Dramatic Arts (DRAM)

103 Acting for Non-majors - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Dramatic Arts 130.
This course introduces students to improvisational acting. The first phase of the course treats acting as process-centered. The instructor leads the participants using a variety of exercises to imagine, enact and reflect upon human experiences. The second phase of the course emphasizes problem-solving skills in group improvisational work. The group improvises action and dialogue appropriate to the content it is exploring, using elements of drama to give form and meaning to the experience. This course is designed for students who are interested in studying acting.(FT) AA/AS; CSU.

105 Introduction to Dramatic Arts - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level R6 and W6.
This survey course introduces fundamental practices and creative processes in the dramatic arts. Through experimentation and examination, students gain greater insight and appreciation of the dramatic arts as an agent of change that is vital to the humanities. Aspects of theatre production and collaboration are covered through lecture, group discussion and participation. This course is designed for dramatic arts majors and all students interested in the dramatic arts. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

106 Acting for Radio/Voice-Over - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 48 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Level R5; Radio and Television 105 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Dramatic Arts 106, 265 (Acting for Radio/Voice-Over) or Radio and Television 265 (Acting for Radio/Voice-Over). This course is a practical study of the voice-over industry. Emphasis is placed on voice-over acting techniques for radio and television commercials, multimedia and other audio and video presentations. Students are expected to read aloud extensively as well as to record their voice for critique and self evaluation. Topics also include an overview of the voice-over business, marketing, current technology, and professional work and studio etiquette. This course is intended for students majoring in drama or radio and television as well as for anyone interested in the voice-over business. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

107 Study of Filmed Plays - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6.
This course is a study of cinematic adaptations of plays, comparing stage and screen versions in the areas of form and structure, writing, and production. Emphasis is placed on developing students’ appreciation for dramatic art and providing practice in the art of theater criticism. This course is designed for Drama majors and any student interested in the Humanities. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

108 Playwriting - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6.
This course gives students an opportunity to write effective material for the theatre. Topics and exercises explore dialogue, monologue, exposition, autobiography, writing for the opposite gender and prismatic structure. Students are required to write scenes that explore issues of structure that facilitate the development of a technique that is both individual and based on traditional dramaturgical ideas. This class is designed for students majoring in theatre and those students interested in the Humanities. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

109 Theatre and Social Issues - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels W6 and R6.
This course is a study of the role of theatre in society within its cultural, aesthetic, economic, and political manifestations. Emphasis is placed on increasing students' understanding of politics in theatrical representation and theatre as a tool for social change. Topics include the nature and function of theatrical representation, moving to historical and contemporary issues in American and World cultures. This class is designed for students majoring in theatre and those students interested in the Humanities and/ or social and theoretical issues. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

119 Acting for Film and Television - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 48 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Level R5; and Dramatic Arts 132 with a grade of “C’ or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with credit for Radio and Television 119 or 265 or Dramatic Arts 265, Acting for Film and Television. (Same as Radio and Television 119.)
This course introduces students to the skills required for on-camera performing techniques as used in the motion picture and television industry. Students participate in the selection, rehearsal, and on-camera performance of material from television and motion picture scripts including drama, sitcoms, soaps and commercials. Emphasis is placed on cold reading taped audition skills, improvisational and interview techniques, and the fundamental acting techniques required for camera, scene, and monologue studies. This course provides a comprehensive introduction to students intending to enter a career in the dramatic arts and radio/television. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

122 Makeup for the Stage - 1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab, 2 units (Grade Only)

This course is an introductory hands-on study of the materials and techniques used in stage makeup design and application. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of a lexicon pertinent to the history and use of makeup in the theater as well as on the actual application of stage makeup in the classroom and as a member of the makeup crew for a theatrical production. This course is intended for students majoring in drama, theatre, film, radio and television and cosmetology as well as anyone interested in makeup for the stage. This course may be taken four times for credit. Students must demonstrate increased proficiency and/or new skill attainment with each repetition. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

