Theatre Emphasis

Associate in Arts, 60 Credits

AVAILABLE IN: Austin
PROGRAM STARTS: Fall, Spring
COURSE PLAN: Four Semesters
PROGRAM SHEET: PRINT

Required Core Courses (20 credits)

  Course # Course Name Credits  
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ENGL2255
Introduction to Shakespeare (Goal 2 & 6)

This course requires students to read, discuss, and analyze some of Shakespeare's major works, including comedies, histories, tragedies, romances, and poetry. Emphasis will be placed on the historical context in which the works were created (including Elizabethan dramatic conventions), the aesthetic value and power of his work, and his continuing influence on literature and drama. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 2/CT); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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THTR1100
Introduction to Theatre and Film (Goal 6 & 9)

This course will present an overview of theatre as an art, including a brief history of theatre as well as aspects of directing, acting and designing for the stage.  The study of the 20th century art form of film will conclude the semester, focusing on American film and filming techniques from an historical perspective.  Students will have the opportunity to study the influence of film and theatre on American culture through the viewing of specific films and plays. 

MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 9/EC); (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

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THTR1120
Stage Make-Up (Spring offering; alternating years with THTR1130.) OR

This course is an introduction to the skill and art of make-up design and application for actors on the stage or screen. Starting with the basic fundamentals of youth and age and continuing through special effects of latex and prosthetics, the student will use skills acquired to enhance character development. (3 Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab)

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THTR1130
Stagecraft and Technology (Spring offering; alternating years with THTR1120.)

This hands-on course provides a practical approach to non-performance areas of theatre, focusing on stagecraft, lights and sound. Students will study traditional methods of set building and construction techniques along with contemporary aspects of theatre sound and lighting technology. Each student will be required to learn and observe safety rules while working in the scene shop and surrounding area.( 3 Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab)

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THTR2100
Beginning Acting (Goal 6 & 7)

This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of acting for stage and camera. The class is designed not only for those wanting to improve stage skills, but also for those wanting to present a confident edge needed whenever appearing before a group, personally or professionally. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 7/HD); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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THTR2222
Speech for Performance (Goal 6 & 7)

This skills course emphasizes voice production and voice analysis and improvement, including effective breathing, tone, resonance, articulation and pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Students will share with the class selections of prose, poetry, drama and nonfiction demonstrating vocal quality and expression. The analysis of literary selections leads to effective performance choices for voice and body. Students should be aware that there are both academic and performance requirements within the class structure. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 7/HD); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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THTR1111
Movement for the Stage I or HLTH/PHED course

This course will provide performers with the opportunity to study the integration of body and voice in character development. The purpose is to develop and strengthen the body through exercises in relaxation, body alignment, breathing, flexibility, and coordination. Also included are the basics of ballet, jazz, tap, folk, Renaissance and other forms of dance. Students may earn up to 2 credits in the movement sequence. (1 Cr - 0 lect, 1 lab)

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Approved Electives (See Electives Below)
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MnTC General Education Courses (40 credits)

  Course # Course Name Credits  
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ENGL1101
Composition I (Goal 1 & 2)

This is an introductory college writing course designed to help students develop effective writing skills for college level work.  Students learn to generate ideas and organize them into unified, coherent essays.  Methods of instruction vary, but most sections combine individual conferences and peer review with regular class meetings.  Prerequisites:  A grade of C or higher in ENGL 0960 or appropriate placement score.
MnTC (Goals 1/CM and Goal 2/CT); (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

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ENGL1104
Composition II: Argument (Goal 1 & 2; Prereq ENGL1101) OR

This second semester composition course is designed as a continuation of ENGL 1101.  It teaches the skills needed to write clear and coherent essays using different modes of expository prose such as process, comparison and contrast, classification, and definition.  It will culminate in the study of argumentative writing in which the student learns to defend a position and argue a thesis with reason and evidence. Prerequisite:  ENGL 1101
MnTC (Goal 1/CM and Goal 2/CT); (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

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ENGL1105
Composition II: Research (Goal 1 & 2; Prereq ENGL1101)

This is a second semester composition course focused on the writing of an academic research paper.  Students learn how to employ the resources of an academic library and how to cite those sources in a fully documented analytical/interpretive term paper.  Prerequisites: ENGL 1101.
MnTC (Goals 1/CM and 2/CT); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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HUMA1101
Humanities I (Goal 6 & 8)

This course examines the artifacts of prehistory and the birth of civilizations in Egypt and ancient Sumer. An examination of the Classical legacy, the contribution of Greece and Rome, is followed by a study of the patterns of life and art in the Medieval West. The course culminates in a study of the flowering of ideas and arts of the Renaissance. In all content areas instruction will focus and emphasis will be placed on history, literature, art, philosophy, architecture, music, and archeology. This course may also include arts and culture in non-Western societies. MnTC Goals (6/HU and 8/GP); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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MUSC1111
Survey of Music (Goal 6 & 8)

This course is a survey of music and musical style from the beginning of recorded music history through the present. It includes a brief introduction to musical elements and is designed for the student who has little or no training in music. It combines instruction in musical terminology with extensive, critical listening along with an overview of the history of Western music. MnTC (Goal 6/HU and 8/GP); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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SPCH1100
Fundamentals of Speech (Goal 1 & 9)

This course focuses on the theory and practice of public communication including individual and group presentations. This course emphasizes audience analysis, research and organization, speech construction, delivery techniques, and speaking ethics. Students will prepare and deliver a variety of both individual and group presentations. Students should expect to reduce speech apprehension and develop self-confidence in their ability to communicate in public. MnTC (Goals 1/CM and 9/EC); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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Goal 3 - Natural Sciences Two courses from two different disciplines. One must be a lab course.
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Goal 5 - History and the Social & Behavioral Sciences Two courses from two different disciplines.
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Electives (1 credit)

