Course Descriptions

Theatre --- THTR

Course Descriptions

THTR 1101  Introduction to Film   3.0 cr

Helps students understand, appreciate, and enjoy motion pictures from their inception to the present as an art form. A beginning approach to the history, theory, and criticism of the cinema and film industry. The relationship between form and contents is basic to this course. NOTE: FS 1101 and THTR 1101 are co-listed; department should be selected at registration. Credit will be given in only one department.

THTR 1103  International Cinema   3.0 cr

Introduces the student to a study of major world cinemas, including influential filmmakers, screen personalities, and motion pictures. Important films are screened, discussed, and critically evaluated. NOTE: FS 1103 and THTR 1103 are co-listed; department should be selected at registration. Credit will be given in only one department.

THTR 1105  Introduction to Theater   3.0 cr

Helps increase students' understanding of the performing arts. Introduces the student to the history and theory of plays, playwrights, and the various arts and crafts of the theatre. Students will attend three (3) play productions selected by the instructor. Two will be off-campus and one will be the production at the Inver Hills Theatre which will be free for IHCC students.

THTR 1107  Film History I   3.0 cr

Surveys the History of Film from the silent era through the sound era of Classical Hollywood, with special focus on filmmakers, genres, and styles. Influential films are viewed and discussed. NOTE: THTR 1107 and FS 1107 are co-listed; department should be selected at registration. Credit will be given in only one department.

THTR 1108  Film History II   3.0 cr

Surveys the History of Film from the classical studio system to the contemporary American Independents. The focus of the course is on analysis and interpretation of films and evolving national traditions of cinema. Influential films are viewed and discussed.

THTR 1152  Beginning Acting   3.0 cr

Develops student understanding of and skills in the theories and practices of stage acting.

THTR 1157  Theatre Makeup   3.0 cr

Introduces the student to the theory, technique, and application of makeup for the theatre. Emphasis placed on practical application of the makeup.

THTR 1158  Creative Dramatics   3.0 cr

Helps students develop skills in the use of creative drama activities. Skills are to be applied to guide children in the creation and dramatization of poems, stories, historical events, and other literature. Units on children's theatre and puppetry are included.

THTR 1161  Theatre Activities   1.0 cr

Provides students opportunities to participate in a theatre production on campus through acting, set construction, scene painting, lighting, props, makeup, publicity, costuming, and/or stage management. May be repeated to a maximum of four times. Students will engage in a minimum of 30 hours on aspects of play production arranged with the instructor.

THTR 1185  Directing/Acting   2.0 cr

In this practicuum course, students will have the opportunity to learn the basics of directing actors, including choosing scripts, defining character motivation, and working with stage movement and composition. Actors will have the opportunity to practice and develop their skills with novice directors. Students will have the opportunity to both act and direct under the guidance of the Director/Acting instructor. The final project of the course will be an in-class or public performance. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

THTR 2109  Theatre History I   3.0 cr

Surveys theatrical history from its origins to 1700. Major periods and movements of theatre are discussed as they occurred chronologically. Analysis of the period's practices, practitioners, playing space and audience. Prerequisites: Recommended THTR 1105.

THTR 2153  Advanced Acting   3.0 cr

Develops student understanding of and skills in more advanced theories and practices of stage acting. Prerequisites: THTR 1152 or permission from instructor.

THTR 2154  Design for the Theatre   3.0 cr

Introduces the concepts, process, and practices common to the design of scenery, lighting and costume. The study and application of the aesthetic principles and graphic skills involved in all areas of theatrical design. Development of the student's abilities in research methodology, as it applies to design for the theatre. Emphasis on design skills (including CAD programs) as a communication tool in the collaborative process of theatrical production. Prerequisites: Recommended THTR 1105.