Catalog 2019-20

Theatre Arts

Associate Degrees for Transfer

A.A.-T. in Theatre Arts

The Cosumnes River Theatre Department Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer Program is designed to facilitate successful transfer to baccalaureate theatre or drama degree programs. This degree provides students with the lower division breadth and depth of the field of theatre arts. Additionally, this degree exposes students to the core principles and practices in the field. Students will learn: the basics of acting, the basics of theatre technology and production, and where theatre fits in to both the historical and modern world of entertainment.

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
TA 300 Introduction to the Theatre  (3) 3
  or TA 302 History and Theory of the Theatre I  (3)
TA 350 Theory and Techniques of Acting I 3
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
TAP 320 Classical Rehearsal and Performance I  (1 - 3)
  or TAP 300 Modern Rehearsal and Performance I  (1 - 3)
  or TAP 340 Musical Rehearsal and Performance I  (1 - 3)
  or TAP 360 Children's Theatre Rehearsal and Performance I  (1 - 3)
TAP 310 Modern Technical Production I  (1 - 3)
  or TAP 330 Classical Technical Production I  (1 - 3)
  or TAP 350 Musical Technical Production I  (1 - 3)
  or TAP 370 Children's Theatre Technical Production I  (1 - 3)
A minimum of 9 units from the following: 9
TA 305 Script Analysis  (3)
TA 351 Theory and Techniques of Acting II  (3)
TA 420 Stagecraft  (3)
TA 422 Stage Lighting  (3)
TA 430 Costume Construction  (3)
TAP 320 Classical Rehearsal and Performance I  (1 - 3)
  or TAP 300 Modern Rehearsal and Performance I  (1 - 3)
  or TAP 340 Musical Rehearsal and Performance I  (1 - 3)
TAP 310 Modern Technical Production I  (1 - 3)
  or TAP 330 Classical Technical Production I  (1 - 3)
  or TAP 350 Musical Technical Production I  (1 - 3)
Total Units: 18

1If students utilized three units of Rehearsal and Performance courses in the core of the degree they may use three units of Technical Production courses here. If they used Technical Production courses in the core they may use three units of Rehearsal and Performance courses here.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

Critique and evaluate the role of the theatre arts and its relationship to other parts of society.

Evaluate the historical, artistic, social, and philosophical environments in which theatre exists.

Analyze and critique dramatic literature and performance.

Formulate alternative solutions to theatrical production situations.

Employ audition and performance skills in community, educational, and/or professional theatres.

Develop skills to work as a theatre technician in community, educational, and/or professional theatres.

Demonstrate the ability to work effectively as an ensemble member of a theatre company.

Demonstrate skills that will allow the student to thrive in a baccalaureate level theatre program.

Career Information

People with advanced degrees in Theatre have a broad range of employment opportunities including, but not limited to, acting, design/technology for the theatre, publicity and public relations, teaching, theatre technician, stage management, and box Office management. Some of these careers may need additional degrees beyond the Associates level. NOTE TO TRANSFER STUDENTS: The Associate Degree for Transfer program is designed for students who plan to transfer to a campus of the California State University (CSU). Other than the required core, the courses you choose to complete this degree will depend to some extent on the selected CSU for transfer. In addition, some CSU-GE Breadth or IGETC requirements can also be completed using courses required for this associate degree for transfer major (known as “double-counting”). Meeting with a counselor to determine the most appropriate course choices will facilitate efficient completion of your transfer requirements. For students wishing to transfer to other universities (UC System, private, or out-of-state), the Associate Degree for Transfer may not provide adequate preparation for upper-division transfer admissions; it is critical that you meet with a CRC counselor to select and plan the courses for the major, as programs vary widely in terms of the required preparation.

Associate Degrees

A.A. in Theatre Arts

The two-year degree in Theatre Arts is a comprehensive program in theater that combines a critical study of theatre with experiential practice in one or more of its component parts. Students explore the various areas of theater to build a foundation for future creative work. The theatre arts degree will provide training in theatre arts production for students who intend to pursue study beyond the AA degree, who are preparing for careers in teaching or in the professional theatre. The basic program also provides an opportunity for specialization in Performance or Design/Technology. A Certificate of Achievement in Theatre for Young Audiences is also available for students whose interest is in doing theatre with or for children. Highlights include: * Distinguished faculty with nationally renowned professional experience in directing and design, as well as considerable teaching experience on both the graduate and undergraduate levels. * A Visual and Performing Arts Complex, which includes a 320-seat proscenium theatre, a 100-seat Black Box theatre, and an outdoor stage. * Opportunity for advanced students to gain access to the finest four-year college and university theatre programs as well as internships in major regional theatres throughout the country. * Partnerships with local professional theatre companies for internships. This degree is designed to provide hands-on experience in the production of plays as well as prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions, and for a baccalaureate major in Theatre or related majors. Note to Transfer Students: If you are interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in this major, it is critical that you meet with a CRC counselor to select and plan the courses for your major. Schools vary widely in terms of the required preparation. The courses that CRC requires for an Associate’s degree in this major may be different from the requirements needed for the Bachelor’s degree.

