Listed below are sample course descriptions that are being or have been taught in the School. Visit https://ntst.umd.edu/soc/ for current course offerings; the School offers courses in TDPS, THET, and DANC.
TDPS201 - Introduction to Technical Theatre
An introductory course covering basic topics in technology and craftsmanship for the production of theatre and dance. The objective of this course is to provide the student with an elementary understanding of the process of realizing a production, from the design through build, run, and strike. The student should gain a working knowledge of theatre terminology as well as a familiarity with basic theatre tools and techniques for scenery, paint, props costumes, lighting, audio, video, and stage management.
TDPS479 - Production Practicum
TDPS479 is a graded course in a specified practical aspect of mounting a theatre or dance production. It is a hands-on, purely laboratory experience. The intent of repeating this course is to experience and learn a different skill set in the production process.
DANC109 - Improvisation I
This course is an introduction to the spontaneous movement form known as improvisation. Through guided movement exercises and experiences, readings, discussions, observations, and journaling, students will broaden self-awareness and physical and expressive skills in the movement aspects of time, space, energy, shape and dynamics. This course will delve into the basics of improvisation as self-exploration, technique, choreographic tool and performance form through various approaches and styles.
DANC128 - Fundamentals of Ballet
As this course is intended for students with little⊦ no dance training, the class will use lecture, discussion, and studio work to introduce the ballet, its history, and its aesthetics. The lecture and discussion will help the student recognize and articulate key terminology and criteria for aesthetic judgment in this form of expression. The studio work, including barre exercises and center and traveling sequences, will be performed in small groups as well as individually in order to help the student develop creativity in expressing themselves and a kinesthetic awareness for self-evaluation.
THET310 - Voice for the Actor I (Smith)
THET310 - Voice for the Actor I (Smiley)