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2011-2012 University Catalogue
The University of the Arts
   
 
  Jan 18, 2018
 
 
    
2011-2012 University Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Courses

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Course Renumbering

Commencing with the 2013-14 academic year the University began a multi-year course renumbering.  For additional information visit the Course Renumbering page on the Office of the Registrar website.

Renumbered Course List 

  • Division of Liberal Arts
    Many courses within the Division of Liberal Arts commencing with the Summer and Fall 2014 terms will be offered under new course numbers. Students registering for Summer 2014 coursework and beyond will do so using the new course numbers.
 

Theater - Studio

  
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    THST 281 - Acting for Non-Majors III

    1 credit
    Prerequisites THST*182

  
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    THST 282 - Acting for Non-Majors IV

    1 credit
    Prerequisites THST*182

  
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    THST 301 - Acting Studio: Technique III

    3 credits
    Studies in advanced acting. Further development of performance technique as it relates to the rehearsal process. Special emphasis given to clarity of behavior, characterization, action, and objective. Scene work used as a means of gauging the actor’s ability to apply studio work to text.

    Prerequisites THST*202 and THVC*212

    Open to Acting and Musical Theater majors only.

  
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    THST 302 - Acting Studio: Poetic Realism

    3 credits
    Exploration of scene study methods as they apply to dramatic works by such playwrights as Williams, O’Neill, Isben, Strindberg, Wilde, Checkhov, Synge, O’Casey, and further development of actor’s attention to and application of behavioral specificity.

    Prerequisites THST*301

    Open to Acting and Musical Theater majors only.

  
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    THST 320 - Musical Theater Performance

    2 credits
    An elective course for actors, singers, and dancers in which students can explore the craft of the singing actor through exercises, improvisations, and repertoire study. Students learn and rehearse solos, scenes, and ensembles from the musical theater repertoire. Emphasis is on developing honesty, ease, and expressiveness in musical theater performance.

    Open to Majors in School of Theatre Arts Only

  
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    THST 321 - Musical Theater Repertory

    2 credits
    Scenes, songs, and dances are drawn from the diverse musical theater repertory, enabling the student to develop versatility and a sense of style.

    Prerequisites THST*212 and THST*222

    Open to Musical Theater majors only.

  
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    THST 322 - Musical Theater Repertory

    2 credits
    Scenes, songs, and dances are drawn from the diverse musical theater repertory, enabling the student to develop versatility and a sense of style.

    Prerequisites THST*321

    Open to Musical Theater majors only.

  
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    THST 330 - Design Technology Seminar

    3 credits
    This seminar-style class is designed as a forum for considering challenges and concepts facing advanced design and technology students. Course deals with advanced design concepts and applications in the various theatrical fora, including dance, opera, ballet, and musical theater. Solutions are sought through the collaborative process with costume, lighting, scene design, and theater tech students arriving at conceptual treatments and visualizations.

    Prerequisites THPD*264

    Open to Theater Design Technology majors only.

  
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    THST 331 - Sound Design

    3 credits
    Fundamental procedures for sound creation and reproduction, with emphasis on the function and practice of theatrical sound design. Lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and projects investigating the problems of sound design for the stage, including sound production, modification, amplification, balance, instrumentation, character of sound, media, equipment control, planning and rigging in stage space, and working with stage management to set cues for the live performances.

    Prerequisites THST*232

  
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    THST 341 - Acting on Camera

    1 credit
    Designed for acting students who want to gain knowledge and experience in acting for film and television, the primary market in the entertainment industry. Sessions give each participant a hands-on experience in acting for the camera. The actors are able to see and evaluate each other’s film work during a special screening session at the end of the course.

    Prerequisites THST*202

    Open to Acting majors only.

  
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    THST 343 - Oral Interpretation

    2 credits
    The course examines the elements of form and structure in various kinds of literature, and applies that analysis to the craft of the performance. Studies begin with fairy tales, investigate modern and contemporary retellings of fairy tales, and continue with modern and contemporary short stories. The techniques of oral interpretation, different than those used in a studio acting class, focus on the meaning of literature via suggestive vocal dexterity and subtlety of revelation, rather than explicit action. Students are required to write papers analyzing the literature they choose to perform.

    Prerequisites THPD*120

    Open to Majors in School of Theatre Arts Only

  
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    THST 344 - Audition Techniques

    2 credits
    This course focuses on the skills necessary to audition successfully for theater, film, and television. Topics include cold readings, monologues, television commercials, and dealing with agents and casting directors.

    Prerequisites THST*361 or THST*302

    Open to Acting and Applied Theater Arts majors only.

  
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    THST 361 - Fundamentals of Directing

    3 credits
    An overview of the directorial process. Discusses the various facets of a director’s job, especially in the early phases of a production, e.g. working with the actor, casting, table work and rehearsal, and culminates with each student directing a scene of his/her own. The emphasis is on empowering the students as theater practitioners, within the rehearsal process, by introducing them to the basic problems encountered by the stage director with whom all theater participants work.

