Theater Arts (THA)
THA 106 INTRODUCTION TO THEATER ARTS
3, 3/0; AR14
An introduction to the art of theater. Examination and analysis of the creative process, elements of production, history, genres and styles of the art form. Attendance at live theater is required. Offered every semester.
THA 107 THEATER PERFORMANCE FOR NON-MAJORS
3, 2/2; AR14
Prerequisite: Instructor permission. Participation in the rehearsal and performance of a Buffalo State College Theater Department production. Offered occasionally.
THA 189 TOPICS COURSE
THA 200 INTRODUCTION TO ACTING: THE ACTOR'S INSTRUMENT
Introduction to basic voice and speech practice. Develop skills and knowledge associated with freeing the natural voice and extending vocal range and physical capacity for sound, and develop awareness of the potential for articulate, precise, and expansive vocal and physical presence. Offered Every Semester.
THA 216 THEATER FUNDAMENTALS
Introduction to the art of theater for department majors. Examines elements of production, history, genres, and styles of theater. Attendance at live theater performance required. Offered fall only.
THA 218 SCRIPT ANALYSIS I: PLAY READING
Pivotal plays, classic and modern, that have had an impact on theater. Play structure will be examined and analyzed. Attendance of live performances is required.Offered spring only.
THA 222 MOVEMENT I
Prerequisite: Successful completion of THA 200. Introduction to basic movement for actors. Develop skills and knowledge associated with organic physical practice and the range and physical capacity of the moving body, and develop awareness of the potential for precise and expansive actor presence.
THA 226 ACTING I
Prerequisites: Instructor Permission. Introduction to the fundamental demands of the acting process. Focus and concentration development, improvisation, scene work, improving communication skills and performance; identify and develop the actor’s role in the artistic process. Offered every semester.
THA 227 ACTING II: SCENE STUDY
Prerequisite: Instructor Permission or THA 226. The fundamental demands of preparing, rehearsing, and performing scenes from contemporary plays. Student actors will focus on character development, research, and script analysis as they synthesize concepts from THA 226. Apply previously learned acting skills to the preparation, rehearsal, and performance scenes. Students will further identify themselves as young theater artists and their personal place in the creative process of making theater. Offered Every Semester.
THA 230 PRACTICUM I: INTRODUCTION TO THEATER TECHNOLOGY
Introduction to the elements of technical theatrical; costume, scenery, sound, and lighting production including the proper use of tools and equipment. Emphasis on safety and teamwork. Offered annually.
THA 231 THEATER PRACTICUM II
Laboratory experience as a run-crew member for a departmental theater production. Offered Every Semester.
THA 232 STAGE MANAGEMENT
Instruction of the student in the duties, responsibilities and techniques of a successful stage manager. Preparation of all materials needed to run a rehearsal and maintain a performance as the stage manager. Participation in one of the departmental productions to explore hands-on work and interactive experiences. Offered alternate years.
THA 234 INTRODUCTION TO THEATER DESIGN
3, 3/0; AR14, IM14, WIIF
Fundamentals of theatrical design using period research, graphic tools and presentation skill. Students are required to attend live theater performances. Offered annually.
THA 235 COSTUME CONSTRUCTION I
Prerequisite: THA 234. The foundation of costume construction. Basic costuming from the ground up with emphasis on period construction, theatrical techniques, and nonconventional methods used in theater, dance, and screen through vocabulary, demonstration, and hands-on production. Offered fall only.
THA 236 DRAFTING FOR THE THEATER
Prerequisite: Instructor permission. A study of basic drafting principles as they relate to theatrical design. Computer-aided ground plans, elevations, and sections. Offered occasionally.
THA 245 STAGE COMBAT I
The study of unarmed stage combat techniques, the creation and performance of choreographed fight scenes, physical control and safety. This course is the first of three required for Society of American Fight Directors Actor/Combatant certification.
THA 300 VOICE AND MOVEMENT II
Prerequisite: THA 200 and THA 226. Intermediate voice and movement course for actors, integrates previously learned voice and movement vocabularies with a variety of acting styles. Introduction of the International Phonetic Alphabet and the General American accent. Offered spring only.
