Undergraduate Course Catalog

Theatre and Dance

B. Jenkins, Chairperson
E. Patton, Associate Chairperson 

The Department of Theatre and Dance offers degree programs in acting, musical theatre, design and technology, theatrical studies, theatre education, directing, stage management, and dance. Minor studies are also available in theatre, technical theatre, and dance. An audition is required for students applying to the theatre major for the BFA acting and BFA musical theatre options, and the BFA dance major. Acting and musical theatre students must pass a jury at the end of their freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior years to continue in these programs. The department sponsors showcases in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles for graduating seniors in the program. Students who do not participate in a showcase must complete a senior level capstone project during the senior year to complete the major. Students in the production (directing or stage management) option enter as theatrical studies students and are selected to enter the production option at the end of the freshman year. These students must pass a jury requirement at the end of the sophomore, junior, and senior years. Dance students must pass a jury at the end of the sophomore and junior years to continue in the program as well as an exit jury/interview during the senior year to complete the major. Design and technology students must present a portfolio at the end of each spring semester and must pass an exit portfolio review at the end of the junior or senior year to complete the program. The theatrical studies option is recommended for students intending to pursue careers in theatre history, criticism, playwriting, or dramaturgy, while the theatre education option is for students interested in teaching at the secondary school level.

The production program features a stylistically varied, culturally diverse, and technologically enhanced series of shows within four performance venues. These plays, musicals, and dance concerts are integral to a student’s training and education. Students are expected to participate in department productions each semester.

The lowest acceptable grade in a course for credit toward a major or minor in theatre or dance is C.


MAJOR IN DANCE (BFA), 85 hours

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210 
211
220
221
230
231
232
240
242
280
281
287
300
301  
302
310
311
315
320
321
330
331
387
487
488
489
292
102
105
107
223
232
270
280
334
380
405
434

Ballet 1
Ballet 2
Modern 1 
Modern 2  
Jazz 1  
Jazz 2
Tap 1
World Studio 1
World Studio 2  
Musical Theatre Dance 1
Musical Theatre Dance 2
Improvisation  
Dance Conditioning
Dance History 1 
Dance History 2 
Ballet 3 
Ballet 4  
Technique Studio 
Modern 3 
Modern 4  
Jazz 3
Jazz 4
Choreography 1
Choreography 2 
Dance Pedagogy 
Ball State Dance Theatre (1) 
Anatomy  
Computers in Theatre and Dance
Freshman Experience 
Design Awareness  
Costuming  
Acting 1  
Basic Musicianship 1  
Practicum (0-1)
Studio 1
Advanced Practicum (1-9)
Senior Experience
Immersion Experience (1-12)

2
2
2
2
2
2
1
1
1
2
2
2
1
3
3
2
2
1
2
2
2
2
2
2
3
2-6
3
3
0
3
3
3
2
2
3
0-4
0
3

Plus 6 hours of directed electives taken from the following courses:
DANC 210, 211, 220, 221, 230, 231, 310, 311, 315,
320, 321, 330, 331; THEAT 280, 380, 434

or

DANC
  

 
THEA
 

299X
332
380
496
299X
318
496

Experimental Topics (1-3)
Tap 2 (1)
Dance Production (2) 
Senior Thesis (1-3)
Experimental Topics (1) 
Advanced Topics (3)
Directed Study (1-3)

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85 hrs

MAJOR IN THEATRE, BA/BS, 58-64 hours

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Core requirements, 32 hours

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102
103
104
105
107
220
232
250
280
317
319
405
435

Computers in Theatre and Dance
Aesthetics of Theatre 1
Aesthetics of Theatre 2
Freshman Experience
Design Awareness
Stagecraft
Acting 1
Directing 1
Practicum (0-1)
Pre-Modern Theatre History 
Modern Theatre History
Senior Experience
Shakespeare Performance

3
3
3
0
3
3
3
3
2
3
3
0
3


32 hrs
Complete one option
Design and technology option, 32 hours
Directed electives, 20 hours

THEA
 
 
 
 
  
 

123
223
320
321
326
420
423

Color Studies
Costuming
Design Skills
Rendering for the Theatre
Stage Lighting
Scene Design
Costume Design

3
3
2
3
3
3
3

Electives, 12 hours

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330
224
225
229
291
299X
318
350
380
421
426
434

Small Group Decision Making (3)
Costume Forms and Materials (3)
Theatrical Drafting (3)
Stage Makeup (2)
Stage Management (3)
Experimental Topics (3)
Advanced Topics (3)
Directing 2 (3)
Advanced Practicum (1-9)
Stage Properties (3)
Advanced Lighting Design (3)
Immersion Experience (1-12)










 

Up to one other THEA or DANC course not listed above as as approved by PDA or chairperson.

12


64 hrs
Design and technology option students must present a portfolio at the end of each spring semester and must pass an exit portfolio review at the end of the senior year to complete the option. Students failing to pass a portfolio review at the end of one academic year are considered on probationary status for the option; those failing to pass a portfolio review at the end of the succeeding year will be dropped from the option. The department recommends that the design and technology option students pursue a minor in art history through the Department of Art. 
Production option, 30 hours
Directing Track
Directed electives, 21 hours

THEA







223
or
420   
233
291
318
326
350
450

Costuming (3)

Scene Design (3)
Acting 2
Stage Management
Advanced Topics
Stage Lighting
Directing 2
Directing 3

3
3
3
3
3
3
3

Design classes: take either THEAT 223 or 420.

