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Theatre Arts

THTR 1101 -- Introduction to the Theatre,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 2 and 6)

Survey of popular forms of drama. The course is designed to increase student's understanding of theatre as an art form and cultural influence. It examines dramatic structure and style, acting and directing, theatre design and architecture from a contemporary and historical perspective. Student will view and critique two or more play productions.


THTR 1109 -- Practical Experience in Theatre,   Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Any student may participate in college theatre productions. Credit for such participation in acting, stagecraft, costuming, or any other area of production may be earned by working on a college production. There are no formal class meetings. Students arrange individual schedules with the instructor. Students may enroll for one or two credits per semester; course may be repeated for a total accumulation of 4 credits.


THTR 1120 -- History of Comedy,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6)

A survey of significant eras of comedy in theatre and film that have shaped contemporary American performance comedy. Designed to increase understanding of how comedy has evolved throughout history and how comedy reflects cultural influences. Students will read, view and critique historic and modern comedies.


THTR 1189 -- Topics:,   Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This course has been developed as a potential permanent course. The course must follow all the same policies and procedures related to curriculum outlined by the college. It does not duplicate existing course offerings. Refer to course notes for specific course description.


THTR 2205 -- Acting Movement,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6)

This course is an introduction to acting with an emphasis on the fundamentals of stage movement, improvisation, auditioning, and the basics of preparing a role for the stage. It provides the student with studio experience in performance.


THTR 2206 -- Acting Vocal,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6)

A beginning acting experience with emphasis on vocal techniques, diction, dialogue, and scene study meant to provide students with studio experience in basic acting, characterization, and rehearsal techniques.


THTR 2210 -- Stage Make-up,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Explore the basic theory and practice, the design purpose, tools, and methods of stage make-up to see how it enriches the meaning of the drama. Formulate criteria for judging designs and experience practical problem-solving by creating multiple designs and application.


THTR 2211 -- Stagecraft,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6)

Introduction to stagecraft with units on set construction, painting, lighting, properties, special effects, drafting, and scene design. Participation in current theatre production is required.


THTR 2220 -- Play Directing,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6)

Prerequisites: THTR 1101 or 2205 or THTR 2206 with a grade of C or better

Play directing gives students the opportunity to learn and apply the principles of play analysis, staging, working with actors, and utilizing technical effects along with other artistic practices to direct and produce a short play at the end of the semester. Students must see and analyze at least one professional production during the semester.


THTR 2230 -- Survey of Drama,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6)

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Engl 1121

A survey of representative plays from classical to contemporary drama to examine a form of literature that can be read or experienced in a theater. Students will analyze, interpret, and evaluate dramatic literature focusing on major types, styles, and historical periods. A study of the textual elements will extend to include visual and aural implications.


THTR 2270 -- Auditioning,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Thtr 2205 or 2206

This course is designed to prepare students for advanced study and employment in acting. Students will learn auditioning techniques for the stage and screen, develop a repertoire of audition pieces, and become familiar with business aspects of being a working actor.


THTR 2299 -- Independent Study,   Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Independent Study allows a student to earn credit while participating in a supervised learning experience in a community-based or work setting. Students must have successfully completed two courses in the discipline in which they want to undertake independent study. Forms are available in the Educational Services Office. All arrangements must be made prior to registration for the semester in which the project is scheduled and must be approved by the appropriate Dean of Educational Services. In addition, a project outline must be approved by the instructor who will supervise the student's work.


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