Visual and Performing Arts

Department of Visual and Performing Arts

Aligning itself with the evolving needs of the current arts world, Worcester State University offers its visual and performing arts students a Major in Interdisciplinary Visual and Performing Arts, one of the few interdisciplinary arts majors in the country. With this major, students go beyond the regular art, music, and theatre coursework to understand the larger world of visual and performing arts. WSU’s VPA major allows students to gain an interdisciplinary view of the arts and an understanding of how to use one art form to inform the other, while also gaining an in-depth knowledge of the art forms that most excite them.

The major is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in art, music, and theatre, and both a theoretical and practical understanding about how they interact in an interdisciplinary environment.  Core courses promote critical thinking, and prepare students intellectually and creatively to complete their capstone/senior thesis projects and launch careers in the arts. Students craft the major to fit their areas of interest – art, music, theatre, etc. - through electives chosen in consultation with advisors.

Students apply their coursework to the production, performance, and critical study of creative work through a multitude of exhibit and performance opportunities.

Michael C. Hachey, Professor (1993), B.F.A., M.F.A. Massachusetts College of Art

Stacey Parker, Associate Professor (2007), B.F.A. Alfred University; M.F.A. Rochester Institute of Technology

Amaryllis Siniossoglou, Professor (2005), PEP Royal College of Art, London; M.F. A. University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Ecole Nationale Superieure Des Beaux-Arts, Paris; Diplome Superieur d' Art Plastique; School of Art, Athens; Certificate, Drawing and Painting School

Catherine Wilcox-Titus, Professor (2004), B.A. University of Toronto; M.S. Simmons College; M.A., Ph.D. Boston University

Kyle D. Martin, Professor (1998), B.M. Hardin-Simmons University; M.M., D.M.A. Eastman School of Music

Christie B. Nigro, Professor (1989), B.M. Syracuse University; M.M Yale University; Ph.D. University of Massachusetts

Robert Sahagian, Professor (1968), B.M. New England Conservatory of Music; M.M., Ph.D. Michigan State University

John H. Hood, Professor (2004), B.F.A. Arizona State University; M.F.A. University of Minnesota

Sam O'Connell, Associate Professor (2010), B.A., M.A. Washington University; Ph.D. Northwestern University

Adam Zahler, Department Chair, Professor (2007), B.A. University of Vermont; M.F. A. University of Virginia

Art Courses

AR-100 Cross Media Studio

LASC Categories: CA, TLC

An introduction to selected two- and three-dimensional media through the exploration of a semester-long theme such as the human figure, or forms in nature.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

AR-105 Introduction to Animation

This hands-on introductory course covers the fundamentals and aesthetics of computer animation using the Adobe AfterEffects motion graphics program.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

AR-112 World Art Survey I

LASC Categories: CA, TLC, DAC

Surveys the world's major cultural achievements in the visual arts from the prehistoric period to ca. 1400.

Every year. 3 Credits

AR-113 World Art Survey II

LASC Categories: CA, TLC, DAC

Major cultural achievements in the visual arts from ca 1400 to the early twentieth century.

Every year. 3 Credits

AR-117 Visual Design: 2 Dimensions

LASC Categories: CA

A foundation for visual literacy through studio work utilizing such art elements as line, form, color, and texture.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

AR-118 Global Art History

LASC Categories: GP, WAC, DAC, CA

Surveys the outstanding visual art from all cultures beginning in the prehistoric era to the late 19th century.

Fall only and every year. 3 Credits

AR-122 Visual Design: 3-DIMENSIONS

LASC Categories: CA

A foundation for visual literacy through studio work utilizing spatial elements such as plane, mass, volume, and structure.

