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Theatre Arts Course Descriptions

TA 300
Introduction to the Theatre
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1; IGETC Area 3A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course focuses on the relationship of theatre to various cultures throughout history, and on the contributions of significant individual artists. This course introduces students to elements of the production process including playwriting, acting, directing, design, and criticism. Students will also survey different periods, styles and genres of theatre through play reading, discussion, films and viewing and critiquing live theatre, including required attendance of theatre productions. It is an audience-oriented, non-performance theatre arts course open to all students. (C-ID THTR 111)
TA 302
History and Theory of the Theatre I
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: ENGWR 101, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1; IGETC Area 3A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is a survey of the history of theatre from the Greeks through the 17th Century. The history and development of theatre and drama are studied in relationship to cultural, political and social conditions of the time. Plays are read for analysis of structure, plot, character and historical relevance. This course is recommended for students planning to major in Theatre, Humanities, English or Communication. (C-ID THTR 113)
TA 303
History and Theory of the Theatre II
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: ENGWR 101, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1; IGETC Area 3A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is a survey of the history of theater from the 17th Century through modern times. This history and development of theater and drama are studied in relationship to cultural, political and social conditions of the time. Plays are read or viewed for analysis of structure, plot, character and historical relevance. This course is recommended for students planning to major in Theater, Humanities, English, or Communication.
TA 305
Script Analysis
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: CSU Area C1; IGETC Area 3A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course will explore an in-depth methodology of reading, analyzing, and understanding play scripts in a variety of genres and styles intended for live theatrical production. Students will investigate techniques used to determine the playwright's methods of creating the plot, themes, characters, and imagery within theatrical scripts and how theatre scripts are distinct from other forms of literature. (C-ID THTR 114)
TA 306
Diversity in American Drama (1960 to Present)
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; AA/AS Area VI; CSU Area C1; CSU Area D3; IGETC Area 3A; IGETC Area 4C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This multicultural course surveys the theatrical expression of Native-American, African-American, Chicana/Chicano, and Asian-American theatre from 1960 to the present, including the social, political, cultural, and economic climate in which the theatre was created.
TA 340
Beginning Acting
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course introduces the student to the basic art and craft of acting. Basic exercises in voice and diction, movement, and character will be utilized.
TA 344
Improvisation and Theatre Games
2 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC
This class will include theatre games and improvisational exercises designed to develop trust and cooperation, mental acuity, and physical and vocal range as an actor. Improvisation technique will be developed, providing a strong foundation for more advanced work in scripted and non-scripted performance and also in modern rehearsal technique that involves extensive use of improvisation. Students may be required to attend live theatrical performances.
TA 350
Theory and Techniques of Acting I
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course explores the theories and techniques used in the preparation of a role for the stage. American realistic scenes and monologues are staged and performed in the classroom. The emphasis will be placed on broadening the understanding of the acting process. (C-ID THTR 151)
TA 351
Theory and Techniques of Acting II
3 Units
Prerequisite: TA 350 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: ENGWR 300
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course follows TA 350 and continues the exploration of the theories and techniques used in the preparation of a role for the stage. A variety of scenes and monologues are staged and performed in the classroom. An emphasis will be placed on deepening the understanding of the acting process. The student actor is encouraged to explore and expand the range and flexibility of their individual acting process. Student actors are required to participate in a student showcase performance at the end of each semester. (C-ID THTR 152)
TA 356
Acting for the Camera I
3 Units
Same As: RTVF 378
Prerequisite: RTVF 370 or TA 350 with a grade of "C" or better
General Education: CSU Area C1
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This is an introductory course in the theory and techniques of acting for film and video, comparing the differences between stage acting and acting for the camera. Scenes and commercials are enacted and played back on videotape for class critiquing. Students experience single camera and multiple-camera studio production and performance techniques. This course is the same as RTVF 378, and only one may be taken for credit.
