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103 Acting for Non-majors - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5. 
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Dramatic Arts 130. 
This course introduces students to improvisational acting, treating acting as process-centered. The instructor leads the students using a variety of exercises to imagine, enact and reflect upon human experiences, emphasizing problem-solving skills in group improvisational work. This course is designed for introductory drama students and anyone who is interested in studying acting. (FT) AA/AS; CSU. Not currently offered.

105 Introduction to Dramatic Arts 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory : English 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6. 
This survey course introduces fundamental practices and creative processes in the dramatic arts. Through experimentation and examination, students gain greater insight and appreciation of the dramatic arts as an agent of change that is vital to the humanities. Aspects of theatre production and collaboration are covered through lecture, group discussion and participation. This course is designed for dramatic arts majors and all students interested in the dramatic arts. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC; C-ID THTR 111.

106 Acting for Radio/Voice-Over - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5; Radio, Television and Film 105 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent. 
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Radio and Television 106, Radio, Television and Film 106, Dramatic Arts 265 or Radio and Television 265. 
This course is a practical study of the voice-over industry. Emphasis is placed on voice-over acting techniques for radio and television commercials, multimedia and other audio and video presentations. Students are expected to read aloud extensively as well as to record their voice for critique and self-evaluation. Topics also include an overview of the voice-over business, marketing, current technology, and professional work and studio etiquette. This course is intended for students majoring in drama or radio and television as well as for anyone interested in the voice-over business. This course is cross listed with Radio, Television and Film (RTVF) 106. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

107 Study of Filmed Plays - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory : English 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6. 
This course is a study of cinematic adaptations of plays, comparing stage and screen versions in the areas of form and structure, writing, and production. Emphasis is placed on developing students' appreciation for dramatic art and providing practice in the art of theater criticism. This course is intended for students majoring in Dramatic Arts and any student interested in the Humanities. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

108 Playwriting - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6. 
This course gives students an opportunity to write dramatic material for the theatre. Topics and exercises include exploring dialogue, monologue, exposition, autobiography, writing for various voices, and other areas related to playwriting. Students are required to write scenes and monologues that explore issues of structure, in order to develop a technique to explore individual and traditional dramatic ideas and processes. This class is designed for students majoring in theatre and those students interested in the Humanities.(FT) AA/AS; CSU.

109 Theatre and Social Issues - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6. 
This course is a study of the role of theatre in society within its cultural, aesthetic, economic, and political manifestations. Emphasis is placed on increasing students' understanding of politics in theatrical representation and comprehension of theatre as a tool for social change. Topics include the nature and function of theatrical representation, moving to historical and contemporary issues in American and World cultures. This class is designed for students majoring in theatre and those students interested in the Humanities and/or social and theoretical issues. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

111 Chicana/o Theatre 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent or Milestone R6 and W6. This course is a survey of Chicana/o drama in the United States and Mexico from 1975 to the present. Emphasis is placed on the historical roots, techniques, styles, and dramatic literature. It explores new trends, influences, and developments in playwriting, directing, and performance styles. This course examines issues facing the MexicanAmerican community through dramatic forms, focusing on the advent of professionally-oriented Chicana/o theatre, examining significant plays, playwrights, and the theatre groups that produced those plays. This course is designed for Chicana/o Studies majors, Dramatic Arts majors, and anyone interested in literature. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC. Not currently offered.

118 Intermediate Playwriting - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: Dramatic Arts 108 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent. This course examines themes, structures, and effective material that is written for the theatre at the intermediate level. Topics and exercises include the exploration of dialogue and monologue composition, exposition, autobiography, political and domestic social issues, writing for the opposite gender, and structure. Students are required to write scenes and plays that facilitate the development of a technique that is both individual and based on traditional dramaturgical ideas. Students present a folio of plays as well as critical analyses of plays and other works associated with theatre and playwriting. This course is designed for students majoring in theatre and those interested in creative writing and the humanities.(FT) AA/AS; CSU.

119 Acting for Film and Television - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5. Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Radio and Television 119, Radio Television and Film 119, Dramatic Arts 265 or Radio and Television 265. 
This course introduces students to the skills required for on-camera performing techniques as used in the motion picture and television industry. Students participate in the selection, rehearsal, and on-camera performance of material from television and motion picture scripts including drama, sitcoms, daytime dramas and commercials. Emphasis is placed on cold-reading taped audition skills, improvisational techniques, and the fundamental acting techniques required for on-camera performance. This course is designed for theatre, television and film majors. This course is cross listed with Radio, Television and Film (RTVF) 119. (FT) AA/AS; CSU. 