Fall only and every year. 3 Credits

AR-123 Design Fundamentals

LASC Categories: CA, QAC

Design Fundamentals is a course combining 2 and 3 Dimensional Design. In this course we explore composition, space, and color along with planes, volumes, and environments. A variety of materials are used to create on surfaces and in actual space. Many projects are grounded in aspects of mathematical and geometrical systems, e.g., grids, tiling, Fibbonaci series, fractals, regular solids.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

AR-130 Painting I

LASC Categories: CA

An introduction to the fundamentals of historical painting styles, techniques, and materials used, with emphasis on visual perception and expression

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

AR-140 Drawing Fundamentals

LASC Categories: CA, GP, DAC

The development of visual perception, technical skills, and individual expression in drawing media. Students will explore concepts in drawing to develop their artwork through observation, experimentation, awareness of historical and contemporary contexts, and critical assessment. Projects utilize a variety of drawing materials to demonstrate technical facility and to enhance self-expression.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

AR-150 Life Studio I

LASC Categories: CA

Focus on the human figure through different modes of drawing and painting. Attention to structure and anatomy and their expressive aspects.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

AR-160 Sculpture I

LASC Categories: CA, GP, WAC

Prerequisites: EN-102

Three-dimensional studio creations through a variety of traditional and contemporary materials. Both realistic and abstract concepts are explored.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

AR-165 Creating Cultural Forms

LASC Categories: CA, GP, WAC, DAC

Prerequisites: EN-102

A studio course. Concepts of art forms created by a variety of world cultures and art movements of the past and present.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

AR-191 Special Topics in Art

3 Credits

AR-193 First Year Seminar in Art

LASC Categories: FYS

Introductory level course covering topics of special interest to first year students. Offered only as a First Year Seminar.

Every year. 3 Credits

AR-200 History of American Art

LASC Categories: CA, TLC

A survey of the visual arts in the United States, from the Colonial Period to the present.

Spring only and other or on demand. 3 Credits

AR-210 Drawing and Painting Studio

LASC Categories: CA

This course is a comprehensive introduction to the art of drawing and painting. Students will be strongly encouraged to explore the skills and concepts of these art forms in order to develop their ideas through observation, experimentation, historical context, and analysis. Projects are designed to expand awareness and to expose students to contemporary concerns.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

AR-220 Foundations of Modern Art

LASC Categories: TLC, CA

Influential 19th Century developments, such as Romanticism, Realism, and Impressionism, are discussed in relationship with early 20th Century art.

Fall and Spring and every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

AR-225 Art Since Mid-20th Century

LASC Categories: CA, GP, WAC, DAC

Explores how artists have challenged the traditional definitions of the art object and the expanded materials, media and concepts employed by artists since 1950 to the present era.

Fall only and every year. 3 Credits

AR-230 Printmaking

LASC Categories: CA

Introduction to the techniques and aesthetics of etching and relief. Prints by major artists are examined.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

AR-235 3D Sculpture Studio

LASC Categories: CA, GP

This is an introductory course focusing on form creation grounded in sculptural forms and techniques. Students will create sculpture by exploring traditional techniques such as molding, carving, casting and assemblage and use historical and contemporary materials from clay and stone to cardboard and found objects. Historical context, skill development, critical analysis and proper tool usage and safety are emphasized.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

AR-240 Watercolor

LASC Categories: CA, TLC

A studio course exploring various techniques and expressive forms used by watercolorists of the past and present.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

AR-260 Visual Arts in the Schools

LASC Categories: CA

An exploration of art materials and concepts, and their appropriate use with children. Includes studio projects, art history, and educational theory.

3 Credits

AR-270 Driftwood to Dumpsters

LASC Categories: CA, TLC, WAC

Prerequisites: EN-102

Students will learn about the history and practice of making art from non-traditional materials. This is a lecture and hands-on art course.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

AR-275 Gallery and Museum Studies

LASC Categories: CA, TLC

All aspects of installation and exhibition of art work in WSU gallery, including solicitation of art, publicity, display, and management.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

AR-285 History of Photography

LASC Categories: CA, TLC

The history of photography from 1839 to present, with attention to styles, aesthetics, technical processes, and leading practitioners. [Cross-listed with CM-285]

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

AR-300 Painting II

Prerequisites: AR-130 or consent of instructor.

Continuation of painting with emphasis on individual development through interpretive projects.

Spring only and every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

AR-302 Drawing II

Prerequisites: AR-140 or consent of instructor

Advanced projects in drawing with increasing emphasis on individual direction.

Fall and Spring and every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

AR-306 Sculpture II

Prerequisites: AR-160 or consent of instructor.

Further exploration of sculptural form with a diversity of materials, techniques, and expressive meaning.

Spring only and every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

AR-330 Intermediate Printmaking

Prerequisites: AR-230

Continuation of relief printmaking in an individual direction using tone/color and multiple blocks.

