Department of Theatre and Film

Department Head: Mr. Randal Blades

344 Stone Center

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre

The mission of the Jacksonville State University Theatre and Film Department is to provide a strong liberal arts education while promoting respect for and appreciation of the art of theatre and film. Through an academically rigorous and supportive, creative environment, we cultivate critical thinking, analysis, and skills for artistic expression needed to build a career, while providing opportunities for higher level development within our students' chosen specialties. We also seek to produce a multifaceted, high quality, and challenging theatrical experience on our stage to enrich the university and surrounding communities.

The Department of Theatre and Film offers a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and a Bachelor of Arts in Film.  Students majoring in Drama must choose a concentration in either Performance or Production.

The Bachelor of Arts in Film is an interdisciplinary degree with coursework in Film, Drama, English, and Art.

The Department of Theatre and Film also offers a minor in Drama and a minor in Film and Entertainment Technology.

Drama

DR 241  Acting  (3)  

Focuses upon the actor's approach to developing a role through points of training including improvisation, character and scene study, and analysis.

DR 242  Introduction to the Theatre  (3)  

The appreciation of theatre as an expressive art form and as a business. A general survey of acting, directing, designing, playwriting, and audience participation.

DR 250  Student's Theatre  (1)  

Active participation in the department's plays in the areas of scenery construction, painting, lighting, costumes, and make-up. This course is repeatable for a maximum of two (2) credit hours.

DR 252  Honors Introduction to the Theatre  (3)  

Advanced strategies for developing an appreciation for theatre as an art form.

DR 280  Play Analysis  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): DR 242.

A study of analytical tools and critical approaches to theatrical texts for production, design, and performance.

DR 281  Dramatic Laboratory  (1)  

Experiments in the basics of acting. Limit 1 hour credit per semester.

DR 284  Stage Crafts  (3)  

Introduction to physical theatres, scenery construction and painting, properties, lighting, and sound.

DR 285  Elements of Design  (3)  

An introduction to the principles and techniques of theatrical design.

DR 290  Speech for the Performing Arts  (3)  

A course designed to improve diction, pronunciation, accent, reading, and intonation.

DR 342  Directing  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): DR 241 and approval of instructor.

Fundamental principles of theatrical directing.

DR 343  Auditioning  (2)  

Prerequisite(s): DR 241.

Exercises in preparing actors for auditions and portfolio review.

DR 344  Careers in Performance  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): DR 241, DR 290, and DR 343.

An advanced acting course concentrating on the performance and business aspects of acting professionally.

DR 345  Portfolio Development for Theatre  (2)  

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

Techniques for the development and presentation of a professional portfolio for theatrical designers, technicians and stage managers.

DR 349  Theatre Practicum  (1)  

Prerequisite(s): Two (2) hours of DR 250.

Active participation in the department's plays in the areas of scenery construction, painting, lighting, costumes, make-up, management or performance. Production assignments arranged through drama faculty. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of two (2) hours.

DR 351  Playwriting and Screenwriting  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): DR 242.

Study of basic script and screenplay writing techniques and the development of skills for writing scripts and screenplays.

DR 354  Movement for the Stage  (3)  

The examination and application of the theories of stage movement and the metakinetic process. Emphasis placed on the imaginative and artistic use of the whole body in the development of acting roles, including stage combat.

DR 361  Theatre History I (WI)  (3)  

Conditions under which the great plays of the world have been produced. Audience, actors, patrons, physical conditions, architecture, and the relation to the other arts: Antiquity to 1600. (Writing Intensive Course)

DR 362  Theatre History II  (3)  

Conditions under which the great plays of the world have been produced. Audience, actors, patrons, physical conditions, architecture, and the relation to the other arts: 1600 to present.

DR 371  Scenic Design I  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): DR 285.

Principles and problems of staging in arena, thrust, proscenium, and flexible theatres. Designs for settings of plays in models and perspective rendering.

DR 372  Scenic Design II  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): DR 371.

Advanced principles and problems of staging in arena, thrust, proscenium, and flexible theatres. Designs for settings of plays in models and perspective rendering.

DR 375  Stage Management  (2)  

A practical study of stage management duties, responsibilities, procedures, and organization during auditions, rehearsals, production meetings, and performance.

DR 377  Costume Design I  (3)  

Exploration of basic design elements and fabrics and their culmination into stage costume: period, character, and stylized.

DR 378  Costume Design II  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): DR 377.

Advanced exploration of the elements and principles of costume design, rendering characters and fabrics, and exploration of period and stylized costumes.

DR 381  Dramatic Laboratory  (1)  

Experiments in the basics of acting. Limit 1 hour credit per semester.

DR 383  Puppetry  (3)  

Scope and development of puppetry throughout the world. Practical experience in the design, making, and performing puppets.

DR 385  Stage Carpentry  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): DR 284.

A practical carpentry course that explores specialized woodworking and finishing techniques for the stage including scenery, furniture, tools, and materials.

DR 386  Stage Lighting  (3)  

Principles and problems of lighting for mood and effect in play production.

DR 387  Stage Makeup I  (3)  

Creation of straight, character, middle-age, old-age, beards, rubber prosthesis, and stylized make-up to aid the actor.

DR 388  Stage Costume History  (3)  

History of costume as to styles, period fabrics, construction, and movement for theatrical performance.

DR 389  Sound Design and Production  (3)  

Introduction to the principles of sound and the equipment used in sound production with an emphasis on digital audio, computer based editing, and Midi.

DR 391  Scene Painting  (3)  

Techniques of scene painting to include drop painting, perspective illusion, lighting consideration, budget, and equipment.

