Academics

THEATRE EMPHASIS


Award: Associate in Arts / 60 Credits
Location: Austin  
Program Starts: Fall, Spring
Course Plan: Two Year



Mission
The Fine Arts Department at Riverland Community College is a comprehensive arts program dedicated to developing the students' intellectual and creative potential in art, music and theatre, through quality instruction and a variety of performance/exhibition opportunities by expecting a high standard in all artistic endeavors.

Theatre Department Overview
Riverland's Theatre Department is a high-energy performance oriented program. Plays produced vary from classical tragedy to modern comedy and from full-scale large cast musicals to intimate small cast plays. Students are encouraged to get involved in all areas of theatre production, including, but not limited to, acting, stage managing, set building and painting. Strong academic offerings provide challenges in and out of the classroom.

Why an AA in Theatre?

  • An AA communicates the focus is in the chosen art form - theatre
  • Students will have a directed course of study that will prepare them for transfer to a four-year university or to enter the field.
  • Transfer institutions will have a clearer understanding of the focus and scope of the student's training and education.
  • Practical application courses will ensure the student's involvement in play production.
  • The inclusion of the MnTC will foster communication and conceptualization skills necessary for further study or a professional career.
Why Riverland Theatre?
  • Excellent opportunity to participate no matter what your experience
  • Immediate opportunity to participate in all areas of theatre
  • Articulation agreements in place to ensure smooth transition to university work
  • Low student-to-faculty ratio
  • Opportunity to complete general education classes while focusing on the arts
  • Affordable on-campus housing

About the Department:
Riverland Theatre produces four mainstage major productions each academic year: one classic musical, one contemporary musical, one comedy (modem or classic) and one drama (modem or classic). Students also have the opportunity to participate in Summerset Theatre, which has performed on the Riverland campus since 1968. Summerset mounts three main stage productions between June and August.

Riverland Theatre frequently brings professional theatre companies to campus to present performances and conduct workshops. Past guests include the Guthrie Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, Project 515, and History Theatre. Travel-study courses such as Big Arts in the Big Apple (USA Cultural Studies) and London Dash give students the opportunity to experience professional theatre in major cities around the globe.

Our department provides a number of financial support opportunities for our students, including the New and Returning Theatre Talent Grant, Summerset Theatre Scholarship, Jerome L. Girton Scholarship, Iverson Family Scholarship, Katie Ann Nelson Scholarship, and numerous workstudy positions. In addition, Summerset Theatre provides paid work opportunities for students during the summer months.

Helpful Background
Students who wish to pursue the AA in Theatre should take advantage of every performance opportunity available. Academic preparation should include the standard college prep courses and especially include any theatre, music or art classes available. Dance training and vocal lessons will further prepare the student for a successful experience.

Transfer and Career opportunities:
Students completing an AA in Theatre can look forward to a smooth transfer to a university enabling the successful student to complete the BA degree in four years. The successful AA student also has a completed degree in hand and may choose to pursue a career in theatre at that point. In addition to theatre, many with a degree in theatre pursue careers in mass media, film studios, advertising firms, radio/television, business and industry, public relations firms and industrial studios.

 
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Theatre Emphasis Associate in Arts was last updated on 07/14/2011
Note: This is an unofficial document that should be used for planning purposes only. Course listings are provided only as a guideline and may be changed.

Course Sequence Example Plan - Two Year

Fall Semester - First Year
Course # Course Title Credits
THTR1100
Introduction to Theatre and Film
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)
3.00
MUSC1111
Survey of Music
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)
3.00
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)
1.00
ENGL1101
Freshman English
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)
3.00
*** 3.00
***
Approved Electives
2.00
Total 15.00
Spring Semester - First Year
Course # Course Title Credits
THTR2100
Beginning Acting
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)
3.00
SPCH1100
Fundamentals of Speech
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)
3.00
THTR2222
Speech for Performance
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)
3.00
ENGL1104
Exposition and Argumentation 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)
3.00
ENGL1105
Writing From Library Sources
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)
3.00
*** 3.00
Total 15.00
Fall Semester - Second Year
Course # Course Title Credits
ENGL2255
Introduction to Shakespeare
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)
3.00
*** 3.00
*** 3.00
*** 3.00
HUMA1101
Humanities I
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)
3.00
Total 15.00
Spring Semester - Second Year
Course # Course Title Credits
THTR1120
Stage Make-Up 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)
3.00
THTR1130
Stagecraft and Technology
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)
3.00
*** 3.00
*** 3.00
*** 3.00
***
Approved Electives
2.00
***
Elective Course
1.00
Total 15.00
Estimated Tuition
60 cr  x  $184.00 = $11,040.00 
Books: contact program advisor 
Other Costs: contact program advisor 