Equivalent Course: THA 320
THA 316 SCRIPT ANALYSIS II
3, 3/0; CT14, WIIF
Prerequisite: CWP 102. Exploration of scripts as unique forms of writing for public communication and theatrical production. Analysis of playwrights’ methods, dramatic structure, historical context and language usage. Attendance of live theater is required. Offered annually.
THA 317 THEATRE HISTORY: ANCIENT TO BAROQUE
3, 3/0; WC14
Origins and development of physical theater and theater literature from the ancient period to the baroque period; its function in society and its historical context in both Western and global civilizations. Students examine how theater as an art form is a reflection of or reaction to the socioeconomic, scientific, political, philosophical, and other artistic forms of its surroundings. Students attend live performance. Offered fall only.
Equivalent Course: THA 317W
THA 318 THEATER HISTORY: BAROQUE TO MODERN
Prerequisite: Majors Only. The origins and development of physical theater and theater literature from the baroque period to contemporary theater; its function in society and its historical context in both Western and global civilizations. Students read plays and examine how theater as an art form is a reflection of or reaction to the socioeconomic, scientific, political, philosophical, and other artistic forms of its surroundings. Students attend live performances. Offered spring only.
THA 322 ADVANCED MOVEMENT FOR THE ACTOR
THA 325 THE BUSINESS OF PERFORMING ARTS
Prerequisite: CWP 102. Comprehensive overview of the numerous aspects of business relating to the performing arts of drama, dance and music. Offered fall only.
THA 327 ACTING III: STYLES
Prerequisites: THA 227 or Audition. Apply previously learned acting skills to a variety of acting styles in a variety of environments. Student actors will specifically address the demands of physically, intellectually, and emotionally adapting their acting and artistic process. Student actors will also be expected to further define and identify themselves in each new style. Offered fall only.
THA 329 ACTING IV: SOLO SHOW
Prerequisite: THA 327 and THA 350, or Instructor Permission. Advanced acting course involving the creation and performance of solo work. Students apply previous theater training in script analysis, directing, rehearsal practices and performance. Offered occasionally.
THA 330 THEATER PRACTICUM III
Prerequisite: THA 231. Laboratory experience as a crew leader for a departmental theater production. Offered Every Semester.
THA 331 THEATER PRACTICUM IV
Prerequisite: THA 330. Laboratory experience in the student's area of specialization for a departmental theater production. Offered Every Semester.
THA 332 PERIOD STYLES FOR THE THEATER
3, 3/0; WC14
Prerequisite: CWP 102. A survey of style from early civilization to the present day. Students identify and describe characteristics of architecture and fashion from a variety of viewpoints. From Ancient Egypt through the 20th century visual information is evaluated based on historical roots and evolution. The course provides the vocabulary and identification of period style necessary to examine and evaluate the translation of a period style to the stage or screen. Offered Every Semester.
THA 333 SCENE PAINTING
Prerequisite: College-level arts course or upper-division status. Basic scene-painting techniques applicable to theater, film, and video production; hands-on exploration; creating full-scale painted scenery from scaled drawings; paint mixing; faux finishes, including marble, wood grain, brick, and stone; and specialty paint finishes. Offered occasionally.
THA 334 COSTUME CONSTRUCTION II
Prerequisite: THA 235. Continuation of Costume Construction I. Advanced costuming techniques emphasizing dyeing, painting, footwear/hosiery, undergarments, accessories, and hat and wig construction as they apply to theater, dance, opera, film, and television. Offered occasionally.
THA 335 COSTUME DESIGN FOR THEATER
Prerequisites: THA 234 or Instructor Permission. Introduction to costume design for a variety of period and contemporary genres; script analysis, design theory, historical research, rendering skills, fabric selections. Offered alternate years.
THA 336 LIGHTING TECHNIQUES
Prerequisite: THA 234 or Instructor Permission. Introduction to lighting design for theater, dance, studio, and industrial applications; principles of optical systems, stage lighting equipment, color media, electricity, control systems, stage lighting, history, and the McCandless stage lighting system; assigned practical experience required. Offered alternate years.
THA 337 SET DESIGN I
Prerequisite: THA 234 or Instructor Permission. Introduction to theatrical set design: basic design components of line, form, mass, composition, balance, color, and texture as they relate to set design; script analysis, research, color theory, drafting techniques, and mechanical perspective drawing. Offered alternate years.
