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Winter Quarter, 2021

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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 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 055: Contemporary Local, National and Global Theatre, Dance and Performance (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Introduction a range of contemporary theatre, dance and performance in local, national and international settings. Training in critical approaches to and aesthetic appreciation of these forms. Emphasis varies based on instructor. 

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DRA 116: Design on Screen (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; film viewing—3 hours. Analysis of the contribution of outstanding designers for cinema, television and filmed entertainment. Study of diverse aesthetic theories of production design and art direction, costume design, or cinematography. Introductory principles and practice, history. May be repeated two times for credit when topic differs. (Same course as Cinema and Technocultural Studies 116.

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DRA 127B: Principles of Directing (4)

Lecture—2 hour(s); Laboratory—4 hour(s); Rehearsal. Prerequisite(s): DRA 127A; or Consent of Instructor. Director’s creative approach to the actor. GE credit: VL. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.

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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 142: History of Modern Dance (4)

Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Modern Dance tradition, focusing on its theorizations of individual and social identity. Students will write and choreograph analyses of principle dances in this tradition. GE credit: AH, VL, WE. Effective: 2015 Winter Quarter.

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DRA 143: Dance and Movement Studio (1-4)

Laboratory/discussion—2-8 hours. Prerequisite: course 14 or consent of instructor. Special studies in dance and movement such as African, Balinese, Baroque, Chinese, European, and stage combat. Offered as needed for stage productions. May be repeated up to eight units for credit.

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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 155: Representing Race in Performance (4)

Lecture—4 hours. Representation and performance of “race” in American culture featuring different subheadings such as “African American Theatre” or “Asian-Americans on Stage.” May be repeated up to 1 time(s) when topic differs.

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DRA 160A: Principles of Playwriting (4-4)

Lecture/seminar—4 hours. Prerequisite: two courses in Dramatic Art or related courses in other departments; course 160A prerequisite for 160B or consent of instructor. Analysis of dramatic structure; preparation of scenarios; the composition of plays.

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DRA 174: Acting for Camera (4)

Lecture/laboratory—6 hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Analysis and practice of acting skills required for camera work and digital media. May be repeated eight times for credit when different instructor is assigned. 

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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 180: Theatre Laboratory (1-5)

Prerequisite: upper division standing and course 25, or consent of instructor. Projects in acting, production, scene design, costuming, lighting, directing, and playwriting. Participation in departmental productions. May be repeated for credit.

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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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