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Theatre Arts Classes

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Advisors: C. Sinnott, phone ext. 2432, csinnott@palomar.edu; M. Mufson, phone ext. 2456, mmufson@palomar.edu.

Contact the Performing Arts Department for further information.
(760) 744-1150, ext. 2316
Office: PAC-122

COURSE OFFERINGS

TA 100 Introduction to the Theatre (3)
3 hours lecture
Transfer acceptability: CSU; UC
A survey of theory and practice in the contemporary theatre including its literary, critical and technical aspects, and their relationships to historical backgrounds.

TA 105 Introduction to Technical Theatre (3)
2 hours lecture – 4 hours laboratory
Note: Cross listed as ENTT 105
Transfer acceptability: CSU; UC
A practical introduction to the theories and applications of construction techniques, language, principles, safety, and tools used in the creation of theatrical scenery and properties. The language, tools, and principles of other technical theatre crafts, such as lighting, costuming, make-up, sound design, and stage management will also be presented.

TA 106 Elementary Stage Costume (3)
2 hours lecture – 4 hours laboratory
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of ‘C’ in ENTT/TA 105
Note: Cross listed as FASH 106
Transfer acceptability: CSU; UC
Basic theories, techniques, and procedures of costume production for stage, film, and television. Practical training in college productions.

TA 107 Lighting for Stage and Television (3)
2 hours lecture – 3 hours laboratory
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of ‘C’ in ENTT/TA 105
Note: Cross listed as ENTT 107
Transfer acceptability: CSU; UC
Techniques, theories, and procedures necessary to develop lighting and lighting effects integrated into film, television, and theatre productions. Practical experience in college productions.

TA 108 Stagecraft and Scene Design for Theatre and Television (3)
2 hours lecture – 3 hours laboratory
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of ‘C’ in ENTT/TA 105
Note: Cross listed as ENTT 108
Transfer acceptability: CSU; UC
Technical practices and organization of production for theatre, film, and television. Practice in drafting, designing, and construction of scenery for college productions.

TA 109 Elementary Stage Make-Up (3)
2 hours lecture – 4 hours laboratory
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of ‘C’ in ENTT/TA 105
Note: Cross listed as FASH 109
Transfer acceptability: CSU; UC
Basic theories, techniques, and procedures of make-up production for stage, film, and television. Practical training in college productions.

TA 111 Technical Theatre Production (.5)
1½ hours laboratory
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of ‘C’ in ENTT/TA 105; completion of, or concurrent enrollment in TA 106 or TA/ENTT 107 or TA/ENTT 108, or TA 109
Note: May be taken 4 times
Transfer acceptability: CSU; UC
Techniques and procedures of planning and coordination through all phases of the technical theatre production process. Practical training through college production.

TA 112 Entertainment Audio Production (3)
2 hours lecture – 3 hours laboratory
Note: Cross listed as ENTT 112
Transfer acceptability: CSU
Audio applications and technology for entertainment based uses. To understand set up, operation, troubleshooting techniques with audio signal chain.

TA 113 Improvisation for Acting and Interactive Theatre (3)
3 hours lecture
Note: May be taken 3 times
Transfer acceptability: CSU
Improvisational theatre techniques for basic acting skills and specific forms that engage the audience in an interactive performance setting. Performance material will reflect and analyze situations of conflict found in the participants’ lives and communities.

TA 115 Beginning Acting I: Fundamentals (3)
3 hours lecture
Note: May be taken 4 times; maximum of 4 completions in any combination of TA
115, TA 116
Transfer acceptability: CSU; UC
In a workshop environment, the student will learn the basic tools and terminology of acting. The student will apply this knowledge and experience to the performance of short scenes.

TA 116 Beginning Acting II: Scene Study (3)
3 hours lecture
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of ‘C’ in TA 115
Note: May be taken 2 times
Transfer acceptability: CSU; UC
Designed to improve the actor’s skills for performing scenes and monologues with truth and power. Actors will improve their ability to pursue the character’s needs and objectives, to be vulnerable to their partners’ words and actions and to create with a range of emotion. Actors in this class will continue to develop their vocal and physical technique.

