Department ofTheatre and Dance

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Emphases

Study, perform, and work in all genres of theatre and dance, including technical design and artistic direction

Theatre arts majors work closely with staff mentors and faculty to hone their skills in acting, dance, design, directing, playwriting, and historical studies. Lectures, studio courses, labs, and productions prepare students for careers in professional theatre and dance companies, film, television, arts administration, or teaching. In addition to the academic program, Santa Clara University has a thriving center of performing arts, which creates numerous opportunities for hands-on experience, bringing to life exciting works that are widely attended by the campus and local communities.

Interested in double majoring? Visit our double majors page.

Major - Theatre Emphasis

Lower Division

Defining the Performing Artist (9)
Introduction to Performance Collaboration (10)
Acting (24)

Introduction to Design (30)

One course from the following:
     Introduction to Production (31) or
     Costume Construction (32) or
     Stage Lighting (33)

Critical Perspectives in Performance A (41A)
Critical Perspectives in Performance B (42B)

 

 

 

Upper Division

One of the following theatre history courses: (112, 113, 119, 161, 165 or 167)

One course from the following:
     Teaching the Performing Arts (DANC 159) or
     Social Justice and the Arts (DANC 189)
Dramaturgy (185)
Three approved 5-unit upper division theatre or dance electives (within at least two areas of specialization: acting, design/technical, directing, history/literature, playwriting)
Production Workshop 4 units required (39/139)

Senior Project: may be fulfilled by one of the following courses:
     192, 193, 195, 196, 197 (see description to the right)

Major - Dance Emphasis

Lower Division

Defining the Performing Artist (9)
Introduction to Performance Collaboration (10)
Dance History (67)

Introduction to Design (30)

Jazz III (42) or Ballet III (45)
     Prerequisite: Jazz II (41) or
     Ballet II (44) or
     permission of instructor

Modern III (48)
     Prerequisite: Modern II (47) or
     permission of instructor

One course from the third discipline not yet taken:
     (Ballet or Jazz) at level I, II or III
Dance Composition (49)

 

Upper Division

Choreography (143)
Advanced Modern Dance I (146)
Two additional advanced technique courses:
     (140, 141, 142, 145, 147 or 148)
One of the following courses:
     African American Dance History (162) or
     Women in Dance History (166)
One of the following courses:
     Teaching the Performing Arts (159) or
     Social Justice and the Arts (189)
Production Workshop (THTR 39/139)


Senior Project: may be fulfilled by one of the following courses:
     DANC 192 or DANC 193
     (see description to the right)

Senior Project

The Senior Project provides Theatre and Dance majors with the opportunity to demonstrate their progress in meeting the learning objectives established by the department. In this capstone course, students will prepare and present a final project in any area of their choosing (e.g. acting, design, directing, playwriting, history, literature, dance choreography, performance art, etc.). The Senior Project, demonstrating both effective leadership and collaboration, must include each of the following elements: public presentation, reflection on process (through journaling, etc.) and assessment of progress in addressing department learning goals and culminating oral presentation.

Production Workshop

Production Workshop is required of all Theatre and Dance Majors and Minors as an opportunity to learn the behind the scenes skills and realities of producing a live performance and to support our production season. It would be impossible for the actors and dancers on stage to perform without support of the people in costumes, lighting, sound and stage crew.