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PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

 

THEATER 
Donna Snow, Chair 
Jan Silverman, Undergraduate Adviser 
(215) 204-6840 

The objective of the undergraduate curriculum in Theater is to introduce students to the broad view of the theater as an important cultural institution and at the same time provide the opportunity to develop creative, cognitive, and communication skills. 
Specifically, we aim to: 

1. offer essential training in theater and the related arts so that the student is prepared for further training and/or experience at the graduate and/or professional levels; 

2. provide the opportunity for the student to develop as high a level of cognitive and communications (reading, writing, speaking, movement) skills as the individual's own capacities permit; 

3. provide through the production program an arena for optimum development of social and living skills; and 

4. cultivate the enlargement of interests to the end that the student's potential for achievement, life enjoyment, and responsibility to a democratic and diverse society is vastly extended. 

These objectives are facilitated by the University requirement that all undergraduate students complete a common Core of approximately 36 credits in addition to their major area. Further, the department requires study in one subject outside of Theater to further encourage the enlargement of the student's interests. 

In addition to the intensive classes in all disciplines, the department encourages workshop productions done by students, faculty, or staff. These opportunities augment participation in major productions and are a natural extension of classroom work. 

The student's curriculum is intended to balance work within the Department of Theater and work in broad areas of education outside the department with practical experience in the many phases of theater production. The successful student can leave the program with a background of basic skills and information as well as practical experience in the theatrical discipline. The Theater 
major provides an excellent educational opportunity for students, regardless of career objectives. 

Faculty Advising 
Advising is an important part of the education of students in Theater. Majors are first assigned to the Academic Advising Center and later to a faculty adviser. Students are encouraged to consult their adviser on academic matters, production experiences, and career objectives. 

Requirements for the Degree 
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater is organized to provide Theater core courses which each entering class takes together throughout their four year program and emphasis areas which can be selected. The degree will be awarded to students who have met the following requirements:  1. Graduation requirements of Temple University, including successful completion of the University Core Curriculum. 

2. Completion of the following required Theater core courses with a grade of C or better in each course: 

Theater Core Courses

  • 0119 Creativity: Basic
  • 3 s.h
  • C110 Theater: The Collaborative Art
  • 3 s.h
  • 0011 Introduction to Theater Process
  • 3 s.h
  • 0027 Introduction to Acting
  • 3 s.h
  • 0041 Technical Theater Production
  • 3 s.h
  • 0243 Principles of Design
  • ;
    3 s.h
  • W303 The Classical Tradition
  • 3 s.h
  • W304 The Romantic Tradition
  • 3 s.h
  • 0305 Modern Directions
  • 3 s.h
  • 0307 Seminar in Drama
  • 3 s.h
    OR  3 s.h
  • 0372 History of Modern Scenic Design
  • 3 s.h
    OR  3 s.h
  • 0312 American Musical Theater
  • ;
    3 s.h
  • 0335 Introduction to the Director's Art
  • 3 s.h.
    3 s.h
  • 0100 Production Practicum (1 s.h. each semester the student is enrolled as a major) up to 8 s.h. 
  • 3 s.h

      3. One course in art history (may also satisfy the University Core Curriculum Arts requirement)                                                                  3 s.h. 

    4. One course in non-dramatic literature                                3 s.h. 

    5. Exploratory concentration 12 s.h. in any one department or 12 s.h. which constitute an interdisciplinary study planned with the student's adviser and approved by the Chair of the Department of Theater. The concentration may include the required course in art history or the required course in non-dramatic literature. It may not include English C050. 

    6. Completion of a minimum of 63 s.h. outside of Theater. 

    7. No more than 20 credits of work in the major field may be transferred from another institution. 

    8. All Theater majors must pass the placement tests in English and mathematics. A student who fails any one of these tests must successfully complete English 0040 and the required mathematics course(s).

