B.A. in fine arts degree with a theatre arts concentration course descriptions
required courses (24
THEA 1201 (3
Development of the Theatre I
Understanding theatre as live
performance through informal lectures, discussion and experimentations
with old and new ideas with staging and production. The student
will explore the use of the stage and function of music, movement,
the actors art and the directors art based on scripts from the Greeks through Shakespeare. Theatre projects and theatre trips.
Development of the Theatre II
Since the time of Shakespeare, “modern theatre” has blossomed and flourished
all over the globe. Through lectures, play readings, class discussions,
viewings of both stage productions and films of stage productions, the
international trends that led to modern drama will be explored, including The
Golden Age of Spain, German Romanticism, the Poetic Realism of Chekhov, Asian
Theatre, the American Musical and Avant Garde Theatre.
THEA 1203 (3
Basic Acting I
A course in the fundamentals of Acting Training, which will emphasize truthful
human behavior and creativity on the stage. Techniques to be covered will
include the use of objectives, subtext, improvisation and rehearsal techniques.
A study of the basic theories and techniques of Directing a play.
Composition, Picturization, and Staging will be studied, as well as Script
Analysis, Casting, and working with actors.
THEA 2209 (3
This course has been structured to stress basic design concepts that are then translated into the construction of sets for all plays presented by the department.
THEA 2255 (3
Playwriting and Dramatic Structure
Through writing and revising a play, students discover and explore the dramatic form. Emphasis is placed on the nature and development of conflict and strategies for resolution.
THEA 3337 (3
Night at the Theater
Field trips to the varied and rich theatrical fare in the metropolitan area including Broadway, off Broadway and regional theatres in New Jersey. Discussions explore various aspects of the plays and production. Students are responsible for purchase of tickets and transportation.
THEA 3351 (1
Performance and Production I
Designed as a hands-on theater experience for students who participate in main stage productions. This course will cover all experiential aspects of – audition, pre production, rehearsal and performance.
THEA 3352 (1
Performance and Production II
See above. Second production.
THEA 3353 (1
Performance and Production III
See above. Third production.
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