Theater, Dance, and Film and Visual Culture Minors

2022 - 2023 Catalog

We have the following degrees:

Dance minor

A minor in dance requires completion of at least 8 courses in dance as follows. In meeting the requirements of this discipline-based minor, a student may not use more than nine credits that are also used to meet the requirements of
another major or minor.

  1. Three credits from DANC 110
  2. DANC 111
  3. One course chosen from DANC 220, 240
  4. Four courses chosen from DANC 120, 202, 215, 225, 230, 233, 250, 292, 390, 402, 422
  5. One course chosen from DANC 190, 220, 240, 330, 340, 390, 403, 423; THTR 131, 209, 251, 253, 336, 338
  1. Three credits from:
  2. Three credits from:

  3. Required course:
    • DANC 111 - University Dance Production
      Credits1
      Prerequisiteinstructor consent

      Participation in any production aspect of a university dance production for a minimum of 36 hours. A journal recording the production process is required.


  4. Once course chosen from:
    • DANC 220 - Dance Composition
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteDANC 120

      A studio course exploring the craft and art of creating dance performances in a variety of styles and contexts. Images, text, music, improvisation and the elements of time, space and energy are examined as sources for dance material leading to individual andgroup choreography.


    • DANC 240 - Contemporary Modern Dance History
      FDRHA
      Credits3

      This course is a study of the manifestations of American modern dance from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Students explore the relationship between dance and developments in U.S. culture and study the innovators of the art form and their techniques, writings, and art works through readings, video and lectures.


  5. Four courses chosen from:
    • DANC 120 - Introduction to Contemporary Modern Dance
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      This course combines the exploration of individual and ensemble artistic expression in contemporary modern dance with the study of the history of modern dance.


    • DANC 202 - Dance Europe
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits4

      Contemporary modern dance is an art form that explores questions about the body, identity, and globalization. Choreographers experiment with their craft by examining the way in which we relate to the world around us. The globalization of dance leads to cultural interchange and critical thinking about our place in a larger society and includes an exchange of styles and ideas and a cultural reflection on how and why dance is made. Globalism creates a rich artistic atmosphere and contributes to a wide variety of styles. Students travel to the four centers of contemporary modern dance in Europe: Paris, London, Amsterdam, Brussels. We explore contemporary aesthetics of particular regions, how culture influences movement choices, and the new ways in which European audiences are adapting to new forms of expression.


    • DANC 215 - World Dance Technique
      Credits2

      This dance class reflects the world dance form that is the specialty of the dance artist-in-residence. The basic dance techniques of that specific form are taught and movement is tied to the historical narrative of the country.


    • DANC 225 - Intermediate Contemporary Modern Dance Technique
      Credits2

      A studio course devoted to refining effort/shape values and pursuing performance quality phrasing and style in Horton modern dance technique. Students investigate self-directed reverse combinations, deconstruct movement phrases into sequential elements, and practice listening to the body by connecting movement phrases with kinesthetic experiences.


    • DANC 230 - Musical-Theater Dance Technique
      Credits2

      A studio exploration of choreography in musical theater from the 1940s to the present. Composition, theme, and form are discussed in concert with practical work in restaging historically significant musical dance choreographies. Of particular interest are the choreographers' styles and the many dance techniques prevalent in musical theater.


    • DANC 233 - Movement for Actors
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      This course exams an array of methods that provide a vocabulary for thinking about, acting upon, and talking about movement and gesture and the physical integration of voice, breath, speech, and movement. We explore Alexander Technique and create an awareness of physical habits of 'misuse' and transform them by focusing on breathing and vocal work. Students examine viewpoints as a method for vocabulary to discuss work and as a tool for creating it. Laban Movement Analysis looks at these same concepts as a language for interpreting and documenting human movement. Class meetings include lecture, studio work, and individual projects.


    • DANC 250 - Aerial Dance Techniques
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3
      Prerequisiteinstructor consent

      This course examines a unique array of techniques from across the aerial arts and a diversity of experimental approaches to movement in the air. The history of the form as well as lineage of style and current techniques are expressed through lecture, studio work, required readings and videos, masterclasses, performances, and written responses.


    • DANC 292 - Ballet Technique
      Credits2

      This studio course is devoted to the practice of classical ballet technique and to the exploration of classical and contemporary ballet in performance.


    • DANC 390 - Special Topics
      Credits3-4

      Selected studies in dance with a focus on history, choreography, technique or performance. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.


    • DANC 402 - Directed Individual Study
      Credits2
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent

      Students enrich their academic experience by undertaking a performance project. Students must demonstrate ability to work with little supervision and must develop a written proposal defining the issue to be addressed, an outline of the proposed methodology, and a statement of the intended outcome with a schedule for completion. The project must include written, historical, and practical components, and permission must be secured in advance of registration. May be repeated for up to 12 credits.


    • DANC 422 - Directed Independent Research
      Credits2
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent

      Students will enrich their academic experience by pursuing advanced study in a specialized area of dance. Permission to undertake directed individual research is a privilege granted to students who have demonstrated their ability to work with little supervision. The student wishing to undertake the class must develop a three- to five-page written proposal that includes the problem or issue to be addressed, an outline of the proposed methodology to be used in executing the research, and a statement of the intended outcome with a schedule for completing it. Student must secure approval for the research by the faculty advisor of the project. May be repeated for credit.


  6. Once course chosen from:
    • DANC 190 - Special Topics in Dance
      FDRHA
      Credits3

      An introductory studio course that include selected studies in dance with a focus on history, choreography, performance or production. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.


    • DANC 220 - Dance Composition
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteDANC 120

      A studio course exploring the craft and art of creating dance performances in a variety of styles and contexts. Images, text, music, improvisation and the elements of time, space and energy are examined as sources for dance material leading to individual andgroup choreography.


    • DANC 240 - Contemporary Modern Dance History
      FDRHA
      Credits3

      This course is a study of the manifestations of American modern dance from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Students explore the relationship between dance and developments in U.S. culture and study the innovators of the art form and their techniques, writings, and art works through readings, video and lectures.


    • DANC 330 - Experiential Anatomy
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent

      A study of human motion as it relates to the locomotor and physical activities of the dancer. The course covers the planes of the body; vocabulary of the skeleton; and specific muscles, their actions, and how they relate to the dancer's body. Injury prevention through alignment and proper movement is considered, as well as the reversal of body alienation. Attention is given to the application of course information to technique class and performance.


    • DANC 340 - Contemporary Dance Observation and Analysis
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3
      Prerequisiteinstructor consent

      The observation and analysis of live and recorded contemporary dance focusing on the work of emerging and established choreographers. Exploration of methods for describing the moving body in space. Emphasis is placed on the written and verbal critique of contemporary dance in performance.


    • DANC 390 - Special Topics
      Credits3-4

      Selected studies in dance with a focus on history, choreography, technique or performance. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.


    • DANC 403 - Directed Individual Study
      Credits3
      Prerequisiteinstructor consent

      Students enrich their academic experience by undertaking a performance project. Students must demonstrate ability to work with little supervision and must develop a written proposal defining the issue to be addressed, an outline of the proposed methodology, and a statement of the intended outcome with a schedule for completion. The project may include written, historical, and practical components. Maybe repeated for up to 12 credits.


    • THTR 131 - Fundamentals of Theater Art
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      An introduction to modern theater practice involving two hours of lecture per week and participation of approximately 45-60 hours of work in a large-scale production spread throughout the term. A practical course, emphasizing scene-craft, stage lighting, and prop making. The student applies the methods and theories discussed in class to work on actual productions.


    • THTR 209 - Stage Management
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      Stage management is an essential position for all theatrical productions. Students develop personal management style through the study of techniques and skill sets necessary to manage and run stage and film productions. Students hone their management techniques by applying management solutions to specific production problems of a theatrical, dance, or film project produced by the department. Students are required to participate in a production in a stage-management capacity.


    • THTR 251 - Introduction to Performance Design
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      An introduction to the history, fundamentals and aesthetics of design for theater and dance with an emphasis on the collaborative nature of the design disciplines. Design projects are required.


