Theatre and Entertainment Technology—Courses

Foundation

FA 1701 - Backstage Technology

Overview of the basic techniques, theories, and terminology of technical theatre. Focus on practical application of stagecraft and rigging for a theatrical production, safety in technical theatre, physical theatre structures, production processes, and theatre organization.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring

FA 1702 - Lighting and Sound Technology

Overview of the basics of theatrical lighting, stage electrics, audio systems, and techniques for theatrical production. Focus on practical application of static and automated lighting for a theatrical production, including instrumentation and control. Introduction to live sound reinforcement, recording, and complex playback.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring

FA 2701 - Drafting for the Entertainment Industry

Basics of hand drafting conventions and standards used in the entertainment industry. Focus on design and technical techniques for views such as: ground plans, elevations, sections, detail drawings, orthographic projections, scale perspective drawings. Introduces industry-specific CAD programs.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Spring, Summer

FA 2300 - Two-Dimensional Design

Introduction to basic design, composition, and color theory through imagery and design in two-dimensional media. Equal emphasis placed on thought processes and manual skill. The organization of space in two dimensions is taught through a variety of methods and materials. Emphasizes creativity, inventiveness, and experimentation.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-4)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring

FA 3300 - Three-Dimensional Design

Introduction to three-dimensional design concepts. Students create 3-D objects based on 2-D ideations. Learn vocabulary and aesthetics related to 3D design and how they apply to contemporary design.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-4)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1002 or UN 1003

History and Literature

FA 3810 - Ancient Theatre History

An in-depth examination of theatre history from ancient Egypt through the eighteenth century. Studies how the interrelationships among technologies, ideologies, geography, history, architecture, politics, and social expectations affected theatre productions. Students will engage in group investigative research and reporting as well as individual study.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall

FA 3821 - Modern Theatre History

Examination of American and European theatre history from the 1700s to modern times. An emphasis on the interrelationships among technology and theatre space, design and drama, and how culture and society affected style.
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

Practicum

FA 2661 - Backstage Practicum

Open to students selected for the crew of a mainstage theatre production sponsored by the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. Positions on stage crews are open to all MTU students. Work assignments will be made by the technical director of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.
Credits: variable to 3.0; May be repeated
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring

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 3661 - Design & Management Practicum

Open to students who take significant responsibility for a Visual and Performing Arts production, such as stage manager, assistant designer, or assistant director.
Credits: variable to 3.0; May be repeated
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Pre-Requisite(s): FA 2661

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 3975 - Portfolio Development

Techniques for building and presenting an electronic and hardcopy design and technical professional 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 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

Emphasis Areas (Choose Two Areas)

Costume

FA 1703 - Costume Technology

Introduction to basics of costume shop technology, costume construction/sewing. Focus on costume shop procedures, practical use of tools, machines, and techniques through individual projects and costuming for mainstage productions. Overview of hand sewing, pattern drafting, and pattern fitting/alteration.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall

FA 2050 - Drawing I

Exploration and practice of fundamental principles of drawing. Develops skills in representational drawing, perspective, and composition. Develops creative and modern drawing techniques using a wide range of subject matter. Multi-media presentations and discussions illustrate classic principles while encouraging development of individual expression.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-4)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Summer

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 3150 - Life Drawing

Drawing the human form. Combines the elements and principles of drawing with observation and construction of the human form. Emphasizes proportion, structural framework, visual measurement, movement, and relationships. Students work in a variety of drawing media.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-4)
Semesters Offered: Spring
Pre-Requisite(s): FA 2050 or FA 2150

FA 3760 - Costume Design

Fundamentals of designing theatrical costumes through various explorations and projects. Focus on professional design development and presentation techniques: costume renderings, patterning, color/fabric analysis. Also, designer/director relationships, script/character analyses, research, design concepts. Students are introduced to a mainstage theatre design.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2003-2004 academic year
Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman

FA 3860 - Costume History

A study of costume fashion, emphasis on the western world, from antiquity through the 20th Century. Including: basic characteristics of each period, environmental & cultural influences, specific costume terminology. Comparative analysis of historic costume choices found in film & theatre.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year

Design

FA 2050 - Drawing I

Exploration and practice of fundamental principles of drawing. Develops skills in representational drawing, perspective, and composition. Develops creative and modern drawing techniques using a wide range of subject matter. Multi-media presentations and discussions illustrate classic principles while encouraging development of individual expression.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-4)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Summer