Stage Management Track

Directed electives, 20 hours

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330
223
or
420
291
320
326
350
491

Small Group Decision Making
Costuming (3)

Scene Design (3)
Stage Management
Design Skills
Stage Lighting
Directing 2
Theatre Management

3


3
3
2
3
3
3

Design classes: take either THEA 223 or 420.

Electives
(9 credit hours for directing track/10 credit hours for stage management track)   

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THEA

330
442
410
464
434
223
229
318
320
491

Small Group Decision Making (3)
Communication and Conflict (3)
Adv Screenwriting (3)
Shakespeare (3) 
Video Production Workshop (3)
Costuming (3)
Stage Makeup (2)
Advanced Topics (3)
Design Skills (2)
Theatre Management (3)

Up to one other THEA or DANC course not listed above as approved by PDA or chairperson. Exception: THEA 318 may be taken up to four times total for the Directing Track and three times total for the Stage Management Track, but each must be on a different topic.

3

Any class in the following fields of study except University Core Curriculum courses: history, philosophy and religious studies, political science, psychology, sociology, economics, or women’s and gender studies.

2-3


62 hrs
Each production option track is designed as a pre-professional, conservatory style program within a liberal arts education. Curriculum and performance opportunities are structured to prepare students for careers in directing or stage management or for advanced director training in quality graduate schools or conservatories. The production option combines concentrated study in directing/management with required courses in other areas of theatre. In addition, all theatre students complete a strong core of liberal arts courses. Production option students enter as theatrical studies option and apply for admittance to the production option at the end of their first year. Students must pass a portfolio review at the end of their sophomore and junior years to continue in the option. A final project is required in their senior year and may be any of the following: a departmentally supported production, a self-produced project in a found space; a project done in conjunction with Muncie Civic Theatre or similar venues approved by the area coordinator. The project can be a play or a musical and must be documented in a senior thesis. 
Theatrical studies option, 26 hours
Directed electives, 12 hours

DANC
THEA


130
223
233
318
320

Intro to Jazz 1 (1-3)
Costuming
Acting 2
Advanced Topics
Design Skills

1
3
3
3
2

Electives, 14 hours

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410
464
434
229
291
318
326
340
350
380
420
423
426
434
450
491
496

Adv Screenwriting (3)
Shakespeare (3)
Video Production Workshop (3)
Stage Makeup (2)
Stage Management (3)
Advanced Topics (3)
Stage Lighting (3)
Playwriting 1 (3)
Directing 2 (3)
Advanced Practicum (1-9)
Scene Design (3)
Costume Design (3)
Advanced Lighting Design (3)
Immersion Experience (1-12)
Directing 3 (3)
Theatre Management (3)
Directed Study (1-9)

 

Up to three other THEA or DANC courses not listed above as approved by PDA or chairperson. Exception: THEA 318 may be taken up to four times total, but each must be on a different topic. Students are expected to take THEA 220 to meet the prerequisite for THEA 320.

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58 hrs
The theatrical studies option is recommended for students wanting a broad-based, liberal-arts education in theatre. Some students may also pursue graduate study at the MA and PhD level. Students must earn and keep a 3.0 or better grade-point average for all courses required on the major after earning 36 credit hours or they will be placed on academic probation for one semester. If a student has two consecutive semesters on academic probation, they will be dismissed from the theatrical studies option. Students must also submit a Theatrical Studies Writing Portfolio in the fall of their sophomore, junior, and senior years. Failure to submit a portfolio will result in the student being placed on option probation. Failure to submit two portfolios in a row will result in removal from the option. Students may audition or submit portfolio reviews for other options within the department. 

MAJOR IN THEATRE, BFA, 85 hours

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Core requirements, 32 hours  

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102
103
104
105
107
220
232
250
280     
317
319
405
435

Computers in Theatre and Dance
Aesthetics of Theatre 1
Aesthetics of Theatre 2
Freshman Experience
Design Awareness
Stagecraft
Acting 1
Directing 1
Practicum (0-1)
Pre-Modern Theatre History 
Modern Theatre History
Senior Experience
Shakespeare Performance

3
3
3
0
3
3
3
3
2
3
3
0
3

     
32 hrs
Complete one professional specialization
Acting option, 53 hours
 

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229
233
318
332
333
334
335
336
337
338
339
430
431
432
433

Stage Makeup
Acting 2
Advanced Topics
Freshman Performance Lab
Intro to Voice and Movement
Studio 1
Studio 2
Studio 3
Studio 4
Studio 5
Studio 6
Studio 7
Studio 8
Studio 9
Studio 10

2
3
3
1
2
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

Electives, 12 hours from

THEA

434
496
499

Immersion Experience (1-12)
Directed Study (1-9)
Internships (0-9)

12


85 hrs
The Acting BFA program is designed as a pre-professional, conservatory style program within a liberal arts education. Curriculum and performance opportunities are designed to prepare students for careers in theatre and/or advanced training at quality graduate schools or conservatories. Acting students are selected for this degree program by audition. In addition, acting students must have yearly interviews and pass yearly juried auditions every semester. Students failing to pass a jury at the end of each semester are considered to be on probationary status; any student failing a jury or not maintaining the appropriate degree program grade-point average for a second semester will be dropped from the program.  
Musical theatre option, 53 hours

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110
111
131
132
230
232
280
281
229
233
270
271      
272
273
274
318
328
332
334
335
371
372
430
433

Intro to Ballet 1
Intro to Ballet 2
Intro to Jazz 2
Intro to Tap 1
Jazz 1
Tap 1
Musical Theatre Dance 1
Musical Theatre Dance 2
Stage Makeup
Acting 2
Basic Musicianship 1
Basic Musicianship 2
Sight Singing 1
Sight Singing 2
Musical Theatre Ensemble
Advanced Topics
Voice Lesson (1-8)
Freshman Performance Lab
Studio 1
Studio 2
Singing Actor 1
Singing Actor 2
Studio 7
Studio 10

1
1
1
1
2
1
2
2
2
3
2
2
1
1
1
3
8
1
3
3
2
2
3
3

Directed electives, 2 hours from

THEA

434  
499

Immersion Experience (1-12)
Internships (0-9)

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85 hrs

Students are expected to take or place out of THEA 232, 333. 

