Theatre Arts Courses

THEA 2: Introduction to Theatrical Design

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 unit

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID THTR 172

This course is a survey of design in scenery, lighting, costumes, makeup and properties. Additional topics in theatrical equipment and construction techniques are explored through demonstration. Information is applicable to all formal theatrical applications.

THEA 5A: Introduction to Film Making

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course provides an introduction to the basic elements and terminology of filmmaking. In addition to studying films visual aesthetics, techniques of filmmaking and the duties of the filmmaking team are demonstrated. Pass/No Pass Option

THEA 5B: Introduction to Film Making

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is for the student who has completed Theatre 5A. Students have the opportunity to continue developing skills and techniques used in filmmaking. Lecture, discussion and individual/group projects are combined to help the student acquire a more advanced knowledge of producing, directing and editing.

THEA 6A: Writing for Film and Television

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

An introductory course in script writing for film and television designed to provide students with the skills needed to write various length TV/Film scripts, including commercials, narrative and educational screenplays. Pass/No Pass Option

THEA 6B: Writing for Film and Television

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: THEA 6A

Acceptable for credit: California State University

A continuation of 6A, concentrating on screen writing techniques, forms and concepts. Development of screenplays and teleplays for various media markets will be examined. Pass/No Pass Option

THEA 7A: Acting for Film and Television

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Advisory: THEA 40A

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is an introduction to the technique of acting in front of a camera. It includes participation in film acting projects and television production. Students will also learn the terminology of the TV/Film Studio. Pass/No Pass Option

THEA 7B: Acting for Film and Television

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Advisory: THEA 40A

Prerequisite: THEA 7A

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This is a follow-up course to THEA 7A. It includes continued participation in film acting projects and television production. Students will apply television terminology to their behind-the scene activities. Pass/No Pass Option

THEA 10: Introduction to Theatre

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID THTR 111

This course is an introduction to the world of theatre. This introduction includes dramatic literature, technical theatre, theatre history, production techniques and the critical evaluation of productions.

THEA 10H: Honors Theatre Appreciation

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

Honors Theatre Appreciation uses the pedagogical methods common to all Honors courses: interdisciplinary, writing- intensive, collaborative, and experiential instruction. Course content makes connection through a common theme with other courses offered within the specified transdisciplinary unit. This course present an overview of the world of theatre, including dramatic literature, technical theatre, production techniques and the critical evaluation of productions.

THEA 11A: Script Analysis: Classical

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID THTR 114

This course is a survey of dramatic literature from ancient Greece and Rome through the Italian Renaissance and the French Neo-Classical period with an emphasis on preparation for production. Through reading and analysis of representative plays selected from each of the major dramatic periods within this frame, and through consideration of theatrical conventions and aesthetic influences, the course fully explores an in-depth methodology of reading, analyzing and understanding the play scripts intended for production. Pass/No Pass Option

THEA 11B: Script Analysis: Modern Realism

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID THTR 114

This course is a survey of world dramatic literature from 1860 to the present with an emphasis on realism and naturalism and an examination of these plays for production. Through consideration of theatrical conventions and aesthetic influences, the course fully explores an in-depth methodology of reading, analyzing and understanding the play scripts intended for production. Pass/No Pass Option

THEA 11C: Script Analysis: Contemporary/Absurdist

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID THTR 114

This course is a survey of dramatic literature from the early 20th century to the present. Emphasis is placed on absurdism and modern theatre styles and the preparation of such plays for production. Through reading and analysis of representative plays selected and through consideration of theatrical conventions and aesthetic influences, the course fully explores an in-depth methodology of reading, analyzing and understanding the play scripts intended for production. Pass/No Pass Option

THEA 12: Survey of Musical Theatre

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is a survey of musical theatre from the mid-19th century to present day. Emphasis is placed on the stylistic distinctions of the musical and the contribution of individual composers, librettists, lyricists, choreographers, directors and designers to the genre of musical theatre. Students study the genre’s social and cultural significance as a separate and distinctive art form. Pass/No Pass Option

THEA 14A: Survey of Film

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

Survey of Film is an introductory film course in which primary focus is placed on the cinematic development of genre classics in Horror and Science Fiction. Critical analysis from an audience perspective includes readings, lectures and discussions covering conventions, history, evolution, terminology, and technique. Pass/No Pass Option

THEA 14B: Survey of Film

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

Survey of Film is an introductory film course in which primary focus is placed on the cinematic development of genre classics in Westerns and Musicals. Critical analysis from an audience perspective includes readings, lectures and discussions covering conventions, history, evolution, terminology, and technique. Pass/No Pass Option

THEA 14C: Survey of Film

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

Survey of film is an introductory film course in which primary focus is placed on the cinematic development of gangster and detective films. Critical analysis from an audience perspective includes readings, lectures, and discussions covering genre conventions, history, evolution, terminology, and technique. Pass/No Pass Option

THEA 15: Film Appreciation

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is intended as a critical analysis of the film media from an audience perspective. Elements of film production from cinematic structure, style and historical perspective are explored. Included in the course are readings, Lecture and discussions on the theory and practice of filmmaking with an emphasis on producers, directors, actors and critics.

