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Department of Broadcasting/Cinema and Theatre

200 Taylor Building

Admission to Closed CoursesPBU StudentsDrama Major (BA)Drama MinorMedia Studies Major (BA)Media Studies MinorRadio MinorDrama Major (BFA)Acting ConcentrationDesign and Technical Theatre ConcentrationTheatre Education ConcentrationBCT Courses

Robert C. Hansen, Professor and Head of Department

Professors Behm, Cook, Jellicorse; Associate Professors Bell, Boyd, Edwards, Fragola, Frierson, McMullen, Paludan, Wren; Assistant Professors Barr, Gulley, Wolf; Lecturers Donaldson, Howieson, Hubbard, Linder, Shackelford, Terres

The Broadcasting/Cinema and Theatre Department offers a full range of liberal arts and professional degree programs that prepare undergraduate students for a variety of career opportunities in radio, television, film and theatre. The Department offers the following undergraduate degree programs:

  • BA in Drama
  • BA in Media Studies
  • BFA in Drama, with concentrations in Acting, Design and Technical Theatre, and Theatre Education (Teacher Licensure)

The degrees, which are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre, provide students with a vital mix of course work that combines both theory and practice and allows for the development of skills and talents in radio, television, and film production and performance; acting, directing, design, technical theatre, theatre for youth, and theatre education.

The Department also offers four minors: Media Studies, Radio, Drama, and Technical Theatre. Each minor requires completion of 18 hours of courses. The minors are broadly designed and include a variety of course selections and should be of interest to students with general interests in these areas who are majoring in complimentary fields such as Communication, English, Art and Dance.

The Department's rich and varied curriculum is matched by an extensive co-curricular program that includes opportunities to participate in radio, film, and video production as well as local media internships; and the extensive Theatre production program which includes UNCG Theatre, Studio Theatre, Workshop Theatre, UNCG Summer Theatre, and the North Carolina Theatre for Young People. Participation in Department sponsored plays and musicals is open to majors and non-majors alike. Each fall the Department coordinates and hosts the North Carolina Theatre Conference (NCTC), K-12 Division Play Contest. The Department also presents the Carolina Film and Video Festival each spring which is a competitive showcase for both student and professional films and videos from across the nation.

The Department utilizes office, classroom, laboratory, studio, and performance space in the Taylor, Carmichael, McIver, Aycock, and Curry buildings on campus. The Department's faculty is composed of talented artists and scholars with excellent reputations as teachers. Students are encouraged to collaborate with faculty on creative and research projects during their course of study.

Admission to the Department's degree programs is competitive. The requirements stated below are minimum requirements, and marginal

Admission to Closed Courses

  • Due to enrollment pressures and limitations on space in certain impacted courses, the Department adheres to the following policy governing enrollment in its courses:
  1. Students may be dropped from impacted courses even though they may have successfully completed the registration process. This process will conform to the priority system established below.
  2. Students not attending the first day of class may be dropped from the course.
  • Priority for inclusion in a course will be based on the following criteria, in any order deemed appropriate:
  1. Successful completion of all prerequisite coursework
  2. Graduate student
  3. Total number of semester hours earned toward graduation, not including hours currently being attempted
  4. Overall GPA
  • Only those students who attempted preregistration will be considered for late placement in closed courses.

 

Post-Baccalaureate Unclassified Students

Post-Baccalaureate unclassified students are restricted from taking any 500-level class without the permission of the Department Head and course instructor. Only officially admitted MFA and MEd students can register for 600-level courses.

 

Drama Major (Bachelor of Arts)

Required: 122 semester hours.

 

The BA in Drama provides a broadly based approach for students who wish to emphasize theatre as an undergraduate major. A strong core of courses in stagecraft, acting, directing, playscript analysis, and theatre history is supplemented by additional work in performance, technical theatre, and other theatre studies. BA Drama Majors have plentiful opportunities to develop analytical, communication, and presentational skills highly valued in university graduates.

BA drama students are required to complete one production assignment each semester during the freshman year and a total of six more during the sophomore, junior, and senior years. BCT 150/450 credit is granted for these assignments (see below).

The BA in Drama major may also include a program for certification in theatre arts as described below.

All Theatre majors are expected to read and abide by the policies published in the Theatre Program student handbooks, available by mail or in Taylor Building, Room 202.

 

College of Arts and Sciences Liberal Education Requirements (CLER) (54-55 hours)

 

All students must meet the All-University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER). The College of Arts and Sciences, however, has established liberal education requirements for its programs which, while including those of AULER, contain additional requirements in several categories. Therefore, students following this program should adhere to the College requirements. Please note that students who satisfy the College Liberal Education Requirements (CLER) will also satisfy the All-University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER). See pp. 49-50 for a complete description of the College requirements and pp. 44-45 for a listing of courses meeting AULER/CLER requirements.

Major Requirements

1. BCT 122, 123, 201, 251, 460, 580W, 581W, 582W with 4 semester hours of 150 and 4 semester hours of 450 over four years. Junior transfer students must complete a minimum of two semester hours of each, and senior transfer students must complete a minimum of two semester hours of 450.
2. One performance course selected from BCT 113, 252, 252T, 400, 524, 542, 599, DCE 349
3. One Technical Theatre course selected from BCT 365, 375, 376
4. One course selected from BCT 221, 301, 565, 579, 586, 596, 597, 598
5. Nine semester hours from categories 2 and/or 3 and/or 4 and/or BCT 200, 253, 366, 522, 533

Electives

Electives sufficient to complete the 122 semester hours required for degree.

 

Drama Minor

Required: 18 semester hours

 

All Drama minors are required to take BCT 201 (3 hours). In addition, at least 15 hours must be taken from the following courses (three courses should be selected at the 200-level or above): BCT 113, 122, 123, 221, 251, 252, 301, 320, 450, 460, 520, 580, 581, 582, 586, 598.

