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The course offerings at Clarion University of PA go through an extensive review process by the Committee on Courses and Programs of Study (CCPS).  This course offerings list is a comprehensive list of courses that could be offered; it does not mean they are currently being offered.

For a complete list of courses offered on the current or upcoming schedules, see the Registrar's page Schedule of Classes.

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Course Id (currently sorted in Ascending order) Course TitleCourse Description
THE 262
Stage Lighting
Introduces the theory and practice of theatre lighting. Examines the purpose and aesthetics of lighting for the theatre and allied fields of television, film, and concerts. Also examines mechanics and control, including sections on optics, electrica,l theory and color. Student projects and required production labs provide practical experience in stage lighting. Prerequisite: THE 161 - enrollment is limited to Theatre majors or minors or with consent of instructor. Spring, even-numbered years.|
THE 271
Costume Construction
Explores the basic aspects of constructing costumes for the stage, including beginning pattern generation, sewing and fitting. Familiarizes the student with the industry standard in building theatrical costumes.|
THE 301
Musical Theatre Dance Tech I
A practice and historical study of Broadway dance styles. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between dance in musical theatre and the 20th century popular social dance forms traced from minstrelsy and vaudeville to the present day. The sytlizat,ion of these forms is stressed through original musical theatre choreography from each decade. The main focus is in the jazz idiom; however, strong ballet and tap skills are required. Prerequisite: THE 201 or permission of instructor. Spring, annu,ally.|
THE 302
Intro To Choreography
Introduces dance composition, emphasizing spatial design, sources of movement, and exploring the basic elements of space, time, and energy through improvisation, short movement studies, and dances which are presented, discussed, and reworked in class,. Prerequisite: THE 301.|
THE 304
Dance Repertory
Provides students with the opportunity to learn and perform a complete dance choreographed in class by the instructor. Students gain experience as performers in an intensive company-workshop atmosphere and learn how an experienced choreographer uses,skills of dance composition and the strengths of the dancers to choreograph a new work. The finished dance is performed in class and as part of a student dance concert on campus. Prerequisite: THE 301 or 302 or permission of instructor.|
THE 310
Acting The Song
Students will do advanced work in character analysis and text analysis through materials that is entirely sung. They will explore songs as monologues, discovering where they can utilize and capitalize on previous training, while also developing new,techniques that are unique to acting in musicals. A variety of Musical Theatre genres will be explored as well as the historical significance of the Musical Theatre.|
THE 311
Musical Theatre Dance Tech II
This course is a continuing study of Broadway dance styles with the emphasis on significant choreographers and their work in 20th century musical theatre to the present day. Technique and performance quality is stressed through the understanding and, execution of the movement qualities used by historical and current musical theatre choreographers. The main focus is in the jazz idiom; however, strong ballet and tap skills are required. Prerequisite: Dance 1 or permission of instructor. Spring,, as needed.|
THE 321
Musical Theatre Dance Tech III
This course is a continuing study of Broadway dance styles. Emphasis is placed on the tap and modern work in musical theatre as well as dance auditioning skills. Technique and performance quality is stressed through the understanding and execution,of the movement qualities desired in musical theatre dance auditions. Broadway tap, and modern dance, as it is applied to musical theatre, will be explored in greater depth. Prerequisite: Dance 1 or permission of instructor. Spring, as needed.|
THE 333
Yoga for Actors
Explores the concepts and precepts of yoga in the context of the actor's craft. Students will focus on Hatha Yoga (the postures) as well as other aspects of the ancient art and science of yoga that are directly applicable to the process of developin,g a character. Instruction focuses on physical alignment, flexibility and strength, mental focus and discipline, breathing and its relation to the actor's vocal instrument.|
THE 350
Summer Drama Workshop
Combines study and practice in the dramatic arts and includes formal, intensive study in acting, play production, direction, makeup, scene design, stage lighting, and stagecraft. In conjunction with the workshop, Clarion University sponsors a Summer,Theatre Company consisting of members of the workshop, which produces major shows. Summer, annually.|
THE 351
Adv Theatre Prod
Advanced study and practice in the dramatic arts, including projects in scene design, theatre management, and acting. Students work with members of the Summer Drama Workshop in the production of major plays for the Clarion Summer Theatre. Prerequisit,e: THE 120 or 350. Summer, annually.|
THE 352
Play Directing
