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Howard University's Department
of Theatre Arts is an internationally acclaimed leader and producer of artistic merit. Each season the Department of Theatre Arts presents classical and contemporary plays in its two-theatre complex. These plays offer not only entertainment, but also a forum for ideas and discussion.

Academics: Theatre Technology

(120 hours)
Effective Fall 2013

Theatre Technology

The Theatre Technology program is designed to educate, train and inspire talented students in the technology of live theatre. It is expected that students who successfully complete this course of study will eventually become accomplished technical directors and theatre technicians in community, educational, regional and/or professional theatres as well as accomplished planners or consultants in other semi-related occupational fields.

Admission to this program is by portfolio review and interview only.
To view the Theatre Technology Course Curriculum Scheme, please click here.

SEQUENCE OF REQUIRED COURSES

FRESHMAN YEAR

FALL SEMESTER
SPRING SEMESTER
   
Tech Production I ^Basic Stage Lighting (or)
Dance for Non-Majors ^Basic Stagecraft (or)
Play Analysis ^Costume for the Theatre
Freshman English Tech Production II
Freshman Seminar** Play Reading
College Algebra I Blacks in the Arts
  Freshman English
   

SOPHOMORE YEAR

FALL SEMESTER
SPRING SEMESTER
   
Theatre Practicum I* Theatre Practicum II*
Basic Stage Lighting (or) Basic Stage Lighting (or)
Costume for Theatre Basic Stagecraft (or)
Theatre History I (WAC) Costume for Theatre
Intro to Acting: Non-Majors Stage Make-up/Lab
Art Appreciation Theatre History II
Foreign Language I Beginning Directing
  Foreign Language II

*One Theatre Practicum class must be taken EVERY semester the student is enrolled (except the semesters that the classes in  Technical Production and Drama Internship are being taken).

**REQUIRED FOR NEW ENTRANTS ONLY, HOWEVER, ALL OTHERS MUST SATISFY THIS CREDIT HOUR REQUIREMENT WITH AN ELECTIVE.

^All three courses:  BASIC STAGE LIGHTING, COSTUME FOR THE STAGE, and BASIC STAGECRAFT are required, but they can be taken in any order.

NOTE:  Students are responsible for the total number of hours.  Theatre Technology students are required to present their portfolios for faculty review EACH semester.

JUNIOR YEAR

FALL SEMESTER
SPRING SEMESTER
   
Theatre Practicum III* Theatre Practicum IV*
Design I Design II
Playwriting I Second Humanities Elective
(Humanities)
Stage Management Intro to Social Psychology (or)
First Humanities Elective
(Humanities)
Intro to Psychology
(Natural Science)
Elective*** Natural Science Elective
  Elective***

SENIOR YEAR

FALL SEMESTER
SPRING SEMESTER
   
Theatre Practicum V* Seminar in Technical Theatre
Production Management Drama Internship: Technical Theatre
+Philosophy Elective Electives
Intro to Media Production  
Sound for the Theatre - Spring (or)  
Intermediate Stage Lighting - Spring (or)  
Intermediate Stagecraft - Fall (or)  
Intermediate Costuming - Spring  

+Or Equivalent

***Those students participating in the Honors program must take THFD-186 (1 credit) Honors Directed Studies in their Junior year and THFD-187 (3 credits) Honors Thesis in their Senior year.

~It is recommended that the course: Drama Internship in Technical Theatre be taken during the summer prior to the Junior or Senior year.

SUGGESTED ELECTIVES: An additional College Algebra course, Drawing I, Intro to Photography, Interior Design, Fashion Design, Computers in the Arts, Fundraising for the Arts, an additional Social Science, additional Foreign Language, and an Interdisciplinary Course.

NOTE: Many of the courses listed above have laboratory hours.  Laboratory hours allow for practical application of the theatrical approach addressed in both classroom exercises and lectures.  All students should anticipate committing additional time outside of the classroom instruction for lab work.

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