The Musical Theatre BFA program is designed as a pre-professional, conservatory style program within a liberal arts education. This interdisciplinary option requires course work in dance, music, and theatre. Curriculum and performance opportunities are designed to prepare students for careers in musical theatre and/or advanced training at quality graduate schools or conservatories. Musical theatre students are selected for this degree program by audition. In addition, musical theatre students must pass juried semester auditions in acting, dance and singing. All seniors will be expected to enroll in an immersive learning experience as well as audition for showcases. Those seniors not participating in the Chicago, Los Angeles, and/or New York showcases will be required to perform a half hour recital or cabaret. Students failing to pass a jury at the end of each semester are considered to be on probationary status; any student failing a jury or not maintaining the appropriate degree program grade-point average for a second semester will be dropped from the program. 

MINOR IN DANCE, 24 hours

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Core requirements, 13 hours

DANC 
  
  
  
THEA  
 

210
211
220
221
105
280

Ballet 1 
Ballet 2  
Modern 1 
Modern 2 
Freshman Experience
Practicum (0-1)

2
2
2
2
0
2

3 hours from

DANC



100
or
301
or
302

Intro to Dance History (3) 

Dance History 1 (3) 

Dance History 2 (3) 

 



3


13 hrs
Complete one option
Option 1: Dance performance, 11 hours
4 hours from

DANC
THEA

489
280

Ball State Dance Theatre (1)
Practicum (0-1)

4

7 hours from directed electives below

7


24 hrs
Option 2: Musical theatre dance, 11 hours

DANC

231
232
330

Jazz 2
Tap 1
Jazz 3

2
1
2

1 hour from
DANC

240
or
242

World Studio 1 (1)

World Studio 2 (1)

1

2 hours from

DANC

280
or
281

Musical Theatre Dance 1 (2)

Musical Theatre Dance 2 (2)

2

3 hours from directed electives below    

3


24 hrs
Option 3: Dance studies, 11 hours

DANC

301
302
387

Dance History 1  
Dance History 2 
Choreography 1  

3
3
2

3 hours from directed electives below

3


 24 hrs
Directed electives for all minors

DANC
 
   
   
   
  

 
 

 

   








THEA

230
231
232
240
242
280
281
287
300
310
311
315
320
321
330
331
332
380
387
487
488
280
496

Jazz 1 (2) 
Jazz 2 (2) 
Tap 1 (1)
World Studio 1 (1)
World Studio 2 (1)
Musical Theatre Dance 1 (2)
Musical Theatre Dance 2 (2)
Improvisation (2) 
Dance Conditioning (1)
Ballet 3 (2) 
Ballet 4 (2)
Technique Studio (1)
Modern 3 (2)
Modern 4 (2) 
Jazz 3 (2) 
Jazz 4 (2)
Tap 2 (1) 
Dance Production (2)
Choreography 1 (2)
Choreography 2 (2)
Dance Pedagogy (3) 
Practicum (0-1)
Directed Study (1-9)

 MINOR IN TECHNICAL THEATRE, 20–21 hours

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100
220
223
280
320
326

Intro to Theatre
Stagecraft 
Costuming 
Practicum (0-1)
Design Skills 
Stage Lighting

3
3
3
1
2
3

5–6 hours from

THEA
 
 
 
  
  
   
 

102
225
229
291
318
420
423
426

Computers in Theatre and Dance (3)
Theatrical Drafting (3)
Stage Makeup (2) 
Stage Management (3) 
Advanced Topics (3) 
Scene Design (3)
Costume Design (3)
Advanced Lighting Design (3) 

5-6


20-21 hrs

MINOR IN THEATRE, 20 hours

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103
104
220
232
280

Aesthetics of Theatre 1 
Aesthetics of Theatre 2
Stagecraft 
Acting 1  
Practicum (0-1)

3
3
3
3
2

Electives, 6 hours from

THEA 







107
123
223
250
317
318
319
326
435

Design Awareness (3) 
Color Studies (3) 
Costuming (3) 
Directing 1 (3) 
Pre-Modern Theatre History (3) 
Advanced Topics (3) 
Modern Theatre History (3) 
Stage Lighting (3) 
Shakespeare Performance (3)

6


 20 hrs

TEACHER EDUCATION

Teaching programs require additional courses in educational methods. The professional education courses are included in this listing. See the Department of Educational Studies and Teachers College for the descriptions of these courses and other professional requirements of the teacher education program.  

TEACHING MAJOR IN THEATRE, 40–41 hours

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102
103
104
105
107
220
232
250
280
317
319
405
435

Computers in Theatre and Dance
Aesthetics of Theatre 1
Aesthetics of Theatre 2 
Freshman Experience 
Design Awareness 
Stagecraft 
Acting 1 
Directing 1  
Practicum (0-1) 
Pre-Modern Theatre History 
Modern Theatre History 
Senior Experience 
Shakespeare Performance 

3
3
3
0
3
3
3
3
2
3
3
0
3


 32 hrs
Directed elective

THEA

350

Directing 2

3

Electives 5-6 hours from

THEA




  
    

223
229
233
318
340
450
491

Costuming (3)
Stage Makeup (2)
Acting 2 (3)
Advanced Topics (3) 
Playwriting 1 (3)
Directing 3 (3)
Theatre Management (3)

5-6


40-41 hrs
THEA 318 may be taken twice for fulfillment of electives, but each must be on a different topic. 

