THEA 102C • Introduction to Acting (3 units)

Introduces students to the art and craft of creating believable characters for the stage using various theatre games and improvisations leading into scene work and monologues. Also covered is the history of contemporary styles. The course is specifically designed for Theatre majors with a Design/Technical concentration, Theatre minors, and non-Theatre majors who wish to gain skills in speaking in front of large groups. This course satisfies the Fine Arts Core Curriculum requirement for non-majors. Lab Fee.

THEA 106 • Beginning Set Construction (1 unit)

Participation in the construction and assembling of mainstage and/or showcase sets including painting and various techniques utilized in set design. Repeatable up to two units. Lab Fee.

THEA 107• Acting I (3 units)

Theory and practice in the art of creating believable characters for stage, including Stanislavski and Ute Hagen techniques in observation, sensory awareness, applied imagination, ensemble work, theatre exercises, and scene work. This course is for declared Theatre majors. Those with a Design/Technical concentration, non-majors and Theatre minors take THEA 102C: Introduction to Acting. Lab fee.

THEA 108A/B, 208A/B, 308A/B, 408A/B • Theatrical Production  I, II, III, IV (1 unit)

Participation on a production team for mainstage shows/showcase week. Teams include, but are not limited to: sets, lighting, sound, costumes, makeup/hair, management, and front of house.

THEA 110 • Beginning Costume Construction (1 unit)

Participation in the construction of costumes and costume accessories for mainstage/showcase productions. Appropriate sewing and patterning techniques will be demonstrated and practiced. Lab fee.

THEA 126 • Beginning Voice and Speech (3 units)

Developing voice production and speech using techniques that allow the freeing of one’s natural voice concentrating on breathing, relaxation, articulation and language through the use of class exercises and monologues. Some dialect study.

THEA 132A/B, 232A/B, 332A/B, 432A/B • Theatrical Performance I, II, III, IV  (1-2 units each)

Prerequisite: Audition. Majors and minors must enroll for one or two units at a time. The course requires participating in mainstage theatrical production including a thorough study of the play, the development of the character in rehearsal and the performance of the role. Lab fee.

THEA 135 • Beginning Theatre Movement (2-3 units)

An introduction to the study of stage movement. Includes exercises and techniques to insure flexibility, meaningful aesthetic stage movement and physicality utilizing the Laban and Alexander techniques.

THEA 200C • Introduction to Theatre (3 units)

An introduction to the study of theatre with focus on its history, forms, genres, performance space, and the artistic principles of production, as well as the technical aspects. Selected readings, discussions, attendance at plays, and critiques of performances are required. Theatre majors may not take THEA 200C to fulfill the Fine Arts core curriculum. Lab fee.

THEA 202C • History of Theatre I (3 units)

An intensive study of theatre history – its literature, practitioners, and environs – from the Ancient Greeks through the French Neo-classical period. Readings, discussions, attendance at plays, and critiques of performances are required. This class fulfills the Fine Arts core curriculum requirement. Lab fee.

THEA 204C • History of Theatre II (3 units)

An intensive study of theatre history – its literature, practitioners, and environs – from the Restoration to modern. Readings, discussions, attendance at plays, and critiques of performances are required. This class fulfills the Fine Arts core curriculum requirement. Lab fee.

THEA 207 • Acting II (3 units)

Prerequisite: THEA 107. An in-depth study of characterization utilizing the Stanislavski system, and Uta Hagen’s and Sanford Meisner’s techniques of acting. This course is for Theatre majors only. Theatre minors may enroll with permission of instructor.  Lab fee.

THEA 220• Musical Theatre Vocal Technique (3 units)

This course will cover a range of techniques used to develop the musical theatre voice. Areas included are breathing techniques and appropriate vocal exercises to increase range, enhance color, and enrich the beauty of the voice. Musical theatre repertoire will be used to explore aspects of the interaction of the vocal, physical, and mental aspects of performing in musicals. An emphasis will be placed on healthy and connected singing as well as performance techniques for musical theatre. Lab fee.

THEA 239 • Makeup Design (3-4 units)

An introduction to the techniques and application of makeup for stage, film, and television. Character analysis and design techniques are used to create old age, fantasy, and special effects makeup. The student is required to serve arranged lab hours as part of the makeup crew for one of the three mainstage productions within the fall semester. Lab fee.

