Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

UDM Academic Policies Course Descriptions List of All Programs Faculty

Description
The Performing Arts Department embodies and practices the University's mission which "seeks to integrate the intellectual, spiritual, ethical and social development of students." Coursework in the performing arts encourages students to explore varied points of view, skills and techniques for understanding and expressing the human condition. Students exposed to art, music and theater experience a broadened and enhanced world view through exposure to widely diverse cultures and means of expression. The Performing Arts Department offers coursework in fine arts, music and theatre that fulfills the University core requirement under diverse human experience. The Performing Arts Department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in theatre.  A minor in theatre (for non-theatre majors) is also available.

Fine Arts
The introductory course in fine arts fulfills the aesthetic experience requirement of Objective 5 of the University Core. Focus on theory and appreciation rather than practice makes this course suitable for non-majors.

FINA 2000 Introduction to the Arts 3 credits

Students discover the language, principles and methodologies needed to understand the aesthetic experience. Exposure to and discussion of key works in painting, sculpture, architecture, music, dance, cinema and all forms of theatre lead to understanding the role of the arts in reflecting, explaining and guiding both individual development and civilization itself.

Music
Course offerings in music fulfill the aesthetic experience objective needed to complete the University Core requirement under Objective 5. Course listings provide students with a wide variety of cultural experiences. A general music survey course explores European and American orchestral and vocal music. Other studies include music theatre, emphasizing Broadway musicals, opera and operetta. Course offerings are also available in American and African American music, which include the study of jazz, spirituals, folk, and classical genres.

MUS 1000 University Chorus 1 credit
MUS 2020 Survey of Our Music Heritage 3 credits
MUS 2060 Music of the Theatre 3 credits
MUS 2080 American Music 3 credits
MUS 2090 African-American Women in Music 3 credits
EDU 4500* integrating the Arts in the Classroom 3 credits

*This course is cross-listed with the Education Department.


Degree Requirements

To obtain this undergraduate degree, the student must fulfill the requirements of the University core curriculum, the requirements for the program major and have completed a minimum of 126 credit hours.

Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Theatre
University of Detroit Mercy offers a Bachelor of Arts with a major in theatre. The Detroit Mercy Theatre Department is concerned with stimulating artistic expression by articulate, dynamic and creative people. The program is designed to prepare students to engage in further development of their skills through graduate school or internships. Students may also choose to enter the profession in their area of interest. A conservatory-style approach in the classroom ensures that students receive personal guidance provided by faculty and carefully chosen artistic associates. Emphasis on small class size enhances the student’s potential for rapid development. Departmental advisors work with the student to build an individualized program within the college core curriculum and the requisite and elective courses found within the Theatre major or minor. Students entering the program will work with departmental advisors to develop the course of study that best suits the student’s professional goals.

The department’s philosophy, which centers on the strengths gained in apprenticeship-style training, is practiced in the application of classroom techniques to performance and professional practices found in the performing arts. Towards this end the department sponsors a season of at least four major productions and provides opportunities for student performances in other special projects. Casting is open to all students, and non-majors are encouraged to participate. The theatre faculty, staff and students at Detroit Mercy also form the producing organization known as The Theatre Company. The Theatre Company has been an established and respected member of the Detroit area theatre community since 1972. Using an apprenticeship approach to stimulate artistic growth in a creative production process, we combine the work of seasoned professionals with young talents. At the heart of this process are the professional talents of the faculty and associate company members, who also maintain dynamic partnerships with theatres throughout the area. All students in the major degree program apply their classroom training by working in the Theatre Company, where they assist in all areas of the production process. Students will stage manage at least one production towards their degree requirement.

Degree Requirements
To obtain this undergraduate degree, the student must fulfill the requirements of the University core curriculum, the requirements for the program major and have completed a minimum of 126 credit hours.

Requirements for the Major (45 credits)
The B.A. with a major in theatre is for students who intend to achieve their goals as theatre practitioners or educators. Some students may wish to pursue a more diversified liberal arts program through a double major and/or up to two minors.

Students majoring in theatre are required to:

  • prepare and participate fully in all coursework
  • work closely with an academic advisor to maintain academic progress
  • audition for all productions including Student Projects in Directing
  • participate in all productions in some way other than being cast
  • accept any role or assignment you are given
  • Stage Manage at least one production before graduation
  • attend departmental functions and receptions

Fundamental Courses (21 credits)

TRE 1310 Introduction to the Theatre 3 credits
TRE 1320 Rehearsal and Production I (taken 4 times for a 4-credit total) 1 credit (total of 4 credits)
TRE 2550 Scene Study and Analysis 3 credits
TRE 3650 Fundamentals of Directing 3 credits
TRE 3740 Rehearsal and Production II (taken 4 times for a 4-credit total) 1 credit (total of 4 credits)
TRE 4311 Survey of Theatre History 3 credits
TRE 4315 Survey of Theatre History Research (must be
taken concurrently with TRE 4311)
1 credit

Senior Seminar

Graduating seniors will enroll in Senior Seminar where they will create a final performance,
project or portfolio with an appropriate advisor.
TRE 4990 Senior Seminar in Theatre Studies 3 credits

Prerequisite Acting Courses (9 credits)

TRE 1610 Fundamentals of Acting 3 credits
TRE 2540 Voice and Movement 3 credits
TRE 2680  Acting II 3 credits

Prerequisite Design and Management Courses (6 credits)

TRE 2650 Management Techniques 3 credits
TRE 3100 Theatrical Design 3 credits

Focus in Acting OR Design/Management (6 credits)

Acting

TRE 3560 Acting Dynamics {AND/OR} 3 credits
TRE 3570 Acting Styles {AND/OR} 3 credits
TRE 4515 Acting III {AND/OR} 3 credits
TRE 4590 Voice and Diction 3 credits

Design/Management

TRE 3060 Principles of Arts Management {AND/OR} 3 credits
TRE 4950 Directed Studies {AND/OR} 3 credits
TRE 4980 Directed Studies in Design  3 credits

Note: Students must also complete a minimum of 126 credits and all University Core Curriculum requirements.


Minor in Theatre
Designed to complement the experience of non-Theatre major students whose career goals include public appearances, presentations, or performance in fields such as business, health administration, pre-law, social work, education and education administration.

Theatre Minor (20 credits)

These courses are required for all Theatre minors.
Ten (10) credits MUST be 3000 level or higher.

  • prepare and participate fully in all coursework
  • audition for at least one production per year
  • work on at least one production crew per year

Fundamental Courses (8 credits)

TRE 1310 Introduction to the Theatre 3 credits
TRE 1320 Rehearsal and Production I 1 credit
TRE 2550 Scene Study and Analysis 3 credits
TRE 3740 Rehearsal & Production II 1 credit

Acting Courses (6 credits):

TRE 1610 Fundamentals of Acting 3 credits
TRE 2680 Acting II 3 credits
Design and Management Courses (3 credits)
TRE 2650 Management Techniques {OR} 3 credits
TRE 2660 Elements of Theatre Crafts {OR} 3 credits
TRE 3060 Principles of Arts Management {OR} 3 credits
TRE 3100 Theatrical Design 3 credits

History or Directing Courses (3 credits)

TRE 3650
TRE 4311
Fundamentals of Directing {OR}
Survey of Theatre History
3 credits

Program Contact
Department Chair: Melinda Pacha
Reno Hall, Room 33
McNichols Campus

Telephone: 313-993-3268
Fax: 313-993-3256
Email: pachamj@udmercy.edu


For more information about UDM, or to apply online, go to www.udmercy.edu/apply.


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