SENIOR HIGH, JUNIOR HIGH/MIDDLE SCHOOL EDUCATION PROGRAM

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Professional education sequence, 42 hours

EDFO
EDJH 
EDMU
EDPS  
   
EDRD
EDSE
 
THEA 

420
385
205
251
390
320
150
380
395
396

Soc, Hist, Phil Found of Ed
Prin of Tchng in Mid Schl 
Intro to Multicul Ed  
Development Secondary 
Educational Psychology  
Content Area Reading
Basic Concepts of Secondary Ed 
Princ of Tchng in Sec School  
Intro to Teaching Methods  
Teaching and Administration 

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

Student teaching

12


42 hrs
See Professional Education Assessment/Decision Points for additional information. 

DANCE (DANC)

100 Introduction to Dance History (3)
A University Core Curriculum course offering an extensive introduction to the understanding and appreciation of the many facets of creativity in dance through a variety of activities, including viewing, movement experiences, and discussing dance forms from primitive through contemporary times, and the historical and social elements that helped to shape these forms.

110 Introduction to Ballet 1 (1) 
Introduction to the fundamentals of classical ballet technique and theory at the beginning level. Emphasis is placed on alignment, coordination, musicality, and performance skills. Barre work, adagio, pirouettes, jumps, connecting movements, and centre combinations will be introduced. The history and terminology of ballet are also introduced. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 1 in any one semester or term.

111 Introduction to Ballet 2 (1) 
Continuation of the study of classical ballet technique and theory at the advanced beginning level. Continued emphasis is placed on alignment, coordination, musicality, and performance skills. Barre work, adagio, pirouettes, jumps, connecting movements, and centre combinations will be expanded upon, as will the history and terminology of ballet. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 1 in any one semester or term.

120 Introduction to Modern 1 (1) 
Introduction to the fundamentals of modern dance technique and theory at a beginning level. Emphasis is placed on alignment, phrasing, body awareness through space, vocabulary, musicality, and performance skills. Various modern dance techniques are introduced and explored and include floor work, center, and traveling combinations. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 1 in any one semester or term. 

121 Introduction to Modern 2 (1) 
Continuation of the study of modern dance techniques and theory at an advanced beginning level. Continued emphasis is placed on alignment, phrasing, body awareness through space, vocabulary, musicality, and performance skills. Various modern dance techniques are explored in more depth, and include floor work, center, and traveling combinations. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 1 in any one semester or term.

130 Introduction to Jazz 1 (1) 
An introduction to jazz dance technique and theatre movement for the non-dancer. Emphasis is placed on the study of various jazz styles and philosophies, for example the Luigi technique. These can be used for theatre dance or athletic warm ups and can be applied to all learning and performance situations. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 1 in any one semester or term.

131 Introduction to Jazz 2 (1) 
A continuation of the study of jazz dance technique and theory at the advanced beginning level for students with some previous dance training or practical experience through performance. Emphasis is placed on expanding the jazz dancer's movement and performance vocabulary through warm ups, progressions, and combination work. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 1 in any one semester or term.

132 Introduction to Tap 1 (1) 
An introduction to tap dance technique and theory at the beginning level. Emphasis is placed on rhythmic structure in conjunction with tap technique fundamentals and vocabulary. The history of tap dance as an American vernacular form is studied, paying attention to its practice in musical theatre and concert formats. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 1 in any one semester or term.

210 Ballet 1 (2) 
Basic principles of classical ballet technique and theory at the intermediate level. Execution and terminology will be taught with knowledge of history and the art of ballet. Emphasis is placed on alignment, musicality, and timing. Center technique with combinations of port de bras, adagio, pirouettes, petit allegro, and grande allegro. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 2 in any one semester or term.

211 Ballet 2 (2) 
Continuation of intermediate ballet technique and theory with more complex combinations. Pointe work is presented with emphasis on correct positions and exercises to strengthen the feet and legs. Includes practical experience in developing barre and center combinations. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 2 in any one semester or term.

220 Modern 1 (2) 
Introduction to modern dance technique and theory at the intermediate level. Emphasis on core support, alignment, and use of weight and breath. Personal expression, use of imagery, kinetic and spatial awareness are also examined. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 2 in any one semester or term.

221 Modern 2 (2) 
Continuing development of intermediate/advanced modern technique and theory. Emphasis on use of imagery, dynamics, and practice of a higher sense of personal expression with the introduction of more advanced movement combinations and technique.
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson.
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 2 in any one semester or term.

230 Jazz 1 (2) 
A study of jazz dance technique and theory at the intermediate level. Emphasis is placed on the development of flexibility, strength, placement, and rhythm through the use of movement phrases and progressions, directional changes, turns and leaps. Students will develop an appreciation for the history and lineage of jazz dance. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 2 in any one semester or term.

231 Jazz 2 (2) 
A continuing study of jazz dance technique and theory at the advanced intermediate level. Emphasis is placed on further development of flexibility, strength, placement, line, and rhythm. Additional movement phrases, progressions, complex directional changes, and turns and leaps. Students will continue to study the history and lineage of jazz dance. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 2 in any one semester or term.

