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  • Objectives
    The Major in Theatre offers a balance between academic study and practical experience, and between artistic and organizational concerns. It is a flexible program that provides an introduction to many aspects of theatre, from theatre history and theory, to stage management, directing and theatre administration. It is directed towards students who seek a general understanding of theatre, one that can serve as the basis for graduate work in the field, or for future involvement in the creation and running of theatres. The Minor in Theatre is designed to be a general introduction to the field of theatre. Available to all students in any faculty of Concordia University, it can serve as an excellent complement to more advanced studies in other areas.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre
  • Course description
    Major in Theatre — 48 credits
    Minor in Theatre — 24 credits

    Courses may include:

        * Script Analysis
        * Theatre History
        * Theatre Administration
        * Stage Management
        * Current Canadian Theatre

    THEA 211 Script Analysis (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Enrolment in a program of the Department of Theatre or written permission of the Department. A study of systematic approaches commonly used for the analysis of dramatic scripts. Students will practice analytical skills on a representative selection of plays, including, when appropriate, those slated for production by the Department.
    NOTE: Students who have received credit for THEA 240 may not take this course for credit.

    THEA 241 Elements of Playwriting (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Enrolment in a program of the Department of Theatre or written permission of the Department. Study of and practice in creating the elements of a play. Students will explore different aspects of the writing process, and are expected to submit work of their own on a regular basis for discussion and workshopping within the group.

    THEA 298 Special Topics in Theatre Studies (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Written permission of the Department of Theatre. Topics in theatre which may include genres, periods, individual playwrights, and national theatres.
    NOTE: Specific topics, and additional prerequisites if required, will be stated in the Undergraduate Class Schedule.

    THEA 299 Special Topics in Theatre Studies (6 credits)
    Prerequisite: Written permission of the Department of Theatre. Topics in theatre which may include genres, periods, individual playwrights, and national theatres.
    NOTE: Specific topics, and additional prerequisites if required, will be stated in the Undergraduate Class Schedule.

    THEA 303 Theatre History I (3 credits)
    A study of the development of the physical stage and representative theoretical and dramatic works within their social context from pre-history to the eighteenth century in Europe. Where appropriate, screenings of plays representing the periods under study are shown.
    NOTE A/See §200.3

    THEA 312 Current Canadian Theatre (3 credits)
    A survey of Canadian theatre in the present day, incorporating a study of notable works, outstanding artists and other figures in the arts world and arts organizations. The course will include an analysis of conditions prevailing on the theatre in various regions of the country and will invite students to take stock of their own future in the theatre or elsewhere.
    NOTE: Students who have received credit for THEA 403 may not take this course for credit.

    THEA 317 Stage Management (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: 12 credits in Theatre, or equivalent experience; or written permission of the Department of Theatre. The key role of a stage manager in theatrical production from audition through closing. Topics for consideration include organizational techniques, prompt-book construction and use, scheduling, personnel supervision, and the "running" of a show.

    THEA 321 Theatre Administration I (3 credits)
    An introduction to theatre administration including theatre organization and management, budgeting, box office operation, publicity, and public relations.

    THEA 341 Playwriting I (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: THEA 241, or enrolment in a program of the Department of Theatre, or written permission of the Department. A seminar in the writing of plays. Students will concentrate upon a particular genre, length of play, or other pre-arranged topic, and will submit original scripts for discussion, workshopping, and possible presentation.

    THEA 342 Playwriting II (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: THEA 241, or enrolment in a program of the Department of Theatre, or written permission of the Department. A seminar in the writing of plays. Students will concentrate upon a particular genre, length of play, or other prearranged topic, and will submit original scripts for discussion, workshopping, and possible presentation. The prearranged topic or genre will be different from that offered in Playwriting I in any one year.

    THEA 398 Special Topics in Theatre Studies (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Written permission of the Department of Theatre. Topics in theatre which may include genres, periods, individual playwrights, and national theatres.
    NOTE: Specific topics, and additional prerequisites if required, will be stated in the Undergraduate Class Schedule.

    THEA 399 Special Topics in Theatre Studies (6 credits)
    Prerequisite: Written permission of the Department of Theatre. Topics in theatre which may include genres, periods, individual playwrights, and national theatres.
    NOTE: Specific topics, and additional prerequisites if required, will be stated in the Undergraduate Class Schedule.

    THEA 404 Theatre History II (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: THEA 303 or written permission of the Department of Theatre. A study of the development of the physical stage and representative theoretical and dramatic works within their social context in Europe, the United States, and Canada from the nineteenth century to recent years. Where appropriate, screenings of plays representing the periods and types of works under study are shown.
    NOTE: Students who have received credit for THEA 304 may not take this course for credit.

    THEA 405 Independent Study I (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Written permission of the Department of Theatre. Credit granted for independent projects supervised by a faculty member. Students are required to submit a paper based on their investigation.
    NOTE C/See §200.3

    THEA 411 Directing (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Completion of 24 credits of the Core, including DFTT 210 and TPER 210 or written permission of the Department of Theatre. Examination of and experimentation in staging and production organization. Exercises in visual, structural, and conceptual analysis.

    THEA 415 Independent Study II (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: THEA 405 and written permission of the Department of Theatre. A continuation of THEA 405. Students who have taken THEA 405 register for THEA 415 for additional credits.

    THEA 420 Playwriting Workshop (6 credits)
    Prerequisite: 48 credits in degree program, at least one of THEA 241, 341 or 342, and written permission of the Department of Theatre; or enrolment in the Major in Playwriting. A workshop for playwrights, actors, directors, and scenographers in which original scripts are written and workshopped for possible future production. An outcome of an appropriate dimension is a feature of this course.

    THEA 422 Theatre Administration II (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: THEA 321 or written permission of the Department of Theatre. A continuation of THEA 321 with additional topics introduced such as financing, contracting, taxation, and touring.
    NOTE: Students who have received credit for THEA 322 may not take this course for credit.

    THEA 498 Special Topics in Theatre Studies (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Written permission of the Department of Theatre. Topics in theatre which may include genres, periods, individual playwrights, and national theatres.
    NOTE: Specific topics, and additional prerequisites if required, will be stated in the Undergraduate Class Schedule.

    THEA 499 Special Topics in Theatre Studies (6 credits)
    Prerequisite: Written permission of the Department of Theatre. Topics in theatre which may include genres, periods, individual playwrights, and national theatres.
    NOTE: Specific topics, and additional prerequisites if required, will be stated in the Undergraduate Class Schedule.

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