• •  Harvey Rovine, Chair
  • •  E.O. Bull 120
  • •  Phone: 610-436-3463
  • •  hrovine@wcupa.edu

 

 


Course Descriptions

 

Dance Courses Theatre Courses

Dance Course Offerings

DAN 130 MOVEMENT FOR PERFORMANCE (3)
The purpose of this course is to improve body intelligence through increased physical and psychological awareness of the body understanding of body mechanics, and articulation of physical character so to provide a strong foundation for acting and dance performance. Fulfills general education arts requirement.

DAN 132 MODERN DANCE I (3)
This course is an introduction to modern dance as a 20th century art form which makes use of the integration of the "mind" and "body" into an expressive and communicative whole. The work in this class has many layers, including ongoing development of physical skills as well as explorations into improvisation, choreography and the historical contexts that have shaped modern dance. Fulfills general education arts requirement.

DAN 133 JAZZ DANCE (3)
An introduction to the styles, technique, and rhythmic structures of jazz dance with emphasis on increasing movement capabilities and personal expression. Fulfills general education arts requirement.

DAN 134 BEGINNER BALLET (3)
This course is designed to teach fundamental ballet technique and vocabulary at the beginning level. The emphasis will be on using anatomically sound principles to promote efficient use of the body and develop kinesthetic awareness. The course also includes an over view of the history of ballet from its origins until present day. Fulfills general education arts requirement.

DAN 135 TAP DANCE I (3)
The primary purpose of this course is to introduce the fundamentals of tap dance technique, form and function. Emphasis will be given to basic steps, building combinations, musicality, performance of movement, and understanding the historical background of tap dance as an art form. Fulfills general education arts requirement.

DAN 136 INTRODUCTION TO BALLROOM DANCE (3)
To teach the basic steps for Ballroom Dance, both Standard and Latin. Emphasis will be placed on lead and follow techniques, proper footwork and positions, and how to recognize and dance to different types of music. Fulfills general education arts requirement.

DAN 137 AFRICAN DANCE (3)
Through readings, discussions, videos, movement, essays, and other intensive projects, this course will explore dance and music from West Africa and the African Diaspora. Fulfills general education arts requirement.

DAN 150 INTRODUCTION TO THE ART OF DANCE (3)
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an introduction to dance as an art form as well as relate information regarding various aspects of dance. Topics include a brief history of dance, dance styles, dance in education, and dance production. Fulfills general education arts requirement.

DAN 205 IMPROVISATION (2)
This course examines the nature of improvisation in terms of movement and explores the process of discovering, creating and performing movement spontaneously. PREREQ: DAN 130, 132, 232 or 332.

DAN 210 CONDITIONING FOR THE DANCER (3)
A movement course that is designed to improve strength, flexibility, and body awareness with an exploration of the body systems along with injury prevention and care, especially as it applies to the dancer. This will be taught through the study of the body systems such as Pilates, yoga, and Laban fundamentals. The class will explore the use of the breath and visualization exercises to improve performance and technique. Fulfills general education arts requirement.

DAN 232 MODERN DANCE II (2)
Modern Dance II is a continuation and expansion of Modern Dance I. It will focus on Modern Dance as a forming art with emphasis places on longer combination and more complex problem-solving themes.

DAN 233 JAZZ DANCE II (2)
This course is a continuing development of jazz dance form and function (introduced in Jazz I) with emphasis on proper jazz technique, introduction of intermediate level rhythms and combinations, expanding movement capabilities, and exploring individual expression and artistry.

DAN 234 BALLET II (2)
Ballet II is an intermediate level course designed to expand on the ballet fundamentals and basic vocabulary learned in Ballet I.

DAN 235 TAP DANCE II (2)
The primary purpose of this course is to introduce the fundamentals of tap dance at an intermediate level. Emphasis, musicality, and individual expression through movement.

DAN 315 DANCE PEDAGOGY (3)
Basic course offering methods and materials for teaching dance techniques.

DAN 332 MODERN DANCE III (2)
Modern Dance III is a continuation and expansion on Modern Dance I & II. This course will focus on exploring various teaching techniques and style that haven been developed by prominent figures in Modern Dance.

DAN 333 JAZZ DANCE III (2)
This course is a continuing development of jazz dance form and function (introduces in Jazz I and II) with emphasis on varying styles of jazz techniques, advanced rhythms and combinations, expanding movement capabilities, and exploring individual expression and artistry.

DAN 334 BALLET III (2)
This course will expand on repertoire and proficiency of ballet steps, including advanced steps, and Pointe skills. This course will introduce students to basics of ballet choreography.

DAN 335 TAP DANCE III (2)
This course is continuing development of tap dance technique (introduced in Tap I and II) with emphasis on proper tap technique, more advanced rhythms and combinations, musicality, Improvisation skills, individual expression and artistry.