232 Tap 1 (1) 
A continuing study of tap technique and theory at the intermediate level. Emphasizes the development of more complex rhythms, increasing tempos, and expanded vocabulary. Added emphasis is placed on simple progressions, articulation of sounds, and artistic expression and performance. Expanded historical study of tap dance and its major contributors. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 1 in any one semester or term.

240 World Studio 1 (1) 
A survey of the unique movement styles found in world and ethnic dance. Styles covered will vary each semester and may include the traditional dances and historical background of Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East, and parts of Asia.
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson.
    A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 1 in any one semester or term.

242 World Studio 2 (1)
A survey of the unique movement styles found in world and ethnic dance. Styles covered will vary each semester and may include the traditional dances of the Americas and parts of Africa. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 1 in any one semester or term.

280 Musical Theatre Dance 1 (2) 
Survey of historical musical theatre dance and related social dances influencing Broadway stage choreography from c. 1900 to the present. Emphasizes origins of early musical comedy through minstrelsy, burlesque, vaudeville, and musical revue extravaganzas, and the practical use of these movement techniques. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 2 in any one semester or term.

281 Musical Theatre Dance 2 (2) 
Intermediate to advanced level study of dance forms from the Broadway and nightclub stage and their historical origins. Emphasizes technique using styles and repertoire of contemporary choreographers who have made major contributions to the art of musical theatre dance. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 2 in any one semester or term.

287 Improvisation (2) 
The exploration of dance elements through guided motion studies and spontaneous movement. Participants will work with, define, and discuss principles of dance such as space, time, shape, and force. Focus on student response to specific kinesthetic problems as individuals and in small to large group interactions. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 2 in any one semester or term.

299X Experimental/Developmental Topics (0-12) 
Topics relevant to the discipline. Course titles will be announced before each semester. 
    A total of 12 hours of credit may be earned. 

300 Dance Conditioning (1) 
A specialized study of specific body therapies utilized to enhance and support the four components of physical fitness: muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility. Techniques and/or topics covered may include pilates, yoga, resistance training, relaxation techniques, and somatic practice. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 1 in any one semester or term. 

301 Dance History 1 (3) 
The study of early dance forms to 1900. Discussion and research will reflect the culture and societal attitudes of the time period and the relationship with dance and the other arts. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 

302 Dance History 2 (3) 
The study of early dance forms to 1900. Discussion and research will reflect the culture and societal attitudes of the time period and the relationship with dance and the other arts. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 

310 Ballet 3 (2) 
Intermediate/advanced ballet technique and theory. Emphasis on performance and teaching. Pointe work exercises are notated to develop strength, speed, and control. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 2 in any one semester or term. 

311 Ballet 4 (2) 
Advanced ballet, pointe technique and theory. Emphasis is placed on performance skills in classical ballet. Barre and centre are performed on pointe at this level. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 2 in any one semester or term. 

315 Technique Studio (1) 
A specialized study of specific movement techniques and/or topics. Techniques and/or topics covered may include repertory, variations, partnering, pointe, and men's ballet. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 1 in any one semester or term. 

320 Modern 3 (2) 
Introduction to modern dance technique and theory at the advanced level. Trains the student to achieve higher technical proficiency while emphasizing clarity, body awareness, personal style, and the greater potential of movement in space. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 2 in any one semester or term. 

321 Modern 4 (2) 
Development of modern dance technique, theory, and personal artistry at the advanced level. Approaches to achieving a greater sense of self and kinetic experiences will be explored with added emphasis on theory and/or philosophies of modern dance technicians and choreographers. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 2 in any one semester or term. 

330 Jazz 3 (2) 
A study of jazz dance technique and theory at an advanced level. Emphasis is placed on technical precision, increased complexity of turns and leaps, musicality, performance artistry, and stylistic execution. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 2 in any one semester or term.

331 Jazz 4 (2)
A continuing study of jazz dance technique at the advanced level. Emphasis is placed on technical precision, increased complexity of turns and leaps, musicality, performance artistry, and stylistic execution. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 2 in any one semester or term.

332 Tap 2 (1) 
Study of tap technique and theory at the advanced level. Continued development of ability to pick up and retain extended phrases, and execute advanced progressions incorporating turns and complex rhythm patterns. Added emphasis is placed on creative expression through the use of improvisation and other tap techniques. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 1 in any one semester or term.

380 Dance Production (2) 
Designed to acquaint students with the major technical elements (sound and lighting), and the management skills involved in the production of dance performance. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson.

387 Choreography 1 (2)
Guided creative process to develop choreography using improvisation and basic elements of dance. Students explore and develop studies using time, space, energy, rhythm, and design. Emphasizes solo work and small group structures developing a personal voice. Students participate in analyzing and critiquing dance through performance, written assignments, discussions, and journals. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson.

487 Choreography 2 (2) 
A continuation of the exploration of choreographic theories and processes from Choreography 1. Emphasis is on group structures from duets to quintets. Students will participate in analyzing and critiquing dances through research, written assignments, discussions, and journals. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 4 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 2 in any one semester or term.

488 Dance Pedagogy (3) 
Teaching methods applied to ballet, modern, jazz, and creative movement. Class explores methods of teaching dance from preschool through adults in private studios, public schools, and higher education. Observation of master teachers, supervised teaching experiences, evaluations, critiques of teaching skills, development of lesson plans, self assessment, and teaching philosophies required. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson.

489 Ball State Dance Theatre (1) 
Ball State Dance Theatre is the primary performance company, presenting premiere works by faculty, distinguished alumni, and visiting artists/choreographers. The objective is to give students performance experience, preparation for dancing in a company, as well as to experience working with different choreographers and styles of dance. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 8 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 1 in any one semester or term.