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
TA 300 Introduction to the Theatre  (3) 3
  or TA 302 History and Theory of the Theatre I  (3)
TA 305 Script Analysis  (3) 3
TA 350 Theory and Techniques of Acting I 3
TA 420 Stagecraft 3
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
TAP 300 Modern Rehearsal and Performance I  (1 - 3)
TAP 301 Modern Rehearsal and Performance II  (1 - 3)
TAP 302 Modern Rehearsal and Performance III  (1 - 3)
TAP 303 Modern Rehearsal and Performance IV  (1 - 3)
TAP 320 Classical Rehearsal and Performance I  (1 - 3)
TAP 321 Classical Rehearsal and Performance II  (1 - 3)
TAP 322 Classical Rehearsal and Performance III  (1 - 3)
TAP 323 Classical Rehearsal and Performance IV  (1 - 3)
TAP 340 Musical Rehearsal and Performance I  (1 - 3)
TAP 341 Musical Rehearsal and Performance II  (1 - 3)
TAP 342 Musical Rehearsal and Performance III  (1 - 3)
TAP 343 Musical Rehearsal and Performance IV  (1 - 3)
TAP 360 Children's Theatre Rehearsal and Performance I  (1 - 3)
TAP 361 Children's Theatre Rehearsal and Performance II  (1 - 3)
TAP 362 Children's Theatre Rehearsal and Performance III  (1 - 3)
TAP 363 Children's Theatre Rehearsal and Performance IV  (1 - 3)
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
TAP 310 Modern Technical Production I  (1 - 3)
TAP 311 Modern Technical Production II  (1 - 3)
TAP 312 Modern Technical Production III  (1 - 3)
TAP 313 Modern Technical Production IV  (1 - 3)
TAP 330 Classical Technical Production I  (1 - 3)
TAP 331 Classical Technical Production II  (1 - 3)
TAP 332 Classical Technical Production III  (1 - 3)
TAP 333 Classical Technical Production IV  (1 - 3)
TAP 350 Musical Technical Production I  (1 - 3)
TAP 351 Musical Technical Production II  (1 - 3)
TAP 352 Musical Technical Production III  (1 - 3)
TAP 353 Musical Technical Production IV  (1 - 3)
TAP 370 Children's Theatre Technical Production I  (1 - 3)
TAP 371 Children's Theatre Technical Production II  (1 - 3)
TAP 372 Children's Theatre Technical Production III  (1 - 3)
TAP 373 Children's Theatre Technical Production IV  (1 - 3)
Subtotal Units: 18
Acting/Performance Track
A minimum of 6 units from the following: 6
TA 351 Theory and Techniques of Acting II  (3)
TA 356 Acting for the Camera I  (3)
TA 360 Styles of Acting  (3)
TA 401 Children's Literature and Creative Drama  (3)
TA 498 Work Experience in Theatre Arts  (1 - 4)
Acting/Performance Track Units: 6
Total Units: 24
Technical Theater Track
A minimum of 6 units from the following: 6
TA 422 Stage Lighting  (3)
TA 424 Advanced Technical Theatre  (3)
TA 430 Costume Construction  (3)
TA 404 Techniques of Puppetry  (3)
TA 498 Work Experience in Theatre Arts  (1 - 4)
Technical Theater Track Units: 6
Total Units: 24

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

Critique and evaluate the role of the theatre arts and its relationship to other parts of society.

Evaluate the historical, artistic, social, and philosophical environments in which theatre exists.

Analyze and critique dramatic literature and performance.

Develop both a conceptual understanding and a practical application of skills related to the theatre discipline in performance, technical theatre, theatre production and performance studies.

Synthesize the roles and responsibilities of working as a member of an ensemble and production team and perform dependably, competently, collaboratively and resourcefully as part of the ensemble and production team.

Apply the necessary skills for entry-level work in educational, community and professional theatrical endeavors and for entry into undergraduate bachelorette study in theatre arts.

Career Information

Theater arts majors will develop attributes that are highly valued by employers. These include: interpersonal soft skills, critical thinking, research, analysis, oral/written communication, presentation, and problem solving skills. The A.A. degree helps prepare students for many career opportunities. Program career opportunities include jobs with theater production and performing arts organizations as well as many related industries such as advertising, television, film, recreation, and academia. Potential Job Titles: Costume Designer, Drama Therapist, Casting Director,Set Designer, Stage Manager,Talent Manager, Playwright.Teacher Stage Actor, Director, Literary Manager, Arts Manager, Box office manager, Producer, Arts advocate, Lobbyist, Giving and Fundraising Specialist, Lighting Designer, Sound Designer, Designer, Lighting Engineer, Dramaturge, Shop Supervisor, Wardrobe Crew, Dresser, Booking Agent, Public Relations Specialist,Special Effects Technician, Theater Critic, Voice acting, Announcer, Event Planner, Arts Administrator, PR and Advertising Specialist Additionally, many employers in other disciplines actively recruit theatre majors. Students may find employment in government agencies, nonprofits, educational institutions, and businesses depending on their skills and experience. Internships or relevant part-time jobs may be a prerequisite to finding employment. This list does not reflect all potential places of employment or kinds of jobs for theater arts majors. Some career choices may require courses beyond the Associate Degree.