123 Beginning Stagecraft - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Drama 125.
This course is a hands-on introduction to technical theatre production. Emphasis is placed on construction, painting, rigging, placement, and manipulation of stage scenery, lighting equipment, sound and properties, and the organization and management of stage activity and stagecraft technology. This course is designed for Theatre majors and students interested in backstage production. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

126 Advanced Stagecraft - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: Dramatic Arts 123 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course is an advanced study of technical stage production and scene technology. Emphasis is placed on the methods and practices of technical theory and on practical, hands-on experience. Topics include theater design, stage decor and lighting, and the synthesis of all elements of stagecraft within an environment of actual stage production. Students develop crew leadership skills as they create and construct set designs and operate stage equipment for all Dramatic Arts productions throughout the semester. This course is designed for Theatre majors. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

129 Beginning Scene Painting - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Drama 265.
This course introduces students to basic techniques and materials used in the painting of scenery for the stage. Students learn techniques in faux painting, murals, trompe l’oeil (trick the eye), and decorative motifs for theatre. Students experiment with color mixing, base, layout, ink, lay-in detail and the use of brushes and tools. Emphasis is placed on application of techniques for theatre settings. This course is designed for drama majors and students interested in environmental art. This course may be taken four times. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

132 Beginning Acting - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Drama 131A.
This course is a beginning level study, practice and execution of the fundamentals of acting designed to develop a foundation in basic acting technique. Emphasis is placed on the effective communication of ideas and emotions by a dramatic character to audience. Topics include staging techniques, improvisation, theater games, scenes, monologues, stage movement, and an introduction to the lexicon of acting for theater. This course is intended for students who are interested in developing basic acting techniques. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

133 Intermediate Acting - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: Dramatic Arts 132 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Dramatic Arts 131B.
This course is an intermediate level study of the fundamentals of acting. Emphasis is placed on the use of scene work as a tool for sharpening the actor’s skill. Students work on scenes by a variety of playwrights as they increase vocal, physical and emotional flexibility as well as their stage presence. This course is designed for students majoring in Drama and anyone interested in honing their acting skill. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

134 Beginning Voice for Actors - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Level R5 and W5.
This course is a study of the foundations of vocal technique for actors. Emphasis is placed on breath, projection, resonator and diction. Students apply voice technique using monologues, modern and classical. This course is designed for drama majors and anyone interested in honing voice and articulation skills. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

136 History of Canonized Theatre- Ancient Greece to the Restoration - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6. This course is a survey of the history of Western theatre from ancient Greece through the Restoration in England. Emphasis is placed on the historical, political, cultural and religious contexts within which the canonized playwrights developed their plays. Topics include the development of the physical architecture of the theatre buildings and staging innovations. This course is intended for drama majors and students interested in the history of theatre. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

137 History of Canonized Western Theatre-Restoration to the Present - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6.
This course is a survey of the history of canonized Western theatrical experiences from the English Restoration to the present. Emphasis is placed on the historical, political, cultural and religious contexts within which the playwrights developed their plays. Topics include an examination of the physical theatre and methods of staging drama. This course is intended for drama majors and students interested in the history of theatre. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

142 Drawing for the Theatre: Costume Illustration - 1 hour lecture, 6 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49 and Mathematics 34A, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5, W5 and M20; Art-Fine Art 155A and 210A, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
This course is a comprehensive hands-on study of costume illustration techniques for the theatre. Emphasis is placed on the visual development process for costume design. Students develop and research a costuming concept based on the text of a play, draw design sketches, render a series of costume presentation boards and flat pattern costumes. Exposure to various media enhances personal style and expression. This course is designed for theatre majors and anyone interested in fashion design for the theatre. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

143 Beginning Costuming - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49 and Mathematics 34A, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5, W5 and M20.
This is a lecture and laboratory course that emphasizes student involvement in the techniques and methodology of costume construction. Class material emphasizes practical experience in sewing, fabrics and their modification, costume craft techniques such as millinery, masks, footwear and accessories, and service on costumes crews. Students study costume production procedures in regards to time, budgets and labor. This course is designed for students pursuing an Associates Degree in performance and technical theater. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