490 Creative Project (2) 
Designed as a project in choreography for advanced dance students. 
    Prerequisite: senior standing. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 2 in any one semester or term. 

496 Senior Thesis (1-3) 
Creation of a dance concert or the presentation of research on a specific topic related to dance. Requirements include a faculty advisor and all elements related to the performance or presentation. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned.

THEATRE (THEA)

100 Introduction to Theatre (3)
A University Core Curriculum course that surveys plays selected from the major periods of dramatic productivity from the ancient Greeks through contemporary times and the historical and social elements that helped to shape them. Introduces students to an understanding and appreciation of the many faces of dramatic creativity. Core Transfer Library: Fine Arts (IFA 1302)
    Open only to students not majoring in theatre. 

102 Computers in Theatre and Dance (3) 
Introduction to computer usage in theatre and dance. Emphasizes computer competency and the development of simple computer applications. 

103 Aesthetics of Theatre 1 (3) 
Introduces the art and practice of theatre by examining a variety of analytical tools useful in analyzing and deriving meaning from any play. Covers theatre from the Greeks to the English Restoration, exploring significant works as both written scripts and potential performances. 

104 Aesthetics of Theatre 2 (3) 
Introduces the art and practice of theatre by examining a variety of analytical tools useful in analyzing and deriving meaning from any play. Covers theatre from the Neoclassical period to contemporary modern and postmodern plays, exploring significant works as both written scripts and potential performances. 

105 Freshman Experience (0) 
Introduces departmental, collegiate, and university courses, programs, practices, and policies. Intended to assist transition to university life. Offered credit/no credit only.
    Open only to theatre and dance majors. 

107 Design Awareness for Theatre and Dance (3) 
A team-taught, practical study for the awareness of basic design elements, principles, and concepts and their creative integration into theatre and dance for the performer and technician. Students will gain experience through “hands on” manipulation of design elements as well as application of principles in major at-home projects. 
    Open only to theatre and dance majors. 

123 Color Studies in Theatrical Design (3) 
A fundamental practical course to explore and apply basic color principles and elements in theatrical 
applications. Sessions are in a laboratory format. Students are trained in application of various elements of color to develop their visual skills. This course enables the student to prepare for upper level design/tech courses. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    Open only to theatre majors and minors. 

207 Design Awareness for the Non-Major (3)
THEA 207 will increase students' understanding of theatrical design technologies. Students will study design principles, demonstrate critical thinking, and creatively integrate their learning in the worlds of theatre and dance, gaining experience through "hands on" manipulation of design elements as well as application of principles in individual and group presentations. 
    Prerequisite: THEA 100 or DANC 100 or other THEA/DANC TIER 1 course. 
    Not open to students who have credit in THEA 107. 
    Open only to non-majors.

220 Stagecraft (3) 
A practical introduction to the fundamentals of the crafts involved in theatre production at the school, college, and community theatre levels. Two hours of lecture and three arranged hours of laboratory a week. 

223 Theatrical Costuming (3) 
An introduction to the fundamentals of costuming for educational and community theatre with attention given to stage makeup. Two hours of lecture and three arranged hours of laboratory a week. 

224 Costume Form and Materials (3) 
Exploration of the basic forms, materials, and concepts with emphasis on the three-dimensional human body. The course also employs various media to develop experimental concepts and skills. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    Open only to theatre majors and minors. 

225 Theatrical Drafting (3) 
Design studio emphasizing the basic principles and practices of technical theatre hand- and computer-aided drafting techniques. An introduction to two- and three-dimensional theatrical environments of scenic and light designs. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. 
    Open only to theatre and dance majors. 

229 Principles of Stage Makeup (2) 
An investigation of the principles, techniques, and materials of stage makeup and practical experience in their application. 

232 Acting 1 (3) 
A lecture-laboratory class stressing the basic principles of acting in combination with script analysis. Core Transfer Library: Fine Arts (IFA 1301)
    Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. 

233 Acting 2 (3) 
A lecture-laboratory course on the principles of acting with major emphasis on character analysis and development. 
    Prerequisite: THEA 232. 

250 Directing 1 (3) 
An introduction to the theories and practices of directing for the stage. Exercises in analysis, interpretation, staging, and collaboration. 
    Prerequisite: THEA 103, 104 and permission of the instructor. 

270 Basic Musicianship 1 (2) 
Training in music theory for musical theatre performers. Emphasizes keyboard skills, recognition and comprehension of complex melodic and rhythmic patterns, structural analysis of basic harmony and musical compositions, and study of musical vocabulary. 
    Prerequisite: placement by level of experience; permission of the department chairperson. 
    Parallel: THEA 271. 
    Open only to musical theatre majors. 

271 Basic Musicianship 2 (2) 
Continuation of THEA 270 including more advanced analysis, score study, melodic and rhythmic dictation, and listening. 
    Prerequisite: THEA 270; permission of the department chairperson. 
    Parallel: THEA 273. 
    Open only to musical theatre majors. 

272 Sight Singing/Ear Training 1 (1) 
Study and application of sight singing techniques as it pertains to musical theatre repertoire and industry standards. Additional focus includes melodic and rhythmic dictation, chord recognition, and related activities. 
    Prerequisite: placement by level of experience; permission of the department chairperson. 
    Parallel: THEA 270. 
    Open only to musical theatre majors. 

273 Sight Singing/Ear Training 2 (1) 
Continuation of Sight Singing/Ear Training 1 emphasizing variable minor and chromatic melodies as they pertain to musical theatre repertoire. Study of sight reading harmonic structures will also occur. 
    Prerequisite: THEA 270; permission of the department chairperson. 
    Parallel: THEA 271. 
    Open only to musical theatre majors. 