    • THTR 253 - Digital Production
      FDRHA
      Credits3

      Digital technologies and multimedia interaction are increasingly utilized to produce, enhance, and innovate theatrical production. Students examine and experiment with various digital technologies as they relate to theater and dance performance. Students create digital audio, video, design rendering, and animation projects for theatrical performances.


    • THTR 336 - Lighting Design
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      A study of the practice of stage lighting, focusing on styles of production, historical methods and artistic theory. Culminates in a light design for a public theatrical production.


    • THTR 338 - Costume Design
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      A study of stage costuming with emphasis on design and construction. The course includes lecture and lab sessions.


    • DANC 423 - Directed Independent Research
      Credits3
      Prerequisiteinstructor consent

      Students will enrich their academic experience by pursuing advanced study in a specialized area of dance. Permission to undertake directed individual research is a privilege granted to students who have demonstrated their ability to work with little supervision. The student wishing to undertake the class must develop a three- to five-page written proposal that includes the problem or issue to be addressed, an outline of the proposed methodology to be used in executing the research, and a statement of the intended outcome with a schedule for completing it. Student must secure approval for the research by the faculty advisor of the project.


Film and Visual Culture minor

A minor in film and visual culture requires completion of 18 credits from six courses. In meeting the requirements of this interdisciplinary minor, a student must use at least nine (9) credits not also used to meet the requirements of any other major(s) or minor.

1. Introductory course: ENGL 233 or FILM 233
2. Capstone course: FILM 413 or other departmental directed study (e.g., 403) approved in advance by the department head of Theater, Dance,and Film Studies
3. Four additional courses from the following, with at least one in each of the three categories.

a. Film Courses: EALL 215; FILM 236, 285, 321 (ENGL 321); FREN 274; JOUR 212; POL 292; SOAN 225 and, when appropriate, ARTH 295; ENGL 292, 293, 295, 413; FILM 195, 196, 403, 423; LIT 295; ITAL 295; ROML 296; SPAN 290, 295

b. Visual Culture and Analysis Courses: ARTH 200, 244, 255, 258, 261, 262, 263, 264, 266, 267, 274, 356, 364; ARTS 223; DANC 220, 240, 340; CHEM 156; FREN 331; HIST 105; JOUR 319, 241, 270; PHIL 264; POL 290; REL 153; and when appropriate, FILM 403, 423

c. Production Courses: ARTS 111, 112, 120, 131, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 223, 224; DANC 120; FILM 222 (THTR 222), 237S, 238, 252S, 255; THTR 121, 141, 222 (FILM 222), 235, 241, 242, 251, 253, 297, 336, 337, 338, 361; and, when appropriate, FILM 195,403

  1. Introductory course:
  2.  

    • ENGL 233 - Introduction to Film
      FDRHL Literature Distribution
      Credits3
      Prerequisitecompletion of FDR:FW requirement

      Same as FILM 233. An introductory study of film taught in English and with a topical focus on texts from a variety of global film-making traditions. At its origins, film displayed boundary-crossing international ambitions, and this course attends to that important fact, but the course's individual variations emphasize one national film tradition (e.g., American, French, Indian, British, Italian, Chinese, etc.) and, within it, may focus on major representative texts or upon a subgenre or thematic approach. In all cases, the course introduces students to fundamental issues in the history, theory, and basic terminology of film.


    • or

    • FILM 233 - Introduction to Film
      FDRHL Literature Distribution
      Credits3
      Prerequisitecompletion of FDR:FW requirement

      Same as ENGL 233. An introductory study of film taught in English and with a topical focus on texts from a variety of global film-making traditions. At its origins, film displayed boundary-crossing international ambitions, and this course attends to that important fact, but the course's individual variations emphasize one national film tradition (e.g., American, French, Indian, British, Italian, Chinese, etc.) and, within it, may focus on major representative texts or upon a subgenre or thematic approach. In all cases, the course introduces students to fundamental issues in the history, theory, and basic terminology of film.


  3. Capstone course:
  4.  

    • FILM 413 - Research and Writing Film Capstone
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteFILM 233 and 9 credits contributing to the Film Studies minor

      A collaborative group research, writing, and/or production project for junior or senior minors, conducted in supervising faculty members' areas of expertise, with directed independent study culminating in a substantial final project. Possible topics include global and national film, focused treatments of auteur-directors or genres, film and psychology, film and technological change, film and painting, original film production.


    • or other departmental directed study (e.g., 403) approved in advance by the department head of Theater, Dance,and Film Studies

  5. Four additional course from the following, with at least one in each of the three categories.
  6.  

  7. Film Courses:
  8.  

    • EALL 215 - East Asian Cinema
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits4

      This course provides an introduction to and overview of contemporary East Asian cinema, including the Chinese-language cinemas of the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, and those of Japan and Korea. It focuses on the flourishing cinema of East Asia since the 1980s and provides a solid foundation in the successes and dominant tendencies of contemporary East Asian cinema and culture. Among the aims of the course are examining ways in which the contemporary East Asian cinemas and cultures are in dialogue with one another and looking at specific conditions and cultural forces at work in each unique case. The course also explores how the cinemas of East Asia reflect the changing cultural, economic, historical, political and social conditions of each country and how these cinemas and cultures are part of a larger redefinition of the idea of a national culture. Screenings and readings consist of exemplary works from each East Asian culture, organized around specific motifs, such as history, memory, identity, communication, love, and death.


    • FILM 236 - Science Fiction & Fantasy: From Page to Screen and Beyond
      FDRHL
      Credits4

      Film, almost from origins, has been fascinated by the evocation of fantasy worlds and by the effort to imagine and represent future worlds filled with technological marvels.(Film is, of course, a medium obsessed by its own technological improvements from sound and color to 30 and virtual reality.) From such major directors as Lang and Kubrick to Lucas and Spielberg, science fiction has attracted some of the finest and most innovative directors. In this course, we study major examples of this phenomenon along with the technological history and philosophical speculations contributing to it.


    • FILM 285 - Music in the Films of Stanley Kubrick
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits4

      Same as MUS 285. How does music add power and meaning to a film? What are the connections between the flow of music and the flow of a dramatic narrative? How does music enhance visual images? The course will focus on the pre-existent classical compositions chosen by Stanley Kubrick for his movies 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), A Clockwork Orange (1971), Barry Lyndon (1975), and The Shining (1980).


    • FILM 321 - Celluloid Shakespeare

      (ENGL 321)

      FDRHL Literature Distribution
      Credits4

      Same as ENGL 321. The films adapted from or inspired by William Shakespeare's plays are a genre unto themselves. We study a selection of films, not focused on their faithfulness to the original playscript but on the creative choices and meanings of the distinct medium of film. We see how the modern era has transmuted the plays through the lens of contemporary sensibility, politics, and cultureâ€"and through the new visual mode of film storytelling. We hear reports from students about additional films to expand the repertoire of films we study and enjoy.


    • JOUR 338 - The Documentary
      Credits3
      Prerequisitejunior class standing

      A critical study of the documentary in film and television, with analysis of prominent directors and genres.


    • POL 292 - Topics in Politics and Film
      FDRSS2 Social Science - Group 2 Distribution
      Credits4

      This course examines how film and television present political issues and themes.


    • SOAN 225 - Peoples of Central Europe Through Literature and Film
      FDRSS4 Social Science - Group 4 Distribution
      Credits4

      This course provides basic information about the citizens of Central European nations of Poland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary. Beliefs, attitudes, and value systems of the people of Central Europe are examined against the backdrop of major historical events of the 20th century. Core textbook readings are supplemented by feature films, video materials, novels, short stories, plays, and poetry. Class discussions focus on interpreting these works of art in the context of comparative historical-sociological analysis of the Polish, Czech, and Hungarian cultures and societies.


    • and, when appropriate,

    • ARTH 295 - Special Topics in Art History
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3-4

      Selected topics in art history with written and oral reports.