FA 2150 - Creative Drawing

Analyzes the visual principles and vocabulary of drawing. Students are trained to observe, distinguish, and relate to the visual world through the process of drawing. Through study of a variety of subjects, students discover how to see, compose, use materials of drawing, work intuitively, and criticize.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-4)
Semesters Offered: Spring

FA 2200 - Watermedia I

Introduction to the unique visual and expressive possibilities inherent in the use of watermedia painting. Equal emphasis on perception, practice, and exploration. Development of basic understanding of watermedia, color principles, line, form, and composition, including watermedia principles of both traditional and contemporary masters. Development of individual thinking and creative expression.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-4)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Summer

FA 3330 - Art History - Prehistory to Renaissance

The world history of art, sculpture, and architecture. Focuses from the Paleolithic period to the Renaissance. Discusses how art relates to religion and informs a more complete view of society and technology. Lecture/discussion/slides, group work, and presentations.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall
Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1002 or UN 1003

FA 3760 - Costume Design

Fundamentals of designing theatrical costumes through various explorations and projects. Focus on professional design development and presentation techniques: costume renderings, patterning, color/fabric analysis. Also, designer/director relationships, script/character analyses, research, design concepts. Students are introduced to a mainstage theatre design.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2003-2004 academic year
Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman

Electrical

EET 1120 - Circuits I

Defines resistance, voltage, current, energy, and power, followed by DC network analysis and network theorems. Includes the analysis of transients in capacitive and inductive networks. Lab exercises use electronic test equipment to analyze circuits constructed from schematics.
Credits: 4.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-2)
Semesters Offered: Spring
Pre-Requisite(s): MA 1031(C) or MA 1032(C) or MA 1160(C) or MA 1161(C) or MA 1135(C)

EET 2120 - Circuits II

Defines and applies sinusoidal steady-state AC concepts such as impedance, complex power, resonance, and frequency response. Applies basic network analysis tools to AC single phase and balanced three-phase networks, bridge circuits, and filters. AC circuit principles are reinforced by coordinated lab exercises.
Credits: 4.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-2)
Semesters Offered: Fall
Pre-Requisite(s): EET 1120 and (MA 1160(C) or MA 1161(C) or MA 1135(C))

EET 2141 - Digital Electronics and Microprocessor Fundamentals

A study of the fundamental components used in digital logic circuits and microcomputer architecture and programming. Topics include: number systems and codes, Boolean algebra, combinational logic circuits, flip-flops, arithmetic circuits, counters and registers, decoders, multiplexers, memory organization, microcomputer addressing modes, stacks and subroutines.
Credits: 4.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-2)
Semesters Offered: Fall
Pre-Requisite(s): EET 1120 or EET 1411

EET 2220 - Electronic Devices & Circuits

Introduction to solid-state electronic devices and their application. Studies diodes, transistors and operational amplifier ICs. Transistor biasing, temperature stabilization and gain calculations of single and multistage amplifiers. Studies power amplifiers, frequency response, heat sinking and power supply design.
Credits: 4.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-3)
Semesters Offered: Spring
Pre-Requisite(s): EET 2120

EET 2233 - Electrical Machinery

Fundamental steady-state analysis of DC, AC polyphase and AC single-phase electrical machines as well as transformers.
Credits: 4.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-3)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Summer
Pre-Requisite(s): EET 1411 or EET 2120(C)

Management

ACC 2000 - Accounting Principles I

Introduction to basic principles, concepts, and theoretical framework of financial accounting with the emphasis on its use by economically rational decision makers. Topics include the decision-making environment and the accounting cycles, processes, and statements.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

ACC 2100 - Accounting Principles II

Emphasizes the role of accounting information within a firm. Topics include budgeting, responsibility accounting, cost allocations, cost behavior, decision models, capital budgeting, and an introduction to product costing in manufacturing and service sector firms.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Pre-Requisite(s): ACC 2000 or BA 2300 or BA 2330

OSM 3200 - Project Management

Focuses on application of systems analysis to project definition and selection. Covers project teams, their structures, and interactions; cross-functional communication in technological project management; project management planning, scheduling, and control tools; project monitoring, evaluation, and termination; multiple project management and inter-project relations.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore
Pre-Requisite(s): MA 2710 or MA 2720 or MA 3710 or EET 2010 or BUS 2100 or BA 2100

MGT 3000 - Organizational Behavior

Covers concepts of human relations and organizational behavior through the study of people's behavior at work. Develop understanding, attitudes, and skills leading to increased personal effectiveness.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman

MGT 3800 - Entrepreneurship

Covers management issues associated with establishing a successful new enterprises as a small businesses or part of an existing firm. Emphasizes learning through creation of a business plan as well as case studies that develop an understanding of opportunity recognition, entrepreneurial teams, reward systems, financing alternatives, family ventures, ethical and legal contractual considerations, and resource needs.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore

Mechanical

MET 2120 - Statics and Strength of Materials

Statics includes the study of forces, analysis of simple structures, equilibrium, moment of inertia, and friction. Materials considers stress and strain under axial, torsional, and bending loads. Laboratory exercises include materials testing and problem solving.
Credits: 4.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-2)
Semesters Offered: Fall
Pre-Requisite(s): (MA 1160(C) or MA 1161(C)) and (PH 1140 or PH 1110)

MET 2130 - Dynamics

Particle and rigid plane body kinematics and kinetics covers inertia force, work-energy-power and impulse-momentum methods. Emphasizes development of student skills in problem definition and problem solving.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Spring
Pre-Requisite(s): MET 2120

MET 3242 - Machine Design I

An introduction to mechanical design for technology students. The coursework applies principles of statics, dynamics and mechanics of materials to the design of simple mechanical components and systems.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall
Pre-Requisite(s): MA 2160 and MET 2130

FA 3701 - Advanced Backstage Technology

Techniques, theories, and terminology of technical theatre. Focus on practical application of advanced stagecraft through safety, woodworking, metalworking, budgeting, project management, and shop management.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2011-2012 academic year
Pre-Requisite(s): FA 1701

FA 4701 - Stage Mechanics and Rigging

Practical application and theory of stage mechanics and rigging. Emphasis will be placed on theatrical systems such as line-sets, turntables, and scenery lifts. Course will also explore automation through pneumatics, hydraulics, and motor control.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2010-2011 academic year
Pre-Requisite(s): FA 1701

Sound

FA 1662 - Introduction to Audio Production

An introduction to hands-on creative and technical work in sound. Work covers script analysis, story telling approaches, dialog direction and editing, sound effect and ambiance design, music integration and DAW based mixing.
Credits: 1.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-2)
Semesters Offered: Fall

FA 1664 - Introduction to Music Mixing

A hands-on introduction to mixing music with emphasis on the support of musical principles and style. Students develop a technical understanding of and practice the manipulation of volume, frequency, dynamics, pitch, and time to support the focus, rhythm, melody, and mood of a wide variety of musical styles.
Credits: 1.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-2)
Semesters Offered: Spring

FA 2500 - Music Theory I

Introduction to music fundamentals, including musical notation; major, minor and modal scales; intervals; and rhythm. Provides ear training and development of sight-singing capabilities. Introduces music writing, both manual and using computers. Utilizes Computer-Assisted Music Instruction Lab.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Summer

FA 3560 - Music History

Developments in Western music from antiquity to the present. Includes a brief examination of pre-Christian, medieval, and Renaissance music. Concentrates on musical development of the baroque, classical, romantic, and twentieth-century periods. Emphasizes the relationship between music expression and society, including non-Western influences.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Spring, Summer
Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1002 or UN 1003

FA 3732 - Audio Creative Lab

A creative lab for students interested in the aural arts. Students will be challenged to create sound designs and compositions in response to various aesthetic, dramatic, and philosophical goals for radio, multimedia, and live performance.
Credits: 1.0; Repeatable to a Max of 4
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-2)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore
Pre-Requisite(s): FA 1662 and FA 1664 and FA 1702 and FA 3730

FA 3740 - Recording

Hands-on learning in the art of the recording engineer. Students develop an understanding of pop and classical recording approaches, skills to decide which approach is appropriate for a given task, and the technical knowledge necessary to implement the chosen approach.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Spring, Summer
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Sound Design, Theatre & Entertain Tech (BS), Theatre & Electr. Media Perf., Audio Production & Technology
Pre-Requisite(s): FA 1662 and FA 1664 and FA 1702

FA 4740 - Transducer Theory

In depth study of Microphone and Loudspeaker design as it applies to usage in recording and live sound reinforcement with an emphasis on interaction with the acoustical environment.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Spring
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Theatre & Entertain Tech (BS), Sound Design, Audio Production & Technology
Co-Requisite(s): FA 4741
Pre-Requisite(s): FA 1702 and FA 2662 and FA 3730 and PH 1090