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Courses Offered in Theatre and Speech Communication

Theatre and Speech Communication

SPC 101A: Oral Communication: Personal & Professional

This course is designed to provide an opportunity for the student to experience the knowledge and skills necessary for effective communication with other individuals on a day-to-day basis. The emphasis will be on becoming more aware of self and others in both public presentations and in interpersonal communication settings. This course satisfies the oral communication core requirement. Three lecture hours per week.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Oral Communication

SPC 101B: Oral Communication for Business

This course is designed to provide an opportunity for the student to learn about communication in the business world. The emphasis will be on such technical speaking experiences as preparing and presenting reports, conducting interviews, and employing leadership, team-building, and sales techniques. This course satisfies the oral communication core requirement. Three lecture hours per week.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Oral Communication

SPC 101E: Esl Oral Communication: Personal & Professional

This course is designed to provide an opportunity for the Non Native Speaker to gain experience in the art of public speaking as it applies to personal and professional life. Presentation skills, audience analysis, speech organization and critical thinking are developed. This course also emphasizes American English pronunciation and listening. ESL Oral Communication satisfies the oral communication core requirement. Three lecture hours per week.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Oral Communication

SPC 101O: Oral Communication in Multimedia Environments

This course is designed to provide an opportunity for the student to gain experience in the art of oral communication in its broadest sense, as it applies to everyday life in electronic environments. Oral exercises, class discussions, and speeches will cover the steps necessary for effective audience analysis, message preparation, and delivery as well as effective online interpersonal communication. In online sections students are required to record presentations in front of a live audience. This course satisfies the oral communication core requirement. Three lecture hours per week.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Oral Communication

SPC 101S: Oral Communication for Civic Engagement & Social Justice

This course is designed to give students a broad overview about communication strategies in civic engagement and using the best communication practices to enact social justice/change. The course lectures, materials, and activities are designed to engage students in authentic and compelling dialogue about critical social issues found within the local, national or international contexts. Students will be expected to deliver speeches, lead discussions, critically analyze issues, and critique their own work, as well as that of others. This course satisfies the oral communication core requirement. Three lecture hours per week.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Oral Communication

SPC 102H: Public Speaking-honors

This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of persuasion and argumentation in contemporary life. This course includes analysis of persuasive techniques used in the mass media and of arguments applied to political and social issues. Emphasis will be placed on the development of each student's ability to express, advocate, and defend a point of view. This course satisfies the oral communication core requirement. Three lecture hours per week.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Oral Communication

SPC 213: Language of Leaders

This course provides an analysis of the essence of leadership, leadership styles and a leader's dynamic vision and motivation are explored through the speeches and actions of influential leaders who represent a variety of social and political movements. Speeches are analyzed in terms of the speaker, the message, the effect, and the social environment in which the speeches were presented. This course satisfies the oral communication core requirement. Three lecture hours per week.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Oral Communication

SPC 215: Intercultural Communication

This course examines sociological and psychological perspectives in intercultural communication. Students explore issues of power, gender, religion, ethnocentrism, and racism. Practical guidelines for communicating across diverse racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, regional, and national cultures are studied. Field research includes artwork, artifacts, and films from different cultures. This course satisfies the oral communication core requirement. Three lecture hours per week.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Oral Communication

SPC 305: Professional and Online Communication

This course focuses on an introduction of forms and techniques in professional communication environments including the three-step method to organization/creation of presentations, oral and online presentations, business letters, resumes, interview skills, reports, and business vocabulary. We will also examine the fundamental elements of synchronous and asynchronous communication with emphasis on interactive experiences as well as clear and consistent message construction. Written assignments will serve as the primary evaluation method for this course. Utilizing a draft/revision process, students will demonstrate critical thinking skills relevant to the course materials. Students must be comfortable working independently in a variety of online formats including WebCT, chatrooms, discussion boards, and multi-media websites (such as youtube.com). This course satisfies the oral communication core requirement. Three lecture hours per week.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Oral Communication

SPC 325: Gender Communication

This course will provide a better understanding of communication between genders, thereby improving the quality of interpersonal relationships. This will be achieved through looking at theories surrounding sex, gender, and communication styles, as well as those involving language, nonverbal messages, and intimacy. Written assignments will serve as the primary evaluation method for this course. Utilizing a draft/revision process students will demonstrate critical thinking skills relevant to the course material. Three lecture hours per week.

