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THEATER COURSES FOR WINTER 2018

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1B / Introduction to Dance for Music Theater
Studio, four hours. Designed for Theater majors. Introduction to basic music theater dance technique. May be repeated once for credit. Letter grading.


1C / Introduction to Dance for Music Theater
Studio, four hours. Designed for Theater majors. Introduction to basic music theater dance technique. May be repeated once for credit. Letter grading.


14B / Introduction to Design
Lecture, three hours; studio, six hours. Exploration of visual interpretation of drama. Study of styles and techniques of design, collaborative role of designer, principles of design for scenery, lighting, costumes, and sound. Both technical and aesthetic groundwork for further study. Letter grading.


15 / Introduction to Directing
Lecture, two hours; studio, four hours. Investigation of role of director in theatrical production and theories of play direction, with emphasis on analysis and interpretation of dramatic work and its realization in production. Letter grading.


19 / Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars
Seminar, one hour. Discussion of and critical thinking about topics of current intellectual importance, taught by faculty members in their areas of expertise and illuminating many paths of discovery at UCLA. P/NP grading.


25B / Movement and Combat I
Studio, three to four hours. Physical awareness for actors, concentrating on warming up body, relaxation, control, stunts, gymnastics, martial arts, and use of weapons. Letter grading.


27 / From Vaudeville to Standup Comedy
Studio, three to four hours. Exploration of many aspects of comedy using American vaudeville traditions, acts, and performers as historical base to experience importance of rhythm, timing, delivery, speech, and body language in all styles of comedy, to find value of improvisation/imagination as well as innovative writing skills in all comic forms, to discover how comedy draws from so many art forms, including music/songs, dance, storytelling, clowning, magic, design, and tumbling/stunts, and to build overall confidence/ease in comic performance skills. P/NP or letter grading.


28A / Acting, Voice, and Movement Workshop I
Studio, three to six hours. Study of beginning acting technique, scene study, and development of voice and movement skills. May be repeated for maximum of 12 units. Letter grading.


28B / Acting, Voice, and Movement Workshop I
Studio, three to six hours. Study of beginning acting technique, scene study, and development of voice and movement skills. May be repeated for maximum of 12 units. Letter grading.


28D / Acting, Voice, and Movement Workshop I
Studio, three to six hours. Study of beginning acting technique, scene study, and development of voice and movement skills. May be repeated for maximum of 12 units. Letter grading.


34B / Dance for Musical Theater I
Studio, five hours. Development of dance and movement techniques for musical theater. Letter grading.


35B / Singing for Musical Theater I
Studio, four to five hours. Exploration of musical literacy and development of singing techniques for musical theater. Basic voice training to explore how voice works, learn to maintain appropriate and consistent voice, and learn to preserve voice health. How to build stamina and range. Letter grading.


50 / Theater Production
Laboratory, three to six hours. Laboratory experience in various aspects of theater production, including stage management or member of production crew. May be repeated for maximum of 8 units. Letter grading.


95 / Introduction to Community or Corporate Internships in Theater, Film, and Television
Tutorial, six to 12 hours. Limited to freshmen/sophomores. Internship at various theaters, studios, or entertainment organizations accentuating creative contributions, organization, and work of professionals in various specialties. Students meet on regular basis with faculty member and provide periodic reports of experience. May be taken for maximum of 4 units. Individual contract with supervising faculty member required. P/NP grading.


101B / Reconstructing Theatrical Past
Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Reconstructing theater is understood in several ways: reconstruction of performance spaces such as New Globe and of specific productions and traditions such as neoclassicism that seek to reinstate classical traditions. Letter grading.


M103B / African American Theater History: Minstrel Stage to Rise of American Musical
(Same as African American Studies M103B.) Lecture, three hours. Designed for juniors/seniors. Exploration of extant materials on history and literature of theater as developed and performed by African American artists in America from minstrel stage to rise of American musical. Letter grading.


