Theater Arts (THA)

THA-101  Introduction to Theater  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course emphasizes the value and importance of theater as a fine art and a metaphor for society and life in various cultures throughout history. Emphasis is placed on the role of theater as a source and reflection of ideas, cultural values, and human understanding. Contributions of the playwright, director, actor, designer, technician, and audience are explored.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: THTR 111

IGETC Area(s): 3A

CSU Area(s): C1

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS C

THA-101H  Honors Introduction to Theater  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course emphasizes the value and importance of theater as a fine art and a metaphor for society and life in various cultures throughout history. Emphasis is placed on the role of theater as a source and reflection of ideas, cultural values, and human understanding. Contributions of the playwright, director, actor, designer, technician, and audience are explored.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Honors Enrichment Program.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: THTR 111

IGETC Area(s): 3A

CSU Area(s): C1

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS C

THA-102  Theater History  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course approaches world theater history from Ancient Greece through contemporary theater. Comparative historical studies of Asian, Byzantine, European, African, and Latin American are included. The complexity of theater as an art form from its function in a given era and culture to its many component parts including acting, audiences, theatrical spaces, texts, play writing, production design, machinery, special effects, music, dance, directing, management, and criticism are examined. *Cross-listed as HIST-154.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: THTR 113

IGETC Area(s): 3B

CSU Area(s): C2

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS C

THA-108  Improvisation for Dance and Theater  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course explores unscripted theater using techniques found in dance, action theater, mask work, contact improvisation, viewpoints, and theater games within the historical and cultural context of these methods. Students will develop as whole performers through learning intuitive response techniques in all performance situations. *Cross-listed as DAN-108.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

CSU Area(s): E1

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS C, AA/AS E

THA-110  Fundamentals of Acting  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course, through lectures, class discussion, improvisation and practical exercises provides the beginning acting student with the fundamental blueprint of the actor's craft. Students will create characters in the rehearsal and performance of monologues and scene work. Students will learn warm-up techniques, audition practices, theater etiquette, terminology, safety, and the fundamentals of the acting profession. Students will develop critical analyses of live and video taped performance in relation to the art and craft of acting.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: THTR 151

CSU Area(s): C1

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS C

Course Related Content Group: Acting

THA-111  Intermediate Acting  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course offers a continuing study of acting technique for the serious theater student preparing for advanced work at the university or professional levels. Emphasis is placed on developing multi-dimensional characters, objectives, playable actions, believability and the working rehearsal process in both scene and solo study. Particular attention is paid to audition preparation, resume and portfolio development.

Prerequisite: THA-110 (with a grade of C or better).

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: THTR 152

CSU Area(s): C1

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS C

Course Related Content Group: Acting

THA-112  Acting for Film and Television  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course covers the fundamentals of acting in front of the camera for film and television. Students learn elements of concentration and character creation, out-of-sequence shooting, the film making process, script/rehearsal procedures, and scene preparation for film. A large portion of the course involves watching, listening to and analyzing commercially filmed scenes or student in class on camera performances that approximate camera acting that may include TV dramas, sitcoms and commercials.

Prerequisite: THA-110 (with a grade of C or better).

Transfers to both UC/CSU

CSU Area(s): C1

Course Related Content Group: Acting

THA-113  Oral Interpretation of Literature  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course analyzes the art of communicating works of literary merit to an audience; it is an introduction to performance studies. Appropriate literary selection and the use of vocal skills, along with facial and body expression will be developed in order to present works of literature to a theatrical audience. Individual and group performances of poetry, prose, and drama are included. *Cross-listed as COMM-113.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: COMM 170

CSU Area(s): C1

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS C

THA-117  Stagecraft  

3 Units (LAB 48-54, LEC 32-36)

This course introduces the fundamentals of scenic design and set construction. Students will be taught the safe operation of hand and power tools as well as choosing the correct construction materials for completing a scenic design. Students will be given instruction in the separate parts and working elements of a typical theater. Students may have the opportunity to construct, paint sets and set up lighting and sound equipment for MSJC Performing Arts productions.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: THTR 171

CSU Area(s): C1

THA-118  Stage Management  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course presents the basic skills of stage management, which involves organizing and producing dramatic and musical plays. Through the study of stage managing, backstage operations, technical crews and equipment, budget, and house managing, the students identify the techniques necessary to stage manage and run a theater with the greatest effectiveness.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

THA-120  Stage Lighting  

3 Units (LAB 48-54, LEC 32-36)

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of theatrical lighting. Study includes the operation of lighting equipment and control systems, theory of lighting design, color media, rigging and planning, light plots, and technical rehearsal and performance procedures.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: THTR 173

THA-121  Costume Construction  

3 Units (LAB 48-54, LEC 32-36)

This course will introduce the students to all aspects of costume construction including sewing, fabric modification, garment alteration and the relationship between fibers and fabrics. Study also involves a survey of the history of costuming including silhouette, costume organization, wardrobe maintenance, millinery, costume props, accessories and theatrical production to provide the student with a broad base of knowledge of costuming.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: THTR 174

THA-122  Stage Makeup  

3 Units (LAB 96-108, LEC 16-18)

This course introduces the student to the basic techniques and materials of stage makeup, with an emphasis on practical experience. Students will learn application, medium choices, color mixing, realistic and corrective functions, basic prosthetics, and the history and aesthetics of makeup design for specific plays.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: THTR 175

THA-123  Introduction to Scene Design (formerly Models and Rendering)  

3 Units (LAB 48-54, LEC 32-36)

This course introduces students to the processes and methodologies associated with Theatrical Scenic Design. It will examine the theory of scenic design as widely practiced currently using Computer Assisted Design programs (CAD), as well as traditional basic techniques and materials for perspective watercolor renderings and scale models. Students will create water color renderings and three dimensional scale models through play analysis, interpretation of ground plans, elevations, and construction plots.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS C