123 Beginning Stagecraft - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Drama 125. 
This course is a hands-on introduction to technical theatre production. Emphasis is placed on construction, painting, rigging, placement, and manipulation of stage scenery, lighting equipment, sound, projections, properties, and the organization and management of stage activity and stagecraft technology. This course is designed for Theatre majors and students interested in backstage production. (FT) AA/AS; CSU, UC; C-ID THTR 171.

124 Makeup for the Stage 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Dramatic Arts 122. 
This course is an introductory hands-on study of the materials and techniques used in stage makeup design and application. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of a lexicon pertinent to the history and use of makeup in the theater as well as on the actual application of stage makeup in the classroom and as a member of the makeup crew for a theatrical production. This course is intended for students majoring in drama, theatre, film, radio and television and cosmetology as well as anyone interested in makeup for the stage. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC; C-ID THTR 175.

126 Advanced Stagecraft - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: Dramatic Arts 123 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent. 
This course is an advanced study of technical stage production and scene technology. Emphasis is placed on the methods and practices of technical theory and on practical, hands-on experience. Topics include theater design, stage decor and lighting, and the synthesis of all elements of stagecraft within an environment of actual stage production. Students develop crew leadership skills as they create and construct set designs and operate stage equipment for all Dramatic Arts productions throughout the semester. This course is designed for Theatre majors and anyone interested in stagecraft. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

129A Beginning Scene Painting 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 47A or English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5. 
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Drama 265 or 129. 
This course introduces students to basic techniques and materials used in the painting of scenery for the stage. Emphasis is placed on techniques in faux painting, murals, trompe l'oeil (trick the eye), and decorative motifs for theatre. Students experiment with color mixing, base, layout, ink, lay-in detail, and the use of brushes and tools for application in theatre settings. This course is designed for drama majors, art students, and anyone interested in painting on a large scale. (FT) AA/AS; CSU, UC. Not currently offered.

129B Intermediate Scene Painting 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 47A or English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5; Dramatic Arts 129A with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent. 
This course is an intermediate study in the art and practice of theatrical scene painting. Emphasis is placed on the creation of large scale projects designed to allow students the opportunity to apply basic scene painting skills while experimenting with intermediate techniques and tools, including liner and aerial perspective and a variety of spray guns. Students take on leadership roles in scene painting for theatrical productions while developing communication and collaboration skills. The course is designed for students majoring in drama, art, or anyone interested in painting on a large scale. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC. Not currently offered.

132 Beginning Acting - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5. 
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Drama 131A. 
This course is a beginning level study, practice and execution of the fundamentals of acting designed to develop a foundation in basic acting technique. Emphasis is placed on the effective communication of ideas and emotions by a dramatic character to audience. Topics include staging techniques, improvisation, theater games, scenes, monologues, stage movement, and an introduction to the lexicon of acting for theater. This course is intended for students who are interested in developing basic acting techniques. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC; C-ID THTR 151.

133 Intermediate Acting - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: Dramatic Arts 132 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent. 
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Drama 131B. 
This course is an intermediate level study of the fundamentals of acting. Emphasis is placed on the use of scene work as a tool for sharpening the actor's skill. Students work on scenes by a variety of playwrights as they increase vocal, physical and emotional flexibility as well as their stage presence. This course is designed for students majoring in Drama and anyone interested in honing their acting skill. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC; C-ID THTR 152.

134 Beginning Voice for Actors - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5. 
This course is a study of the foundations of vocal technique for actors. Emphasis is placed on breath, projection, resonators, and diction. Students apply voice technique through classical and modern monologues. This course is designed for drama majors, multilingual learners, and anyone interested in refining voice and articulation skills. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC. 

136 Theatre History I-Ancient Greece to the Renaissance - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6. 
This course is a survey of the history of theatre from ancient Greece through the Renaissance. Emphasis is placed on the historical, political, cultural, and religious contexts within which plays were developed and performed. Topics include acting styles, theories and theorists, theatre architecture, representative plays and playwrights, production elements, and staging innovations. This course is intended for drama majors and students interested in history. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC; C-ID THTR 113. Not currently offered.

137 Theatre History II-Restoration to the Present - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6. 
This course is a survey of theatre from the English Restoration to the present. Emphasis is placed on the historical, political, and cultural contexts within which plays were developed and performed. Topics include acting styles, theories and theorists, theatre architecture, representative plays and playwrights, production elements, and staging innovations. This course is intended for drama majors and students interested in history. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC. Not currently offered.

