THEATRE

Associate in Arts Degree: Theatre Arts for Transfer

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, now codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an “associate degree for transfer”, a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college. The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these degrees (AA-T or AS-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. In order to earn one of these degrees, students must complete:
A. a minimum of 18 semester units in the major with a grade of C or better while maintaining a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU transferable coursework.
B. 60 semester CSU-transferable units using the California State University-General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU-GE Breadth); OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.
C. No more than 60 semester units are required.
This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. At the time of catalog publication, a student may earn an AA-T in Theatre Arts. Additional majors are being developed. Please see a counselor or visit http://www.canyons.edu for more information.

Student Learning Outcome:

Students will be able to:
Demonstrate a basic level of competency as a performer or technician (stagecraft, make-up design, costume construction or stage lighting technology) performing the duties of either in a realized production.

Analyze and critique dramatic literature and/or performance.

Program Requirements:

Units Required: 18
 

    Units
Choose three units from the following:  
     
THEATR-110 Understanding Theatre 3.0
OR    
THEATR-220 Theatre History I 3.0
     
Plus three units from the following:  
     
THEATR-140 Acting Fundamentals 3.0
     
Plus three units from the following:  
     
THEATR-190A New Plays Workshop & Production 1.5 – 4.0
THEATR-190B Classical Theatre Production 1.5 – 4.0
THEATR-190C Theatre Production – Comedy 1.5 – 4.0
THEATR-190D Theatre Production – Drama 1.5 – 4.0
THEATR-191 Technical Theatre Production 1.5 – 4.0
THEATR-193 Summer Theatre Workshop 1.5 – 4.0
     
Plus nine units from the following that have not been taken above:  
     
THEATR-120 Stagecraft 3.0
THEATR-130 Costume Crafts 3.0
THEATR-141 Scene Performance 3.0
THEATR-150 Introduction to Lighting Design 3.0
THEATR-180 Theatrical Make-up 2.5
THEATR-190A New Plays Workshop & Production 1.5 – 4.0
THEATR-190B Classical Theatre Production 1.5 – 4.0
THEATR-190C Theatre Production – Comedy 1.5 – 4.0
THEATR-190D Theatre Production – Drama 1.5 – 4.0
THEATR-191 Technical Theatre Production 1.5 – 4.0
THEATR-193 Summer Theatre Workshop 1.5 – 4.0


Associate in Arts Degree: Theatre

The Theatre program at College of the Canyons is designed to provide students with the lower-division major preparation for transfer to a four-year university with a major in Theatre.

Career opportunities for theatre professionals are diverse and serve people at all stages of life, in settings that touch our lives almost daily: live theatrical presentations and performances, recorded medium (including: film, television, radio, video, computer games), large public events and conventions, recreation, art and education programming in both the private and public sectors and amusement parks and attractions. Participation in these settings include, performers, designers, writers, directors, and managers.

Student Learning Outcome:

Students will be able to demonstrate performance techniques and proficiency in one or more technical area.

Program Requirements:

Units Required: 22.5 - 24
 

    Units
THEATR-110 Understanding Theatre 3.0
THEATR-140 Acting Fundamentals 3.0
     
Plus one and a half - two units from the following:  
     
THEATR-190 Theatre Production 1.5 – 4.0
THEATR-190A New Plays Workshop & Production 1.5 – 4.0
THEATR-190B Theatre Production 1.5 – 4.0
THEATR-190C Theatre Production - Comedy 1.5 – 4.0
THEATR-190D Theatre Production - Drama 1.5 – 4.0
THEATR-191 Technical Theatre Production 1.5 – 4.0
THEATR-193 Summer Theatre Workshop 1.5 – 4.0
     
Plus twelve - thirteen units from the following:  
     
THEATR-061 Auditioning for Stage, Film and Television 2.0
THEATR-126 Improvisation 2.0
THEATR-127 Improvisational Performance 3.0
THEATR-141 Scene Performance 3.0
THEATR-144 Acting for the Camera 3.0
THEATR-161 Musical Theatre 3.0
THEATR-180 Theatrical Make-Up 2.5
THEATR-220 Theatre History I 3.0
THEATR-221 Theatre History II 3.0
     
Plus three units from the following:  
     
THEATR-120 Stagecraft 3.0
THEATR-130 Costume Crafts 3.0


Associate in Arts Degree: Theatre Performance

An Associate in Arts degree in Theatre – Performance Emphasis offers courses in both theory and practice. Students acquire an immediately useful set of theatre skills, including acting, voice, movement, and script-analysis, while working with a wide spectrum of production experiences in which to practice them. Courses in history, theory and criticism place the art of theatre in its larger historical context.

The Performance major will acquire a strong foundation in theatre and the dramatic form. Requirements for the major include all aspects of the dramatic event: creation, rehearsal, and performance. Practical experience is gained in a number of performance spaces and genres. Students are provided with the opportunity to participate in a professional setting, giving the student an understanding of the theatrical production and dramatic experience.

