The Department of Theatre offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre that may be entered into during the third year. All freshman and transfer students entering the department are initially classified as Theatre Foundation students. After successfully completing the first two years of core theatre courses in their foundation areas of emphasis, students apply for admission to a specific degree program (B.F.A. or B.A.). The department offers B.F.A concentration areas in performance and stage management; as well as three areas of design/technology: scenic, lighting and costume. (See the individual specialization/concentration pages for curricula outlines.)

Student participation in both credit- and noncredit-bearing department activities may be required. Students matriculating in School of the Arts degree programs are bound by the policies and procedures stipulated in this bulletin and in any other current handbook or policy document adopted by the individual programs.

Because of the environment that exists in these preprofessional programs, all aspects of theatre as art, craft, business and education are experienced together. The curriculum immerses students in the practicalities of theatre. Throughout the four years, the performer works daily with voice, body and imagination, while the designer/technician is involved in studio classes and practical application. Prospective theatre educators engage in intensive teacher-training activities that lead to certification.

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

  • Demonstrate skills and techniques needed to enter the profession as a lighting designer/technician
  • Demonstrate knowledge of history, theory and literature and their practical application

Degree requirements for Theatre, Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) with a concentration in lighting design/technical production

General Education requirements

University Core Education Curriculum
UNIV   111 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry IFocused Inquiry I3
UNIV   112 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry IIFocused Inquiry II3
UNIV   200Inquiry and the Craft of Argument3
Approved humanities/fine arts3
Approved natural/physical sciences3-4
Approved quantitative literacy3-4
Approved social/behavioral sciences3-4
Total Hours21-24
Additional School of the Arts requirements9
Approved General Education electives (Select nine credits from AFAM, ANTH, BIOL, CHEM, ECON, ENGL, ENVS, FRSC, GSWS, HIST, HUMS, INSC, INTL, MASC, MATH, MGMT, PHIL, PHYS, POLI, PSYC, RELS, SCTS, SOCY, STAT, UNIV or WRLD.)
Total Hours9

Collateral requirements

ARTH   103Survey of Art I (or other non-Western art history course)3
or ARTH   104 Survey of Art II
SPCH   121Effective Speech3
THEA   103Stagecraft3
THEA   104Costume Construction3
THEA   113Introduction to Acting I3
THEA   211Introduction to Drama3
THEA   228Introduction to Costume Design3
THEA   307
THEA   308
History of the Theatre
and History of the Theatre
6
Select one of the following:3
Black Theatre
History of Dramatic Literature
History of Dramatic Literature
Modern Drama
Modern Drama
Total Hours30

Major requirements

Select one of the following:2
Introduction to Drawing
Figure Drawing I
Perspective and Three-dimensional Line Drawing
Figure Drawing: Superficial Anatomy
Figure Drawing: Draping the Human Form
THEA   122Color Theory2
THEA   221Introduction to Scene Design3
THEA   225Electricity for the Stage3
THEA   229Introduction to Lighting Design3
THEA   237Advanced Lighting I3
THEA   251Rehearsal and Performance I2
THEA   252Rehearsal and Performance II1
THEA   324Practicum in Stage Lighting (taken four semesters)12
THEA   334Sound Design I3
or THEA   333 Sound Design Technology
or THEA   326 Audio Mixing for Theatre
THEA   327Computer-assisted Design and Drafting for the Theatre3
THEA   337Advanced Lighting Design II3
THEA   431Production3
THEA   437Advanced Lighting Design III3
THEA   495Senior Project: Portfolio Review1
Total Hours47

Electives

Select three upper level elective credits (300- or 400-level)9
Select 4 open elective credits4
Total Hours13

Total minimum requirement 120 credits

What follows is a sample plan that meets the prescribed requirements within a four-year course of study at VCU. Please contact your adviser before beginning course work toward a degree.