TA 119 Voice and Speech (3)
3 hours lecture
Note: May be taken 2 times
Transfer acceptability: CSU; UC
A practical and experiential class introducing students to exercises and theories of voice and speech production leading to improved power, expressiveness and clarity. Methodology will include major contemporary approaches to developing the actor’s voice.

TA 125 Beginning Oral Interpretation (3)
3 hours lecture
Note: Cross listed as SPCH 125
Transfer acceptability: CSU; UC
An introduction to the oral reading of prose, poetry and drama in distinct and intertextual formats. Models of critical analysis will be applied to written literature and reading will be performed and evaluated by applying principles of effective delivery.

TA 131 Elementary Stage Costume and Make Up (3)
2 hours lecture – 3 hours laboratory
Note: Cross listed as FASH 131
Transfer acceptability: CSU
Basic theories, techniques, and procedures of costume production and make-up application for stage, film, and television. Practical training in college productions.

TA 131B Ensemble Theatre Lab (1)
3 hours laboratory
Transfer acceptability: CSU
Practical lab applications of techniques for building strong theatre ensembles.

TA 131C Playwriting for Actors Lab (1)
3 hours laboratory
Note: May be taken 3 times
Transfer acceptability: CSU
A practical theatre lab in developing the unique and individual qualities of the theatre artists spoken and/or written voice.

TA 131D Acting Audition Lab (1)
3 hours laboratory
Note: May be taken 3 times
Transfer acceptability: CSU
Actors learn the important skills of developing materials and strategies for effective auditioning, cold reading methods, preparing for headshots, crafting a resume, and professionalism.

TA 140 History of the Theatre From Ancient Greece Through the 17th Century (3)
3 hours lecture
Transfer acceptability: CSU; UC
A survey of the influence of different cultures, traditions, and technologies on the development of the theatre as a social institution from Ancient Greece through the 17th Century.

TA 141 History of the Theatre From the 18th Century to the Present (3)
3 hours lecture
Transfer acceptability: CSU; UC
A survey of the influence of different cultures, traditions, and technologies on the development of the theatre as a social institution from the 18th Century to the present.

TA 150 Dramatic Literature (3)
3 hours lecture
Transfer acceptability: CSU; UC
Investigation of dramatic literature from classical to the contemporary, including examples of: classical, medieval, renaissance, restoration, neo-classical, romantic, realistic, modern, postmodern, contemporary and non-western plays.

TA 155 Beginning Playwriting (3)
3 hours lecture
Note: May be taken 3 times
Transfer acceptability: CSU
Study and analysis of form, style, and structure in dramatic literature. Students will write at least two one act plays for critical analysis. Selected student work will be given studio production.

TA 157 Theatre and Social Justice (3)
3 hours lecture
Note: Cross listed as MCS 157; may be taken 3 times
Transfer acceptability: CSU
The study and practice of theatre as a vehicle for understanding global conditions of social injustice and working to create justice in local communities.

TA 160 Beginning Stage Direction (3)
3 hours lecture
Transfer acceptability: CSU; UC
Training in the principles, procedures, and methods of stage direction. Students will serve as assistant directors on college productions and will also direct scenes for acting classes and studio productions.

TA 170 Computer Aided Drafting for Theatre (2)
6 hours laboratory
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of ‘C’ in TA/ENTT 105
Note: May be taken 2 times
Transfer acceptability: CSU
An introduction to computer aided drafting using CAD drafting software. Hands on experience with software to be supplemented with basic mechanical drafting terminology and techniques. An introduction to user specific third party software as related to drafting and designing of scenery and lighting for college productions.

