Undergraduate Course Catalog

Theatre and Dance

B. Jenkins, Chairperson

The Department of Theatre and Dance offers degree programs in acting, musical theatre, design and technology, theatrical studies, theatre education, production (directing and stage management), and dance. Minor studies are also available in theatre, technical theatre, and dance. Acting and musical theatre option students (in the major in theatre) and students in the major in dance are selected in the freshman year by audition only.   
    Acting and musical theatre students must pass a jury at the end of their freshman, sophomore, and junior years to continue in these programs. The department sponsors Showcases in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles for graduating seniors in the program. All students who do not attend the Showcases must pass an exit jury/interview during the senior year to complete the major. Students in the production option enter as theatrical studies students and are selected to enter the production option at the end of the freshman year. Dance students must pass a jury at the end of the sophomore and junior years to continue this program and 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 senior year to complete the program. The theatrical studies option is recommended for students intending to pursue careers in theatre history and criticism, while the theatre education option is for students interested in teaching at the secondary school level.  
    The production programs in dance and theatre are integral to a student’s training and education. Students are expected to participate in department productions each semester.



MAJOR IN THEATRE, BFA, 85 hours

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Core requirements, 32 hours

THEAT












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

Compu Th Dnc
Aesthetics 1
Aesthetics 2
Fresh Exper
Design Aware
Stagecraft
Acting 1
Directing 1
Theat Pract (0-1)
Pre-Mod Hist 
Modern Theat
Senior Exp
Shakespeare

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


32 hrs
Complete one professional specialization
Acting option, 53 hours

THEAT
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
   
     
  
   
  

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

Stage Makeup
Acting 2
Adv Topics
Fresh Perf L
Intro Voc/Mo
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

THEAT
 
 

434
496
499

Immersion (1-9)
Directed Stu (1-9)
Internships (0-3)



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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THEAT















DANCE







229
233
270
271      
272
273
274
318
328
332
334
335
371
372
430
433
110
111
131
132
230
231
232
332

Stage Makeup
Acting 2
Basc Music 1
Basc Music 2
Sight Sing 1
Sight Sing 2
Mus Th Ensem
Adv Topics
Voice Lesson (1-8)
Fresh Perf L
Studio 1
Studio 2
Sing Actor 1
Sing Actor 2
Studio 7
Studio 10
Ballet 1
Ballet 2
Mus The Tap
 Jazz Styls 1
 Jazz 2
Tap 2
Mus Thea Dnc
Adv Mu T Dnc

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

Directed electives, 2 hours from

THEAT

434  
499

Immersion (3-9)
Internships (0-9)


2


85 hrs

Students are expected to take or place out of THEAT 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.

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

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Core requirements, 32 hours

THEAT











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

Compu Th Dnc
Aesthetics 1
Aesthetics 2
Fresh Exper
Design Aware
Stagecraft
Acting 1
Directing 1
Theat Pract (0-1)
Pre-Mod Hist 
Modern Theat
Senior Exp
Shakespeare

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

THEAT
 
 
 
 
 
 

123
223
320
321
326
420
423

Color Stds
Costuming
Desgn Skills
Rendering
Stg Lighting
Scene Design
Costume Dsgn

3
3
2
3
3
3
3

Electives, 12 hours from

THEAT









COMM

244
225
229
291
299X
318
350
380
421
426
330

Form Mtrl (3)
Theatre CAD (3)
Stage Makeup (2)
Stage Manage (3)
Exp Dev Tpcs (3)
Adv Topics (3)
Directing 2 (3)
Adv Practice (1-9)
Stage Props (3)
Adv Ltg Dsgn (3)
Grp Dec Mkg (3)










 

Up to one other THEAT or DANCE coursenot listed above as as approved by PDA or chair.