Freshman year
Fall semesterHours
THEA   103 Stagecraft 3
THEA   113 Introduction to Acting I 3
THEA   121
Introduction to Drawing
or Figure Drawing I
or Perspective and Three-dimensional Line Drawing
or Figure Drawing: Superficial Anatomy
or Figure Drawing: Draping the Human Form
2
THEA   225 Electricity for the Stage 3
THEA   251 Rehearsal and Performance I 1
UNIV   111 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry I Focused Inquiry I 3
 Term Hours: 15
Spring semester
THEA   104 Costume Construction 3
THEA   122 Color Theory 2
THEA   229 Introduction to Lighting Design 3
UNIV   112 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry II Focused Inquiry II 3
Quantitative literacy course (University Core) 3
Social/behavioral science course (University Core) 3
 Term Hours: 17
Sophomore year
Fall semester
THEA   211 Introduction to Drama 3
THEA   221 Introduction to Scene Design 3
THEA   324 Practicum in Stage Lighting 3
THEA   327 Computer-assisted Design and Drafting for the Theatre 3
UNIV   200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
 Term Hours: 15
Spring semester
ARTH   103
Survey of Art I
or Survey of Art II
3
THEA   237 Advanced Lighting I 3
THEA   252 Rehearsal and Performance II 1
THEA   324 Practicum in Stage Lighting 3
THEA   334
Sound Design I
or Sound Design Technology
or Audio Mixing for Theatre
3
Upper-level design elective (THEA 373 strongly recommended) 3
 Term Hours: 16
Junior year
Fall semester
THEA   251 Rehearsal and Performance I 1
THEA   307 History of the Theatre 3
THEA   324 Practicum in Stage Lighting 3
THEA   337 Advanced Lighting Design II 3
General Education elective 3
Natural/physical science course (University Core) 3
 Term Hours: 16
Spring semester
THEA   228 Introduction to Costume Design 3
THEA   308 History of the Theatre 3
THEA   324 Practicum in Stage Lighting 3
THEA   437 Advanced Lighting Design III 3
General Education elective 3
 Term Hours: 15
Senior year
Fall semester
SPCH   121 Effective Speech 3
THEA   303
Black Theatre
or History of Dramatic Literature
or History of Dramatic Literature
or Modern Drama
or Modern Drama
3
Elective (300- or 400-level) 3
General Education elective 3
 Term Hours: 12
Spring semester
THEA   431 Production 3
THEA   495 Senior Project: Portfolio Review 1
Design elective 3
Humanities/fine arts course (University Core) 3
Open electives 4
 Term Hours: 14
 Total Hours: 120
 

With permission of instructor, the following graduate courses may be taken by undergraduates for degree credit:

THEA   501Basic Voice and Speech3
THEA   502Basic Voice and Speech3
THEA   505Advanced Scene Design III3
THEA   506Advanced Scene Design IV3
THEA   508Scene Painting3
THEA   513Graduate Acting3
THEA   514Graduate Acting3

Theatre

THEA   100. Technical Production for Performers. 1 Hour.

Semester course; 1 lecture hour. 1 credit. A crew assignment for a Mainstage production fulfilling all required work and hours of production calls. Course restricted to theatre majors.

THEA   103. Stagecraft. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 9 studio hours. 3 credits. Restricted to theatre majors. The fundamental methods, materials and techniques of set construction for the stage. Participation in departmental productions.

THEA   104. Costume Construction. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 9 studio hours. 3 credits. Restricted to theatre majors. The fundamental methods, materials and techniques of costume construction for the stage. Participation in departmental productions.

THEA   105. Advanced Costume Construction. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 3 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: THEA   104. Focuses on the development of skills needed to function as a stitcher in a theatrical costume shop through practical application of techniques and processes.

THEA   107. Introduction to Stage Performance. 3 Hours.

Semester courses; 3 lecture hours. 3, 3 credits. For non-theatre majors. A survey and application of the basic elements in stage performing; acting, scene study, voice and movement.

THEA   108. Introduction to Stage Performance. 3 Hours.

Semester courses; 3 lecture hours. 3, 3 credits. For non-theatre majors. A survey and application of the basic elements in stage performing; acting, scene study, voice and movement.

THEA   113. Introduction to Acting I. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 3 credits. Open only to theatre majors upon satisfactory audition. An introduction to and exploration of performance skills through theatre games, role-playing, improvisation and work on basic script units.

THEA   114. Introduction to Acting II. 3 Hours.

Semester course: 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 3 credits. Open only to theatre majors upon satisfactory audition. Study of the basic Stanislavski System and practicing toward competency of applying this system to monologue and scene study.

THEA   121. Introduction to Drawing. 2 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture hours. 2 credits. Open only to theatre majors. An introduction to drawing skills. Topics include line quality and contour, volume, value with shading and crosshatching, texture, space and composition, perspective, gesture, and figure drawing.

THEA   122. Color Theory. 2 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture hours. 2 credits. Open only to theatre majors. An introduction to color theory. Topics covered include how to create different values, hues and intensities, and how to mix color to best express a specific artistic intent.

THEA   161. Figure Drawing: Superficial Anatomy. 2 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 4 studio hours. 2 credits. Introductory course focused on developing drawings from direct observations of the figure. The specific problem will be the study of superficial anatomy as related to costume design. Various drawing and painting media will be explored.