    • ENGL 292 - Topics in British Literature
      FDRHL Literature Distribution
      Credits3
      Prerequisitecompletion of FDR:FW requirement

      British literature, supported by attention to historical and cultural contexts. Versions of this course may survey several periods or concentrate on a group of works from a short span of time or focus on a cultural phenomenon. Students develop their analytical writing skills through both short papers and a final multisource research paper.


    • ENGL 293 - Topics in American Literature
      FDRHL Literature Distribution
      Credits3-4
      Prerequisitecompletion of FDR:FW requirement

      Studies in American literature, supported by attention to historical contexts. Versions of this course may survey several periods or concentrate on a group of works from a short span of time. Students develop their analytical writing skills in a series of short papers.


    • ENGL 295 - Spring-Term Seminar in Literary Studies
      FDRHL Literature Distribution
      Credits3-4
      Prerequisitecompletion of FDR:FW requirement

      Students in this course study a group of works related by theme, by culture, by topic, by genre, or by the critical approach taken to the texts. Involves field trips, film screenings, service learning, and/or other special projects, as appropriate, in addition to 8-10 hours per week of class meetings.


    • ENGL 413 - Senior Research and Writing
      Credits3
      Prerequisiteinstructor consent

      A collaborative group research and writing project for senior majors, conducted in supervising faculty members' areas of expertise, with directed independent study culminating in a substantial final project. Possible topics include ecocriticism, literature and psychology, material conditions of authorship, and documentary poetics.


    • FILM 195 - Topics in Film Studies
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3-4
      Prerequisitecompletion of FDR:FW requirement

      Selected topic in film studies, focused on one or more of film history, theory, production, or screenwriting.


    • FILM 196 - Topics in Film and Literature
      FDRHL Literature Distribution
      Credits3-4
      Prerequisitecompletion of FDR:FW requirement

      Selected topics in film and literature.


    • FILM 403 - Directed Individual Study
      Credits3
      Prerequisiteinstructor consent

      Students enrich their academic experience by undertaking a performance project. Students must demonstrate ability to work with little supervision and must develop a written proposal defining the issue to be addressed, an outline of the proposed methodology, and a statement of the intended outcome with a schedule for completion. The project must include written, historical, and practical components, and permission must be secured in advance of registration. May be repeated for up to 12 credits.


    • FILM 423 - Directed Individual Research
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent

      Students enrich their academic experience by pursuing advanced study in a specialized area of film and visual culture. Permission to undertake directed individual research is a priveleage granted to those students who have demonstrated their ability to work with little supervision. The student wishing to undertake this class must develop a three- to five-page written proposal that includes the problem or issue to be addressed, an outline of the proposed methodology to be used in executing the research, and a statement of the intended outcome with a schedule for completion. Student must be secure approval for the research by the faculty adviser of the project. May be repeated for up to 12 credits.


    • ITAL 295 - Topics in Italian Culture
      FDRHL Literature Distribution
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteITAL 163

      A second-year topics course focusing on issues and texts related to Italian literature and culture. All discussion, writing, and exercises are in Italian.


    • LIT 295 - Special Topics in Literature in Translation
      FDRHL Literature Distribution
      Credits3-4
      Prerequisitecompletion of FDR:FW requirement

      A selected topic focusing on a particular author, genre, motif or period in translation. The specific topic is determined by the interests of the individual instructor.


    • ROML 296 - Spring-Term Topics in Romance Languages
      Credits4

      Nature and content of the course is determined by the interests of the instructor(s) and student(s).


    • SPAN 290 - Topics in Latin American Culture and Literature
      Credits4

      This course offers students the opportunity to further their knowledge of the culture and literature of a specific Latin American country, and their awareness of Latin America in general, through the study of special cultural and literary topics. Readings, discussions, and assignments occur primarily in Spanish.


    • SPAN 295 - Special Topics in Conversation
      Credits3-4
      PrerequisiteSPAN 162 or SPAN 164

      Further development of listening and speaking skills necessary for advanced discussion. Acquisition of both practical and topic-specific vocabulary. Appropriate writing and reading assignments, related to the topic, accompany the primary emphasis on conversational skills. Recent topics include: Hispanic Cinema and La Prensa.


  9. Visual Culture and Analysis Courses:
  10.  

    • ARTH 200 - Greek Art & Archaeology
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      Same as CLAS 200. An introduction to ancient Greek art and archaeology. We encounter some of the greatest works of art in human history, as we survey the development of painting, sculpture, architecture, and town planning of the ancient Greeks. We encounter the history of the people behind the objects that they left behind, from the material remains of the Bronze Age palaces and Classical Athenian Acropolis to the world created in the wake of Alexander the Great's conquests. We also consider how we experience the ancient Greek world today through archaeological practice, cultural heritage, and the antiquities trade.


    • ARTH 255 - Northern Renaissance Art
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      A survey of Northern painting from 1300 to 1600, examined as symbols of political, religious, and social concerns of painters, patrons, and viewers. Among the artists covered are Campin, van Eyck, van der Weyden, Dürer, Holbein, and Brueghel. Emphasis placed on interpretation of meaning and visual analysis.


    • ARTH 258 - Baroque and Rococo Art
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      A survey of the art and architecture that focuses on the stylistic and ideological issues shaping western Europe during 17th and 18th centuries.


    • ARTH 261 - History of Photography
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      An art-historical introduction to the history of photography, from its origins in the 19th century to the present day. Lectures and discussions examine photography's aesthetic, documentary, and scientific purposes; important contributors to photography and its history; the evolution of the camera and related technical processes; and issues of photographic theory and criticism. Photography is considered as a medium with its own rich history - bearing in mind stylistic shifts and changes in subject matter related to aesthetic, social, and cultural concerns - but also as a key component in the wider narrative of modern art.


    • ARTH 262 - 19th-Century European Art
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      This course begins in the late 18th century and covers major European art movements and criticism up to c.1900. Topics include the art of the French Revolution as an instrument of propaganda; the rise of Romanticism; the advent and impact of early photography; and the aesthetic and ideological origins of Modern Art.


    • ARTH 263 - 20th-Century European Art
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      This course covers major European art movements and criticism from the late 19th century through the 20th century. Lectures and discussions explore the implications of what it means for art to be/appear modern," the social and aesthetic goals of the early avant-garde, the "rise and fall" of abstraction, and artistic responses to post-war mass culture. Movements discussed include Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, Dada, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and New Realism."


    • ARTH 264 - Surrealism
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      Surrealism was one of the most multi-faceted and influential intellectual movements of the 20th century with a legacy and practice that continues today. This seminar examines the key writings and ideas that underlie surrealism with a focus on its artistic practice. We will consider works by artists including Salvador Dalí, René Magritte, and Max Ernst; watch surrealist films; discuss the significance of dreams; and play surrealist games of chance.


    • ARTH 266 - American Art to 1945
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      A survey of painting and sculpture in the United States from its earliest settlement to about 1945. Lectures and discussions emphasize the English eastern seaboard development in the 17th and 18th centuries, though other geographical areas are included in the 19th and 20th centuries. Topics include art of the early colonies, the Hudson River School, Realism and Regionalism, and the reception of abstract art in the United States.


    • ARTH 267 - Art Since 1945
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      This course introduces students to art and art theory from 1945 to the present. The objectives of the course are: (1) to enhance student knowledge of the major works, artists, and movements of art in Europe and the United States since 1945; (2) to integrate these works of art within the broader social and intellectual history of the period; and (3) to help students develop their skills in visual analysis and historical interpretation. Among the issues we examine are the politics of abstract art; the ongoing dialogue between art and mass culture; the differences between modernism and postmodernism; and contemporary critiques of art history's prevailing narratives. This is a lecture course with a heavy emphasis on in-class discussion.


    • ARTH 274 - Art and Revolution: Mexican Muralism
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      A survey of public monumental art produced by Mexican artists Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros in Mexico and the United States from 1910 to the 1970s. Lectures focus on art that promotes social ideals and the role that art played in building a new national consciousness in Mexico. Students also examine the impact of Mexican muralism throughout Latin America and the United States.