THA-124  Scenic Painting  

3 Units (LAB 48-54, LEC 32-36)

This course is an introduction to the basic techniques and materials used in the painting of scenery for the stage. Demonstration of techniques will culminate in hands-on assignments that make extensive use of these materials to achieve a scenic effect. Students will learn color mixing, base, lay-out, lay-in, detail and the use of standard brushes and tools.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

THA-127  Reader's Theater  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course focuses on the theories and techniques of oral performance of literature and drama through solo, small group, and ensemble speaking. Students study script analysis, preparation and adaptation, staging and directing techniques and vocal skills. This course culminates in public performance. *Cross-listed as COMM-129.

Recommended Preparation: ENGL-98 or ESL-098.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

Course Related Content Group: Voice Movement

THA-135  Introduction to Film  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course introduces film aesthetics and theory which focuses on the art, technology, and business of film making. Elements of film production such as mise-en-scene, cinematography, composition, lighting and sound are explored for the purpose of film analysis. Analyses of both narrative and non-narrative filmic texts are explored to develop the students' perception, appreciation and analytic skills in film studies. Hollywood models of marketing and distribution, as well as independent film making approaches are studied.

Recommended Preparation: ENGL-098 or ESL-098.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

IGETC Area(s): 3B

CSU Area(s): C1

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS C

THA-136  Cultural History of American Motion Pictures  

3 Units (LAB 48-54, LEC 32-36)

This course will consider the history of American commercial motion picture culture from its origins to the present. Students will study film language, the social composition of audiences, the economics of the film industry, major themes and genres that have appeared in American films, and the relationship between politics and American motion pictures. *Cross-listed as HIST-136.

Recommended Preparation: ENGL-098 or ESL-098.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

IGETC Area(s): 3B, 4F

CSU Area(s): C2

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS B2, AA/AS C

THA-137  Introduction to World Cinema  

3 Units (LAB 48-54, LEC 32-36)

This course introduces international film studies by considering film language, international audiences and marketing, relationships between governments and businesses and film production, technological diffusion and innovation, and film content.

Recommended Preparation: ENGL-098 or ESL-098.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

IGETC Area(s): 3A

CSU Area(s): C1

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS C

THA-137H  Honors Introduction to World Cinema  

3 Units (LAB 48-54, LEC 32-36)

This course introduces international film studies by considering film language, international audiences and marketing, relationships between governments and businesses and film production, technological diffusion and innovation, and film content.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Honors Enrichment Program.

Recommended Preparation: ENGL-098 or ESL-098.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

IGETC Area(s): 3A

CSU Area(s): C1

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS C

THA-150  Survey of Drama  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course studies a variety of dramatic literature spanning Greek drama to contemporary plays; issues of genre, staging, and technique are discussed in connection with a representative sample of plays from across several literary cultures and historical periods.

Prerequisite: ENGL-101 (with a grade of C or better).

Transfers to both UC/CSU

IGETC Area(s): 3B

CSU Area(s): C2

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS C

THA-155  Musical Theater History  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course is the study of the evolution of the American theatrical art form surveying the western musical theater tradition from Ancient Greece to the emergence of American Musical Theater in the latter half of the 19th century to the present day. The focus is on the specific social, economic, political, global and cultural contexts that led to the type of musical theater that was produced in each era. *Cross-listed as HIST-165.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

IGETC Area(s): 3A

CSU Area(s): C1

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS B2, AA/AS C

THA-200  Actor's Workshop  

3 Units (LAB 48-54, LEC 32-36)

This course offers students with significant actor training and/or theatre experience an opportunity to improve their acting and performance skills. The primary focus is on ensemble acting and textual analysis, with a concentration on in-depth study of subject material, intensity of action, freedom of emotional context, and clarity of expression. Classroom exercises and scene studies will culminate in public workshop performance.

Prerequisite: By audition and/or interview.

Recommended Preparation: THA-110 and THA-111.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

Course Related Content Group: Theater Production

THA-201  Rehearsal and Performance  

1-3 Unit (LAB 144-162)

This course is a laboratory designed to give the student a variety of experiences in acting and production. The student will work on presenting plays through rehearsal techniques that build skills in all areas of theater including involvement in production, acting, and artistic teams. This course culminates in public performance.

Prerequisite: By audition and/or interview.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: THTR 191

Course Related Content Group: Theater Production

THA-205  Summer Repertory Theater  

3 Units (LAB 144-162)

This course gives the student opportunities to participate in all creative and technical phases of play and musical production in repertory during the summer. Students are given opportunities to act, stage manage, work crew and participate in all phases of creating plays and musicals for public performance.

Prerequisite: Students must successfully audition or interview to be enrolled as cast or crew.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

Course Related Content Group: Theater Production

THA-216  Musical Theater Production: Theater  

1-3 Unit (LAB 144-162)

This course is designed for the presentation of a musical theater production. Students will learn the fundamentals of preparation of a production including: rehearsal technique, acting, character development, analysis of dramatic text, movement and technical theater.

Prerequisite: By audition and/or interview.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

Course Related Content Group: Musical Theater Production, Theater Production

THA-299  Special Projects: Theater Arts  

1-3 Unit (IS 16-54)

Students with previous course work in the program may do special projects that involve research and special study. The actual nature of the project must be determined in consultation with the supervising instructor.

Prerequisite: Two Theater Arts classes must be completed prior to enrollment; a contract must be completed with the instructor prior to enrollment.

Transfers to CSU only