DAN 344 HISTORY OF DANCE (3)
To provide a thorough background of dance as a fundamental form of human expression. Topics shall include the historical roots and recent status of theatrical dance forms, Dance education, recent trends, and evaluation of dance as an art form in relation to man and his society. Physiological, sociological, and psychological implications; dance forms and types. Film and other materials focus on parallel development in related arts. Writing emphasis.

DAN 346 REPERTORY DEVELOPMENT (2)
Designed to give the students experience learning new and/or existing faculty and guest artist choreography in a professional rehearsal setting. Admission to the course is by audition or permission of the instructor. This course may be taken again for credit.

DAN 399 DIRECTED STUDIES IN DANCE (1-3)
Research, creative projects, reports, readings in dance. Students must submit an application to adviser one semester in advance of registration.

DAN 441 DANCE COMPOSITION (3)
An introduction to choreography and the creative process, students will develop original movement phases progressing from simple to complex silo and group forms. PREREQ: DAN 232, 233, 234, 332, 333 or 334.

DAN 442 MUSICAL THEATRE DANCE AND CHOREOGRAPHY (3)
This course covers the appropriate methods, materials, and skills needed for preparing and staging dance in a musical production. Special emphasis will be given to the choreographic process as well as the role of the choreographer. PREREQ: DAN 232, 233, 234, 332, 333 or 334.

DAN 446 REPERTORY PERFORMANCE (2)
Offer dance students invaluable experience that can only be gained from performance. To ensure maximum benefit the objectives are thorough studio rehearsal of dances, thorough lighting and staging rehearsal, and well-directed performances. Admission to the course is by audition or permission of the instructor. This course may be taken again for credit.

DAN 499 DANCE SEMINAR (3)
Intensive examination of a selected area of study in dance. Topics will be announced in advance.

Theatre Course Offerings

THA 100 THEATRE SURVEY (1)
This class is a survey course designed to introduce students to the full range of the Theatre process including directing, performance, design, dramaturgy, and management.

THA 101 INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE (3)
Survey of theatre as a humanity by exploring how theatre reflects and comments on its time and place. This course teaches the student what to listen for, and what to look for, when attending a live theatre performance. Fulfills general education arts requirement.

THA 103 ACTING I (3)
A course designed to introduce the basic skills and techniques needed by the developing actor to successfully create a character for performance on stage. Fulfills general education arts requirement.

THA 104 STAGECRAFT (3)
To demonstrate through written work, oral discussion, and laboratory participation an understanding of technology as the theatre artist's instrument focusing on the basic elements of technical theatre, including the physical space and the scene shop. Fulfills general education arts requirement.

THA 113 SCRIPT ANALYSIS (3)
Introduces and applies methods for analyzing scripts intended for theatrical performance. Additionally explores an in-depth methodology of reading, analyzing, and understanding a play script intended for prouduction. Investigate techniques used to determine how to read a play for its structure, scrutinizing the playwright's methods of creating theatre through plot, character, imagery, and understanding what scripts "mean" to the theater practioner as distinct from other forms of literature. Fulfills general education arts requirement.

THA 116 COSTUME CONSTRUCTION (3)
Theory and practice in theatrical costuming including organization, construction, drafting, dyeing, painting, and wardrobe management. Laboratory required. Fulfills general education arts requirement.

THA 118 VOICE FOR THE PERFORMER (3)
The goal of all vocal training is the understanding of the individual voice. Voice training seeks to uncover the potential of a naturally produced vocal sound with all its capabilities and limitations. Fulfills general education arts requirement.

THA 131 INTRODUCTION TO MUSICAL THEATRE (3)
A survey course of musical theatre in production with an emphasis on the artists who create the shows.

THA 150 SUMMER THEATRE WORKSHOP (3)
A combination of classroom instruction and applied production techniques for student interns working with the department's Summer Theatre program. Available to first-year/sophomore-level students and to qualified high school seniors. PREREQ: Interview and permission of the department.

THA 181 VOICE CLASS I (1)

Class instruction in singing skills for theatre majors and minors.

THA 182 VOICE CLASS II (1)

Class instruction in singing skills for theatre majors or minors. PREREQ: THA 181 or permission of instructor.

THA 200 THEATRE PRACTICUM (1-2)
This course is designed to provide Theatre and Dance majors and minors the opportunities to participate in and learn skills directly related to specific areas of theatrical production. PREREQ: THA 104, THA 116

THA 203 ACTING II (3)
Continued focus on the basic skills and techniques needed to create a role on the stage. Emphasis on character development. PREREQ: THA 103.

THA 204 SCENE PAINTING (3)
Studio course designed to introduce students to basic skills and techniques of scenic painting. PREREQ: THA 104 and THA 113.