    • ARTH 356 - Science in Art: Technical Examination of 17th-Century Dutch Paintings
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits4
      Prerequisiteinstructor consent

      A survey of 17th-century Dutch history, art history, politics, religion, economics, etc., which links the scientific analysis of art to the art and culture of the time. The course begins on campus and then history, etc., will occur for a few days in Lexington and then proceed to Center for European Studies, Universiteit Maastricht, The Netherlands. Students visit numerous museums, hear guest lectures from faculty at Universiteit Maastricht, and observe at conservation laboratories at some of the major Dutch art museums. Students are graded by their performance on two research projects involving presentations and journals. Though students are not required to learn a world language to participate in the program, they are expected to learn key phrases in Dutch as a matter of courtesy to citizens of the host country.


    • ARTH 364 - Seminar on Art of the 1960s
      FDRHA
      Credits3

      An exploration of the art produced during the decade of the 1960s. A seminal period, it includes Pop Art, Post-Painterly Abstraction, Minimalism, and socially conscious and politically oriented art reflecting feminism and black radicalism. Emphasis is placed not only on the major artistic currents of the period but also on the broader cultural reflections of these movements. .


    • ARTS 223 - Paris: History, Image, Myth
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits4
      Prerequisiteinstructor consent

      Participants in this course spend four weeks in Paris asking the following questions: how can photography capture Parisian life and Parisian spaces to document a sense of place? How can we use photography to observe the city's changing landscape as well as understand its rich past? Indeed, how has photography--the development of which is closely tied to Paris' history--altered the fabric of the city? Topics include the social and political transformations of the 19th century, the shifting geography of artistic Paris, and contemporary trends such as immigration and gentrification. Numerous museum and gallery visits will also play an important role in our time in Paris. This course is taught in close collaboration with HIST 210, creating an interdisciplinary context for students to explore the relationship of photography to the modern history and contemporary issues of Paris.


    • DANC 220 - Dance Composition
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteDANC 120

      A studio course exploring the craft and art of creating dance performances in a variety of styles and contexts. Images, text, music, improvisation and the elements of time, space and energy are examined as sources for dance material leading to individual andgroup choreography.


    • DANC 240 - Contemporary Modern Dance History
      FDRHA
      Credits3

      This course is a study of the manifestations of American modern dance from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Students explore the relationship between dance and developments in U.S. culture and study the innovators of the art form and their techniques, writings, and art works through readings, video and lectures.


    • DANC 340 - Contemporary Dance Observation and Analysis
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3
      Prerequisiteinstructor consent

      The observation and analysis of live and recorded contemporary dance focusing on the work of emerging and established choreographers. Exploration of methods for describing the moving body in space. Emphasis is placed on the written and verbal critique of contemporary dance in performance.


    • CHEM 156 - Science in Art
      FDRSC Science, Math, CS Distribution
      Credits3
      Prerequisiteinstructor consent

      This course develops students' fundamental understanding of certain physical, chemical, biological, and geological concepts and utilizes that vocabulary and knowledge to discuss 17th-century Dutch art. The emphasis is on key aspects of optics, light, and chemical bonding needed to understand how a painting works and how art conservators analyze paintings in terms of conservation and authenticity, using techniques such as X-ray radiography, X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, Raman microscopy, infrared spectroscopy, infrared microscopy, infrared reflectography, gas chromatography, liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, UV-vis spectroscopy, UV photography, and laser ablation methods. When possible, the course develops modern notions of science with those of the 17th century in order to see how 17th-century science influenced 17th-century art.


    • FREN 331 - Etudes thématiques
      FDRHL Literature Distribution
      Credits3
      Prerequisite3 French courses numbered between 200 and 299

      This course gives students a general knowledge of the evolution of French literature and ideas over the centuries through the study of one main theme. Recent offerings include: L'Exil; Regards sur la ville; Le dépaysement; Le voyage dans la literature française; L'esprit critique au XVIIIe siècle.


    • HIST 105 - Scenes from Chinese History
      FDRHU Humanities Distribution
      Credits3

      Film is one of the 20th century's most influential forms of mass communication and, consequently, has been one medium for the creation and maintenance of nation-states. In this sense, no film can be considered as mere entertainment entirely divorced from the social, political, economic and, ultimately, historical context in which it was produced. This is particularly true of modern nation-states invented during the 20th century like the People's Republic of China (PRC). This course is intended to explore how contemporary PRC cinema has interpreted Chinese history, as represented by some of that history's pre-PRC milestones of conflict in the Qin and Qing dynasties as well as the Republican period. Students evaluate the films critically as historical products of their own times as well as current historical narratives of the past by examining each event through a pair of films produced at different times in PRC history. Students also examine post-1949 changes in China and its interpretation of its pre-1949 history, and so, by seeing how a country interprets its history at a given time.


    • JOUR 270 - Digital Media and Society
      Credits3

      Facebook, YouTube, and iPhones are popular, if not essential elements in college students' busy lives. Being born into the digital age, students have grown up with profound and rapidly changing media and communication technologies, yet likely take them for granted. This course takes an in-depth look at digital media, exploring the relationship between technology and social change. The concept of technological determinism guides our examination of social networking, online news/information, digital entertainment, and health online.


    • PHIL 264 - Aesthetics
      FDRHU Humanities Distribution
      Credits3

      This course offers a wide-ranging, reflective overview of contemporary debates in the philosophy of art. We discuss the following kinds of questions: How are artistic experience and value interrelated? In what does beauty consist? What is the nature of aesthetic experience? Should we value works of art for what we can learn from them? How do pictures represent? What constitutes artistic expression? In what ways is the imagination involved in engaging with artworks? Can emotional responses to fiction be genuine and rational? Is artistic intention relevant to the interpretation of artworks? Are there general principles of aesthetic evaluation? What are the relations between the moral and aesthetic values of art?


    • POL 290 - Seminar in Politics, Literature and the Arts
      FDRSS2 Social Science - Group 2 Distribution
      Credits3

      In this course, we study how literature, film, and other media are used to examine political themes and how they are used to achieve political ends. We address how politics shapes the arts and how the arts shape politics.


    • REL 153 - Jesus in Fact, Fiction, and Film
      FDRHU Humanities Distribution
      Credits3

      A study of representations of Jesus in history, fiction, and film and the ways in which they both reflect and generate diverse cultural identities from antiquity to the present. The course begins with the historical Jesus and controversies about his identity in antiquity and then focuses on parallel controversies in modern and postmodern fiction and film. Readings include early Christian literature (canonical and non-canonical), several modern novels and works of short fiction, and theoretical works on the relationship of literature to religion. In addition, we study several cinematic treatments of Jesus dating from the beginnings of filmmaking to the present.


    • and when appropriate,

    • FILM 403 - Directed Individual Study
      Credits3
      Prerequisiteinstructor consent

      Students enrich their academic experience by undertaking a performance project. Students must demonstrate ability to work with little supervision and must develop a written proposal defining the issue to be addressed, an outline of the proposed methodology, and a statement of the intended outcome with a schedule for completion. The project must include written, historical, and practical components, and permission must be secured in advance of registration. May be repeated for up to 12 credits.


    • FILM 423 - Directed Individual Research
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent

      Students enrich their academic experience by pursuing advanced study in a specialized area of film and visual culture. Permission to undertake directed individual research is a priveleage granted to those students who have demonstrated their ability to work with little supervision. The student wishing to undertake this class must develop a three- to five-page written proposal that includes the problem or issue to be addressed, an outline of the proposed methodology to be used in executing the research, and a statement of the intended outcome with a schedule for completion. Student must be secure approval for the research by the faculty adviser of the project. May be repeated for up to 12 credits.


  11. Production Courses:
  12.  

    • ARTS 111 - Drawing I
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3
      Prerequisiteinstructor consent

      Development of skills and visual awareness through the study of the basic elements of drawing. Variety of media, including pencil, charcoal, ink and crayon.


    • ARTS 112 - Drawing II
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteARTS 111

      Continuation of Drawing I.


    • ARTS 120 - Photography I
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3
      Prerequisiteinstructor consent

      An introduction to the methods and materials of photography, with an emphasis on composition, exposure, and light. The course includes a combination of image presentations, technical demonstrations, studio instruction, and group critiques.