THEA 240 • Scenic Painting (3 units)

A study of the scenic painting techniques necessary to paint theatrical scenery and various faux finishes. Students will study the design process, the use of color and will learn various painting styles and techniques used in theatre and film. The student is required to serve arranged lab hours for the mainstage productions painting set pieces. Repeatable up to 6 units. May be substituted for THEA106: Beginning Set Construction. Lab fee.

THEA 244 • Beginning Musical Theatre Audition (3 units)

An in-depth practicum class focusing on the preparation of audition pieces for musical theatre. Students will learn how to identify songs appropriate for their range and the production, and will study the techniques involved in song interpretation. Permission of instructor  is required for  non-Musical Theatre Concentration majors. Lab fee.

THEA 252 • Producing/Theatre Management (3 units)

The study of how to produce and manage a theatre company of various sizes from box office payroll to publicity and marketing. This class examines the business side of running a theatrical event including budgets and fundraising.

THEA 256 or ART 275 • Drawing and Rendering (2-3 units)

Students will learn the basic artistic techniques involved in sketching, drawing and rendering. Training will include use of varied media, perspective and architectural rendering, as well as human anatomy.

THEA 263 • Prop Building/Design (3 units)

Students will learn about the history and use of props in theatre. Emphasis will be placed on prop design materials and fabrication techniques.

THEA 272 • Playing Shakespeare (3 units)

Prerequisite: THEA 107.  An intensive actor’s workshop which covers textual analysis, speaking prose and verse, scene study, shaping speeches, and building a character from the works of William Shakespeare.

THEA 291, 292, and 293: Special Topics (1-3 units)

Study of a special topic in an area of theatre. Repeatable up to 9 units.

THEA 306 • Intermediate Set Construction (1 unit)

Participation in the construction and assembling of the mainstage and/or showcase sets including painting and various techniques used in set design. Repeatable up to two units. Lab fee.

THEA 307 • Acting III (3 units)

Prerequisite: THEA 207. A practical study of various period movement, manners, and acting styles, including but not limited to: Elizabethan, Restoration, Regency, and Victorian. This course is for Theatre Majors only. Theatre minors may enroll with permission of instructor. Lab fee.

THEA 309 • Costume Design (3-4 units)

This course covers the elements of design, the design process, and the working environment of the costume designer. Projects include costume designs in various genres. The student is required to serve arranged lab hours as part of the costume crew for one of the mainstage productions within the spring semester. Lab fee.

THEA 310 • Improvisation (3 units)

Problem-solving theatre games and exercises are explored so as to develop spontaneity and impulse in action to free the player’s imagination.

THEA 315 • Scenic Design (3-4 units)

A study of design theory and practicum as it pertains to the stage set using the techniques of drawing/drafting of ground plans and construction of models. The student is required to serve arranged lab hours as part of the scenic crew for one of the three mainstage productions within the fall semester. Lab fee.

THEA 317 • Intermediate Costume Construction (1 unit)

The course consists of participation in the construction of costumes and costume accessories for mainstage/showcase productions. Appropriate sewing and patterning techniques will be demonstrated and practiced. Lab fee.

THEA 320 • Lighting Design (3-4 units)

Introduction to the principles, theories, and equipment employed by the designer for the stage. Areas of investigation include history, technology and script analysis. Detailed studio attention is given to the theory and practice of design for mainstage productions. The student is required to serve arranged lab hours as part of the lighting crew for one of the three mainstage productions within the fall semester. Lab fee.

THEA 321 • Acting/Directing for the Camera (3 units)

Prerequisite: THEA 107. An introductory level class designed to familiarize students with the process of acting and directing for film or video using scenes from current stage and screen plays. Emphasis is on “single camera” situations. Lab fee.

THEA 323 • Sound Design (2-3 units)

The design and integration of live and recorded digital sound into production as indicated by directors’ conceptualization approaches.

THEA 324 • Theory and Criticism (3 units)

Reading and analysis of theories and critical approaches to contemporary theatre: Stanislavski, Aristotle, Brecht, and others who have contributed to the form and idea of the modern theatre. Lab Fee.

THEA 326 • Intermediate Voice and Speech for the Actor (3 units)

Prerequisite: THEA 126. Continues developing voice production and speech using techniques that allow the freeing of one’s natural voice, concentrating on breathing, relaxation, articulation, and language through the use of class exercises and monologues. Some dialect study.

THEA 335 • Intermediate Theatre Movement (2 units)

Prerequisite: THEA 235. A continuation of the study of stage movement. The course includes exercises and techniques to insure flexibility, meaningful aesthetic stage movement, and physicality utilizing the Laban and Alexander techniques.

