Course descriptions index


Theatre


THR F101 Theatre Practicum (h)

1 - 3 Credits

Participation in drama workshop or lab production as performer or technical staff member. Credit in this course may not be applied to a major program in Theatre. (0+0)


THR F121 Fundamentals of Acting (h)

3 Credits

Basic stage acting techniques for persons with little or no prior acting experience. Emphasis on physical, emotional and imaginative awareness. Monologues, character analysis, improvisation, auditions and scene work introduced. (3+0)


THR F130A Beginning Jazz Dance

1 Credit

Develop a repertoire of jazz dance movement and terminology including plies, isolations, stretches, traveling steps, battements, pas de burres, jazz slides and turns. History of jazz dance. Graded Pass/Fail. (Cross-listed with RECR F130A.) (0+3)


THR F130B Intermediate Jazz Dance

1 Credit

Develop a repertoire of a jazz dance movement and terminology including plies, isolations, stretches, traveling steps, battements, pas de burres, jazz slides and turns. History of jazz dance. Graded Pass/Fail. (Cross-listed with RECR F130B.) (0+3)


THR F130C Advanced Jazz Dance

1 Credit

Develop a repertoire of jazz dance movement and terminology including plies, isolations, stretches, traveling steps, battements, pas de burres, jazz slides and turns. History of jazz dance. Graded Pass/Fail. (Cross-listed with RECR F130C.) (0+3)


THR F130D Modern Dance

1 Credit

Develop a repertoire of modern dance movement and terminology including contraction and release, swings, triplets, fall and recovery, rolls and improvisations. Graded Pass/Fail. (Cross-listed with RECR F130D.) (0+3)


THR F130E Beginning Ballroom Dance

1 Credit

Dances covered include waltz, foxtrot, single-count swing, east coast swing, salsa, cha cha, merengue and, time permitting, polka. Our aim is to have a good time and build a strong foundation for future learning. This course is for students with a beginning background in social dance. Graded Pass/Fail. (Cross-listed with RECR F130E.) (0+3)


THR F130F Intermediate Ballroom Dance

1 Credit

Dances covered include waltz, foxtrot, single-count swing, east coast swing, salsa, cha cha, merengue and, time permitting, polka. Our aim is to have a good time and build a strong foundation for future learning. This course is for students with a beginning background in social dance. Graded Pass/Fail. (Cross-listed with RECR F130F.) (0+3)


THR F130G Advanced Ballroom Dance

1 Credit

Dances covered include waltz, foxtrot, single-count swing, salsa, cha cha, merengue and, time permitting, polka. Our aim is to have a good time and build an even stronger foundation for future learning. This course is for students with an intermediate background in social dance. Graded Pass/Fail. (Cross-listed with RECR F130G.) (0+3)


THR F130H Beginning Ballet

1 Credit

Instruction and practice in ballet at beginning levels. Graded Pass/Fail. (Cross-listed with RECR F130H.) (0+3)


THR F130J Intermediate Ballet

1 Credit

Instruction and practice in ballet at intermediate levels. Graded Pass/Fail. (Cross-listed with RECR F130J.) (0+3)


THR F130K Advanced Ballet

1 Credit

Instruction and practice in ballet at advanced levels. Graded Pass/Fail. (Cross-listed with RECR F130K.) (0+3)


THR F130L Square Dance

1 Credit

Instruction and practice in square dance. Graded Pass/Fail. (Cross-listed with RECR F130L.) (0+3)


THR F130M Round Dance

1 Credit

Instruction and practice in round dances. Graded Pass/Fail. (Cross-listed with RECR F130M.) (0+3)


THR F161 Introduction to Alaska Native Performance (h)

3 Credits

For Native and non-Native students with no prior acting or theatre experience. Includes both academic and practical components to examine traditional Alaska Native theatre, mythology, ritual, ceremony and performance methods. Application of exercises and developmental scenes drawn from Alaska Native heritage. (Cross-listed with ANS F161.) (2+3)


THR F190 Audition or Portfolio Review Participation

0 Credits

Theatre majors are required to participate in auditions and/or portfolio reviews every semester. Theatre majors are also expected to attend all Theatre UAF productions (tickets are provided free) and to attend all theatre department "town" meetings. Graded Pass/Fail. (0+0)