THA 206 GRAPHICS FOR THE STAGE (3)
An exploration of graphic solutions used in the various stages of planning and executing a setting for the theatre. Scenic design and stage technician, drafting techniques and perspective techniques used exclusively in the theatre. PREREQ: THA 104

THA 208 SCENE CONSTRUCTION AND RIGGING (3)
The course develops a familiarity with scenic construction techniques and materials. Practical solutions to technical problems are discussed. Other topics include theatre safety, technical drawing and budgeting. This course is a requirement for technical majors but an elective for all other theatre majors. PREREQ: THA 104.

THA 210 STAGE MAKEUP I (3)
Theory and practice in design and application of various types of makeup for the stage.

THA 212 CREATIVE DRAMA (3)
Theory and practice in creative techniques of expression and dramatic forms to be used as a teaching and recreational tools for children and adults. Fulfills general education arts requirement.

THA 213 SCRIPT ANALYSIS II (3)
To introduce students to the unique problems of interpreting dramatic texts from the classical periods of theatre history for contemporary stage production.

THA 214 STAGE PROPERTIES (3)
Explores the research, design, craft, skills, and solutions involved in providing theatrical properties, defined generally as the smaller objects that complete the costume and visual setting for a given show production. Students will learn the basic vocabulary for communication and collaboration with all production staff during the production process. Students will learn how to create source and scrapbook files, property plots, maintenance and security during and after, organizing and storage of stage properties.

THA 216 FUNDAMENTALS OF DESIGN (3)

The exploration of multiple elements of pruduction design to create a foundation of communication for future designers, technicians, actors, directors, and stage managers. Student will learn how to manipulate design principles to support and enhance theatrical productions.

THA 218 VIRTUAL PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES (3)

This course explores several software programs used to generate and communicate elements of production design.

THA 221 MUSIC THEATRE I (1)
Beginning study of musical notation to provide skills to "read" and interpret musical theatre vocal lines. Apply basic piano skills necessary to "hear" the musical notation and transfer it to the voice. PREREQ: THA 181

THA 250 RACE AND GENDER IN AMERICAN THEATRE (3)
This course will focus on how some traditionally marginalized groups have been examined and portrayed in American Theatre. Diversity course.

THA 300 CAREER PREPARATION (2)
Designed to educate second semester juniors or first semester seniors on career path options in the field immediately following college.

THA 301 DIRECTING I (3)
An introduction of the theories and techniques of stage direction with emphasis in pre-rehearsal planning, play selection, script analysis and promptbooks, casting and blocking. PREREQ: THA 103, 104, and 113.

THA 303 ACTING SHAKESPEARE (3)
A course for the advanced student actor focusing on techniques essential for developing roles from classical texts with a particular emphasis on the plays of Shakespeare. Characterization, text analysis, and scansion will all be covered. It is recommended that the student take THA 118 and DAN 130 prior to enrollment in this course. PREREQ: THA 203.

THA 304 SCENE DESIGN (3)
This course identifies and explores the processes involved in/creating a scenic space which is both practical and expressive. Skills in set design, representational painting, scenic drafting, and script interpretation are developed. PREREQ: THA 113 or permission of instructor.

THA 305 LIGHTING DESIGN FOR THE STAGE (3)
Exploration of lighting as a means of artistic communication in the theatre. The course covers the aesthetics, tools, technology, and the graphic methods used to light a play. Special topics in lighting for other performing arts will be discussed. PREREQ: THA 113 or permission of instructor.

THA 306 HISTORY OF THE THEATRE AND DRAMA I (3)
Examination of plays, players, and methods of theatrical production from English Renaissance to 1875. Writing emphasis. PREREQ: THA 113 or THA 213.

THA 307 HISTORY OF THEATRE AND DRAMA II (3)
Examination of plays, players, and methods of theatrical production from Modern Theatre (1875-1900) through Contemporary Theatre (1975-Present). Writing emphasis. PREREQ: THA 113 or THA 213.

THA 309 TRENDS IN CONTEMPORARY THEATRE (3)
he theatre artists, structures and social milieu whose collective interaction can be referred to as contemporary theatre. The creative work being done in America, England, Poland, South America and other nations will form the core of the course. Writing emphasis.

THA 310 STAGE MAKEUP II (3)
Research, theory, development, design, and application of theatrical makeup according to the play, its period, the style of production, size of the house, the actor, and the character. Students must have previous knowledge of the basic two- and three- dimensional makeup devices. PREREQ: THA 210.

THA 312 CHILDREN'S THEATRE (3)
Production of children's theatre for the stage. Course elements will include: script analysis and production values, publicity, and tour preparation. Students enrolled in the course will create a complete production. Fulfills general education arts requirement.

