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2015-2016 University Catalog 
    
2015-2016 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Theatre and Dance, Department of


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Department Chair

Bruce Goodrich

Department Office/Website

Clayes Performing Arts 139
657-278-3629
fullerton.edu/arts/theatredance

Faculty

Joseph Arnold, Evelyn Carol Case, Maria Cominis, Svetlana Efremova-Reed, Debra Garcia Lockwood, Bruce Goodrich, Mitchell Hanlon, Eve Himmelheber, Anne James, Lawrence Jasper, Muriel Joyce, Gladys Kares, Fred Kinney, William Lett, Lisa Long, Bill Meyer, Dave Mickey, David Nevell, Debra Noble, Elizabeth Ramirez, Mark Ramont, Alvin Rangel- Alvarado, Ann Sheffield, John Short, James R. Taulli, Jim Volz, Abel Zeballos

Introduction

The Department of Theatre and Dance undergraduate and graduate programs include the fields of acting, dance, directing, musical theatre, playwriting, technical production and design, and secondary teaching certification. Specifically, the coursework and production activities are arranged to provide opportunities for students to: (1) develop an appreciation for theatre arts and dance; (2) become aware, as audience or participants, of the shaping force of theatre arts and dance in society; (3) improve the knowledge and skills necessary for employment in the theatrical arts profession and careers in dance; (4) pursue graduate studies; and (5) prepare for teaching theater and dance.

Public performance is at the center of the department’s programs. Therefore, continuing theatre and dance production activities are essential for all students, including the undergraduate student pursuing theatre within traditional, historical literary and theoretical contexts, as well as the undergraduate pre-professional, professional and graduate conservatory student.

The Dance program is designed to foster the skills, understanding and discipline of young dancers. The curriculum combines practical training in technique, aesthetics and critical thinking. Within a clear framework of technique and dance studies, students will encounter challenges in both areas. Public performance, as well as a sound academic schedule, is considered paramount.

The Department of Theatre and Dance is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance and the National Association of Schools of Theatre. The theatre undergraduate program ranks among the top 16 schools in the nation according to the Performing Arts Major’s College Guide published by Macmillan Books. The dance program is also ranked among such noteworthy programs as Cornell, Duke, Hofstra and Brigham Young Universities.

Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Theatre Arts

The following goals and learning outcomes have been established for students pursuing a degree in Theatre Arts:

Practitioners

  • Be competent and reflective practitioners of the art of theatre through performance, design, playwriting, choreography or work backstage
  • Appreciate the value of a culturally rich life
  • Be passionate and confident about their work by successful performance, design and technical work
  • Practice successful collaboration through work on production and showcases
  • Are intellectually, technically, creatively and technologically prepared to be artistic members of their communities

Critical Thinkers

  • Be intellectually curious and decisive in exploring new avenues of expression
  • Be able to analyze a play or musical and apply that knowledge to a specific theatre project

Theatre Scholars

  • Have a basic knowledge of theatre history, literature and theory
  • Exercise professional standards of oral, written and graphic communication

Dance

The following learning goals and learning outcomes have been established for students pursuing a degree in Dance:

Practitioners

  • Be competent and reflective practitioners of the art of dance
  • Be capable of living a culturally rich life accomplished through the study of dance, literature and criticism
  • Be passionate and confident about their work which is achieved through live performance
  • Practice successful collaboration through performance and choreography for showcases and concerts
  • Are intellectually, creatively, and technologically prepared to be artistic member of their communities

Critical Thinkers

  • Be intellectually curious and decisive in exploring new avenues of expression
  • Exercise professional standards of oral, and written communication through reviews, critiques, and final projects

Dance Scholars

  • Have a basic knowledge of dance history, literature and theory
  • Have well-rounded educational backgrounds acquired through studies in general education

Programs and Courses Offered

Programs

    Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of Fine ArtsMaster of Fine Arts

    Courses

      Dance

      Courses are designated as DANC in the class schedule.

      Theatre

      Courses are designated as THTR in the class schedule.

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