    • ARTS 131 - Design I
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3
      Prerequisiteinstructor consent

      An introduction to the elements and concepts of two-dimensional design within the context of current digital technology, with an emphasis on contemporary computer software programs.


    • ARTS 217 - Painting I
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3
      Prerequisiteinstructor consent

      Emphasis on color, design and spatial relationships. Work from observation and imagination in oil and acrylic.


    • ARTS 218 - Painting II
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteARTS 217

      Continuation of ARTS 217.


    • ARTS 219 - Painted Light: Interpreting the Landscape
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits4
      PrerequisiteARTS 217

      This course begins with the introduction of en plein air , a French expression which means "in the open air" and is used to describe the act of painting outdoors. We examine artists who have worked en plein air , past and present, study their work and methods, and then apply this knowledge to painting outdoors. Emphasis is on the way light and color define form and space. Students build on their knowledge of color theory through observation and implementation. Beginning with the concept of plein air, we quickly branch out to more interpretive and subjective uses of the landscape in painting, resulting in a cohesive body of work.


    • ARTS 220 - Photography II
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteARTS 120

      An introduction to digital photography, explored through a combination of technique and creative problem solving. Methods and approaches for editing, sequencing, and presentation are investigated. The course includes a combination of demonstrations, studio instruction, and group critiques, as well as image presentations, readings, and discussions related to historical and contemporary movements in the medium.


    • ARTS 221 - Antique Photographic Processes
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteARTS 120 or ARTS 121

      An exploration of 19th-century photographic processes within the context of the history of photography. Individual processes are learned through studio demonstration and intensive hands-on lab sessions. Processes covered in this course include salt printing, cyanotype, Van Dyke, kallitype, and platinum and palladium printing and toning, as well as wet plate collodion processes such as tintypes and ambrotypes. Students learn how to make enlarged digital negatives for contact printing from photographs that originate in either film or digital formats. In addition to technique, students learn the historical background of each process, as well as contemporary trends and artists working with these methods.


    • ARTS 223 - Paris: History, Image, Myth
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits4
      Prerequisiteinstructor consent

      Participants in this course spend four weeks in Paris asking the following questions: how can photography capture Parisian life and Parisian spaces to document a sense of place? How can we use photography to observe the city's changing landscape as well as understand its rich past? Indeed, how has photography--the development of which is closely tied to Paris' history--altered the fabric of the city? Topics include the social and political transformations of the 19th century, the shifting geography of artistic Paris, and contemporary trends such as immigration and gentrification. Numerous museum and gallery visits will also play an important role in our time in Paris. This course is taught in close collaboration with HIST 210, creating an interdisciplinary context for students to explore the relationship of photography to the modern history and contemporary issues of Paris.


    • ARTS 224 - Color Photography
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteARTS 120

      An exploration of the visual and technical principles of color photography, as applied in the digital realm. Students learn the concepts of color photography through studio projects, as well as image presentations, readings, and discussions of methods and artists, historical and contemporary. Students photograph in digital format and learn the craft of fine color printing in the digital darkroom.


    • DANC 120 - Introduction to Contemporary Modern Dance
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      This course combines the exploration of individual and ensemble artistic expression in contemporary modern dance with the study of the history of modern dance.


    • FILM 222 - Writing for the Screen and Stage
      FDRHL Literature Distribution
      Credits3

      This course focuses on the creating dramatic works for the stage and the screen. Students learn how to create a core message and idea; from that foundation, they practice building strong plot, bold characters, effective dialogue, and descriptive writing for these visual mediums. Writing techniques, structure, and styles will be taught through readings, lectures, in-class writing exercises, small group activities, and student presentations.


    • FILM 237S - Field Documentary
      FDRHA
      Credits4
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent

      Experiential Learning. Taught by W&L faculty at the University of Cape Coast as part of the W&L in Ghana program. This course teaches students how to research, conceptualize and develop a non-fiction story idea into a film. Students receive instruction on effective research strategies, idea development, production planning, and proposal writing and pitching. They learn the theoretical, aesthetic, and technical principles of non-linear editing for documentary. Principally, students are taught how to: digitize and organize source material, create basic effects and titles, develop sequences, and organize and edit their raw materials into a polished final product. In addition to making films, we screen various documentaries, analyze the techniques, and put them to use in our own creation and editing.


    • FILM 238 - Documentary Filmmaking
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      Skills for creating effective documentary films. The topic varies for each term's documentary. Students work collaboratively to create the documentary from the seed idea through to the finished product, using readings, screenings, analysis, discussion, equipment orientation, field production, and editing. Students deepen their production and communication skills through creating a professional-quality documentary film.


    • FILM 252S - Peoples and Culture of Ghana
      Credits4
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent

      Experiential Learning. Taught by W&L faculty at the University of Cape Coast as part of the W&L in Ghana program. An immersion in Ghanaian culture through field trips, field documentary, and field visits to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and development organizations. We visit eight different regions of Ghana on weekend field trips plus one longer week-long excursion to the Ghanaian North. Students are divided into teams that create travel documentaries, each taking on different roles with camera, sound, and logistics. Students also work on creating policy proposals for one of the NGOs or development organizations of their choice. The short travel documentaries and policy proposals are presented in the final month of the term.


    • FILM 255 - Seven-Minute Shakespeare
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits4
      Prerequisitecompletion of both the FDR:FW and FDR:HL requirements

      After intensive collective reading and discussion of three Shakespeare plays in the first week, students organize into four-person groups with the goal of producing a seven-minute video version of one of the plays by the end of the term, using only the actual text of the play. The project requires full engagement and commitment, and includes tasks such as editing and selecting from the text to produce the film script, creating storyboards, casting and recruiting actors, rehearsing, filming, editing, adding sound tracks and effects. We critique and learn from each other's efforts.


    • JOUR 266 - Cross-Cultural Documentary Filmmaking
      Credits3

      The United States is a melting pot of nationalities and cultures. As people move to the U.S. from other countries they go through cross-cultural adaptation, and identity becomes an issue for everyone. Students in this course work in three-person teams to produce five-minute documentaries on cross-cultural adaptation by an ethnic community in our region or by selected international students at Washington and Lee. Students are expected to immerse themselves in learning about the home countries and current communities of their subjects. The course includes instruction in the techniques of documentary film-making, allowing students to develop their writing, storytelling, shooting and editing skills.


    • THTR 121 - Script Analysis for Stage and Screen
      FDRHL Literature Distribution
      Credits3

      Same as FILM 121. The study of selected plays and screenplays from the standpoint of the theatre and screen artists. Emphasis on thorough examination of the scripts preparatory to production. This course is focused on developing script analysis skills directly applicable to work in production. Students work collaboratively in various creative capacities to transform texts into productions.


    • THTR 141 - Stage Acting 1
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      An introduction to acting for the stage. In this hands-on class, students learn and develop physical and vocal techniques for text-based and improvisational performance, focusing on relationships, objectives, and actions. Work includes in-class scene presentations from modern scripts.


    • THTR 222 - Writing for the Screen and Stage
      FDRHL Literature Distribution
      Credits3

      This course focuses on the creating dramatic works for the stage and the screen. Students learn how to create a core message and idea; from that foundation, they practice building strong plot, bold characters, effective dialogue, and descriptive writing for these visual mediums. Writing techniques, structure, and styles will be taught through readings, lectures, in-class writing exercises, small group activities, and student presentations.


    • THTR 241 - One-Act Performance
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteTHTR 141

      This studio course offers students the opportunity to perform in one or more short, one-act performances culminating in a public presentation. The focus of the course will be on clear oral and physical communication, improvisation, textual analysis, collaboration, and creative problem-solving. No prior acting experience is necessary.


    • THTR 242 - Musical Theater
      FDRHA
      Credits3

      Students learn, through study of seminal texts and video clips of performances and interviews with performers, a basic history of the American musical theater as an art form, combining the talents of composers, lyricists, directors, choreographers, set and costume designers, and others. Students research musical dramatic literature and apply musical and acting skills in the development and performance of excerpts from distinctive musicals of various eras. Students develop constructive, critical methods in the process of practicing and viewing musical theater performance.