THEA   162. Figure Drawing: Draping the Human Form. 2 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 4 studio hours. 2 credits. Focus on developing drawings from direct observations of the figure and folds, students will show the surface influence of superficial anatomy on the draped figure. Various drawing and painting media will be explored.

THEA   201. Voice and Speech for the Actor I. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 3 credits. Open only to theatre majors upon satisfactory audition. A study of the basic elements of voice and speech for actors.

THEA   202. Voice and Speech for the Actor II. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 3 credits. Continuing study elements of voice and speech and practicing toward competency of applying these skills to text.

THEA   203. Movement for the Actor I. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 3 credits. Open only to theatre majors upon satisfactory audition. Practice and study of stage movement for the purpose of creating truthful physical behavior in the theatre.

THEA   204. Movement for the Actor II. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 3 credits. Continuing study of creating truthful physical behavior in the theatre, leading toward competency of applying same to characters and text.

THEA   211. Introduction to Drama. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Analysis and critical examination of plays for methods of interpretation and production qualities.

THEA   212. Introduction to Drama II. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Analysis and critical examination of plays for methods of interpretation and production qualities.

THEA   213. Acting I. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 3 credits. Open only to theatre majors upon satisfactory audition. Exploration of the Stanislavski System with particular emphasis on emotional availability, point of view and personalization techniques.

THEA   214. Acting II. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: THEA   213. Open only to theatre majors upon satisfactory audition. Study of point of view with personalization and emotional availability and practicing toward competency of applying these techniques to monologue and scene study culminating in the sophomore assessment audition.

THEA   217. Theatrical Drafting. 2 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 4 studio hours. 2 credits. An introduction to the practices and procedures used in communicating technical and design information among a range of theatre practitioners. Focus on traditional hand-drafting techniques.

THEA   218. Introduction to Scene Painting. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 4 studio hours. 3 credits. An introduction to fundamental scene painting technique. Students will have the opportunity to study the materials and techniques of scene painting as well as the practices and expectations of a career in scenic artistry.

THEA   219. Fundamentals of Entertainment Technology. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Introduction to the physical science underlying various disciplines of technical theatre.

THEA   221. Introduction to Scene Design. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Restricted to theatre majors. An introduction to the theories, practices and procedures of designing for the stage.

THEA   223. Practicum in Theatre Technology. 3 Hours.

Semester courses; 9 studio hours. 3, 3 credits. Prerequisites: THEA   103 and THEA   104. Restricted to theatre majors. Advanced study in theatre technologies and the materials and methodologies of stage construction.

THEA   224. Practicum in Theatre Technology. 3 Hours.

Semester courses; 9 studio hours. 3, 3 credits. Prerequisites: THEA   103 and THEA   104. Restricted to theatre majors. Advanced study in theatre technologies and the materials and methodologies of stage construction.

THEA   225. Electricity for the Stage. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Restricted to theatre majors. A study of the properties and basic principles of electricity as they relate to the utilization of light on the stage. Participation in departmental productions.

THEA   227. Introduction to Theatrical Makeup. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture and 2 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: THEA   104 or permission of instructor. Teaches basic makeup practices for theatrical work. Students will gain an introductory knowledge of the physiological structure of the human face and how to alter appearance of an actor through the use of stage-makeup and basic prosthetic appliances. These skills will be evaluated through practical applications and studio work.

THEA   228. Introduction to Costume Design. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture and 2 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: THEA   227 or permission of instructor. Introduces students to the costume design process including: the techniques of drawing to aid in facilitating costume design, paperwork required of the costume designer, and costume sketching and painting techniques. Students will employ critical thinking in their evaluation of the costume design process and concurrently be introduced to the skills required in the design process through practical design projects.

THEA   229. Introduction to Lighting Design. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture and 3 studio hours. 3 credits. Restricted to theatre majors. A study of issues concerning the properties of light and electricity as they relate to theatre including design, composition and color.

THEA   237. Advanced Lighting I. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture and 3 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: THEA   229. An in-depth exploration into development and execution of a lighting design and the lighting potentials of a wide variety of facilities, production styles and lighting equipment. Includes work on development of communication skills with directors via value sketches and lighting plots. Work will include studies and design research, concepts, collaboration, professional procedures and systems, paperwork, and organization. Varies scales of theoretical and practical projects in the light lab.

THEA   251. Rehearsal and Performance I. 1-3 Hours.