165 Introduction to Stage Movement - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Drama 165A.
This course is an introduction to basic techniques of movement for the stage. Emphasis is placed on the actor’s body as an expressive instrument. Students acquire flexibility, strength, and physical repertoire of stage movement. This course is designed for drama and dance majors and anyone interested in honing stage movement skills. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

172 Beginning Musical Theater Audition - 1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab, 2 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
This course explores the role of the singing actor, including characterization and performance. Emphasis is placed on the functions of music, lyrics and script as integrated into one dramatic effort. Course content includes an introduction to the process of auditioning for musical theater within a professional context. Students are required to participate in in-class auditions and encouraged to attend auditions in the community. This course is designed for drama majors and anyone interested in musical theatre performance. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

173 Intermediate Musical Theater Workshop -1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab, 2 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: Dramatic Arts 172 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
This course explores song interpretation for musical theatre. Emphasis is placed on musical theatre performance, movement and emotional discovery through script and scene analysis. Students are required to participate in in-class auditions and encouraged to attend auditions in the community. This course is designed for drama majors and anyone interested in musical theatre performance.
(FT) AA/ AS; CSU.

240A Musical Theater Repertoire - 12 hours lab, 4 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 47A or English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Drama 251.
This course is an introduction to musical theatre repertoire. Emphasis is placed on the audition process and rehearsal protocol as students are introduced to working in collaboration with directors, cast members and the production crew members on a musical theatre production. This course is intended for students majoring in drama, dance or music and all students interested in participating in musical theatre production and performance. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

240B Musical Theatre Repertoire II - 12 hours lab, 4 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Dramatic Arts 240A with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent. This course is the second level of musical theatre repertoire. Emphasis is placed on the synthesis of singing, dancing and acting throughout the rehearsal and performance processes. Students are expected to demonstrate consistent work ethic and professionalism in working with directors, cast members and crew members. This course is intended for students majoring in drama, dance or music and all students interested in participating in musical theatre production and performance. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

240C Musical Theatre Repertoire III - 12 hours lab, 4 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Dramatic Arts 240B with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent. This course is the third level of musical theatre repertoire. Emphasis is placed on refinement of the performance process through the development of one’s own personal artistry and connection to the audience. Students are expected to demonstrate professionalism and consistent practice throughout the rehearsal process. This course is intended for students majoring in drama, dance or music and all students interested in participating in musical theatre production and performance. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

240D Musical Theatre Repertoire IV - 12 hours lab, 4 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Dramatic Arts 240C with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent. This course is the fourth level of musical theatre repertoire. Emphasis is placed on a rigorous audition process, professional decorum, adaptability and leadership throughout the rehearsal and performance processes. This course is intended for students majoring in drama, dance or music and all students interested in participating in musical theatre production and performance. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

241A Musical Theatre Dance I - 6 hours lab, 2 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 47A or English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5. This course is an introduction to dance for musical theatre. Emphasis is placed on the practice and integration of basic dance combinations, choreography and singing through rehearsal and performance. This course is intended for students majoring in dance and all students interested in participating in musical theatre dance performance. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

241B Musical Theatre Dance II - 6 hours lab, 2 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Dramatic Arts 241A with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent. This course is the second level of dance for musical theatre. Emphasis is placed on the replication of floor patterns with dynamic quality and rhythm, coordination of breath and timing to technical line and song, and the use of gesture and technical line in storyline development. This course is intended for students majoring in dance and all students interested in participating in musical theatre dance performance. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

241C Musical Theatre Dance III - 6 hours lab, 2 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Dramatic Arts 241B with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent. This course is the third level of dance for musical theatre. Emphasis is placed on the refinement of complex technical lines and floor patterns, coordination of song and dance, and experimentation with body movements to develop a personal artistry in creative storytelling for musical theatre. This course is intended for students majoring in dance and all students interested in participating in musical theatre dance performance. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

241D Musical Theatre Dance IV - 6 hours lab, 2 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Dramatic Arts 241C with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent. This course is the fourth level of dance for musical theatre. Emphasis is placed on the mastery of advanced complex technical lines and floor patterns, composition and improvisation, and character development through song and dance. This course is intended for students majoring in dance and all students interested in participating in musical theatre dance performance. AA/AS; CSU.