TA 171 Advanced Lighting Lab (2)
6 hours laboratory
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of ‘C’ in TA/ENTT 107
Note: Cross listed as ENTT 171; may be taken 3 times
Transfer acceptability: CSU; UC
Crafting and implementation of the lighting design for performances using the techniques, theories, and procedures necessary to develop lighting and lighting effects. Practical experience in college theatre, dance, and music productions.

TA 173 Musical Theatre Scenes (1)
3 hours laboratory
Note: Cross listed as DNCE 173/MUS 173; may be taken 4 times
Transfer acceptability: CSU
Rehearsal and performance of solo and group scenes from Broadway musicals dating from the 1930’s to the present.

TA 182 Introduction to Arts Management (3)
9 hours laboratory
Note: Cross listed as AMS 182/ART 182/DNCE 182/MUS 182; may be taken 3 times
Transfer acceptability: CSU
An introduction to the principles and practices of arts management through an interdisciplinary study of management topics in the visual and performing arts.

TA 183 Internship in Arts Management (3)
9 hours laboratory
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of ‘C’ in AMS/ART/DANCE/MUS or TA 182
Note: Cross listed as AMS 183/ART 183/DNCE 183/MUS 183; may be taken 3 times
Transfer acceptability: CSU
Practical experience in arts management in the visual and performing arts.

TA 184 Creative Theatre Ensemble (3)
3 hours lecture
Note: May be taken 4 times
Transfer acceptability: CSU; UC
Students (actors, designers, directors, musicians, visual artists, etc.) will work together as an ensemble to create theater performances that rely on discipline, skill, imagination, and artistic courage.

TA 197C Rehearsal and Performance (.5-3)
1½ to 9 hours laboratory
Note: May be open entry/open exit; may be taken 4 times
Transfer acceptability: CSU; UC
Participation in a departmental theatre or musical theatre production as an actor, assistant director or production support.

TA 197D Stage Crew Workshop (.5-3)
1½ to 9 hours laboratory
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of ‘C’ in TA/ENTT 105 or TA III, or concurrent enrollment in TA/ENTT105 or TA III
Note: May be open entry/open exit; At least one unit of this course is required of all theatre arts majors; may be taken 4 times
Transfer acceptability: CSU; UC
Participation in college dramatic and musical productions as a member of the stage crew or house staff.

TA 197E Management of Theatre Activities (.5-3)
1½ to 9 hours laboratory
Note: May be taken 4 times
Transfer acceptability: CSU
The principles of organization, operation, and planning for theatre management including programming, ticket sales, box office records, and promotional news release writing. Practical use applied to theatre productions.

TA 197F Theatre Topics (.5 – 4)
Units awarded in topics courses are dependent upon the number of hours required of the student. Any combination of lecture and/or laboratory may be scheduled by the department. Refer to Class Schedule.
Note: May be taken 4 times
Transfer acceptability: CSU; UC –Credit determined by UC upon review of course syllabus
Topics in theatre. See Class Schedule for specific topic offered. Course title will designate subject covered.

TA 216 Intermediate Acting II: Character Development (3)
3 hours lecture
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of ‘C’ in TA116
Note: May be taken 4 times
Transfer acceptability: CSU; UC (Pending)
Several approaches to the task of creating a character will be offered. Physical, vocal, psychological, and emotional aspects of character will be developed in depth.

TA 217 Intensive Actor Training (3)
3 hours lecture
Note: May be taken 3 times
Transfer acceptability: CSU; UC (Pending)
The application of rigorous actor training techniques to develop the actor’s ability to create compelling performances. The coursework will integrate physical, vocal and imagination training with psychological work, text analysis and ensemble training.

TA 297 Experimental Topics in Theatre (1, 2, 3)
3, 6, or 9 hours laboratory
Prerequisite: Previous theatre experience
Note: May be taken 4 times
Transfer acceptability: CSU; UC – Credit determined by UC upon review of course syllabus
Designed for students with particular interest in advanced projects, including individual research. Tutoring and performance for college classes and community.