    Prerequisites THST*232, THPD*261, or THST*201

    Open to Acting, Theater Management Production and Theater Design and Technology majors only.

  
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    THST 371 - Rehearsal & Performance I

    4 credits
    Preparation and presentation of faculty-directed works in progress or in major production projects. In addition, each student prepares and presents a performance journal.

    Prerequisites THST*202

    Open to Majors in School of Theatre Arts Only

  
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    THST 372 - Rehearsal & Performance II

    4 credits
    Preparation and presentation of faculty-directed works-in-progress or in major production projects. In addition, each student will prepare and present a performance journal.

    Prerequisites THST*202

    Open to Majors in School of Theatre Arts Only

  
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    THST 380 - Fundamentals of Acting II

    2 credits
    Designed specifically for Voice, Dance and Applied Theater Arts majors from the Schools of Music, Dance and Theater who have been admitted into the Musical Theater Minor. This second course in the sequence is devoted primarily to technical training in which actors gain a sense of conversational reality, strengthening their imaginations, responsiveness, spontaneity, and range of emotions. The course serves as a foundation for training in acting that complements studies in musical theater technique.

    Prerequisites THST*280 w/ grade of B or better

    Course restricted to students enrolled in the Musical Theater Minor.

  
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    THST 401 - Acting Studio: Verse Drama I

    3 credits
    Integrated voice and performance work on period scenes and monologues. Material to be covered includes Greek and Restoration.

    Prerequisites THST*302

  
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    THST 402 - Acting Studio: Verse Drama II

    4 credits
    Continues the student’s training in the most advanced level of period-style work. Increased attention to voice work is supported by the use of texts from Greek to Restoration. Exploration of comic techniques, heightened behavior, and emotional support.

    Prerequisites THST*401

  
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    THST 440 - New Play Workshop

    3 credits
    This workshop explores the collaborative relationship between the playwright, director, and actor in the practical creation of a new work. Within a supportive environment that encourages risk and exploration, the new work is developed through dramaturgical investigation, class discussion and critiques by the instructor, and results in an informal reading of the piece.

    Prerequisites THST*361

    Priority enrollment to Theater Management and, Production majors. Open to Majors in School of Theatre Arts Only

  
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    THST 441 - Stage to Video Production

    2 credits
    Project work both behind and in front of the camera. Each actor works on a monologue or scene chosen in consultation with the instructor to make his/her work in front of a camera compelling, secure, and believable. ATA students deal with Production Assistant responsibilities, such as continuity, assisting directing, etc. Student assignments may vary according to strengths and interests. Special benefit: students can use excerpts from the workshop for a “”video audition”” commonly required by today’s casting directors, agents, and film/TV directors.

    Prerequisites THST*341

  
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    THST 443 - Acting for Film I

    3 credits
    For acting students who want to gain advanced knowledge and experience in acting for film and television. The primary goal of the class is to bring out each actor’s natural talent, which is often the most ‘marketable’ in the film and television industry. Each actor works on a monologue or scene, chosen in consultation with the instructor, to make his/her work in front of a camera compelling, secure, and believable. Special video sessions give each participant a valuable, hands-on experience in acting for the camera. The actors are also able to see and evaluate each other’s film work during a special screening session at the end of the course. The actors use excerpts from their monologue/scene for a video audition commonly required by today’s casting directors, actor’s agents, and film/TV directors.

    Prerequisites THST*341

    Open to Majors in School of Theatre Arts Only

  
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    THST 444 - Acting for Film II

    3 credits
    For acting students who want to gain advanced knowledge and experience in acting for film and television. The primary goal of the class is to bring out each actor’s natural talent, which is often the most ‘marketable’ in the film and television industry. Each actor works on a monologue or scene, chosen in consultation with the instructor, to make his/her work in front of a camera compelling, secure, and believable. Special video sessions give each participant a valuable, hands-on experience in acting for the camera. The actors are also able to see and evaluate each other’s film work during a special screening session at the end of the course. The actors use excerpts from their monologue/scene for a video audition commonly required by today’s Casting Directors, Actor’s Agents, and Film/TV Directors.

    Prerequisites THST*443

    Open to Majors in School of Theatre Arts Only

  
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    THST 445 - Scene Study in American Playwrights

    3 credits
    This Senior acting studio focuses on American master playwrights of the 20th century: O’Neil, Miller, Albee, Williams, Shepard, etc. Scenes are chosen to give students the opportunity to explore fully the emotional lives of characters and learn how to become more expressive and imaginative in their acting choices. The work of this course demands the complete investment of the actor through transformation of self into character in these heightened, highly theatrical texts. Improvisation and exercises may also be included in the work sessions.

    Prerequisites THST*301

    Open to Acting, Applied Theater Arts and Musical Theater majors only.

  
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    THST 461 - Directing Studio

    3 credits
    A thorough investigation of the directing vocabulary, exercises in space and composition, exploration of scripts from the director’s point of view, and practical experience with ground plans. The student is asked to demonstrate his/her understanding of blocking values and textual analysis by conceptualizing and then staging simple scenes. Introduces the basics of acting coaching and is coordinated with script analysis and dramatic criticism.