Every year. 3 Credits

AR-350 Special Topics in Art

Prerequisites: one studio course or consent of instructor.

A course covering topics which vary in response to specific student and faculty interest.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

AR-400 Ind Study: Art

An opportunity for further study in a special field of interest under faculty supervision.

Fall and Spring and other or on demand. 3 Credits

AR-402 Internship in Art

An individual experience through internship with a sponsoring community organization, professional institution or individual, i.e., museums, galleries, artists.

Fall only and other or on demand. 3-6 Credits

AR-408 Directed Study: Art

Directed study offers students, who because of unusual circumstances may be unable to register for a course when offered, the opportunity to complete an existing course with an established syllabus under the direction and with agreement from a faculty member.

Fall and Spring. 1-3 Credits

AR-455 Thesis Capstone

LASC Categories: CAP

Pre-requisite: Completion of all other major requirements. Students research, design, and create their work for public presentation and evaluation by a faculty board of review. This is the final course in the Art Major and is a requirement for all the majors.

Spring only and every year. 3 Credits

Music Courses

MU-100 Music Fundamentals

LASC Categories: CA

An introduction to the rudiments of music theory, including pitch and rhythmic organization. Emphasis is placed on intervals, major and minor scales, reading and writing rhythm, and chord structures.

Fall and Spring and every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

MU-101 Fundamentals of Music and Aural Skills

LASC Categories: CA

An introduction to reading and writing conventional music notation, the fundamentals of music theory, and basic aural skills. Emphasis will be placed on intervals, scales, chords, rhythmic values, sight-singing, melodic dictation, and aural recognition of intervals and chords.

Every year. 3 Credits

MU-102 Applied Music

Prerequisites: Audition required

Instruments offered: Piano, voice, oboe, clarinet, flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, French horn, violin, viola, cello, bass, percussion, guitar. Instructors for other instruments may be arranged by special request to the Music Department. Private instruction in an instrument or voice, one hour per week. Student fee required. May be repeated. Offered every semester.

Fall and Spring and every year. 1 Credit

MU-104 Class Piano

LASC Categories: CA

Prerequisites: MU-100 or MU-101

Basic piano technique and pedagogy in a group setting of 12 or fewer

Fall and Spring and every year. 1 Credit

MU-106 Class Guitar

An introduction to playing the guitar, including technique, reading tabs and notation, and harmonization of melodies with chords. Solo literature appropriate to the level will be studied. Students are required to provide an instrument.

Fall and Spring and every year. 1 Credit

MU-115 Music Appreciation

LASC Categories: CA

General survey of masterpieces of major composers of various periods in history of music.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

MU-120 Ear Training

Prerequisites: MU-100 or MU-101

An introductory course in the fundamentals of ear-training and sight-singing. Emphasis will be placed on the development of basic melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic aural skills through listening, dictation, and application of solfege.

Every year. 3 Credits

MU-125 Jazz Appreciation

LASC Categories: CA, TLC

Surveys the history of jazz beginning with the earliest roots in the American South to today.

Every year. 3 Credits

MU-140 World Music

LASC Categories: CA

An introducation to music of various cultures and continents including music of Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and India.

Spring only and every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

MU-150 Opera

Analysis of the masterworks of the standard operatic repertoire.

Spring only and every year. 3 Credits

MU-175 Music in America

Survey of music history and literature in America including gospel spirituals, jazz, popular and classical music.

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

MU-185 Composition I

LASC Categories: CA

Prerequisites: MU-100 or MU-101

An introduction to compositional methods and techniques. Students develop personal expression by creating musical works while exploring use of melody, harmony, timbre, rhythm, texture, and tonality within conventional musical forms.

Spring only and every year. 3 Credits

MU-190 Piano Class

LASC Categories: CA

Prerequisites: MU-100 or MU-101

Basic piano proficiency. Class topics will include an introduction to the keyboard, hand position, and music theory. Solo literature appropriate to the level will be studied.

1 Credit

MU-193 Special Topics in Music:First Year Students

LASC Categories: FYS

Introductory level course covering topics of special interest to first-year students. Offered only as a First-Year Seminar.

