PA 101 INTRODUCTION TO THE PERFORMING ARTS (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Overview of the history of performance, cultural traditions, and artistic assumptions in theatre, music, and dance. Requires some involvement in local or campus productions.

GenEd: A1,C1

PA 202 INTEGRATING DANCE, MUSIC & THEATRE (3) [top]

One hour lecture per week

Four hours activity per week

Investigation and application of methods and philosophies of performance integrating dance, music, and theatre.

GenEd: A1,C1  

PA 335 BUSINESS & THE PERFORMING ARTS (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Exploration of the business elements in the performing arts, including planning, management and financial activities. Uses an interdisciplinary approach to focus on performing arts as a creative activitiy and as a business activity. Uses case studies to analyze a comprehensive view of performing arts organizations.

Same as BUS 335

GenEd: Interdisciplinary  

PA 338 THEATRE IN HISTORY (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

A survey of the history of theatrical productions. Includes formal productions and performances as well as other types of theatre or dramatization such as political posturing, i.e. Caesar's entrance into Rome in historical reality as well as performed or recorded later in theatre, music, and history.

Same as HIST 338

GenEd: C1,D,Interdisciplinary  

PA 350 AUDIENCE & PERFORMANCE STUDIES (3) [top]

Two hours lecture and two hours activity per week

Prerequisites: PA 101 and PA 202

Interdisciplinary exploration of performance as an art form, with particular attention to how audience response shapes live performances. History, development, and theory of performance will be integrated with new research on audience-performer interaction to provide the student with a comprehensive and interdisciplinary vision of performance. Students will both study performance and design community-based projects in which they will perform.

PA 360 MUSICAL THEATRE (3) [top]

Two hours lecture and two hours activity per week

Practice of musical theatre performance, including survey of musical theatre as an art form and practical work in acting, singing and dancing in musicals.

PA 383 SCENIC DESIGN (3) [top]

Six hours activity per week

A studio/activities course utilizing artistic techniques involved in the development of scenic design for theatrical, musical and dance productions. Script analysis, scenery sketching, drafting ground plans, elements of set construction and scenic painting will be covered in a series of studio projects.

Same as ART 383  

PA 384 COSTUME DESIGN (3) [top]

Six hours activity per week

A studio/activities course in which students develop costume designs through a process of character and script analysis. Period research, visual design, rendering and fabrication skills are achieved through practical exercises. Basic costume construction, including drafting and draping, result in the creation of costumes for theatrical, musical and dance productions.

Same as ART 384  

PA 436 PHYSICS OF THE PERFORMING ARTS (3) [top]

Three hours lecutre per week

Prerequisites: PA 202

Introduction to the physics of movement, lighting, sound and visual/aural perception. The course emphasizes factors that permit the performance artists to understand and more fully control their performance, with special attention to the study of audience perception. Demonstrations, experiments and video/computer simulations are used to analyze signals received by the performer and the audience.

Same as PHYS 436

GenEd: B1,Interdisciplinary