play for young audiences. The student is introduced to practical skills to teach creative drama for children and youth through the rehearsal process, readings, and lecture. The student then applies these skills in creative drama workshops for children or youth. Students pay a fee for background check, live scan fingerprinting, and TB test.

TA 252 Children's Theater
This course focuses on the rehearsal, performance, and tour of a play for a young audience. Students are introduced to the pedagogy of teaching creative drama for children and youth through the rehearsal process, classroom teaching practice, field classroom observation, readings, and lectures. Students then apply this knowledge and practice in performance workshop situations as a workshop assistant. Students pay a fee for background check, live scan fingerprinting, and TB test

TA 256 Tour for Seniors
This course is focused on the rehearsal, performance, and tour of a play for an audience over fifty years of age. Students are introduced to the pedagogy of teaching and facilitating theatrical experiences for older actors through the rehearsal process, classroom teaching practice, on-site observation, readings, and lectures. Students then apply this knowledge and practice in a performance workshop situation as a workshop assistant. Students pay a fee for background check, live scan fingerprinting, and TB test

TA 257 Inter-Generational
This course is focused on the rehearsal, performance, and tour of a play for an audience over fifty years of age. Students are introduced through the rehearsal process, readings, and lectures to practical skills that facilitate creative theatrical experiences for older actors or workshop participants. Students then apply these skills in performance workshops for older adults or actors. Students pay a fee for background check, live scan fingerprinting, and TB test.

TA 259 Arts in the Community
This course introduces the cultural origins, history, and practice of community-based visual and performing arts. Historical and contemporary case studies of arts programming are examined and evaluated. Emphasis is placed on developing awareness of professional careers and opportunities in education and auxiliary professions in the arts beyond the gallery or performance venue.

TA 260 Acting I
Students are introduced to the basics of the craft of acting through a structured sequence of lectures, discourse, and assignments regarding theories, steps, and techniques.

TA 265 Movement for the Actor
This course is designed to develop the actor’s physical expressiveness on stage. Exercises, improvisations, and other explorations lead to enhanced strength, balance, energy, flexibility, and physical freedom for character development and performance.

TA 270 Beginning Acting
Students are introduced to the basics of the craft of acting.

TA 272 Intermediate Applied Acting
Intermediate acting principles and stage techniques are expanded and applied to staged public performances. The emphasis is on comprehension of material and technique, and translating them into dramatic action and performance.

TA 273 Advanced Acting
The course provides advanced study of acting methods and techniques which are then applied and performed in scenes from playwrights including Shakespeare, Chekhov, Pinter, and others.

TA 278 Film and TV Acting
The basic fundamentals of acting for the camera are explored. Demonstration, exercises, and improvisations are used to practice the techniques. Scenes are practiced, taped, and critiqued.

TA 286 Stanislavsky: The Art of the Actor.

TA 293 Rehearsals Performance
Theatre students study the rehearsal and performance practices of performing in theatre productions assigned as lead actors, character actors, or bit parts. Study culminates in a college public performance entered in the American College Theatre Festival.

TA 505 History Motion Pictures & Online - every fall
This course traces the foundational development and maturation of American motion pictures contextualized with developments in European cinema. Emphasis is placed on the foundational scientific, economic, cultural, and artistic forces that propelled motion pictures into one of America’s most influential industries.
TA 921 Co-operative Education 



TECTHTR (TT) This course introduces the basic elements of lighting design through an understanding of its history, collaborative nature, and role in the production process. Students also develop practical skills through the realization of lighting design projects.

TT 313 Scenic Art
TT 346 Lighting Practicum This course explores the drafting techniques and skills needed to express the art of theatrical design in scenery and lighting through the medium of the computer. This course focuses on the computer drafting programs known as AutoCAD, Vectorworks, and also introduce SketchUp and
Lightwright.

TT 300 Stagecraft l
This course provides a survey of the technical phases of play production: scenery, properties, lighting, sound, costuming, stage management, and organization of stage activity.

TT 305 Orientation to Careers
In This course students learn about careers as professional technicians in American entertainment industries, including methodology and techniques for seeking and gaining employment in theatre, film, television, commercials, theme park, special events, and new media. The students develop their own portfolios, resumes, and interview skills.

