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Spring 2019 Class Schedule

Updated: November 14, 2018

Theatre Arts (TA)


TA 300    Introduction to the Theatre    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: Eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; OR ESLR 340 AND ESLW 340.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1; IGETC Area 3A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course provides a general introduction to live theatre as an artistic and social force. It surveys the literary, cultural, and historical aspects of theatre arts. This is an audience-oriented, non-performance course open to all students. Field trips may be required. (C-ID THTR 111)

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 19-May 22
TTh09:00AM-10:20AMLECG.RussellARC MAIN FineArts 51410817Textbook


TA 306    Diversity in American Drama (1960 to Present)    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: Eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; OR ESLR AND ESLW 340.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; AA/AS Area VI; CSU Area C1; IGETC Area 3A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course surveys the theatrical expression of Native-American, African-American, Latino, and Asian-American theatre from 1960 to the present. It includes the social, political, cultural, and economic climate reflected in the text and production of the play. Field trips may be required.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 19-May 22
TTh10:30AM-11:50AMLECS.WilliamsARC MAIN FineArts 51410033Textbook


TA 344    Improvisation and Theatre Games    2 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB
Description: This course explores theatre games and improvisational exercises designed to develop trust, cooperation, mental acuity, and physical and vocal range as an actor. Improvisation technique is built from the ground up, providing a strong foundation for advanced work in non-scripted performance as well as modern rehearsal techniques that involve extensive use of improvisation. Field trips may be required.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 19-May 22
M04:00PM-05:05PMLECP.DownsARC MAIN FineArts 51511546Textbook
M05:15PM-06:05PMLABP.DownsARC MAIN FineArts 515
W04:00PM-06:05PMLABP.DownsARC MAIN FineArts 515


TA 350    Theory and Techniques of Acting I    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: Eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; OR ESLR 340 and ESLW 340.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1; IGETC Area 3A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course explores the major theories and techniques of acting, including improvisation, physical expressiveness, voice production, character portrayal, and scene work. Field trips may be required. This course is not open to students who have completed TA 480. (C-ID THTR 151)

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 19-May 22
MW12:00PM-01:20PMLECS.WilliamsARC MAIN FineArts 51510035Textbook
TTh10:30AM-11:50AMLECN.SilvaARC MAIN FineArts 55011545Textbook
TTh12:00PM-01:20PMLECP.DownsARC MAIN FineArts 51510039Textbook
MW10:30AM-11:50AMLECP.DownsARC MAIN FineArts 51510038Textbook
TTh05:30PM-06:50PMLECS.WilliamsARC MAIN FineArts 51519486Textbook


TA 351    Theory and Techniques of Acting II    3 Units

Prerequisite: TA 350 or 480 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: Eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; OR ESLR 340 AND ESLW 340
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course covers the application of advanced acting theories and techniques. It includes analyzing and performing scripts from realistic and stylized drama, audition monologues, and complex acting exercises. Field trips may be required. (C-ID THTR 152)

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 19-May 22
TTh12:00PM-01:20PMLECS.WilliamsARC MAIN FineArts 55010040Textbook


TA 366    Styles of Acting: Modern    3 Units

Prerequisite: TA 350 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: TA 300 and 351
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB
Description: This course explores the styles of acting required for modern theatre from 1875 to the present. It examines the actor's approach to modern texts as well as the voice and movement needs of modern styles. Topics include Realism, Epic Theatre, Theatre of the Absurd, and contemporary solo performance. Field trips may be required.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 19-May 22
MW12:00PM-12:50PMLECP.DownsARC MAIN FineArts 55019487Textbook
MW01:00PM-02:20PMLABP.DownsARC MAIN FineArts 550


TA 375    Voice, Diction and Dialects    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: Eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; OR ESLR 340 AND ESLW 340.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course focuses on the overall improvement of vocal quality, explores monologue and dialogue performances, and develops confidence in speaking and voice production. It emphasizes self-improvement drills involving breath control, resonance, pitch, inflection, and articulation, and introduces a study of the vocal anatomy, its parts, and their functions. Additionally, this course covers the study and application of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), and includes a special study and application of stage dialects and/or accent reduction.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 19-May 22
TTh09:00AM-10:20AMLECS.WilliamsARC MAIN FineArts 55011144Textbook


TA 377    Musical Theatre Techniques    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB
Description: This is a performance-oriented course integrating acting and singing skills through the creation of a unified character. It is both an introduction for students with little or no previous musical theatre experience and a continuing performance forum for those with previous training. Primary emphasis is placed on the three core areas of musical theatre performance: acting, singing, and movement. Field trips may be required.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 19-May 22
MW09:30AM-10:20AMLECS.WilliamsARC MAIN FineArts 55010922Textbook
MW10:30AM-11:50AMLABS.WilliamsARC MAIN FineArts 550