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

THEAT







223
or
420   
233
291
318
326
350
450

Costuming (3)

Scene Design (3)
Acting 2
Stage Manage
Adv Topics
Stg 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

THEAT







COMM

223
or
420
291
320
326
350
491
330

Costuming (3)

Scene Design (3)
Stage Manage
Desgn Skills
Stg Lighting
Directing 2
Management
Grp Dec Mkg



3
3
2
3
3
3
3

Design classes: take either THEAT 223 or 420.
Electives
(9 credit hours for directing track/10 credit hours for stage management track)

THEAT




COMM

ENG

TCOM

223
229
318
320
491
330
442
410
464
434

Costuming (3)
Stage Makeup (2)
Adv Topics (3)
Desgn Skills (2)
Management (3)
Grp Dec Mkg (3)
Conflict (3)
Adv Scrnwrt (3)
Shakespeare (3) 
Vid Workshop (3)

Up to one other THEAT or DANCE course not listed above as approved by PDA or chair. Exception: THEAT 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 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

THEAT



DANCE

223
233
318
320
130

Costuming
Acting 2
Adv Topics
Desgn Skills
Intro Luigi (1-3)

3
3
3
3
1

Electives, 14 hours

THEAT  
   











ENG

TCOM

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

Stage Makeup (2)
Stage Manage (3)
Adv Topics (3)
Stg Lighting (3)
Playwriting 1 (3)
Directing 2 (3)
Adv Practice (1-9)
Scene Design (3)
Costume Dsgn (3)
Adv Ltg Dsgn (3)
Directing 3 (3)
Management (3)
Directed Stu (1-9)
Adv Scrnwrt (3)
Shakespeare (3)
Vid Workshop (3)
















14


26 hrs

Up to three other THEAT or DANCE coursesnot listed above as approved by PDA or chair. Exception: THEAT 318 may be taken up to four times total, but each must be on a different topic.






14


58 hrs
Students are expected to take THEAT 220 to meet the prerequisite for THEAT 320.

The theatrical studies option is recommended for students wanting to 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 may audition or submit portfolio reviews for other options within the department.

MAJOR IN DANCE, 64 hours

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Core requirements, 49 hours

DANCE
 
 
 
 
  
 

    
   
   
  
     
  
  
 

EXSCI 
THEAT





210 
211
220
221
230
242
287
301  
302
310
311
315
320
321
487
489
490
292
105
107
223
232
270
405

Ballet 3
Ballet 4
Modern 3 
Modern 4  
Jazz 2 
Eth Dan Styl 
Choreogrph 1  
Dance Hist 1 
Dance Hist 2 
Ballet 5 
Ballet 6 
Partnering 
Modern 5 
Modern 6  
Choreogrph 2  
Dnc Practicm (0-1) 
Creatve Proj 
Anatomy  
Fresh Exper 
Design Aware  
Costuming  
Acting 1  
Basc Music 1  
Senior Exp

2
2
2
2
2
1
2
3
3
2
2
1
2
2
2
2
2
3
0
3
3
3
3
0


49 hrs
1 hour from
DANCE

131
231

Mus The Tap (1) 
Tap 2 (1)


1

6 hours from

DANCE
 

281
489

Dance Theat (4-6)
Dnc Practicm (0-2)


6

5 hours from

DANCE
 
 
 

232
242
330
332

Mus Thea Dnc (2-6) 
Eth Dan Styl (1) 
Jazz 3 (2-4) 
Adv Mu T Dnc (2-6)




5

3 hours from

DANCE
  
  
 
THEAT
 

380
488
489
496
102
318

Dnc Productn (2) 
Dnc Pedagogy (1-2) 
Dnc Practicm (1-8) 
Dir Stdy Dnc (1-3)
Compu Th Dnc (3) 
Adv Topics (3)






3


64 hrs
Dance students are selected for this major only by audition. In addition, dance majorsmust pass a jury at the end of their sophomore and junior years to continue in the option, and an exit jury or interview during the senior year to complete the option. Students failing to pass a jury at the end of one academic year are considered on probationary status for the major; those failing to pass a jury at the end of the succeeding year will be dropped from the major.

