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 design as a visual art. Explores design principles and creative problem solving using 2D materials. Students also examine design's ability to shape and interpret infromation. Hands-on studio work, lectures, and discussions. Emphasizes creativity, inventiveness, and experimentation.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-4)
Semesters Offered: Fall

History and Literature

FA 3810 - Theatre History I

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 - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year
Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

FA 3821 - Theatre History II

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 - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year
Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

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): Sound Design, Theatre & Entertain Tech (BS), 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 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 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

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