Academics

THEATRE EMPHASIS


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

Course Schedules


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 main stage major productions each academic year: one classic well-known musical, one newer or more innovative musical, one comedy (modern or classic) and 1 (classic or modern) drama. Students also have an opportunity to participate in Summerset Theatre, which is currently in it 40th year. Summerset mounts three productions in June and July. In August current students are able to join alumni in a major production with the purpose of raising money for theatre and music scholarships.

The annual Theatre Day brings professionals to campus for acting and other workshops. RCC students, along with high school students from the surrounding area, work with professionals and then view a professional production. Past Theatre Days include performances and actors from the Guthrie Theatre and Mixed Blood Theatre. The newly expanded curriculum ensures students have not only practical performance experience but also a strong academic background.

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.

Articulation Agreements

  • Southwest Minnesota State University | BSM - Management
 
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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
MUSC1101
Music Theory/SS/ET I
This course is the first semester of music theory designed for music students, elementary education students, or anyone desiring to learn the basics of music and to develop or improve skills in reading and notating music. It includes pitch and rhythmic notation, major, minor and modal scales, key signatures, triads, beginning melody and harmonization. This course also integrates sight singing and ear training. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 2/CT); (4 Cr - 4 lect, 0 lab)
4.00
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
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
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
THTR1120
Stage Make-Up
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
ENGL1104
Exposition and Argumentation
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
Total 15.00
Fall Semester - Second Year
Course # Course Title Credits
*** 3.00
*** 3.00
*** 3.00
***
Approved Electives
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
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
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
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   every other year
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 four credits in the movement sequence. Classes may be taken in any order. (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)
**  
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
MUSC1111
Survey of Music or
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  
MUSC1111
PHIL1100
   »>  Logic or
This course introduces the student to formal logical reasoning. Students learn how to translate sentences from a natural language into a formal logical language, and use truth-functional logic and natural deduction systems to prove validity. Additionally, students may study syllogistic logic, quantification theory, informal fallacies and/or principles of inductive reasoning pertaining to analogy, enumerative induction, and hypothesis testing. MnTC (Goals 4 M/A and 2C/T); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)
**  
PHIL1100
STAT2021
   »>  Fundamentals of Statistics
This course is an introduction of basic statistical methods including measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability, sampling problems in one and two sample estimation, hypothesis testing of means and proportions, Chi-square, analysis of variance, regression and an introduction to evaluating research. The use of a software statistical package (Minitab) is included in this course. MnTC (Goals 4/MA and 2/CT); (4 Cr - 4 lect, 0 lab)
**  
STAT2021
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
*** Goal 3 - Natural Sciences at least one course from each area- A and B; one must be a lab course
9.00  
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
THTR1112
Movement for the Stage II
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 four credits in the movement sequence. Classes may be taken in any order. (1 Cr - 0 lect, 1 lab)
Course Outline THTR1112
1.00
THTR1112
THTR2111
Movement for the Stage III
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 four credits in the movement sequence. Classes may be taken in any order. ( 1 Cr - 0 lect, 1 lab)
Course Outline THTR2111
1.00
THTR2111
THTR2112
Movement for the Stage IV
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 four credits in the movement sequence. Classes may be taken in any order. (1 Cr - 0 lect, 1 lab)
Course Outline THTR2112
1.00
THTR2112
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

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

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