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Theater Arts Courses

THEATER ARTS G077 - 1.5 Units
Basic Make-up

This course teaches basic techniques of theatrical make-up application. Students will be required to see Golden West College productions. An eight week course. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. May not be offered each semester.

THEATER ARTS G078 - 1.5 Units
Basic Costume Construction

This course teaches basic costume construction techniques used in theater, television, and film. Study topics will include fabric types, manual and machine sewing techniques, operation of domestic and industrial machines, and wardrobe maintenance for production. Students will work on construction of costumes and wardrobe crew for Golden West College productions. Students are required to see Golden West College productions. An eight week course. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. May not be offered each semester.

THEATER ARTS G100 - 3 Units
Introduction to the Theater

(Same as: Humanities G132)
A course designed to introduce students to all aspects of theater. This course examines theater history, acting, directing and the technical elements of scenery, lighting, sound, costume and make-up. Lecture, demonstration, and classroom participation will be utilized. Students are required to see college produced plays. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G102 - 3 Units
History and Appreciation of the Cinema

(Same as: Humanities G135)
This course is designed for students who want to develop an appreciation for and obtain a perspective on the cinema, including its historical, artistic, cultural and myth-making aspects. Topics will include film genres, filmmaking techniques (e.g. what does a director do? What is editing?), film language, narrative devices, themes, film theory and criticism, film studios and the star system, relationship between film and literature, and other subjects. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G103 - 1 Unit
Careers in Entertainment

This course prepares the actor and the technician for a career in the entertainment industry, i.e., stage, film and other entertainment venues. Included in the class are guest speakers, resume and portfolio preparation, audition and interview techniques. Students are required to see Golden West College productions. An eight week course. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

THEATER ARTS G106 - 3 Units
Acting 1

(Formerly known as: Acting Fundamentals)
This course is an introduction to the discipline of acting. Areas of study include basic acting techniques, interaction, characterization and emotion. Students are expected to participate in class exercises and improvisations, prepare memorized scenes and criticize various acting techniques orally and in writing. This course is required for Theater Arts majors. Students are required to attend Golden West College Theater Arts Department productions. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G107 - 3 Units
Acting 2

Advisories: Theater Arts G106
This course is an intermediate course in acting with special focus on characterization, emotion, movement, vocal techniques, improvisation, audition techniques and scene study. The acting student will work with selected contemporary dramatic and comedic scenes on an intermediate level. Students are required to see Golden West College Theater Arts Department productions. As an activity class this course may be taken 2 times in order to enhance and refine acting skills. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G108 - 3 Units
History and Appreciation of the Musical Theater

(Same as: Humanities G108, Music G108)
This is a course that explores all of the elements which make the Musical Theater one of the premier art forms of the 21th Century. Emphasis will be placed on the history of the musical and on examining the roles of the composer, librettist, lyricist, choreographer, director, performer, designer, and others relative to creating a musical theater production. DVD/video/broadcast television, film and performances will be utilized to enhance the student’s knowledge of the subject. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.May not be offered each semester.

THEATER ARTS G110 - 3 Units
Acting for the Camera

(Formerly known as: BVP G152)
This course will teach acting for the camera techniques with emphasis on understanding acting theory. Lectures, demonstrations, and guest speakers will present the camera business industry for actors. Television and film acting techniques will be introduced. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G111 - 3 Units
Theater History and Literature - Classical to 1800

(Formerly known as: THEA G101, HUM G130)
This course will introduce the historical and literary origins of theater from Classical Greece to 1800 through a study of dramatic literature. The general nature of dramatic presentation including elements of dramatic structure, types of drama, and the contributions of the playwright, actor, director, designer, technician and audience will be included. The course includes an introduction to the important eras in theater history through the literary analysis and study of several well-known plays. Students are required to attend Golden West College Theater Arts Department productions. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