THEA/KINE 338 • Stage Combat (2-3 units)

This course introduces basic stage techniques with unarmed combat including falls, rolls, chokes, punches and kicks, advancing to broad sword combat using scenes from classical or contemporary works, and applying these techniques with special attention to safety. Lab fee.

THEA 340 • Period Styles for Theatre Design (3 units)

A detailed study through slides, books, and field trips of architecture, interior design, furniture, and costume from ancient to modern times.

THEA 344 • Intermediate Musical Theatre Audition (3 units)

Prerequisite: THEA 244. A continuing in-depth practicum class focusing on the preparation of audition pieces for musical theatre. Students will explore a wider range of pieces to identify songs appropriate for their range and production requirements and will continue to study the techniques involved in song interpretation. Permission of instructor required for  non-Musical Theatre Concentration Majors. Lab fee.

THEA 350 • Stage Management (3 units)

The study of how to become a successful stage manager. Students will learn organizational, interpersonal, and publicity skills. Students also will learn how to manage actors and scheduling, work with the directors, and oversee the production for stage as well as television/film. Lab fee.

THEA/ENGL 360 • Dramatic Literature: Script Analysis (3 units)

This course introduces the student to history’s most influential stage and screen plays, giving the student skills with which to critically analyze scripts in order to understand the work of each playwright. Lab fee.

THEA 386 • Junior Project (1 unit)

Participation in production crew for mainstage show for one or more of the following production teams: set construction, costumes, makeup/hair, lighting, sound, house management, props, stage management, and assistant stage management. Repeatable up to four units.

THEA 426 • Advanced Voice and Speech (3 units)

Prerequisite: THEA 326. Continues developing voice production and speech using techniques that allow the freeing of one’s natural voice, concentrating on breathing, relaxation, articulation, and language through the use of class exercises and monologues.  Individual coaching and additional dialect study.

THEA 428 • Digital Design for Theatre (3 units)

Advanced theatre design and technical production through the use of various computer programs such as Vectorworks, Renderworks, and Painter to aid in drafting and rendering in the various technical disciplines: costume, scenic, lighting, and makeup design.

THEA 430 • Directing for Theatre (3 units)

Prerequisites: THEA 107, 207, 309, 315, and 320. Introduction to the techniques and fundamentals of stage directing using text, theory, and practicum while applying these approaches to student-directed one-acts. Lab fee.

THEA 435 • Advanced Theatre Movement (2 units)

Prerequisite: THEA 335. A continuation of the study of stage movement focusing on individual strengths and weaknesses. It will include exercises and techniques to insure flexibility, meaningful aesthetic stage movement, and physically utilizing the Laban, Alexander, and other techniques.

THEA 442/ENGL 442 • Playwriting (3 units)

Development of playwriting techniques as applied to the stage. The student will be required to develop and write a one-act stage play.

THEA 444 • Advanced Musical Theatre Audition (3 units)

Prerequisite: THEA 344. A continuing in-depth practicum class focusing on the preparation of audition pieces for musical theatre. Students will prepare a portfolio of pieces to use in professional auditions. Non Musical Theatre Concentration Majors may only enroll with permission of instructor. Lab fee.

THEA 450C • Theatre Internship (1-2 units)

Prerequisite: This must be arranged the previous semester and must be approved by the student’s advisor. Freshmen and Sophomores may not take this course. To fulfill the course requirements, the student is to serve a 100-hour (minimum) internship with one of our approved professional theaters. The portfolio required for this course includes a discussion of how the student’s Christian world view and faith were integrated in this experience. Theatre Internship in conjunction with Senior Project fulfills the Capstone requirement for the Core Curriculum. May be repeated up to 2 units.

THEA/ENGL 455 • Shakespeare (3 units)

Reading Shakespeare’s major works of drama and poetry within the historical and cultural context of the Renaissance.

THEA 470 • Special Topics (1–3 units)

Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Study of a special topic in the area of theatre. May be repeated for credit.

THEA 480 • Individual Studies (1-3 units)

Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor and department chair. May be repeated for credit.