Technical Theatre

Required: 18 semester hours

All Technical Theatre minors are required to take BCT 201 (3 hours) and BCT 122 or 123 (3 hours). In addition, at least 12 hours must be taken from the following courses: BCT 122, 123, 200, 253, 365, 375, 376, 450, 522, 525, 533, 546, 549, 550.

 

Media Studies Major (Bachelor of Arts)

Required: 122 semester hours

 

The Media Studies major is designed to produce exemplary liberal arts graduates who can think critically and creatively, who can communicate clearly and effectively in oral and written discourse, who can skillfully and ethically employ contemporary media technology, and who are knowledgeable of the history and theory of film and electronic media. Given the diversity and complexity of moving image media, four concentrations are provided to permit each student to tailor his or her curriculum so as to master a specific area of the discipline. Each student must complete a capstone course, indicated in italics in each of the concentration requirements.

College of Arts and Sciences Liberal Education Requirements (CLER) (54-55 hours)

All students must meet the All-University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER). The College of Arts and Sciences, however, has established liberal education requirements for its programs which, while including those of AULER, contain additional requirements in several categories. Therefore, students following this program should adhere to the College requirements. Please note that students who satisfy the College Liberal Education Requirements (CLER) will also satisfy the All-University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER). See pp. 49-50 for a complete description of the College requirements and pp. 44-45 for a listing of courses meeting AULER/CLER requirements.

Criterion for Progression in the Major

Only grades of "C" or better taken in Media Studies or cognate courses substituted in the major will count toward completion of a major.

Major Requirements

Minimum 36 hours in Media Studies (all levels).

Students must take the core requirements (24 semester hours) and one of four concentrations (12 semester hours) as listed below to complete the minimum requirements for the Media Studies major.

Core Requirements (24 semester hours)

BCT 170, 171 or 172, 203, *204W, 291, 310, 373, 507

*Course is pending approval as permanent course offering

Concentration Requirements (12 semester hours)

1. Media Processes and Aesthetics

Media processes and Aesthetics is a concentration that provides a broadly based approach to film and electronic media emphasizing functional analysis of moving image art, the role and effects of media in social processes, and the contextual interactions of media and culture. The concentration is recommended especially for students interested in media research, history, and theory; tele-communications policy and law; film and electronic art and criticism; or who plan to undertake post-baccalaureate study. This is the base concentration for students who, with faculty advice and consent, wish to craft their own unique combination of major courses.

Choose four courses from the following, including a capstone course, indicated separately below. At least three of the courses must be at the 300-level or higher:
BCT 171 or 172, 205, 306, 312, 379

Capstone courses: BCT 508, 515, 517, 518, or 526

One of the courses in this concentration may be a cognate course selected from: ART 313, CST 200, ENG 319, SOC 365.

The other cognate courses listed above are recommended as University electives.

2. Moving Image and Sound

Moving Image and Sound is a concentration that introduces students to the fundamentals of the artistic dimensions of film and electronic production. Emphasis is on the creative development of moving images and sound suitable for the content of any specific delivery system.

Choose four courses from the following, including a capstone course, indicated separately below. At least three of the courses must be at the 300-level or higher:

BCT 213, 292, 376, 393, 501, 509, 512

Capstone courses: BCT 510, 519, or 540

One of the courses in this concentration may be a cognate course selected from the following: ART 285 or 442, MUS 350.

The other cognate courses above are recommended as University electives.

3. Electronic Media News and Documentary

Electronic Media News and Documentary is a concentration that introduces students to investigation, analysis, organization, and presentation of nonfiction media, including news, sportscasting, and documentary.

Choose four courses from the following, including a capstone course, indicated separately below. At least three of the courses must be at the 300-level or higher:

BCT 292, 311, 379, 391, 403, 408

Capstone courses: BCT 526 or 588

One of the courses in the concentration may be a cognate course selected from the following: ART 384, CST 309, ENG 219, PSC 305, SOC 328.

The other cognate courses above are recommended as University electives.

4. Media Writing

Media Writing is a concentration that introduces students to conceptualization, research, organization, and execution of scripts for film and electronic media, and is the recommended concentration for students who wish to become directors of film and electronic media productions.

Choose four courses from the following, including a capstone course, indicated separately below. At least three of the courses must be at the 300-level or higher:

BCT 301, 302, 303, 403

Capstone courses: BCT 503, 551, or 552

One of the courses in this concentration may be the following cognate course: ENG 225

In addition, ENG 226 is recommended as a University elective.

Capstone Courses

In each concentration above, there is at least one capstone course designated. A student must select one such course in which he or she:

1) Completes a paper, production, script, or project relevant to the concentration
2) Submits a draft of a graduation resume
3) Has the completed paper, production, script, or project assessed by two faculty members and/or media professionals in addition to the instructor in the capstone course. (The professor in the course makes the arrangements for the additional readers.)

Major Electives

Minimum 6 semester hours recommended.

In addition to the core and concentration requirements, Media Studies majors may take additional courses in the major but are encouraged to limit Media Studies courses to no more than 42 semester hours and to develop a strong minor or second major in either a cognate area of communication (e.g., Art, Communication Studies, English, etc.) or a content area (e.g., History, Psychology, Sociology, etc.).

  1. Practicum courses (all require permission of instructor). Practicum registrations are for individual or group work conducted under the supervision of a teaching assistant or a faculty member. Choose from: BCT 140, 141, 333, 390, 399, 440, 441, 585
  2. Internship courses (highly recommended): BCT 410, 411
  3. Additional courses. Elective courses may be chosen from other courses in the student's concentration (beyond the four required) and from the following, on a space available basis. Courses chosen above to meet the minimum of 36 hours in the Media Studies major do not also count as electives. Choose from: BCT 171 or 172 (if not selected to satisfy the core requirement), 205, 250, 303, 306, 312, 320, 379, 515, 517, 518, 526, 540.