THEATER ARTS G112 - 3 Units
Theater History and Literature - 1800 to modern

(Formerly known as: THEA G101, HUM G130)
This course will introduce the historical and literary origins of theater from 1800 to modern theater through a study of dramatic literature. The general nature of dramatic presentation including elements of dramatic structure, types of drama, and the contributions of the playwright, actor, director, designer, technician and audience will be included. The course includes an introduction to the important eras in theater history through the literary analysis and study of several well-known plays. Students are required to attend Golden West College Theater Arts Department productions. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

THEATER ARTS G120 - 3 Units
Appreciation of the Theater

This course will introduce students to the full spectrum of live theatrical plays in performance with emphasis on theater history and the role of the director, designer and actor. This course will enable students to understand, appreciate and evaluate live theatrical plays in performance. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G142 - 1 - 2 Units
Theater Workshop

In this course students participate in workshop or experimental productions. Designed to enrich and extend basic theater background established in the beginning acting and technical classes. Emphasis is placed on the development of the production. Students will be involved in several theater crafts: acting, scenery, costuming, lighting, make-up and publicity. This course may be taken 4 times. Lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Open entry/open exit. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G146 - 2 Units
Broadway and Opera Singing

(Same as: Music G150)
Advisories: Music G060 or G121 or G145. Concurrent enrollment in Music G115, G121, or G141 - G142 recommended for those who do not read music.
This course is a voice class for singers, actors and dancers with previous training. It prepares for solo and ensemble singing by improving breathing, vocal tone, range, agility, volume, diction, health, expression and self-confidence. Students sing songs and arias from musical theatre and/or opera, memorized from printed music. One hour daily practice and a written review of an approved musical or opera production are required. A pianist accompanies the classes. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G150 - 1 Unit
Acting Workshop

The preparation of monologues and scenes for class and public presentation. Stressed in the course are the fundamentals of acting skills, such as interaction, memorization, concentration, characterization and the projection of voice. Students will also study effective movement for the stage. Hours arranged for rehearsal and performance of projects. Students are required to attend Golden West College productions. An eight-week course. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G151 - 2 Units
Acting Workshop

The preparation of monologues and scenes for class and public presentation. Stressed in the course are the fundamentals of acting skills, such as interaction, memorization, concentration, characterization and the projection of voice. Students will also study effective movement for the stage. Hours arranged for rehearsal and performance of projects. Students are required to attend college productions. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G160 - 3 Units
Introduction to Stage Direction

This course introduces the student to the directing process for the stage. Included are units of study in the use of the stage, play selection and analysis, casting the play, blocking the action, picturization, character development, rhythm, and the organization of the rehearsal process. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G161 - 3 Units
Stage Management

This course teaches students processes and techniques to manage the preparation, rehearsal, and performance of theatrical productions. Basic skills to be introduced include blocking notation, production book assembly, and communication protocols applied in the theatrical production process. Stage management as a profession will be studied. Students are required to see college productions. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

THEATER ARTS G170 - 1 Unit
Stage Crew Activity

This course provides student participation in the technical preparation and operation of productions presented to the community. The student will be involved in one or more of the following areas of concentration: stage scenery building and painting, stage lighting, make-up, costumes, publicity, house management and acting. Assignments will be given to the student upon enrollment in the course. This course may be taken 4 times. Open entry/open exit. Lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Open entry/open exit. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G171 - 1 - 2 Units
Play Production

This course is participation in the preparation and operation of productions presented to the community. The student will be involved in one or more of the following areas of concentration: stage scenery building and painting, stage lighting, make-up, costumes, publicity, house management and acting. Assignments will be given to the student upon enrollment in the course. All actors will pass audition. Strongly recommended for theater majors. This course may be taken 4 times. Open entry/open exit. Lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Open entry/open exit. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G172 - 1-2 Units
Classical Play Production

This course provides an overview of the preparation and operation of productions of classical plays presented to the community. The student will explore social and moral attitudes and customs of historical periods in preparation for production. Productions will be selected from Greek, Roman, Elizabethan, and 16th through 19th century plays. The student will be introduced to the following areas of concentration: stage scenery building and painting, stage lighting, make-up, costumes, publicity, house management and acting. Actors will be selected through audition and all others will identify a preference for production assignments. This course is strongly recommended for theater majors. This course may be taken 4 times. Lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Open entry/open exit. Transferable to CSU; UC.