    Prerequisites THST*361

    Priority enrollment to Theater Management and, Production majors. Open to Majors in School of Theatre Arts Only

  
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    THST 471 - Rehearsal & Performance III

    4 credits
    Preparation and public performances of faculty-and guest-directed theater productions. Faculty coach works with students on an individual basis in problem-solving and strengthening technique related to the work in production.

    Open to Majors in School of Theatre Arts Only

  
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    THST 472 - Rehearsal & Performance IV

    4 credits
    Preparation and public performances of faculty-and guest-directed theater productions. Faculty coach works with students on an individual basis in problem-solving and strengthening technique related to the work in production.

    Open to Majors in School of Theatre Arts Only


Theater - Voice & Speech

  
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    THVC 111 - Voice and Speech for Actors I

    2 credits
    Linklater exercises are the basis of a course designed to help the student find his/her natural voice and to integrate body, breathing, voice, thought and feeling into expression through speech. The student is given a practical understanding of the voice and how it works. Tensions that inhibit primary impulses are uncovered and dismantled. The function of the articulators is studied and they are examined for blocks and exercised for release.

    Open to Acting majors only.

  
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    THVC 112 - Voice and Speech for Actors II

    2 credits
    Linklater exercises are the basis of a course designed to help the student find his/her natural voice and to integrate body, breathing, voice, thought and feeling into expression through speech. The student is given a practical understanding of the voice and how it works. Tensions that inhibit primary impulses are uncovered and dismantled. The function of the articulators is studied and they are examined for blocks and exercised for release.

    Prerequisites THVC*111 and THST*101

  
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    THVC 120 - Voice for Musical Theater Lab

    0 credits
    Supports Voice for Musical Theater I & II.

  
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    THVC 121 - Musical Theater Performance:introduction

    1 credit
    Introduction to the fundamentals of vocal technique, vocal anatomy, and vocal performance for the musical stage. Examination of various styles used in the musical theater, past and present.

    Open to Musical Theater majors only.

  
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    THVC 122 - Musical Theater Performance: Foundation

    1 credit
    Introduction to the fundamentals of vocal technique, vocal anatomy, and vocal performance for the musical stage. Examination of various styles used in the musical theater, past and present.

    Prerequisites THVC*121

    Open to Musical Theater majors only.

  
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    THVC 131 - Voice Lesson for Musical Theater

    1 credit
    Individual (and, occasionally, small group) instruction in vocal techniques appropriate for the musical theater, culminating in a jury examination each semester.

    Open to Musical Theater majors only.

  
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    THVC 132 - Voice Lesson for Musical Theater

    1 credit
    Individual (and, occasionally, small group) instruction in vocal techniques appropriate for the musical theater, culminating in a jury examination each semester.

    Open to Musical Theater majors only.

  
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    THVC 210 - Voice for Actors Lab

    0 credits
    Lab work designed to strengthen techniques learned in THVC 211 & 212 Voice and Speech for Actors.

    Prerequisites THVC*211

  
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    THVC 211 - Voice and Speech for Actors III

    2 credits
    Practical training in speech for the stage. Emphasis on articulation and eliminating regionalisms. Through the course of the year, each student is expected to achieve a high degree of proficiency in General American Pronunciation by developing a working knowledge of the International Phonetic Alphabet. Resonance, placement, and range are developed. Particular attention is paid to ending consonants, equating length of thought and length of breath and key wording.

    Prerequisites THVC*112 or THVC*132, and THST*102

    Open to Acting and Musical Theater majors only.

  
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    THVC 212 - Voice and Speech for Actors IV

    2 credits
    Practical training in speech for the stage. Emphasis on articulation and eliminating regionalisms. Through the course of the year, each student is expected to achieve a high degree of proficiency in General American Pronunciation by developing a working knowledge of the International Phonetic Alphabet. Resonance, placement, and range are developed. Particular attention is paid to ending consonants, equating length of thought and length of breath and key wording.

    Prerequisites THVC*211 and THST*201

    Open to Acting and Musical Theater majors only.

  
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    THVC 221 - Musical Theater Performance: Principles of Singing Acting I

    1 credit
    An exploration of the fundamental principles of singing acting. Students learn to practice making expressive behavioral choices in face, body and voice while singing. Technique is developed through exercises and repertoire study. Song analysis is taught as a tool to identify the most productive opportunities for behavioral choice-making.

    Prerequisites THVC*122

  
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    THVC 222 - Musical Theater Performance: Principles of Singing Acting II

    1 credit
    Continued exploration of procedures for making expressive behavioral choices in face, body and voice while singing. Application in scene work (duets) as well as solo singing. Specificity, authenticity, variety and intensity of behavioral choice-making are pursued through exercises and repertoire study.

    Prerequisites THVC*221

  
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    THVC 231 - Voice Lesson for Musical Theater

    1 credit
    See THVC 131.