University Electives

Electives sufficient to complete the 122 hours required for the degree.

Minors

On a space available basis, Media Studies supports the following two minors:

 

Media Studies

Required: 18 semester hours

a. Required courses (6 hours): BCT 170 and 171or 172

b. Other courses (minimum 12 hours) from those listed below. Students wishing to complete the Media Studies Minor must be officially registered with the Media Studies office for permission to enroll in some of the courses listed: BCT 171 or 172 (if not chosen for the core requirement), 205, 306, 310, 312, 373, 379, 515, 517, 518, 526.

 

Radio Minor

Required: 18 semester hours

 

a. Required courses (6 hours): BCT 170 and 172

b. Other courses (minimum 12 hours) from those listed below. Students wishing to complete the Radio Minor must be officially registered with the Media Studies office for permission to enroll in most of the courses listed: BCT 113, 140, 213, 291, 303, 311, 312, 373, 379, 391, 399, 440, 509, 526.

 

Admission Procedures for the Media Studies
Concentrations

a. Admission to the University does not mean automatic admission to the Media Studies Major. Students must make formal application.

b. Application is made at the end of the Fall and Spring semesters or Summer session. Applicants should obtain admission request forms from the Broadcasting/Cinema office in the Carmichael Building.

c. The deadline for filing an application is Reading Day of any semester. Applications received after Reading Day will not be processed until the next semester. The foundation courses (ENG 101, BCT 170, and BCT 171 or 172) must be completed prior to or during the semester at the end of which application will be made.

d. Since admission to the Media Studies Major requires a probationary year at UNCG, transfer students will usually require a minimum of six semesters at UNCG to complete degree requirements.

Admission Procedures for the Media Studies Major

a. Minimum overall grade point average of 2.0

b. Completion of ENG 101, BCT 170, and BCT 171 or 172 with no grade lower than "C".

Selection, upon admission, of a Media Studies concentration as listed above.

Students are limited to registration in only one concentration and must receive permission of the Media Studies program coordinator to take courses in another concentration. The Media Processes and Aesthetics concentration provides, however, for approval of a curriculum based on student choices from all Media Studies courses.

Criteria for Continuing in the Media Studies Major

a. Initial admission to the Media Studies major does not guarantee the student the right to complete the degree program.

b. Continuation in the Media Studies major is contingent upon the following requirements:

  1. Maintenance of the current minimum overall GPA (currently 2.0). Students with GPAs below 2.0 may be granted up to two semesters of probationary status (sequentially or in separate semesters), after which they shall be removed from the major if the GPA remains below 2.0.
  2. Demonstration of high quality oral and written communication
  3. Adherence to all building and equipment policies and procedures
  4. Professional conduct and treatment of program equipment and prompt payment of any charges assessed for equipment damage
  5. Compliance with all University regulations including the Academic Honor Code. Plagiarism, submitting the same work to more than one class, falsified attendance records, etc., are grounds for dismissal from the major.

Additional Media Studies Regulations

a. Students shall not be allowed to register for any Media Studies concentration courses without formal registration in the concentration in which the course is a requirement. Exceptions will be made on a space available basis by approval of the course instructor and the Media Studies program coordinator. Students who appear to be following a Media Studies concentration but who have not been formally registered in that concentration may be prohibited from taking additional course work in that concentration.

b. Only courses completed with the grade of "C" or better may count toward fulfilling requirements for the Media Studies major.

c. Only 12 semester hours of practicum or internship course work may count towards the hours required for the Media Stuides major. these courses include: BCT 140, 141, 333, 390, 399, 410, 411, 440, 441, 585.

 

Drama Major (Bachelor of Fine Arts)

Required: 124-128 semester hours

 

The BFA Drama Major emphasizes that theatre is a discipline involving three basic factors: talent, study, and practice. Only students who show evidence of talent and who work to perfect it through classroom study combined with practical application in the production program will be continued in the major. Transfer students from programs other than the BFA should note that this program is concerned with the maturation of the young artist. Thus enrollment for six semesters is required even when study is begun in the junior year. Transfer students who successfully remain in the BFA curriculum must, therefore, spend a minimum of three years in residence at UNCG to complete the BFA degree. There are no exceptions to this requirement.

Students select from three concentrations: the BFA in Acting, the BFA in Design and Technical Theatre, and the BFA in Theatre Education (with teacher licensure). Provisional admission is granted to the BFA Acting Concentration students for their first year in the program. Retention beyond the first year in the BFA in Acting is based upon application, audition, and selection in the spring semester of the provisional year. Provisional admission is granted to BFA Design and Technical Theatre Concentration students for the first year in the program. Retention beyond the first year in the BFA in Design and Technical Theatre is based upon application, review of project work, and selection in the spring semester of the provisional year. Provisional admission is granted to the BFA in Theatre Education for the first three semesters after receiving passing scores on the PRAXIS I (Pre-Professional Skills Test). Admission to the BFA in Theatre Education Concentration requires a 2.7 GPA. Admission procedures are specifically outlined in the Department's "Theatre Education Handbook" that can be obtained in the Theatre Office, Taylor Building, Room 202. For students in the BFA concentrations, the total development of each student is continually under evaluation and is formally examined by the theatre faculty at least once each year. Continuance in the program depends upon the student's attitude, discipline, and achievement.

As part of developing the appropriate professional understanding, BFA Acting students must complete one production assignment each semester in the freshman year and a total of six more assignments during their sophomore, junior, and senior years. Four of the BFA Acting students' production assignments must be in technical-related activities. BFA Design and Technical Theatre students must complete one production assignment each semester in the freshman year and a total of six more assignments during the sophomore, junior, and senior years. BFA in Theatre Education students must complete a minimum of two production assignments in their program. Students are required to do 70 hours of field experience in schools prior to doing student teaching. BFA transfer students in Acting and Design and Technical Theatre are required to complete one production assignment each semester in the program. BCT 150 and BCT 450 credit is earned for these production assignments as noted in the outline of requirements stated below.