THEA 18A: Introduction to Stage Lighting

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID THTR 173

This is an introductory course in the theory, methods and application of stage lighting. The course involves the study of different approaches to light design, the study of the physics of stage lighting and color in light. The course also serves as an introduction to the lighting instruments themselves and the practical work involved in lighting a staged production.

THEA 19A: Movie Magic – Contemporary Special Effects

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

The students in this course study specific film effects, such as sound, blue screening, animation, morphing, and computer digital effects. This course also traces the way in which early filmic techniques have inspired the creation of special effects by today’s filmmakers and screenwriters. This course is West Valley College Degree and GE applicable under Area C. Humanities. Pass/No Pass Option

THEA 20A: Studio Theater Production Workshop – American Representational

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course provides the analysis and dramatization of acting techniques necessary for performance of the Representational American Theater (1800-1959). Students have the opportunity to participate in rehearsal and regularly scheduled performances of plays and musical performances. This course also provides the student an opportunity to perform in a small, studio style theater. Blocking choices and vocal projection are key elements for study in the course. Admission to the course requires an audition.

THEA 20B: Studio Theater Production Workshop – Modern/Contemporary

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course provides the analysis and dramatization of acting techniques necessary for performance of Modern and Contemporary Theater (1960-Present). This course provides the student an opportunity to perform in a small studio-style theater. Blocking choices and vocal projection are key elements for study in the course. Students participate in rehearsals and regularly scheduled performances of plays and musicals. Admission to the course requires an audition.

THEA 20C: Studio Theater Production Workshop – Classical Greek and European Theater

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course provides the analysis and dramatization of acting techniques necessary for performance of Classical Greek and European Theater. This course provides the student an opportunity to perform in a small, studio-style theater. Blocking choices and vocal projection are key elements for study in the course. Students participate in rehearsals and regularly scheduled performances of plays and musicals. Admission to the course requires an audition.

THEA 20D: Studio Theater Workshop – Musical and Children's Theater

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course provides the analysis and dramatization of acting techniques necessary for performance of Musical and Children’s Theater. This course provides the student an opportunity to perform in a small, studio style theater. Blocking choices and vocal projection are key elements for study in the course. Students participate in rehearsals and regularly scheduled performances of plays and musicals. Admission to the course requires an audition.

THEA 21A: Rehearsal and Performance (Technical)

1 unit: lecture 0 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This entry-level course gives students the opportunity to gain practical experience in the application of production responsibilities in any of the following: stage management, house management, construction, scenery, properties, lighting, sound, and running crews.

THEA 21B: Rehearsal and Performance (Technical)

2 units: lecture 0 units; lab 2 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This intermediate course gives students expanded opportunity to gain practical experience in the application of production responsibilities in any of the following areas: stage management, house management, construction, scenery, properties, lighting, sound, and running crews.

THEA 21C: Rehearsal and Performance (Technical)

3 units: lecture 0 units; lab 3 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID THTR 192

This advanced course gives students expanded opportunity to gain practical experience in the application of production responsibilities. The following areas of stage production are included in the course: stage management, house management, construction, scenery, properties, lighting, sound, and running crews.

THEA 22A: Rehearsal and Performance

1 unit: lecture 0 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This entry-level course gives students the opportunity to gain practical experience in the application of production responsibilities in costume construction, costume maintenance and make-up application.

THEA 22B: Rehearsal and Performance

2 units: lecture 0 units; lab 2 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This intermediate-level course gives students expanded opportunity to gain practical experience in the application of production responsibilities in costume construction, maintenance and make-up application.

THEA 22C: Rehearsal and Performance

3 units: lecture 0 units; lab 3 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This advanced course gives students expanded opportunity to gain practical experience in the application of production responsibilities in costume construction, maintenance and make-up application. Emphasis is placed on advanced design procedures such as the use of computer assisted design and air brush techniques for make-up application.

THEA 26A: Improvisational Theatre Workshop

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

This course explores methods and techniques used to develop spontaneous performance skills in the actor. The types of improvisation covered are the following: partner games, team building, short and long form improv and theater-sports. This course culminates in a final class performance open to the public. Pass/No Pass Option

THEA 27: Selected Topics for the Actor

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course offers instruction and practical experience in a variety of specialized areas within actor training. Two or more of the following subjects will be covered: audition skills, makeup technique, improvisation, musical comedy, theatre movement, stage combat, period style, stage diction and dialect, scene study, acting for television, and professional theatre practices. Pass/No Pass Option

THEA 33A: Stage Movement

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

This movement course is like an acting course in motion, a playground for rediscovering uninhibited, child-like freedom that stimulates students’ imaginations, and opens them up to a pervasive sense of playfulness in their work. Through group exercises and devised assignments, students become more adept at playing in the environment of a scene, creating fully realized characters, and developing their vocabulary in the language of the body.

