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HFC Theatre Courses 2013

Theatre Courses

The Associate In Arts Theatre Degree is intended as a transfer degree primarily for those interested in pursuing a Theatre degree in a four-year college or for avocational or self-enrichment purposes, and is not intended as a vocational end in itself. Completion of the HFC Theatre Associate In Arts Degree may not be the best academic strategy for students intending to major in Theatre at a four-year institution. Taking selective HFC Theatre Arts classes may be more beneficial to a student's overall academic and career goals.

THEA-131 Theatre Appreciation

Credit Hours: 
3.00
Course Description: 

Explores the components, methods, and history of theatrical production. Subject areas may include but are not limited to acting, directing, and technical theatre.

Prerequisites: 
ENG-093 and/or ENG-081 Eligible

THEA-132 Acting I

Credit Hours: 
3.00
Course Description: 

Introduces basic acting techniques, theories of acting, and rehearsal procedures. Emphasizes modern and contemporary comedies, and dramas. Students perform scenes from contemporary plays.

Prerequisites: 
ENG-093 and/or ENG-081 Eligible

THEA-133 Technical Theatre

Credit Hours: 
3.00
Course Description: 

Offers practical application of the fundamentals of set construction, rigging, painting, sound, lighting, and special effects.

Prerequisites: 
None
Co-requisites: 
None

THEA-134 Technical Theatre Specialties: Rotating Skills

Credit Hours: 
3.00
Course Description: 

Focuses on understanding theory through practical application on multiple projects. Provides experience in one of the following specialized areas: scenic and/or properties design, construction and/or painting, theatre sound: design, engineering and operation; special effects: design, safety, engineering and operation; production management, stage management, house management, lighting: design, hanging and operations; or promotion and publicity.

Prerequisites: 
None
Co-requisites: 
None

THEA-135 Introduction to Stage Makeup

Credit Hours: 
3.00
Course Description: 

Provides an analysis of the basic functions of stage makeup, demonstrates the art of makeup application, and explores age, animal, fantasy, horror, and foam latex prosthetic makeup techniques. Students design and apply their own makeup as well as design and apply makeup for actors in HFC mainstage productions.

Prerequisites: 
ENG-093 and/or ENG-081 Eligible

THEA-138 Stage Costuming

Credit Hours: 
3.00
Course Description: 

Introduces the history, design, and construction of costumes for the stage. Students selectively study the history of stage costuming from the Greeks to the present day with an emphasis on line, form, production requirements, principles of stage costume design, and building techniques.

Prerequisites: 
ENG-093 and/or ENG-081 Eligible

THEA-140 One-Act Play Production

Credit Hours: 
3.00
Course Description: 

Offers lecture and practice in the organization and specific skills necessary for the public performance of one-act plays including the areas of acting, assistant directing, stage management, publicity, and house management.

Prerequisites: 
None
Co-requisites: 
None

THEA-142 Theatrical Production

Credit Hours: 
3.00
Course Description: 

Offers lecture and practice in the public performance of a full-length comedy, drama, or musical. Students are provided opportunities in the areas of acting, assistant directing, stage management, house management, and other appropriate production functions.

Prerequisites: 
None
Co-requisites: 
None

THEA-142 Theatrical Production

Credit Hours: 
3.00
Course Description: 

Offers lecture and practice in the public performance of a full-length comedy, drama, or musical. Students are provided opportunities in the areas of acting, assistant directing, stage management, house management, and other appropriate production functions.

Prerequisites: 
None
Co-requisites: 
None

THEA-144 Improvisation for the Actor

Credit Hours: 
3.00
Course Description: 

Introduces the principles and practice of improvisational techniques as applied to performance. Offers a solid theoretical basis and practical experience with vocal, movement, character, scene, style, and multi-scene improvisation as an introduction to rehearsal approaches, character development, and creativity.

Prerequisites: 
ENG-093 and/or ENG-081 Eligible

THEA-150 Stagecraft

Credit Hours: 
3.00
Course Description: 

Offers a basic survey of the major techniques and theories of scenography used in the modern theatre.

Prerequisites: 
ENG-093 and/or ENG-081 Eligible

THEA-232 Acting II

Credit Hours: 
3.00
Course Description: 

Explores various acting styles that may include Greek, Medieval, Renaissance, French Classical, American Melodrama, Farce, Musical Theater, Artaudian Theatre, and other appropriate styles.

Prerequisites: 
ENG-093 and/or ENG-081 Eligible

THEA-233 Advanced Technical Theatre

Credit Hours: 
3.00
Course Description: 

Requires active participation in the technical aspects of the semester’s HFC mainstage production. Instructor assigns students to key technical positions in the areas of lighting, shifting, rigging, properties, painting, building, sound, makeup, costumes, and special effects.

Prerequisites: 
THEA 133
Co-requisites: 
None

THEA-234 Advanced Technical Theatre: Rotating Skills

Credit Hours: 
3.00
Course Description: 

This advanced production management course offers theoretical grounding and practical experience in a design, assistant directing, stage management, and publicity management position, plus concurrent assignments in a live production environment.

Prerequisites: 
THEA 133 and 233
Co-requisites: 
None

THEA-235 Topics in Theatre

Credit Hours: 
3.00
Course Description: 

Provides special study in the area of theatre, organized by style, production approach, historical period, or other criteria.  May be taken twice for credit, six hours maximum, but the two topics must be different.  Specific topics and any prerequisites are listed in the current semester’s class schedule  or may be obtained through the departmental office.

Prerequisites: 
Instructor permission
Co-requisites: 
None

THEA-238 Theatre History

Credit Hours: 
3.00
Course Description: 

Offers a survey of theatrical production, including acting, directing, theatre architecture, artistic movements, and significant ideas that affect the development of theatre from the Greeks through the present. Emphasizes individual research and projects.

