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New Mexico State University
Undergraduate Catalog
2012-2013

THTR-THEATRE ARTS

THTR 101G. The World of Theater - 3 cr.
An appreciation class introducing the non-major to all aspects of theatre, including its history, literature and professionals. Students attend and report on stage productions.
THTR 105. Acting for Non-Majors - 3 cr.
An introduction to basic performance techniques for non-majors.
THTR 110. Acting I - 3 cr.
Basic understanding of self-expression through a variety of physical exercises, improvisation, and character study, culminating in scene or monologue work. Restricted to THTR majors.
THTR 130. The Art of Theatre - 3 cr.
An introductory class for theatre majors covering the basic elements of campus theatrical endeavor and theory including overviews of theatre history, elements, artists, and literature. Also introduces the Theatre Arts major, faculty, and theatre resources available on campus.
THTR 141. Introduction to Stagecraft - 3 cr.
Basic techniques used in the construction of scenery, props, and sound. Lab required. Pre/Corequisite(s): THTR 141L.
THTR 141 L. Stagecraft Laboratory - 1 cr.
Class members will assist with construction for productions in a studio environment. Pre/Corequisite(s): THTR 141.
THTR 142. Introduction to Costume Crafts - 3 cr.
A survey of all aspects of costuming a theatrical production. Basic construction, use of equipment, knowledge of available materials, dyeing, and millinery. No audits. Pre/Corequisite(s): THTR 142L.
THTR 142 L. Costume Craft Lab - 1 cr.
Class members will assist in construction for productions in a studio environment. Pre/Corequisite(s): THTR 142.
THTR 149. Running Crew I - 2 cr. (1+2P)
Students learn about backstage and front of house production positions and work on a technical aspect of a production in a rehearsal and performance environment. Graded: S/U.
THTR 203. Theatre History I - 3 cr.
History of theatre and drama from ancient Greece to Shakespeare.
THTR 204. Theatre History II - 3 cr.
History of theatre and drama from the Restoration to the modern day.
THTR 205. Vocal Production for the Actor - 3 cr.
Exploration and development of the actor's vocal instrument, including relaxation, projection, diction and articulation.
THTR 210. Acting II - 3 cr.
Monologues and scene work, using character and script analysis. Prerequisite(s): THTR 110. Pre/Corequisite(s): THTR 205.
THTR 222. Theatre Topics - 1-3 cr.
Specific subjects to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits.
THTR 249. Running Crew II - 1 cr.
Students work on a technical aspect of a production in a rehearsal and performance environment.
THTR 252. Theatre Sound - 3 cr.
Sound, audio, and electricity lectures combined with projects involving working with sound equipment.
THTR 306. Screenwriting I - 3 cr.
Same as CMI 309, ENGL 309. Consent of instructor required. Prerequisite(s): ENGL/CMI 235. Crosslisted with: CMI 309 and ENGL 309
THTR 307V. Costume History - 3 cr.
History of clothing for theatrical purposes, origins and evolution of period clothing in relation to social, political, and aesthetic factors of different periods.
THTR 308. Creative Writing: Playwriting - 3 cr.
Technique of one-act playwriting, and analysis of dramatic structure. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 111. Crosslisted with: ENGL 308
THTR 309. Advanced Creative Writing: Playwriting Workshop - 3 cr.
Technique of full-length playwriting and analysis of dramatic structure. Consent of instructor required. Prerequisite(s): THTR 308 or ENGL 308. Crosslisted with: ENGL 415
THTR 310. Styles in Acting - 3 cr.
Analysis of differing styles of acting through scene work representing various time periods and genres. Prerequisite(s): THTR 210.
THTR 312. Acting Shakespeare - 3 cr.
Acting Shakespeare's tragedies and comedies, including text work, scansion, movement, scene work, and monologues. Prerequisite(s): THTR 210.
THTR 313. Improvisation - 3 cr.
Long and/or short form improvisation techniques in addition to a variety of exercises exploring terminology, character work and the elements of comedy. Prerequisite(s): THTR 105 or THTR 110.
THTR 316. Advanced Voice: Stage Dialects - 3 cr.
Studio class emphasizing the production of stage dialects through scene and monologue work. Prerequisite(s): THTR 110 and THTR 115.
THTR 317. Musical Theatre - 3 cr.
Acting class focused on developing and refining skills necessary for performing in musicals. Pre/Corequisite(s): THTR 210.
THTR 321V. Modern European Drama - 3 cr.
Masterworks of European drama from the late 18th century to present. Crosslisted with: ENGL 321G
THTR 323. American Drama - 3 cr.
Masterworks of American drama by noted American playwrights. Crosslisted with: ENGL 323
THTR 329. Studies in Drama - 3 cr.
Emphasis on a group of related works of European or American drama; topics will vary. Crosslisted with: ENGL 329 and CMI 329
THTR 334. Introduction to Stage Makeup - 3 cr.
Basic principles of stage makeup: straight, character, and specialty. Includes study of various products, methods of application, and the effects of lighting on makeup.
THTR 335. Advanced Stage Makeup - 3 cr.