Every year. 3 Credits

MU-195 Class Guitar

An introduction to playing the guitar, including technique, reading tabs and notation, and harmonization of melodies with chords. solo literature appropriate to the level will be studied. Students are required to provide an instrument.

Every year. 1 Credit

MU-200 Issues in Music

This course deals with topics of special interest, in both seminars and studio environments at an introductory level.

3 Credits

MU-202 Applied Music

Prerequisites: Audition Required

Instruments offered: Piano, voice, oboe, clarinet, flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, French horn, violin, viola, cello, bass, percussion, guitar. Instructors for other instruments may be arranged by special request to the Music Department. Private instruction in an instrument or voice, one hour per week. Student fee required. May be repeated. Offered every semester.

Fall and Spring and other or on demand. 1 Credit

MU-205 Music Theory I

LASC Categories: CA

Prerequisites: MU-100 or 101.

Analysis and application of harmonization techniques using diatonic chords. Further emphasis is placed on voice-leading, figured bass, melodic construction, and embellishing tones.

Spring only and other or on demand. 3 Credits

MU-208 Music Software

Prerequisites: MU-100 or MU-101

A survey of music software including Finale, Sibelius, Logic, GarageBand and other current applications. Students will explore the features of each program relative to notation, composition, arranging, and recording.

Every year. 3 Credits

MU-210 Music Theory II

LASC Categories: CA

Prerequisites: MU-205

Analysis and application of harmonization techniques using diatonic and chromatic chords. Emphasis is placed on voice-leading, non-chord tones, secondary chords, and modulation.

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

MU-213 Music Technology of MIDI Systems and Digital Audio

Prerequisites: MU-100 or knowledge of notation and department consent.

Offers study in MIDI/Digital Audio Systems and electronic music synthesis in a Macintosh environment. Prepares student interested in audio engineering.

Fall only and every year. 3 Credits

MU-215 Chorus and Music Theory

LASC Categories: CA

Prerequisites: Audition Required

Mixed choral repertoire and performance, covering vocal problems and techniques. Introduction to music theory, rhythms, intervals, basic chordal structures, harmonization. Participation in college chorus required.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

MU-220 Chorus

LASC Categories: CA

Prerequisites: MU-215

Mixed Chorus repertoire. May be repeated.

Fall and Spring and every year. 1 Credit

MU-222 African Drumming

LASC Categories: GP, CA, DAC

An exploration of African music and drumming techniques from the culture of Ghana. Students will develop performance skills and present a public performance during the course of the semester.

Every year. 3 Credits

MU-225 Band

LASC Categories: CA

Prerequisites: Audition Required

Study and experience in repertoire and performance. May be repeated.

Fall and Spring and every year. 0.5-1 Credits

MU-226 Band and Music Theory

LASC Categories: CA

Prerequisites: Audition Required

Study and experience in music notation and style of instrumental music. Participation in college band required.

Fall and Spring and other or on demand. 3 Credits

MU-228 Piano Ensemble

LASC Categories: CA

Prerequisites: MU-102 or MU-190

A small ensemble for keyboard players who will learn, explore, and perform four- hand piano repertoire.

Every year. 1 Credit

MU-231 Women in Music

LASC Categories: CA, TLC

A survey of the role of women in music, particularly the great composers from Medieval to Contemporary times.

3 Credits

MU-234 Music of the Baroque Period

The period of 1600-1750 with emphasis on Bach and Handel.

Fall and Spring and other or on demand. 3 Credits

MU-235 Music of the Classical Period

The period 1750-1827; Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

MU-237 Music in the Elementary School

LASC Categories: CA

Discover the benefits of using music to enrich general education from preschool through high school. Develop your own musicianship through learning to use your singing voice, learning to play the recorder, learning to read notation and gaining an overview of western music history.

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

MU-240 Music of the Romantic Period

An examination of Nineteenth Century music, beginning with Beethoven. [MU 140]

Fall and Spring and every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

MU-245 20th Century Music

A comprehensive study and general listener's approach to contemporary music beginning with Impressionism.

Spring only and every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

MU-250 Music of the Cinema:Spectacle, Splendor, And Spielberg

LASC Categories: CA, TLC

An introduction to the role, impact, and importance of music in motion pictures from silent movies through contemporary film.