THEA 33B: Stage Combat

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

This course offers analysis and practice of basic stage combat. Fundamental techniques of hand to hand combat, swordplay and safety techniques are major components of the course. Students develop a personal command and understanding of their body in relation to theatrical physical conflict. Students learn written notation for designing a fight. Styles of stage combat to be covered include Unarmed/Hand to Hand, Rapier and Dagger, Single Sword, Broadsword, and Quarterstaff.

THEA 35A: Voice Production and Articulation

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course offers instruction in the study of vocal development. It is designed to develop, strengthen, and free the voice of the student. The main goals of this course are to introduce a practical approach to vocal freedom and exploration, develop individual actor’s warm-up, and serve as an introduction to the International Phonetic Alphabet and dialect work.

THEA 40A: Acting One

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID THTR 151

This course provides an introduction to acting with an emphasis on one’s personal connection to the character and the scene. The course introduces students to techniques on how to become comfortable in front of an audience. Also, movement and vocal exercises that prepare students for performance are introduced. Other topics that are explored include techniques of scene study and improvisation. Pass/No Pass Option

THEA 40B: Acting Two

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: THEA 40A

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course focuses on the externals an actor uses to create a role. There is continued training in acting skills introduced in THEAR 40A with detailed script and character analysis. The course also introduces auditioning and improvisational skills. Pass/No Pass Option

THEA 40C: Acting Three

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: THEA 40B

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course provides advanced scene study through detailed work on character and scene analysis, acting theory and technique. Students are introduced to classical dramatic literature and have the opportunity to learn how to prepare a formal audition and an actor’s resume. Pass/No Pass Option

THEA 44A: Makeup for Stage and Screen

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID THTR 175

This course is designed to introduce the student to the basic techniques and materials of stage and cinematic makeup. The student has the opportunity to gain an understanding of the process through actual makeup application in the classroom environment. Pass/No Pass Option

THEA 45B: Stagecraft

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID THTR 171

This course serves as an introduction to the theory and practical application of theatrical scenery. Students are exposed to safe operation and handling of tools used in the construction, painting, assembly, and deconstruction of sets used in departmental productions. The course also serves as an introduction to set design including the generation of working drawings and scale models.

THEA 47A: Fundamentals of Costume Design

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID THTR 174

This course is an introduction to the function of theatrical costume and the contribution to the total aesthetic effect of a dramatic production. Design research and principles, costume organization, pattern and construction techniques, sewing equipment use and maintenance, and the function of costume personnel in production work are introduced as a means of developing the individual student’s design capabilities, skills and discipline in costuming.

THEA 70A: Mainstage Theater Production Workshop – American Representational

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID THTR 191

This course provides the analysis and dramatization of acting techniques necessary for performance of the Representational American Theatre (1800-1959). This course provides the student an opportunity to perform in a large proscenium style theatre. Blocking choices and vocal projection are key elements for study in the course. Students participate in rehearsals and regularly scheduled performances of plays and musicals. Admission to the course requires an audition.

THEA 70B: Mainstage Theater Production Workshop – Modern and Contemporary

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID THTR 191

This course provides the analysis and dramatization of acting techniques necessary for performance of Modern and Contemporary Theater (1960-Present). This course provides the student an opportunity to perform in a large proscenium style theater. Blocking choices and vocal projection are key elements for study in the course. Students participate in rehearsals and regularly scheduled performances of plays and musicals. Admission to the course requires an audition.

THEA 70C: Mainstage Theater Production Workshop – Classical Greek and European Theater

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID THTR 191

This course provides the analysis and dramatization of acting techniques necessary for performance of Classical Greek and European Theater. This course provides the student an opportunity to perform in a large proscenium style theater. Blocking choices and vocal projection are key elements for study in the course. Students participate in rehearsals and regularly scheduled performances of plays and musicals. Admission to the course requires an audition.

THEA 70D: Mainstage Theater Production Workshop – Musical and Children's Theater

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID THTR 191

This course provides the analysis and dramatization of acting techniques necessary for performance of Musical and Children’s Theater. This course provides the student an opportunity to perform in a large proscenium style theater. Blocking choices and vocal projection are key elements for study in the course. Students participate in rehearsals and regularly scheduled performances of plays and musicals. Admission to the course requires an audition.

last published: 5/10/18