Semester course; 2, 4 or 6 studio hours. 1, 2 or 3 credits. May be repeated for a maximum total of 6 credits. Restricted to theatre majors. Work in acting, management, design or technical areas within a TheatreVCU production.

THEA   252. Rehearsal and Performance II. 1-3 Hours.

Semester course; 2, 4 or 6 studio hours. 1, 2 or 3 credits. May be repeated for a maximum total of 6 credits. Restricted to theatre majors. Work in acting, management, design or technical areas within a TheatreVCU production.

THEA   261. Figure Drawing: Media and Technique. 2 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 4 studio hours. 2 credits. This course will explore various traditional wet and dry media techniques in depicting representational costume design. Assignments will incorporate applicable references to art history.

THEA   262. Figure Drawing: Advanced Media and Technique. 2 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 4 studio hours. 2 credits. Prerequisite: THEA   261. An advanced course investigating various traditional wet and dry media techniques depicting the human form and costuming. Assignments will incorporate applicable references to the history of art and contemporary developments.

THEA   292. Independent Study in Theatre. 1-3 Hours.

Semester course; variable hours. 1-3 credits. May be repeated for a maximum total of six credits. Prerequisites: sophomore standing as a major in theatre and approval of department chair and instructor. Individual instruction and supervision of a special project. Learning experiences should be designed with the supervising faculty member in the form of a contract between student and instructor. This course is limited to those students who have demonstrated an exceptional level of ability and intense commitment to their discipline.

THEA   301. Advanced Voice and Speech for the Actor I. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: THEA   202. Open only to theatre majors upon satisfactory audition. Building upon lessons and skills practiced in the prerequisite course, an introduction to advanced elements of voice and speech and practicing toward competency of applying these skills to text.

THEA   302. Advanced Voice and Speech for the Actor II. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: THEA   301 with a minimum grade of B. Building upon lessons and skills practiced in the prerequisite, continuing study in advanced elements of voice and speech and practicing toward competency of applying these skills to text.

THEA   303. Black Theatre. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. A study of the major developments in the evolution of black theatre through readings and studio performances in black-related and black theatre dramaturgy. Crosslisted as: AFAM   303.

THEA   305. Advanced Scenic Design I. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 3 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: THEA   221. Open only to theatre majors. A study of the techniques and methods of scene design.

THEA   306. Advanced Scenic Design II. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 3 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: THEA   221. Open only to theatre majors. Advanced study of the techniques and methods of scene design.

THEA   307. History of the Theatre. 3 Hours.

Continuous courses; 3 lecture hours. 3-3 credits. Prerequisites: UNIV   200 or HONR   200; completion of THEA   307 to enroll in THEA   308. Restricted to theatre majors. A study and analysis of theatre history: the architecture, the performer and performances, the stage, the production methods and the audience.

THEA   308. History of the Theatre. 3 Hours.

Continuous courses; 3 lecture hours. 3-3 credits. Prerequisites: UNIV   200 or HONR   200; completion of THEA   307 to enroll in THEA   308. Restricted to theatre majors. A study and analysis of theatre history: the architecture, the performer and performances, the stage, the production methods and the audience.

THEA   309. History of Costumes. 3 Hours.

Semester courses; 3 lecture hours. 3, 3 credits. Illustrated lectures on the history of clothing from primitive times to the present.

THEA   310. History of Costumes. 3 Hours.

Semester courses; 3 lecture hours. 3, 3 credits. Illustrated lectures on the history of clothing from primitive times to the present.

THEA   311. Advanced Movement for the Actor I. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 3 credits. Open only to theatre majors upon completion of satisfactory audition. Advanced study of movement for the actor emphasizing physical control, flexibility and various physical performance techniques.

THEA   312. Advanced Movement for the Actor II. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: THEA   311 with a minimum grade of B. Building on the lessons of the prerequisite, continuing practice of movement skills toward proficiency in creating truthful physical behavior in the theatre.

THEA   313. Actor’s Studio I. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 3 credits. Open only to theatre majors upon completion of satisfactory audition. Scene study and exploration of personalized character work as it applies to modern acting.

THEA   314. Actor’s Studio II. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: THEA   313 with a minimum grade of B. Building on the lessons of the prerequisite, continuing exploration of personalized character work as it applies to modern acting.

THEA   315. Audition Technique. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 4 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: minimum grade of B in THEA   313. Open only to theatre majors upon completion of a satisfactory audition or with permission of instructor. Concentrated work using various techniques and methods of auditioning for the stage, television and film.