MINOR IN THEATRE, 20 hours

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THEAT
 
 
 
 

103
104
220
232
280

Aesthetics 1 
Aesthetics 2
Stagecraft 
Acting 1  
Theat Pract (0-1)

3
3
3
3
2

Electives, 6 hours from

THEAT
 







107
123
223
250
317
318
319
326
435

Design Aware (3) 
Color Stds (3) 
Costuming (3) 
Directing 1 (3) 
Pre-Mod Hist (3) 
Adv Topics (3) 
Modern Theat (3) 
Stg Lighting (3) 
Shakespeare (3)









6


 20 hrs

MINOR IN DANCE, 24 hours

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Core requirements, 13 hours

DANCE 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
   

210
211
220
221
100
or
301
or
302
489

Ballet 3 
Ballet 4  
Modern 3 
Modern 4 
In Dnce Hist (3) 

Dance Hist 1 (3) 

Dance Hist 2 (3) 
Dnc Practicm (0-1)

2
2
2
2
 
 
3


2


13 hrs
Complete one option
Option 1: Dance performance, 11 hours
DANCE 281 Dance Theat (1)

2

9 hours from directed elective below

9


24 hrs
Option 2: Musical theatre dance, 11 hours

DANCE




230
231
232
242
330

Jazz 2
Tap 2
Mus Thea Dnc
Eth Dan Styl
Jazz 3

2
1
2
1
2

3 hours from directed elective below    


3


24 hrs
Option 3: Dance studies, 11 hours

DANCE


287
301
302

Choreogrph 1  
Dance Hist 1  
Dance Hist 2 

2
3
3

3 hours form directed electives below


3


 24 hrs
Directed electives for all minors

DANCE
 
  
  
  
 

 
 

 

 
 
THEAT

131
230
231
232
242
287
310
311
320
321
330
332
487
489
280

Mus The Tap (1) 
Jazz 2 (2)
Tap 2 (1)
Mus Thea Dnc (2)
Eth Dan Styl (1)
Choreogrph 1 (2) 
Ballet 5 (2) 
Ballet 6 (2)
Modern 5 (2)
Modern 6 (2) 
Jazz 3 (2) 
Adv Mu T Dnc (2) 
Choreogrph 2 (2) 
Dnc Practicm (0-6) 
Theat Pract (0-1)

 MINOR IN TECHNICAL THEATRE, 20–21 hours

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THEAT 
  
 
   
 
   

100
220
223
280
320
326

Intro Theat 
Stagecraft 
Costuming 
Theat Pract (0-1)
Desgn Skills 
Light Design

3
3
3
1
2
3

5–6 hours from

THEAT
 
 
 
 
 
  
 

102
225
229
291
318
420
423
426

Compu Th Dnc (3)
Theatre CAD (3)
Stage Makeup (2) 
Stage Manage (3) 
Adv Topics (3) 
Scene Design (3)
Costume Dsgn (3)
Adv Ltg Dsgn (3) 








5-6


20-21 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, 37–38 hours

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THEAT 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
 

103
104
105
107
220
232
250
280
317
319
405
435
Aesthetics 1
Aesthetics 2 
Fresh Exper 
Design Aware 
Stagecraft 
Acting 1 
Directing 1  
Theat Pract (0-1) 
Pre-Mod Hist 
Modern Theat 
Senior Exp 
Shakespeare

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

Directed elective

THEAT

350

Directing 2

3

5-6 hours from

THEAT
 
   
 
 
 
 
 

223
229
233
318
326
340
450
491
Costuming (3)
Stage Makeup (2)
Acting 2 (3)
Adv Topics (3) 
Stg Lighting (3)
Playwriting 1 (3)
Directing 3 (3)
Management (3)








5-6


37-38 hrs
THEAT 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, 39 hours

EDSEC
 
EDMUL
EDPSY  
   
EDJHM 
THEAT 
    
EDFON

150
380
205
251
390
385
395
396
420

Basic Concpt 
Prin Sec Sch  
Multi Educ  
Dev Sec Ed 
Educ Psychol  
Prin Mid Sch 
Tch Methods  
Tch Meth Adm 
Fnds of Educ

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

Student teaching

12


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

DANCE (DANCE)

100 Introduction to Dance History. (3)
Provides an understanding and appreciation of dance as an expression of people’s imaginative and creative urges. Dance from the primitive to the twentieth century is explored within its social and historical context.

110 Ballet 1. (1)
Classes in ballet technique for beginners with special emphasis on body placement and alignment. 
    A total of 4 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 1 in any one semester or term. 
    Open to all students.