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Program Graduate Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the graduate will:

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Required Core Courses (20 Credits)
Course ## Name
Credits
Course Outline
THTR1100
Introduction to Theatre and Film
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)
3.00 THTR1100
THTR2100
Beginning Acting
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)
3.00 THTR2100
THTR2222
Speech for Performance
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)
3.00 THTR2222
THTR1120
Stage Make-Up Every Spring. Alternating years in spring with THTR1130
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)
3.00 THTR1120
THTR1130
   »>   Stagecraft and Technology  
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)
** THTR1130
ENGL2255
Introduction to Shakespeare
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)
3.00 ENGL2255
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)

(or HLTH/PHED)
1.00 THTR1111

MnTC General Education Courses (40 Credits)
Course # Name
Credits
Course Outline
ENGL1101
Freshman English
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)
3.00  
ENGL1101
ENGL1104
Exposition and Argumentation 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)
3.00  
ENGL1104
ENGL1105
Writing From Library Sources
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)
3.00  
ENGL1105
SPCH1100
Fundamentals of Speech
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)
3.00  
SPCH1100
*** Goal 3 - Natural Sciences
at least one course from each area - A and B; once must be a lab course
9.00  
N/A
***
MATH1100, PHIL1100 OR STAT2021 (minimum of 3 credits)
3.00  
N/A
*** Goal 5 - History and the Social & Behavioral Sciences
two courses from different disciplines in area A and one in B
9.00  
N/A
*** Goal 6 - Humanities and Fine Arts
one non-MUSC course from area A
3.00  
N/A
HUMA1101
Humanities I
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)
3.00  
HUMA1101
***
one elective course
1.00  
N/A
Electives (Approved Electives)
Course ## Name
Credits
Course Outline
ENGL1113
Creative Writing: Nonfiction
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)
Course Outline ENGL1113
1.00
ENGL1113
ENGL1115
Creative Writing: Fiction
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)
Course Outline ENGL1115
1.00
ENGL1115
HUMA1102
Humanities II
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)
Course Outline HUMA1102
3.00
HUMA1102
MUSC1114
American Popular Music
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)
Course Outline MUSC1114
3.00
MUSC1114
THTR1001
Theatre Activities
This course allows students to gain credit for participation and work completed in a major theatrical production as an actor or technician. Student should plan on 40 hours of supervised work per semester credit. 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 – 0 lect, 1 lab)
Course Outline THTR1001
1.00
THTR1001
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)
Course Outline THTR1111
1.00
THTR1111
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)
Course Outline THTR1112
1.00
THTR1112
THTR2295
The Culture in London-London Dash Light
Brit culture comes alive as students experience London and the surrounding area. This travel/study opportunity gives students a first-hand look at British theater, art, music, and daily culture. Tour with faculty members, or discover on your own, the great sights of London, including Trafalgar square, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, the British Museum, and historic sites. At night see The Royal Shakespeare Company or hear some of the world's greatest symphonies. Pre-dash classes help prepare students to gain the most from an exciting and memorable trip to what many call the world's greatest city. A short journey to Paris from London is also available. (Special fee) (2Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)
Course Outline THTR2295
2.00
THTR2295
THTR2297
The Culture of London - London Dash
Brit culture comes alive as students experience London and the surrounding area. This travel/study opportunity gives students a first-hand look at British theater, art, music, and daily culture. Tour with faculty members, or discover on your own, the great sights of London, including Trafalgar square, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, the British Museum, and historic sites. At night see The Royal Shakespeare Company or hear some of the world's greatest symphonies. Pre-dash classes help prepare students to gain the most from an exciting and memorable trip to what many call the world's greatest city. A short journey to Paris from London is also available. (Special fee) (4 Cr - 4 lect, 0 lab)
Course Outline THTR2297
4.00
THTR2297
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)
Course Outline THTR2600
2.00
THTR2600

Theatre Emphasis (AA) Program Curriculum was last updated on 07/14/2011

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