THEA 495C •  Senior Project (2 units)

The Senior Project demonstrates the student’s proficiency in and ownership of the outcomes of the theatre curriculum in their study at Vanguard University: performance, directing, design, management, script writing. The project is presented to the campus community on site during the regular department production calendar. The Senior Project in conjunction with the Theatre Internship fulfills the Capstone requirement for the Core Curriculum. The portfolio required for this course includes a discussion of how the student’s Christian worldview was made manifest through the integration of their personal spiritual paradigm with the professional excellence, aesthetic expression, and artistic raison d’être of their project. Project by approval of advisor and department chair. Lab Fee.

Orange Coast College Dance Courses

Dance A101- Modern Dance 1 (0.5-2)

Offers instruction in movement vocabulary and technical skills necessary to prepare the body as an instrument of expression in modern dance. This dance style began in the United States in the early 1930’s as a “modern expression” of American themes, personal and artistic ideas. The style has continued to evolve to include dance themes expressive of contemporary times. This course offers instruction at the beginning level. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. This course may be taken four times. Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

Dance A102- Modern Dance 2 (0.5-2)

Offers instruction in movement vocabulary and technical skills necessary to prepare the body as an instrument of expression in modern dance. This dance style began in the United States in the early 1930’s as a “modern expression” of American themes, personal and artistic ideas. The style has continued to evolve to include dance themes expressive of contemporary times. This course offers instruction at the intermediate level. This course may be taken four times. Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

Dance A110- Ballet 1 (0.5-2)

Introduces and develops movement principles and skills necessary for the study of classical ballet. Course will include ballet terminology, use of “turnout” positions of feet and legs, alignment of spine and placement of weight at the barre, in center floor and traveling patterns. Instruction is at the beginning level. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. This course may be taken four times. Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

Dance A120- Jazz Dance 1 (0.5-2)

A technique course in the study of various jazz styles. Emphasizes the use of energy, rhythm, improvisation while emphasizing body control, alignment, use of weight changes and quality within a jazz dance movement vocabulary. Instruction at the beginning level. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. This course may be taken four times. Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

Dance A121- Jazz Dance 2 (0.5-2)

A technique course in the study of various jazz styles. Emphasizes the use of energy, rhythm, improvisation while emphasizing body control, alignment, use of weight changes and quality within a jazz dance movement vocabulary. Instruction at the intermediate level. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. This course may be taken four times. Transfer Credit: CSU, UC.

Dance A125- Tap 1 (0.5-2)

Tap dance techniques based on the style known as rhythm tap emphasizing fundamental skills and rhythms, time steps, flash footwork, short combinations, and styling. Instruction at the beginning level. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. This course may be taken four times. Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

Dance A126- Tap 2 (0.5-2)

Tap dance techniques based on the style known as rhythm tap emphasizing fundamental skills and rhythms, time steps, flash footwork, short combinations, and styling. Instruction at the intermediate level. This course may be taken four times. Course may be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. Transfer Credit: CSU, UC.

Dance A143- Jazz Dance 3-4 (0.5-2)

A technique course on various jazz styles, focusing on the use of energy, rhythm, improvisation while emphasizing body control, alignment, use of weight changes and quality within a jazz dance movement vocabulary. Students should be prepared to participate at the first class meeting. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. This course may be taken four times. PREREQUISITE: Successful audition. This prerequisite will be validated in class during the first week of the course. Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

Dance A144- Ballet 3-4 (0.5-2)

A technique course on classical ballet, emphasizing movement skills at the barre, in center floor and traveling patterns. Students should be prepared to participate at the first class meeting. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. This course may be taken four times. PREREQUISITE: Successful audition. This prerequisite will be validated in class during the first week of the course. Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

Dance A145- Modern Dance 3-4 (0.5-2)

A technique course exploring the use of space, energy, rhythm, improvisation while emphasizing body control, alignment, use of weight changes and quality within a modern dance movement vocabulary. High intermediate and advanced levels. Students should be prepared to participate at the first class meeting. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. This course may be taken four times. PREREQUISITE: Successful audition. This prerequisite will be validated in class during the first week of the course. Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

Dance A146- Tap 3-4 (0.5-2)

Teaches tap dance techniques based on the style known as rhythm tap. High intermediate and advanced levels. Students should be prepared to participate at the first class meeting. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. This course may be taken four times. PREREQUISITE: Successful audition. This prerequisite will be validated in class during the first week of the course. Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

Dance A162- Adv Dance Composition (3)

A course for dancers at intermediate to advanced technique levels. The course emphasizes more advanced methods of creating dances and learning about historical contributions of well-known choreographers. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. This course may be taken two times. PREREQUISITE: Dance A160. Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.