106 / History of American Theater and Drama
Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Survey of key works of American dramatic literature and landmarks of American theater history. P/NP or Letter grading.


107 / Drama of Diversity
Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Investigation of diversity in American society as manifested in dramatic works and theatrical presentations. P/NP or Letter grading.


115B / Physical Systems of Acting: Practice
Studio, six hours. Performance of original studies in physical theater and/or material from physical theater repertory. Course activities, materials, and discussions based on contemporary physical theater practices. Letter grading.


116B / Psychological Systems of Acting: Practice
Studio, six hours. Continuation of course 116A. Examination of characterization exercises and their application to contemporary scenes. Letter grading.


118A / Creative Dramatics
Lecture/laboratory, four hours. Studies of principles and procedures of improvisational approach to drama as done with children from nursery school to junior high. P/NP or letter grading.


120B / Acting and Performance in Film
Lecture, six hours. Exploration of acting and performance in film. Through screenings of performance-driven films, class discussion, and acting exercises, examination of methods, styles, and performances of some of world's most highly regarded actors and their work. P/NP or letter grading.


121 / Acting Workshop
Studio, to be arranged. Requisite: course 20. Courses 160, 163A, 163B, and 163C may be taken concurrently. Workshop that provides students with opportunity to rehearse, perform, and criticize scenes. May be repeated once for credit. P/NP or letter grading.


124A / Voice and Speech II
Studio, three to four hours. Development of voice and speech techniques for stage. Letter grading.


124B / Voice and Speech II
Studio, three to four hours. Development of voice and speech techniques for stage. Letter grading.


124D / Voice and Speech III
Studio, three to four hours. Development of voice and speech techniques for stage. Letter grading.


125E / Movement and Combat III
Studio, three to four hours. Physical awareness for actors, concentrating on warming up body, relaxation, control, stunts, gymnastics, martial arts, and use of weapons. Letter grading.


126A / Acting III
Studio, six hours. Study of characterization, including introduction to Shakespeare. Approach to verse, scansion, use of embolies in classic texts. Personalization within heightened reality. Letter grading.


128A / Acting, Voice, and Movement Workshop II
Studio, four to six hours. Study of advanced acting technique, scene study, and development of voice and movement skills. May be repeated for maximum of 12 units. Letter grading.


134B / Dance for Musical Theater II
Studio, five hours. Designed for Theater majors. Development of dance and movement techniques for musical theater. Letter grading.


134E / Dance for Musical Theater III
Studio, five hours. Designed for Theater majors. Development of dance and movement techniques for musical theater. Letter grading.


135B / Singing for Musical Theater II
Studio, five hours. Designed for Theater majors. Exploration of vocal styles and development of singing techniques for musical theater. Letter grading.


135E / Singing for Musical Theater III
Studio, five hours. Designed for Theater majors. Exploration of vocal styles and development of singing techniques for musical theater. Letter grading.


135F / Singing: Individual Instruction
Studio, one hour. Designed to advance proper vocal technique, focusing on breadth support, vowel shape, range expression, and overall mastery of vocal instrument. May be repeated four times for credit. Letter grading.


138 / Special Problems in Performance Techniques
Studio, four hours. Study of complex problems in voice, movement, and acting. May be repeated twice for credit. P/NP or letter grading.


C146A / Art and Process of Entertainment Design
Lecture, three hours. Conceptualization, design, and prototyping of interactive theatrical events. Exploration of original forms of media-rich entertainment experience through lectures, presentations, and seminar participation. Students form collaborative teams to conceive and propose interactive entertainment events. Concurrently scheduled with course C446A. Letter grading.


150 / Theater Production and Performance
Laboratory, three to six hours. Laboratory experience in various aspects of theater production, including performance in project or production, stage management, member of crew, or assignment as designer or assistant on production. May be repeated for maximum of 8 units. Letter grading.


C151B / Scenic Design for Theater
Lecture/studio, four hours. Requisites: courses 14A, 14B, 14C. Study of scenic design for proscenium, thrust, and arena configurations, multiset productions, and music theater. May be repeated once for credit. Concurrently scheduled with course C451B. Letter grading.


