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Course Types:

Theatre/Film

THE 115   Voice and Diction (3)

Prerequisites: COM 101

Study of the development and understanding of respiration, phonation, resonation, articulation, and diction. Student may not receive credit for both COM 116 and THE 115.  Contact department chair for course availability. 

Missouri Higher Education Core Curriculum Transfer (CORE 42) Course Number:  MOTR PERF 100VD – Voice Diction

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Course Type(s): On-Campus

THE 122   Introduction to Theatre (3)

Emphasizes appreciation of theatre as one of living arts. Surveys theatre history and dramatic theory from Greeks to present Broadway. Includes lectures, films and discussions on the practitioners and work. Requires attendance at live theatre productions.

Missouri Higher Education Core Curriculum Transfer (CORE 42) Course Number:  MOTR THEA – 100A – Theater Appreciation

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Course Type(s): On-Campus

THE 123   Introduction to Cinema (3)

Introduction to history, theory and criticism of film. Explores American and European film traditions. Major genres, authors and artists, and directing and production styles. Viewing of numerous films representative of various genres and directing styles.

Missouri Higher Education Core Curriculum Transfer (CORE 42) Course Number:  MOTR FILM 100 – Introduction to Film Studies

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Course Type(s): On-Campus

THE 124   History of Film (3)

History of cinema from late 19th century beginnings to present. Attention given its technological, economic and artistic issues. Classic films of various directors and countries. Weekly viewings required.

Missouri Higher Education Core Curriculum Transfer (CORE 42) Course Number:  MOTR FILM 103 – History of Film

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Course Type(s): On-Campus Online

THE 126   Major Themes in Film (3)

Focus on film theme. Among possibilities are genre films such as gangster film, the western film and the musical.  Contact department chair for course availability. 

Course Type(s): On-Campus

THE 128   Acting I (3)

Introduction to developing oral and physical communication through exercises, improvisation and scene work. Theories of acting introduced. Attendance at live theatre productions required.  Offered in Fall and Spring.

Missouri Higher Education Core Curriculum Transfer (CORE 42) Course Number:  MOTR PERF 100 – Acting I

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Course Type(s): On-Campus

THE 140   Stagecraft (3)

Introduction to basic fundamentals of stagecraft in scenery, lighting, costumes, and other areas of technical theatre. Emphasis on practical application, with expectation to participate in technical production of college plays.  Offered in Fall only.

Missouri Higher Education Core Curriculum Transfer (CORE 42) Course Number:  MOTR PERF 104S - Stagecraft

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Course Type(s): On-Campus

THE 143   Tap Dance I (1)

A beginning dance course that covers the basic tap dance techniques.  Tap dance step combinations are used to develop an understanding of coordination, rhythmic variations and performance skills.  Tap shoes are required.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

THE 144   Modern Dance I (1)

A basic movement course emphasizing beginning and essential elements of dance.  Course explores specific technique and terminology.  Emphasis is placed on expression and creativity through dance movement.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

THE 145   Jazz Dance I (1)

Using the basic elements of jazz dance, movements designed to increase range of motion, strength, endurance, agility, coordination, stability, line and spacial awareness will be emphasized.  The dance elements of time, force, space, dynamics, expression and more will be incorporated.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

THE 210   Oral Interpretation (3)

Prerequisites: COM 101

Basic study of the principles of oral interpretation and their application performance. Student may not receive credit for both COM 210 and THE 210.  Contact department chair for course availability. 

Course Type(s): On-Campus

THE 220   Stage Makeup (3)

An introduction to the complexities of stage makeup.  Utilizing a hands-on approach, students will become familiar with basic makeup procedures and techniques and will apply the techniques through a series of projects.  Offered in Spring only.

Missouri Higher Education Core Curriculum Transfer (CORE 42) Course Number:  MOTR PERF 104M – Stage Makeup

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Course Type(s): On-Campus

THE 228   Acting II (3)

Prerequisites: THE 128

Continuation of introduction to acting class. More advanced scene work and polishing of audition techniques. Attendance at live theatre production required.  Offered in Spring only.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

THE 229   History of American Musical Theatre I (3)

Study of American musical theatre from its origins through Rodgers & Hammerstein. Students may not receive credit for both MUS 113 and THE 229.  Offered in Fall only.

Missouri Higher Education Core Curriculum Transfer (CORE 42) Course Number:  MOTR THEA 100C – History of Musical

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Course Type(s): On-Campus

THE 230   History of American Musical Theatre II (3)

Study of American musical theatre from Rodgers and Hammerstein to the present. Students may not receive credit for both MUS 114 and THE 230.  Offered in Spring only.

Missouri Higher Education Core Curriculum Transfer (CORE 42) Course Number:  MOTR THEA 100C – History of Musical

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Course Type(s): On-Campus

THE 240   Introduction to Theatre Design (3)

Prerequisites: THE 140

Introduction to theatre design in areas of scenery, lighting, and costume design. Exploration of fundamentals of design conception and communication through analysis, research, writing and project work.  Contact department chair for course availability. 

Missouri Higher Education Core Curriculum Transfer (CORE 42) Course Number:  MOTR PERF 104SD – Scenic Design

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Course Type(s): On-Campus

THE 259   Music Theatre Workshop I (1)

Performance-oriented workshop experience that studies acting styles as applied to a song. Covers various styles and periods of musical theatre.  Students may not receive credit for both MUS 259 and THE 259.  Contact department chair for course availability.  

Course Type(s): On-Campus

THE 260   Music Theatre Workshop II (1)

Performance-oriented workshop experience that studies acting styles as applied to a song. Covers various styles and periods of musical theatre. Students may not receive credit for both MUS 260 and THE 260.  Contact department chair for course availability.  

Course Type(s): On-Campus

THE 261   Introduction to Theatre Management (3)

Examines the principles of theatre and other performing arts management as it relates to profit and non-profit entities. Emphasis will be placed on the practical and contemporary aspects of the field, including facility management, budgeting, programming, audience development, fundraising, marketing, staffing and leadership.  Offered in Fall only.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

THE 270   Acting Practicum (1-3 hrs)

Prerequisites: THE 128 and instructor permission

Theories and techniques of acting and stagecraft applied in college productions.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

THE 271   Stagecraft Practicum I (1-3 hrs)

Prerequisites: THE 140 and instructor permission

Practical application of technical theatre to college productions.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

THE 299   Topics in Theatre (1-3)

This course will be offered on an as needed basis to accommodate special projects.  Offered in Fall and Spring.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

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