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Curriculum

Freshman Year

TH 1350 Intro to Design
TH 2330 Stagecraft
TH 1364 Beginning Acting
TH 2111 Theatre Activities
ENG 1310 Writing I
ENG 1320 Writing II
POSI 2310 Principles of American Government
POSI 2320 Functions of American Government
COMM 1310 Communication
MATH Core*
Creative Art 2313*
US 1100

Sophomore Year 

TH 3344 Costume Construction OR TH 3330 Advanced Stagecraft
TH 3390 BFA I
TH 4390 BFA II
TH 3320 Theatre History I
TH 3321 Theatre History II
TH 4330I Theatre Drafting ENG 23xx
Literature* HIST 1310  <1877
HIST 1320  1877+
Social Science Core
Summer Internship Recommended

Junior Year 

TH 4391 BFA III
TH 4392 BFA IV
Choose Two
     TH 4355 Scene Painting
     TH 4330L Welding
     TH 4356 Advanced Theatre Drafting
     TH 4347 Advanced Costume Construction
     TH 4334 Stage Management
Advanced TH Electives Life & Physical Science Core*
Summer Internship Recommended

Senior Year 

TH 4393 BFA V
TH 4364 Directing I
Advanced Theatre Electives
Production Assignment General Electives
PHIL 1305 or 1320 

Select Advanced Theatre Electives

TH 3330 Advanced Stagecraft
TH 3350 Technical Production (may repeat for credit)
TH 3343 Stage Makeup
TH 4355 Scene Painting
TH 4355B Advanced Scene Painting
TH 4330U Sound Technology
TH 4330V Sound Design
TH 4338 Lighting Design
TH 4357 Scene Design
TH 4345 Costume Design
TH 3346 Historical Costume Research Costume Crafts Advanced Lighting Technology Video Production

*Refer to Undergraduate Catalog under Academic Services for General Education Core Curriculum Components for Course options.

Note: Students under this degree program will be required to maintain a minimum Texas State and Overall GPA of 2.5.  A grade of “C” or better is required in all Theatre courses while under this degree plan.

TH 1350 Introduction to Theatrical Design

Course introduces the freshman theatre major to the four primary areas of theatrical design: costume design, scenic design, sound design, and lighting design. Each area’s practice is explored and analyzed through a series of exercises that incorporate design projects.

TH 2330 Stagecraft and Stage Lighting

This class teaches the facilities, tools, materials and techniques used to build scenery safely and effectively in the modern theatre. It also covers the facilities, tools, and techniques used to safely and effectively read a light plot, hang and focus stage lighting 202 Texas State University instruments. It includes a hands-on lab.

TH 3330 Advanced Stagecraft

This course covers the facilities, tools, materials, equipment and techniques used to safely produce, from a technical standpoint, live theatrical performances. The course includes woodworking, metal working, stage rigging, stage lighting, audio and, in general, good stage hand practices.  

TH 3343 Stage Makeup

A practical course in developing techniques used in applying stage makeup. Emphasis is placed on painting, and contouring the face to achieve the desired effect. Special projects include fantasy makeup and mask making

TH 3344 Costume Construction  

A practical approach to building costumes for the stage. Emphasis is on stitching techniques and introductory patterning. Practical experience with university productions required in laboratory.

TH 3346 Historical Costume Research

A study of clothing, accessories, and customs of selected theatrical periods as an approach to costuming period plays.  

TH 3350 Technical Production

This course provides hands-on experience to qualified advanced students in technical theatre utilizing a series of rotating topics. Selected topics may include stage rigging, sound systems, remote device management, technical direction and/or technical writing/ drawing. May be repeated for credit with different emphasis.  

TH 3390 BFA I

This class provides an introduction to technology topics in the classroom, reinforced via hands-on shop work.

TH 4390 BFA II

Entry level production work in shops and/or production crews.

TH 4391 BFA III

Assistant level production work in shop and production crew.

TH 4392 BFA IV

Management level production work in a small venue.

TH 4393 BFA V

Management level production work in a large venue.

TH 4330I Theatre Drafting

This course is a study of manual drafting techniques for scenery and lighting designers and technicians. It is required for all BFA scenic and lighting students.  

TH 4330L Welding for the Stage

This course offers a hands-on study of the principles and practices utilized in the fabrication of steel framed stage scenery for the live entertainment industry. Emphasis will be on safely cutting and welding mild carbon steel using gas metal arc welding. Includes joint design and cost estimation.  

TH 4330U Sound Technology

This course provides an understanding of audio technology, the components of sound systems and their application for live entertainment, including theatre and dance productions. It includes hands-on work in the theatre on departmental productions.  

TH 4330V Sound Design

This course provides an understanding of sound design and its application for live entertainment, including theatre and dance productions. It involve an exploration of the sound design process and practical application through class projects.  

TH 4334 Stage Management 

This is a seminar course in stage management, focusing on organization, techniques, and practices for managing stage productions from initial planning through performance.

TH 4338 Lighting Design  

Lighting design is a continuation of the principles covered in Stage Lighting. This course will concentrate primarily on the aesthetics of stage lighting, and will cover such topics as: viewer psychological and physiological responses as they pertain to visual perception; color, script analysis; use of light in creating both static and dynamic visual compositions; development and graphic representation of a theatrical lighting design.  

TH 4345 Costume Design

A study of the principles and elements to relate to designing theatrical costumes. Includes experience in research as well as developing drawing and rendering techniques. May be repeated with different emphasis for additional credit. 

TH 4347 Advanced Costume Construction

An advanced course in building costumes for the stage. Advanced techniques in sewing as well as pattern design and drafting is included. Repeatable for credit with different emphasis.  

TH 4355 Scene Painting

Theory and practice of scene painting for the theatre, with hands-on projects implementing various scene-painting techniques. Students will also have the opportunity to work as scenic artists on departmental productions.

TH 4355B Advanced Scene Painting

TH 4356 Advanced Theatre Drafting

A study of computer techniques and procedures used in the preparation of design and technical drawings for theatrical drafting. Prerequisite: TH 4390 or permission of instructor.

TH 4357 Scene Design

A study of scene design for theatre, focusing specifically on process of scenic designer with practical assignments including renderings and scaled models.