    • THTR 251 - Introduction to Performance Design
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      An introduction to the history, fundamentals and aesthetics of design for theater and dance with an emphasis on the collaborative nature of the design disciplines. Design projects are required.


    • THTR 253 - Digital Production
      FDRHA
      Credits3

      Digital technologies and multimedia interaction are increasingly utilized to produce, enhance, and innovate theatrical production. Students examine and experiment with various digital technologies as they relate to theater and dance performance. Students create digital audio, video, design rendering, and animation projects for theatrical performances.


    • THTR 336 - Lighting Design
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      A study of the practice of stage lighting, focusing on styles of production, historical methods and artistic theory. Culminates in a light design for a public theatrical production.


    • THTR 337 - Scene Painting and Scenic Art
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      This course is an exploration and application of the methods and materials used in painting and finishing scenery for the theater. The course covers both historical and current scene painting techniques, as well as the tools and paints that have been developed to support those techniques. Outside projects are required.


    • THTR 338 - Costume Design
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      A study of stage costuming with emphasis on design and construction. The course includes lecture and lab sessions.


    • THTR 361 - Stage Directing 1
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteTHTR 141

      An introduction to directing for the stage. In this hands-on class, students learn and develop basic techniques for integrating work with scripts, performers, and designers into a cohesive stage performance. Students direct scenes from realistic modern or contemporary plays, focusing on collaboration, clarity, imagination, and analysis to create stage pictures and character relationships that tell a specific story on stage. The class culminates in invited classroom performances.


    • and, when appropriate,

    • FILM 195 - Topics in Film Studies
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3-4
      Prerequisitecompletion of FDR:FW requirement

      Selected topic in film studies, focused on one or more of film history, theory, production, or screenwriting.


    • FILM 403 - Directed Individual Study
      Credits3
      Prerequisiteinstructor consent

      Students enrich their academic experience by undertaking a performance project. Students must demonstrate ability to work with little supervision and must develop a written proposal defining the issue to be addressed, an outline of the proposed methodology, and a statement of the intended outcome with a schedule for completion. The project must include written, historical, and practical components, and permission must be secured in advance of registration. May be repeated for up to 12 credits.


Theater minor

A minor in theater requires at least seven courses. A student may not complete both a major and a minor in theater. In meeting the requirements of this discipline-based minor, a student may not use more than nine credits that are also used to meet the requirements of another major or minor.

  1. Performance: THTR 109, 121 (FILM 121), 141
  2. Literature: One course chosen from THTR 212, 213, 297
  3. Design/Technology: Choose one of the following: THTR 131, 209, 236, 238, 251, 253, 336, 337, 338
  4. Electives: Two additional courses chosen from the following, with at least one at the 300 level

THTR 100, 131, 202, 204, 209, 212, 213, 221 (FILM 221), 222 (FILM 222), 236, 238, 239, 241, 242, 245, 251, 253, 290, 297, 336, 337, 338, 341, 361, 397, 403, 423, 453, 493
DANC 120, 202, 215, 220, 225, 230, 233, 240, 250, 292, 330, 340, 390
FILM 195, 196, 222 (THTR 222), 233, 236, 255
MRST 286

  1. Performance:
  2. Required courses:

    • THTR 109 - University Theater
      Credits1
      Prerequisiteinstructor consent

      Participation in a university theater production for a minimum of 40 hours. A journal recording the production process is required.


    • THTR 121 - Script Analysis for Stage and Screen

      (FILM 121)

      FDRHL Literature Distribution
      Credits3

      Same as FILM 121. The study of selected plays and screenplays from the standpoint of the theatre and screen artists. Emphasis on thorough examination of the scripts preparatory to production. This course is focused on developing script analysis skills directly applicable to work in production. Students work collaboratively in various creative capacities to transform texts into productions.


    • THTR 141 - Stage Acting 1
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      An introduction to acting for the stage. In this hands-on class, students learn and develop physical and vocal techniques for text-based and improvisational performance, focusing on relationships, objectives, and actions. Work includes in-class scene presentations from modern scripts.


  3. Literature:
  4. One course chosen from:

    • THTR 212 - Reimagining the Classics
      FDRHL Literature Distribution
      Credits3

      This course examines classical theatrical texts throughout history, from their original context of creation in the ancient world and cultures through to modern adaptations in their contemporary context. We ask the questions, "How and why are these texts a part of the dramatic canon of civilization?" and "What ties these works together across centuries and cultures?" Through exploration of the texts, students will learn about how the stories have transformed throughout theatre history in response to new audience demands and shifting cultural values and needs.


    • THTR 213 - Theatrical Outsiders
      FDRHL Literature Distribution
      Credits3

      While most of us think of theatre as primarily a source of entertainment, over the course of its history, theatre has been a civic duty, a political undertaking, a source of propaganda, a religious act, a means of rebellion, and a lascivious sin. In many of these iterations, the stories it has chosen are those of people who are different, or special, or who don't fit in. This course explores how definitions of "outsiders" continue to shift and how the treatment of them has varied in response to historical, cultural and societal changes. In looking at the stories of outsiders that both theatre and film present, we will ask how and why these stories continue to fascinate audiences, build theories about what purpose is served in telling these stories, and explore how these ideas might affect our own community and those who may feel like outsiders here.


    • THTR 297 - Special Topics in Theater History
      FDRHL Literature Distribution
      Credits3

      This course explores selected theatre and performance traditions of a selected time-period and/or culture and/or a topical emphasis. Students will examine how theatre is created and performed and how it is used as an entertainment form as well as how it is used to advance ideas. Special emphasis is up to the professor. May be repeated for credit if the topics are different.


  5. Design/Technology:
  6. Choose one of the following:

    • THTR 131 - Fundamentals of Theater Art
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      An introduction to modern theater practice involving two hours of lecture per week and participation of approximately 45-60 hours of work in a large-scale production spread throughout the term. A practical course, emphasizing scene-craft, stage lighting, and prop making. The student applies the methods and theories discussed in class to work on actual productions.


    • THTR 209 - Stage Management
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      Stage management is an essential position for all theatrical productions. Students develop personal management style through the study of techniques and skill sets necessary to manage and run stage and film productions. Students hone their management techniques by applying management solutions to specific production problems of a theatrical, dance, or film project produced by the department. Students are required to participate in a production in a stage-management capacity.


    • THTR 236 - Special Effects for Theater
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      In this hands-on, project-based course, students apply the process of iterative design and use critical thinking to provide creative solutions to solve the artistic effects required to tell stories in theater. Starting with textual analysis of given scripts, students develop the parameters required for various effects, figure out a process to create those effects, and make them.


    • THTR 238 - 3D Printing & Desktop Manufacturing for the Theater
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      Desktop manufacturing has revolutionized the design and prototyping of objects. This course is an introduction to the use of desktop manufacturing technologies. Students learn how to create digital designs, publish them electronically and create physical versions of those digital ideas. The course concentrates on how these technologies can be used in theater design and technology.


    • THTR 251 - Introduction to Performance Design
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      An introduction to the history, fundamentals and aesthetics of design for theater and dance with an emphasis on the collaborative nature of the design disciplines. Design projects are required.


    • THTR 253 - Digital Production
      FDRHA
      Credits3

      Digital technologies and multimedia interaction are increasingly utilized to produce, enhance, and innovate theatrical production. Students examine and experiment with various digital technologies as they relate to theater and dance performance. Students create digital audio, video, design rendering, and animation projects for theatrical performances.


    • THTR 336 - Lighting Design
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      A study of the practice of stage lighting, focusing on styles of production, historical methods and artistic theory. Culminates in a light design for a public theatrical production.


    • THTR 337 - Scene Painting and Scenic Art
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      This course is an exploration and application of the methods and materials used in painting and finishing scenery for the theater. The course covers both historical and current scene painting techniques, as well as the tools and paints that have been developed to support those techniques. Outside projects are required.