    9. Students must fulfill the library workbook requirement. 


    NOTE: The following courses can be repeated for credit in Theater 

    • 0117 Performance Art 
    • 0121 Voice for the Actor 
    • 0123/0223 Basic Movement/Movement for the Actor 
    • 0125 Acting Workshop 
    • 0126 Basic Acting Technique 
    • 0225 Intermediate Acting I 
    • 0246 Stage Management I 
    • 0277 Scene Painting II 
    • 0307 Seminar in Drama 
    • 0319 Acting for Film and TV 
    • 0325 Advanced Acting 
    • 0328 Stage Combat (u.g.) 
    The following are suggested four-year course plans for the student entering with no high school deficiencies and passing the placement tests in English and mathematics: 

    General Theater Studies  First Year 
    First Semester 

    • 0119 Creativity: Basic 
    • C110 Theater: the Collaborative Art 
    • 0100 Production Practicum 
    • English C050 or R050 (Core) 
    • Quantitative Reasoning A (Core) 
    • Elective 
    Second Semester 
    • 0027 Introduction to Acting 
    • 0011 Introduction to the Theater Process 
    • 0100 Production Practicum 
    • Intellectual Heritage X051 (Core) 
    • American Culture (Core) 
    • Quantitative Reasoning B (Core) 
    Second Year 
    First Semester 
    • 0041 Technical Theater Production 
    • 0100 Production Practicum 
    • Theater or other elective 
    • Intellectual Heritage X052 (Core) 
    • Science A (Core) 
    • Elective 
    Second Semester 
    • 0243 Principles of Design 
    • 0100 Production Practicum 
    • Theater or other elective 
    • Theater or other elective 
    • Science B (Core) 
    • Art History (Theater Core) 
    Third Year 
    First Semester 
    • W303 The Classical Tradition 
    • 0100 Production Practicum 
    • Theater or other elective 
    • Language or International Studies (Core) 
    • Individual and Society (Core) 
    • Exploratory Concentration 
    Second Semester 
    • W304 The Romantic Tradition 
    • 0100 Production Practicum 
    • Theater or other elective 
    • Non-Dramatic Literature (Theater Core) 
    • Language or International Studies (Core) 
    • Exploratory Concentration 
    Fourth Year 
    First Semester 
    • 0305 Modern Directions 
    • 0335 Introduction to the Director's Art 
    • 0100 Production Practicum 
    • Exploratory Concentration 
    • Theater or other elective 
    • Elective 
    Second Semester 
    • 0307 Seminar in Drama 

    • OR 
    • 0372 History of Modern Scenic Design 

    • OR 
    • 0312 American Musical Theater 
    • 0100 Production Practicum 
    • Theater or other elective 
    • Exploratory Concentration 
    • Elective 
    • Elective 

    Acting Emphasis 
    First Year 
    First Semester 

    • 0119 Creativity: Basic 
    • C110 Theater: the Collaborative Art 
    • 0100 Production Practicum 
    • English C050 or R050 (Core) 
    • Quantitative Reasoning A (Core) 
    • Elective 
    Second Semester 
    • 0027 Introduction to Acting 
    • 0011 Introduction to the Theater Process 
    • 0100 Production Practicum 
    • Intellectual Heritage X051 (Core) 
    • American Culture (Core) 
    • Quantitative Reasoning B (Core) 
    Second Year 
    First Semester 
    • 0121 Voice and the Actor 
    • 0041 Technical Theater Production 
    • 0100 Production Practicum 
    • Intellectual Heritage X052 (Core) 
    • Science A (Core) 
    • Elective or Exploratory Concentration 
    Second Semester 
    • 0123 Basic Movement 
    • 0126 Basic Acting Technique 
    • 0243 Principles of Design 
    • 0100 Production Practicum 
    • Science B (Core) 
    • Art History (Theater Core) 
    Third Year 
    First Semester 
    • 0127 Speech for the Actor 
    • 0328 Stage Combat 
    • W303 The Classical Tradition 
    • 0100 Production Practicum 
    • Individual and Society (Core) 
    • Language or International Studies (Core) 
    Second Semester 
    • 0225 Intermediate Acting 
    • W304 The Romantic Tradition 
    • 0100 Production Practicum 
    • Non-Dramatic Literature (Theater Core) 
    • Language or International Studies (Core) 
    • Exploratory Concentration 
    Fourth Year 
    First Semester 
    • 0325 Advanced Acting 
    • 0305 Modern Directions 
    • 0335 Introduction to the Director's Art 
    • 0100 Production Practicum 
    • Exploratory Concentration 
    • Electives 
    Second Semester 
    • 0329 Theater as a Profession 
    • 0307 Seminar in Drama

    • OR 
    • 0372 History of Modern Scenic Design

    • OR 
    • 0312 American Musical Theater 
    • 0100 Production Practicum 
    • Exploratory Concentration 
    • Elective 
    • Elective 