C154B / Sound Design for Theater
Lecture/studio, four hours. Requisites: courses 14A, 14B, 14C. Exploration of sound design for theater and techniques for mixing, reinforcement, and signal processing. Topics include use of delay, equalization, and microphone placement for theater sound reinforcement. Study of creation of sound effects, control of MIDI data, and design techniques for musical theater. May be repeated once for credit. Concurrently scheduled with course C454B. Letter grading.


C155A / Graphic Representation of Design: Perspective Drawing
Studio, four hours. Requisite: course 147A or 147B. Introduction to use of pencil and pen to communicate scenic designs, including one- and two-paint perspective, form light, shade, and textures. Concurrently scheduled with course C455A. Letter grading.


C155D / Graphic Representation of Design: Model Making
Studio, four hours. Requisite: course 147A or 147B. Study of model for representation of scenic designs from initial working prototypes to finished color models. Use of wide variety of materials and techniques for execution of model. Concurrently scheduled with course C455D. Letter grading.


C155E / Graphic Representation of Design: Life Drawing
Studio, four hours. Requisite: course 147A or 147B. Study and practice in drawing of human form. Concurrently scheduled with course C455E. Letter grading.


C155G / Graphic Representation of Design: Scene Painting Techniques
Studio, four hours. Requisite: course 147A or 147B. Study of scenic painting techniques and materials and their realization of color design and elevations. May be repeated once for credit. Concurrently scheduled with course C455G. Letter grading.


C156D / Introduction to Computer-Assisted Drafting
Studio, four hours. Requisite: course 147A. Investigation of drawing and editing techniques, drawing floor plan sections, and elevation drawings using Vectorworks. Concurrently scheduled with course C456D. Letter grading.


C157B / Costume Construction Techniques
Studio, four hours. Requisite: course C157A. Study of theory and application of drafting, pattern making, fitting, and construction techniques for period costumes and undergarments to achieve authentic-appearing costume using contemporary methods. Introduction to costume drafting, construction of period undergarments. May be repeated once for credit. Concurrently scheduled with course C457B. P/NP or letter grading.


163A / Directing for Stage
Lecture/studio, four hours. Requisite: course 15. Intensive development of primary directing skills and process, including text analysis and exploration of craft fundamentals as basis for director/actor communication and effective staging. Students direct scenes from plays under laboratory conditions. Letter grading.


172 / Production Practice in Theater, Film, Video, and Digital Media
Studio, three to eight hours. Exploration and laboratory experience in one or more various aspects of production and postproduction practice for entertainment media, including theater, film, video, and digital media. May be repeated for maximum of 24 units. Letter grading.


173A / Design Assignment: Assistant Designer
Studio, six hours. Requisites: courses 14A, 14B, 14C. Laboratory experience as assistant designer, including participation in preparation and realization of scenic, lighting, costume, or sound designs. May be repeated twice. Letter grading.


173B / Production Design Assignment: Designer
Studio, six hours. Requisites: courses 14A, 14B, 14C. Laboratory experience as designer, including preparation and realization of scenic, lighting, costume, or sound designs. May be repeated twice. Letter grading.


174B / Project in Stage Management
Studio, nine hours. Requisite: course 174A. Laboratory experience in professional duties of assistant stage manager, including participation as assistant stage manager in preproduction, rehearsal, and performance phases of productions. May be repeated once for credit. Letter grading.


174C / Project in Stage Management
Studio, 12 hours. Requisite: course 174A. Laboratory experience in professional duties of stage manager, including participation as stage manager in preproduction, rehearsal, and performance phases of productions. Problems of unions, auditions, organization, scheduling, and responsibilities of lengthy run. May be repeated three times for credit. Letter grading.