274 Musical Theatre Ensemble (1) 
Choral performing ensemble rehearsing twice a week. Study and performance of large ensemble works from musical theatre productions of all genres/eras. 
    Prerequisite: THEA 272; permission of the department chairperson. 
    Open only to musical theatre majors and music vocal performance majors. 

280 Theatre and Dance Practicum (0-1) 
Intensive experience in theatre performance, dance performance, stage management, scenery and costume preparation, running crews, theatre management, and other production areas. Students should complete practicums in six different areas. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 8 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 1 in any one semester or term. 

291 Theatre Stage Management (3) 
An introduction to the artistic and organizational work of a stage manager. Emphasizing advanced problem-solving techniques and group organization dynamics along with professional standards for stage management forms, procedures, and protocols. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    Open only to theatre and dance majors. 

299X Experimental/Developmental Topics (0-12) 
Topics relevant to the discipline. Course titles to be announced before each semester. 
    A total of 12 hours of credit may be earned. 

317 Pre-Modern Theatre History to 1700 (3) 
Study of the theatre from its ancient origins up to 1700, with emphasis on the material conditions of theatrical production, dramatic/performance theory, and representative dramatic literature. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 

318 Advanced Topics in Theatre and Dance (3) 
In-depth study of special topics in theatre depending upon expertise of instructor. Topics may include dance, acting, musical theatre, directing, design, dramaturgy, Feminist theatre, etc. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. 
    A total of 12 hours of credit may be earned, but topics may not be repeated, and a student may not earn more than 6 in any one semester or term. 

319 Modern Theatre History (3) 
Study of theatre since 1700, with emphasis on the material conditions of theatrical production, dramatic/performance theory, and representative dramatic literature. 
    Prerequisite: THEA 317, permission of the department chairperson. 

320 Theatrical Design Skills (2) 
A lecture-laboratory class to present basic problem-solving skills involving theatrical design artwork. Emphasizes the development of technique and media competence. 
    Prerequisite: THEA 220. 

321 Rendering for the Theatre (3) 
Hands-on individual instruction in the processes and techniques of using selected media for the rendering of scenic and costume designs for the theatre. 
    Prerequisite: THEA 223. 

326 Fundamentals of Stage Lighting (3) 
Lecture-laboratory in the basic concepts, materials, hardware, and design principles of stage lighting. Practical laboratory work in stage lighting of university productions. 
    Prerequisite: THEA 220 or permission of the department chairperson. 

328 Voice Lesson (1) 
One private half-hour lesson, and 2-hour master class weekly. Students study musical theatre, Italian and English art song repertoire. Freshmen study contemporary musicals; sophomores study musicals of the 1960s-1980s; juniors/seniors study musical theatre repertoire from the early 1900s-1960s. 
    Prerequisite: studio assignments given by the MTO coordinator. 
    A total of 8 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 1 in any one semester or term. 
    Open only to musical theatre option students. 

332 Freshman Performance Lab (1) 
Focus on basic knowledge of human anatomy as it pertains to the performer with particular attention to alignment, the development of core strength, and the release of unnecessary physical tensions. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    Open only to theatre and dance majors. 

333 Introduction to Voice and Movement (2) 
Introduction to the principles of movement and fundamentals of vocal and breathing techniques. Focus on assessing individual process and freeing of unnecessary habits in order to prepare for the athletic demands of stage acting. 
    Prerequisite: THEA 232; permission of the department chairperson. 
    Open only to theatre majors. 

334 Studio 1 (3) 
Building on the alignment and anatomy information introduced in THEA 332, and the movement principles taught in THEA 333, this studio focuses on following physical and emotional impulse and understanding the circles of awareness. 
    Prerequisite: THEA 332 or 333; permission of the department chairperson. 
    Open only to theatre majors. 

335 Studio 2 (3) 
Building on the alignment and anatomy information introduced in THEA 332, and the vocal production techniques taught in THEA 333, this studio focuses on combining vocal efficiency with text, along with additional emphases on the International Phonetic Alphabet and non-regional dialect. 
    Prerequisite: THEA 333; permission of the department chairperson. 
    Open only to theatre majors 

336 Studio 3 (3) 
Continuation of Studio 1, this course identifies the principles of supporting a character physically, with the technical understanding of the physical aspects of performance and their application through the creation of a score of physical action. 
    Prerequisite: THEA 334; permission of the department chairperson. 
    Open only to theatre majors. 

337 Studio 4 (3) 
Continuation of Studio 2, this course focuses on incorporating these techniques with specific styles of theatrical performance. Emphasis on text work, including heightened and classical texts. 
    Prerequisite: THEA 335; permission of the department chairperson 
    Open only to theatre majors. 

338 Studio 5 (3)
Advanced scene study, focusing on comedy. Genres may include Farce, Restoration, Comedy of Manners, Mask Work, and/or Commedia. 
    Prerequisite: THEA 337; permission of the department chairperson. 
    Open only to theatre majors. 

339 Studio 6 (3) 
Advanced scene study focusing on ethnic theatre and non-theatrical texts. 
    Prerequisite: THEA 337; permission of the department chairperson. 
    Open only to theatre majors. 

340 Playwriting 1 (3) 
Introduction to the art and craft of playwriting. Emphasizes plotting and the use of dramatic language in the writing of effective scenes, culminating in a one-act play. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term. 