DR 398  Costume Techniques  (3)  

Basics of construction of stage costumes; alteration and repair of existing costumes, and the implementation of professional costume shop practices.

DR 399  Study Tour  (3)  

Topics, excursions, and requirements determined by department. May be duplicated for credit; however, only (3) credits may be applied toward any major or minor. Infrequently scheduled and subject to minimum and maximum numbers. Advance deposit required.

DR 430  Film Techniques  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): FLM 231, FLM 232, and FLM 235.

Fundamental theories and practices of cinematography and editing for film and video. Practical cinematography exercises will utilize small, professional grade HD cameras in location settings. Editing exercise will utilize professional offline editing software to complete a small group-produced short film.

DR 440  Theatrical Drafting  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): DR 284.

Development of scenic drafting techniques for production, including floor plans, elevations, sections and working drawings.

DR 441  Acting II  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): DR 241.

Advanced acting scenes and approaches to performances.

DR 451  Design and Technical Practicum  (1)  

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

Major production assignments in the department's plays in the areas of scenery, management, painting, lighting, costumes, and makeup or other technical/design assignment arranged with drama faculty.

DR 452  Design and Technical Practicum  (1)  

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

Major production assignments in the department's plays in the areas of scenery, management, painting, lighting, costumes, and makeup or other technical/design assignment arranged with drama faculty.

DR 453  Design and Technical Practicum  (1)  

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

Major production assignments in the department's plays in the areas of scenery, management, painting, lighting, costumes, and makeup or other technical/design assignment arranged with drama faculty.

DR 455  Music Theatre Dance  (3)  

Dance for musical theatre; a practical application of dance and movement in performance.

DR 463  Dramatic Theory  (3)  

An investigation into the major theories of drama from Aristotle to the present. Extensive reading of play scripts as well as analytical works.

DR 465  Musical Theatre  (3)  

A historical study of musical theatre in America from 1735 to the present. Emphasis is on theme, composers, performers, producers, and choreographers.

DR 470  Computer Aided Rendering for Theatre  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): DR 371, 377 or 386.

Development of digital rendering techniques for theatrical design utilizing graphic, paint, or three-dimensional computer modeling programs.

DR 475  Special Problems in Drama  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

Individually designed and supervised research projects or production assignments.

DR 479  Special Topics in Theatrical Studies  (3)  

Advanced study of theatrical literature, research or performance studies. Topics will rotate. This course may be repeated for credit up to a maximum of nine hours.

DR 480  Special Topics in Design/Technology  (3)  

Advanced study of theatrical design or technical areas. Topics will rotate. This course may be repeated for credit up to a maximum of nine hours.

DR 482  Performance Practicum  (1)  

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

Major performance roles in the areas of cting, directing, movement, and playwriting.

DR 483  Performance Practicum  (1)  

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

Major performance roles in the areas of acting, directing, movement, and playwriting.

DR 484  Performance Practicum  (1)  

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

Major performance roles in the areas of acting, directing, movement, and playwriting.

DR 485  Special Topics in Performance  (3)  

Advanced work in performance techniques. Topics will rotate. This course may be repeated for credit up to a maximum of nine hours.

DR 487  Stage Makeup II  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): DR 387.

Advanced makeup techniques for theatre, film, and television. Creation of false teeth and prosthetics for three dimensional, old-age, and specialty makeup.

DR 490  Senior Practicum (WI)  (2)  

Prerequisite(s): Senior standing and instructor's permission.

Directed practicum in one of these areas: acting, directing, design, management, technology, or theatre education. (Writing Intensive Course)

Film 

FLM 230  Introduction to Film  (3)  

Introduction to film terminology, history, and theory; overview of the film-making process from concept to completion.

FLM 231  Film Technology Foundations I  (3)  

Introduction to film production and technical crew positions. Best practices and techniques in lighting, audio, grip and other production positions with an emphasis on recognized safety standards.

FLM 232  Film Technology Foundations II  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): FLM 231.

Continuation of FLM 231. Advanced techniques in set production and technical work.

FLM 235  Camera and Film Techniques  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): FLM 231.

Introduction to camera set up, operation, types, and lenses. Basic film techniques, including composition, setting up shots, and introductory setting.

FLM 331  Techniques for High Definition Cinematography  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): FLM 231, FLM 232, and FLM 235.

Advanced lighting and electronic imagery control in high definition cinematography. Experiences with light meters and digital single-lens reflex cameras.

FLM 399  Study Tour  (3)  

Topics, excursions, and requirements determined by department. May be duplicated for credit; however only three (3) credit hours may be applied to toward any major or minor. Subject to minimum and maximum numbers. Advance deposit required.

FLM 400  Film Theory (WI)  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): FLM 230, FLM 231, FLM 232, and junior standing.

Study of major critical theories about film and the theory and practice of film criticism. (Writing Intensive Course)

FLM 475  Independent Study in Film  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): FLM 230, FLM 231, FLM 232, DR 351 and Permission of instructor.

FLM 491  Internship in Film  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): 12 hours of 300+ level coursework in the major and permission of department head.

Students will receive on-the-job training and experience in an area relating to film. This course may be repeated for credit to a maximum of six (6) hours.

FLM 495  Special Topics in Film  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): FLM 230, FLM 231, FLM 232 or permission of instructor.

An examination of special topics in film. This course will explore topics related to film analysis, film industry, and film production. May be repeated for credit up to a total of nine (9) hours.

FLM 499  Film Capstone  (1)  

Prerequisite(s): Film majors with senior standing and permission of department head.

Capstone experience for film majors.