Theatre and Electronic Media Performance—Courses

Foundation

FA 2640 - Stage Makeup

A practical guide to the theory and practice of makeup for the stage. Students will study basic techniques including corrective, aging, character makeup, and special effects.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2009-2010 academic year

FA 2663 - Career Development

Provides students the opportunity to attend professional events which contribute to the development of their careers. Students will experience seminars, workshops, performance opportunities, competitions, and may perform services and interact with professionals at such events as KCACTF, AES, USITT, and URTA.
Credits: 1.0; Repeatable to a Max of 6
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-1)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Sound Design, Theatre & Entertain Tech (BS), Theatre & Electr. Media Perf., Audio Production & Technology

FA 2710 - Movement for Performers

Develops physical flexibility and strength, beginning with discovery of the body's physical center. The student will learn to create characters by focusing on posture, movement in space, and kinesics.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2009-2010 academic year

FA 3663 - Professional Presentation

Provides students the opportunity to present at professional events which contribute to the development of their careers. Students will prepare and present design, technical, or performance projects, papers, and/or posters to be viewed and critiqued by professionals at such events as KCACTF, AES, USITT, and URTA.
Credits: 1.0; Repeatable to a Max of 4
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-1)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Pre-Requisite(s): FA 3700(C) or FA 3730(C) or FA 3750(C) or FA 3760(C)

FA 3810 - Ancient Theatre History

Study of the Cultural History of Theatre from is likely beginnings through the English Restoration, including traditions of both eastern and western theatre.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall

FA 3821 - Modern Theatre History

Study of the Cultural History of Theatre from the end of the English Restoration through the contemporary era.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Spring

FA 3880 - Readings in Dramatic Literature

An examination of dramatic literature with an emphasis on theatre production. Students will examine a selection of plays each semester. Students can repeat the course up to four times; each semester examines different plays.
Credits: 1.0; Repeatable to a Max of 4
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-3)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Theatre & Entertain Tech (BA), Theatre & Entertain Tech (BS), Sound Design, Theatre & Electr. Media Perf., Audio Production & Technology; May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman

Performance

FA 2660 - Acting Practicum

Students selected to be members of the cast or to serve as assistant directors or stage managers for plays produced by the Department of Visual and Performing Arts may enroll in this class with the permission of the faculty director.
Credits: variable to 3.0; May be repeated
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Restrictions: Permission of instructor required

FA 2570 - Music Lessons for Brass, Woodwind, String, Percussion, Harp, Piano, Voice, Guitar

Private music instruction on brass, woodwind, string, and percussion instruments, and harp, piano, voice, and guitar. Separate course fee required. One semester may be counted toward General Education Co-Curricular requirements. After enrolling, email lessons@mtu.edu.
Credits: 0.5; May be repeated; Graded Pass/Fail Only
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-1)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

FA 2580 - Group Voice

The fundamentals of speech and singing including information about the vocal instrument, the vocal process, vocal technique, and how to learn and perform simple solo songs.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Spring, Summer

FA 2600 - Beginning Acting

Teaches basic techniques of acting to include script and character analysis, internal and external approaches to performance, and basic use of voice and body.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

FA 2650 - Audition Techniques

Students learn to prepare for the many types of auditions encountered in the professional world of performance through simulated audition situations, from the theatrical cattle-call to the screen test in film. Additionally, professional interviewing techniques are taught and practiced through simulation.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2009-2010 academic year
Pre-Requisite(s): FA 2600

FA 2830 - Voice and Articulation

An applied study of the use of voice. Students work to develop a stronger, more vibrant and articulate professional speech. Accent reduction is covered extensively.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2010-2011 academic year

FA 3620 - Acting for Television and Film

Advanced applications of fundamental acting technique and presentation skills with the added dynamic of the camera. Students will explore scene work for television and film, as well as commercial performance techniques for advertising in digital media.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
Semesters Offered: Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2013-2014 academic year

FA 3680 - Period Acting Styles

Provides knowledge and experience in playing the manners, movement, and language in plays of the most frequently performed periods.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2008-2009 academic year
Pre-Requisite(s): FA 2600 or FA 2820

FA 3710 - Vocal Approaches for Theatre and Electronic Media

Students will learn vocal approaches to specific types of speaking situations, including radio commercials, instructional videos, announcing, cartoons, and theatrical productions. Students will practice vocal projection for a large theatre/auditorium, as well as microphone technique for electronic media.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2008-2009 academic year

FA 3975 - Portfolio Development

Techniques for building a professional design and technical portfolio for the theatre and entertainment industry. The final result of the course will be a portfolio of all work to date.
Credits: 1.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-1-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall
Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore

FA 4620 - Musical Theatre Performance

Provides specialized experience in performance styles of the musical theatre through scene-study and process from sheet music to the stage.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2009-2010 academic year

FA 4970 - Visual and Performing Arts Final Project

Capstone course extending the student's knowledge and skill in a chosen fine arts discipline through independent research or other focused creative activity. A detailed proposal of the student's final project must be approved in writing by a Visual and Performing Arts faculty advisor before the student enrolls in FA4970.
Credits: variable to 3.0
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Restrictions: Permission of instructor required; May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore