Fine Arts Course Descriptions

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 101C 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 102C 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.)

DANC 140C 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.

DANC 141C 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.)

MUSC 105C 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.

MUSC 106C 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.

MUSC 107C 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.

MUSC 150C 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.

MUSC 155C 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 101C 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 102C 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 to 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: THTR 101C Acting I with a grade of "C" or higher.)

THTR 110C/ENGL 110C 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 150C Theater History: Prewriting to 1800 3-0-3
An examination of theater history from pre-writing to the Restoration through the context of play reading and primary texts. The course studies how the interrelationships among technologies, ideologies, geography, history, architecture, politics, and social expectations related to culture affected theatre productions. Students will engage in investigative research and reporting.

THTR 185C Children’s Theatre 3-0-3
This course examines techniques for theatre in the classroom, creative dramatics, and theatre for young audiences. It examines the dramatic structure, audience needs, directing, and acting techniques that are employed in the production of theatre for children and creative drama in the classroom. Practical and creative applications of scene design, costumes, make-up, and lighting are topics studied in the preparation of the final production. There will be a performance for young audiences at the end of the semester during class time. (A $25 specialty course fee will be assessed for all students taking THTR 185C.)

THTR 220C 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: ENGL 101C with a grade of “C” or higher.) [Students receiving credit for THTR 120C cannot also receive credit for ENGL 295C.]

THTR 250C Musical Theater 3-0-3
This course is an exploration of American Musical Theatre. Students will study the work of the actor/singer/dancer and use their gained knowledge to develop as performers and intelligent audience members. Students will prepare and present as soloists as well as members of small groups and larger ensemble. Students will not only sing but will choreograph and block movement appropriate for each piece. Since this is a workshop course, students will prepare material for class presentation and critique. There will also be a focus on the audition process, as well as musical theatre history and repertoire. Finally, the class will participate in a culminating showcase performance at the end of the semester to which the NHTI and extended community will be invited. (Prerequisite: THTR 101C Acting I strongly recommended.) (A $25 specialty course fee will be assessed for all students taking THTR 250C.)

THTR 255C Directing 3-0-3
This course is an introduction to the basic concepts, theories and methods of play direction that emphasizes text analysis, leading to the creation of the prompt book and production of a one-act play. Productions will be performed on the auditorium stage before an audience scheduled on an evening that does not conflict with main stage productions, classes, or other previously scheduled events. (Prerequisites: THTR 101C and THTR 102C with grades of “C” or higher or Permission of the Department Chair of English/Fine Arts/Languages.)

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