TA 360
Styles of Acting
3 Units
Prerequisite: TA 350 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Students will study and practice radically different styles of acting (historical, literary, fantastical) and characterizations; scene work is presented in a variety of historical periods (Greek, Commedia, Elizabethan, MoliÚre, Restoration, Belle Epoque), as well as modern hyper-realistic theatrical forms such as the theatres of alienation and the absurd, and exemplary recent dramas by Tony Kushner, Margaret Edson, August Wilson and Doug Wright. The instructor may concentrate on selected periods. Students may wish to challenge the prerequisite on the basis of equivalent experience.
TA 395
Playwriting
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: ENGWR 300, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course includes the writing, reading, performance, critique and continuous revision of original work. Students will write continually throughout the semester, and their work will be read, performed, and discussed in class. Students will complete a full-length play by the end of the semester.
TA 401
Children's Literature and Creative Drama
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course examines teaching strategies and techniques for introducing children to drama and theatre. This course will introduce the students to children's dramatic literature and creative drama in the classroom. Encouraging both teacher and student imagination and expression, the course helps future teachers, service providers and/or recreational leaders integrate drama into their programs and classrooms. Students will be introduced to a variety of genres and strategies for incorporating drama into their programs, including mime, dramatic play, improvisation, and dramatic literature. The course focuses on drama as an art form as well as a teaching tool.
TA 404
Techniques of Puppetry
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course explores puppetry as a dramatic medium. It covers the history and development of puppetry; puppet design and creation; puppet manipulation and improvisation; and puppet play production techniques and applications.
TA 420
Stagecraft
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is an introduction to technical theatre and the creation of scenic elements. Includes basic concepts of design, painting techniques, set construction, set movement, prop construction, backstage organization, and career possibilities. Also included in this class is an introduction to theatrical construction and painting techniques; types of theatrical scenery and backstage organization. These topics are explored through a combination of lecture and practical experience gained by working on department productions. (C-ID THTR 171)
TA 422
Stage Lighting
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is an introduction to basic concepts of stage lighting, including planning, rigging and operations of lighting systems; optics, equipment, electricity, control and color; basic lighting design. (C-ID THTR 173)
TA 424
Advanced Technical Theatre
3 Units
Prerequisite: TA 420 and 422 with grades of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course will explore advanced technical theatre production techniques and design in the areas of scenery, props, lighting, sound, scenic painting, rigging or stage management, costumes through individual projects and participation in major productions.
TA 430
Costume Construction
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course explores the basic areas of costume construction. Topics include fabrics, color, patterns, sewing techniques, costume pieces, and accessories. Period styles, costume analysis, and basic design are also covered. This course offers experience in constructing costumes for theatrical productions. Through the construction of costumes for the Theatre Arts productions students will learn techniques of pattern drafting and sewing for stage use. (C-ID THTR 174)
TA 495
Independent Studies in Theatre Arts
1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
See UC Limitations & Counselor
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 162 hours LAB
An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.
TA 498
Work Experience in Theatre Arts
1-4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b)
Enrollment Limitation: Students must be in a paid or unpaid internship, volunteer position or job related to career goals in Theatre Arts.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 300 hours LAB
This course provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment in their major field of study or advancement within their career. It is designed for students interested in work experience and/or internships in transfer level degree occupational programs. Course content includes understanding the application of education to the workforce; completion of required forms which document the student's progress and hours spent at the work site; and developing workplace skills and competencies. Appropriate level learning objectives are established by the student and the employer. During the semester, the student is required to participate in a weekly orientation and 75 hours of related paid work experience, or 60 hours of unpaid work experience for one unit. An additional 75 or 60 hours of related work experience is required for each additional unit. Work Experience may be taken for a total of 16 units when there are new or expanded learning objectives. Only one Work Experience course may be taken per semester.
TA 499
Experimental Offering in Theatre Arts
.5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
See UC Limitations & Counselor
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB