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Below are all of the courses you have to choose from in this academic major. Some are required while others are electives. Please view the course catalog to see what is required to earn a degree in this major.


History of Western Art I (SAR 105)

The history of art in Western culture: Prehistoric to Renaissance. Counts toward the Western Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

History of Western Art II (SAR 110)

Baroque to the present. Counts toward the Western Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Drawing (SAR 115)

Concepts of seeing as it relates to drawing; introduction to various drawing media. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Music from 1750 to Present (SMU 270)

Surveys pre-classical, classical, romantic, and 20th century styles in Western music with an emphasis on listening and music research. Writing Intensive course. Spring semester. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in SMU271. Counts toward the Western Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Music from Antiquity to 1750 (SMU 272)

Surveys musical styles of the ancient world, chant, early polyphony, the Renaissance, and the Baroque with an emphasis on listening and music research. Fall semester. Prerequisite: C or better in SMU271. Counts toward the Western Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Introduction to Theatre (STR 110)

A comprehensive introduction to the study of theatre for students who are seeking careers in the profession. Topics include the role of theatre in society, theatre history, play analysis, working relationships among theatre artists, writing for and about the theatre, and the connection between theatre and the liberal arts. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Scenic Technology I (STR 115)

An introduction to techniques, procedures, and equipment employed in constructing the scenery of a theatrical production; including practical experience in creation and reading of drafting, stage and finish carpentry, metalworking and welding, basic theatre rigging, scenery movement and handling, stage properties, scenery finishing, and concepts in structural design. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Costume Technology I (STR 122)

An introduction to the materials and techniques of creating the visual elements of character through costuming. Practical experience in construction of costumes and basic pattern drafting. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.

Costume Technology for Dance (STR 123)

An introduction to the materials and techniques of creating the visual elements of dance through costuming. Practical experience in construction of costumes and basic pattern drafting. Spring semester as needed. Repeatable for credit. 3 credits. Fee.

Production Lab (STR 130)

This semester-long course engages the student in behind-the-scenes work to learn theatre processes and production. Participation in shop and production run crews helps the student to realize the design and technical processes that transform text-based versions of directors and designers into reality on stage for audiences. Fall and spring semesters. Repeatable for credit. 0-1 credit. Fee.

Technology for Performing Arts I (STR 135)

An introductory exploration of techniques, procedures, and equipment employed in creating and implementing the lighting, sound, and media for performing arts events, including practical experience in creation and reading of drafting/plans, hands-on electrical practice, sound reinforcement, console programming, basic theatre rigging, equipment movement and handling, and concepts in theatrical design. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

Acting I (STR 154)

Introduction to theories and techniques of acting through improvisation, theatre games, and scene preparation. Workshop approach emphasizes experiential learning. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Introduction to Theatre Design (STR 215)

A studio course that provides an introduction to theatre as a visual art. Topics include principles and elements of design and color theory and how they apply to scenic, costume, lighting, and sound design for theatre. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.

Scenic Technology II (STR 216)

An advanced exploration of techniques, procedures, and equipment employed in constructing the scenery of a theatrical production. Includes practical experience in creation and reading of drafting, stage and finish carpentry, metalworking and welding, basic theatre rigging, scenery movement and handling, stage properties, scenery finishing, and concepts in structural design. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

Costume Technology II (STR 222)

An advanced study of the materials and techniques of creating the visual elements of character through costuming. Practical experience in construction of costumes and basic pattern drafting. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.

Stage Makeup I (STR 235)

An introduction to the materials and techniques of interpreting and actualizing the visual elements of character using stage makeup. Practical experience in the application of stage makeup and the styling of hair and facial appliances. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Stage Makeup II (STR 236)

An advanced study of the materials and techniques of interpreting and actualizing the visual elements of character using stage makeup. Practical experience in the application of stage makeup and the styling of hair and facial appliances. Prerequisite: STR235. Fall and spring semesters. Repeatable for credit. 3 credits. Fee.

Technology for Performing Arts II (STR 237)

An advanced exploration of techniques, procedures, and equipment employed in creating and implementing the lighting, sound, and media for performing arts events. Includes practical experience in creation and reading of drafting/plans, hands-on electrical practice, sound reinforcement, console programming, basic theatre rigging, equipment movement and handling, and concepts in theatrical design. Prerequisite: STR135. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

Theatre History-Ancients to Renaiss (STR 305)

Survey of the major theatrical and dramatic conventions, practices, theories, and traditions from ancient civilizations through the sixteenth century. Assignments and assessment measures are based on students’ progression of study in theatre history and the major. Prerequisite: STR110. Spring semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Theatre History-Renaissance to Mod (STR 306)

Survey of the major theatrical and dramatic conventions, practices, theories, and traditions from the sixteenth through the late nineteenth centuries. Assignments and assessment measures are based on students’ progression of study in theatre history and the major. Prerequisite: STR110. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Theatre History-Modern to Contemp (STR 307)

Survey of the major theatrical and dramatic conventions, practices, theories, and traditions from the late nineteenth century to the present day. Assignments and assessment measures are based on students’ progression of study in theatre history and the major. Prerequisite: STR110. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Theatre Design: Costumes & Lighting (STR 340)

An introductory course designed to stimulate understanding and application of both the aesthetic and practical aspects of scenery and sound as expressive media of theatrical design. The students learn technology, organization, and design skills and gain insight into the "duties" of designers through practical experiences while strengthening their design vocabulary through projects and discussion. Prerequisite: STR215. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Theatre Design: Scenery & Sound (STR 345)

An introductory course designed to stimulate understanding and application of both the aesthetic and practical aspects of scenery and sound as expressive media of theatrical design. The students learn technology, organization, and design skills and gain insight into the "duties" of designers through practical experiences while strengthening their design vocabulary through projects and discussion. Prerequisite: STR215. Spring semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Directing I (STR 360)

An introduction to the theories and techniques of directing with special emphasis on script analysis and visual aesthetics. Prerequisites: SDA140, STR110, STR150, and STR154. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Internship (STR 430)

Supervised and evaluated work experience in the entertainment industry or in a school or camp setting. Repeatable for credit. Permission required. Variable credit.

Professional Practices (STR 445)

This capstone course for all theatre and dance majors is focused on skill building, self-reflection, and entrepreneurship. Topics covered include arts management, starting up a theatre or dance company, and self-marketing in the field. It is also a course that requires students to demonstrate proficiency in writing for theatre or dance. Writing Intensive course. Prerequisites: STR110, STR154, and STR215. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Advanced Design Studio (STR 450)

Individually scheduled studio course designed to provide practical experience in aesthetic and practical aspects of theatrical design. The student conducts and presents initial concept research; collaborates with a producing artistic team; develops and implements a working design; and documents the finished work in a professional portfolio. Co-requisite: STR130. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

Directing II (STR 461)

This course develops skills and provides practical experience in analyzing, casting, planning, and directing a one-act play for production, and compiling a director’s promptbook. Particular focus is given to developing skills for working with actors. Prerequisite: STR360. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.

Special Topics:Theatre Design/Tech. (STR 480)

In-depth study of and/or practice in a specific area of theatre design and technology. Advanced training for further exploration of particular disciplines. Prerequisite: STR121 or STR122. Repeatable for credit. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits.

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