BFA Acting and Design and Technical Theatre majors are required to complete an internship. The internship may be fulfilled in the UNCG Summer Theatre Program, in the North Carolina Theatre for Young People touring company, or in an intensive, off-campus theatre program that is approved by the Theatre faculty. Transfer students should make arrangements to schedule the internship as soon as possible. Internships must be approved prior to completion of the internship duties.

All Theatre majors are expected to read and abide by the policies published in the student handbooks, available by mail or in Taylor Building, Room 202

For the Acting and Design and Technical Theatre Concentrations (124 hours)

All-University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER) (45 hours)

All students in this program must meet AULER requirements. Sem Hrs

  1. Analytic and Evaluative Studies (AE) 3
  2. British or American Literature (BL) 3
  3. Fine Arts (FA) 3
  4. Historical Perspectives on Western Culture (HP) 3
  5. Mathematics (MT) 3
  6. Natural Science (NS) 6
  7. Non-Western Studies (NW) 3
  8. Reasoning and Discourse (RD) 6 - Required: ENG 101 or FMS 103 or RCO 101
    and one additional RD course
  9. Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB) 6
  10. World Literature (WL) 3
  11. AULER Electives 6

In addition, candidates for BFA degrees must complete four writing-intensive courses in compliance with the College of Arts and Sciences Liberal Education Requirements (CLER). See p. 49 for additional information about writing-intensive courses.

See pp. 44-45 for a detailed listing of the complete AULER area requirements and courses meeting those requirements.

Acting Concentration

Major Requirements

  1. Acting Studies: BCT 113, 190 repeated for one credit hour each semester for six semesters, 251, 252, 351, 352, 524, 590, 592, 599.
  2. Technical Theatre Studies: BCT 122, 123; one course selected from 365, 375, and 376.
  3. Other Theatre Studies: BCT 150 repeated for four semester hours, and BCT 450 repeated for four semester hours, BCT 201, 460, 580W, 581W, and 582W.
  4. Completion of approved internship.

Related Area Requirements

1. MUS 125 (2 s.h.)
2. DCE 349 and three additional dance courses selected in consultation with advisor.
3. ESS 170
4. ENG 339 or 340

Electives

Electives sufficient to complete the 124 hours required for degree.

 

Design and Technical Theatre Concentration

Major Requirements

1. Design and Technical Theatre Studies: BCT 122, 123, BCT 150 repeated for four semester hours, 200, 365, 375, 376, 450 repeated for four semester hours, 477, 583, 584.
Six courses selected from BCT 253, 366, BCT 522, 523, 525, 533, 534, 535, 536, 543, 544, 545, 546, 547, 549, 550, 565, 579; ART 220, 221.
2. Performance Studies: BCT 251 and 460.
3. Other Theatre Studies: 201, 580W, 581W, and 582W.
4. Completion of approved internship.

Related Area Requirements

ART 120 and 140.

Electives

Electives sufficient to complete the 124 semester hours required for degree.

Theatre Education Concentration (126-128 hours)

All-University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER) (45 hours required)

 

All students in this program must meet AULER requirements. Sem Hrs

1. Analytic and Evaluative Studies (AE) 3
2. British or American Literature (BL) 3
Required: BCT 320
3. Fine Arts (FA) 3
Required: BCT 582
4. Historical Perspectives on Western Culture (HP) 3
5. Mathematics (MT) 3
6. Natural Science (NS) 6
7. Non-Western Studies (NW) 3
Required: BCT 586
8. Reasoning and Discourse (RD) 6
Required: ENG 101 or FMS 103 or RCO 101
and CST 105
9. Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB) 6
Required: PSY 121 and HEA 201
10. World Literature (WL) 3
11. AULER Electives 6

In addition, candidates for BFA degrees must complete four writing-intensive courses in compliance with the College of Arts and Sciences Liberal Education Requirements (CLER). See writing-intensive requirements.

See AULER area requirements and courses meeting those requirements.

Major Requirements (54 hrs)

1. Theatre Studies (51 sh): BCT 113, 122, 123, and 150 (taken for 2 sh); 201, 251, 252, 301,*320, 328, 376, 400, 454, 460, 542, 579, 580, 581, *582, 596
2. Technical Theatre/Design (3 sh): one course selected from BCT 200, 365, 375, 522, 533, 546.
* also fulfills AULER credit

Required Professional Education Courses (23 hrs)

1. ELC 381 Institution of Education
2. CUI 390 Issues in Secondary Education
3. CUI 450 Psychological Foundations of Education
4. CUI 470 Reading Education
5. CUI 465F Student Teaching in Theatre Arts

Related Education Requirement (1-3 hrs)

  1. CSC 101 Introduction to Computer Concepts or LIS 120 Introduction to Instructional Technology in a Classroom Setting
  2. Education Elective (3 hrs)
  3. Select one from EDC 135; CUI 527, 543, 555.

Courses may be substituted by permission.

 

Broadcasting/Cinema and Theatre Courses (BCT)

Courses For Undergraduates

 

113 Voice for the Actor (3:3).

  • Pr. BCT students only.

The study of the mechanics of the voice for dramatic literature, developing intelligible speech through the use of Standard American Sounds.

121 Drama Appreciation (3:3).

Theatre as an art form: how the actor, director, and designer function. Outstanding plays of major periods demonstrate the technical and aesthetic aspects of theatrical production. Illustrated lectures, demonstrations, and classroom experiments. [FA, CFA].

122 Stage Crafts I (3:3:3).

Introduction to technical theatre practice, backstage organization, scenery construction, stage lighting and sound. Practical experience in supervised laboratory and production program.

