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SUMMARY

Below is just a small sample of courses you’ll take as a Theatre major at Jessup. This list is not a guide for course selection. It was created to give you a peek at the program’s academic offerings. For official program requirements, please see the current course catalog.

Major Courses (9 Units)

The following courses are part of the requirement for this major and are recommended to fulfill general education requirements.

Students will study the development of theatre from Ancient Greece until the Restoration within this course. They will become familiar with the texts, spaces, conventions, practitioners, and values behind the theatre created during these theatrical periods.

Students will study the development of theatre from the Restoration through the Contemporary Theatre world within this course. They will study the texts, spaces, conventions, practitioners, and values behind the theatre created during these theatrical periods.

This course provides an overview of best practices in managing your personal finances. Starting from a Biblical perspective, the course explores a breadth of money issues and common pitfalls that a Christian face while in college and after graduation. Topics include: God owns it all, budgeting, credit cards, debt, savings, compound interest, retirement planning, purchasing large assets like automobiles, investment alternatives, home buying, contentment, and generosity.

Core Courses (26 Units)

The Creative Christian is the cornerstone to a performing or visual arts student’s education. Within this course, the student will learn about the nature and purpose of art viewed through a Judeo-Christian lens. They will discover how this knowledge can guide their aesthetic comprehension as they observe, create, and support art and artists. Using both the Bible and other powerful literature derived from some of the great aestheticians of our time, the student will be able to approach art with a newly developed critical eye to guide them through the rest of their study in the creative arts.

Students will study various elements of the theatre profession within this course. They will become familiar with requisites and practices of theatre professionals: actors, directors, designers, dramaturgs, and arts administrators. Students will learn valuable information such as marketing, etiquette, and audition and interview skills that prepare them for the pre-professional and professional theatre business.

Though this course, students will become acquainted with the professional terms and techniques for the basics of technical theatre focusing on stagecraft, stage lighting, sound design, set design, and costume design. Students will learn the standards of current theatre, as well as look at past styles and where the art is going in the future.

This is the fundamental course for the acting track. The student will learn about the basic building blocks of human behavior within this course and begin to discover what it means to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances. The purpose of this course is to dissolve bad performing habits within the actor and to build good habits so that the actor can deliver a simple, honest and objective-driven performance. The student will learn how to craft a simple objective and to approach basic character analysis from the actor’s point of view.

This course is intended to give students an understanding of what happens behind the scenes in a theatrical production. Students will get practical experience working in a specific role within a production crew. The student has the potential to get experience as a stagehand, on costumes, set construction, light and sound board operation, stage management, properties, and other various assignments pertinent to the theatrical production.

THE250 | Voice Diction
The purpose of this course is to aid students with their annunciation, volume, clarity, and presence when speaking in public. The student will master breathing, relaxation, and phonation techniques that will free their natural voice and give them control over their vocal instrument. The student will also learn the International Phonetic Alphabet as a way to deal with regionalization and dialect issues.

ART351 | Two-Dimensional Design
An introductory course introducing the fundamentals of design and focusing on terms and techniques that are relevant to two dimensional design. Students will deal with line, space, form, color and color theory, shape, value balance, texture, order, tension, rhythm and more as they explore the two-dimensional world of art both past and present.

This course will provide tools for students to analyze plays as theatre literature from the perspective of performance and directing such as structural approaches, historical/biographical approaches, a study of genres, psychoanalytic approaches, and moral/philosophical approaches to include Judeo-Christian core values.

(a) Students will get their head shots and resumes, as well as prepare their websites in this course. Students will also put together a professional audition package as well as learn about unions, agents, and managers. They will brush up on their theological aesthetics, all in preparation to enter the professional theatre world.

(b) Students will get their head shots and resumes, as well as prepare their websites in this course. Students will apply to various professional and technical positions as well as learn about unions, agents, and managers. They will brush up on their theological aesthetics, all in preparation to enter the professional theatre world from the production side.

(c) Students will get their head shots and resumes, as well as prepare their websites in this course. Students will put together a strategic plan for engaging the professional theatre world as an artist, manager, and entrepreneur as well as learn about unions, agents, and managers. They will brush up on their theological aesthetics, all in preparation to enter the professional theatre world on the management side.

THE475 | Professional Experience
A student will enter into a professional theatrical experience for credit. This could be an internship but is more likely to be an apprenticeship or a legitimate job in their field of study. The purpose of this experience is for practical, professional experience in their chosen field. Students must adhere to the rules and regulations put forth by the theatre program and their advisor concerning the senior project in order to receive credit for their professional experience.

THE477 | Senior Project in Theatre
The student must put forth a proposal for a devised artistic experience that the student will manage from the conception to the delivery of the experience. Students must adhere to the rules and regulations put forth by the theatre program and their advisor concerning the senior project in order to receive credit for their senior project.

Theatre Specialization

Students must choose a specialization listed below.

Acting Specialization (27 units)

This course prepares students to give a physically compelling, authentic, and powerful performance for the stage. Utilizing movement methods such as Suzuki, Mask, and others, students will build a technique that will free themselves physically and increase their ability to create convincing, dynamic characters.

This is the second and more advanced course for the acting track. Students will learn how to break down and score a scene to enhance their understanding of the story and their place within it. They will begin to refine their technique towards a more truthful performance within the imaginary circumstances of the play. The student will become excellent at script and character analysis, not only understanding the story but also their function in the story at any given time.