THR F191 Audition or Portfolio Review Participation

0 Credits

Theatre majors are required to participate in auditions and/or portfolio reviews every semester. Theatre majors are also expected to attend all Theatre UAF productions (tickets are provided free) and to attend all theatre department "town" meetings. Graded Pass/Fail. (0+0)


THR F200X Aesthetic Appreciation: Interrelation of Art, Drama and Music (h)

3 Credits

Understanding and appreciation of art, drama and music through an exploration of their relationships. Topics include the creative process, structure, cultural application and diversity, the role of the artist in society, and popular movements and trends. Prerequisites: Placement in ENGL F111X or higher; sophomore standing; or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with ART F200X; MUS F200X.) (3+0)


THR F215 Dramatic Literature (h)

3 Credits

Studies of drama and forms of plays such as tragedy, comedy, melodrama, farce and tragicomedy. Emphasis on reading plays of the classic theatre designed to give basic knowledge of masterpieces of the world drama. (Cross-listed with FLM F215.) (3+0)


THR F220 Voice and Speech for the Actor

3 Credits

Vocal training for actors through introduction to Fitzmaurice and Linklater techniques. Course will include basic vocal anatomy, introduction to the International Phonetic Alphabet and monologue performance. Prerequisites: THR F121 or permission of instructor. (2+2)


THR F221 Intermediate Acting (h)

3 Credits

Continued development of physical, emotional and imaginative awareness. Emphasis on comedy, improvisation and biomechanics. Prerequisites: THR F121 or permission of instructor. (1+4)


THR F225 Movement for the Actor (h)

3 Credits

Introduces principles of stage movement for actors. Attention will be paid to physical exercise, relaxation, centering and expressing creative impulse. Course will include introduction to the contact improvisation technique, clowning, stage combat, physical character development and scene work. Prerequisites: THR F121. (1+4)


THR F241 Basic Stagecraft (h)

4 Credits

Materials of scene construction, painting, lighting design and their use, safe use of standard construction tools, fundamentals of theatre drafting. Theatre majors are encouraged to fulfill this requirement by their junior year. (2+5)


THR F245 Stage and Film Production Management (h)

3 Credits

Define and develop organizational skills to be a successful stage or film production manager. Creation of a prompt script including all forms and schedules necessary, working with actors, directors and designers. Creation of film production schedules, call sheets, shooting scripts, location management, and union requirements. (Cross-listed with FLM F245.) (3+0)


THR F247 Introduction to Theatrical Design (h)

3 Credits

Introduction to all the design elements used in the theatre. Analysis of line, texture, color, and how they relate to designing for the theatre including costumes, scenery and lighting. (Cross-listed with ART F247.) (3+0)


THR F254 Costume Design and Construction I (h)

3 Credits

Introduction to theory and practice of costume design for the theatre, methods used to make costumes out of a variety of media. Projects include simple hat making, mask making, sewing and related costume crafts. (3+0)


THR F271 Let's Make a Movie!

3 Credits     Offered Fall

Produce a short dramatic video including concept and script development, basic camera and shooting techniques, working with actors, directing fundamentals, location scouting, production schedule development, basic non-linear editing techniques, and DVD authoring. Students do not need previous experience making movies to take this class. Recommended: THR F121; THR F241. (Cross-listed with FLM F271.) (3+0)


THR F280 Modern Dance (h)

2 Credits

Introduction to dance combines elements of modern, jazz and improvisational styles. Includes warm-up, stretches, locomotor movements (walking, running and leaping), set dance combinations, and improvisational activities. Specific readings, individual journals and informal dance presentations required. Open to all experience levels. (1.5+1.5)


THR F290 Audition or Portfolio Review Participation II

0 Credits

Theatre majors are required to participate in auditions and/or portfolio reviews every semester. Theatre majors are also expected to attend all Theatre UAF productions (tickets are provided free) and to attend all theatre department "town" meetings. Graded Pass/Fail. (0+0)


THR F291 Audition or Portfolio Review Participation II

0 Credits

Theatre majors are required to participate in auditions and/or portfolio reviews every semester. Theatre majors are also expected to attend all Theatre UAF productions (tickets are provided free) and to attend all theatre department "town" meetings. Graded Pass/Fail. (0+0)


