Theatre - MA/MS

Theatre General Requirements

The Theatre graduate program provides its students with the opportunity to prepare for professional careers in the Theatre Arts through a series of hands-on learning experiences and advanced research applications.  Fields of study include acting, directing, production design, theatre management, box office management, play-writing, and theatre education.  Students are given the skills and experience to achieve successful career goals upon graduation.  Students prepare for these goals through intensive study of theatrical techniques and hands-on application of these techniques. 

Master of Arts/Master of Science in Theatre - Option I Thesis

Students must meet the general theatre requirements listed above and must complete the following:

Credit Hours:  Thesis - 30 semester hours

Thesis
THE 518Thesis (6 semester hours required)3-6
Only 6 semester hours of credit for 518 per degree will be given upon satisfactory completion of the requirement
History and Theory
6 semester hours from:
THE 511Dramatic Theory3
THE 542Dev Mod Theatre3
THE 543Dev Amer Theatre3
Management and Technical Theatre
3 semester hours from:
THE 512Theatre Management3
THE 545Stage Lighting3
THE 550Theatrical Design3
Creative Component
3 semseter hours from:
THE 541Seminar Stage Direct3
THE 544Playwriting3
THE 560Acting3
Plus 6 semester hours
6 semester hours of electives-in theatre, which may include courses from the general requirements or additional theatre course offerings6
Plus 6 semester hours
6 semester hours of general electives in theatre, or 6 semester hours outside of the program with the approval from the Director of Theatre Graduate Studies6
Foreign Language Requirement. The candidate for the Master of Arts degree in Theatre must also meet the foreign language requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree at this institution.
Total Hours30

Master of Arts/Master of Science in Theatre - Option II Non-Thesis

Individual Master of Arts/Master of Science programs may be arranged with the approval of the Director of Theatre Graduate Studies, the Department Head, and the Dean of the Graduate Studies.

Students must meet the general theatre requirements listed above and must complete the following:

Non-Thesis - 36 semester hours.

Research
THE 595Research Lit & Techniques (3 semester hours required)3
History and Theory
6 semester hours (2 courses) from:
THE 511Dramatic Theory3
THE 542Dev Mod Theatre3
THE 543Dev Amer Theatre3
Management and Technical Theatre
3 semester hours (1 course) from:
THE 512Theatre Management3
THE 545Stage Lighting3
THE 550Theatrical Design3
Creative Component
3 semester hours (1 course) from:
THE 541Seminar Stage Direct3
THE 544Playwriting3
THE 560Acting3
Plus 9 semester hours (3 courses)
9 semester hours of electives in theatre, which may include courses from the general requirements or additional theatre course offereings.9
Plus 12 semester hours (4 courses)
12 semester hours of general electives inside or outside of theatre that may be designated as a minor with the approval of the Director of Theatre Graduate Studies and the graduate advisor in the selected minor.12
Total Hours36

SPC 589 - Independent Study
Hours: 1-6
Independent Study. One to six semester hours. Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated when the topic varies. Prerequisite: Consent of department head.

SPC 595 - Research Lit & Techniques
Hours: 3
Research Literature and Techniques. Three semester hours. A review of current research publications in speech communication with emphasis on methodologies used. The student is required to research and write a formal paper using current research methodologies. Prerequisite: Consent of Department Head.

SPC 597 - Special Topics
Hours: 3

THE 511 - Dramatic Theory
Hours: 3
Dramatic Theory. Three semester hours. Studies of the major documents in the evolution of dramatic theory, from classical foundations through major movements to contemporary criticism.

THE 512 - Theatre Management
Hours: 3
Theatre Management. Three semester hours. Study of the practical problems of operating educational and community theatres. Problems of organization, business, and audience development are explored.

THE 518 - Thesis
Hours: 3-6
Thesis. Six semester hours.

THE 520 - Film Production Elements
Hours: 3
Film Production Elements - Three semester hours This course provides an understanding of the digital world of moviemaking and an overview of major production areas of film making: sound design, production design, and lighting for cinematography. The digital moviemaking segment shows the impact of digital and networked technology on cinematic narrative. Sound design involves identifying sound elements in film, acquiring sounds through external sources or self-creation, and manipulating sounds in coordination with visual elements. Production design helps students understand the artistic look of a film. The lighting component gives students experience with the technical use and aesthetic applications of lighting for digital film making.