Credits: 3.00

THE 101: Introduction to Theatre Arts

The course is designed to acquaint the student with the theatrical process and to familiarize the student with the creative roles of the playwright, director, actor, designer, and technician. An appreciation of theatre is acquired through the reading and viewing of plays - both on and off campus, a study of the text, class discussion, and written critiques of productions. The student's creativity will be demonstrated by writing a short play and the completion of a design aspect of a play. Three lecture hours per week.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Creative Expression & Apprec

THE 102: Stage Technology I

This course is designed to give a basic understanding of safety principles, equipment, materials and processes used in the technical aspects of theatre production. Topics of study include costumes, lighting/sound, and stagecraft. Three lecture hours and additional workshop hours per week.

Credits: 3.00

THE 107: Intro to Performance

This course will introduce the student, through practice, to the various aspects of performing in the theater. It includes an introduction to the basic fundamentals of movement, voice and acting for the theater student. It is fully intended that what you learn in this class will serve as a foundation and be directly applicable to the rest of your performance courses and productions at Salem State. Three lecture hours per week.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Creative Expression & Apprec

THE 108: Introduction to Stagecraft

This course is designed to give a basic understanding of safety principles, equipment, materials and processes used in the technical aspects of theatre production. Topics of study include costumes, lighting/sound, and stagecraft. Not open to students who have received credit for THE102. Three lecture hours per week.

Credits: 3.00

THE 110: Movement for the Stage

This course is intended to help the actor get to know his/her physical self, develop the strength, freedom and openness of their body and learn to explore as actor with rhythmic, spatial and physical clarity. Three lecture hours per week.

Credits: 3.00

THE 111: Voice for Performance I

This course is intended to assist the actor in developing physical awareness, a connection to breath and the freedom and openness of their voice, along with an understanding of and experiences with how these apply to the work of a theatrical artist. Three lecture hours per week.

Credits: 3.00

THE 200: Creative Dramatics

This course provides practical experience in the techniques of creative dramatics, such as role-playing, acting, scriptwriting, technical theatre, and improvisation. While focused on expanding the students' own creative expression and ability to be collaborative participants in these exercises, students will also learn how to facilitate creative play activities in classroom and other social settings. Experiences in school settings will be included. Three lecture hours per week.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Creative Expression & Apprec

THE 201: Workshop in Theatre Production I

This course is designed for the Theatre student's direct involvement in the mounting of current Salem State Theatre productions. Basic principles and practices of production will be applied. Six laboratory hours per week.
Prerequisite: THE102.

Credits: 3.00

THE 202: Workshop in Theatre Production II

This course is designed for the Theatre student's direct involvement in the mounting of current Salem State theatre productions. Students will be working on various aspects of theatre production which may include the construction and painting of scenery, the hanging and focusing of lighting instruments and the construction of costumes. Six laboratory hours per week.
Prerequisite: THE102.

Credits: 3.00

THE 204: Directing I

Emphasis is placed on the directorial process and the director's relationship with actors and contributing artists. Script analysis, stage conventions, basic techniques of blocking, stage notation, audition, rehearsal and production processes for the director will be studied. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisites: THE101, THE107.

Credits: 3.00

THE 206: Theatre History I

This course examines the development of World Theatre from antiquity to the early 19th century. Emphasis is placed on Theatre as a cultural, social, political and religious barometer of the times. Representative plays, playwrights and practices are examined. Three lecture hours per week. Not open to students who have received credits for THE300.
Prerequisite: THE101.

Credits: 3.00

THE 207: Theatre History II

The course examines the development of World Theatre from the early 19th century to contemporary theatre. Emphasis is placed on Theatre as a cultural, social, political and religious barometer of the times. Representative plays, playwrights and practices are examined. Three lecture hours per week. Not open to students who have received credits for THE301.

Credits: 3.00

THE 214: Drawing and Rendering

This is a study of the fundamentals needed to present a design. Sketching, figure drawing, perspective drawing, various color media, and materials for model building will be covered. Three lecture hours and additional laboratory hours per week. Not open to students who have received credits for THE414.