    Prerequisites THVC*132

    Open to Musical Theater majors only.

  
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    THVC 232 - Voice Lesson for Musical Theater

    1 credit
    See THVC 131.

    Prerequisites THVC*231

    Open to Musical Theater majors only.

  
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    THVC 311 - Voice and Speech for Actors V

    2 credits
    Involves the study of the key dialects of North America, the British Isles, and Europe, as well as work in the area of voice characterization, using the International Phonetic Alphabet as a guide. Later work in voice and text would cover breathing support, vocal connection, energy, musicality, variety, and clarity. Some monologue and sonnet work would be drawn from material from such authors as Shaw and Shakespeare. The dialects chosen are those for which there is most demand in dramatic literature and in the commercial theater; consequently, some time is spent on “”Standard British,”” “”Southern Irish,”” and a range of “”American Southern,”” and “”New York”” accents. Approximately six to eight dialects are addressed in depth.

    Prerequisites THVC*212, THST*202, and THMD*262

    Open to Acting majors only.

  
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    THVC 312 - Voice and Speech for Actors VI

    2 credits
    Involves the study of the key dialects of North America, the British Isles, and Europe, as well as work in the area of voice characterization, using the International Phonetic Alphabet as a guide. Later work in voice and text would cover breathing support, vocal connection, energy, musicality, variety, and clarity. Some monologue and sonnet work would be drawn from material from such authors as Shaw and Shakespeare. The dialects chosen are those for which there is most demand in dramatic literature and in the commercial theater; consequently, some time is spent on “”Standard British,”” “”Southern Irish,”” and a range of “”American Southern,”” and “”New York”” accents. Approximately six to eight dialects are addressed in depth.

    Prerequisites THVC*311, THST*301, and THMD*361

    Open to Acting majors only.

  
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    THVC 321 - Musical Theater Performance: Styles I

    1 credit
    Styles of singing-acting. Students apply integrated singing-acting technique to a diverse range of period styles of musical theater. Solo literature from the 1860s through the present day is examined.

    Prerequisites THST*202, THST*212, and THST*222

    Open to Musical Theater majors only.

  
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    THVC 322 - Musical Theater Performance: Styles II

    1 credit
    Styles of singing-acting. Students apply integrated singing-acting technique to a diverse range of period styles of musical theater. Solo literature from the 1860s through the present day is examined.

    Prerequisites THVC*321

    Open to Musical Theater majors only.

  
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    THVC 331 - Voice Lesson for Musical Theater

    1 credit
    Individual (and, occasionally, small group) instruction in vocal techniques appropriate for the musical theater, culminating in a jury examination each semester. See THVC 131 & 132.

    Prerequisites THVC*232

    Open to Musical Theater majors only.

  
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    THVC 332 - Voice Lesson for Musical Theater

    1 credit
    Individual (and, occasionally, small group) instruction in vocal techniques appropriate for the musical theater, culminating in a jury examination each semester. See THVC 131 & 132.

    Prerequisites THVC*331

    Open to Musical Theater majors only.

  
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    THVC 411 - Speech for Actors VII

    3 credits
    Emphasis is on Dialects. Standard English, regional and national accents, using Standard English as a base, is the focus in the first semester. During the year, individual vocal and speech problems are addressed through class clinics and tutorials.

    Prerequisites THST*302, THMD*362, and THVC*311

  
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    THVC 412 - Speech for Actors VIII

    3 credits
    Emphasis is on Dialects. Standard English, regional and national accents, using Standard English as a base, is the focus in the first semester. During the year, individual vocal and speech problems are addressed through class clinics and tutorials.

    Prerequisites THST*401 and THMD*461

  
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    THVC 421 - Musical Theater Performance: Cabaret/Audition

    1 credit
    A senior seminar in singing-acting. Students work on more demanding repertoire and on special performing challenges such as cabaret theater and auditioning. A Senior Showcase is prepared and performed, and professional outplacement issues are addressed.

    Prerequisites THVC*322

    Open to Musical Theater majors only.

  
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    THVC 422 - Musical Theater Performance: Professional Preparation

    1 credit
    A senior seminar in singing-acting. Students work on more demanding repertoire and on special performing challenges such as cabaret theater and auditioning. A Senior Showcase is prepared and performed, and professional outplacement issues are addressed.

    Prerequisites THVC*421

    Open to Musical Theater majors only.

  
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    THVC 431 - Voice Lesson for Musical Theater

    1 credit
    See THVC 131.

    Prerequisites THVC*332

    Open to Musical Theater majors only.

  
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    THVC 432 - Voice Lesson for Musical Theater

    1 credit
    See THVC 131.

    Prerequisites THVC*431

    Open to Musical Theater majors only.


Writing for Film & Television

  
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    GRWM 699 - Topics: Writing for Film and Television

    1.5 - 6 credits
    Graduate students may register for upper-level undergraduate liberal arts courses and studio electives for graduate credit. Graduate students are expected to contribute at a higher level in the classroom and have additional assignments (readings, papers, etc.) in order to be granted graduate credit. Students are advised to select an area of study that broadens or intensifies their background in the arts, education, and related disciplines. Often this work contributes directly to the preparation of the graduate project proposal. In order to register for an upper-level undergraduate course and receive credit, the student must submit a completed special topics/independent study form to the Office of the Registrar.

