Courses | Theatre, B.A.

Course Overview

The following documents outline a suggested course schedule.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Advanced practical experience in dramatic process. Credit for performing in a play, set construction, costume construction, publicity, or other aspects of theatrical process.

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.

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.

Elective Courses

Creating historians via a survey of the development of the motion picture. 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.

Directed practical experience in the various fields of mass communication.

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.

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.

Makeup requirements for the stage. Individual skill development in character analysis. Application in pigment, plastic, hair, makeup, and selection and use of makeup equipment.

Design fundamentals, including costume history, research, play analysis, fabric selection, construction basics and hypothetical design projects.

Learning to read types of literature aloud in a manner that enhances and enriches the audience's understanding and appreciation of that literature.

Practical speech experience in debate and individual speaking events. Each section (COMM 282, 382) may be repeated once for a total of eight credits.

Study of lighting and sound variables in a stage production. Student projects include light and sound choices for a particular production.

Practical speech experience in debate and individual speaking events. Each section (COMM 282, 382) may be repeated once for a total of eight credits.

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.

Creation of original material for solo or corporate dramatic performance. Workshop for the presentation of created original materials for stage.

For students prepared to gain practical experience. Usually off campus in a work situation.

Directed practical experience in the various fields of communication.

Further in-depth study of characterization, script analysis, and various styles of acting. Topics may vary.

Rhetorical criticism and evaluation of communicative messages in film, television, theatre, popular music, the popular press/books, and Internet.

Various aspects and problems in the fields of communication.

Theatre-based tour of London, England, exploring Shakespeare's birthplace, theatrical venues, and acting workshops.

Individual research in areas of communication determined in consultation with the instructor.

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.

Appreciation of drama through an understanding of the components, terms, personnel, history, styles, and techniques of theatre.

An introduction to the problems, methods and concepts of philosophy with an emphasis on the issues and theories of aesthetics.