THEATER ARTS G175 - 3 Units
Stage Scenery

A study of the theater crafts including scenery, construction, properties, stage management and organization. A survey study of the theater design arts: scenery design, set construction and scene painting. The course will include the study of the historical development and major trends of stagecrafts. The student will be expected to prepare a practical scene design project. Required for students planning to transfer to California State University, Long Beach and Fullerton. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.May not be offered each semester.

THEATER ARTS G176 - 3 Units
Stage Lighting

This course is an introductory course in which the student will study the theories and technology of lighting for stage, film and television. This course includes practical applications of basic electronics, color, projections, maintenance of lighting equipment and lighting design. Students may participate in the lighting of college productions and are required to attend GWC theatrical productions. This course is recommended for students interested in theater, television and film and for students planning to transfer. This course may be taken four times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G177 - 3 Units
Make-up

This course is a practical introduction to the techniques of applying theatrical make-up. Recommended for students of drama interested in gaining a better understanding of the proper uses of theatrical make-up. Required for students planning to transfer to California State University, Long Beach, Fullerton or Dominguez Hills. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G178 - 3 Units
Costume Crafts

This course is an introduction to costuming for the theater, television and film. Topics included: fabrics, sewing, wardrobe observations, color coordination, script analysis and basic drawing. Students will participate in the design and construction of costumes for Golden West College productions and will work on the production wardrobe crew. This course is required for students planning to transfer to California State University, Long Beach and Fullerton. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G179 - 3 Units
Theater Sound Technology

This course covers an introduction to basic sound design theory and technology, sound reinforcement techniques, and sound operations used in the performing arts. Students are required to attend Golden West College productions. This course may be taken four times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

THEATER ARTS G188 - 3 Units
Stage Movement

(Formerly known as: Body Movement for the Actor)
This course explores movement as an actorís tool to aid in the acting process and to enhance the actorís physical ability to communicate on stage. Emphasis is on the integration of verbal and non-verbal forms of communication focusing on basic movement skills, physical awareness, strength, flexibility, relaxation, control, movement improvisation and stage combat. This course may be taken four times. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.May not be offered each semester.

THEATER ARTS G206 - 3 Units
Acting 3

(Formerly known as: Acting III - Scene Study)
This course is an advanced course in acting with concentration on characterization, projection, vocal techniques, diction, and scene study. The basis of study will be selected historic classical theatrical literature from Greek, Roman, Elizabethan, Restoration and Commedia dell’Arte theatrical periods. Students are required to see Golden West College Theater Arts Department productions. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.May not be offered each semester.

THEATER ARTS G207 - 3 Units
Acting 4

(Formerly known as: Acting IV - Classical Styles)
This course is an advanced course in acting with concentration on realism, classical and contemporary acting techniques, stage movement, characterization, vocal techniques and diction. The basis of study will be selected classical theatrical literature from the late 19th century to the present. Students are required to see Golden West College Theater Arts Department productions. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.May not be offered each semester.

THEATER ARTS G210 - 2 Units
Musical Theater Workshop

(Same as: Music G210)
This course requires participation in musical theater presentations such as musical comedy, musical drama, musical revues, operetta or opera at Golden West College. It will include study in acting, singing, dancing, musicianship, scenery, lighting, sound, costume and make-up. This course may be taken four times. Open entry/open exit. Lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Open entry/open exit. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G821 - 0 Units
Appreciation of Theater

This course is designed to expose older adults to the full spectrum of plays in performance in southern California. The student will actively participate in the theater experience by attending professional productions. Follow-up discussions will provide social interaction with other students in their age group. Contributing to life-long learning, the course will enable older students in different stages of life to understand, appreciate, and evaluate plays in performance. Lecture & lab. No credit. Not transferable, not degree applicable.