This advanced course in acting will solidify the skills already approached in the previous acting classes and venture into the world of William Shakespeare. Students will begin to learn how to act in a theatrical style that is different than their own. The student will also approach heightened language and physical characterization that supports the needs of the time period and learn how to effectively analyze a Shakespearean text for understanding utilizing scansion and other analytical tools.

In this course, theatre students will learn the basic stylistic adjustments needed to craft a compelling and believable performance on film. The student will be dealing with multiple on-camera styles including commercials, sitcom, night time drama, and many others.

This course is intended to give theatre students the tools to successfully direct a compelling performance on the stage. Students will be introduced to the many ways to physically communicate a story with actors, sets, props, lights and sound. The students will learn techniques of blocking within different stage styles, how to communicate with actors, how to communicate with the design team and casting a vision for a production.

Theatre Design and Technology Specialization (12 units)

This course will cover the role and expectations of the stage management team throughout the entire run of a theatrical production. Students will learn the foundation and practices of professional theatrical stage management through theoretical and experiential learning.

This course will take students through the basics needed to provide a lighting design for a theatrical production. Students will study everything from the individual technology (light types and styles, control dimmers, LED, moving lights, etc.) to color mixing and programming.

In this course, students will explore how to create a compelling set design for a production from conceptualization through drafting and building. Students will engage multiple tools to achieve the professional standards in design.

In this course, students will be exposed to the history of fashion and costume design and will explore how to create a compelling and appropriate costume design for a production from conceptualization to the build. The students will learn the fundamental tools and techniques to create and maintain costumes of various periods.

This course is intended to give theatre students the tools to successfully direct a compelling performance on the stage. Students will be introduced to the many ways to physically communicate a story with actors, sets, props, lights and sound. The students will learn techniques of blocking within different stage styles, how to communicate with actors, how to communicate with the design team and casting a vision for a production.

Theatre Management Specialization (27 units)

This course applies the elements of design into a web-based medium and then prepares a student to use those elements to create an online presence. Students will learn how to design and create compelling web pages and explore how to market themselves in the online world. They will learn the design tools and coding necessary to create a strategic and visually captivating web presence.

A general explanation of the law including its sources, development, and terminology. Specific legal doctrines and principles that affect business including an introduction to contracts, legal documents, and property are covered. Business organizations such as corporations and partnerships are described.

A general explanation of the analysis of marketing opportunities; planning of marketing programs with emphasis on product, price, promotion and distribution; control of the marketing effort; social and ethical responsibilities of marketing.

This course provides students with an overview of the unique management implications of the non-profit sector. It examines the roles of the executive director, the board, staff, fund-raisers and volunteers. Students will cover the major business functions and how they apply to the unique nature of nonprofits and discuss current trends in the management of these organizations.

An overview of project management from both strategic and operational points of view. Quantitative methods include project planning, budgeting, evaluation, selection, scheduling and control. Project management software will be used to illustrate the concepts. Qualitative methods include project organization structure, staffing and team building. The role and responsibilities of the project manager will be discussed.

Musical Theatre Specialization (27 units)

This course prepares students to give a physically compelling, authentic, and powerful performance for the stage. Utilizing movement methods such as Suzuki, Mask, and others, students will build a technique that will free themselves physically and increase their ability to create convincing, dynamic characters.

This is the second and more advanced course for the acting track. Students will learn how to break down and score a scene to enhance their understanding of the story and their place within it. They will begin to refine their technique towards a more truthful performance within the imaginary circumstances of the play. The student will become excellent at script and character analysis, not only understanding the story but also their function in the story at any given time.

This practical course in dance will explore the terms and style involved with this core dance genre—ballet. Students will gain flexibility, strength, control, skill, and exposure to this foundational dance form through exercises and practiced choreography from ballet.

This practical course in dance will explore the terms and style involved with American jazz dancing. Students will gain exposure and strengthen skills in this specifically American form of dance through exercises and practiced choreography associated with jazz and its related styles.

This course will train students in the fundamental technique applicable to both the Broadway and Jazz style of tap dance and learn about the development of tap dancing from its early American origins up through contemporary styles.

THE334 | Musical Theatre Dance
This overview in musical theatre dance will deliver fundamental dance technique in both ballet and jazz to the student, explore the history and background of the different practitioners and dance styles within musical theatre, and culminate in a series of performances by the student within multiple genres of musical theatre dance.

THE335 | Swing and Social Dance
This introductory course will study an overview of social dance forms with an emphasis on the swing dance style of the 30s and 40s. Students will study the fundamental movement techniques required to perform these dance forms successfully including leading/following communication within the partnership.

This advanced course in acting will solidify the skills already approached in the previous acting classes and venture into the world of William Shakespeare. Students will begin to learn how to act in a theatrical style that is different than their own. The student will also approach heightened language and physical characterization that supports the needs of the time period and learn how to effectively analyze a Shakespearean text for understanding utilizing scansion and other analytical tools.

This course will give students experience performing in this heightened and widely produced form of American theatre. The student will work on the techniques associated with performing scenes and songs and solos as well as group numbers and will discuss the musical theatre audition experience.

In this course, theatre students will learn the basic stylistic adjustments needed to craft a compelling and believable performance on film. The student will be dealing with multiple on-camera styles including commercials, sitcom, night time drama, and many others.

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