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Winter Quarter, 2019

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DRA 010: Introduction to Acting (3)

Laboratory/discussion—4 hours; term paper. Fundamentals of movement, speech, theatre games, and improvisation. Selected reading and viewing of theatre productions. Intended for students not specializing in Dramatic Art.

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DRA 014: Introduction to Contemporary Dance (4)

Lecture—3 hours; laboratory—3 hours. Introduction to basic issues and methods in contemporary dance. Focus on preparing the student for dancing and dance-making through basic techniques of improvisation and composition. Consideration of dance as a cultural practice.

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DRA 020: Introduction to Dramatic Art (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Understanding and appreciation of both the distinctive and collaborative contributions of playwright, actor, director, and designer to the total work of dramatic art. Study of plays from the major periods of dramatic art in their cultural contexts.

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DRA 021A: Fundamentals of Acting (4)

Lecture—2 hours; laboratory—4 hours. Prerequisite: course 20. Open to students planning to major in Dramatic Art. Physical and psychological resources of the actor. Experience in individual and group contact and communication, theatre games, advanced improvisation, sound and movement dynamics. Viewing of theatre productions. 

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DRA 040A: Beginning Modern Dance (2)

Laboratory/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: course 14 or consent of instructor. Fundamentals of modern dance focusing primarily on the development of techniques and creative problem solving. Basic anatomy, dance terminology, and a general overview of modern dance history. May be repeated two times for credit. Non-dance majors can only repeat the course once. Dance majors may apply to the dance faculty adviser for permission to repeat more times. Dance is a repetitive practice that involves constant reiteration and demands this for improvement and better understanding of the somatic and proprioceptive skills.

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DRA 040B: Intermediate Modern Dance (2)

Laboratory/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: course 40A. Open to students who have completed 14 and 40A, unless there is consent of instructor. Modern dance techniques. Basic anatomy, dance terminology and a general overview of modern dance history. May be repeated once for credit. For Dance majors, further repeats may be negotiated with faculty adviser in dance.

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DRA 042A: Beginning Ballet (2)

Laboratory/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: course 14 or consent of instructor. Fundamentals of ballet, focusing on the development of technique through proper alignment, quality, and rhythm. Basic anatomy, ballet terminology, and dance history. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor.

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DRA 042B: Intermediate Ballet (2)

Laboratory/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: courses 14 and 42A or consent of instructor. Barre and center work at the intermediate level. Development and refinement of technique through proper alignment, rhythmic, and qualitative understanding. Anatomy, ballet terminology, and dance history. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor.

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DRA 120: Intermediate Acting/Gateway: The Actor’s Toolkit (4)

Lecture/laboratory—6 hours. Prerequisite: course 21A or consent of instructor. Limited enrollment. Implementation of acting tools drawn predominantly from Stanislavsky’s ‘system’. Gateway into the Advanced Acting courses.

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DRA 121A: Advanced Acting: Scene Study and Script Analysis (4)

Lecture/laboratory—6 hours. Prerequisite: course 120 and consent of instructor. Limited enrollment. In-depth study, analysis and performance of texts from different eras, genres and styles. Implementation of tools to undertake independent preparation of character creation. May be repeated up to eight units for credit. Since acting requires repetition to habituate the body and imagination to new practices, this course may be taken twice. New scripts and scenes must be undertaken in the repetition. Offered in alternate years.

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DRA 121B: Advanced Acting: Rehearsal Processes and Practices (4)

Lecture/laboratory—6 hours. Prerequisite: course 120 and consent of instructor. Limited enrollment. Development of rehearsal practice and etiquette, using a variety of scenes from different eras and genres. May be repeated up to eight units for credit. The course has been established to enable visiting artists in residence to undertake the instruction, as well as faculty. Therefore, this course may be taken twice, as students will be exposed to different professional practitioners’ working processes. New etudes, scripts and scenes must be undertaken in the repetition.

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DRA 122B: Advanced Acting: Shakespeare and His Contemporaries (4)

Lecture/laboratory—6 hours. Prerequisite: course 120 and consent of instructor. Limited enrollment. Study and performance of classical texts (monologues and dialogues), with a focus on Shakespeare and the Elizabethan world view. May be repeated up to eight units for credit. Since acting requires repetition to habituate the body and imagination to new practices, this course may be taken twice. New monologues and scenes must be undertaken in the repetition. Offered in alternate years.

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DRA 124A: Principles of Theatrical Design: Scenery (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: course 24 or consent of instructor. Scene design processes, working drawings, sketching techniques, scale models, methods and materials of scenery construction.

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DRA 124E: Costume Design for Film (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: for Dramatic Art majors; course 24 or 124D or consent of instructor. Theory and practice of the art and business of film costume design. Script analysis, costume research, developing design concepts, budgeting, and current production practices and methods. Execution of designs for period and contemporary films. Viewing of current films. (Same course as Cinema and Technocultural Studies 124E)

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DRA 126: Principles of Performing Arts Stage Management (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; laboratory—3 hours. Stage management principles for theatre, dance, musical theatre, music, and concerts. The dynamical role of the stage manager in the performing arts, upper-management team.

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DRA 130: Approaches to Theatrical Design: Practice and Theory (4)

Seminar—2 hours; studio—4 hours. Prerequisite: upper division standing in Dramatic Art, Art Studio or Design; any class from course 124 series or consent of instructor. Advanced design study in specific areas including but not limited to: research, design styles and concepts, new materials and techniques, scenery, lighting, costume, makeup, photography, projections, computer technology, spectacle and special effects, and alternative theatre forms and genres. May be repeated three times for credit when topic differs; when instructor differs.

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DRA 145: Directed Choreography Projects (4)

Lecture/laboratory—6 hours. Prerequisite: courses 140A, 140B, 140C or consent of instructor. Conceptualization, creation, casting, rehearsing, and concert presentation of complete dances, with students integrating elements of stagecraft and directing the on-stage rehearsals.

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DRA 146A: Professional Track Modern Dance I (3)

Laboratory/discussion—6 hours. Prerequisite: course 40B; consent of instructor. Professionally oriented performance training. Rigorous, consistent training regimen based on traditional modern dance technique. Breath and voice, skeletal and muscular placement, moving from the spine, contraction technique, movement intention. May be repeated two times for credit.

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DRA 156AN: Performance Analysis (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 1, 20, or consent of instructor. Performance on the stage, in the street, in everyday life, ritual, and in politics. Satire, irony, creative protest and performance. Social movements, the state, and performance as tactical intervention.

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DRA 175: Small Scale Film Production (4)

Lecture—3 hours; laboratory—3 hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Lecture and intensive workshop teaching small-scale film production. Appointments as a(n) director, director of photography, actor, writer, lighting designer, sound designer and other critical positions are used to produce and submit a short film to a film festival.

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DRA 195: Senior Capstone Experience (2)

Project; lecture/discussion—1 hour. Open to Dramatic Art Majors who have completed 135 or more units. Capstone experience for majors. Examination, reflection and synthesis on development. Discussion of professional development and translatable skills. Individual project and development of portfolio. (P/NP grading only.)

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