111 Ballet 2. (1)
Classes in ballet technique for advanced beginners with special emphasis on the use of épaulement. 
    Prerequisite: DANCE 110 or permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 4 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 1 in any one semester or term.

120 Modern 1. (1)
Introduction to modern dance techniques and performance skills with emphasis on alignment and body awareness in moving through space. 
    A total of 4 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 1 in any one semester or term.

121 Modern 2. (1)
Designed to continue development of the basic techniques and dance performance skills for advanced beginners in modern dance. 
    Prerequisite: DANCE 120 or permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 4 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 1 in any one semester or term.

130 Introduction to Luigi: Jazz Dance Technique and Philosophy of Movement. (1-3)
An introduction to dance technique and theatre movement for the nondancer interested in a movement technique philosophy. The movement technique can be used for theatre dance or athletic warm-ups, and the philosophy applies to all learning and performing situations. 
    A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned.

131 Introduction to Musical Theatre Tap Styles. (1)
Introduces basic meters used in musical theatre tap styles, such as soft shoe, waltz clog, and military. Develops tap vocabulary for performers and choreographers.

132 Jazz Styles 1. (1)
Continuation of jazz dance techniques on an advanced beginning level for those with some previous dance training or practical experience through performance. 
    Prerequisite: DANCE 130 or permission of the instructor. 
    A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 1 in any one semester or term.

210 Ballet 3. (2)
Ballet technique on a beginning-intermediate level for those with previous training. 
    Prerequisite: DANCE 111 or permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 8 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 2 in any one semester or term.

211 Ballet 4. (2)
Continuation of ballet technique for students on an intermediate level. 
    Prerequisite: DANCE 210 or permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 8 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 2 in any one semester or term.

220 Modern 3. (2)
Designed for students with training in modern dance and introduction to improvisational performance skills. 
    Prerequisite: DANCE 121 or permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 8 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 2 in any one semester or term.

221 Modern 4. (2)
Designed to prepare students for advanced modern dance skills. 
    Prerequisite: DANCE 220 or permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 8 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 2 in any one semester or term.

230 Jazz 2. (2)
Designed for students with dance training who have interest in developing technique in various jazz styles. 
    Prerequisite: DANCE 132; permission of the instructor. 
    A total of 4 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 2 in any one semester or term.

231 Tap 2. (1)
Advanced tap dance techniques for the dance student with previous tap dance training. 
    Prerequisite: DANCE 131 or 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.

232 Musical Theatre Dance Styles. (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. 
    Prerequisite: DANCE 132; permission of the instructor. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 2 in any one semester or term.

242 Ethnic Dance Styles. (1)
In depth study of the unique movement styles in ethnic dance. Styles covered will vary each semester and will include Appalachian Clogging and the traditional dances of Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East, and parts of Asia. 
    A total of 4 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 1 in any one semester or term.

280 Ball State Ballet. (1)
A broad-based dance company, emphasizing ballet technique, with performance interests extending from tap, jazz, and experimental to classical ballet. 
    A total of 8 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 1 in any one semester or term. 
    Open only to students by audition.

281 Dance Theatre. (1)
Experience in performing with a company of dancers who plan, rehearse, and perform both informal and formal dance presentations. 
    A total of 8 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 1 in any one semester or term. 
    Open only by audition.

287 Choreography 1. (2)
Work in choreographing dance by exploring musical and dance forms. 
    Prerequisite: DANCE 211, 221, or permission of the department chairperson.

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 Ballet History. (2)
A survey of ballet from its inception to the present time. 
    Prerequisite: DANCE 100.

301 Dance History 1. (3)
Tribal to Petipa. Study of early dance forms and the development of ballet. The influence of African and Asian tribal and ritual forms on the development of dance. Development of ballet from the Renaissance through Romantic and Classical periods.

302 Dance History 2. (3)
Twentieth-Century Dance. Study of dance since the 1890s with primary emphasis on Western developments in ballet, modern, jazz, and musical theatre forms throughout the twentieth century.

310 Ballet 5. (2)
Intermediate-advanced level of ballet technique. 
    Prerequisite: DANCE 211 or permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 8 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 2 in any one semester or term.

311 Ballet 6. (2)
Advanced ballet technique. 
    Prerequisite: DANCE 310 or permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 8 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 2 in any one semester or term.