THA 338 DIGITAL DESIGN MEDIA FOR THEATER
Prerequisites: Instructor Permission. Introduction to fundamental skills in area current area-specific software programs for the realization and presentation of theatrical designs. Offered alternate years.
THA 340 PLAYWRITING
Prerequisite: THA 316W or Instructor Permission. Students will use research, script analysis and writing skills to develop and refine the script for a stage or screenplay. Offered spring only.
Equivalent Courses: ENG 340, THA 340W
THA 345 STAGE COMBAT II
Prerequisite: THA 245 Stage Combat I or Instructor Permission. The study of weapon specific stage combat techniques, performing choreographed fight scenes with the single weapon. This is the second of three courses required for Society of American Fight Directors Actor/Combatant certification.
THA 346 STAGE COMBAT III
Prerequisite: THA 345 Stage Combat II or Instructor Permission. Multiple weapon Stage Combat techniques with an emphasis on choreography and application for stage and screen. This is the Third of three courses required for Society of American Fight Directors Actor/Combatant certification.
THA 348 VOICE ACTING FOR ANIMATION AND VIDEO GAMES
THA 350 DIRECTING I
3, 3/0; WIIF
THA 359 MUSICAL THEATER I
Prerequisites: THA 226 and DAN 214 and either MUS 123 or MUS 210; or by audition. An introduction to integrating the necessary singing, dancing and acting skills to meet the requirements of performing in the musical theater. Offered annually.
THA 370 STAGE MAKEUP
Prerequisite: THA 234 or Instructor Permission. Principles and techniques of theatrical makeup application and design. Offered alternate years.
THA 389 TOPIC COURSE
THA 400 VOICE AND MOVEMENT III
Prerequisite: THA 300. Advanced study of physical, vocal and phonetic skills as they apply to stage and screen. Offered spring only.
Equivalent Course: THA 322
THA 416 SEMINAR IN THEATER ARTS
Prerequisite: 24 credits in THA with Senior status or Instructor Permission. Development of skills including defining professional and personal goals, sharpening of critical capacities, and creating and sharing a portfolio or audition presentation. Offered fall only.
THA 418 CREATIVE DRAMATICS
Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. History, philosophy, methods, and materials of informal playmaking with children; observation and participation. Offered alternate years.
THA 421 DRAMA FROM THE AFRICAN AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE
3, 3/0; DI14
Prerequisites: CWP 102 or equivalent. An exploratory and critical analysis of African-American playwrights (and playwrights of African decent) and their works. Students will participate in play readings and discussions related to the plays’ social and historical context. Offered biennially.
THA 426 ADVANCED ACTING
Prerequisite: THA 327. Styles, periods, and methods of acting. Offered occasionally.
THA 435 COSTUME DESIGN II
Prerequisite: THA 335 or permission of instructor. Advanced studies in costume design and rendering techniques; drawing skills necessary. Design and construction project for performing arts production required. Offered occasionally.
THA 437 SET DESIGN II
Prerequisites: DES 318/THA 337 or permission of instructor. Continuation of DES 318/THA 337. Intensive exploration of advanced set-design techniques; continued development of set design skills, with concentration on different performance venues, model building techniques, portfolio-quality work, and presentation styles; advanced scenic considerations with the limits of budget, stage space, and technical support. Offered occasionally.
THA 450 DIRECTING II
Prerequisite: THA 350. Practical application of directing theory and technique through class scenes and the public performance of a one-act play. Offered spring only.
THA 459 MUSICAL THEATER II
Prerequisites: THA 359. An advanced studio class that focuses on performing in different musical styles and developing audition technique. Offered annually.
THA 470 ENSEMBLE THEATER
Prerequisite: Audition. Examination of ensemble theatrical production through preparation and performance of plays. Offered Every Semester.
THA 488 INTERNSHIP
Prerequisites: Upper-division status and permission of instructor. Supervised field experience in a professional setting for students who have completed extensive academic preparation in the discipline; 50 hours of fieldwork in theater per credit. Offered Every Semester.
THA 495 SPECIAL PROJECT
Offered Every Semester.
THA 497 WORKSHOP
THA 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
Offered Every Semester.