  
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    WRIT 111 - Dramatic Structure

    3 credits
    A dramatic-writing workshop that introduces the major principles of writing stories for the screen. The course teaches three-act structure, the plotting of dramatic sequences, character development, dramatic conflict, and story setting. Students complete focused creative-writing assignments on a weekly basis, participate in frequent workshops, and write a larger project as their final piece.

  
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    WRIT 141 - Storytelling

    3 credits
    An exploration of the nature, use and practice of storytelling. The course encourages students to consider how various forms of narrative - from ad campaigns, greeting cards, and political campaigns to movies and rap music - convey stories and ideas; how oral, pictorial, and written narratives differ; and how medium affects narrative. Creative exercises in a range of media help students reflect on the many ways that a narrative can be manipulated and exploited to powerful effect.

  
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    WRIT 204 - Writing for Media

    3 credits
    A studio writing class developing skills in effective, clear, and persuasive writing in the areas of media and communication. Students work from a variety of source materials and write research papers, project proposals, project treatments, and a newspaper feature. Emphasis is on writing structure and style, editing and revising, suitability to specific audiences, and delivering material on time and at prescribed lengths.

    Prerequisites LACR*102 of LACR*103

    Priority enrollment to Communication majors. Priority enrollment to Writing for Film/TV majors.

  
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    WRIT 205 - Creating Reality TV

    3 credits
    With lectures, screenings, and readings, this course examines the reality television genre from a historical, economic, and creative perspective. Students will be required to create two individual reality series proposals along with a promotional and marketing campaign for one of them.

    Prerequisites LACR*102 or LACR*103

  
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    WRIT 211 - Introduction to Screenwriting

    3 credits
    An applied writing workshop that introduces all the fundamentals of screenwriting: scene structure, dramatic beats, dialogue, story structure, character, plot, and dramatic conflict. The course begins with a series of focused scene-writing exercises. Then students develop and hour-long script idea, prepare character profiles, organize plot points, write and revise and outline, and complete a first script draft that focuses on the main story line.

    Prerequisites LACR*102 or LACR*103

  
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    WRIT 212 - Screenwriting II

    3 credits
    Second semester of an intensive introduction to the fundamentals of screenwriting. In this course, students outline a subplot to complement the main story line from the script writing the previous semester, write a new script draft that incorporates both the A and B stories, workshop their scripts, and then embark on a major revision that begins with a new outline and concludes with an extensively rewritten second draft.

    Prerequisites WRIT*211

  
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    WRIT 220 - Writing for Film

    3 credits
    A writing class introducing students to the basic elements of screenwriting. These include three act structure, creating a character, act design, and scene structure. Students complete a short screenplay by the end of the semester.

    Not open to Writing for Film and Television majors.

  
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    WRIT 222 - Writing the Short Film

    3 credits
    The course, building upon the fundamentals of structuring and formatting introduced in Screenwriting I or Writing for Film explores the qualities that are unique to and inherent in the conception of short form film projects. Emphasis is placed on a wide variety of narrative approaches that films employ when they are substantially shorter than a conventional feature length piece.

    Prerequisites WRIT*211 or WRIT*220

    Priority enrollment to Communication majors.

  
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    WRIT 225 - Interactive Writing I

    3 credits
    The first semester of a year-long studio course that builds upon the basic principles of dramatic writing by identifying and utilizing the Web environment as a unique medium for narrative storytelling. Through analysis and written exercises, students learn how multiple story and character arcs are designed and supported by specific interactive storytelling models.

    Prerequisites WRIT*211, WRIT*220, or MMDI*202

  
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    WRIT 226 - Interactive Writing II

    3 credits
    The second semester of a year-long studio course that extends the interactive storytelling knowledge gained in Interactive Writing I to a project-based and dialogue-driven narrative. Working in writing teams, students create and write two short Web drama scripts based on models studied in Interactive Writing I. As a final project, each student completes a formal Web drama proposal, outline, and script for a potential production in the culminating course, Web Drama Studio.

    Prerequisites WRIT*225

  
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    WRIT 241 - Screenplay Analysis

    3 credits
    Introduction to the various cinematic production values, which directly influence the character of the dramatic product. Topics of study include cinematography, art and production design, editing and sound as they relate to the writer’s intention, and the quality of the final product.

    Prerequisites WRIT*220 or WRIT*211

  
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    WRIT 242 - Film Story Analysis

    3 credits
    The course examines various narrative film genres, identifying the unique and distinctive qualities of screenwriting conventions utilized. Screenings and analysis highlight the devices employed by screenwriters to tell a good story. Weekly screenings followed by critical papers of each screening.