Student Learning Outcome:

Students will be able to demonstrate advanced performance techniques.

Program Requirements:

Units Required: 23
 

    Units
THEATR-110 Understanding Theatre 3.0
THEATR-140 Acting Fundamentals 3.0
THEATR-141 Scene Performance 3.0
     
Plus three units from the following:  
     
THEATR-120 Stagecraft 3.0
THEATR-130 Costume Crafts 3.0
     
Plus three units from the following:  
     
THEATR-190 Theatre Production 1.5 – 4.0
THEATR-190A New Plays Workshop & Production 1.5 – 4.0
THEATR-190B Theatre Production 1.5 – 4.0
THEATR-190C Theatre Production - Comedy 1.5 – 4.0
THEATR-190D Theatre Production - Drama 1.5 - 4.0
     
Plus eight units from the following:  
     
THEATR-061 Auditioning for Stage, Film and Television 2.0
THEATR-126 Improvisation 2.0
THEATR-127 Improvisational Performance 3.0
THEATR-144 Acting for the Camera 3.0
THEATR-161 Musical Theatre 3.0
THEATR-180 Theatrical Make-Up 2.5
THEATR-191 Technical Theatre Production 1.5 – 4.0
THEATR-195 Solo Performance 3.0
THEATR-240 Acting Shakespeare 3.0
THEATR-241 Movement for the Performer 3.0
THEATR-242 Voice for the Performer 3.0
     
Recommended electives:  
     
THEATR-061 Auditioning for Stage, Film and Television 2.0
THEATR-126 Improvisation 2.0
THEATR-161 Musical Theatre 3.0
THEATR-180 Theatrical Make-Up 2.5
THEATR-241 Movement for the Performer 3.0
THEATR-242 Voice for the Performer 3.0


THEATR 060 THE BUSINESS OF ACTING
Units: 2.00
36.00 hours lecture
Covers acting as a business and becoming a working professional in the entertainment industry. Topics also include: pictures, resumes, agents, unions, interviewing, auditioning and marketing.


THEATR 061 AUDITIONING FOR STAGE, FILM AND TELEVISION
Units: 2.00
18.00 hours lecture, 54.00 hours lab
May be taken two times for credit
Prerequisite: THEATR-140

Presents processes for professional work in theatre, television and film, including selection, preparation and performance of material with which to audition.


THEATR 100 THEATRE APPRECIATION
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Surveys theatre by exploring the creation and presentation of theatrical performances. Students are required to attend on-campus and regional live performances.


THEATR 110 UNDERSTANDING THEATRE
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Analyzes theatre and the theatrical event from the audience perspective, including the functions of the producer, architect, playwright, director, actors, designers, and critics.


THEATR 120 STAGECRAFT
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 36.00 hours lecture, 54.00 hours lab
May be taken four times for credit
Provides the theory and practical application of scenic elements for the stage including design, construction, painting, rigging, safety practices, methods of shifting scenery, handling scenery and handling properties.


THEATR 126 IMPROVISATION
Units: 2.00
UC:CSU 18.00 hours lecture, 54.00 hours lab
Introduces the history, theories, principles and practices of theatrical improvisation, including exercises, games and situational scenes designed to hone performance skills.


THEATR 127 IMPROVISATIONAL PERFORMANCE
Units: 3.00
CSU 54.00 hours lecture
May be taken four times for credit
Prerequisite: THEATR-126

Further develops spontaneity, physicalization, character and ensemble. Improvisational techniques directed towards live performance.


THEATR 130 COSTUME CRAFTS
Units: 3.00
CSU 36.00 hours lecture, 54.00 hours lab
May be taken four times for credit
Presents basic design and construction techniques as applied to theatrical costuming and the theatre process, including tools, materials, fabrics and construction techniques.


THEATR 140 ACTING FUNDAMENTALS
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Introduction to the basic principles and techniques of acting as an artistic discipline. Analysis of plot, character and language. Development of voice and movement skills. Provides theory and process through the use of games, exercises, performances of scenes, monologues, readings and lecture.


THEATR 141 SCENE PERFORMANCE
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 36.00 hours lecture, 54.00 hours lab
May be taken two times for credit
Prerequisite: THEATR-140.

Designed for more advanced theater students to further develop voice, movement and the ability to analyze dramatic text and characters through extended scene work.


THEATR 144 ACTING FOR THE CAMERA
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 36.00 hours lecture, 54.00 hours lab
Prerequisite: THEATR-126 or THEATR-140

Presents the fundamental techniques required in acting before the camera, including guidelines for following the specific demands of the camera.


THEATR 150 INTRODUCTION TO LIGHTING DESIGN
Units: 3.00
CSU 36.00 hours lecture, 54.00 hours lab
May be taken four times for credit
Introduces the theory and practice of designing light for a live theatrical production. Emphasizes lighting instruments, controls, and the aesthetics of color, distribution, intensity, and movement of light, as well as practical experience in the design and implementation of a light plot.


