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Theatre Curriculum

In an effort to assist the student in making the correct choices for their particular course of study, the following descriptions offer a detailed look at the curriculum and activities specific to the Mountain View College Theatre Department. For the most current catalogue descriptions and prerequisites adopted by the Dallas County Community College District and the DCCCD Drama Discipline Committee, please visit the district website at https://www1.dcccd.edu/cat1011/coursedescriptions/detail.cfm?heading=Drama.  Students planning to continue his or her Theatre studies as a transfer student should check specific course requirements at the transfer institution.  The degree plan is designed to be tailor-made in order to meet requirements at a variety of institutions making the transition to a four-year college or university easier. Courses in theatre are offered year round either on campus or through distance learning. The individual student is strongly advised to work closely with theatre faculty and their advisor on his or her specific degree plan.

 

DRAM 1120 - Theater Practicum I                       

Practicum in theater with emphasis on technique and procedures with experience gained in play productions. It is designed for those students who are cast or filling technical roles within the current semester’s production(s). This course may be repeated for credit.

 

DRAM 1121 - Demonstration  Lab                              

Scenes studied in various theatre classes are demonstrated to show contrast and different styles. This course may be repeated for credit.  This may include but is not limited to exercises, activities, or improvisation.

 

DRAM 1161 - Musical Theatre I                                                   

Study and performance of works from the musical theater repertoire.

 
DRAM 1162 - Musical Theatre II                                                       

Study and performance of works from the musical theater repertoire. 

DRAM 1220 - Theater Practicum I (2)                           

Practicum in theater with emphasis on technique and procedures with experience gained in play productions. Students who are either cast in a production or who are assigned crew.   This course may be repeated for credit. 

DRAM 1221 - Theatre Practicum II                                                    

Participation in the class may include any phase of rehearsal and performance of the current semester’s theatrical presentation(s). This course may be repeated for credit and the student must get instructor approval before enrolling.

     
DRAM 1242 - Introduction to Costume                                                   

Principles and techniques of costume design and construction for theatrical productions are explored in this course.
 
DRAM 1310 -  Introduction to Theatre        

This class is a selective survey of the various aspects of theatre.  Topics include the definition of theatre and its function in society, the audience, the origins of theatre, plays/playwrights and script analysis, theatrical artists and staff, and the evolution of the art form. This course is intended to impart a general knowledge of theatre and how it functions as a multiple and multicultural form of art.
 
DRAM 1322 - Movement for the Stage        

Movement is studied as both a pure form and as it is used in all theatrical styles, and in the development of characterization. 
 
DRAM 1323 - Theatre Workshop         

A course in theatre with an emphasis on performance techniques in musical and repertory theatre allowing the student to gain practical performance experience . This course may be repeated for credit and is offered during the Summer I to support the department’s summer production.  Instructor approval is required to enroll.
 
DRAM 1330 - Stagecraft I        

Stagecraft exposes the student to lighting, scenery, props and sound. Fundamentals such as tool identification and usage, basic lighting principals and prop creation will enhance student growth in theater arts. Production organization and management, theater architecture, and the stage and its equipment will be de mystified in a complete yet down to earth manner.  Safety is an integral part of the process.
 
DRAM 1351 - Acting I        

Acting I introduces students to the basic theories of acting for the stage and to allow them to explore his/her potential of becoming a professional actor. The course will give students the beginnings of awareness, skills, and techniques so he/she can begin to create a character. Body control, voice, interpretation, focus and stage movement are included.
 
DRAM 1352 - Acting II (Scene Study)         

Body control, voice, interpretation, focus and stage movement are further explored in this course. The emphasis is placed on connecting to the text, environment, and those individuals and forces around the character.
 
DRAM 2220 - Theatre Practicum III         

Participation in the class may include any phase of rehearsal and performance of the current semester’s theatrical presentation(s). This course may be repeated for credit and the student must get instructor approval before enrolling.  
 
DRAM 2331 - Stagecraft II        

This course is a continuation to Stagecraft I. Emphasis is placed on the design process and individual projects. Students will further explore lighting, scenery, props and sound through design.
 
DRAM 2336 - Voice and Articulation       

This course will teach you to create the correct sounds of American English and give you greater confidence in your communication skills with native speakers. The emphasis is on improving voice and pronunciation. This means less of an accent and more clarity in speech. By clarifying or correcting consonant and vowel usage, you will free the natural voice and create greater vocal precision.
 
DRAM 2351 - Acting III        

Emphasis is on the study, rehearsal and performance of selected scenes of various periods and styles.
  
DRAM 2352 - Acting IV         

This course is a continuation of Drama 2351. Emphasis is on individual needs of the performer and the various styles of production.
 
DRAM 2361 - History of the Theatre          

Drama is surveyed from its beginning through the 1700’s. The theatre is studied in each period as a part of the total culture of the period. Topics include playwrights, plays, theatre production and social and cultural values within the period.
 
DRAM 2366 - Film Appreciation I       

The emphasis of Film Appreciation I is on the analysis of the visual and aural aspects of selected motion pictures, dramatic aspects of narrative films, and historical significance and sociological effect of film as an art. By exploring a vast array of films, the student will become more aware of the aim, appeal, and elements of the movies he or she views. The student will leave the course with a better understanding of why certain types of films draw attention and will be exposed to other genres and styles not presented in mainstream cinema.
 
DRAM 2367 - Film Appreciation II          

This course is a continuation if Film Appreciation I. The emphasis in this class is on the analysis of the visual and aural aspects of selected motion pictures, dramatic aspects of narrative films, and historical growth and sociological effect of film as an art.
 
DRAM 2374 - Lighting Design                                   

The design and techniques of lighting are covered. Topics include instrumentation, electricity, control and practical experience.