  
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    WRIT 251 - History of Narrative Cinema I

    3 credits
    First of a two-part film-history survey of narrative film from the United States and around the world, in which various schools, styles, and genres are studied chronologically. The course traces the development of narrative films from the beginning of cinema around 1845 up to the early 1940s. Films are screened twice a week.

  
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    WRIT 252 - History of Narrative Cinema II

    3 credits
    Second of a two-part film-history survey of narrative film from the United States and around the world, in which various schools, styles, and genres are studied chronologically. The course traces the development of narrative films from the beginning of cinema around 1845 up to the early 1940s. Films are screened twice a week.

  
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    WRIT 253 - History of Television

    3 credits
    Provides an overview of the medium of television. The impact of television since its inception has become increasingly pervasive and has influenced an entire society through its ability to educate and entertain. Video examples of the medium are supplemented by class discussion and reading assignments.

    Priority enrollment to Writing for Film/TV majors.

  
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    WRIT 261 - Cinema Arts

    3 credits
    Introduction to the various production values, which directly influence the character of the dramatic product. Subjects of study include music, cinematography, art and production design, editing, sound, costume design, and special/computer effects as they relate to the writer’s intention and the quality of the final product.

  
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    WRIT 310 - Film and TV Production Manager

    3 credits
    This course provides practical information and hands-on experience in the planning and management of dramatic film and television shoots. Emerging screenwriters will gain an understanding of how film professionals turn their scripts into movies and TV episodes, and filmmakers will learn about the complex apparatus of producing filmed drama, which they will find useful in either an independent setting or as part of a large-scale industry production.

    Prerequisites LACR*102

  
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    WRIT 311 - Feature Screenwriting I

    3 credits
    An intensive writing workshop that engages students in all of the professional stages involved in the planning and writing of a feature-length movie script. Students develop a concept, pitch the project, write character profiles, lay out the plot points, and write a long outline of treatment for a full-length work that will be scripted in the following semester.

    Prerequisites WRIT*212

  
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    WRIT 312 - Feature Screenwriting II

    3 credits
    An intensive writing workshop that engages students in all of the professional stages involved in the planning and writing of a feature-length movie script. Working from a revised outline composed the previous semester, students write the first draft of a feature-length screenplay, participate in workshops with their peers, and then embark on a revision that results in an extensively rewritten second draft.

    Prerequisites WRIT*311

  
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    WRIT 324 - Screenplay Adaptation

    3 credits
    The vast number of theatrical and television films adapted from fictional and nonfiction sources make it essential that emerging screenwriters understand the art of adaptation. Following an introduction to the basics of adaptation, this course analyzes three movies adapted from fictional sources (novels, short stories, etc.) and three from nonfiction sources (e.g. books and magazine journalism). Creative written work from both is integrated into the course.

    Prerequisites WRIT*212

  
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    WRIT 325 - Introduction to Episodic Television

    3 credits
    Introduces students to the craft of writing dramatic scripts for episodic television. Through a mixture of lectures and practical experience, students learn the various television formats, the differences between TV scripting and feature-film writing, the process of writing in teams, and the steps involved in working toward a finished teleplay.

    Prerequisites WRIT*211

  
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    WRIT 327 - Episodic Television Writing I

    3 credits
    An intensive writing class that analyzes the specific genre of episodic television writing. Students view examples of various genres in the form, and work in teams to create original written work. Three major projects are completed over the course of the semester, including creating an original series pilot.

    Prerequisites WRIT*212 or WRIT*220

    Priority enrollment to Writing for Film/TV majors.

  
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    WRIT 328 - Episodic Television Writing II

    3 credits
    Advanced studio writing course in which students outline and draft two full-length scripts for episodic television series.

    Prerequisites WRIT*327

  
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    WRIT 360 - Web Drama Studio

    3 credits
    A capstone course in which students are required to begin with an already-completed and approved Web drama proposal and script. Each student then works to produce his or her own Web drama script online, while collaboratively supporting other writer/producers on their projects.

    Prerequisites WRIT*226

  
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    WRIT 361 - Acting/Directing for Writers

    3 credits
    Studio course addressing the collaborative aspect of dramatic production involving writers, actors, and directors. Students are introduced to directing and acting, using produced screenplays, as well as their own dramatic texts as the source material.

    Prerequisites WRIT*212

  
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    WRIT 381 - Writing for the Web

    3 credits
    Students address the special opportunities and challenges of writing for online publication. In addition to developing the general skills of writing, editing, and rewriting, they develop those writing skills particularly useful for Web-based self-publishing (building one’s own website) and publishing through existing Internet publications. Through a series of exercises, they write features and “”soft”” news, Op-Ed letters, first-person essays, profiles, and reviews fitted for an online audience, while also learning how to pitch story ideas and work under deadlines. They also learn how to take advantage of the collaborative processes by experiencing the brainstorming process of editorial meetings.