Special problems in styles and character makeup, work with advanced materials, ventilating, and prosthetics. Prerequisite(s): THTR 334.
THTR 337. Independent Study - 1-3 cr.
For highly motivated students. Students propose and create their own course not covered through regular course offerings under the guidance of faculty. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Consent of instructor required.
THTR 341. Scene Painting - 3 cr.
Use of historical painting techniques in a project-driven classroom. Projects include 2-D and 3-D work, color mixing and theory, painting drops, and the use of paint for effects. Prerequisite(s): THTR 141.
THTR 342. Advanced Costume Craft Techniques - 3 cr.
General application of advanced three-dimensional technical costuming processes. May include buckram, celastic, protoplast, and latex applications. Consent of instructor required. Prerequisite(s): THTR 142, THTR 142L.
THTR 343. Costume Patterning - 3 cr.
Basic techniques in the production of flat patterns for modern and period silhouettes including some draping techniques. Consent of instructor required. Pre/Corequisite(s): THTR 142, THTR 142L.
THTR 345. Costume Practicum - 1 cr.
A practical course intended to provide students additional experience and greater responsibility within the workings of the Costume Shop. Pre/Corequisite(s): THTR 142.
THTR 346. Scenic Practicum - 1 cr.
A practical course intended to provide students additional experience and greater responsibility within the workings of the Scene Shop. Pre/Corequisite(s): THTR 141.
THTR 347. Lighting Practicum - 1 cr.
A practical course intended to provide students additional experience and greater responsibility within the workings of theatrical lighting.
THTR 348. Running Crew III - 1 cr.
Students will work on a technical aspect of a production in a rehearsal and performance environment. Prerequisite(s): THTR 149.
THTR 349. Running Crew IV - 1 cr.
Students will work on a technical aspect of a production in a rehearsal and performance environment. Graded: S/U. Prerequisite(s): THTR 149.
THTR 352. Costume Design - 3 cr.
Basic principles of costume design, including script analysis, study of design, drawing, and painting, and completion of rendered projects.
THTR 353. Scene Design - 3 cr.
Design for the performing arts. Basic design skills and projects to exercise those skills, history of design in the theatre and the designer's role in the production process. Final project includes a finished scene design. Prerequisite: THTR 141 or consent of instructor.
THTR 355. Lighting Design - 3 cr.
Basic aspects of theatre lighting, including electricity, color theory, history, and types of theatre lighting. Required work includes hanging and focusing lights and crewing NMSU theatre productions.
THTR 356. Theatre Production - 1-3 cr.
Participation in the production of theatrical performances by stage managing, acting, designing, dramaturgy, or directing. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Graded S/U.
THTR 357. Computer Scenographics - 3 cr.
Project-oriented course teaching basic computer modeling skills. Projects focus on the creation of communication tools designers use in the theatrical process. Students will develop portfolios of completed projects. Consent of instructor required. Prerequisite(s): THTR 352, THTR 353, or THTR 355.
THTR 360. Creative Dramatics - 3 cr. (2+2P)
Methods of developing original dramatizations. Emphasis on curriculum problems and teaching techniques in elementary and secondary schools.
THTR 366. Summer Theatre - 1-3 cr.
Experience in professional or academic summer theatre. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 credits. Graded: S/U. Prerequisite(s): Consent of department head. Restricted to THTR majors.
THTR 384. Stage Management - 3 cr.
Study of stage management techniques and their application to play production. A working knowledge of union rules, and the procedure to facilitate these through proper communication skills.
THTR 395. Directing I - 3 cr.
Study and application of basic stage directing history and techniques. Prerequisite(s): THTR 105 or THTR 110.
THTR 396. Theatre Management - 3 cr.
Study of issues related to managing a theater company and producing plays.
THTR 408. Shakespeare I - 3 cr.
Same as ENGL 408.
THTR 409. Shakespeare II - 3 cr.
Same as ENGL 409.
THTR 430. Special Topics - 1-3 cr.
Specific subjects to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits.
THTR 435. Directed Reading - 1-3 cr.
Directed individualized studies. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 credits.
THTR 439. Senior Seminar - 2 cr.
Course preparing students for professions in and related to the theatre. Restricted to THTR majors.
THTR 440. Senior Seminar Practicum - 1 cr.
Capstone course preparing students to apply knowledge of theatre arts toward advanced training or career objectives in the discipline. Consent of instructor required. Pre/Corequisite(s): THTR 439. Restricted to THTR majors.
THTR 455. Advanced Lighting Design - 3 cr.
The design of lighting for live performance. Emphasis on conceptual aspects of design, as well as the uses of special techniques and effects. Crew requirements TBA. Prerequisite: THTR 355 or consent of instructor.
THTR 457. Advanced Computer Scenographics - 3 cr.
Project-oriented course for the advanced modeler. Projects focus on the creation of complex models, custom texturing and shading, virtual lighting, postproduction image work, and animation techniques. Students will develop digital portfolios. Prerequisite: THTR 357 and consent of instructor.
THTR 495. Directing II - 3 cr.
Advanced study of directing, with focus on theory, style, and concept. Prerequisite(s): THTR 395.