315 Partnering. (1)
Study of the art of partnering. 
    Prerequisite: DANCE 211 or permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 2 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 1 in any one semester or term.

320 Modern 5. (2)
Advanced modern dance techniques. 
    Prerequisite: DANCE 221 or permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 8 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 2 in any one semester or term.

321 Modern 6. (2)
Designed to continue development of advanced modern dance performance skills and improvisational techniques. 
    Prerequisite: DANCE 221 or permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 8 hours of credit may be earned; but no more than 2 in any one semester or term.

330 Jazz 3. (2)
Advanced jazz dance emphasizing technique work in complex rhythms, syncopation, jazz jumps, and jazz turns. 
    Prerequisite: DANCE 230 (2 semesters); permission of the instructor. 
    A total of 4 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 2 in any one semester or term.

332 Advanced Musical Theatre Dance. (2)
Intermediate to advanced level study of dance forms from the Broadway and nightclub stage. Emphasizes technique using styles of contemporary choreographers who have made major contributions to the art of musical theatre dance. 
    Prerequisite: 4 hours (2 semesters) of DANCE 230; 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.

380 Dance Production. (2)
Designed to acquaint students with various technical and performance elements of dance production. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson.

487 Choreography 2. (2)
Work in choreographing traditional and nontraditional dance forms. 
    Prerequisite: DANCE 287 or permission of the department chairperson.

488 Dance Pedagogy. (1)
In-depth study of teaching methods for beginning, intermediate, and advanced dance students, includes pedagogy from pre-school through adult level. Includes rehearsal technique for performance preparation. 
    Prerequisite: DANCE 211, 221. 
    A total of 2 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 1 in any one semester or term.

489 Dance Practicum. (0-1)
Intensive experience in stage management, scenery and costume preparation, running crews, dance management, and other elements of production. 
    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 Directed Study in Dance. (1-9)
Individual and directed study of research or creative projects related to dance that meet the approval of the dance faculty. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 9 hours of credit may be earned.

THEATRE (THEAT)

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. 
    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. 
    Open only to majors in theatre and dance.

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 applic
ations. 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.

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. 
    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: THEAT 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: THEAT 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: THEAT 271. 
    Open only to musical theatre majors.

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

273 Sight Singing/Ear Training 2. (1)
Continuation of Sight Singing/Ear Training 1 emphasizing on variable minor and chromatic melodies as they pertain to musical theatre repertoire. Study of sight reading harmonic structures will also occur. 
    Prerequisite: THEAT 270; permission of the department chairperson. 
    Parallel: THEAT 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: THEAT 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 area. 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: 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: THEAT 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: THEAT 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: THEAT 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: 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: THEAT 232; permission of the department chairperson. 
    Open only to theatre majors.

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

335 Studio 2. (3)
Building on the alignment and anatomy information introduced in THEAT 332, and the vocal production techniques taught in THEAT 333, this studio focuses on combining vocal efficiency with text, along with additional emphases on the International Phonetic Alphabet and non-regional dialect. 
    Prerequisite: THEAT 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: THEAT 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: THEAT 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: THEAT 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: THEAT 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: THEAT 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 developing, understanding, and incorporating the principles in Acting 1, 2, Basic Musicianship, Movement, and voice lessons. 
    Prerequisite: THEAT 274; permission of the department chairperson. 
    Open only to musical theatre majors.

372 Singing Actor 2. (2)
Continuation of THEAT 371 with emphasis on advanced repertoire choices, both in singing and acting technique demands. 
    Prerequisite: THEAT 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: THEAT 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: THEAT 395; EDJHM 385; EDSEC 380.

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: THEAT 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: THEAT 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: THEAT 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: THEAT 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: THEAT 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: THEAT 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: THEAT 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: THEAT 430; permission of the department chairperson. 
    Open only to theatre majors.

434 Immersion Experience. (1-9)
Students may choose an experience in theatre or dance outside of their degree program and departmental production season. Written documentation of this immersion experience and proof of analytical/research/pre-production work will accompany the live or recorded performance. Topics must be pre-approved by advisor. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 9 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: THEAT 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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