Credits: 3.00

THE 216: Acting I

The course focuses on the development of imagination, observation, concentration, justification and relaxation techniques. Motivation, intention and characterization are developed through class exercises and scene work. Three lecture hours and additional laboratory hours per week. Not open to students who have received credits for THE303.
Prerequisites: THE101, THE107.

Credits: 3.00

THE 220: Stage Management I

This course is an introduction to the art and craft of theatrical Stage Management. Students in the Stage Management program will be prepared to be Assistant Stage Managers and design/technical students will understand the function, duties, and responsibilities of the professional Stage Manager. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisites: THE101, THE102.

Credits: 3.00

THE 302: Design for the Theatre

This course covers script analysis from the perspective of the Lighting Designer, Scene Designer, and Costume Designer. It introduces basic research methods and design presentation. Particular attention is focused on the collaborative process of the art of theatre. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisites: THE101, THE102.

Credits: 3.00

THE 304: Directing II

Emphasis is placed on theories and techniques of advanced directing topics including but not limited to classical theatre, musical theatre, epic theatre, new plays, adaptation, and devising. These special topics will be studied through a combination of seminar, lecture, and creative course work. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisite: THE 204.

Credits: 3.00

THE 306: Styles I

The class focuses on various theatrical styles from the Restoration to the modern day. Emphasis will be on the language, manners, and behavior typical of the period. Course work includes class exercises, historical research, and prepared scenes. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisite: THE316.

Credits: 3.00

THE 307N: Script Analysis for Performance

This course provides a writing-intensive study of the interpretation and reflection of literary elements in production. The course is designed to train acting, directing and design students in careful written analysis of dramatic texts. Emphasis is placed on environmental, character, dialogue, and structural analysis.
Prerequisite: W-1, THE101

Credits: 3.00

THE 308: Stage Costuming

This course is a study of construction methods and materials needed for building stage costumes. It involves class work in sewing, patterning, and altering techniques, as well as discussion of design interpretation, construction scheduling, and shopping methods for the costumer. Three lecture hours and additional laboratory hours per week.
Prerequisite: THE102.

Credits: 3.00

THE 309: Applied Stage Movement in Performance

This course is intended to assist the actor in understanding and performing safe and dramatically effective scenes involving staged physical conflicts. The course will include an exploration of body alignment, kinesthetic sense, partnering and period style.
Prerequisite: THE316.

Credits: 3.00

THE 310: Theatre Technology

This course is designed to give a basic understanding of safety principles, equipment, materials and processes used in the technical aspects of theatre production. Topics of study include costumes, lighting/sound, and stagecraft. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisite: THE108.

Credits: 3.00

THE 312: Stage Lighting

This course is designed as a further study of lighting for the Theatre. Emphasis is on equipment; electrical, light, and color theory; scheduling; and the implementation of the design concept. Three lecture hours and additional laboratory hours per week.
Prerequisite: THE102.

Credits: 3.00

THE 313: Stage Graphics

This is a study of the tools, techniques, conventions, and symbols used in drafting, with special attention given to specific techniques for the stage. Much of the drafting will be done on AutoCAD, computer drafting. Three lecture hours and additional laboratory hours per week..

Credits: 3.00

THE 314: Stage Technology II

This is a study of materials and techniques in Theatre construction. Advanced woodworking, costume construction, welding, plastics, foams, fabrics, dyes, patterns, and lighting equipment are covered. Three lecture hours and additional laboratory hours per week.
Prerequisite: THE102.

Credits: 3.00

THE 315: Fashion and Decor

This is a study of the history of architecture, design, decoration, furniture, and costuming through the ages. The evolution of materials, construction techniques, and designs are examined. Emphasis is on styles most commonly found in the period with dramatic literature. Students are required to visit the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisite: W-I course.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: The Human Past

THE 316: Acting II

The course focuses on acting techniques and character development through scene work. The student acquires skills in subtextural analysis. Audition, rehearsal, and performance techniques culminate in public performances and critiques. Three lecture hours and additional laboratory hours per week. Not open to students who have received credits for THE403.
Prerequisite: THE216.

Credits: 3.00

THE 401: Dramatic Theory and Criticism

This is a course designed to acquaint the student with major theoretical and critical writings throughout history and explore their relevance to the contemporary Theatre. The course includes analysis of representative plays and an examination of contemporary reviewers and critics. Development of the student's own critical faculties is emphasized. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisite: THE207.