143 Beginning Costuming - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 47A or English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5; Mathematics 38 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level M30. This lecture and laboratory course emphasizes student involvement in the techniques and methodology of costume construction. Topics include practical experience in sewing, fabrics and their modification, costume craft techniques such as millinery, masks, footwear and accessories, and service on costume crews. Students explore costume production procedures with regards to time, budgets, and labor. This course is designed for students majoring in performance and technical theatre or anyone interested in clothing and fashion.(FT) AA/AS; CSU, UC; C-ID THTR 174. 

153 Intermediate Costuming - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: DRAM 143 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent or FASH 130 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
This lecture/laboratory course develops intermediate skills in theatrical costuming including costume design for various styles, historical research methods, costume construction, and fabric identification and modification. Emphasis is placed on the role of the costume designer from the pre-production/design phase to the execution of costume design for the stage. This course is designedfor drama majors and anyone interested in costume design, cosplay, or fashion. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

165 Introduction to Stage Movement - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5. 
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Drama 165A. 
This course is an introduction to basic techniques of movement for the stage. Emphasis is placed on the actor's body as an expressive instrument. Students acquire flexibility, strength, and physical repertoire of stage movement. This course is designed for drama and dance majors and anyone interested in honing stage movement skills. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

205 The American Musical on Stage and Screen - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent. This course is a survey of the American musical on stage and film with an emphasis on the evolution of this unique American art form. Students explore the role of social, political, and demographic changes on Musical Theatre from late-nineteenth century stage productions to recent live, filmed, and digital manifestations. This class is designed for Dramatic Arts majors, Film majors, and anyone with an interest in musical theatre. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC. Will be offered in Fall 2025.

240A Musical Theater Repertoire - 12 hours lab, 4 units (Grade Only)

Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Drama 251. 
This introductory class is designed for the rehearsal and performance of a play from the musical theatre repertoire. Emphasis is placed on rehearsal and performance as students are introduced to working in collaboration with directors, cast members, and production crew members on a musical theatre production. This course is intended for students majoring in drama, dance, music, and all students interested in participating in a musical theatre production. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

240B Musical Theatre Repertoire II - 12 hours lab, 4 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Dramatic Arts 240A with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent. 
This course is designed for the intermediate level of rehearsal and performance of a play from the musical theatre repertoire. Emphasis is placed on rehearsal, performance, and the synthesis of singing, dancing and acting throughout the rehearsal and performance processes. This course is intended for students majoring in drama, dance, or music, and all students interested in participating in musical theatre production and performance. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

240C Musical Theatre Repertoire III - 12 hours lab, 4 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Dramatic Arts 240B with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent. This course is designed for the intermediate-advanced level of rehearsal and performance of a play from the musical theatre repertoire. Emphasis is placed on refinement of the process through the development of one's work ethic. Students are expected to demonstrate professionalism and consistent practice throughout the rehearsal process. This course is intended for students majoring in drama, dance, or music, and all students interested in participating in musical theatre production. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

240D Musical Theatre Repertoire IV - 12 hours lab, 4 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Dramatic Arts 240C with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent. 
This class is designed for the advanced level of rehearsal and performance of a play from the musical theatre repertoire. Emphasis is placed on professional decorum, adaptability, and leadership throughout the rehearsal and performance processes. This course is intended for students majoring in drama, dance, or music, and all students interested in participating in musical theatre production. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

242A Rehearsal and Performance I - 9 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Drama 250. 
This course is an introduction to the rehearsal and performance process of a departmental theatre production. Students are introduced to collaborating with directors, cast members, and production crew members on a play. This course is intended for students majoring in drama and all students interested in participating in theatre production. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC; C-ID THTR 191.

242B Rehearsal and Performance II - 9 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Dramatic Arts 242A with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent. 
This course is the intermediate level of rehearsal and performance of a departmental theatre production. Students collaborate with directors, cast members, and production crew members on a play. This course is intended for students majoring in drama and all students interested in participating in theatre production. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

242C Rehearsal and Performance III - 9 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Dramatic Arts 242B with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent. 
This course is the intermediate-advanced level of rehearsal and performance of a departmental theatre production. Students collaborate with directors, cast members, and production crew members on a play. This course is intended for students majoring in drama and all students interested in participating in theatre production. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

242D Rehearsal and Performance IV - 9 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Dramatic Arts 242C with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent. 
This course is the advanced level of rehearsal and performance of a departmental theatre production. Students demonstrate leadership skills as they collaborate with directors, cast members, and production crew members on a play. This course is intended for students majoring in drama and all students interested in participating in theatre production. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

243A Technical Theatre Practicum - Costume and Makeup - 6 hours lab, 2 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Dramatic Arts 123, 124, 129A, and 143, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent. 
This technical theatre practicum is designed to provide students with hands-on training in the intricacies of running a theatre production, with special emphasis on costume and makeup. Students work as part of the costume and makeup crew during the rehearsal and production processes for main stage, dance or black box productions. This course is intended for students majoring in drama and all students interested in participating in the theatre production process. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC. Not currently offered.