Spring only. 3 Credits

MU-255 The Golden Era of Piano Music

LASC Categories: CA

A survey of piano music beginning with Beethoven and continuing through the Romantic tradition to the early twentieth century.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

MU-260 Symphonic Music

LASC Categories: CA

A survey of symphonic music beginning with the Classical Period.

Spring only and every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

MU-265 The Concerto

LASC Categories: CA

The concerto from the eighteenth to the twentieth century with emphasis on the development of the piano concerto.

Spring only and every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

MU-270 Music in Horror Films

A survey of scores composed for horror films. Emphasis is placed on the role of music in the genre and the composer's interpretation of various components of screenplays, including narrative, characters, and emotional content.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

MU-275 Computers and Music

Prerequisites: MU-205

An introduction to computer music technologies with emphasis on use of electronics and computers in music composition and performance, Further emphasis will be placed on basic acoustics, perception of sound, application of computer music in experimental genres, digital recording, mixing, fundamentals of sound synthesis and digital signal processing.

Other or on demand and other or on demand. 3 Credits

MU-280 History of Music

A general survey of western art music covering the historical periods of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th Century.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

MU-281 Music History I

LASC Categories: CA

A general historical survey of Western art music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Periods.

Every year. 3 Credits

MU-282 Music History II

LASC Categories: CA

A general survey of Western art music from the Classical and Romantic Periods, and the Twentieth Century.

Every year. 3 Credits

MU-285 Composition II

Prerequisites: MU-185 or MU-204, and MU-205.

A continuation of Composition I. Students will explore methods of tonal composition Emphasis will be placed on melodic writing, harmonization practices, chord substitutions, use of figurations, texture, and timbre in tonal music. Experimentation with rhythmic and metric practices including asymmetry, shifting accents, changing time signatures, and ostinato.

Fall and Spring and every year. 1 Credit

MU-300 Chorale

LASC Categories: CA

Prerequisites: Audition Required

Study and performance of a cappella choral literature from the Middle Ages to contemporary times. May be repeated.

Every year. 1 Credit

MU-302 Applied Music

Prerequisites: Audition Required

Instruments offered: Piano, voice, oboe, clarinet, flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, French horn, violin, viola, cello, bass, percussion, guitar. Instructors for other instruments may be arranged by special request to the Music Department. Private instruction in an instrument or voice, one hour per week. Student fee required. May be repeated. Offered every semester.

Fall only and every year. 1 Credit

MU-305 Music Theory II

LASC Categories: CA

Prerequisites: MU-205

Harmonization of melodies using primary and secondary chords, harmonic analysis of tonal music from the Common Practice Period, including diatonic and chromatic chords, secondary dominants, modulation, and aural skills. An introduction to formal schemes in music including phrase structure, binary and ternary and form, sonata form, and species counterpoint.

Fall only and every year. 3 Credits

MU-310 The American Musical in Performance

Study, rehearsal and performance of a great American musical. Music, acting and dance will all be skills which are developed.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

MU-321 Small Ensemble

LASC Categories: CA

The performance of musical works by a small ensemble. By permission of instructor or audition.

Fall and Spring and every year. 0.5-1 Credits

MU-375 Sound Synthesis

Prerequisites: MU-275

A continuation of MU 275 Computers and Music. Focus on application of sound in composition acoustics and additive synthesis, modulation and waveshaping, signal flow, processing, digital filtering, reverberation, and sample processing.

Other or on demand and other or on demand. 3 Credits

MU-380 Form and Analysis

Prerequisites: MU-210

An introduction to and analysis of the formal structures of music.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

MU-385 Composition III

Prerequisites: MU-285 and MU-305.

An exploration of compositional practices presented during Composition II. Students will compose absolute music in the style of the Common Practice Period as well as work with superimposed chords, shifting tonality, pandiatonicism, large-scale forms, polyrhythms, and polymeter, This course introduces to composing tonal music for non-musical genres including media, video games, incidental music for theater and film.

Fall and Spring and every year. 1 Credit

MU-400 Independent Study in Music

Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor

An opportunity for further study in a special field of interest under faculty supervision.

Fall and Spring and every year. 1-6 Credits

MU-402 Applied Music

Prerequisites: Audition Required

Instruments offered: Piano, voice, oboe, clarinet, flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, French horn, violin, viola, cello, bass, percussion, guitar. Instructors for other instruments may be arranged by special request to the Music Department. Private instruction in an instrument or voice, one hour per week. Student fee required. May be repeated. Offered every semester.

Fall and Spring. 1 Credit

MU-408 Directed Study: Music

Directed study offers students, who because of unusual circumstances may be unable to register for a course when offered, the opportunity to complete an existing course with an established syllabus under the direction and with agreement from a faculty member.

3 Credits

MU-410 Special Topics in Music

This course will allow members of the music faculty to develop courses of special interest. This would include seminars on specific composers or compositions, in both classroom and applied studio enviorments.

3 Credits

MU-485 Composition IV

Prerequisites: MU-385

Compositional techniques of the 20th-century including modality, parallelism, atonality, serialism, electronic music, aleatory, music concrete, and sound synthesis.

Other or on demand. 1 Credit

Theatre Courses

TH-126 Script Analysis

LASC Categories: CA, TLC, DAC

Script analysis for theatre artists. How to take a script from initial reading to production.

3 Credits

TH-145 Acting I

LASC Categories: CA

Introductory acting theory and practice. Students present brief monologues and scenes in class.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

TH-191 Introduction to the Theatre

LASC Categories: CA

An overview of live performance, with the emphasis on audience appreciation. Performance arts and crafts are examined.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

TH-193 Special Topics in Theater:First-Year Students

LASC Categories: FYS

Introductory level course covering topics of special interest to first-year students. Offered only as a First-Year Seminar.

Every year. 3 Credits

TH-236 History of Theatre I

LASC Categories: CA, TLC

Survey of world theatre from Golden Age of Athens to Restoration England including brief overview of Asian theatre.

Fall and Spring and every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

TH-237 History of Theatre II

LASC Categories: TLC, GP, DAC

Survey of western theatre from Eighteenth to Twentieth Century, with reference to roots and development in other world cultures.

Fall and Spring and every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

TH-246 Voice and Movement

Prerequisites: TH-191 and TH-245

Training to strengthen the natural voice, develop diction, learn period movement and develop spatial awareness on and off stage.

Every year. 3 Credits

TH-270 History of American Entertainment I

LASC Categories: CA, USW

An historical survey of American popular entertainments from the Colonial period through the end of the nineteenth century.

Every year. 3 Credits

TH-271 History of American Entertainment II

LASC Categories: CA, USW

An historical survey of American popular entertainments from the rise of film and radio through the great American musicals.

Every year. 3 Credits

TH-272 History of Costume

LASC Categories: CA

The history of clothing from ancient times to the present. Lecture/discussion and a research project on a chosen era or culture.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

TH-275 Introduction to Stagecraft and Design

LASC Categories: CA

Basic theories of scenic, costume, and design with practicum.

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

TH-290 Theatre for Young Audiences

LASC Categories: ICW, CA, DAC

Organization of children's theatre, script selesction, visual design, rehearsal and performance. Investigation of creative drama as a teaching tool in elementary education.

Spring only and other or on demand. 3 Credits

TH-292 Creative Dramatics

LASC Categories: CA, ICW

Principles and techniques of leading improvised dramatic activities with children and adults. Involves sensory awareness, imagination, movement and story dramatizations.

Every year. 3 Credits

TH-321 Rehearsal and Performance

LASC Categories: CA

Public performance of full-length stage productions under faculty direction. Students assume performance and/or production "roles" as described in departmental manual.

Spring only and every year. 3 Credits

TH-345 Acting II

Prerequisites: TH-191 TH-245

Further development of acting skills with emphasis on stage-acting technique.

Every year. 3 Credits

TH-348 Stage Combat

LASC Categories: CA, ICW

Prerequisites: TH-191

Training in armed and unarmed combat for the stage. emphasis will be placed on safety in the choreography of stage fighting.

Every year. 3 Credits

TH-355 Theatre Practicum

Practical work on Theatre production in various areas including acting, design, stage management, construction, etc.

Fall and Spring and every year. 1 Credit

TH-360 Scenic Design for Theatre

LASC Categories: CA

Scenic Design for Theatre will include research, drafting, drawing and rendering, model building and presentation of scenic designs for assigned plays.