Credits: 3.00

THE 404: Acting III

This advanced course deals with various acting methodologies including, but not limited to, improvisation, theatre games, Meisner, Grotowski, Suzuki and Stanislavski. Three lecture hours and additional laboratory hours per week.
Prerequisites: THE316 and audition required.

Credits: 3.00

THE 406: Styles II

The class focuses on the theatrical styles of the ancient Greeks and Shakespeare. Emphasis is on the language, manners and behavior typical of each period. Course work includes class exercises, historical research and prepared scenes. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisites: THE306, THE316.

Credits: 3.00

THE 407A: Voice for Performance II

This course provides further study of vocal techniques for the development of a flexible and expressive voice. Emphasis will be on the application of the voice to the text. Exercises will include the interpretation of dramatic scripts. Three lecture hours and additional laboratory hours per week. Not open to students who have previously received credits for THE407.
Prerequisites: THE307N, THE316.

Credits: 3.00

THE 410: Auditioning

This is an intensive workshop in auditioning situations faced in the entertainment industry and the professional theatre. The student prepares and presents a wide range of audition material both serious and comic, covering several periods and styles. Three lecture hours per week. Open only to Seniors in BFA Acting Option.

Credits: 3.00

THE 411: Dialects

The student will develop skill in the use of European and American stage dialects. Study of the International Phonetic Alphabet will be included. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisite: THE407.

Credits: 3.00

THE 413: Stage Machinery

This is a study of the materials used and engineering problems encountered in the moving of scenery for performance. The use of wagons, revolves, treadmills, traps, and flying apparatus will be covered. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisites: THE310, THE314.

Credits: 3.00

THE 416: Playwriting: Creating a Talent Showcase

This course is designed to be a synthesis of the student's accumulated knowledge of dramatic literature, script analysis and acting training and the role that this synthesis takes in the crafting of a theatrical performance. Students will read and analyze contemporary dramatic writing, develop monologues and short scenes, and workshop their pieces through the process of staging. The goal of the course is to demonstrate how the theatre artist can market his/her talents through self-created performance and showcase vehicles. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisite: THE316.

Credits: 3.00

THE 419: Costume Design

This course is an advanced study of the art and craft of costume design. It will explore the Advanced techniques in costume design. Possible topics include design for dance, opera, large-scale drama and musicals. The emphasis on the design process will include interpretation, character development and rendering techniques. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisites: THE214, THE302.

Credits: 3.00

THE 421: Stage Management II

This course is an advanced study of the art and craft of the professional theatre Stage Manager. Students in the BFA Stage Management option will be prepared for the job of Stage Manager in regional and professional theatre. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisites: THE220, THE307N.

Credits: 3.00

THE 500: Independent Study in Theatre

Individual projects relating to the student's particular area of concentration in Theatre will be undertaken. This course is conducted on an individual basis with an assigned faculty member from the Department of Theatre and Speech Communication. It is open to Senior Theatre Arts majors only, and permission of the Department Chairperson is required.

Credits: 3.00

THE 501: Acting Recital

The student performs in a one or two person scene for public viewing and faculty critique or in a faculty-approved leading role in a department production in either the Fall or Spring semester of their Senior year. A production book consisting of all research, analysis and acting choices is to be submitted. Work will be in close conjunction with a faculty advisor. Open only to Seniors in BFA Performance Option or by permission of the Department Chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

THE 504: Scenography II

This course is a study of the relationship between all design aspects in creating unified scenographic environments for the stage. The work of renowned scene, costume, and lighting designers will be covered. Students will also create their own designs. Three lecture hours and additional laboratory hours per week.
Prerequisite: THE412.

Credits: 3.00

THE 505: Projects

Students will assume the role of the set, light or costume designer or a major technical position such as technical director, master electrician, cutter, draper, etc. for a major Salem State Theatre production. Open only to Seniors in the BFA Technical Theatre and Design Options.

Credits: 3.00

THE 91: Theatre Participation I

This course is designed to record the student's direct supervised involvement in the many aspects of Departmental theatre production. This course provides the application of the basic principles and practices addressed in the theatre courses THE101 Introduction to Theatre Arts, THE102 Stage Technology I, and/or THE110 Movement for the Stage. The pass/fail grade will be based on the successful completion of assigned cast or crew positions for Departmental Productions. Production Positions earning Theatre Participation non-degree credits are listed and explained in the Theatre Handbook and are available in the Department Office. Does not give degree credits and has no impact on GPA.