    Design Emphasis 
    First Year 
    First Semester 

    • 0119 Creativity: Basic 
    • C110 Theater: the Collaborative Art 
    • 0100 Production Practicum 
    • English C050 or R050 (Core) 
    • Mathematics A (Core) 
    • Elective 
    Second Semester 
    • 0041 Technical Theater Production 
    • 0011 Introduction to the Theater Process 
    • 0100 Production Practicum 
    • Intellectual Heritage X051 (Core) 
    • American Culture (Core) 
    • Mathematics B (Core) 
    Second Year 
    First Semester 
    • 0025 Basic Acting 
    • 0100 Production Practicum 
    • 0351 Introduction to Lighting or 0373 Drawing and Rendering 
    • Intellectual Heritage X052 (Core) 
    • Science A (Core) 
    • Individual and Society (Core) 
    Second Semester 
    • 0243 Principles of Design 
    • 0352 Lighting Design I or 0378 Scene Design I or 0360 Costume Design I 
    • 0100 Production Practicum 
    • Theater or other elective 
    • Science B (Core) 
    • Art History (Theater Core) 
    Third Year 
    First semester 
    • W303 The Classical Tradition 
    • 0100 Production Practicum 
    • 0341 Technical Direction for the Theater or 0351 Introduction to Lighting Design or 0367 Costume Production and 0363 History of Costume 
    • Language or International Studies (Core) 
    Second Semester 
    • 0378 Scene Design I or 0352 Lighting Design I or 0368 Draping and Flat Pattern Drafting 
    • W304 The Romantic Tradition 
    • 0100 Production Practicum 
    • Non-Dramatic Literature (Theater Core) 
    • Language or International Studies (Core) 
    • Exploratory Concentration 
    Fourth Year 
    First Semester 
    • 0353 Lighting Design II or 0379 Scene Design II or 0361 Costume Design II 
    • 0305 Modern Directions 
    • 0335 Introduction to the Director's Art 
    • 0100 Production Practicum 
    • Exploratory Concentration 
    • Elective 
    Second Semester 
    • 0307 Seminar in Drama 

    • OR 
    • 0372 History of Modern Scenic Design 

    • OR 
    • 0312 American Musical Theater 
    • 0100 Production Practicum 
    • Theater or other elective 
    • Exploratory Concentration 
    • Exploratory Concentration 
    • Elective 

    Requirements for the Minor in Theater 
    Required courses 

    • C110 Theater: The Collaborative Art 
    • 0011 Introduction to the Theater Process 
    • 0100 Production Practicum (two semesters): 
    • W303 Classical Tradition or W304 Romantic Tradition or 0305 Modern Directions 
    • Plus three courses from the selection below for a total of 20 s.h. 
    The minor course studies should be developed with an adviser in the Department of Theater. 

    Additional courses for students interested in theater history and literature 

    • W303 Classical Tradition 
    • 0305 Modern Directions 
    • 0372 History of Modern Scenic Design 
    • W304 Romantic Tradition 
    • 0307 Seminar in Drama 
    • 0363 History of Costume and Architectural Decor 
    Additional courses for students interested in theater performance 
    • C025 Acting for Non-Majors 
    • 0120 Basic Acting II 
    • 0126 Basic Acting Technique 
    • 0225 Intermediate Acting 
    • 0325 Advanced Acting 
    • 0121 Voice for the Actor 
    • 0123 Basic Movement 
    • 0127 Speech for the Actor 
    • 0223 Movement for the Actor 
    Additional courses for students interested in theater design and technology 
    • 0041 Technical Theater Production 
    • 0276 Scene Painting 
    • 0351 Lighting for the Theater 
    • 0360/0361 Costume Design I and II 
    • 0341 Technical Direction for the Theater 
    • 0243 Principles of Design 
    • 0373 Drawing and Rendering Technique 
    • 0352/0353 Lighting Design I and II 
    • 0378/0379 Scene Design I and II 
    Additional courses for students interested in theater producing/directing 
    • 0041 Technical Theater Production 
    • 0246 Stage Management 
    • Directing Practicum 
    • C025 Acting for Non-Majors 
    • 0335 Introduction to the Director's Art 
    • 0243 Principles of Design 
    Transfer credits are not accepted for credit for the minor in theater. Students must receive the permission of their adviser before starting in this program. Once the minor has been approved, students must follow the academic rules of the Department of Theater for all theater courses. Minor credit is not given for theater grades below C. Students must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA in the minor. Students with Theater averages under 2.0 for more than two semesters will be dropped from the program. Students with averages under 2.0 may not begin the program. 

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