THEA   317. Musical Theatre Performance I. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 3 credits. Open only to theatre majors upon completion of a satisfactory audition. Development of skills necessary to prepare songs and roles in musical theatre productions.

THEA   318. Musical Theatre Performance II. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: THEA   317. Open only to theatre majors upon completion of a satisfactory audition. Continuation of the development of skills necessary to prepare songs and roles in musical productions while also developing skills in audition technique and the building of a personal repertoire.

THEA   320. Structural Design for the Stage. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Introduction to basic structural analysis as applies to theatrical scenic construction and rigging.

THEA   321. Costume Design Studio I. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture and 2 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. A studio course exploring the practice of the creative techniques, skill-building tools and business processes used according to the practical standards of the industry developed by professional union costume designers.

THEA   322. Costume Design Studio II. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture and 2 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Continuing studio course exploring the practice of the creative techniques, skill-building tools and business processes used according to the practical standards of the industry developed by professional union costume designers.

THEA   323. Practicum in Advanced Theatre Technology. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 9 studio hours. 3 credits. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits. Restricted to theatre majors. Advanced study in theatre technologies and technical management.

THEA   324. Practicum in Stage Lighting. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 9 studio hours. 3 credits. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits. Restricted to theatre majors. Practical application in the methodologies of stage lighting.

THEA   325. Stage Management Practicum. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture and 2 studio hours. 3 credits. May be repeated for a maximum of 18 credits. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. The fundamental responsibilities and techniques of professional stage management at the assistant stage management level. Graded as pass/fail.

THEA   326. Audio Mixing for Theatre. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture and 3 studio hours. 3 credits. May be repeated for a maximum total of 9 credits. A study of audio mixing and the practical application of these practices for live theatrical productions.

THEA   327. Computer-assisted Design and Drafting for the Theatre. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Instruction and practice in the use of computer assisted design and drafting for the theatre such as preparation and presentation, perspective, rotation, development and graphic solutions pertaining to theatrical construction problems.

THEA   329. Patternmaking for the Theatre. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 6 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: THEA   105. This course introduces basic patternmaking skills including: sloper development, pattern manipulations employing flat patterning techniques, drafting, scaling and copying of historic garments. This course introduces critical-thinking skills as related to the form, fit and composition of clothing as it relates to the body. Students will apply these skills to practical projects that can relate to a variety of historical period costumes.

THEA   330. Production. 3,6 Hours.

Semester courses; 1 or 2 lecture and 4 or 8 laboratory hours. 3 or 6 credits per semester. Open only to theatre majors. The design, rehearsal and performance of dramatic works.

THEA   331. Production. 3,6 Hours.

Semester courses; 1 or 2 lecture and 4 or 8 laboratory hours. 3 or 6 credits per semester. Open only to theatre majors. The design, rehearsal and performance of dramatic works.

THEA   332. Draping for the Theatre. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 6 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: THEA   329. This course introduces basic draping skills including: sloper development, princess-line and bias garments, and clothing draped over extensive understructures. This course practices critical-thinking skills as related to the form, fit and composition of clothing as it relates to the body. Students will apply these skills to demonstrate specific historical period costumes.

THEA   333. Sound Design Technology. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Introduction to basic concepts, equipment and software needed to create and reinforce sound imagery.

THEA   334. Sound Design I. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Exploration in contemporary practices in sound design for the theatre.

THEA   336. Introduction to Costume Crafts. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 6 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: THEA   227. The course will introduce the student to a variety of skills and application methods that are needed for the execution of costume designs in a theatrical production. An overview and basic understanding of these crafts will be explored and practiced during the semester.

THEA   337. Advanced Lighting Design II. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture and 3 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: THEA   237 with a minimum grade of C. Advanced study of lighting design, incorporating increasingly difficult texts, rep plots, facilities and production styles. Further exploration of the process of lighting design for theatre and other related events. Projects focus intensely on communication and the collaborative process.

THEA   340. Theatre Projects. 3,6 Hours.

Semester courses; 1 or 2 lecture and 4 or 8 laboratory hours. 3 or 6 credits per semester. Open only to theatre majors. Individual or group projects in acting, directing, costume design, stage design or dramaturgy.

THEA   341. Theatre Projects. 3,6 Hours.

Semester courses; 1 or 2 lecture and 4 or 8 laboratory hours. 3 or 6 credits per semester. Open only to theatre majors. Individual or group projects in acting, directing, costume design, stage design or dramaturgy.

THEA   351. Rehearsal and Performance. 1-3 Hours.

