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Theatre Extended Minor

This program is for students interested in technical, design and administrative aspects of theatre. Interdisciplinary requirements place theatre study in the context of contemporary art theory and practice.

Admission Requirements

Program and course admission is contingent upon University admission. Contact Student Services for admission procedures, requirements and deadlines. Entry to all programs in the School for the Contemporary Arts is by audition, interview or application. Contact the school’s office for information on procedures and deadlines or visit our website.

Although the University operates on a trimester system, most CA courses are planned in a two term (fall and spring) sequence. Consequently, students enter in the fall term (September) and are advised to contact the school in the preceding January for program entry and requirements information.

A minimum 2.4 SCA GPA and 2.0 CGPA is required to remain in good standing in the program.

Transfer Credit and Advanced Standing

Unassigned or general elective (type 2 and 3, respectively) transfer credit awarded for courses completed at other recognized post-secondary institutions will not automatically entitle students to advanced standing in the school’s programs. Advanced standing is generally given on an individual basis as a result of an audition or interview.

About the School’s Course Offerings

Students are encouraged to take advantage of interdisciplinary offerings within the school. As many programs depend on a continuing sequence of courses completed in order, students should plan carefully to gain the maximum benefit and efficiency from their study. Note that not all courses are offered every term and several are offered on a rotational basis, i.e. every third or fourth term. An advisor is available to help plan study programs.

Students are reminded that the school is an interdisciplinary fine and performing arts department, and are strongly advised to acquaint themselves with the many disciplinary courses that are available.

Special Topics Courses

The subject matter (and prerequisites) of special or selected topics courses vary by term.

Prior Approval Prerequisite

Where a prerequisite is or includes ‘prior approval,’ approval must be obtained before enrolling in the course. Contact the school for further information.

Program Requirements

Lower Division Requirements

Students complete a minimum total of 42 units including

Three core courses below

CA 149 - Sound (3)

Introduction to acoustics, psychoacoustics, sound synthesis, audio sampling and signal processing, and sound production in general as relating to music, film sound, radio, new media, art installations and live performance. Students who have taken CA (or FPA) 184 cannot take CA (or FPA) 149 for further credit. Students with credit for FPA 149 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Stefan Smulovitz
TBD
CA 186 - Art and the Moving Image (3)

Introduces innovations in the fine and performing arts to show the range of possibilities open to those who wish to employ or understand the use of moving images in their disciplinary and multidisciplinary art practices. By the completion of the course students should have a good sense not only of previous innovations and traditions, but of the contemporary scene as well. Students with credit for FPA 186 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 285 - Interdisciplinary Studio - Composition/Collaboration (3)

An introduction to the techniques of artistic composition as experienced in a collaborative interdisciplinary studio environment. The emphasis is on the creation, analysis and critique of new compositions created in collaborative groups by students in dance, music, theatre, film/video and visual art. Prerequisite: One of CA (or FPA) 122, 130, 145, 150, 160, 170. Students with credit for FPA 285 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Sabrina Schroeder
Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
GCA 4210, GOLDCORP

plus one additional CA history/theory course outside their extended minor*

and all of

CA 150 - Introduction to Acting (3)

An approach to the elements of acting for non-theatre performance majors. Work will include development of individual powers of expression - vocal, physical, intellectual, imaginative, and emotional. Students with credit for FPA 150 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Sessional
Tu, Th 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
GCA 4210, GOLDCORP
CA 170 - Introduction to Production Technology (3)

An introduction to the processes, tools and technology used in the production and presentation of the fine and performing arts. Course requirements will include hands-on assignments in the production of theatre, dance, and music events. Students will work directly with equipment and materials, and are expected to be involved in work on productions and exhibitions outside of lecture and lab hours. Laboratory fee required. May be of particular interest to students in other areas and departments. Students with credit for FPA 170 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Kyla Gardiner
We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA 2270, GOLDCORP
D101 Kyla Gardiner
Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
GCA 2270, GOLDCORP
D102 Kyla Gardiner
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
GCA 2270, GOLDCORP
D103 Kyla Gardiner
Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
GCA 2270, GOLDCORP
CA 171 - Introduction to Stage and Production Management (3)

An introduction to the management, and organization of the performing arts. This course will provide a grounding for students who wish to become further involved in the administration of the performing arts and may include practical experience outside of regular seminar hours. May be of particular interest to students in other areas and departments. Students with credit for FPA 171 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D200 Jessica Chambers
Mo 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
GCA 2270, GOLDCORP
CA 257W - Context of Theatre I (3)

The detailed structural analysis of dramatic texts and/or performances, their historical context, their development and production histories. May be of interest to students in other departments. Students with credit for FPA 257W may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.