    Prerequisites WRIT*204

  
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    WRIT 382 - Writing for Magazines

    3 credits
    This course develops the skills of writing for print publications, especially magazines. Students write and edit articles of the following types: features and “”soft”” news, Op-Ed letters, first-person narrative essays, profiles, and reviews. In addition to working on their writing through revision, editing, and collaboration, they learn how to identify a target magazine, how to brainstorm publication ideas, make a pitch, meet deadlines as well as be introduced to the business life of the freelance writer.

    Prerequisites WRIT*204

  
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    WRIT 408 - Senior Teleplay I

    3 credits
    This advanced writing workshop offers students direct and intensive experience in the planning and writing of dramatic-television scripts in multiple formats. Students review the elements of story structure, character, and dramatic conflict as they apply specifically to episodic television, collaborate on the creation and development of their story ideas, and then plan, write, and revise an individual spec script for an existing television series.

    Prerequisites WRIT*325

  
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    WRIT 409 - Senior Teleplay II

    3 credits
    In this advanced writing workshop, students develop their own dramatic television series and write multiple drafts of one episode. Building on skills learned in Senior Teleplay I, writers pitch their series, write series bibles containing character biographies and outlining a short season’s worth of episodes, outline one complete episode, and then write and revise that episode’s teleplay, leaving the class with a professional quality pilot-episode teleplay.

    Prerequisites WRIT*408

  
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    WRIT 411 - Senior Screenplay I

    3 credits
    The final project students in Writing for Film and Television who choose to write a feature-length screenplay as their thesis script. Students present their work in stages - beat sheets, outlines, and the first draft of their screenplay - in frequent consultation with their instructor.

    Prerequisites WRIT*312

  
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    WRIT 412 - Senior Screenplay II

    3 credits
    The final project for students in Writing for Film and Television who choose to write a feature-length screenplay as their thesis project. Students workshop the first drafts of their screenplays, then consult frequently with the instructor as they execute a thoroughly revised second draft and a third draft that focuses mostly on scene, structure, dialogue and language.

    Prerequisites WRIT*411

  
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    WRIT 460 - Interarts Project

    3 credits
    Provides an opportunity for writers and students throughout the University to collaborate on a semester-long project. Students jointly submit project proposals for approval and develop them to completion. Emphasis is placed on the student’s ability to consider the artistic and technical implications of the combined media while successfully integrating art forms in a considered and polished final piece.

    Open to Majors in the College of Media and Communication only.

  
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    WRIT 490 - Independent Study

    1.5 - 6 credits
    Independent Study offers a matriculated student the opportunity to initiate individual research or advanced projects that are beyond the limits of the standard curriculum, with limited supervision. Independent Study is available to Junior and Senior undergraduate students who have a minimum 2.5 GPA and to graduate students in good standing. Independent Study cannot fulfill major requirements. Independent Study may serve as free, studio, and liberal arts electives, depending on the topic of investigation. Students cannot apply more than 12 total credits of independent study toward their degree requirements.

    Restricted to Undergraduate students only.

  
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    WRIT 499 - Internship

    3 credits
    Seniors are placed with regional companies to expose them to a real work environment in the field of media. Placements vary and can include local network-affiliated television stations, public broadcasting stations, film production companies or multimedia manufacturers. A paper or journal chronicling the experience is required upon completion of the internship.

  
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    WRIT 690 - Graduate Independent Study

    1 - 6 credits
    Independent Study offers a matriculated student the opportunity to initiate individual research or advanced projects that are beyond the limits of the standard curriculum, with limited supervision. Independent Study is available to Junior and Senior undergraduate students who have a minimum 2.5 GPA and to graduate students in good standing. Independent Study cannot fulfill major requirements. Independent Study may serve as free, studio, and liberal arts electives, depending on the topic of investigation. Students cannot apply more than 12 total credits of independent study toward their degree requirements.

    Restricted to students enrolled in graduate programs.


ESLI

  
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    ESLI 001 - Reading and Vocabulary 1

    3 credits
    In Reading and Vocabulary 1, students are exposed to and practice general and academic English vocabulary, including key art, performance, and music vocabulary at a beginner level. Reading skills such as skimming and scanning will be introduced and practiced. Reading Comprehension and vocabulary skills will be developed through practicing word-building skills and basic summarizing strategies. In class, students will engage with the text through verbal discussions, journal writing, and quizzes.

  
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    ESLI 002 - Reading and Vocabulary 2

    3 credits
    In Reading and Vocabulary 2, students practice general and academic English vocabulary, including key art, performance, and music vocabulary at a beginner-intermediate level. Reading skills such as skimming and scanning are practiced. Reading Comprehension and vocabulary skills are developed through practicing word-building skills and basic summarizing strategies. Students locate a main point in reading and summarize important points in a text. Students begin to integrate an author’s thesis with their own responses. In class, students engage with the text through verbal discussions. Students must demonstrate the ability to follow directions for assignments and tests and use lecture preparation and note-taking skills. Upon completion of Reading and Vocabulary 2, students will achieve the above objectives at a beginner to intermediate level.

