Courses | B.A. in Theatre

Summary

Below are some of the courses you’ll have an opportunity to take as a student in this program. Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements see catalog for details.


Course Overview

The following documents outline a suggested course schedule.


Major Courses

Beginning directed practical experience in dramatic production. Credit for performing in a play, set construction, costume construction, publicity, or other aspects of the theatrical process. Notes: Special approval required. May be taken twice for a total of 4 credits. Grade Mode: A.
Explorations in the basic elements and terminology that define theatre. Special attention given to such topics as: safety, props, two- and three-dimensional scenery and their materials, and scene painting. Grade Mode: A.
This course offers a beginning study of the principles of contemporary acting techniques. Students will evaluate and demonstrate the acting theories of the Stanislavsky system of acting, as assessed by the 20th century American acting leaders, Uta Hagen and Stella Adler. Grade Mode: A.
This course features in-depth study and practice of acting skills with increased emphasis on the application of the principles and the theories of creative acting, as assessed by the 20th century American acting leaders, Lee Strasberg and Eric Morris. Grade Mode: A.
Survey of prominent dramatic theories (e.g. Aristotle's Poetics, dramatic theory of story structure, contemporary theatre theory, etc.). Elements of dramaturgy will also be introduced. Grade Mode: A.
Advanced practical experience in dramatic process. Credit for performing in a play, set construction, costume construction, publicity, or other aspects of theatrical process. Notes: Special approval required. May be taken twice for a total of 4 credits. Grade Mode: A.
Scene design, including script analysis, formation of visual concepts, floor plan development and model building for the stage. Practical training in theatrical production written critiques/reviews. Grade Mode: A.
Introduction to the mechanics and creativity of drama in the church, as well as issues facing the Christian drama coordinator or director. Class members are involved in class performances. This course explores the potential and practical experiences for use of drama in church and parachurch settings, providing insights for participants and leaders in drama ministry. Grade Mode: A.

Elective Courses

Creating historians via a survey of the development of the motion picture including the evolution of motion pictures as an art form, classic Hollywood narrative structure, technological developments, communication medium, and industry. Films screened in the course will be analyzed from perspectives of auteur theory, genre theory and thematic criticism. Special emphasis will be given to cultural criticism locating films in their unique time and place. Grade Mode: A.
Directed practical experience in the various fields of mass communication. Notes: May be taken for a total of 6 credits with different content. Grade Mode: A.
A rotating variety of topics and production experiences often employing special guests from within the media industries. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, Fund Raising, Event Planning, Visual Effects, Audio Recording, Cinematography, Production Design, the Sundance Film Festival, the City of the Angels Film Festival, the Biola Media Conference. Notes: May be taken multiple times. Grade Mode: A.
Intensive training in the correct use of voice and articulation for the actor. Special attention paid to developing skills for vocal and physical relaxation, projection, and anatomical uses of the voice. Grade Mode: A.
Makeup requirements for the stage. Individual skill development in character analysis. Application in pigment, plastic, hair, makeup, and selection and use of makeup equipment. Grade Mode: A.
Design fundamentals, including costume history, research, play analysis, fabric selection, construction basics and hypothetical design projects. Grade Mode: A.
Learning to read types of literature aloud in a manner that enhances and enriches the audience's understanding and appreciation of that literature. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Communication credit. Grade Mode: A.
Practical speech experience in debate and individual speaking events. Notes: May be taken twice for credit for a total of 4 credits. Grade Mode: A.
Study of lighting and sound variables in a stage production. Student projects include light and sound choices for a particular production. Grade Mode: A.
Practical speech experience in debate and individual speaking events. Notes: May be taken twice for credit for a total of 4 credits. Grade Mode: A.
Exploration of the art and craft of directing for the theatre. Topics covered: storytelling, instincts, staging, picturization, dramatic tension, style, meaning, examining, text, groundplans, auditioning, working with actors and other relevant issues facing the director. Notes: Attendance at selected plays is required. Grade Mode: A.
Creation of original material for solo or corporate dramatic performance. Workshop for the presentation of created original materials for stage. Grade Mode: A.
For students prepared to gain practical experience. Usually off campus in a work situation. Notes: Contact Communication Studies Office to pick up contract and receive instructions. May be taken for a total of 6 credits. Grade Mode: A.
Directed practical experience in the various fields of communication. Notes: An Add/Drop Slip and Arranged Course Form must be obtained at the Communication Studies Office. May be taken for a total of six credits. Grade Mode: A.
Further in-depth study of characterization, script analysis, and various styles of acting. Topics may vary. Grade Mode: A.
Rhetorical criticism and evaluation of communicative messages in film, television, theatre, popular music, the popular press/books, and Internet. Grade Mode: A.
Various aspects and problems in the fields of communication. Notes: May be taken multiple times with different course content. Grade Mode: A.
Theatre-based tour of London, England, exploring Shakespeare's birthplace, theatrical venues, and acting workshops. Notes: Tour requires purchase of tour package to London, England and additional fees for Biola University credit. Project required for submission following return from London. Grade Mode: A.
Individual research in areas of communication determined in consultation with the instructor. Notes: An Add/Drop Slip and Arranged Course Form must be obtained at the Communication Studies Office. May be taken for a total of three credits. Grade Mode: A.

General Education

Development of communication skills in public speaking. The course will include presentational skills, attention to multicultural communication encounters, audience analysis, speech opportunities, research, organization and critical thinking. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Communication credit. May count as a lower division COMM major elective only for Torrey Honors program students. Grade Mode: A.
Appreciation of drama through an understanding of the components, terms, personnel, history, styles, and techniques of theatre. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Fine Arts credit. Attendance at selected plays is required. Grade Mode: A.
An introduction to the problems, methods and concepts of philosophy with an emphasis on the issues and theories of aesthetics. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Philosophy credit. Grade Mode: A.

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