Fine Arts Course Descriptions

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Number sequencing next to course name means the following: first digit designates the number of lecture hours for the course; the second digit designates the number of lab, clinic or practicum hours; and the third digit designates the credit hours for the course.

DANC 101 Dance Survey I 0-5-2
This studio class provides novice dancers with the fundamentals of strength and conditioning and an introduction to the basic dance genres of ballet, tap, jazz, and contemporary/lyrical. (Pass/No Pass grades only. Classes are held at the Concord Dance Academy. Students are required to wear dance-appropriate clothing.)

DANC 102 Dance Survey II 0-5-2
This studio class builds on the fundamentals of strength and conditioning and the introduction to the basic dance genres of ballet, tap, jazz, and contemporary/lyrical presented in Dance Survey I. (Pass/No Pass grades only. Classes are held at the Concord Dance Academy. Students are required to wear dance-appropriate clothing.) (Prerequisite: Successful completion of Dance Survey I or placement audition.)

FA 105 Introduction to Music 3-0-3
This course offers a fundamental approach to perceptive listening based on a detailed study of several masterpieces representing different periods and forms. The pieces will be studied from aesthetic and historical perspectives.

FA 106 The History of Jazz, Blues and Rock and Roll 3-0-3
This course examines the history of three of America's great musical contributions to world culture-jazz, blues and rock & roll-via detailed study of several masterpieces in each genre. Students will explore the fundamental musical elements, the historical roots and the development of musical traditions of each style. Various listening and vocal music guides will facilitate the student's knowledge and awareness.

FA 107 World Music 3-0-3
Through the exploration of "soundscapes," or music within a cultural setting, students will learn sound characteristics and instrument classification that can be used for any type of music. Students will come to understand the significance of music within a culture. Students will develop critical listening skills and the vocabulary necessary to understand and evaluate music. No musical background is necessary.

FA 140 Introduction to Modern Dance 1-4-3
This course is designed to guide students' knowledge and awareness of the performing art form that is Modern Dance through the study of the history of modern dance via assigned readings and viewings of videotaped performances by various modern dance companies and through the physical development of a basic movement vocabulary, elementary dance technique, improvisation exploration, and composition. Students must wear fitted sweat pants, running pants or shorts, and fitted T-shirts or a leotard with footless tights or other dance/exercise clothing during class sessions. This course will be taught at the Petit Papillon dance studio, which is a 10-15-minute drive from the NHTI campus. Students should plan their schedules to accommodate travel time.

FA 141 Ballet Fundamentals 0-3-1
This course is designed to guide students' knowledge and awareness of the performing art form that is Classical Ballet through the following process: the study of the history of Classical Ballet by assigned reading, viewings of videotaped performances by various professional ballet companies, and by attending a live performance (which may require special travel and separate ticket purchase); the physical execution of basic ballet technique. (Special attire - Women: leotard and tights or other dance/exercise clothing, ballet slippers; Men: fitted sweat pants, running pants or shorts and fitted t-shirt.) This course will be taught at the Petit Papillon Dance Studio, which is a 10-15 minute drive from the NHTI campus. Students should plan their schedules to accommodate travel time.

FA 150 Introduction to Guitar 3-0-3
This course offers a fundamental approach to learning the guitar for beginning students with varied levels of experience. Students will be involved with and exposed to performance situations, some practical applications of music theory as well as different playing styles and techniques. Students must provide their own instruments. Acoustic instruments only.

FA 155 Vocal Production and Performance 2-2-3
This course offers an opportunity to study various aspects of vocal production and performance, which will include vocal process from theory to application. The vocal process will focus on optimizing one's vocal understanding through performance techniques and musicianship.

THTR 101 Acting I 3-0-3
Acting One is an introduction to drama as a performing art, with emphasis upon physical movement and the use of voice in the development of characterization. Students will learn to use improvisation and theatre games to make feelings accessible to the student actor for the purpose of performance. The class will take a functional approach to the basic techniques of acting with an in-class performance final. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of acting that include action, relaxation, objective, spontaneity, emotion, monologues, texts, projection, presence, substitution, referential movement, character analyses, and heightened diction. It will include ideas about the rehearsal process, play scripts, scenes, staging, and performance.

THTR 102 Acting II 3-0-3
This course is a continuation of Acting I and is an introduction to diverse acting approaches through the practical study of scenes and monologues in class. Exercises, exploring these various acting techniques, will be done in class and will be discussed/critiqued. The scene assignments may be taken from scripts assigned to students or be chosen by students with approval from the professor. Students will be required work in and outside of class and to attend two plays in the course of the semester-one on campus, one off campus. Emphasis will be placed on the special demands of scene analysis, milieu study and characterization, as well as beginning directing technique. Comfortable clothing for movement required. (Prerequisite: Acting I with a grade of "C" or higher)

THTR 110 Introduction to the Theatre 3-0-3
This course will provide a broad survey of the basic components of theatre. Because theatre is a study of the possible, that is, what may result from the collaboration of many talents, we will study it from a number of different perspectives. We will examine plays, the history of theatre as an art, acting, technical theatre, theatre's impact on society, and important practitioners in the field. Plays are unique in all of literature, because they are only finished in performance in front of an audience. To understand how plays come to their complete realization, we will see several productions, both on and off campus. The student will be responsible for the cost of one ticket for an off campus production.

THTR 220 Playwriting 3-0-3
To illuminate and guide each student through the art and craft of writing for performance. This course explores the fundamental principles needed to build a realistic play that is intended to be produced upon the stage. Though the course is built around the construction of plays, the principles, writing exercises, readings, and other assignments serve as a solid base for any form of dialogue-driven writing. The class will culminate in the writing and staged-readings of 10-minute plays and performance texts. Students are expected to attend, at their own expense, one live theater production to be specified. (Prerequisite: EN 101 with a grade of “C” or higher) [Students receiving credit for THTR 120 cannot also receive credit for EN 295D.]

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