Every year. 3 Credits

TH-370 Costume Design for Theatre

LASC Categories: CA

Conceptualization, collaboration, research, figure drawing and rendering, swatching, and presentation of costume designs for assigned plays.

Every year. 3 Credits

TH-380 Directing

Prerequisites: TH-245 and TH-191

Script selection, casting, scene analysis, blocking, rehearsal techniques and other concerns of the theatrical director. Students direct a short scene and short plays.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

TH-390 Lighting Design for Theatre

LASC Categories: CA

Study and exercises in conceptualization, collaboration, design presentation, qualities and functions of light, drafting the light plot, and control of theatrical lighting.

Every year. 3 Credits

TH-399 Special Topics in Theatre

Will include study of topics on an as needed basis, (i.e. in conjunction with a production, or a course for advanced students who wish to pursue further study).

Other or on demand and other or on demand. 3 Credits

TH-408 Directed Study: Theatre

Directed study offers students, who because of unusual circumstances may be unable to register for a course when offered, the opportunity to complete an existing course with an established syllabus under the direction and with agreement from a faculty member.

3 Credits

Visual and Performing Arts Courses

VP-155 First Year Practicum

Students will put into practice interdisciplinary concepts, ideas, and techniques at an experiential level.

Spring only and every year. 1 Credit

VP-191 Special Topics

Introductory course to cover various topics

3 Credits

VP-193 Special Topics in Visual and Performing Arts: First-Year Students

LASC Categories: FYS

Introductory level courses covering topics of special interest to first-year students. Offered only as First-Year Seminar.

Every year. 3 Credits

VP-200 Critical Thinking in the Arts

LASC Categories: CA, TLC, DAC, QAC

The experience of art, music, and theatre to develop individual critical thinking in the similarities and differences among the arts.

Every year. 3 Credits

VP-210 Contemporary Dance Styles I

LASC Categories: CA

The study and movement of dance vocabularies in one or more contemporary and modern styles.

Every year. 3 Credits

VP-255 Second Year Practicum

Prerequisites: VP-155

Students will put into practice interdisciplinary concepts, ideas, and techniques at a exploratory level.

Spring only and every year. 1 Credit

VP-300 Interdisciplinary Arts Seminar

Prerequisites: VP-200

Examines examples of contemporary modes of collaborative, interdisciplinary, and cross-disciplinary works of music, theatre, and visual art.

Fall only and every year. 3 Credits

VP-310 Contemporary Dance Styles II

LASC Categories: CA

Prerequisites: VP-210

The study and movement of contemporary dance vocabularies at the intermediate to advanced level.

Every year. 3 Credits

VP-355 Third Year Practicum

Prerequisites: VP-155 and VP-255

Students will put into practice interdisciplinary concepts, ideas, and techniques at an experimental level.

Spring only and every year. 1 Credit

VP-364 Interdisciplinary Arts Theory

Prerequisites: VP-200

An exploration of interdisciplinary art theory drawing on theories and critical writings from Art, Music, and Theatre from a variety of historical periods.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

VP-365 Interdisciplinary Arts Practice

Prerequisites: VP-364

Examines examples of contemporary modes of interdisciplinary works of music, theatre, and visual art with the goal of developing an individual, creative aesthetic.

Spring only and every year. 3 Credits

VP-375 Special Topics

A course that varies according to specific student and faculty interest.

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

VP-400 Arts Capstone/Senior Thesis

LASC Categories: CAP, WAC

Prerequisites: VP-200 VP-300 EN-102

Students research, design, and create works of art, music, and theatre for public presentation and evaluation by a faculty board of review.

Every year. 3 Credits

VP-405 Independent Study in the Arts

Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor

An opportunity for advanced students to examine topics not ordinarily covered in other arts courses.

Every year. 1-6 Credits

VP-408 Directed Study: Visual & Performing Arts

Directed study offers students, who because of unusual circumstances may be unable to register for a course when offered, the opportunity to complete an existing course with an established syllabus under the direction and with agreement from a faculty member.

3 Credits

VP-410 Special Topics in the Arts

Study of topics not otherwise covered in the curriculum. [Prerequisite: [2 VP courses]

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

VP-435 Internship in the Arts

Advanced students gain practical experience in a working arts environment.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3-12 Credits