174D / Advanced Stage Management Techniques
Lecture, two hours; studio, two hours. Requisites: courses 147A, 174A. Professional duties of stage management. Practical training, including paper techniques, dry techniques, cue 2 cue, preshow setup, performance reports, and quick change rehearsals. Letter grading.


180 / Senior Project
Lecture or studio, three hours. Requisites: courses 101A, 101B, 101C. Preparation of conceptual or creative project to provide culminating experience in production of creative or research work. May be repeated twice for credit. Letter grading.


195 / Community or Corporate Internships in Theater, Film, and Television
Tutorial, eight, 16, or 24 hours. Limited to juniors/seniors. Internship at various theaters, studios, or entertainment organizations accentuating creative contributions, organization, and work of professionals in their various specialties. Students meet on regular basis with instructor and provide periodic reports of their experience. May be taken for maximum of 8 units. Individual contract with supervising faculty member required. Letter grading.


208C / Practicum in Dramaturgy
Laboratory, to be arranged. Requisites: courses 208A, 208B. Demonstration of competence in practice of dramaturgy through completion of approved dramaturgical assignment. May be taken for maximum of 12 units. Letter grading.


210 / Topics in World Theater and Drama
Seminar, three hours. Designed for graduate students. Investigation of selected topics in world theater, drama, production, and architecture. May be repeated four times for credit. S/U or letter grading.


216A / Approaches to Representation
Lecture, three hours; laboratory, one hour. Overview of strategies of representation from classical aesthetic theories to postmodern deconstructions of them. May be repeated once for credit. Letter grading.


220 / Graduate Forum
Seminar, one to four hours. Limited to graduate theater students. Presentation and discussion of issues informing and affecting contemporary theater. May be repeated four times for credit. S/U grading.


230B / Writing for Contemporary Theater: Full-Length Play
Lecture, three hours; studio, two hours. Designed for graduate students. Analysis of strategy and dramatic structure of selected contemporary full-length plays leading to guided completion and critique of student-written full-length play. Letter grading.


232 / Manuscript Analysis
Lecture, three hours. Designed for graduate students. Critical and constructive study of dramatic techniques as employed by playwrights and screenwriters in selected examples of contemporary work. May be repeated once for credit. S/U or letter grading.


263 / Production Project in Direction for Stage
Discussion, one hour; studio, 12 to 30 hours. Designed for graduate students. Direction of dramatic work, with discussion and critique of work in progress. May be repeated for maximum of 20 units. Letter grading.


264 / Directing Classical and Historical Drama
Lecture, four hours; studio, 30 hours. Designed for graduate students. Problems in interpretation and direction of historical or classical drama through medium of laboratory scene work. May be repeated once for credit. Letter grading.


272 / Production Practice in Theater, Film, Video, and Digital Media
Studio, three to eight hours. Exploration and laboratory experience in one or more various aspects of production and postproduction practice for entertainment media, including theater, film, video, and digital media. May be repeated for maximum of 24 units. Letter grading.


298B / Special Studies in Theater Arts
Lecture/discussion, two or four hours. Designed for graduate students. Seminar study of problems in theater arts, organized on topic basis. May be repeated once for credit. S/U or letter grading.


375 / Teaching Apprentice Practicum
Seminar, to be arranged. Preparation: apprentice personnel employment as teaching assistant, associate, or fellow. Teaching apprenticeship under active guidance and supervision of regular faculty member responsible for curriculum and instruction at UCLA. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.


421B / Advanced Acting II
Studio/laboratory, six to 18 hours. Continued character behavior study through language and movement. Further work on actions, objectives, and researching role. Letter grading.


424A / Advanced Voice and Speech I
Studio/laboratory, three to six hours. Development of voice and speech techniques for stage, including those of relaxation, breathing, resonance, and development of speaking voice. Speech training uses International Phonetic Alphabet to train students in standard American speech. Text work in poetry and prose. Letter grading.


424D / Advanced Voice and Speech II
Studio/laboratory, three to six hours. Advanced voice problems. Extension of first-year work, with increased demands on voice. Range, resonance, and breathing capacity extension. Articulation and phonetic alphabet. Text work in classical verse. Letter grading.