CA 270 - Production Ensemble I (6)

Students having a basic familiarity with elements of production and design participate in an in-depth theoretical and practical exploration of staging, audio and lighting for theatre, dance and music production. Assignments will be conducted in class and through practicum work on productions. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 170.

CA 271 - Production Ensemble II (6)

Students having a basic familiarity with elements of production and design participate in an in-depth theoretical and practical exploration of stage and production management for theatre, dance and music production. Students in this class will develop skills necessary to provide technical support for the School's productions. Assignments will be conducted in class and through practicum work on productions. Maybe of particular interest to students in other departments. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 171. Quantitative.

and one of

CA 120 - Introduction to Dance Forms: Contemporary and Popular (3)

A studio course devoted to the development of movement skills through specific styles of dance. The content of the course changes every term including techniques in Bhangra, Afro-Caribbian, Hip Hop and Contemporary. May repeat for credit. May be of particular interest to students in other departments.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Sessional
Tu, Th 5:30 PM – 7:20 PM
GCA 4525, GOLDCORP
CA 124 - Dance Improvisation and Composition (3)

Selected dance improvisational skills will be explored in a variety of solo, duet, small group and large group forms through structured movement themes. Emphasis will be on sensory awareness, elements of movement, and composition. Recommended: dance or theatre experience. Students with credit for FPA 124 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Robert Kitsos
Tu, Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
GCA 4750, GOLDCORP
CA 129 - Movement Fundamentals (3)

This studio/theory course incorporates techniques of body awareness, centering, and structural realignment. The emphasis is on body conditioning and body connectedness. This course will be of interest to dancers, actors, kinesiologists, and athletes. This is one of four courses required for entry into the dance major and extended minor program. Students with credit for FPA 129 may not take this course for further credit.

and one of

CA 160 - Introductory Studio in Visual Art I (3)

A hands-on studio course modeled on the progressive development of artistic practice from simple mark-making to full scale installation. Through a process of continuous transformation, an original idea is developed in a sequence of methods, materials and scales. Some research is required. A course materials fee is required. Students with credit for FPA 160 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 161 - Introductory Studio in Visual Art II (3)

A continuation of the work begun in CA (or FPA) 160, with emphasis on particular problems in the visual arts worked through a series of projects, culminating in the Campus Project, a site-specific public work designed, built and installed at the end of the term. Some research is required. A course materials fee is required. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 160. Students with credit for FPA 161 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Sabine Bitter
Mo, We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA B2540, GOLDCORP
D200 Sabine Bitter
Tu, Th 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA B2540, GOLDCORP

* See advisor for course options.

Upper Division Requirements

Students complete a minimum total of 17 units, including all of

CA 357W - Context of Theatre II (3)

The detailed structural analysis of dramatic texts and/or performances, their historical context, their development and production histories. May be of interest to students in other departments. Students with credit for FPA 357W may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Sessional
Fr 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA 4390, GOLDCORP
CA 374 - Stage Lighting (4)

Explores contemporary stage lighting for theatre, dance and opera. Participants will review the principles of theatrical lighting instruments and control systems and will experiment with the components of lighting design in a variety of studio projects. This course will require a practicum in an actual performance. Laboratory fee required. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 270 or prior approval. Students with credit for FPA 374 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 375 - Stage Design (4)

Explores the numerous complex processes and practices needed to create two and three dimensional designs for stage and performance. Students will engage in a series of creative projects, research, analysis and presentations to enable them to develop and realize their design solutions. Laboratory fee required. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 270 or prior approval. Students with credit for FPA 375 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Wladimiro Woyno Rodriguez
Mo, We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
GCA 2340, GOLDCORP

and one of

CA 370 - Production Ensemble III (6) *

Provides students with training and an historical and contemporary context for their related practicum roles as production heads and stage management and design personnel. Issues will be drawn from the School's current production season and from national and international forums in related fields. Assignments will be conducted in class and through practicum work on productions. May repeat for credit. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 270 and 271 or prior approval.

CA 371 - Production Ensemble IV (6) *

Provides students with training and an historical and contemporary context for their related practicum roles as production heads and stage management and design personnel. Issues will be drawn from the School's current production season and from national and international forums in related fields. Assignments will be conducted in class and through practicum work on productions. May repeat for credit. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 270 and 271 or prior approval.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Jessica Chambers
Kyla Gardiner
Tu, Th 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA 2340, GOLDCORP

* May be repeated for credit.