    • THTR 338 - Costume Design
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      A study of stage costuming with emphasis on design and construction. The course includes lecture and lab sessions.


  7. Electives:
  8. Two additional courses chosen from the following, with at least one at the 300 level:

    • THTR 100 - Introduction to Theater
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      An introduction to drama and the theater arts, including a brief historical survey, selected examples of dramatic literature, and a sequence on theater disciplines such as acting, designing, and directing.


    • THTR 131 - Fundamentals of Theater Art
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      An introduction to modern theater practice involving two hours of lecture per week and participation of approximately 45-60 hours of work in a large-scale production spread throughout the term. A practical course, emphasizing scene-craft, stage lighting, and prop making. The student applies the methods and theories discussed in class to work on actual productions.


    • THTR 202 - Supervised Study Abroad
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits4
      Prerequisiteinstructor consent

      An intensive exposure to English theater and the current season in London. In addition to a full schedule of theater attendance, the course includes a study of theater training, production techniques and representative styles and periods of English drama.


    • THTR 204 - Study Abroad in Swedish Theater
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits4

      This course provides a broad impact on student's cross-cultural skills and global understanding, enhancing their worldview. Students have the opportunity to acquire critical intercultural knowledge, appreciation of cultural and social differentness, and exposure to perspectives critical for global leadership. The course focuses on examining cultural differences between Sweden and United States through the exploration of the arts; however, because of the size of the class students are encouraged to examine Swedish culture from their own disciplinary interest.


    • THTR 209 - Stage Management
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      Stage management is an essential position for all theatrical productions. Students develop personal management style through the study of techniques and skill sets necessary to manage and run stage and film productions. Students hone their management techniques by applying management solutions to specific production problems of a theatrical, dance, or film project produced by the department. Students are required to participate in a production in a stage-management capacity.


    • THTR 212 - Reimagining the Classics
      FDRHL Literature Distribution
      Credits3

      This course examines classical theatrical texts throughout history, from their original context of creation in the ancient world and cultures through to modern adaptations in their contemporary context. We ask the questions, "How and why are these texts a part of the dramatic canon of civilization?" and "What ties these works together across centuries and cultures?" Through exploration of the texts, students will learn about how the stories have transformed throughout theatre history in response to new audience demands and shifting cultural values and needs.


    • THTR 213 - Theatrical Outsiders
      FDRHL Literature Distribution
      Credits3

      While most of us think of theatre as primarily a source of entertainment, over the course of its history, theatre has been a civic duty, a political undertaking, a source of propaganda, a religious act, a means of rebellion, and a lascivious sin. In many of these iterations, the stories it has chosen are those of people who are different, or special, or who don't fit in. This course explores how definitions of "outsiders" continue to shift and how the treatment of them has varied in response to historical, cultural and societal changes. In looking at the stories of outsiders that both theatre and film present, we will ask how and why these stories continue to fascinate audiences, build theories about what purpose is served in telling these stories, and explore how these ideas might affect our own community and those who may feel like outsiders here.


    • THTR 222 - Writing for the Screen and Stage
      FDRHL Literature Distribution
      Credits3

      This course focuses on the creating dramatic works for the stage and the screen. Students learn how to create a core message and idea; from that foundation, they practice building strong plot, bold characters, effective dialogue, and descriptive writing for these visual mediums. Writing techniques, structure, and styles will be taught through readings, lectures, in-class writing exercises, small group activities, and student presentations.


    • THTR 236 - Special Effects for Theater
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      In this hands-on, project-based course, students apply the process of iterative design and use critical thinking to provide creative solutions to solve the artistic effects required to tell stories in theater. Starting with textual analysis of given scripts, students develop the parameters required for various effects, figure out a process to create those effects, and make them.


    • THTR 238 - 3D Printing & Desktop Manufacturing for the Theater
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      Desktop manufacturing has revolutionized the design and prototyping of objects. This course is an introduction to the use of desktop manufacturing technologies. Students learn how to create digital designs, publish them electronically and create physical versions of those digital ideas. The course concentrates on how these technologies can be used in theater design and technology.


    • THTR 239 - Total Theater
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits4
      Prerequisite3 credits in Dance or Theater

      A practical study of design, directing, production and acting problems in a specific style of dramatic literature, culminating in a public theatrical production.


    • THTR 241 - One-Act Performance
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteTHTR 141

      This studio course offers students the opportunity to perform in one or more short, one-act performances culminating in a public presentation. The focus of the course will be on clear oral and physical communication, improvisation, textual analysis, collaboration, and creative problem-solving. No prior acting experience is necessary.


    • THTR 242 - Musical Theater
      FDRHA
      Credits3

      Students learn, through study of seminal texts and video clips of performances and interviews with performers, a basic history of the American musical theater as an art form, combining the talents of composers, lyricists, directors, choreographers, set and costume designers, and others. Students research musical dramatic literature and apply musical and acting skills in the development and performance of excerpts from distinctive musicals of various eras. Students develop constructive, critical methods in the process of practicing and viewing musical theater performance.


    • THTR 245 - Talk to Us: How to Make Friends and Influence People
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits4

      An investigation, using theatre, film, television, performance art, and stand-up comedy, of the ways in which speaking directly to an audience can or should influence them. In particular, we talk about the use of rhetoric to make an argument, and the relationship between performer/speaker and audience. Students evaluate the use of direct address in various media, and the class includes some domestic travel to attend live events. The course culminates with a public performance by the students.


    • THTR 251 - Introduction to Performance Design
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      An introduction to the history, fundamentals and aesthetics of design for theater and dance with an emphasis on the collaborative nature of the design disciplines. Design projects are required.


    • THTR 253 - Digital Production
      FDRHA
      Credits3

      Digital technologies and multimedia interaction are increasingly utilized to produce, enhance, and innovate theatrical production. Students examine and experiment with various digital technologies as they relate to theater and dance performance. Students create digital audio, video, design rendering, and animation projects for theatrical performances.


    • THTR 290 - Topics in Performing Arts
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3-4
      Prerequisiteinstructor consent

      Selected studies in theater, film or dance with a focus on history, criticism, performance or production.


    • THTR 297 - Special Topics in Theater History
      FDRHL Literature Distribution
      Credits3

      This course explores selected theatre and performance traditions of a selected time-period and/or culture and/or a topical emphasis. Students will examine how theatre is created and performed and how it is used as an entertainment form as well as how it is used to advance ideas. Special emphasis is up to the professor. May be repeated for credit if the topics are different.


    • THTR 336 - Lighting Design
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      A study of the practice of stage lighting, focusing on styles of production, historical methods and artistic theory. Culminates in a light design for a public theatrical production.


    • THTR 337 - Scene Painting and Scenic Art
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      This course is an exploration and application of the methods and materials used in painting and finishing scenery for the theater. The course covers both historical and current scene painting techniques, as well as the tools and paints that have been developed to support those techniques. Outside projects are required.


    • THTR 338 - Costume Design
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      A study of stage costuming with emphasis on design and construction. The course includes lecture and lab sessions.


    • THTR 341 - Acting 3: Styles
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteTHTR 141 or ENGL 252

      An advanced acting class focused on performing the work of a particular playwright or playwrights. In this course, students enhance their scene work by examining the theatrical and historical context in which the plays were written, thereby achieving a deeper understanding of a performance style other than contemporary realism. Topics change regularly. May be repeated twice for degree credit if the topics are different.


    • THTR 361 - Stage Directing 1
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteTHTR 141

      An introduction to directing for the stage. In this hands-on class, students learn and develop basic techniques for integrating work with scripts, performers, and designers into a cohesive stage performance. Students direct scenes from realistic modern or contemporary plays, focusing on collaboration, clarity, imagination, and analysis to create stage pictures and character relationships that tell a specific story on stage. The class culminates in invited classroom performances.


    • THTR 397 - Seminar in Theater Topics
      Credits3
      Prerequisiteinstructor consent

      A seminar in theater history, literature/ criticism or production with a specific topic and scope to be announced prior to registration. Work in the seminar is based on research, discussion and assigned papers and/or projects. Lab fee required for certain topics. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.


