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THEATER COURSES FOR WINTER 2017

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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.

  • 11 / Approaches to Interpretation of Theater and Performance

    Lecture, four hours. Introduction to basic methods of interpretation in theater and performance throughout world. Topics illustrated by faculty members and guest speakers, visits to off-campus theaters, and reading from contemporary plays. 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.

  • 25A / 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 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.

  • 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, 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.

  • 28E / Acting, Voice, and Movement Workshop I

    Studio, 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.

  • 72 / Production Practice in Theater, Film, Video, and Digital Media

    Studio, three hours. Exploration and laboratory experience in one or more of various aspects of production and postproduction practice for entertainment media, including theater, film, video, and digital media. May be taken for maximum of 8 units. Letter 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.

  • 104D / New Playwrights, New Playwriting

    Seminar, three hours. Required for students in playwriting sequence. How to approach diverse range of new plays currently changing landscape of theater. Contemporary look at plays written in last 15 years and how they reflect society. Reading of plays to build skills of manuscript analysis; development of working vocabulary of dramaturgical concepts; exploration of different styles of acting, directing, and design that playwrights of today draw from. Letter grading.

  • C104I / History of Design for Performance Production Part II: Historic Costume from Neoclassical to 21st Century

    Lecture, four hours. Requisites: courses 14A, 14B, 14C. Study of historic costume as manifestation of cultural, social, economic, and political influences to provide historical framework for design of costumes for theater, film, and television. Survey of history of Western costume and civilian attire with global emphasis. May be repeated once for credit. Concurrently scheduled with course C404I. 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.

  • 120C / 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. Letter grading.

  • 124A / 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.

  • 125A / Movement and Combat II

    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.

  • 131A / Intermediate Playwriting: Full-Length Play Part I

    Studio, three hours. Requisite: course 130A. Introduction to process of conceiving, researching, and developing full-length plays. Students begin drafting full-length plays. May be repeated twice for credit. 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.

  • 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.

  • C144C / Advanced Sound Design

    Lecture, four hours; laboratory, four hours. Study and practice in processing and mixing of live and recorded sound; mix-down of multitrack recordings; preparation of sound tracks and sound reinforcement in theater. Study of creation of sound effects, control of MIDI data, and design techniques for music theater. May be repeated once for credit. Concurrently scheduled with course C444C. Letter grading.

  • C146B / Art and Process of Entertainment Design

    Lecture, three hours. Conceptualization, design, and prototyping of interactive theatrical events. Prototype development; two to five proposals to be more completely defined and developed. Students form collaborative teams for further conceptual development of their project proposals. May be repeated once for credit. Concurrently scheduled with course C446B. 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.

  • C152B / Lighting Design for Theater

    Lecture/studio, four hours. Requisites: courses 14A, 14B, 14C. Study of lighting design for proscenium, thrust, and arena configurations, music theater, and concert lighting. May be repeated once for credit. Concurrently scheduled with course C452B. Letter grading.

  • C153F / Practice of Costume Design for Film Productions

    Lecture, three hours. Introduction to costume design as tool for storytelling, exploring integration of costume design and filmmaking process and what it takes to bring characters to life. Skills needed to effectively costume short narrative films, including script breakdown, collaboration with directors and actors, and how to manage production challenges. Concurrently scheduled with course C453F. 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.

  • C156F / Introduction to Computer-Assisted Rendering

    Studio, four hours. Investigation of three-dimensional lighting and scenic design previsualization: wire-frame perspective drawing and photo-realistic computer rendering techniques using Vectorworks. Concurrently scheduled with course C456F. 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.

  • C163D / Directing Project for Stage

    Discussion, three hours; laboratory, four to eight hours. Requisites: courses 163A, 163B, 163C. Application of stage directing techniques in production of short play or project. Students direct one-act play or project. May be repeated once for credit. Concurrently scheduled with course C263D. Letter grading.

  • 171A / Advanced Theater Laboratory

    Laboratory, to be arranged. Creative participation as actor or stage manager in public presentation of departmental productions. May be taken for maximum of 4 units. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 171B / Advanced Theater Laboratory

    Laboratory, to be arranged. Creative participation in realization of production elements related to public presentation of departmental productions. May be taken for maximum of 4 units. P/NP or 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.

  • 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. 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.

  • C404I / History of Design for Performance Production Part II: Historic Costume from Neoclassical to 21st Century

    Lecture, four hours. Requisites: courses 14A, 14B, 14C. Study of historic costume as manifestation of cultural, social, economic, and political influences to provide historical framework for design of costumes for theater, film, and television. Survey of history of Western costume and civilian attire with global emphasis. May be repeated once for credit. Concurrently scheduled with course C104I. Letter grading.

  • 420B / Advanced Acting I

    Studio, six to 18 hours. Scene work, usually from 20 to 30 minutes in length. Continuation of work on off-stage preparation, with further development of how actor goes about doing research and fieldwork on character being played. Letter grading.

  • 423 / Advanced Acting for Camera

    Studio, three hours. Development and practice in performance techniques for film and television. Exploration of language used by actors and directors in film and television production and subtle differences between acting for stage and camera. Working in multicamera studio environment, students prepare and tape scenes for analysis. May be repeated twice for credit. 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.

  • 425A / 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.

  • 430B / Advanced Studies in Playwriting

    Lecture, three hours. Limited to M.F.A. playwriting program students. Guided completion of full-length scripts for stage. S/U or letter grading.

  • 432 / Theatrical Adaptation

    Lecture, four hours. Requisites: courses 230A, 230B, 230C. Survey of contemporary adaptation for stage, with selected readings of playwriting adaptation techniques, and outline and development of adaptation for stage. 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.

  • 441D / Scenic Projection and Media Techniques

    Lecture/laboratory, four hours. Designed for graduate students. Advanced study and practice in scenic projection and media techniques, with emphasis on analysis, design, and execution of theatrical projection and photographic technique for stage. S/U or 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.

  • C446B / Art and Process of Entertainment Design

    Lecture, three hours. Conceptualization, design, and prototyping of interactive theatrical events. Prototype development; two to five proposals to be more completely defined and developed. Students form collaborative teams for further conceptual development of their project proposals. May be repeated once for credit. Concurrently scheduled with course C146B. Letter grading.

  • 448B / Costume Design for Film, Television, and Entertainment Media

    Lecture/studio, four hours. Study and practice in design of costumes for live and virtual characters in film, television, and entertainment media, including effect of differing media on design choices. May be repeated once for credit. 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.

  • C453F / Practice of Costume Design for Film Productions

    Lecture, three hours. Introduction to costume design as tool for storytelling, exploring integration of costume design and filmmaking process and what it takes to bring characters to life. Skills needed to effectively costume short narrative films, including script breakdown, collaboration with directors and actors, and how to manage production challenges. Concurrently scheduled with course C153F. 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.

  • C456F / Introduction to Computer-Assisted Rendering

    Studio, four hours. Investigation of three-dimensional lighting and scenic design previsualization: wire-frame perspective drawing and photo-realistic computer rendering techniques using Vectorworks. Concurrently scheduled with course C156F. 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.

  • 460AW / Contemporary Issues in Direction

    Discussion, three hours. Designed for graduate students. Discussion of role of director in contemporary professional practice. Review discussion and critique of directing projects. May be repeated for maximum of 4 units. 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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