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Spring 2018 Class Schedule

Updated: November 20, 2017

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 13-May 16
MW        10:30AM-11:50AM LEC G.Russell            ARC MAIN FineArts 514    10906 
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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 13-May 16
TTh       10:30AM-11:50AM LEC S.Williams           ARC MAIN FineArts 514    10034 
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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 13-May 16
M         04:00PM-05:05PM LEC P.Downs              ARC MAIN FineArts 515    11749 
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M         05:15PM-06:05PM LAB P.Downs              ARC MAIN FineArts 515      
W         04:00PM-06:05PM LAB P.Downs              ARC 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 13-May 16
MW        12:00PM-01:20PM LEC P.Downs              ARC MAIN FineArts 515    10036 
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TTh       10:30AM-11:50AM LEC N.Silva              ARC MAIN FineArts 515    11748 Textbook
TTh       09:00AM-10:20AM LEC S.Williams           ARC MAIN FineArts 515    10040 Textbook
MW        01:30PM-02:50PM LEC P.Downs              ARC MAIN FineArts 515    10039 Textbook
F         09:00AM-12:05PM LEC S.Williams           Off Campus Natomas N103  20257 Textbook


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 13-May 16
MW        12:00PM-01:20PM LEC S.Williams           ARC MAIN FineArts 550    10041 
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TA 362    Styles of Acting: Classical    3 Units

Prerequisite: TA 350 or 480 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB
Description: This course explores the styles of acting used in Classic Theatre from the Greeks through Restoration. It examines the actor's approach to the text as well as the voice and movement needs of classic styles. Styles include Greek, Commedia dell'Arte, Shakespeare, and Restoration. Field trips may be required.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 13-May 16
TTh       10:30AM-11:20AM LEC P.Downs              ARC MAIN Theatre THEATRE 20178 
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TTh       11:30AM-12:50PM LAB P.Downs              ARC MAIN Theatre THEATRE   


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 13-May 16
MW        09:00AM-10:20AM LEC T.Shearer            ARC MAIN FineArts 515    11274 
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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 13-May 16
MW        09:30AM-10:20AM LEC S.Williams           ARC MAIN FineArts 550    11020 
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MW        10:30AM-11:50AM LAB S.Williams           ARC MAIN FineArts 550      


TA 406    Children's Theatre    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1
Enrollment Limitation: Audition/Interview
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB
Description: This course explores children's literature in performance through dramatic presentations of fiction, drama, and poetry for an audience of children or young people. It provides the opportunity to analyze and experience the production process from script to stage. It includes the development of a touring children's production. No prior theatrical experience is required. This course is recommended for theatre, education, early childhood education and recreation majors. Public performances and regular field trips are required.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 13-May 16
TTh       09:00AM-09:50AM LEC T.Shearer            ARC MAIN FineArts 550    13344 
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TTh       10:00AM-11:20AM LAB T.Shearer            ARC MAIN FineArts 550      
Note: Auditions for production are Nov 27 and 28 at 7pm in the Theatre.


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 13-May 16
MW        01:30PM-02:20PM LEC B.Burleson           ARC MAIN Theatre THEATRE   
MW        02:30PM-03:50PM LAB B.Burleson           ARC MAIN Theatre THEATRE 11688 
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TBA       TBA             LAB B.Burleson           ARC MAIN Theatre THEATRE 11688 Textbook
MW        12:00PM-01:20PM LAB B.Burleson           ARC MAIN Theatre THEATRE 11689 Textbook
TBA       TBA             LAB B.Burleson           ARC MAIN Theatre THEATRE 11689 Textbook
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 13-May 16
TTh       01:00PM-01:50PM LEC B.Burleson           ARC MAIN Theatre THEATRE 10871 
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TTh       02:00PM-03:20PM LAB B.Burleson           ARC MAIN Theatre THEATRE   
TBA       TBA             LAB B.Burleson           ARC 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 13-May 16
TTh       10:30AM-11:20AM LEC G.Russell            ARC MAIN FineArts 554    11474 
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TTh       11:30AM-12:50PM LAB G.Russell            ARC 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 13-May 16
TBA       TBA             LAB G.Russell             TBA TBA                 11390 
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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 13-May 16
TTh       10:30AM-11:20AM LEC B.Burleson           ARC MAIN FineArts 519    10584 
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TTh       11:30AM-12:50PM LAB B.Burleson           ARC 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 13-May 16
TBA       TBA             LAB B.Burleson            TBA TBA                 13056 
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Spring 2018 Class Schedule

Updated: November 20, 2017

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