TT 311 Introduction to Lighting
This course provides the student scenic artist with an aesthetic understanding of the art and culture of representational painting for performance. Scenic artists paint largescale landscapes, cityscapes, murals and other backgrounds, and also faux surfaces such as marble or wood grain for theatre, film, television, theme parks, industrial shows and interior decor. This course consists of an overview of scenic Art History and the practical application of basic methods and techniques. It includes training on equipment, materials, painting steps and processes as well as standard safety practices in the entertainment industry

TT 315 Introduction to Design
This course offers students a survey of scenery, lighting, sound, props, costumes and make-up, theatrical equipment, and construction techniques through demonstration and laboratory experience.

TT 323 Stage Management
In This course students learn to be multi-tasking managers of the play production process, from auditions through rehearsals to the final performance.

TT 330 Sound Design
This course explores the concepts of sound design for theatre including: Script analysis, selection of sound effects and music, and the physical properties of sound in theaters. Students develop and execute a sound design with recording, editing, and playback technology.

TT 340 Technical Theater Practicum
In this course, theatre students study the practices of managerial and technical theatre plus technical shops and theatre spaces. Study culminates in a college public performance entered in the American College Theatre Festival. Production work may consist of the following: Carpentry, costumes, painting, lighting, sound, props, and stage management.
TT 342 Technical Stage Production
In this course, theatre students study the practices of managerial and technical theatre plus technical shops and theatre spaces. Study culminates in a college public performance entered in the American College Theatre Festival. Production work may consist of the following: Carpentry, costumes, painting, lighting, sound, props, and stage management.

TT 343 Scenery Practicum 
In this course, theatre students study the practices of managerial and technical theatre plus technical shops and theatre spaces. Emphasis is placed on scene shop operations including building and painting scenery for entertainment projects. Study culminates in a college public performance entered in the American College Theatre Festival.

TT 344 Props Practicum
In this course, theatre students study the practices of managerial and technical theatre plus technical shops and theatre spaces. Emphasis is placed on prop operations including researching and creating props for entertainment projects. Study culminates in a college public performance entered in the American College Theatre Festival.

TT 345 Costume Practicum
In this course, theatre students study the practices of managerial and technical theatre plus technical shops and theatre spaces. Emphasis is placed on costume and make-up operations including researching and creating costumes, make-up, and running wardrobe for entertainment projects. Study culminates in a college public performance entered in the American College Theatre Festival.
TT 345 Costume Practicum
In this course, theatre students study the practices of managerial and technical theatre plus technical shops and theatre spaces. Emphasis is placed on lighting operations including hang, focus, and operation of lights for entertainment projects. Study culminates in a college public performance entered in the American College Theatre Festival.
TT 347 Sound Practicum
In this course, theatre students study the practices of managerial and technical theatre plus technical shops and theatre spaces. Emphasis is placed on sound operations including researching and creating sound for entertainment projects. Study culminates in a college public performance entered in the American College Theatre Festival.

TT 348 SM Practicum
In this course, theatre students study the practices of managerial and technical theatre plus technical shops and theatre spaces. This course provides practical experience working in stage management tasks for entertainment projects. Study culminates in a college public performance entered in the American College Theatre Festival.

TT 349-1 House Practicum I
In this course, theatre students study the practices of managerial and technical theatre plus technical shops and theatre spaces. The emphasis in This course is practical experience working as part of a house management team with an overview of house management operations including ticket sales, ushering, bookkeeping, and publicity for entertainment projects with a particular emphasis on patron safety and services

TT 349-2 House Practicum II
In this course, theatre students study the practices of managerial and technical theatre plus technical shops and theatre spaces. The emphasis in This course is practical experience working as part of a house management team with an overview of house management operations including ticket sales, ushering, bookkeeping, and publicity for entertainment projects with a particular emphasis on ticket sales and bookkeeping for entertainment projects.

TT 349-3 House Practicum III
In this course, theatre students study the practices of managerial and technical theatre plus technical shops and theatre spaces. The emphasis in This course is practical experience working as a house management supervisor over all house management operations including ticket sales, ushering, bookkeeping, and publicity for entertainment projects.

TT 350 Make-Up for Theater
This course is a study of the basic tools, materials, techniques, and methods of makeup which might be used for the various roles in modern and classical stage plays. This is a skills course in which the student executes practical assignments from straights through character, old age, racial types, stylized fantasy, and facial distortion. Theatrical makeup design and application is performed by students on their own faces, including glamor, aging, beards, stylizing, impersonations, and the use of makeup for theater, film, and television.

TT 351 Applied Make-Up
This course, students study the practices of designing and executing makeup and hair designs for a college public performance and the students’ professional portfolio entered in the American College Theatre Festival. Emphasis is placed on the design process from beginning to end including: Script analysis, concept, collaboration, design, technical paperwork, project management, production, and strike.

