Theatre Arts Courses Open to Students in All Disciplines

Many courses in playwriting and screenwriting and in theatre and performance are open to students in all disciplines (on a space-available basis). The following courses, offered by the the BFA programs in Conservatory of Theatre Arts, are open to students in other disciplines.

Additional courses may be added to this list each semester. For the current (or upcoming) semester schedule, search the schedule of classes at

Fundamentals of Acting
SOA 1750
/ 2 credits / Every semester
Students work on basic acting skills, e.g., developing the ability to produce free, imaginative, and purposeful behavior in relation to environments, objects, and other persons; individual silent exercises; and group exercises. This work leads to in-class performances of selected scenes from a variety of American contemporary plays, with special focus on the sensory requirements in the text. No previous experience required.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Backstage and Beyond
SOA 3750
/ 3 credits / Fall
The study of professionals, shops, and organizations that have played an important role in realizing productions, events, and other live entertainment presentations. The histories of prominent individuals and companies are explored to help piece together an understanding of how the modern production process works. Assignments include research papers and presentations on individuals, organizations, and/or production shops. Offered as TDT 5710 for theatre design/technology MFA students.

Creative Expression
SOA 3760
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Students create original stories from various sources of inspiration and gain the theatrical tools to tell them. The course focuses on ensemble creation and covers such areas as mime, heightened character, tréteaux, soundscapes, and object manipulation. Requirements include performing, directing, writing, and making props. Designed to help students get in touch with their creative side in a supportive group atmosphere. A background in performance/high school theatre is beneficial but not required.

Costume Design Seen Through Film
SOA 3775
/ 4 credits / Spring
A survey of costume design that covers the creation of icons and myths as well as attempts to reinvent history by exploring self-definitions as individuals and groups, and by looking at people’s need to express their subconscious and define themselves in historical context. R-rated films may contain some adult material (hard language, intense or persistent violence, sexually oriented nudity, drug abuse or other elements).

Transmedia and Performance
SOA 3780
/ 4 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Transmedia narrative can be described as storytelling across multiple forms of media, with each element making distinctive contributions to a user’s understanding of the story world. The course combines this with a study of immersive performance environments that wrap around viewers and production practices that blend video, photography, games, and music to extend the project’s meaning and theatricality.

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