THR F301 Theatre Practicum (h)

1 - 3 Credits

Participation in drama workshop or lab production as performer or technical staff member. Credit in this course may not be applied to a major program in Theatre. (0+0)


THR F310 Acting for the Camera (h)

3 Credits

Apply skills introduced in fundamentals of acting, intermediate and advanced acting to acting for the camera. Through exercises and scene study, the class will expand each performer's range of emotional, intellectual, physical and vocal expressiveness for the camera. Act in numerous on-camera exercises, television and film scenes. May be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisites: THR F121. Recommended: THR F221; THR F321. (Cross-listed with FLM F310.) (3+0)


THR F321 Advanced Acting (h)

3 Credits

Refinement of physical, emotional and imaginative awareness. Emphasis on study and performance of monologues and scenes exploring emotionally based character-building methods. Course will also include audition technique and preparation for the professional world of acting. Prerequisites: THR F221 or permission of instructor. (1+4)


THR F331 Directing Film / Video (h)

3 Credits

Introduction to the history, theory and basic concepts of film stage direction. Includes interpretative script analysis, creative visualization, conceptualization, use of space, working with actors and designers, and direction of short scenes and videos. Prerequisites: THR F121; THR F215; or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with FLM F331.) (1+4)


THR F332 Directing Theatre (h)

3 Credits

History, theory and basic concepts of stage direction. Interpretive script analysis, creative visualization, conceptualization, use of space, working with actors and designers and direction of short scenes. Recommended: THR F121. (Cross-listed with FLM F332.) (3+0)


THR F334W Movies and Films: Watching and Analyzing (h)

3 Credits

Rotating thematic topics in the art of classic cinema (films) and the popular mass media (movies). Comparative analysis of classics and recent motion pictures is used to present elements of film language, analysis and criticism in this writing intensive course. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with FLM F334.) (3+0)


THR F341 Intermediate Stagecraft (h)

3 Credits

An examination of the less common scenic materials with methods and techniques for their use. Students will spend approximately $40 for materials. Prerequisites: THR F241 or permission of instructor. Recommended: THR F246. (2+2)


THR F343 Scene Design (h)

3 Credits

Principles and techniques of theatrical scene design. Includes designing projects directed at solving particular scenic problems or in a specific scenic style with specific physical limitations. Students will spend approximately $40 for materials. Prerequisites: THR F241 or permission of instructor. (3+0)


THR F347O Lighting Design (h)

3 Credits

Principles and techniques of theatrical lighting design. The student will conduct practical experiments and design projects applying the experience gained from the experiments. Students will spend approximately $40 for materials. Also available via Independent Learning. Prerequisites: COMM F131X or COMM F141X. Recommended: THR F241; THR F247. (Cross-listed with ART F347; JRN F347.) (3+0)


THR F348 Sound Design for the Entertainment Industry (h)

3 Credits     Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Exploration and application of the elements of design as they relate to sound for theatre, dance, film, video, and other art forms, and life in American and other cultures. Production work is required. Recommended: THR F241; THR F247. (Cross-listed with FLM F348.) (2+2)


THR F351 Makeup for Theatre (h)

3 Credits     Offered Spring

Theatrical makeup for actors, teachers, directors and other theatre workers; makeup materials and use, age and character makeup, injuries and horror, Kabuki, cross-gender, animal, illusory and plastic relief, crepe hair beards, and influence of lighting. Students will spend approximately $85 for materials and book. (1+4)


THR F355 History of Fashion and Dress (s)

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Social history of costume in Western civilization, from Ancient Greece to the present time. Includes instruction in the methods of research used to find visual source material and assignments that exercise these research skills. Recommended: HIST F101 or HIST F102. (3+0)


THR F361 Advanced Alaska Native Performance

3 Credits

In-depth study of Alaska Native theatre techniques and tradition, including traditional dance, song and drumming techniques, mask characterizations and performance application and presentation of a workshop production developed by the students during the semester. Prerequisites: ANS/THR F161. (Cross-listed with ANS F361.) (2+3)