TT 360 Costume Design for Theater
This course explores the process of costume design from script to stage. Students learn to see as a designer, think like an artist, and communicate ideas visually and verbally. A study of the history of the costume and clothing as an expression and indicator of status, class, culture, and historical era is also covered. The class also uses projects to enhance practical design and sewing skills.

TT 361 Applied Costume Design
This course, students study the practices of designing and executing costume designs for a college public performance and the students’ professional portfolio entered in the American College Theatre Festival. Emphasis is placed on the design process from beginning to end including: Script analysis, concept, collaboration, design, technical paperwork, project management, production, and strike.

TT 363 Costume Textile Design 
This course provides practical application of textile modification techniques for costumes: Various dyes, painting, batik, stencil, aging, distressing, and digital fabric sublimation.

TT 364 Costume Sewing
This course covers the theory and practice of creating stage and film costumes and costume accessories through draping and pattern making.

TT 365 Historical Patternmaking
This course covers the theory and practice of creating historically accurate stage and film costumes and costume accessories through draping and pattern making.

TT 366 Fantasy Patternmaking
This course covers the theory and practice of creating fantasy stage, film, and cosplay costumes and costume accessories through draping and pattern making.

TT 367 Costume Fashion History
This course provides an exploration of costume and fashion from ancient to modern times with a focus on the artistry and history of the time period, geography, culture, and politics and their influences on costume design for stage, film, and television.

TT 370 Lighting Design
This course creates an understanding of the basic methods, physical techniques, and work ethics of the lighting designer/ technician. The process includes training in the creative concepts of design and how to create a light plot as well as in the practical use and operation of the equipment used to execute the design. Specific attention is paid to entertainment industry work and safety standards that prepares the student for work in the industry.

TT 380 Scenic Design (or TT 315)
This course offers students training in the art of designing scenery for theatre from the conceptualization to the realization of a complete theoretical design through the use of advanced drafting, model making, and other pre-visualization techniques.


TT 382 Sketching and Rendering
This course focuses on sketching, drawing, and painting techniques used for visual communication. It also offers Photoshop and Illustrator training to express theatrical design concepts in scenery, costumes, and lighting. These skills are required for presentations of designs in the entertainment industry.


TT 384 Computer Drafting

TT 700 Theater Festival Workshop
In this course, students learn methods, strategies and skills to compete in theater festivals, for example the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Students learn the rules of competition and prepare performances or presentations for competition. Areas of competition include: Auditioning for scholarships, professional companies, and college and university programs; stage management; costume, light, sound, and scenic design; allied theater crafts; play writing; dramaturgy; and others which may arise.

TT 701 Shakespeare I
In this course, students are introduced to the basics of poetry speaking, period movement, and voice and diction through practical application to a Shakespearean set speech or soliloquy of appropriate age and range. Work prepares students for audition and employment at Shakespeare festivals or other venues.

TT 702 Shakespeare II
In this course, students continue practice of poetry speaking, period movement, and voice and diction through work on a Shakespearean set speech or soliloquy and are introduced to scene work of appropriate age and range. Work prepares students for audition and employment at Shakespeare festivals or other venues.

TT 703 Shakespeare III 
In this course, students are introduced to the rhythms of prose and its hidden poetry, intermediate period movement and dance, broadsword combat, and continued voice and diction through work on a prose set speech/soliloquy and a prose scene, as well as continued poetry work on a sonnet from the works of Shakespeare. Work prepares students for audition and employment at Shakespeare festivals or other venues.

TT 704 Shakespeare VI 
Students are introduced to the advanced elements of performing Shakespeare including irony, ambiguity, and heightened and naturalistic verse with continued focus on poetry speaking and physicality applied to a complex set speech/soliloquy, a sonnet, and a complex and lengthy scene from the works of Shakespeare. Work prepares students for audition and employment at Shakespeare festivals or other venues.

TT 921 Cooperative Education - Technical Stage Production
(2) CSU RPT3
Note: Requires 15 to 19 hours per week; paid employment related to the occupational major and enrollment in at least 7 units (which include Co-op Ed). Cooperative Education is a work experience program involving the employer, the student-employee, and the college to ensure that the student receives on the job training and the unit credit for work experience or volunteer work/ internship. Students must be employed or volunteering/ interning in order to participate in the program. During the fall and spring semesters, students shall be enrolled in at least one additional course in a U.S. regionally accredited institution.



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