Semester courses; 2, 4 or 6 studio hours. 1, 2 or 3 credits. Restricted to theatre majors. Work in acting, management, design or technical areas within a TheatreVCU production.

THEA   352. Rehearsal and Performance. 1-3 Hours.

Semester courses; 2, 4 or 6 studio hours. 1, 2 or 3 credits. Restricted to theatre majors. Work in acting, management, design or technical areas within a TheatreVCU production.

THEA   361. Directing I. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Open only to theatre majors. Introduction to and practice in the theories of stage direction.

THEA   362. Directing II. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: THEA   361. Continuing practice in solving problems involved in the production of period plays and a study of modern theories.

THEA   371. Mechanical Design for the Stage. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Introduction to the process for, components of and applications for mechanical design for stage.

THEA   372. Control Systems for Entertainment. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Introduction to current and emerging control systems used in lighting, sound, stage machinery and show control.

THEA   373. Photo Manipulation for Theatre. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Introduction to the basic concepts and practices of creating computer-manipulated photo images and documents.

THEA   392. Independent Study in Theatre. 1-3 Hours.

Semester course; variable hours. 1-3 credits. May be repeated for a maximum total of 6 credits. Prerequisites: junior standing as a major in theatre and approval of department chair and instructor. Individual instruction and supervision of a special project. Learning experiences should be designed with the supervising faculty member in the form of a contract between student and instructor. This course is limited to those students who have demonstrated an exceptional level of ability and intense commitment to their discipline.

THEA   403. History of Dramatic Literature. 3 Hours.

Semester courses; 3 lecture hours. 3, 3 credits. Restricted to theatre majors. Study and analysis of dramatic literature. First semester: Aeschylus through Shakespeare. Second semester: Corneille to Ibsen.

THEA   404. History of Dramatic Literature. 3 Hours.

Semester courses; 3 lecture hours. 3, 3 credits. Restricted to theatre majors. Study and analysis of dramatic literature. First semester: Aeschylus through Shakespeare. Second semester: Corneille to Ibsen.

THEA   407. Advanced Scenic Technique. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 4 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: THEA   221 and permission of instructor. An intensive involvement in contemporary theory and practice of scenic techniques. Participation in departmental productions.

THEA   408. Advanced Scene Painting. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 4 studio hours. 3 credits. Repeatable for a maximum of 12 credits. Practice of fundamental scene painting technique. Students will have the opportunity to study the materials and advanced techniques of scene painting, as well as the practices and expectations of a career in scenic artistry.

THEA   412. Acting for Camera. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 4 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: THEA   314 with a minimum grade of B. Open only to theatre majors upon completion of a satisfactory audition or with permission of instructor. Students will learn techniques for approaching acting problems associated with performance in front of a camera.

THEA   413. Actor's Studio II. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 4 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: minimum grade of B in THEA   314. Open only to theatre majors upon completion of satisfactory audition or with permission of instructor. Students will learn techniques for approaching specific acting problems associated with the performance of various classical acting styles.

THEA   415. The Business of Theatre. 4 Hours.

Semester course; 4 lecture hours. 4 credits. Open only to theatre majors upon completion of a satisfactory audition or with permission of instructor. An analysis and survey of beginning and maintaining a successful professional career in theatre, television and film, including information about contracts, unions, agents/managers, casting directors, taxes and other life strategies in order to develop a specific plan for the next steps after graduation.

THEA   416. Solo Performance. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: THEA   314 with a minimum grade of B. Open only to theatre majors upon completion of a satisfactory audition or with permission of instructor. An exploration of story and personal journey. Students will explore and interrogate a diverse range of solo-performance styles culminating in a solo performance of a "work-in-progress" of between 15 and 30 minutes presented to an audience.

THEA   421. Advanced Costume Design Studio I. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture and 2 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: THEA   321 and 322. Advanced studio course exploring the practice of the creative techniques and the practical standards of the industry developed by professional union costume designers.

THEA   422. Advanced Costume Design Studio II. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture and 2 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: THEA   321 and 322. Advanced studio course exploring the practice of the creative techniques and business processes used according to the practical standards of the industry developed by professional union costume designers. During the semester students will create a digital interview-quality portfolio.

THEA   423. Modern Drama. 3 Hours.

Semester courses; 3 lecture hours. 3, 3 credits. Restricted to theatre majors. Intensive study of major continental and American plays.

THEA   424. Modern Drama. 3 Hours.

Semester courses; 3 lecture hours. 3, 3 credits. Restricted to theatre majors. Intensive study of major continental and American plays.