123 Stage Crafts II (3:2:3).

Introduction to technical theatre practice in stage makeup and costuming. Practical experience in supervised laboratory and production program.

140 Radio Laboratory (1 to 2).

  • Pr. permission of instructor.
  • May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 3 hours.

Supervised participation in radio broadcasting or program production. (Production Course).

141 Cinevideo Laboratory (1 to 2).

  • Pr. permission of instructor.
  • May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 3 hours.

Supervised participation in filmmaking and/or presentation. (Production Course).

150 Theatre Practice (1:0:4).

  • May be repeated for credit.

Departmental workshop. Open to any student interested in participating in any phase of the theatre production programs.

170 Introduction to Media Studies (3:3).

Introduction to the discipline of Media Studies with emphasis on the origins, characteristics, and effects of media. Media change and convergence as they effect media industries and society. (FA,SP)

171 The Development of the Cinema (3:3:3).

Development of motion picture industry. Emphasis on history and major film movements. [FA, CFA] (FA,SU)

172 The Development of Broadcasting (3:3).

Emergence, structure, and scope of radio, television, and cable. Examination of broadcasting theories and practices, with emphasis on audience influences on broadcasting and the effect of broadcasting on individuals and society. (SP)

190 Dynamics in Acting (1:0:3).

  • Pr. sophomore BFA/ Acting major.
  • May be repeated for credit.

Daily practical exercise in physical disciplines to develop concentration, imagination, and the voice.

200 Theatre Graphics (3:2:3).

  • Pr. 122.

Introduction to the basic materials and techniques of graphic presentation in scenic, costume, and lighting design for the theatre.

201 Playscript Analysis (3:3).

  • Pr. admission to appropriate degree program or permission of instructor.

Systems for analyzing playscripts which may be adapted and employed by directors, actors, and/or designers.

202 Creative Process in Film and Video (3:3).

  • Pr. 171.

Various approaches for the enhancement of the visual imagination, emphasizing the origination of ideas and their development into scripts for film and video. (FA,SP)

203 Applied Aesthetics for Film and Video (3:3).

Study of the major aesthetic elements in film and video production light, space, time-motion, and sound. (FA,SP)

204 Experimental Course: Introduction to Media Writing (3:3:3).

  • Pr. ENG 101 or FMS 103, or permission of instructor.

Foundations of media writing, emphasizing similarities and differences in media writing environments. Students develop adaptive competence, able to tailor messages accommodating different characteristics of film and electronic media. (Offered SP98 and FA98)

205 Masterpieces of Cinema (3:2:3).

Analysis of selected, significant motion pictures of the world's cinema, from the silent period to the present. [FA, CFA] (FA)

213 Basic Audio Production (3:3).

  • Pr. 291, 310.

Basic production techniques of radio including console operation, equipment use, and tape editing. (Production Course). (Formerly BCT 313)

221 Development of American Musical Theatre (3:3).

Musical theatre as an art form, stressing its development and major works since 1800. Minstrelsy, vaudeville, burlesque, operetta, and revue, but major emphasis on musical comedy. Illustrated lectures and demonstrations. [FA, CFA].

250 Fundamentals of Acting (3:3).

  • For non-majors only.

Understanding and appreciation of the problems, demands, and disciplines of the actor's art. [FA, CFA].

251 Acting I (3:1:4).

Introduction to acting techniques: voice, movement, warmup exercises for the actor. Improvisation exercises and stage movement.

252 Acting II (3:1:4).

  • Pr. 251.

Application of basic techniques developed in 251 to elementary scene study. Introduction to the Stanislavski System. Further study in movement, voice, and improvisation which includes units on period style and adaptation of literature for performance.

253 Advanced Make-up (3:2:3).

  • Pr. 123 or permission of instructor.

Special emphasis on character analysis, physiognomy, color, three-dimensional make-up, rubber prosthesis, beard and wig make-up for theatre, film and television production.

254 Experimental Course: The Mask in Performance (3:1:3).

A cross-cultural introduction to masks throughout history, their construction, and use in performance. (Offered SP98)

256 Applied Theatre I (1-4:0:3-12).

  • May be repeated for credit.

Supervised practical experience in various areas of summer theatre production.

291 Introduction to Film/Video Production (3:3:2).

  • Pr. admission to Media Studies major, 170, 171, or 172.

Introduction to basic equipment and facilities used in film and video production.

292 Electronic Field Production (3:3).

  • Pr. 291, 310.

Gathering, writing, editing, rewriting, and producing news and features for broadcasting media. (Production Course). (Formerly BCT 392)

301 Playwriting (3:3).

Exercises in dramaturgical techniques including adapting literature for performance. Composition of one-act plays.

302 Writing for the Screen (3:3).

  • Pr. BCT 171 or ENG 330; BCT 202, 203.

Study of techniques of script writing, both adaptations and original material. (Production Course)

303 Broadcast Copy writing (3:3).

  • Pr. admission to Media Studies major or permission of instructor.

Analysis of persuasive radio and television spots and examination of broadcast copy writing techniques with emphasis on development of writing skills for electronic media.

306 Gender and Media Culture (3:3:3).

  • Pr. ENG 101 or FMS 103 or permission of instructor.

Examination of the nature of media contents and production processes as they influence the construction of feminine and masculine identities. [SB, CSB]. (FA)

310 Media Communication Theory (3:3).

  • Pr. 171 and 172 or permission of instructor.

Media Communication Theory as a tool for understanding media contexts and social effects. Additional emphasis given to research design and data gathering techniques for media studies. (FA,SP,SU)

311 Radio and Television Announcing (3:2:2).

  • Pr. BCT 113, 291, 310, or permission of instructor.

Theory and practice of announcing skills and techniques in radio and television broadcasting. (B/C Production Course).

312 Broadcast Programming (3:3).

  • Pr. 172, 310.

