Take the following courses:
TH-221 Acting I
A study of the discipline of acting, including development of concentration methods, creative energy, fine tuning of the vocal and physical instrument and character analysis.
This course examines the foundational elements of playwriting used in a variety of ways and traditions. Through the critical analysis of playtexts, we both decode the intrinsic tools with a text but subsequently use them in the creation of multiple one-act plays. Since writing is rewriting we will read and respond to our work and nurture the skills needed to receive and give critical assessment, both on our own work and that of our peers. Finally, the course will culminate in the public, staged reading of an original one-act play.
3 CreditsF, CW
TH-325 Acting II
Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to: Meisner-based Practical Aesthetics through script analysis and application to scene work. Develop a deeper confidence in the strength and flexibility of the breath and voice. Collaborate on scene rehearsals with partner in a professional manner Nurture a deeper understanding of her meta-cognition. Integrate strategies for mitigating stress through self-talk, imagery, and meditation. Engender a life-long pursuit of self-improvement and psychophysical mastery.
3 CreditsF, CSPrerequisite: TH221.
The basic principles of stage directing are offered with areas of inquiry and practical application in: script selection and analysis, audition/casting techniques/considerations, rehearsal preparation, the prompt script, working with designers, decision making, working with actors, being a director/guide( vision, focus, note- taking, and giving), and bringing a script/actors/designers to performance. Each student will select and work on a one-act script which, will be presented to the public in a spring semester festival.
3 CreditsF, H, CSPrerequisites: Junior or Senior standing, TH206 and TH243, and permission of the instructor.
VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS COURSES
Take 6 credits from the following courses:
AR-200 Beginning Painting
Introductory course which investigates perceptual and technical aspects of painting which build off of Drawing, 2D Design and Art History. Students work in oil paint, learn various support construction, mediums, traditional methods (including making and altering paint chemistry) and color theory. Demonstration, reading, lectures and slide presentations supplement studio sessions and outside projects. Materials are ordered for the student. Taking an introductory level drawing course prior to enrollment in Basic Painting is highly encouraged (but not mandatory).
4 CreditsF Note: Drawing courses from high school may provide adequate preparation. Please contact the course professor for more information. Note: An additional fee for art supplies is assessed.
AR-203 Digital Photography I
This course focuses on photography and the creation of digital imagery. Students will learn to operate a DSLR camera and complete projects utilizing a variety of photographic techniques and genres. Students will learn to express visual concepts through photography while utilizing specific techniques unique to the creation of digital photographic artwork. Final works will be exhibited electronically and in print. Students will also look at the work of contemporary photographers and prepare a presentation on one photographer. The course utilizes primarily Adobe Photoshop on a Mac platform.
AR-204 Digital Art I
This course focuses on the creation of art through electronic processes. Adobe Creative Cloud and other apps will be utilized along with scanners, cameras, and printers. Final works will be exhibited electronically and in print.
AR-208 Beginning Photography
This foundational photography course does not assume any prior knowledge of black and white materials or 35mm camera operation. It is designed to introduce students to basic principles of camera and darkroom equipment operation. Students will seek a fine balance between technical acquisition of the photographic skills (such as correct film exposure, film development, and paper processing) and the ability to implement them to communicate a personal vision. Emphasis will be placed on learning basic principles of photography andan ability to express this knowledge creatively through high quality black and white photographs. Students will be exposed to aspects of the history of photography and visual language in photography today. Note: A special fee for art supplies is assessed.
AR-298 Mixed Media Animation
Introduces students to animation through stop motion techniques and 2D computer animation. An emphasis is placed on story-telling and examining the physics of movement. Adobe Creative Cloud apps will be used in addition to Dragon Frame and traditional stop motion techniques. Projects will start by exploring the history of animation techniques and principles and culminate in independent projects.
AR-300 Intermediate Painting
This course is designed for advanced students to broaden their understanding of painting, refine techniques, visualize sophistication of concepts, and begin building a personal portfolio that reveals an attempt at a search for meaning/content, personal style, and individual expression. Students will build upon foundational painting skills acquired in introductory level painting by exploring color and tonal relationship through a variety of applications and techniques of the oil media. Students will also investigate descriptive and expressive possibilities in painting introduced through technical and conceptual painting problems designed to develop observational and conceptual awareness.
4 CreditsF Prerequisites: AR200 and Art POE or permission of the instructor. Note: A special fee for art supplies is applied.
AR-303 Intermediate Drawing
This course is designed to expose students to many different drawing techniques using a variety of tools, media, support materials, and surfaces as applied to individual expression. This course will build upon skills acquired in Basic Drawing (AR103) by emphasizing observational concerns as well as representational methods and concepts, and by developing perceptual and technical skills. Through the use of line, shape, form, volume, texture, color and effective spatial organization of these elements, students will interpret and translate form and space. We will also be addressing content and conceptual concerns of drawing as a complete art form within itself and its place in contemporary art today.
3 CreditsFPrerequisites: AR103 or AR200. Note: A special fee for art supplies is assessed.
AR-400 Advanced Painting
This course is designed for advanced students to broaden their understanding of painting, and their refine techniques. This course will help students build a personal portfolio that conveys a search for meaning/content, personal style, and individual expression. Students will build upon painting skills acquired in introductory and intermediate level painting courses by investigating descriptive and expressive possibilities in painting. Painting abilities and techniques should be refined this semester, as well as sophistication of concepts. An emphasis will be placed on solving conceptual problems in painting in a context relevant to contemporary art.
4 CreditsFPrerequisites: AR200 and AR300 and Art POE or permission of the instructor. Note: A special fee for art supplies is assessed.