243B Technical Theatre Practicum - Lighting and Sound - 6 hours lab, 2 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Dramatic Arts 123, 124, 129A, and 143, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent. 
This technical theatre practicum is designed to provide students with hands-on training in the intricacies of running a theatre production, with special emphasis on lighting and audio. Students work as part of the lighting and audio crew during the rehearsal and production processes for main stage, dance or black box productions. This course is intended for students majoring in drama and all students interested in participating in the theatre production process. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC. Not currently offered.

243C Technical Theatre Practicum - Scenic - 6 hours lab, 2 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Dramatic Arts 123, 124, 129A, and 143, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent. 
This technical theatre practicum is designed to provide students with hands-on training in the intricacies of running a theatre production, with special emphasis on scenic elements. Students work as part of the scenic crew during the rehearsal and production processes for main stage, dance or black box productions. This course is intended for students majoring in drama and all students interested in participating in the theatre production process. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC. Not currently offered.

243D Technical Theatre Practicum - Stage Management - 6 hours lab, 2 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Dramatic Arts 123, 124, 129A, and 143, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent. This technical theatre practicum is designed to provide students with hands-on training in the intricacies of running a theatre production, with special emphasis on stage management. Students work as part of the stage management crew during the rehearsal and production processes for main stage, dance or black box productions. This course is intended for students majoring in drama and all students interested in participating in the theatre production process. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC. Not currently offered.

244A Theatre Workshop I 3 - 6 hours lab, 1-2 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent or Milestone R6 and W6. This introductory class is designed for the rehearsal and performance of original, established, touring, or devised works. Aspects of theatre covered including acting, playwriting, and production support. This course is intended for introductory drama majors and all students interested in theatre arts. (FT) AA/ AS; CSU.

244B Theatre Workshop II 3 - 6 hours lab, 1-2 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: Dramatic Arts 244A with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent. This class is designed for the intermediate level of rehearsal and performance of original, established, touring, or devised works. Various aspects of theatre are covered including acting, playwriting, directing, design, and production support. This course is intended for intermediate drama majors and all students interested in theatre arts. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

244C Theatre Workshop III 3 - 6 hours lab, 1-2 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: Dramatic Arts 244B with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent. This class is designed for the intermediate-advanced level of rehearsal and performance of original, established, touring, or devised works. All aspects of theatre are covered including acting, directing, playwriting, design, and production support. This course is intended for intermediate-advanced drama majors and all students interested in theatre arts. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

244D Theatre Workshop IV 3 - 6 hours lab, 1-2 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: Dramatic Arts 244C with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent. This class is designed for the advanced level of rehearsal and performance of original, established, touring, or devised works. All aspects of theatre are covered including acting, directing, playwriting, design, and production support. This course is intended for advanced drama majors and all students interested in theatre arts. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

270 Theatre Arts Internship / Work Experience 60 - 300 hours other, 1-4 units (Grade Only)

Limitation on Enrollment: Must obtain a Permission number from Work Experience Coordinator for enrollment. This course provides on-the-job learning experiences for students employed in a Theatre Arts-related job or internship. Students develop workplace competencies, critical thinking skills, and problem solving abilities through the creation and achievement of job-related behavioral learning objectives. One unit of credit may be earned for each 75 hours of paid employment or 60 hours of volunteer work. This course may be taken up to four times. However, the combined maximum credit for all Work Experience courses from all subject areas may not exceed 16 units. This course is intended for students majoring or interested in the Dramatic and/or Theatre Arts. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

290 Independent Study - Hours by Arrangement, 1-3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Limitation on Enrollment: Must obtain a Permission number from Work Experience Coordinator for enrollment. Advanced special work in dramatic arts: acting, design, lighting, film, business, makeup, costumes, direction or play production. AA/AS; CSU.

This discipline may offer specialized instruction in one or more of the following areas: Supervised Tutoring (044), Experimental Topics (265), Independent Study (290), Individualized Instruction (296), Service Learning (277), or Work Experience (270). Please refer to the class schedule and/or see the Dean or Department Chair for availability.