425B / Advanced Movement I
Studio/laboratory, three to six hours. Discovery of body's unique language through exercises designed to explore and free total instrument. Development of flexible actor with range, expression, and confidence physically. Awakening of imagination while exploring worlds of ritual, animal, conceptual, and modern dance movements. Letter grading.


425C / Advanced Movement I
Studio/laboratory, three to six hours. Discovery of body's unique language through exercises designed to explore and free total instrument. Development of flexible actor with range, expression, and confidence physically. Awakening of imagination while exploring worlds of ritual, animal, conceptual, and modern dance movements. Letter grading.


425E / Advanced Movement II
Studio/laboratory, three to six hours. Presentation of more complete picture of stage movement and its relationship to theater, music, and dance. Advancement of physical training of individual actors to their maximum potential. Experience in techniques and discovery of origins of variety of acrobatic and dance disciplines, including ballet, ballroom, period dance, and circus techniques. Letter grading.


431 / Special Topics in Playwriting
Discussion, three hours. Designed for M.F.A. playwriting program students. Analysis and practice of varied aspects of playwright's art. Variable content selected from topics such as comedy writing, docudrama, writing for alternative audiences, adaptation from stage to screen, children's theater, or improvisational techniques. May be repeated twice for credit. S/U or letter grading.


435AW / Problems in Advanced Writing for Stage
Lecture, two hours. Limited to M.F.A. candidates. Review discussion and critique of playwriting projects. May be repeated for maximum of 6 units. In Progress grading (credit to be given only on completion of course 435AS).


441B / Lighting Design
Lecture/studio, four hours. Study of use of light and color to define space, effect of light on scenery and costumes, lighting for arena/thrust theaters, multiscenic productions, lighting patterns, and moving scenery. May be repeated once for credit. Letter grading.


442B / Costume Design
Lecture/studio, four hours. Advanced study and practice in costume design for theater. Imagination as impetus for design, text analysis, metaphor, and conceptualization. Investigation of design research process, period style, and character analysis leading to visual presentation of design. Study of costume design for theatrical productions, ballet, opera, and musical theater. May be repeated once for credit. Letter grading.


445B / Production Design for Film, Television, and Entertainment Media
Lecture/studio, four hours. Study and practice in design of scenic environment for film, video, and entertainment media, including effect of differing media on design choices, role of production designers and art directors, and design for single- and multiple-camera production. May be repeated once for credit. Letter grading.


C446A / Art and Process of Entertainment Design
Lecture, three hours. Conceptualization, design, and prototyping of interactive theatrical events. Exploration of original forms of media-rich entertainment experience through lectures, presentations, and seminar participation. Students form collaborative teams to conceive and propose interactive entertainment events. Concurrently scheduled with course C146A. Letter grading.


449 / Design Thesis Project
Lecture/studio, four hours. Series of group design projects that serve as comprehensive examination for M.F.A. degree in entertainment design. Review and evaluation of projects by design faculty members from all areas of curriculum. Letter grading.


C454B / Sound Design for Theater
Lecture/studio, four hours. Exploration of sound design for theater and techniques for mixing, reinforcement, and signal processing. Topics include use of delay, equalization, and microphone placement for theater sound reinforcement. Study of creation of sound effects, control of MIDI data, and design techniques for musical theater. May be repeated once for credit. Concurrently scheduled with course C154B. Letter grading.


C455A / Graphic Representation of Design: Perspective Drawing
Studio, four hours. Requisite: course 147A or 147B. Introduction to use of pencil and pen to communicate scenic designs, including one- and two-paint perspective, form light, shade, and textures. Graduate students expected to produce drawings demonstrating higher level of proficiency and skill. Concurrently scheduled with course C155A. Letter grading.


