Theatre Arts

Courses of Instruction

NOTE: Program under review. No new applications accepted.

Master of Arts Degree


Prerequisites:
Bachelor's degree or its equivalent with a major in theatre, letters of recommendation and a statement of professional experience and goals. Sophomore-level language credit is required if the applicant's proposed research area requires a reading knowledge of a foreign language, to be determined by the graduate faculty of the Department of Theatre. This requirement may be fulfilled by satisfactorily completing a second-year language course, or by receiving a fifty-percentile grade on the Graduate School Foreign Language Test administered by ETS.

Graduate Program:
At least 30 approved hours, including 15 in Theatre, 6 in Thesis and 9 in an approved field other than Theatre. Students will normally take most of their course work in theatre history and criticism, though some may wish to pursue a general studies curriculum in Theatre. The program will culminate in a historical, descriptive, critical or experimental written thesis students in the M.A. program are not permitted to do a thesis production.

Master of Fine Arts Degree


Prerequisites:
Bachelor's degree or its equivalent with a major in theatre, letters of recommendation and a statement of professional experience and goals, in addition to meeting the minimum admission requirements at TCU. Candidates are also expected to indicate an area of specialization: Acting, Directing, Costume Design, Scene Design/Lighting.

Graduate Program:
At least 45 approved hours, 6 in Thesis, and 36 in Theatre courses, 18 of which must be in one of the above areas of specialization.

Degree Candidacy:
The M.F.A. is considered to be a terminal professional degree and the student is required to indicate an area of specialization (above) no later than the first semester of residence, accompanied by documentary evidence indicating the qualifications for pursuing that specialization. During the first year of residence the candidate is required to present a qualifying project in his area of specialization, the nature of which will be determined by the faculty. The candidate will culminate his studies with a production thesis in one of the above areas of specialization.
 
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Courses of Instruction

50300 PROBLEMS IN ACTING.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Projects in acting utilizing scenes or roles for study and performance. (1-6 semester hours.)

50323 PROBLEMS IN THE TEACHING OF ACTING.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. A practicum in working with beginning actors. Seminars in theory, pedagogy, technique and grading systems.

50333 PROBLEMS IN THE TEACHING OF ACTING.
Prerequisite: 50323. A continuation of 50323, with emphasis on the curriculum for second semester beginning acting.

50400 PROBLEMS IN DIRECTING.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Individual projects for the advanced study of directing. (3-6 semester hours.)

50600 PROBLEMS IN SCENOGRAPHY.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Seminar and/or practicum in selected areas of technical theatre. The student may elect research and/or project oriented study on an individual or group basis. (3-6 sem. hrs.)

50623 ADVANCED STAGE LIGHTING.
The functions of stage lighting. Lighting theory through the twentieth century. Lighting control from the simplest forms to the state-of-the-art controls. Includes practical application of color theory, design and distribution.

50700 PROBLEMS IN COSTUMING AND MAKE-UP.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Individual or class projects in one area: costume design, costume research, make-up prosthetics/mask construction, wig making, rendering techniques, plastic and celastics, jewelry making. (3-6 semester hours.)

50723 PATTERN DRAFTING.
Prerequisite: 30733/30743 or permission of instructor. Laboratory techniques in drafting patterns for historical costumes.

50733 ADVANCED PATTERN DRAFTING.
Prerequisite: 50723. Techniques in drafting complex period and other costume patterns for the stage.

50803 THEATRE MANAGEMENT.
The administrative and fiscal techniques of managing performing arts groups.

60300 PROBLEMS IN ADVANCED ACTING.
Problems in acting, emphasizing special needs of advanced students. Material drawn from particular playwrights in varying styles. (3-12 semester hours.)

60400 PROBLEMS IN ADVANCED DIRECTING.
Special full length directing projects under guidance of directing faculty. (3-12 semester hours.)

60500 PROBLEMS IN THEATRE HISTORY/CRITICISM.
Prerequisite: 50503, 50513 or permission of instructor. Research studies in special phases of theatrical history or criticism. (3-6 semester hours.)

60600 PROBLEMS IN ADVANCED SCENOGRAPHY.
Seminar and/or practicum on independent or group basis, covering specialized areas in technical theatre. (3-12 semester hours.)

60650 PRODUCTION DESIGN PRACTICUM.
An opportunity for the advanced student to participate on the University Theatre production staff. The student may elect up to six credit hours in any one field. (3-12 semester hours.)

60700 ADVANCED PROBLEMS IN COSTUMING/MAKE-UP.
Special research or creative problems in costuming or make-up. (3-12 semester hours.)

60800 THEATRE INTERNSHIP.
Prerequisite: Permission of the department. Practical off-campus experience in various phases of theatre production and management. (1-12 sem. hrs. No more than 12 hours may be taken in a combination of 30800 and 60800.)

60900 RESEARCH PROBLEMS IN THEATRE.
Individual research projects in theatre. (3-6 semester hours.)

70980 THESIS.


70990 THESIS.