THEATR 161 MUSICAL THEATRE
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
May be taken four times for credit
Develops vocal skills, choreographic movement and acting techniques for musical theatre, including exercises, solo and fully-staged scenes.


THEATR 170 INTRODUCTION TO STAGE MANAGEMENT
Units: 3.00
CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: THEATR-110

Explores basic stage managerial skills for organizing, preparing, and fulfilling theatrical productions from inception through rehearsal and performance.


THEATR 180 THEATRICAL MAKE-UP
Units: 2.50
UC:CSU 36.00 hours lecture, 27.00 hours lab
Presents the theory, design and application of makeup for the theatre, including corrective, character and non-realistic. Practical use of theatrical makeup materials for the various theatrical forms.


THEATR 190 THEATRE PRODUCTION
Units: 1.50-4.00
UC:CSU 18.00 hours lecture, 27.00-216.00 hours lab
May be taken four times for credit
Provides a study and laboratory exploration of all aspects of theatre production involving actor, technician and manager, and their contributions to the total aesthetic effect of a dramatic production before a public audience.


THEATR 190A NEW PLAYS WORKSHOP & PRODUCTION
Units: 1.50-4.00
CSU 18.00 hours lecture, 27.00-216.00 hours lab
May be taken four times for credit
Requirement: Audition & Interview

Provides for the exploration, development, revision, and presentation of new and original theatrical pieces involving playwrights, actors, directors and designers in the process. The course offers close examination of the playwrights function in the theatrical process, the playwright and director relationship as well as the performer's participation with and relationship to newly created dramatic work.


THEATR 190B THEATRE PRODUCTION
Units: 1.50-4.00
UC:CSU 18.00 hours lecture, 27.00-216.00 hours lab
May be taken four times for credit
Prerequisite: Audition

Explores a classical play through lecture, research and rehearsals. Includes textual analysis, historical research, connecting text to dramatic action on stage, and developing vocal and breath techniques for handling heightened text. Culminates in public performances of the play.


THEATR 190C THEATRE PRODUCTION - COMEDY
Units: 1.50-4.00
UC:CSU 18.00 hours lecture, 27.00-216.00 hours lab
May be taken four times for credit
Prerequisite: Audition

Explores a comedic play through lecture, rehearsals and performance. stage, and developing physical and vocal technique for comic delivery, including textual analysis, historical research, connecting text to comedic action, culminating in public performances.


THEATR 190D THEATRE PRODUCTION - DRAMA
Units: 1.50-4.00
UC:CSU 18.00 hours lecture, 27.00-162.00 hours lab
May be taken four times for credit
Prerequisite: Audition

Explores a dramatic play through lecture, rehearsals and performance, including textual analysis, historical research, connecting text to dramatic action, culminating in public performances.


THEATR 191 TECHNICAL THEATRE PRODUCTION
Units: 1.50-4.00
CSU 18.00 hours lecture, 27.00-162.00 hours lab
May be taken four times for credit
Recommended Preparation: THEATR-120

Provides technical support for TH 190 (A-D), Theatre Production, and TH 193, Summer Theatre Workshop, through the installation and operation of scenery, props, lights, sound, and wardrobe for the complete run of a theatrical production.


THEATR 193 SUMMER THEATRE WORKSHOP
Units: 1.50-4.00
UC:CSU 18.00 hours lecture, 27.00-162.00 hours lab
May be taken four times for credit
Prerequisite: Audition

Focuses on production and performance of one or more summer stock presentations.


THEATR 195 SOLO PERFORMANCE
Units: 3.00
CSU 36.00 hours lecture, 54.00 hours lab
May be taken four times for credit
Recommended Preparation: THEATR-140 and/or THEATR-126

Introduces the essential elements of an original solo show, including writing, giving and receiving feedback, rewriting, rehearsal and performance.


THEATR 220 THEATRE HISTORY I
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Surveys theatre from ancient times through the 18th century.


THEATR 221 THEATRE HISTORY II
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
A study of theatre as a product and reflection of its time, from the late 18th century to the present. Examination and analysis of the effects of the audiences upon playwright, actor, director and settings.


THEATR 240 ACTING SHAKESPEARE
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 36.00 hours lecture, 54.00 hours lab
May be taken three times for credit
Prerequisite: THEATR-140.

Explores Shakespeare's plays and poetry from a performance perspective, through research, exercises, monologues and scene study.


THEATR 241 MOVEMENT FOR THE PERFORMER
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
May be taken three times for credit
Develops the performer's instrument as it pertains to the body through awareness, relaxation, flexibility, and responsiveness in order to communicate openly and effectively, including movement as a key to character development and as an aid to understanding the complex relationship between the actor, character and text.


THEATR 242 VOICE FOR THE PERFORMER
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
May be taken four times for credit
Introduces the fundamentals of vocal production for the performer. Develops the performer's instrument as it pertains to the voice by eliminating negative habits and tension and improving vocal support, tonal production, vocal quality and articulation. Explores voice as an aid in understanding the complex relationship between the actor, the character and the text.


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