THR F410 Styles Acting (h)

3 Credits

Exposure to the rigorous physical, vocal, intellectual and emotional demands of period acting. Focus on monologue and scene study from texts including Greek tragedy, commedia, Shakespeare and Elizabethan theatre, the theatre of Moliere and restoration comedy. May be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisites: THR F121; THR F220; THR F221. Recommended: THR F225. (Cross-listed with FLM F310.) (3+0)


THR F411W Theatre History I (h)

3 Credits

Theatrical form and practice from its origins in storytelling and ritual through the French Neoclassic theatre. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; junior standing; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


THR F412W Theatre History II (h)

3 Credits

Theatrical form and practice from the English Restoration through the present. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; junior standing; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


THR F413W Playscript Analysis (h)

3 Credits

Investigation of the structure of playscripts designed to develop skills in analysis and interpretation for performance. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; junior standing; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


THR F416W Performance Studies Abroad (h)

6 Credits

Intensive course for actors, directors, designers, technicians and playwrights interested in script development/training with the participation of international theatre professionals. Develop new scripts and performances in a multicultural environment under the supervision of a theatre faculty member. Previous faculty and student work abroad includes: Russia, Zambia, South Africa and Scandinavia. Course requirements vary according to the project. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X or permission of instructor. (Stacked with NORS F616.) (3+9)


THR F417 Internship in Theatre Practice

1 - 6 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Supervised practical work experience to provide application of course work in a professional, semi-professional or community theatre environment. Internships can be in direction, acting, design, management and technical theatre. Internships have included Perseverance Theatre, Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre, Fairbanks Drama Association, and Out North Theatre. Course may be repeated twice for a maximum of 12 credits. Note: Internship must be arranged in coordination with advisor, student and host institution. Prerequisites: Completed at least 18 THR credits; upper-division standing; permission of instructor. Recommended: Previous THR credits should be in the student's concentration area: direction, design, etc. (0+0)


THR F447 Lighting Design II (h)

3 Credits

Further exploration and application of elements of design (color, texture, intensity, line, composition) as they relate to lighting for theatre, dance, other art forms and life. Production work required. Prerequisites: THR F347 or permission of instructor. (2+2)


THR F456 Advanced Topics in Costume Design and Construction (h)

3 Credits

Rotating thematic topics in advanced methods and materials used in the design and construction of costumes for the theatre. Topics may include projects in design, advanced sewing and pattern drafting, millinery, masks, corsetry, or painting and dyeing, as demand warrants. May be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisites: THR F254 or permission of instructor. (3+0)


THR F470 Advanced Film and Video Directing (h)

3 Credits

In depth investigation into the history, theory, basic concepts of film and video direction, script preparation, story board, blocking actors and staging the camera and sound, editing. Projects include directing and shooting short videos. Recommended: THR/FLM F331. (Cross-listed with FLM F470.) (1+6)


THR F482 Dance Performance (h)

2 Credits

Exploration and performance of expressive dance and movement. Includes development of an original choreography for public performance. Course is for advanced dance, acting and directing students with varying experience. Prerequisites: THR F280 or movement performance experience. (1.5+1.5)


THR F485 Edward Albee Prince William Sound Theatre Conference (h)

3 Credits

Intensive, practical theatre experience in new play development, workshops and readings. Offered in conjunction with the 10-day Edward Albee Prince William Sound Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska. Includes working with leading American playwrights and directors to develop new plays. (Student pays separate conference fee of about $150 directly to conference.) Prerequisites: Theatre experience or courses in any of the following areas: acting, directing, playwriting, dramaturgy and design; or permission of instructor. (1+6)


THR F488W Dramatic Writing (h)

3 Credits     Offered Even Alternate Fall

Introduction to the craft of dramatic writing for theater and film, with an emphasis on dramatic storytelling. Course will focus on giving students a practical understanding of the uses of story structure, setting, character, plot and dialog, and how these elements work together to create compelling drama. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with: ENGL F488; FLM F488.) (3+0)


THR F499 Thesis Project (h)

3 Credits

Final step in acting/directing/design or playwright training which involves performing a leading role on main stage, or a one-person show, or a directing/designing/writing project for the UAF season. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. (1+4)


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