Theatre Emphasis

Associate of Arts, 60 Credits

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

Fall Semester - First Year

  Course # Course Name Credits  
toggle summary
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)

3
toggle summary
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)

3
toggle summary
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
toggle summary
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)

3
-
-
Approved Electives

Spring Semester - First Year

  Course # Course Name Credits  
toggle summary
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)

3
toggle summary
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)

3
toggle summary
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)

3
toggle summary
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)

3
toggle summary
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)

3
-

Fall Semester - Second Year

  Course # Course Name Credits  
toggle summary
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)

3
-
-
-
toggle summary
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)

3

Spring Semester - Second Year

  Course # Course Name Credits  
toggle summary
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
toggle summary
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
-
-
-
-
Approved Electives
-
Elective Course