THEA   426. Advanced Dramatic Writing. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: ENGL   305, 317 or comparable drama course, or permission of instructor. A practical approach to the creation of original scripts for theatre and film. Crosslisted as: ENGL   433.

THEA   430. Production. 3,6 Hours.

Semester courses; 1 or 2 lecture and 4 or 8 laboratory hours. 3 or 6 credits per semester. Open only to theatre majors. The design, rehearsal and performance of dramatic works.

THEA   431. Production. 3,6 Hours.

Semester courses; 1 or 2 lecture and 4 or 8 laboratory hours. 3 or 6 credits per semester. Open only to theatre majors. The design, rehearsal and performance of dramatic works.

THEA   432. Stage Management: Music Theory. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: THEA   325 with a minimum grade of B. Open only to theatre majors. An in-depth analysis of music theory as it pertains to the opera and musical theatre fields.

THEA   433. Stage Management: Musical Theatre and Opera. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: THEA   325 with a minimum grade of B. Open only to theatre majors. An in-depth analysis of the specific techniques required to successfully stage-manage musical theatre and opera.

THEA   434. Stage Management: Maintaining and Remounting Productions. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: THEA   325 with a minimum grade of B. Open only to theatre majors. An in-depth analysis of the advanced techniques in stage management required to successfully maintain a long-running show and remount a previously realized production.

THEA   435. The Business of Stage Management. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: THEA   325 with a minimum grade of B. Open only to theatre majors. An analysis of the techniques necessary for a successful career as a stage manager, studying resumes, interview skills, unions and other areas.

THEA   437. Advanced Lighting Design III. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture and 3 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: THEA   337 with a minimum grade of C. Course incorporates increasingly difficult texts, facilities and production styles and alternative venue and production styles, such as landscape lighting and concert. Use of industry standard technology and 3-D rendering is a focus in the class.

THEA   439. Advanced Patterning Techniques I. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 3 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: THEA   329 and 332. Garment patterning based on various historic periods. Projects emphasize creative solutions to patterning problems employing critical thinking. Skills learned in prerequisite courses will be practiced, developing competency as related to achieving fit, form and function of period garments within the limitations of a given design.

THEA   440. Theatre Projects. 3,6 Hours.

Semester courses; 1 or 2 lecture and 4 or 8 laboratory hours. 3 or 6 credits per semester. Open only to theatre majors. Individual or group projects in acting, directing, costume design, stage design or dramaturgy.

THEA   441. Theatre Projects. 3,6 Hours.

Semester courses; 1 or 2 lecture and 4 or 8 laboratory hours. 3 or 6 credits per semester. Open only to theatre majors. Individual or group projects in acting, directing, costume design, stage design or dramaturgy.

THEA   442. Advanced Patterning Techniques II. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 3 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: THEA   439. Garment patterning based on various historic periods. Projects emphasize creative solutions to patterning problems employing critical thinking. Skills learned in prerequisite course will be practiced and built upon, developing complex understructures for period clothing while practicing competency in patterning and building the period garments, which complement the fit, form and function of these period garments.

THEA   451. Rehearsal and Performance. 1-3 Hours.

Semester courses; 2, 4 or 6 studio hours. 1, 2 or 3 credits. Restricted to theatre majors. Work in acting, management, design or technical areas within a TheatreVCU production.

THEA   452. Rehearsal and Performance. 1-3 Hours.

Semester courses; 2, 4 or 6 studio hours. 1, 2 or 3 credits. Restricted to theatre majors. Work in acting, management, design or technical areas within a TheatreVCU production.

THEA   469. Advanced Patterning Techniques III. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 3 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: THEA   442. Advanced patterning techniques centered on tailoring for students who have completed flat patterning and draping classes. This class explores modern and historical methods of tailoring; lining and finishing are emphasized for stage and costume use. The course assesses the student’s competency in skills taught in previous course work.

THEA   470. Advanced Patterning Techniques IV. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 3 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: THEA   469. Exploration of costume patterning with an emphasis on period patterning in a production setting, assessing the basic and advanced knowledge of draping and flatpatterning. This course provides students with intense production projects on VCU Mainstage productions synthesizing all aspects of patterning.

THEA   491. Topics in Theatre. 1-3 Hours.

Semester course; variable hours. 1-3 credits per semester. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits. Restricted to theatre majors. Flexible semester course in selected aspects of performance, theory, literature or history. See the Schedule of Classes for specific topics to be offered each semester.

THEA   492. Independent Study in Theatre. 1-3 Hours.