TA 420    Stagecraft    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: MATH 25 OR MATH 41 with a grade of "C" or better or placement through the placement process; AND TA 300; AND eligible for ENGRD 116 AND ENGWR 102; OR ESLR 320 AND ESLW 320; AND
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC ; 72 hours LAB
Description: This course is an introduction to technical theatre and the creation of scenic elements for theatre, film or television. It covers design styles, painting, set construction, set movement techniques, properties construction, backstage and rehearsal organization and management, and career possibilities. The course combines lectures, reading and projects with practical experience gained from working on department productions. A portion of this course may be offered in a TBA component of 18 hours which may include scenery construction, props, and painting. (C-ID THTR 171)

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 19-May 22
MW01:30PM-02:20PMLECB.BurlesonARC MAIN Theatre THEATRE
MW02:30PM-03:50PMLABB.BurlesonARC MAIN Theatre THEATRE11491Textbook
TBATBALABB.BurlesonARC MAIN Theatre THEATRE11491Textbook
MW12:00PM-01:20PMLABB.BurlesonARC MAIN Theatre THEATRE11492Textbook
TBATBALABB.BurlesonARC MAIN Theatre THEATRE11492Textbook
Note: Students should choose one lab and you will be automatically enrolled in the lecture. The additional 18 TBA hours will be scheduled Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons in the Theatre.


TA 422    Stage Lighting    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: ENGRD 15 and ENGWR 51, OR ESLR 310 and ESLW 310, OR placement through assessment process; AND MATH 25 or MATH 41, TA 300, and TA 420.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC ; 72 hours LAB
Description: This course introduces the basic concepts of lighting for stage, film or television. Topics include the basic elements of lamps and fixtures, electricity, dimmers and control consoles. It also covers the design elements of color, distribution, and space to produce a lighting design. Practical lighting skills are gained from work on department productions. A portion of this course may be offered in a TBA component of 18 hours which may include hanging, circuiting, and focusing lights. (C-ID THTR 173)

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 19-May 22
TTh01:00PM-01:50PMLECB.BurlesonARC MAIN Theatre THEATRE10785Textbook
TTh02:00PM-03:20PMLABB.BurlesonARC MAIN Theatre THEATRE
TBATBALABB.BurlesonARC MAIN Theatre THEATRE
An additional 18 TBA hours will be scheduled Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in the Theatre.


TA 430    Costume Construction    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: Eligible for ENGRD 116 AND ENGWR 102; OR ESLR 320 AND ESLW 320.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB
Description: This course explores the basic areas of costume construction and offers experience in constructing costumes for theatrical productions. Topics include fabrics, color, patterns, sewing techniques, costume pieces, and accessories. Period styles, costume analysis, and basic elements of costume design are also covered. Field trips may be required. (C-ID THTR 174)

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 19-May 22
TTh10:30AM-11:20AMLECG.RussellARC MAIN FineArts 55411313Textbook
TTh11:30AM-12:50PMLABG.RussellARC MAIN FineArts 554


TA 433    Costume Production    .5-3 Units

Prerequisite: FASHN 374 or TA 430 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: Eligible for ENGRD 116 AND ENGWR 102; OR ESLR 320 AND ESLW 320
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 162 hours LAB
Description: This lab course explores the process of developing costumes for theatrical productions through the set-up, creation, and assembly of costumes for mainstage productions. Projects focus on developing sewing, craft, and patterning skills, clothing alteration methods and working with fabrics, hats and accessories, dyes and textile paints as utilized in each production. Field trips may be required. A portion of this course may be offered in a TBA component of hours which may include pattern making, sewing, alteration, and maintenance of costumes.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 19-May 22
TBATBALABG.Russell TBA TBA11245Textbook
This class meets in Room 554. The first group meeting is Thursday Jan. 18 at 1:30 pm. If you cannot make the first meeting, contact the costume staff at 484-8717.


TA 437    Stage Make-up I    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB
Description: This course covers the basic techniques of theatrical makeup. It explores makeup materials, color and light, modeling techniques, and design elements in the development of makeup designs for corrective, old age, historical, stylized faces, clowns, animals, and fantasy makeup. (C-ID THTR 175)

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 19-May 22
TTh10:30AM-11:20AMLECB.BurlesonARC MAIN FineArts 51910529Textbook
TTh11:30AM-12:50PMLABB.BurlesonARC MAIN FineArts 519


TA 495    Independent Studies in Theatre Arts    1-3 Units

Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 162 hours LAB
Description: Independent Study is an opportunity for the student to extend classroom experience in this subject, while working independently of a formal classroom situation. Independent study is an extension of work offered in a specific class in the college catalog. To be eligible for independent study, students must have completed the basic regular catalog course at American River College. They must also discuss the study with a professor in this subject and secure approval. Only one independent study for each catalog course will be allowed.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 19-May 22
TBATBALABB.Burleson TBA TBA12662Textbook

Spring 2019 Class Schedule

Updated: November 14, 2018

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