Analysis of principal program genres in radio, television, and cable, with emphasis on notable artistic achievements in major genres. Identification, acquisition, and scheduling of programs.

320 Oral Interpretation (3:3).

Principles of interpretation: analysis and practice in the oral presentation of various forms of literature to be selected from poetry, prose, and drama. [BL, CBL]

323 The Arts as Human Experience (3:3).

An examination of the meaning of the arts experience, including its historical and personal significance. Includes reading and related work in art, dance, drama, and music. (Same as ART 323, DCE 323, MUS 323.) [FA, CFA].

328 Theatrical Design for Schools K-12 (3:3).

  • Pr. 122 and admission to appropriate degree program or permission of instructor.

Study of design techniques and the execution of scenery, lighting, and costuming for low budget play and musical production.

333 Special Problems (1 to 3).

  • Pr. permission of faculty supervisor is required prior to registration. · May be repeated for credit.

Guided individual study in an area of special interest to the student.

350 Workshop Theatre Practice (1:0:3).

  • May be repeated for credit.

Supervised production work in the Workshop Theatre.

351 Acting III (3:1:4).

  • Pr. 251, 252, and permission of acting faculty.
  • BFA Acting majors only.

Concentrated study in script and role analysis. Intensive improvisation to develop acting techniques.

352 Acting IV (3:1:4).

  • Pr. 351.

Intermediate acting technique. Emphasis on the practical application of Stanislavski's principles of Psycho-Technique and their subsequent interpretations.

365 Costume Design (3:2:3).

  • Pr. 123 or permission of instructor.

Principles and practice of costume design for performance.

366 Costume Crafts (3:2:3).

  • Pr. 123 or permission of instructor.

Exploration of basic design elements and fabrics relative to costuming. Laboratory projects in costume crafts.

367 Costume and Scenic Property Crafts (3:1:3).

  • Pr. 122 and 123.

An introduction to craft materials for costume and stage properties. Craft materials will include industrial felts, leather, flexible and rigid foams, thermoplastics, paper products, adhesives, fabric paints and fabric dyes. (Alt Years)

373 The Development of Digital Media (3:3:3).

  • Pr. 170 and either 171 or 172; or permission of instructor for nonmajors.

Introduction to the development, future, and utilization of digital media. (FA)

375 Scene Design (3:2:3).

  • Pr. 122 or permission of instructor.

Principles and practice of scene design for performance.

376 Lighting Design (3:2:3).

  • Pr. 122 or 291 or permission of instructor.

Principles and practice of lighting design for theatre, television and film.

379 New Analysis (3:3).

Analysis of news theory and presentation as practiced in cinema, radio, television, and multimedia. Study of historical trends and significant cases from the early actuality film through digital news imaging. [AE, CAE]. (SP)

380 News and Documentary in Broadcasting and Cinema (3:3:2).

  • Pr. 171, 172, 310 or permission of instructor.

Development of news and documentary in radio, television, and film. Examination of significant programs and films and their influences on media trends and society. (SP)

390 Television Laboratory (1 to 2).

  • Pr. 203, 291, 310 and permission of instructor.
  • May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 3 hours.

Supervised participation in television broadcasting or video production. (Production Course).

391 Broadcast Newswriting (3:3).

  • Pr. 310.

Writing and planning newscasts for broadcast media. (Production Course) (FA)

393 Introduction to Single Camera Cinematography (3:3).

  • Pr. 203, 291, 310.

Introduction to technique in the use of the camera to communicate visual ideas. Emphasis is given to technical skills and equipment. (Production Course).

396 Creative Drama for the Classroom Teacher (2:2:1).

  • Pr. elementary education majors with sophomore standing, or permission of instructor.
  • Not open to theatre majors.

Elementary school creative drama and its place in the curriculum. Emphasis on fundamentals, materials, teaching techniques, and evaluation.

399 Radio-TV-Film Production Workshop (3:0:9).

  • Pr. 203, 291, 310. Permission of faculty supervisor required prior to registration.
  • May be repeated for credit.

Guided practice in creative area of radio, television, or film, including writing, directing, performing, sound design, cinematography, or editing. (Production Course)

400 Performance Styles (2:0:3).

  • Pr. 251, 252 or permission of instructor.

Introduction to acting styles including Greek, Commedia dell 'Arte, Elizabethan, Comedy of Manners, and Musical Theatre. (FA,SP,SU)

403 Writing the Nonfiction Program (3:2:3).

  • Pr. 310.

Research, design and writing of nonfiction programs such as documentary, magazine, instructional, and educational programs. Emphasis given to the development and application of writing skills. Involves a weekly production laboratory. (Production Course) (SP)

408 Sportscasting (3:3).

  • Pr. 310, 311 and admission to the Media Studies Major.

Development of announcing skills required for sports broadcasting, including play by play. Includes legal aspects of sportscasting. (Production Course). (Alt FA)

410 Broadcasting Internship (1 to 6).

  • Pr. admission to the Media Studies Major, 291, 310 and one additional production course 300-level or above, and approval by Director of Internship.
  • May be repeated for credit for total of 6 semester hours in 410 and/or 411.

Field learning experience in local broadcast media. Academic supervision provided by faculty member and direction in the field provided by job supervisor. (Production Course).

411 Cinema Internship (1 to 6).

  • Pr. admission to the Media Studies Major, 291, 310 and one additional production course 300-level or above, and approval by Director of Internship.
  • May be repeated for for credit for total of 6 semester hours in 410 and/or 411.

Field learning experience in local film industry. Academic supervision provided by faculty member and direction in the field provided by job supervisor. (Production Course).

440 Advanced Radio Laboratory (1 to 2).

  • Pr. permission of instructor.
  • May be repeated for credit for maximum of 3 hours.

Supervised participation at an advanced level of radio broadcasting or program production. (Production Course).