C455D / Graphic Representation of Design: Model Making
Studio, four hours. Requisite: course 147A or 147B. Study of model for representation of scenic designs from initial working prototypes to finished color models. Use of wide variety of materials and techniques for execution of model. Graduate students expected to produce models demonstrating higher level of proficiency and skill. Concurrently scheduled with course C155D. Letter grading.


C455E / Graphic Representation of Design: Life Drawing
Studio, four hours. Requisite: course 147A or 147B. Study and practice in drawing of human form. Concurrently scheduled with course C155E. Letter grading.


C455G / Graphic Representation of Design: Scene Painting Techniques
Studio, four hours. Requisite: course 147A or 147B. Study of scenic painting techniques and materials and their realization of color design and elevations. May be repeated once for credit. Concurrently scheduled with course C155G. Letter grading.


C456D / Introduction to Computer-Assisted Drafting
Studio, four hours. Requisite: course 147A. Investigation of drawing and editing techniques, drawing floor plan sections, and elevation drawings using Vectorworks. Concurrently scheduled with course C156D. Letter grading.


C457B / Costume Construction Techniques
Studio, four hours. Requisite: course C457A. Study of theory and application of drafting, pattern making, fitting, and construction techniques for period costumes and undergarments to achieve authentic-appearing costume using contemporary methods. Introduction to costume drafting, construction of period undergarments. May be repeated once for credit. Concurrently scheduled with course C157B. S/U or letter grading.


457D / Advanced Historical Costume Interpretation and Construction
Lecture/studio, four hours. Introduction to costume design as tool for interpretation of one renowned artwork and as intrinsic element of art history to gain expertise in period costume and pattern making, while creating half-scale costume inspired by masterwork and to gain familiarity with artist's life and social milieu. Letter grading.


463 / Production Project in Direction for Stage
Studio, 24 hours. Designed for graduate students. Creative participation as director in conceptualization and preparation of dramatic work. Letter grading.


472 / Production Practice in Theater, Film, Video, and Digital Media
Studio, three to eight hours. Exploration and laboratory experience in one or more various aspects of production and postproduction practice for entertainment media, including theater, film, video, and digital media. May be repeated for maximum of 24 units. Letter grading.


474 / Advanced Projects in Design and Production
Lecture/studio, four hours. Study and practice in preparation and execution of designs for theater, film, video, and related entertainment forms. As contributing artistic member of design team, creative responsibilities include designer, technical supervisor, or production manager. May be repeated for maximum of 16 units. Letter grading.


498 / Professional Internship in Theater, Film, and Television
Tutorial, to be arranged. Full- or part-time at studio or on professional project. Designed for advanced M.F.A. students. Internship at various film, television, or theater facilities accentuating creative contribution, organization, and work of professionals in their various specialties. Given only when projects can be scheduled. S/U or letter grading.


596A / Directed Individual Studies: Research
Tutorial, to be arranged. Designed for graduate students. May be repeated with consent of instructor. S/U or letter grading.


596B / Directed Individual Studies: Writing
Tutorial, to be arranged. Designed for graduate students. May be repeated with consent of instructor. S/U or letter grading.


596C / Directed Individual Studies: Directing
Tutorial, to be arranged. Designed for graduate students. May be repeated with consent of instructor. S/U or letter grading.


596D / Directed Individual Studies: Design
Tutorial, to be arranged. Designed for graduate students. May be repeated with consent of instructor. S/U or letter grading.


596E / Directed Individual Studies: Acting
Tutorial, to be arranged. Designed for graduate students. May be repeated with consent of instructor. S/U or letter grading.


596F / Directed Individual Studies: Production
Tutorial, to be arranged. Designed for graduate students. May be repeated with consent of instructor. S/U or letter grading.


597 / Preparation for Ph.D. Qualifying Examinations in Theater Arts
Tutorial, to be arranged. Writing of prospectus and three reading lists. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.


599 / Ph.D. Dissertation in Theater Arts
Tutorial, to be arranged. Preparation: advancement to Ph.D. candidacy. Research for and writing of Ph.D. dissertation. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.


 

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