  
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    ESLI 003 - Reading and Vocabulary 3

    3 credits
    In Reading and Vocabulary 3, students practice general and academic English vocabulary, including key art, performance, and music vocabulary at a beginner-intermediate level. Reading skills such as skimming and scanning are practiced. Reading Comprehension and vocabulary skills are developed through practicing word-building skills and basic summarizing strategies. Students locate a main point and support in reading and summarize important points in a text. Students integrate an author’s thesis with their own responses. In class, students engage with the text through verbal discussions. Students must demonstrate the ability to follow directions for assignments and tests and use lecture preparation and note-taking skills. Upon completion of Reading and Vocabulary 3, students are expected to achieve the above objectives at an intermediate level.

  
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    ESLI 010 - Writing and Grammar 1

    3 credits
    In Writing and Grammar 1, students develop academic, personal, and creative writing skills through daily journaling, in-class writing exercises, and formal essays at a beginner level. Students identify and revise (with assistance) some grammatical errors in their writing. Basic grammar will be mastered through in-class grammar exercise, online exercises, and quizzes. Students demonstrate knowledge and ability to write paragraphs consisting of topic sentences, clear supporting sentences, and conclusions. Upon completion of ESLI Writing Studio 1, these skills will be mastered at a Beginning ESL Level.

  
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    ESLI 011 - Writing and Grammar 2

    3 credits
    Students develop academic, personal, and creative writing skills through daily journaling, in-class writing exercises, and formal essays at a beginner to intermediate level. Students identify and revise (with some assistance) grammatical errors in their writing. Beginner to intermediate grammar will be mastered through in-class grammar exercises, online exercises, and quizzes. Students demonstrate knowledge and ability to write paragraphs and basic essays consisting of, but not limited to the following: a thesis statement, organizational sentence, body paragraphs (with topic sentences and clear supporting sentences), and a conclusion. Students will write short analytical reader-response paragraphs integrating author’s thesis with students’ own responses. Upon completion of Writing and Grammar 2, these skills will be mastered at a beginner to intermediate level.

  
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    ESLI 012 - Writing and Grammar 3

    3 credits
    In Writing and Grammar 3, students develop academic, personal, and creative writing skills through daily journaling, in-class writing exercises, and formal essays at an intermediate level. Students identify and revise (with some assistance) grammatical errors in their writing. Beginner to intermediate grammar will be mastered through in-class grammar exercises, online exercises, and quizzes. Students demonstrate knowledge and ability to write paragraphs and basic essays consisting of, but not limited to the following: a thesis statement, organizational sentences, body paragraphs (with topic sentences and clear supporting sentences), and a conclusion. Students will write short analytical reader-response paragraphs integrating author’s thesis with students’ own responses utilizing MLA in-text documentation. Upon completion of Writing and Grammar 3, these skills will be mastered at an intermediate level.

  
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    ESLI 050 - ESLI Core: Presentation Skills

    1 credit
    In Presentation Skills, Students will develop a confident, relaxed presence for juries, critiques, public speaking, and other types of performance. In-class relaxation techniques and English pronunciation practice prepare students for public performance/presentation. Students utilize descriptive language and performance techniques to enhance presentations. Students gain confidence in sharing their artistic process, interest and goals using English conversation and presentation skills.

  
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    ESLI 051 - ESLI Core: Visual/Performance Studio

    2 credits
    The ESLI Core: Visual and Performing Arts Studio is a multimedia course that introduces students to the college studio environment and teaches technical, creative, theoretical, and problem solving skills. The assignments are broken up into three autobiographical projects that use a combination of traditional and digital methods. Art and performance vocabulary terms are practiced in the ESLI Studio classroom. Students will demonstrate mastery of vocabulary terms and studio norms through classroom critiques and formal presentations.

  
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    ESLI 052 - ESLI Core:Conversation Skills

    1 credit
    ESLI Core: Conversation Skills develops students’ ability to initiate and engage in English conversation. A variety of topics and situations are covered ranging from survival to academic topics. Key phrases, idioms, and cultural notes are discussed to prepare students for several different conversation scenarios. Students work in groups in the classroom and meet with conversation tutors outside of class. Through this course students strengthen their verbal communication skills inside and outside of the classroom. Upon completion of Conversation Skills, students will achieve the above objectives at the beginner’s level.

  
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    ESLI 053 - ESLI Core: Culture Club

    2 credits
    This course is designed to help students become familiar with Philadelphia and navigate the city with confidence. Culture Club provides students with a strong capability to be sophisticated urban travelers and cultural explorers. Students develop research skills and time management skills to organize and report on weekly local cultural outings. Students increase knowledge of and engagement with Philadelphia’s art, music, and cultural scene. Students reflect on and review cultural events through writing assignments, presentations, and in-class discussion.

  
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    ESLI 054 - ESLI Core: Film Fridays

    0 credits
    ESLI Film Fridays: Film and Discussion exposes students to language and the arts through feature films and documentaries, while provoking discussion in English. Students are encouraged to discuss and ask questions related to art, music, performance, culture or any other topics evoked by the films. Viewing films in English and discussing them reinforces listening, vocabulary, and conversation skills.

 

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