242A Rehearsal and Performance I - 9 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 47A or English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Drama 250.This course is an introduction to the rehearsal and performance process of a departmental theatre production. Emphasis is placed on work ethic and collaboration throughout all phases of the production and performance. This course is intended for students majoring in drama and all students interested in participating in theatre production and performance. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC; C-ID THTR 191.

242B Rehearsal and Performance II - 9 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Dramatic Arts 242A with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent. This course is the second level of the rehearsal and performance process of a departmental theatre production. Emphasis is placed on the development of a personal artistic process and skill set within the overall theory and practice of stage production. This course is intended for students majoring in drama and all students interested in participating in theatre production and performance. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

242C Rehearsal and Performance III - 9 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Dramatic Arts 242B with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent. This course is the third level of the rehearsal and performance process of a departmental theatre production. Emphasis is placed on the use of voice, movement, and technical elements to communicate character development. This course is intended for students majoring in drama and all students interested in participating in theatre production and performance. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

242D Rehearsal and Performance IV - 9 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Dramatic Arts 242C with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent. This course is the fourth level of the rehearsal and performance process of a departmental theatre production. Emphasis is placed on mentorship and direction of less experienced actors and the integration of theory and technique in character creation and development. This course is intended for students majoring in drama and all students interested in participating in theatre production and performance. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

243A Technical Theatre Practicum - Costume and Makeup - 6 hours lab, 2 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Dramatic Arts 122, 123, 129A and 143, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent. This technical theatre practicum is designed to provide students with hands-on training in the intricacies of running a theatre production, with special emphasis on costume and makeup. Students work as part of the costume and makeup crew during the rehearsal and production processes for main stage, dance or black box productions. This course is intended for students majoring in drama and all students interested in participating in the theatre production process. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

243B Technical Theatre Practicum - Lighting and Sound - 6 hours lab, 2 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Dramatic Arts 122, 123, 129A and 143, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent. This technical theatre practicum is designed to provide students with hands-on training in the< intricacies of running a theatre production, with special emphasis on lighting and audio. Students work as part of the lighting and audio crew during the rehearsal and production processes for main stage, dance or black box productions. This course is intended for students majoring in drama and all students interested in participating in the theatre production process. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

243C Technical Theatre Practicum - Scenic - 6 hours lab, 2 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Dramatic Arts 122, 123, 129A and 143, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent. This technical theatre practicum is designed to provide students with hands-on training in the intricacies of running a theatre production, with special emphasis on scenic elements. Students work as part of the scenic crew during the rehearsal and production processes for main stage, dance or black box productions. This course is intended for students majoring in drama and all students interested in participating in the theatre production process. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

243D Technical Theatre Practicum - Stage Management - 6 hours lab, 2 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Dramatic Arts 122, 123, 129A and 143, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent. This technical theatre practicum is designed to provide students with hands-on training in the intricacies of running a theatre production, with special emphasis on stage management. Students work as part of the stage management crew during the rehearsal and production processes for main stage, dance or black box productions. This course is intended for students majoring in drama and all students interested in participating in the theatre production process. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

290 Independent Study - Hours by Arrangement, 1-3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Limitation on Enrollment: Must obtain an Add Code from instructor for registration. Advanced special work in dramatic arts: acting, design, lighting, film, business, makeup, costumes, direction, or play production. AA/AS; CSU.

This discipline may offer specialized instruction in one or more of the following areas: Supervised Tutoring (044), Experimental Topics (265), Independent Study (290), Individualized Instruction (296), Service Learning (277), or Work Experience (270). Detailed course descriptions are listed on page 124. Please refer to the class schedule and/or see the dean or department chair for availability.