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ENGL1113
Creative Writing: Nonfiction (Goal 6 & 7)

This is an introductory writing course in creative nonfiction. In lecture/workshop format, students examine models, then write and revise essays drawn from personal experience, memory, observation and reflection. Writing is shared in small groups and/or individual conferences. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and Goal 7/HD); (1 Cr - 1 lect, 0 lab)

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ENGL1115
Creative Writing: Fiction (Goal 6 & 7)

This is an introductory writing course in creative fiction. In lecture/workshop format, students examine fiction models, noting technique for creating believable character, dialogue and conflict. Students then create one or several works of fiction. Writing is shared in small groups and/or individual conferences. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and Goal 7/HD); (1 Cr - 1 lect, 0 lab)

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HUMA1102
Humanities II (Goal 6 & 8)

This course examines the High Renaissance including the challenge of the Protestant Reformation and its response - the Counter Reformation. A view of the Baroque style in art, architecture and literature is counterpointed by examining the rise of science with its confidence in the power of human reason and culminating with an analysis of eighteenth century art, music, and society. Students will investigate the progress from Realism to Modernism in the 19th and 20th Centuries. In all content areas instruction will focus and emphasis will be placed on history, literature, art, philosophy, architecture, music, and archeology. This course may also include arts and culture in non-Western societies. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 8/GP); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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MUSC1114
American Popular Music (Goal 6 & 7)

This course is a study of popular music in America from around 1750 to the present. Subjects studied are musical elements, historical and social perspectives, and genres and styles of popular music including the music of the slaves, music of early white America, music of the Civil War, post-Civil War, black music, Tin Pan Alley, Dixieland, Big Band, Blues, Pop, Jazz, Rock 'n Roll, Rock, and contemporary styles.MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 7/HD); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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THTR1001
Theatre Activities

This course introduces students to basic skills in acting, design/tech, crew, or management through work on a major theatrical production.  Students may obtain four total credits in theatre activities and may only register for one credit per semester. Registration for the credit must be during the semester in which the work is completed. Prerequisite: Instructor approval.

(1 Cr – 1 lect, 0 lab)

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THTR1111
Movement for the Stage I

This course will provide performers with the opportunity to study the integration of body and voice in character development. The purpose is to develop and strengthen the body through exercises in relaxation, body alignment, breathing, flexibility, and coordination. Also included are the basics of ballet, jazz, tap, folk, Renaissance and other forms of dance. Students may earn up to 2 credits in the movement sequence. (1 Cr - 0 lect, 1 lab)

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THTR1112
Movement for the Stage II

This course will provide performers with the opportunity to continue their study of the integration of body and voice in character development through more advanced techniques. The purpose is to develop and strengthen the body through exercises in relaxation, body alignment, breathing, flexibility, and coordination. Also included are the basics of ballet, jazz, tap, folk, Renaissance and other forms of dance. Students may earn up to 2 credits in the movement sequence. (1 Cr - 0 lect, 1 lab)

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THTR1140
Television Production and Performance (Goal 6 & 8)

This general education course covers the core elements of a theatrical experience within the context of the operations of a live television production studio. Students will be provided with a hands-on experience in both performance and production, as well as a fundamental understanding of the expanding role of media in global society. Students will explore performing, auditioning, writing, directing, reporting, and producing. Additional areas include camera operation, lighting, sound, editing, design, wardrobe, and makeup. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 8/GP); (3 Cr- 3 lect)

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THTR2295
World Cultural Studies

Global culture comes alive as students experience a major international city and its surrounding areas. This travel/study opportunity gives students a first-hand look at international theater, art, music, and daily culture. Faculty members provide guidanceand support while giving students the freedom to explore their own areas of interest. Pre-trip classes help prepare students to gain the most from an exciting and memorable trip abroad. A special fee is charged to cover travel expenses. Student must be co-enrolled in MUSC 2295.(1Cr –1 lect, 0 lab)

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THTR2297
World Cultural Studies – Research Option

Global culture comes alive as students experience a major international city and its surrounding areas. This travel/study opportunity gives students a first-hand look at international theater, art, music, and daily culture. Faculty members provide guidanceand support while giving students the freedom to explore their own areas of interest. Pre-trip classes help prepare students to gain the most from an exciting and memorable trip abroad. Students enrolled in the Research Option will conduct additional research while abroad and prepare a research project on a topic of their choosing. A special fee is charged to cover travel expenses. Student must be co-enrolled in MUSC 2297.(2Cr –2lect, 0 lab)

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THTR2600
USA Cultural Studies

This travel/study course which allows participants to encounter the cultural offerings of one of the U.S.A.'s most vibrant cities for five days and four nights. Experienced faculty will provide a survey of exhibitions and performances in art, music, and theatre, as well as historical background and practical guidance. This trip offers access to arts experts and cultural experiences not available to most travelers or commercial tour groups, while allowing flexibility for exploration of individual interests. (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)

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THTR2710
Musical Theatre Performance (Goal 6 & 7)

This course is an introductory survey of performance techniques for the singing actor. Students will perform solo, duet, and ensemble repertoire drawn from various styles throughout history, beginning with the early 20th century through the modern era. In addition, students will build a technique for the various types of musical theatre auditions, including singing, reading, and dance. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 7/HD); (3Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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THTR2720
American Musical Theatre (Goal 6 & 7)

This course is an introductory survey of the history of the American musical theatre, focusing on major Broadway shows, creators, and cultural influences. Form and structure of the genre will be examined beginning with The Black Crook in 1866 and ending with contemporary musicals of the 21st century. Students will view a broad range of performances through audio recordings and multimedia clips.  MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 7/HD); (3Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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Last Updated: July 14, 2011