Prerequisites: 
Permission of instructor
Co-requisites: 
None

THEA-242 Advanced Theatrical Production

Credit Hours: 
3.00
Course Description: 

Offers an in-depth exploration of practical theatre production.

Prerequisites: 
THEA 142
Co-requisites: 
None

THEA-256 Directing

Credit Hours: 
3.00
Course Description: 

Presents the principles of stage direction, how to survey the areas of composition, picturization, movement, rhythm, auditions, casting, rehearsals, and actor psychology.

Prerequisites: 
ENG-131 Eligible

THEA-257 Pantomime and Physical Techniques for the Actor

Credit Hours: 
3.00
Course Description: 

Explores the importance of the body in the acting process, with an emphasis on practical experience. Presents various techniques and improvisational exercises necessary to develop a greater sensitivity to and accuracy with emotional expression and physical characterization in a variety of styles.

Prerequisites: 
None
Co-requisites: 
None

THEA-259 Experimental Theatre Production

Credit Hours: 
3.00
Course Description: 

Offers lecture and practice in the specific skills necessary for the production of an experimental play.  Students are exposed to plays that approach the non-traditional theatrical experience including multimedia, impressionism, expressionism, surrealism, improvisation, performance art, and absurdism.  Students are provided opportunities in the areas of acting, assistant directing, stage management, publicity, and house management.

Prerequisites: 
None
Co-requisites: 
None

THEA-260 Acting III

Credit Hours: 
3.00
Course Description: 

An audition monologue preparation course that focuses on contemporary realism, and also includes classical work. Students create preparation processes, resumes, and practice audition interviews. Advanced acting technique exercises are practiced to develop convincing character and staging.

Prerequisites: 
Permission of instructor
Co-requisites: 
None

THEA-270 Advanced Experimental Theatre Production

Credit Hours: 
3.00
Course Description: 

Explores advanced techniques in areas of experimental theatre production, including but not limited to, use of various space types, improvisation in public performance, audience participation, absurdism, expressionism, surrealism, epic, forum, unusual interpretations of classical period or modern texts, and the use of electronic and digital media to unify a production.

Prerequisites: 
THEA 144
Co-requisites: 
None

THEA-271 Advanced One-Act Play Production

Credit Hours: 
3.00
Course Description: 

Provides in-depth experience in one-act play production on an advanced level.

Prerequisites: 
None
Co-requisites: 
None

THEA-272 Improvisation II

Credit Hours: 
3.00
Course Description: 

Explores how to develop and refine intermediate and advanced improvisational acting skills in the areas of characterization, vocal styles, genre practice, and multi-scene improvisation.

Prerequisites: 
THEA 144
Co-requisites: 
None

THEA-273 Voice for the Actor

Credit Hours: 
3.00
Course Description: 

Offers both theoretical and practical study of basic and intermediate-level vocal technique for a spoken live performance. Explores proper breath and alignment, sound production, articulation, projection, subtext, dialect, and character.

Prerequisites: 
ENG-093 and/or ENG-081

THEA-281 Theatre Capstone

Credit Hours: 
1.00
Course Description: 

Provides the required assessment of knowledge and skills for students in their last semester of course work for the Associate of Arts degree in Theatre.

Prerequisites: 
None
Co-requisites: 
None

VTL Courses

The following courses are offered under the auspices of the Virtual Theatricality Lab. Visit vtl.hfcc.edu for more details.

VTL-235 Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films

Credit Hours: 
3.00
Course Description: 

Examines the history of films that emphasize the fantastic, from the beginning of film history to the present. To compliment existing VTL classes, this course devotes special attention to the visualization of the fantastic as represented in the special and visual effects of science fiction, fantasy, and horror films.

Prerequisites: 
ENG-093 and/or ENG-081

VTL-262 Introduction to Motion Capture

Credit Hours: 
3.00
Course Description: 

Presents the principles of motion capture performance and motion capture production for use in virtual theatricality, motion pictures, gaming, television, Web media, and motion studies. In a lab setting, coursework examines the motion capture pipeline from setting up the lab and capturing data to applying the data to animated characters in MotionBuilder. Limited to body capture only.

Prerequisites: 
ENG-093 and/or ENG-081 Eligible

VTL-264 Advanced Motion Capture Application

Credit Hours: 
3.00
Course Description: 

Covers the principles of motion capture performance and motion capture production for use in virtual theatricality, motion pictures, gaming, and motion studies.

Prerequisites: 
VTL 263
Co-requisites: 
None

VTL-265 Introduction to Motion Capture Body Performance for Stage

Credit Hours: 
3.00
Course Description: 

A lab-based computer class dealing with the principles of motion capture performance for use in virtual theatricality, motion pictures, gaming, television, Web media, and motion studies. Students work through a structured series of assignments that culminate in a 20-second animation based upon a particular sequence, gesture, or motion. Focuses on body performance only.

Prerequisites: 
None
Co-requisites: 
None

VTL-266 Green Screen Visual Effects for Stage and Screen

Credit Hours: 
3.00
Course Description: 

Presents the principles of compositing and green screen application for use in virtual theatricality, motion pictures, gaming, television, and Web media.

Prerequisites: 
ENG-093 and/or ENG-081 Eligible

VTL-267 Stereoscopic Cinematography for Stage and Screen

Credit Hours: 
3.00
Course Description: 

Examines the historical and practical aspects of stereoscopic cinematography for stage and screen.

Prerequisites: 
ENG-093 and/or ENG-081 Eligible

VTL-268 Film Acting I

Credit Hours: 
3.00
Course Description: 

Introduces actors to a variety of film acting techniques.

Prerequisites: 
ENG-093 and/or ENG-081 Eligible