A study of the fundamentals and procedures of play directing and problems faced in educational theatre. Includes script analysis, casting, and rehearsal methods. Students direct one-act plays for public presentation. Prerequisite: THE 253, 254, 362,,or permission of instructor. Fall, even-numbered years.|
THE 356
Playwriting And Script Const
Introduces the art of the playwright and dramatic storytelling from plot construction to dialogue construction and the addressing the needs of production, in readings and exercises. Culminates with the crafting of a 10-minute play. Prerequisites:,THE 253, 254 or THE 161 or permission of instructor.|
THE 359
Hist Of Theatre I
The history of the theatre as exemplified in the plays and playwrights from Antiquity to the Baroque. Prerequisites: THE 253, 254 or permission of the instructor. Fall, annually.|
THE 360
History Of Theatre II
History of the theatre as exemplified in the plays and playwrights from the Romantic Period to Post-Modernism. Prerequisites: THE 253, THE 254 or permission of instructor.|
THE 361
Acting II: Scene Study
Further applications of the basic groundwork laid in Acting I. Students work in pairs or groups on scenes from published plays in order to sharpen their skills in character analysis, characterization and truthful playing for the stage. Pre-requisite:, THE 254. Enrollment is limited to Theatre majors or minors or with consent of instructor. Spring, even-numbered years.|
THE 362
Set Design
Study and practice in the aesthetics, methods, and techniques of scenic design, utilizing epic and Stanislavskian scenographic analysis. Prerequisite: THE 161. Enrollment is limited to Theatre majors or minors or with consent of instructor. Spring,,odd-numbered years.|
THE 363
Theatrical Make-Up
Fundamentals and application of stage make-up. Fall, odd-numbered years.|
THE 364
Scene Painting For Stage
Studio instruction in the use of brushwork and pigment to develop landscape, ornament, paneling, and architectural detail in stage scenery based on the analysis of form and source of light. Enrollment is limited to Theatre majors or minors or with co,nsent of instructor. Fall, even-numbered years.|
THE 366
Production & Stage Mgmt
A study of theory and practice of production and stage management in the professional, community, and educational theatre environments, including theatrical organization, rehearsal procedures, and performance duties. Prerequisite: Enrollment is lim,ited to Theatre majors or minors or with consent of instructor. Spring, even-numbered years.|
THE 367
Theatrical Costuming
Course examines the principles of Costume Design through the study of modes of dress from ancient to modern times. Includes projects in creativity, script analysis, emotional responses to a text, and beginning costume design. Prerequistite: Majors,or Minors only. Fall, Even numbered years.|
THE 368
Prof Pract: The Audition
Concentrates on the preparation and practices of talent in an audition situation. Emphasizes presentation for both prepared and cold audition situations and familiarity with the business aspects that are part of the auditioning process. Limited to ac,ting students in the B.F.A. program, or by instructor's consent.|
THE 369
Playing Shakespeare
Introduces the advanced acting student to an approach to Shakespeare's texts which requires an open and personal commitment to thought, language, and movement. Prerequisite: THE 361 or THE 254. Enrollment is limited to Theatre majors or minors or w,ith permission of instructor. Spring, even-numbered years.|
THE 370
Stage Dialects
Students learn, practice and perform in five commonly used stage dialects: Standard British, Cockney, Irish, Scottish, and Standard American Southern. Uses the International Phonetic Alphabet as a means to understanding the changes in certain key pho,nemes in each dialect. Utilizes films or videotapes of natural speakers when possible to help familiarize students with the lilt and musicality of each dialect. Students perform both monologues and scenes over the course of the semester. Pre-requisit,es: THE 251 and 361 or 254 with permission of instructor. Spring, odd-numbered years.|
THE 371
Sound Design For The Theatre
Introduces the art of sound design to the theatre student form script analysis to technical production and implementation of sound equipment. Prerequisite: THE 161. Enrollment is limited to Theatre majors or minors or with consent of instructor.,Fall, odd-numbered years.|
THE 403
Graduation Project
Directed Research toward Graduation Project in Acting or Musical Theatre. Prerequistite: Permission of instructor|
THE 404
Graduation Project
Directed research toward Graduation Project in Design/Technical Production.|
THE 461
Styles Of Acting
Examines playing the character within the framework of historical style. Focuses on how to recognize style/period through the text and how to solve the problems of assuming and communicating style. Prerequisites: THE 254 and 361 or consent of instruc,tor. Spring, odd-numbered years.|
THE 490
Independent Study
Selected topics for research and/or performance projects in speech communication and theatre. Prior to registration, students need to obtain an advisor who will direct their study. Approval by appropriate dean required.|
THE 495
Internship In Theatre
The internship program gives the student the opportunity to apply classroom theory and techniques in business, government, theatre, and other cooperating organizations. Course open to any speech communication and theatre major with a junior or senior, standing with consent of department. Student must have a 2.5 QPA or higher and 3.00 QPA in a major. On demand.|