350 Directing for the Stage 2 (3) 
Practice in analysis, interpretation, staging, working with actors, and other aspects of stage direction with special reference to developing collaborative relationships. 
    Prerequisite: THEA 250 or permission of the instructor. 

371 Singing Actor 1 (2)
The study of and performance of solo, duet, and small ensemble works for musical theatre. Preparation of roles and scenes will occur, combining the art forms of drama and music with an emphasis on developing, understanding, and incorporating the principles in Acting 1, 2, Basic Musicianship, Movement, and voice lessons. 
    Prerequisite: THEA 274; permission of the department chairperson. 
    Open only to musical theatre majors. 

372 Singing Actor 2 (2) 
Continuation of THEA 371 with emphasis on advanced repertoire choices, both in singing and acting technique demands. 
    Prerequisite: THEA 371. 
    Open only to musical theatre majors 

380 Advanced Theatre and Dance Practicum (1-9) 
Students design and execute a theatre or dance project; scenery designs, lighting, properties, theatre performance, dance performance, directing, oral interpretation, or house management. 
    Prerequisite: 12 hours of credit in theatre courses; permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 9 hours of credit may be earned. 
    Open only to theatre majors and minors. 

395 Introduction to Teaching Methods for Theatre (3) 
Theory and practice of teaching theatre in middle and secondary schools. Includes curriculum development, instructional planning, classroom management techniques, methods and strategies of instruction, assessment, and use of instructional aids and activities for the classroom. 
    Prerequisite: THEA 220, 232. 

396 Teaching Methods and Administration of School Theatre Programs (3) 
Continues theory of teaching theatre in middle and secondary schools. Includes survey of texts, evaluation of content and instructional activities, and rationale for including theatre arts in school curriculum. Explores resources related to administration of extracurricular theatre programs. Topics include scheduling, budgets, fund raising, facilities, and rehearsal techniques. 
    Prerequisite: THEA 395. 

405 Senior Experience (0) 
An exit class for all graduating seniors that coordinates their transition from undergraduate to professional or preprofessional programs and opportunities in film and theatre. The New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago showcases are coordinated through the senior experience class. Offered credit/no credit only. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    Open only to theatre and dance majors. 

420 Scene Design (3) 
Advanced training and experience in the problems of set design and lighting for theatrical productions in many forms and styles, including elements of television design. 
    Prerequisite: THEA 320. 

421 Stage Properties (3) 
The examination of stage properties for theatrical production in many forms and styles. Emphasis is on technical theatre procedures including the analysis, production, and visualization of props within scenic design. Areas of concentration are analysis, research, understanding of materials, exploration of ideas, as well as craftsmanship. 
    Prerequisite: THEA 220, 320. 

423 Theatre Costume Design (3) 
Practice in the research, design, and building techniques involved in the preparation of period costumes for use in theatre productions. 
    Prerequisite: THEA 223, 320. 

426 Advanced Stage Lighting Design (3) 
Training and experience in the problems of stage lighting design for the proscenium and non-proscenium stage. Practical laboratory work in stage lighting of university productions. 
    Prerequisite: THEA 326; permission of the department chairperson. 

430 Studio 7 (3) 
Advanced scene study course focusing on character and text analysis, as well as specialized vocal and physical techniques required for emotionally demanding and/or stylistic material. 
    Prerequisite: THEA 333; permission of the department chairperson. 
    Open only to theatre majors. 

431 Studio 8 (3) 
Focus on camera technique for the actor. Text may include original material, screenplays, scripts, and new media considerations. 
    Prerequisite: THEA 337; permission of the department chairperson. 
    Open only to theatre majors. 

432 Studio 9 (3) 
Advanced scene study incorporating choreographed combat. Areas of concentration may include unarmed combat, rapier and dagger and/or broadsword. 
    Prerequisite: THEA 333; permission of the department chairperson. 
    Open only to theatre majors. 

433 Studio 10 (3) 
Focus on skills necessary for selection, preparation, and presentation of material appropriate for professional auditions. Topics may include: cold/prepared readings, monologues, cattle calls, on-camera auditions, various contract specifics, agents, managers, headshots, resumes, and union information. Material chosen from wide selection of contemporary and classical texts. 
    Prerequisite: THEA 430; permission of the department chairperson. 
    Open only to theatre majors. 

434 Immersion Experience (1-12) 
Students may choose a creative or academic experience in theatre or dance. Written documentation of this immersion experience and proof of analytical/research/pre-production work will accompany the performance or final product. Topics must be pre-approved by advisor. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 12 hours of credit may be earned.

435 Performance of Shakespeare (3) 
A study of Shakespeare’s works through analysis and performance. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term. 

450 Directing for the Stage 3 (3) 
Advanced practice in analysis, staging and collaborative process with special reference to working in various styles, periods, and modes of theatre. 
    Prerequisite: THEA 350 or the equivalent; permission of the instructor. 

491 Theatre Management (3) 
Study and practice in box office procedures, house management, publicity, and promotion as related to college, community, and professional theatres. 
    Prerequisite: 9 hours of theatre courses. 

496 Directed Study in Theatre and Dance (1-9) 
Directed study of research and/or creative projects in design, playwriting, acting, directing or dance performance, meeting the approval of supervising faculty member(s). 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 9 hours of credit may be earned. 
    Open only to theatre and dance majors. 

499 Internships in Theatre and Dance (0-9) 
Intensive experience in the professional arena guided by artisans outside of Ball State University. Internships may be paid or unpaid, but must be in the student’s area of focus (performance, directing, design, stage management, playwriting, and dramaturgy). 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 9 hours of credit may be earned. 
    Open only to theatre and dance majors.

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