Theatre Arts (TA) COurses

TA 300 Introduction to the Theatre

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

CID: C-ID THTR 111

This course will increase students' understanding, appreciation, and critical perceptions of theatre arts. Students will be introduced to elements of the production process including play writing, 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. Students will examine the relationship of theatre to various cultures throughout history, and the contributions of significant individual theatre artists. It is an audience-oriented, non-performance theatre arts course open to all students.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1. Assess the historical, artistic, social, and philosophical in which theatre exists.

TA 302 History and Theory of the Theatre I

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: ENGWR 101, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

Transferable: CSU; UC

CID: C-ID THTR 113

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1:
Critique and evaluate the historical, artistic, social and philosophical environments in which theatre exists.

TA 303 History and Theory of the Theatre II

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: ENGWR 101, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

Transferable: CSU; UC

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Critique and evaluate the historical, artistic, social and philosophical environments in which theatre exists.

TA 305 Script Analysis

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

CID: C-ID THTR 114

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

P-SLO 2: Evaluate the historical, artistic, social, and philosophical environments in which theatre exists.

TA 306 Diversity in American Drama (1960 to Present)

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Critique and evaluate the role of the theatre arts and its relationship to other parts of society.

TA 340 Beginning Acting

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1:
Apply the creative process in acting.

TA 344 Improvisation and Theatre Games

Units: 2

Hours: 36 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

•SLO #1: Apply the creative process in acting.

TA 350 Theory and Techniques of Acting I

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

CID: C-ID THTR 151

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Apply the creative process in acting.

TA 351 Theory and Techniques of Acting II

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: TA 350 with a grade of "C" or better

Advisory: ENGWR 300

Transferable: CSU; UC

CID: C-ID THTR 152

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Apply the creative process in acting.

TA 356 Acting for the Camera I

Units: 3

Same As: RTVF 378

Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: RTVF 370 or TA 350 with a grade of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU; UC

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

write in clear, concise English (SLO-1).

TA 360 Styles of Acting

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: TA 350 with a grade of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU; UC

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, Molière, 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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Apply the creative process in acting.

TA 395 Playwriting

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: ENGWR 300, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

Transferable: CSU

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Critique and evaluate the role of the theatre arts and its relationship to other parts of society (P-SLO 1).

TA 401 Children's Literature and Creative Drama

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Critique and evaluate the role of the theatre arts and its relationship to other parts of society.

TA 404 Techniques of Puppetry

Units: 3

Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Apply the creative process in acting with puppets.

TA 420 Stagecraft

Units: 3

Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

CID: C-ID THTR 171

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: As a participant in theatre productions formulate alternative solutions to theatrical production situations (P‐SLO 4).

TA 422 Stage Lighting

Units: 3

Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

CID: C-ID THTR 173

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO-1:
As a participant in theatre productions formulate alternative solutions to theatrical production situations. (P‐SLO 4)

TA 424 Advanced Technical Theatre

Units: 3

Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: TA 420 and 422 with grades of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO-1: As a participant in theatre productions formulate alternative solutions to theatrical production situations. (P‐SLO 4)

TA 430 Costume Construction

Units: 3

Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

CID: C-ID THTR 174

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Role of Theatre: Critique and evaluate the role of the theatre arts and its relationship to other parts of society. (SLO 1, PSLO 1)

TA 495 Independent Studies in Theatre Arts

Units: 1 - 3

Hours: 54 - 162 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Actively engage in intellectual inquiry beyond that required in order to pass a course of study (College Wide Learning Outcome – Area 4).

TA 498 Work Experience in Theatre Arts

Units: 1 - 4

Hours: 60 - 300 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Enrollment Limitation:

Students must be in a paid or unpaid internship, volunteer position or job related to career goals in Theatre Arts.

Transferable: CSU

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

DEMONSTRATE AN UNDERSTANDING AND APPLICATION OF PROFESSIONAL WORKPLACE BEHAVIOR IN A FIELD OF STUDY RELATED TO ONE’S CAREER.(SLO 1)

Full-time Faculty

Cheri Fortin.
Cheri Fortin
Office: TA 404
Phone: (916) 691-7583
E-mail: fortinc@crc.losrios.edu

Adjunct Faculty

Cary Babka
Gail Dartez
Phone: (916) 286-3692 ext. 14255
Scott Gilbert
Jennifer Wallace

The two-year programs in Theatre Arts are designed to provide students with a broad spectrum of activities in all phases of play production.