Credits: 0.50

THE 92: Theatre Participation II

This course is designed to record the student's direct supervised involvement in the many aspects of Departmental theatre production. This course provides the application of the basic principles and practices addressed in the theatre courses THE101 Introduction to Theatre Arts, THE102 Stage Technology I, and/or THE110 Movement for the Stage. The pass/fail grade will be based on the successful completion of assigned cast or crew positions for Departmental Productions. Production Positions earning Theatre Participation non-degree credits are listed and explained in the Theatre Handbook and are available in the Department Office. Does not give degree credits and has no impact on GPA.

Credits: 0.50

THE 93: Theatre Participation III

This course is designed to record the student's direct supervised involvement in the many aspects of Departmental theatre production. This course provides the application of the basic principles and practices addressed in the theatre courses THE101 Introduction to Theatre Arts, THE102 Stage Technology I, and/or THE110 Movement for the Stage. The pass/fail grade will be based on the successful completion of assigned cast or crew positions for Departmental Productions. Production Positions earning Theatre Participation non-degree credits are listed and explained in the Theatre Handbook and are available in the Department Office. Does not give degree credits and has no impact on GPA.

Credits: 0.50

THE 94: Theatre Participation IV

This course is designed to record the student's direct supervised involvement in the many aspects of Departmental theatre production. This course provides the application of the basic principles and practices addressed in the theatre courses THE101 Introduction to Theatre Arts, THE102 Stage Technology I, and/or THE110 Movement for the Stage. The pass/fail grade will be based on the successful completion of assigned cast or crew positions for Departmental Productions. Production Positions earning Theatre Participation non-degree credits are listed and explained in the Theatre Handbook and are available in the Department Office. Does not give degree credits and has no impact on GPA.

Credits: 0.50

THE 95: Theatre Participation V

This course is designed to record the student's direct supervised involvement in the many aspects of Departmental theatre production. This course provides the application of the basic principles and practices addressed in the theatre courses THE101 Introduction to Theatre Arts, THE102 Stage Technology I, and/or THE110 Movement for the Stage. The pass/fail grade will be based on the successful completion of assigned cast or crew positions for Departmental Productions. Production Positions earning Theatre Participation non-degree credits are listed and explained in the Theatre Handbook and are available in the Department Office. Does not give degree credits and has no impact on GPA.

Credits: 0.50

THE 96: Theatre Participation VI

This course is designed to record the student's direct supervised involvement in the many aspects of Departmental theatre production. This course provides the application of the basic principles and practices addressed in the theatre courses THE101 Introduction to Theatre Arts, THE102 Stage Technology I, and/or THE110 Movement for the Stage. The pass/fail grade will be based on the successful completion of assigned cast or crew positions for Departmental Productions. Production Positions earning Theatre Participation non-degree credits are listed and explained in the Theatre Handbook and are available in the Department Office. Does not give degree credits and has no impact on GPA.

Credits: 0.50

THE 97: Theatre Participation VII

This course is designed to record the student's direct supervised involvement in the many aspects of Departmental theatre production. This course provides the application of the basic principles and practices addressed in the theatre courses THE101 Introduction to Theatre Arts, THE102 Stage Technology I, and/or THE110 Movement for the Stage. The pass/fail grade will be based on the successful completion of assigned cast or crew positions for Departmental Productions. Production Positions earning Theatre Participation non-degree credits are listed and explained in the Theatre Handbook and are available in the Department Office. Does not give degree credits and has no impact on GPA.

Credits: 0.50

THE 98: Theatre Participation VIII

This course is designed to record the student's direct supervised involvement in the many aspects of Departmental theatre production. This course provides the application of the basic principles and practices addressed in the theatre courses THE101 Introduction to Theatre Arts, THE102 Stage Technology I, and/or THE110 Movement for the Stage. The pass/fail grade will be based on the successful completion of assigned cast or crew positions for Departmental Productions. Production Positions earning Theatre Participation non-degree credits are listed and explained in the Theatre Handbook and are available in the Department Office. Does not give degree credits and has no impact on GPA.

Credits: 0.50

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