441 Advanced Film Laboratory (1 to 2).

  • Pr. 203, 291, 310.
  • May be repeated for credit for maximum of 3 hours.

Supervised participation at an advanced level of filmmaking and presentation. (Production Course).

450 Advanced Theatre Practice (1:0:4).

  • Pr. 4 credit hours of 150 and junior standing.
  • May be repeated for credit.

Supervised participation at an advanced level in any phase of the theatre production program.

454 Teaching Methods in Theatre Arts (3:3:4).

Philosophy, means, and methods for conducting classes and structuring curricular and cocurricular theatre activities. Includes internship in public schools as lab. Required for Theatre Education teacher licensure. (FA)

460 Directing I (3:3).

  • Pr. 201, junior standing, and admission to appropriate degree program, or permission of instructor.

Fundamental principles of directing for the theatre including adapting literature for performance. (Formerly BCT 541)

477 Design and Technical Theatre Practicum (1-2:0:3-6).

  • Pr. junior standing, admission to the BFA Design and Technical Theatre program.
  • May be repeated for credit.

Practice in design or technical production for performance.

493 Honors Work (3-6).

  • See prerequisites under Honors Program, XXX 493 (p. 225).
  • May be repeated for credit if the topic of study changes.

 

For Advanced Undergraduates and Graduate Students

501 Cinevideo Editing (3:3).

  • Pr. 292 or 393 and admission to appropriate degree program.

Survey of the history, aesthetics, and techniques in sequencing moving images. Laboratory experience, including the operation of control track editors. (Production course)

503 Advanced Media Writing (3:3).

  • Pr. 203 or 303 or permission of instructor.

Practice in television script writing with emphasis given to development of concepts and proposals for episodic television. Practice in analyzing and writing for existing television series and/or development of new programs. (Production course)

507 Media Law and Ethics (3:3).

  • Pr. 310, admission to appropriate degree program, graduate standing or permission of instructor.

Study of media law and questions of ethics as they apply to broadcasting and motion pictures.

508 Media Organization and Management (3:3).

  • Pr. graduate standing or 172 and 310 or permission of instructor.

Principles and practices of the organization and management of electronic media.

509 Media Sound Production (3:3).

  • Pr. 203, 291, 310, and admission to appropriate degree program or permission of instructor.

History, aesthetics, and techniques of sound production in media. (Production Course).

510 Intermediate Cinevideography (3:3).

  • Pr. 310, 392 or 393 and admission to appropriate degree program, or permission of instructor.

Further study of the use of the camera to communicate visual ideas. Development of skills using 16mm cinematography. (Production Course).

512 TV and Film Lighting (3:2:3).

  • Pr. 376 and admission to appropriate degree program, or permission of instructor.

Principles of light and color in lighting for television and film production. Application of the equipment and accessories used in the execution of lighting design through practical projects. (Production Course).

515 Film Theory (3:3).

  • Pr. 171 or ENG 330, 310 or graduate standing or permission of instructor.

Study of the principal theories of film through the writings of critics, theorists, and directors.

517 The Auteur Director (3:2:3).

  • Pr. 171, or permission of instructor.
  • May be repeated for credit.

Works of an individual film director. Subject differs from offering to offering.

518 Studies in Media Genres (3:2:3).

  • Pr. 171, 172, or permission of instructor.
  • May be repeated for credit.

Technical, dramatic, social, and rhetorical dimensions of a media genre. Subject differs from offering to offering.

519 Animation Production (3:3).

  • Pr. 393 and admission to appropriate degree program or permission of instructor.

Study and practice of techniques of animation. (Production Course).

520 Advanced Oral Interpretation (3:3).

  • Pr. 320 or graduate standing.

Audiences, materials, and procedures of readers theatre. Practice in advanced principles of oral interpretation of literature. (Formerly CST 520)

522 Advanced Stagecrafts (3:2:3).

  • Pr. 122 and admission to appropriate degree program or permission of instructor.

Study of advanced scenic construction, property construction, and rigging techniques for the stage. Supervised laboratory work in wood, plastics, metal, and other materials.

523 Technical Direction (3:3).

  • Pr. 122 and 375 or 376, and junior, senior, or graduate standing, and admission to appropriate degree program or permission of instructor.

Theatrical technical direction with emphasis on organizational, managerial, and problem-solving duties and responsibilities. Lecture combined with practical projects.

524 Professional Theatre Audition Techniques (3:3).

  • Pr. 251, 252, 351, 352, and admission to appropriate degree program or permission of instructor.

Audition theory, techniques, and practice for theatre, television, and films.

525 Computer Assisted Drafting (3:1:6).

  • Pr. 535, or HID 111 and HID 112, or ART 222 or equivalent technical drawing aptitude and admission to appropriate degree program.

Fundamental principles and application of 3-D design utilizing a DOS based drafting and design program.

526 Actuality Genres (3:2:3).

  • Pr. 170, 171 or 172, 273, and 310; or graduate standing; or permission of instructor for nonmajors.

History and theory of reality-based genres in cinema, radio, television, and multimedia. Study of trends and significant works from the early actuality film through postmodern news docudramas. (SP)

533 Scene Painting I ( 3:1:4).

  • Pr. 122 and 375, and admission to appropriate degree program or permission of instructor.

Tools, materials, and techniques of scene painting.

534 Scene Painting II (3:1:4).

  • Pr. 122, 375 and 533, and admission to appropriate degree program or permission of instructor.

Advanced problems in scene painting.

535 Scene Drafting and Construction (3:3).

  • Pr. 375 and admission to appropriate degree program or permission of instructor.

Advanced problems in scene construction combined with the development of scene drafting skills and techniques. (ALT years)

536 Stage Management (1-2).

  • Pr. 122 and 541, or permission of instructor.
  • May be repeated for a total of three credits.

The role of the stage manager. Supervised participation as a stage manager in the theatre production program.