AR-117 Intro to Sculpture
This course is an introduction to the foundational concepts and creation of sculpture. We will explore various techniques related to wood working, metal working, fiber arts, and glass casting; along with aesthetic, historical, and cultural considerations associated with 3-dimensional art. Through this course, students will begin developing their artistic voice by experimenting with and apply these concerns in their work.
AR-125 Explorations in Clay
This course will introduce students to the basic techniques used to create functional, hand-built ceramics. Students will explore methods such as pinching, coiling, slumping, slabbing, etc.; wheel-throwing techniques will also be introduced. Demonstrations of each technique will be followed by an in-class study; the methods will then be linked to an assignment by which grades are determined. Students will participate in other areas of ceramics, such as loading and unloading kilns in addition to creative processes. Critical thought and discourse will occur during class over the course of the semester to encompass the elements and principles of design as well as function. Note: additional lab fees apply.
AR-211 The Art of Bookmaking
This course will introduce fiber to students at its most sophisticated and expressive, mode: Book Arts. Students will be taught basic book-making techniques as well as a brief history of visual communication (both functionally and aesthetically). Students will create projects that challenge traditional notions of the book within the visual arts. Students will participate in such activities as papermaking, sewing, stitching, and other techniques used to alter the idea of published material and written communication. Note: Additional lab fees apply.
3 CreditsF,WK-CE Pre-Req or Co-Req: FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109
AR-215 Ceramic Sculpture
Ceramic Sculpture introduces students to the basic methods and techniques of creating three-dimensional objects in clay. Students will learn various hand-building techniques as well as the technical, historical, and cultural considerations associated with 3-dimensional art. Through this course, students will develop their own artistic voice by experimenting with and apply these concerns in their ceramic work.
3 CreditsF,WK-CE Pre-requisite or co-requisite: FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109
AR-225 Wheel Throwing
This course will introduce students to the techniques of the potter's wheel and expressive qualities of clay as an artistic medium as well as an essential commodity. Students will learn wheel-throwing techniques to incorporate form, function, and design with each project.
4 CreditsF,WK-CE Pre-Req or Co-Req: FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109
AR-235 Empty Bowls Practicum
Students will learn to create functional bowls to be donated to the annual Empty Bowls fundraising event that supports Huntingdon County food banks. Additional and complementary topics will include philanthropy, altruism, and empathy-building activities. Students will develop the knowledge and skills needed to engage effectively with the local communities they will inhabit throughout their lives. Creative thought and discourse will occur throughout the semester.
AR-305 Intermediate Ceramics
This course will investigate advanced ceramic techniques and concepts to strengthen students' abilities to utilize clay as a creative medium. Sophisticated and expansive projects will merge personal investigation, aesthetic sensibilities, and technical skills as a means of expression. Students will participate in other areas of ceramics, such as loading and unloading kilns and making clay.
4 CreditsFPrerequisites - ONE of the following: AR125, AR215, AR225, or by permission. Additional lab fees apply.
AR-398 3D Computer Animation
Introduction to 3D animation using Autodesk Maya, though other programs will be used. Emphasis is placed on improving time-based design and story-telling by studies that explore movement, cinematography, editing, sound, and lighting.
4 CreditsFPrerequisite: AR-104 or AR-204 or IM-110 or AR-298.
AR-405 Advanced Ceramics
Students will propose individually-designed, sophisticated and expansive projects that display dedication to a cumulative sense of aesthetic sensibilities, technique(s), visual vocabulary, and concept utilizing clay as the primary medium. Creative thought and discourse will occur throughout the semester. Interaction will be expected during open forum sessions of AR405.
4 CreditsFPrerequisites - AR305 or by permission. Additional lab fees apply.
CONN-234 Ways of Well-being
Mindfulness, Surfing, and Taijiquan (Tai Chi) are hobbies, sports, lifestyles, and pathways to well-being. Principally, this course is aimed at helping you to cultivate a path towards enhanced personal and collective well-being. The course includes a week-long trip to Costa Rica, where students will enjoy surfing, practicing meditation and Tai Chi, and exploring one of the most beautiful places on Earth. NOTES: When offered in the fall term, the trip for this course will require students to miss several days of classes prior to fall break. Students are expected to be in their third or fourth year when taking a Connections course.
Compositions are a collaborative way to rehearse a play, build a play, and nurture ensemble. Built off an idea or theme, book or novel, or an existing play, these short theatre pieces can be woven together into a full-length production or simply stand-alone exercises to deepen an artists' understanding of work. We will be building all of our work off of a central idea with multiple source documents with the goal of creating a final, full-length performance piece.
3 CreditsWK-CE, H, F
TH-123 Jedi Academy
In Jedi Academy, we will examine the nine major Star Wars films but also some of their historical, philosophical, neurobiology, and creative influences and intersections. We will also train our own bodies, minds, and spirits and search for our own personal definition of health, happiness, and wellbeing.
3 CreditsF, WK-CENOTE: This course involves a significant physical strength and condition component. Everything we do in class is scalable and modifiable for all abilities and fitness levels. However, student-athletes must get permission from the Head Coach as activities in this class could lead to over-training. Pre-Req: FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109
IC-225 Theatre of the Observed
Is empathy a thought or an action? Is it something we have, give, enact, or embody? How is empathy communicated? In this course, we examine the nuances of empathy through reading, speaking, observing, and embodied action. The course brings together methods of social inquiry and creative expression in order to produce theatrical performances.
Please email Dr. Utterback at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Secondary Emphasis Credit Total = 18
Six credits must be at the 300/400-level. Any course exception must be approved by the advisor and/or department chair.