THA 313 PLAYWRITING WORKSHOP (3)
Writing the play; possibilities and limitations of the stage. Attention to sets and costuming where relevant. Characterizations by action and dialogue. Problems of establishing motivation. The play's totality in theme, character, and action. Information readings of student work.

THA 315 SOUND DESIGN (3)
An in-depth study of sound and how it relates to theatrical production.

THA 316 COSTUME HISTORY AND DESIGN (3)
The history of European and American costume and its application to the period production. Process of designing costume in various styles will be explored. Students are required to design costumes for periods studied. PREREQ: THA 113 or permission of instructor.

THA 318 DIALECTS (3)
This course is designed to provide the student with the fundamental tools for recognizing, transcribing, and learning any dialect or regionalism. PREREQ: THA 118.

THA 319 MUSIC THEATRE REPERTOIRE (3)
Performance course to acquaint students with styles of composition and vocal presentation in contemporary music theatre. PREREQ: DAN 130, THA 103, 203, 221; and VOI 181.

THA 320 STAGING ARCHITECTURE AND THE DECORATIVE ARTS (3)
This course aims to enhance design students' knowledge of architectural and decorative arts time periods culminating in their ability to adapt and modify them for the various types of historically known theatre staging. Focus is on the European and early American worlds of 1500-1900, and the architecture, decorative arts, and economic and social conditions out of which they sprang. PREREQ: THA 113 or permission of instructor.

THA 323 PHYSICAL TRADITIONS IN PERFORMANCE (3)
This course examines multicultural and historical non-storytelling traditions of performance that stem from actor-driven creation. Throughout theatrical history, significant innovations and practices grew from creative work established not by playwrights and directors, but rather from actors themselves. This is nontext driven work relying on improvisation characterization within the structure of a historical tradition. This class studies these traditions in order to empower the actor as a part of the creative process and generate a sizeable skill set for use in all theatrical settings. PREREQ: DAN 130, THA 118, THA 203.

THA 325 SCENE INTO SONG (3)
This course is designed to develop within the student actor a technique for approaching a total performance in musical theatre, integrating the spoken word with song toward a seamless presentation alongside a partner. PREREQ: THA 103, THA 203, THA 319.

THA 342 HISTORY OF MUSICAL THEATRE (3)
Students will study the historical background of the true American art form, musical theatre. Emphasis will be placed on the development of the genre throughout its time. In addition, this course also studies the influential shows, artists, and music that have provided major contributions to the growth of the art form.

THA 350 AUDITION TECHNIQUES (3)
Auditioning is in integral part of performance and musical theatre course of study. As a professional, semiprofessional, and amateur, one must audition to participate onstage. This course will move beyond foundation acting courses and translate onstage/onscreen work into an auditioning environment. Guest industry professionals, audition simulations, and critiques from the instructor will build and strengthen an audition portfolio that is carefully and uniquely crafted to each student's individual needs, strengths, and type. PREREQ: THA 203.

THA 399 DIRECTED STUDIES IN THEATRE (1-3)
Research, creative projects, reports, readings in theatre. Students must submit applications to advisors one semester in advance of registration. PREREQ: Permission of instructor.

THA 400 PROFESSIONAL APPRENTICESHIP (3-15)
This course provides a structured and supervised work experience in theatre. Students must apply to the department chair for permission to enroll.

THA 401 DIRECTING II (3)
Play direction as a creative aspect of stage production with emphasis on exploration of concept, techniques of rehearsing a play and working with actors and the role and function of the stage manager. PREREQ: THA 301.

THA 403 ADVANCED THEATRE PRACTICUM (3)
A production seminar for the advanced arts student that will culminate in a public performance. Under the mentorship of a faculty professional, the class will work as an ensemble that takes the production process from those factors that determine a production's potential for performance to final public presentation.

THA 404 CAD FOR THE STAGE (3)
To develop student ability in utilizing the AutoCAD release 14 environment to draft and plot scenic designs and technical drawings for the theatre. PREREQ: THA 206

THA 406 ADVANCED SCENE STUDY (3)
A special topic seminar with study and scene work in a variety of period, modern, and contemporary styles. Students will first focus on the physical, intellectual, and emotional demands inherent in the texts, and then on the process of moving form textual analysis to performance. PREREQ: DAN 130, THA 118, THA 203.

THA 412 THEATRE ARTS OUTREACH (3)
Provides students with the experience of working with children as part of an outreach program in partnership with the West Chester School District and Council of the Arts.

THA 414 STAGE MANAGEMENT (3)
Duties and responsibilities of the theatrical stage manager throughout the production process. PREREQ: THA 216 or permission of instructor.

THA 419 MUSIC THEATRE REPERTOIRE II (3)
Research, preparation, and performance of a variety of musical theatre genres.

THA 499 THEATRE SEMINAR (3)
Intensive examination of a selected area of study in theatre. Topics will be announced in advance.