    • THTR 403 - Directed Individual Study
      Credits3
      Prerequisiteinstructor consent

      This course permits the student to follow a course of directed study and reading in order to widen the scope of experience and to build upon concepts covered in other courses.


    • THTR 423 - Directed Individual Project
      Credits3
      Prerequisiteinstructor consent

      This course permits the student to follow a program of specialized applied research in order to widen the scope of experience and to build upon concepts covered in other courses.


    • THTR 453 - Internship
      Credits3
      Prerequisiteinstructor consent

      After consultation with a theater faculty member and a representative of a departmentally approved theater or dance company, students submit a written description of a proposed summer internship with the company. Specific conditions of the internship and of required on-campus, follow-up projects must be approved by the department. Credit is awarded after completion of the required on-campus, follow-up projects.


    • THTR 493 - Honors Thesis
      Credits3
      Prerequisiteinstructor consent

      An advanced theater course that serves as a capstone to the major. Theater majors selected by the department conduct advanced theater research and individual artistic preparation, contribute artistically to the department's performance season, and produce a significant written thesis under the guidance of a thesis adviser.


    • DANC 120 - Introduction to Contemporary Modern Dance
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      This course combines the exploration of individual and ensemble artistic expression in contemporary modern dance with the study of the history of modern dance.


    • DANC 202 - Dance Europe
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits4

      Contemporary modern dance is an art form that explores questions about the body, identity, and globalization. Choreographers experiment with their craft by examining the way in which we relate to the world around us. The globalization of dance leads to cultural interchange and critical thinking about our place in a larger society and includes an exchange of styles and ideas and a cultural reflection on how and why dance is made. Globalism creates a rich artistic atmosphere and contributes to a wide variety of styles. Students travel to the four centers of contemporary modern dance in Europe: Paris, London, Amsterdam, Brussels. We explore contemporary aesthetics of particular regions, how culture influences movement choices, and the new ways in which European audiences are adapting to new forms of expression.


    • DANC 215 - World Dance Technique
      Credits2

      This dance class reflects the world dance form that is the specialty of the dance artist-in-residence. The basic dance techniques of that specific form are taught and movement is tied to the historical narrative of the country.


    • DANC 220 - Dance Composition
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteDANC 120

      A studio course exploring the craft and art of creating dance performances in a variety of styles and contexts. Images, text, music, improvisation and the elements of time, space and energy are examined as sources for dance material leading to individual andgroup choreography.


    • DANC 225 - Intermediate Contemporary Modern Dance Technique
      Credits2

      A studio course devoted to refining effort/shape values and pursuing performance quality phrasing and style in Horton modern dance technique. Students investigate self-directed reverse combinations, deconstruct movement phrases into sequential elements, and practice listening to the body by connecting movement phrases with kinesthetic experiences.


    • DANC 230 - Musical-Theater Dance Technique
      Credits2

      A studio exploration of choreography in musical theater from the 1940s to the present. Composition, theme, and form are discussed in concert with practical work in restaging historically significant musical dance choreographies. Of particular interest are the choreographers' styles and the many dance techniques prevalent in musical theater.


    • DANC 233 - Movement for Actors
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      This course exams an array of methods that provide a vocabulary for thinking about, acting upon, and talking about movement and gesture and the physical integration of voice, breath, speech, and movement. We explore Alexander Technique and create an awareness of physical habits of 'misuse' and transform them by focusing on breathing and vocal work. Students examine viewpoints as a method for vocabulary to discuss work and as a tool for creating it. Laban Movement Analysis looks at these same concepts as a language for interpreting and documenting human movement. Class meetings include lecture, studio work, and individual projects.


    • DANC 240 - Contemporary Modern Dance History
      FDRHA
      Credits3

      This course is a study of the manifestations of American modern dance from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Students explore the relationship between dance and developments in U.S. culture and study the innovators of the art form and their techniques, writings, and art works through readings, video and lectures.


    • DANC 250 - Aerial Dance Techniques
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3
      Prerequisiteinstructor consent

      This course examines a unique array of techniques from across the aerial arts and a diversity of experimental approaches to movement in the air. The history of the form as well as lineage of style and current techniques are expressed through lecture, studio work, required readings and videos, masterclasses, performances, and written responses.


    • DANC 292 - Ballet Technique
      Credits2

      This studio course is devoted to the practice of classical ballet technique and to the exploration of classical and contemporary ballet in performance.


    • DANC 330 - Experiential Anatomy
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent

      A study of human motion as it relates to the locomotor and physical activities of the dancer. The course covers the planes of the body; vocabulary of the skeleton; and specific muscles, their actions, and how they relate to the dancer's body. Injury prevention through alignment and proper movement is considered, as well as the reversal of body alienation. Attention is given to the application of course information to technique class and performance.


    • DANC 340 - Contemporary Dance Observation and Analysis
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3
      Prerequisiteinstructor consent

      The observation and analysis of live and recorded contemporary dance focusing on the work of emerging and established choreographers. Exploration of methods for describing the moving body in space. Emphasis is placed on the written and verbal critique of contemporary dance in performance.


    • DANC 390 - Special Topics
      Credits3-4

      Selected studies in dance with a focus on history, choreography, technique or performance. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.


    • FILM 195 - Topics in Film Studies
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3-4
      Prerequisitecompletion of FDR:FW requirement

      Selected topic in film studies, focused on one or more of film history, theory, production, or screenwriting.


    • FILM 196 - Topics in Film and Literature
      FDRHL Literature Distribution
      Credits3-4
      Prerequisitecompletion of FDR:FW requirement

      Selected topics in film and literature.


    • FILM 222 - Writing for the Screen and Stage
      FDRHL Literature Distribution
      Credits3

      This course focuses on the creating dramatic works for the stage and the screen. Students learn how to create a core message and idea; from that foundation, they practice building strong plot, bold characters, effective dialogue, and descriptive writing for these visual mediums. Writing techniques, structure, and styles will be taught through readings, lectures, in-class writing exercises, small group activities, and student presentations.


    • FILM 233 - Introduction to Film
      FDRHL Literature Distribution
      Credits3
      Prerequisitecompletion of FDR:FW requirement

      Same as ENGL 233. An introductory study of film taught in English and with a topical focus on texts from a variety of global film-making traditions. At its origins, film displayed boundary-crossing international ambitions, and this course attends to that important fact, but the course's individual variations emphasize one national film tradition (e.g., American, French, Indian, British, Italian, Chinese, etc.) and, within it, may focus on major representative texts or upon a subgenre or thematic approach. In all cases, the course introduces students to fundamental issues in the history, theory, and basic terminology of film.


    • FILM 236 - Science Fiction & Fantasy: From Page to Screen and Beyond
      FDRHL
      Credits4

      Film, almost from origins, has been fascinated by the evocation of fantasy worlds and by the effort to imagine and represent future worlds filled with technological marvels.(Film is, of course, a medium obsessed by its own technological improvements from sound and color to 30 and virtual reality.) From such major directors as Lang and Kubrick to Lucas and Spielberg, science fiction has attracted some of the finest and most innovative directors. In this course, we study major examples of this phenomenon along with the technological history and philosophical speculations contributing to it.


    • FILM 255 - Seven-Minute Shakespeare
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits4
      Prerequisitecompletion of both the FDR:FW and FDR:HL requirements

      After intensive collective reading and discussion of three Shakespeare plays in the first week, students organize into four-person groups with the goal of producing a seven-minute video version of one of the plays by the end of the term, using only the actual text of the play. The project requires full engagement and commitment, and includes tasks such as editing and selecting from the text to produce the film script, creating storyboards, casting and recruiting actors, rehearsing, filming, editing, adding sound tracks and effects. We critique and learn from each other's efforts.


    • MRST 286 - Preparation for Shakespeare in Performance
      Credits1
      Prerequisiteinstructor consent

      Students receive an introduction to Shakespeare's verse in performance; read and analyze scripts from some of the plays to be observed during spring term; and engage in a team-building workshop and the creation of walking tours of modern London, each built around a particular cultural theme. The course consists of six two-hour meetings.