Theater Lower-Division Courses

1A-1B-1C. Introduction to Dance for Music Theater. (1-1-1) Studio, four hours. Designed for Theater majors. Introduction to basic music theater dance technique. Each course may be repeated once for credit. Letter grading.

2. Tai Chi. (1) Studio, two to four hours. Emphasizes proper form, etiquette as coextensive with training, and other values that sustain physical practice over lifetime. Actors increase focus, enhance discipline, cultivate internal energy, and relax mind and body. Demonstration of how each tai chi movement works in self-defense situation. Letter grading.

4. Israel and Palestine in Literature and Media. (5) Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Readings in English. Exploration of Israel and Palestine through artistic, cultural, and political modes of analysis. Examination of selected works of literature, theater, and film dramatic by Israeli, Palestinian, and Western artists, looking beyond facile cultural clich├ęs to deeper insights. Letter grading.

10. Introduction to Theater. (5) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Exploration of theater in production, with emphasis on collaborative role of theater artists and active role of audience. Understanding of and access to live theatrical event and enhanced appreciation of value of theater to society; development of critical skills through consideration of representative examples of theatrical production from Europe, America, Asia, and Africa. P/NP or Letter grading.

11. Approaches to Interpretation of Theater and Performance: Global Perspective. (5) Seminar, four hours. Introduction to basic methods of interpretation in theater and performance throughout world. Topics illustrated by faculty members and guest speakers, visits to off-campus theaters, and reading from contemporary plays. Letter grading.

12. Introduction to Performance. (4) Lecture, two hours; studio, four hours. Investigation of phenomenon of performance and role of performer in theatrical events, including interpretation of drama through performance. Examination of various forms of theatrical performance and styles of expression, and development of acting, voice, and movement skills. Letter grading.

13. Play Reading and Analysis. (5) Lecture, three hours. Provides base for subsequent study in theater. Development of techniques of play reading and habits of scholarship useful to further study in each of theater's subdisciplines, including acting, directing, design, playwriting, and critical study. Letter grading.

14A-14B-14C. Introduction to Design. (5-5-5) Lecture, three hours; studio, six hours. Exploration of visual interpretation of drama. Study of styles and techniques of design, collaborative role of designer, principles of design for scenery, lighting, costumes, and sound. Both technical and aesthetic groundwork for further study. Letter grading.

15. Introduction to Directing. (4) Lecture, two hours; studio, four hours. Investigation of role of director in theatrical production and theories of play direction, with emphasis on analysis and interpretation of dramatic work and its realization in production. Letter grading.

19. Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars. (1) Seminar, one hour. Discussion of and critical thinking about topics of current intellectual importance, taught by faculty members in their areas of expertise and illuminating many paths of discovery at UCLA. P/NP grading.

20. Acting Fundamentals. (4) Studio, four hours. Introduction to interpretation of drama through art of actor. Development of individual insights, skills, and disciplines in presentation of dramatic material to audiences. P/NP or letter grading.

21. Acting for Camera. (2 to 4) Lecture, three hours. Development and practice in acting techniques. Preparation and taping of scenes for analysis. May be repeated twice for credit. Letter grading.

23. Musical Literacy for Singing Actors I. (2) Studio, three to four hours. Introduction to reading and understanding musical notation, musical terminology, and basic to complex rhythm-reading and sight-singing in C major. Letter grading.

24A. Actor’s Voice. (2) Studio, three to four hours. Study of basic vocal technique for actor, with emphasis on resonance, range, power, and development of physiological foundation for subsequent training. Letter grading.

24B-24C. Voice and Speech I. (1-1) Studio, three to four hours. Development of voice and speech techniques for stage. Letter grading.

25. Articulation and Body. (2) (Formerly numbered 25A.) Studio, three to four hours. Study of basic kinesiology principles of body in performance. Includes strategies of movement initiation and organization, as well as performance of movement scores to support actor’s craft. Letter grading.

25C. Movement and Combat I. (1) Studio, three to four hours. Physical awareness for actors, concentrating on warming up body, relaxation, control, stunts, gymnastics, martial arts, and use of weapons. Letter grading.

26. Alexander Techniques. (2) Studio, three hours. Study and practice in Alexander techniques as method of developing balance, poise, and coordination of body and mind. Exploration of use of rhythm to expand movement potential of actors and relevant use of visual arts and animal studies to character development and to expansion of movement potential. P/NP or letter grading.

27. From Vaudeville to Standup Comedy. (4) Studio, three to four hours. Exploration of many aspects of comedy using American vaudeville traditions, acts, and performers as historical base to experience importance of rhythm, timing, delivery, speech, and body language in all styles of comedy, to find value of improvisation/imagination as well as innovative writing skills in all comic forms, to discover how comedy draws from so many art forms, including music/songs, dance, storytelling, clowning, magic, design, and tumbling/stunts, and to build overall confidence/ease in comic performance skills. P/NP or letter grading.

28A-28F. Acting, Voice, and Movement Workshops I. (2 each) Studio, three to six hours (28A-28D) and six hours (28E-F). Study of beginning acting technique, scene study, and development of voice and movement skills. Each course may be repeated for maximum of 12 units. Letter grading.

30. Dramatic Writing. (4) Studio, three hours. Intended for Theater minors and other nonmajors. Exploration and development of creative writing skills for one or more of various forms of entertainment media. May be repeated once. Letter grading.

34A-34B-34C. Dance for Musical Theater I. (1-1-1) Studio, five hours. Development of dance and movement techniques for musical theater. Letter grading.

35A-35B-35C. Singing for Musical Theater I. (1-1-1) Studio, four to five hours. Exploration of musical literacy and development of singing techniques for musical theater. Basic voice training to explore how voice works, learn to maintain appropriate and consistent voice, and learn to preserve voice health. How to build stamina and range. Letter grading.

50. Theater Production. (1 to 2) Laboratory, three to six hours. Laboratory experience in various aspects of theater production, including stage management or member of production crew. May be repeated for maximum of 8 units. Letter grading.

72. Production Practice in Theater, Film, Video, and Digital Media. (1 to 8) Studio, three hours. Exploration and laboratory experience in one or more of various aspects of production and postproduction practice for entertainment media, including theater, film, video, and digital media. May be taken for maximum of 8 units. Letter grading.

95. Introduction to Community or Corporate Internships in Theater, Film, and Television. (2 to 4) Tutorial, six to 12 hours. Limited to freshmen/sophomores. Internship at various theaters, studios, or entertainment organizations accentuating creative contributions, organization, and work of professionals in various specialties. Students meet on regular basis with faculty member and provide periodic reports of experience. May be taken for maximum of 4 units. Individual contract with supervising faculty member required. P/NP grading.

89. Honors Seminars. (1) Seminar, three hours. Limited to 20 students. Designed as adjunct to lower-division lecture course. Exploration of topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities and led by lecture course instructor. May be applied toward honors credit for eligible students. Honors content noted on transcript. P/NP or letter grading.

99. Student Research Program. (1 to 2) Tutorial (supervised research or other scholarly work), three hours per week per unit. Entry-level research for lower-division students under guidance of faculty mentor. Students must be in good academic standing and enrolled in minimum of 12 units (excluding this course). Individual contract required; consult Undergraduate Research Center. May be repeated. P/NP grading.