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Theatre Transfer AA

Last updated 6/10/2014

Associate in Arts Code 1003

Program Contacts:
QC Campus
Michelle Johnson, 309-796-5370, johnsonm@bhc.edu


Students planning to major in Theatre at a four-year institution should follow the Black Hawk College Associate in Arts curriculum. The completion of the course of study outlined will satisfy graduation requirements of Black Hawk College. Since universities may require specific courses for a theatre major, students should consult with the Advising area at Black Hawk College for additional information.

Students taking the recommended courses will explore theatrical literature illustrating the historical development of this art form; develop the unique skills of the playwright, actor, director, designer and technician; and participate in projects designed to stimulate creative expression on the stage, both in class and in campus theatre productions.

Students who do well in theatre may enter such careers as acting, directing, scenic design, theatre technician, teaching or creative entertainment work.

Theatre Transfer AA
Associate in Arts Code 1003
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
First Semester
THEA 101 — Theatre Practicum (1)
THEA 111 — Introduction to Theatre (3)
THEA 202 — Stagecraft  or  (3)
THEA 210 — Fundamentals of Acting
ENG 101 — Composition I (3)
Social and Behavioral Science (3)
Mathematics Elective (3)

Second Semester
THEA 102 — Theatre Practicum (1)
THEA 112 — Play Production (3)
ENG 102 — Composition II (3)
Math  or  Computer Science (3)
Physical Science (3)
SPEC 101 — Principles of Speech Communications (3)

Third Semester
THEA 203 — Theatre Practicum (1)
THEA 112 — Play Production - Repeated (3)
THEA 202 — Stagecraft  or  (3)
THEA 210 — Fundamentals of Acting
Social and Behavioral Science (3)
Life Science (4)
Humanities (3)

Fourth Semester
THEA 204 — Theatre Practicum (1)
Social and Behavioral Science (3)
Humanities  or  Fine Arts (3)
Non-Western Studies (3)
THEA 204 — Practicum - Repeatable 3 times

Minimum total hours required for degree (64)

Other Theatre electives: THEA 201, THEA 211, THEA 212, SPEC 120
THEA 295 Special Topics is variable credit for 2, 3, or 4 credit hours.

Courses for this program include: »

ENG 101 Composition I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ACT English score of 22 or above; or appropriate COMPASS score; or English 091 “C” or better.
English 101 is designed for students who are competent in the fundamentals of composition. Students will write essays using a variety of expository strategies and will apply standard techniques of documentation when appropriate. IAI: C1 900

ENG 102 Composition II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: English 101 “C” or better.
English 102 is a continuation of English 101, is a required composition course that involves reading, discussion, and analysis of a body of literature to generate ideas for critical and persuasive papers, including one documented research paper. IAI: C1 901R (Grade of “C” or higher required for this course to be eligible to be included in the IAI General Education Core Curriculum.)

SPEC 101 Principles of Speech Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
The oral communication course combines communication theory with the practice of oral communication skills. The oral communication course: (1) develops awareness of the communication process; (2) provides inventional, organizational, and expressive strategies; (3) promotes understanding of and adaptation to a variety of communication contexts; and (4) emphasizes critical skills in listening, reading, thinking and speaking. IAI: C2 900

SPEC 120 Performance of Literature
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
The study and performance of literature, such as essays, letters, novels, poetry, and short stories, with an emphasis on using voice and movement to interpret the works and communicate that interpretation to an audience.

THEA 101 Theatre Practicum
1 cr. hr.;
0 lecture hours; 8 lab hours per week
Practical experience in theatre techniques. Maximum of four hours may be earned.

THEA 102 Theatre Practicum
1 cr. hr.;
0 lecture hours; 8 lab hours per week.
Practical experience in theatre techniques. Maximum of four hours may be earned.

THEA 111 Introduction to Theatre Arts
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Theatre as a major fine art form through contribution of playwright, actor, director, designer, and technician. IAI: F1 907

THEA 112 Play Production
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Cross currents of modern thought of 20th century dramaturgy and theatre practice. Reading, analysis, and viewing of selected plays when feasible. (When repeated, the student will go beyond previous objectives by viewing and critiquing different plays that were not covered in the first enrollment of the course. Additionally, the student will write an extended Self-Assessment, evaluating the onstage or offstage production role that he or she explores. Beyond other plays on the reading list, the main topic play to be explored will change each semester.) Maximum of six credit hours may be earned. (Repeatable one time.)

THEA 201 Directing
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Instructor consent.
Study and practical application of principles, procedures and problems of staging with emphasis on the role and responsibilities of the director.

THEA 202 Stagecraft
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Concentrates on planning and execution of technical aspects of theatre and television production. IAI: TA 911

THEA 203 Theatre Practicum
1 cr. hr.;
0 lecture hours; 8 lab hours per week.
Practical experience in theatre techniques. Maximum of four hours may be earned.

THEA 204 Theatre Practicum
1 cr. hr.;
0 lecture hours; 8 lab hours per week.
Practical experience in theatre techniques. Maximum of four hours may be earned.

THEA 210 Fundamentals of Acting
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Concentrates on exploration and development of an individual’s interpretive and expressive skills. IAI: TA 914

THEA 211 Intermediate Acting
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: THEA 210.

Development of the basics introduced in the Fundamentals of Acting (THEA 210), emphasizing an intensive approach to acting exercises, improvisation, and scene study; an introduction to style.

THEA 212 Introduction to Costumes
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Basic familiarity with standard sewing machine, arts and crafts, are helpful.
Introduces students to safety procedures, basic design methods, and basic techniques of costume and accessory construction, tool use, fitting and draping, and costume shop organization through projects in cutting, stitching, and finishing costumes for production.

THEA 295 Special Topics: Advanced Craft
2-4 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 4 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: THEA 112.
Topic varies each semester. Depending on topic, course explores critical and literary aspects of theatre practice, new forms of drama and production, practical and aesthetic contributions of stage practitioners and application of techniques and craft. (Variable and repeatable one time.)