Semester course; variable hours. 1-3 credits per semester. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits. Prerequisites: senior standing as a major in theatre and approval of department chair and instructor. Individual instruction and supervision of a special project. Learning experiences should be designed with the supervising faculty member in the form of a contract between student and instructor. This course is limited to those students who have demonstrated an exceptional level of ability and intense commitment to their discipline.

THEA   493. Professional Internship. 3-9 Hours.

Semester courses; 3-9 credits. Restricted to theatre majors. A practicum in theatre conducted in cooperation with selected professional or semi-professional theatre organizations.

THEA   494. Professional Internship. 3-9 Hours.

Semester courses; 3-9 credits. Restricted to theatre majors. A practicum in theatre conducted in cooperation with selected professional or semi-professional theatre organizations.

THEA   495. Senior Project: Portfolio Review. 1 Hour.

Semester course; 1 lecture hour. 1 credit. Prerequisites: senior standing and a minimum of 18 credits in 300- or 400-level major courses. Restricted to theatre majors. A capstone experience integrating resume preparation and professional development within the field of theatre. Documentation of creative activities and achievements accumulated during theatre studies is compiled for a portfolio review.

Theatre laboratory

THEZ   221. Introduction to Scene Design Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Semester course; 3 studio hours. 1 credit. Pre- or corequisite: THEA   221. Participation in departmental productions. Observation and participation in the practical application of scene design in performance.

THEZ   223. Practicum in Theatre Technology Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Semester courses; 3 studio hours. 1, 1 credit. Observation and participation in the practical application of theatre technology in performance.

THEZ   224. Practicum in Theatre Technology Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Semester courses; 3 studio hours. 1, 1 credit. Observation and participation in the practical application of theatre technology in performance.

THEZ   225. Basic Stage Electronics-Lighting Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Semester course; 2 studio hours. 1 credit. The practical application in production of the ideas, principles and theories discussed in design/technical courses.

THEZ   228. Basic Stage Costuming and Make-up Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Semester courses; 2 studio hours. 1, 1 credit. The practical application in production of the ideas, principles and theories discussed in design/technical courses.

THEZ   229. Introduction to Lighting Design Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Semester course; 2 studio hours. 1 credit. The practical application in production of the ideas, principles and theories discussed in design/technical courses.

THEZ   305. Scene Design Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Semester courses; 2 studio hours. 1, 1 credit. The practical application in production of the ideas, principles and theories discussed in design technical courses.

THEZ   306. Scene Design Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Semester courses; 2 studio hours. 1, 1 credit. The practical application in production of the ideas, principles and theories discussed in design technical courses.

THEZ   321. Research Techniques for Costume Design Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Semester courses; 2 studio hours. 1, 1 credit. The practical application in production of the ideas, principles and theories discussed in design/technical courses.

THEZ   322. Research Techniques for Costume Design Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Semester courses; 2 studio hours. 1, 1 credit. The practical application in production of the ideas, principles and theories discussed in design/technical courses.

THEZ   323. Practicum in Advanced Theatre Technology. 1 Hour.

Semester course; 3 studio hours. 1 credit. Pre- or corequisite: THEA   323. Observation and experience in a practical situation with an emphasis on leadership and crew management.

THEZ   324. Practicum in Stage Lighting. 1 Hour.

Semester course; 3 studio hours. 1 credit. Pre- or corequisite: THEA   324. Observation and experience in a practical situation with an emphasis on leadership and crew management.

THEZ   326. Theatrical Sound Design Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Semester course; 3 studio hours. 1 credit. Pre- or corequisite: THEA   326. Participation in departmental productions. Observation and participation in the practical application of sound design and execution in performance.

THEZ   407. Advanced Scenic Technique Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Semester course; 2 studio hours. 1 credit. The practical application in production of the ideas, principles and theories discussed in design/technical courses.

THEZ   421. Advanced Costume Design Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Semester courses; 2 studio hours. 1, 1 credit. The practical application in production of the ideas, principles and theories discussed in design/technical courses.

THEZ   422. Advanced Costume Design Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Semester courses; 2 studio hours. 1, 1 credit. The practical application in production of the ideas, principles and theories discussed in design/technical courses.

THEZ   429. Advanced Lighting Design Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Semester course; 2 studio hours. 1 credit. The practical application in production of the ideas, principles and theories discussed in design/technical courses.

Speech

SPCH   121. Effective Speech. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Structured speaking and critical listening experiences within the basic forms of speech communication: interpersonal, small group and public.

SPCH   321. Speech for Business and the Professions. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Theory and practice in the oral communication process. Organization and presentation of informative and persuasive subject matter in professional contexts related to the student's major area of interest.