540 Directing for Television (3:2:3).

  • Pr. 203, 291, 310 and admission to appropriate degree program or permission of instructor.

Fundamental principles of directing for television. Laboratory directing experience. (Production Course).

542 Directing Practicum (1:0:3).

  • Pr. 541 and admission to appropriate degree program or permission of instructor.

Practice in directing the play; preparations of a 20- to 30-minute play or excerpt, and presentation in the Workshop Theatre. Required of BA and BFA Theatre Arts candidates in the semester following enrollment in 541.

543 Advanced Costume Design (3:2:3).

  • Pr. admission to appropriate degree program or permission of instructor.

Advanced problems in costume design for performance.

544 Advanced Scene Design (3:1:6).

  • Pr. 375 and admission to appropriate degree program or permission of instructor.

Advanced problems in scene design for single set productions in performance.

545 Advanced Lighting Design (3:2:3).

  • Pr. 376 and admission to appropriate degree program or permission of instructor.

Advanced problems in lighting design for performance.

546 Theatrical Sound Design and Technology (3:3).

  • Pr. 122 or 123 or permission of instructor and admission to appropriate degree program.

An introduction to the theory, aesthetics, and technology of theatrical sound design.

547 Multi-Set Design Techniques (3:1:6).

  • Pr. 375 and admission to appropriate degree program or permission of instructor.

Advanced problems in scene design for multi-set productions in performance.

549 Historical Costume Drafting and Draping (3:1:6).

  • Pr. admission to appropriate degree program or permission of instructor.

Theory and practice in costume construction; basic pattern-making techniques for stage costumes.

550 Stage Millinery and Accessories (3:1:4).

  • Pr. admission to appropriate degree program or permission of instructor.

Historical millinery and accessories in relation to stage adaptation; design and construction techniques.

551 Writing the Feature Film I (3:3).

  • Pr. 202, 203, 302 and admission to appropriate degree program or permission of instructor.

Advanced study of screenwriting with emphasis on writing of original full-length material. (Production Course). (SP)

552 Writing the Feature Film II (3:3).

  • Pr. 551.

A writing workshop in which students complete the first draft and a polish of a feature-length screenplay. (Production Course). (FA)

560 Directing II (3:3).

  • Pr. two theatre courses and BCT 201 and 460, or permission of instructor.

An intermediate directing course that involves the student in the theory and practice of contemporary plays. (SP)

565 Broadcasting/Cinema and Theatre Field Studies (1-3:3).

  • May be repeated for up to 4 credit hours.

Guided off-campus study in the Broadcasting/Cinema and Theatre disciplines. Travel required. Site and topic will vary from semester to semester.

579 Theatre Management (3:3).

  • Pr. drama major, and admission to appropriate degree program or permission of instructor.

Theatre organization and operation. Practical problems of financing, promoting, and staffing various theatre programs.

580, 581, 582 Theatre History I, II, III (3:3), (3:3), (3:3).

Specific conditions under which the great plays of the world have been produced. First semester: the beginnings to 1600; second semester: 1600-1850; third semester: 1850 to the present. [FA, CFA - COM 582 only]

583, 584 Period Styles in Performance Design I, II (3:3), (3:3).

  • Pr. admission to appropriate degree program or permission of instructor.

Study of period style and how it is used in performance design. First semester: architecture, decor and fashion from antiquity to Renaissance. Second semester: architecture, decor and fashion from Renaissance to present.

585 Advanced Radio-TV-Film Production (3:2:3).

  • Pr. admission to appropriate degree program and permission of instructor.

Advanced application of principles and techniques of radio, television, or film production. (Production Course).

586 Non-Western Theatre and/or Film. (3:2:3).

  • May be repeated for up to 6 credit hours depending on course content.

Dramatic literature, theatre, and/or film in India, China, Japan, and Africa. Subject varies with instructor. [NW, CNW] (FA,SP,SU)

588 Documentary Production (3:2:3).

  • Pr. 403, 392 or 393, 380 is recommended, and admission to appropriate degree program.

Documentary construction, research, planning and production techniques. Further development of video production skills in supervised laboratory project. (Production Course).

589 Experimental Course: Advanced Lighting II (3:1:3).

Methods and practices of lighting design for non-traditional theatrical events. (Offered SP98).

590 Acting V (3:1:4).

  • Pr. 351 and 352, and admission to appropriate degree program or permission of instructor.

Advanced scene study and role preparation with emphasis on the plays of Chekhov, Shaw, Ibsen, Strindberg, and American neoclassic dramatists.

592 Period Acting I (3:1:4).

  • Pr. 251, 252, and ENG 227 and admission to appropriate degree program or permission of instructor.

Study and practice of Shakespearean acting styles. Performance emphasizing manners, movement, and vocal delivery of the Elizabethan period.

594 Applied Theatre II (1-4:0:3-12).

  • Pr. 256 and admission to appropriate degree program or permission of instructor.

Intensive experience in one or more areas of theatre production.

596 Creative Dramatics for School and Community (3:2:2).

  • Pr. admission to appropriate degree program or permission of instructor.

Research and literature for creative dramatics for children, ages five through 14. Practice in leading groups of children in creative dramatics.

597 Puppetry (3:2:2).

  • Pr. admission to appropriate degree program or permission of instructor.

Scope and development of puppetry throughout the world. Practical experience in the design, making, and performing of puppets.

598 Children's Theatre for School and Community (3:2:2).

  • Pr. admission to appropriate degree program or permission of instructor.

Research and literature of children's theatre; methods of producing plays with children in school and community situations.

599 Acting for the Camera (3:2:2).

  • Pr. admission to appropriate degree program or permission of instructor.
  • For advanced undergraduates and graduate students in Theatre.

Practical experience in camera technique for actors in dramatic film and television production.

 

Please refer to The Graduate School Bulletin for additional graduate level courses.

 
 
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