THE 525 - Film-Style Production
Hours: 3
Film-Style Production - Three semester hours The course is intended to give students the ability to translate the written screenplay into a narrative film using digital filmmaking techniques, while incorporating an understanding of film theory. An intensive workshop in narrative directing and film production techniques. Students apply skills and knowledge covered in other courses to implement script material into production of a short digital film using techniques of visual storytelling, production design, sound design, lighting design, basic cinematography, and the related issues of casting and rehearsals

THE 529 - Workshop
Hours: 3
Workshop. Three or six semester hours.

THE 530 - Documentary Production
Hours: 3
Documentary Production - Three semester hours This course focuses on directing and producing documentaries. Beginning with a historical review of significant documentaries and types, the course helps students use this history and theory to be able to produce a semester-long, professional quality documentary project. A combination of workshops and screenings will supplement discussions and analysis to help students understand the difference in storytelling techniques of documentaries compared to narrative films, while also appreciating aspects of film structure that pertain to both documentary and narrative.

THE 541 - Seminar Stage Direct
Hours: 3
Seminar in Stage Direction. Three semester hours. A study of theories and techniques of producing the play: style, genre, movement, business, and visual components.

THE 542 - Dev Mod Theatre
Hours: 3
Development of Modern Theatre. Three semester hours. A survey of the modern theatre from the rise of Naturalism to the present day, with attention being given to the theatrical conditions and changing intellectual climate of the Twentieth Century.

THE 543 - Dev Amer Theatre
Hours: 3
Development of American Theatre. Three semester hours. A study of the theatre as it reflects the social, artistic, and literary interests in America from the colonial period to the contemporary scene.

THE 544 - Playwriting
Hours: 3
Playwriting. Three semester hours. An individual study of dramatic theory, development of the script, and analysis of original scenes and plays. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.

THE 545 - Stage Lighting
Hours: 3
Stage Lighting. Three semester hours. Theory of color, optics, electrical instruments, and control for stage production and television.

THE 550 - Theatrical Design
Hours: 3
Theatrical Design - Three semester hours Advanced work that examines theatrical design styles and their place in the collaborative process. Students study the technologies, theories, history, and individual designers essential to the understanding of the theatrical design process.

THE 560 - Acting
Hours: 3
Acting. Three semester hours. Intensive approach to acting styles to help the advanced student (1) sharpen technical skills; (2) gain experience in problem-solving situations for the actor; and (3) increase awareness of the complexities of the actor's craft. Memorized scene work; exercises in language, movement and characterization.

THE 561 - Meisner Acting I
Hours: 3
Through exercises, performance activities, presentations, and written reflection, this course provides the graduate student with a practical introduction to Sanford Meisner’s approach to actor training.

THE 562 - Meisner Acting II
Hours: 3
For the student-actor who has previously acquired a working knowledge of the foundational principles of Sanford Meisner’s approach to actor training, this course provides more advanced instruction in the following concepts: emotional preparation, interpretation, the personalization of text, the deeper wish and spine, personalizing the deeper wish, doings and personalizing the doings, provocative statements, and key facts.

THE 589 - Independent Study
Hours: 1-4
Independent Study. One to four semester hours. Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated when the topic varies. Prerequisite: Consent of department head.

THE 595 - Research Lit & Techniques
Hours: 3
Research Literature and Techniques. Three semester hours. A review of current research publications in theatre with emphasis on methodologies used. The student is required to research and write a formal paper using current research methodologies.

THE 597 - Special Topics
Hours: 3
Special Topics. One to four semester hours. Organized class. May be repeated when topics vary.

THE 599 - Rehearsal and Performance
Hours: 3
Rehearsal and Performance. Three semester hours. Preparation and performance, with laboratory, of Summer Theatre, touring, indoor and outdoor productions. Techniques, practices, problems, and processes in lighting, costume, scenic, sound, management, and acting for the graduate student.