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Courses at the 400-level

DANC 405: Choreography II

Dancers apply the fundamentals of choreography to create examples of preclassical and modern dance. These dances are presented in a demonstration workshop at the end of the semester.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • DANC 304
DANC 491: Independent Study in Dance

Students select a topic and undertake concentrated research under the supervision of a faculty advisor.
1-3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Demonstration of superior ability and initiative in previous dance courses; and consent of instructor, department chair, and dean.
DANC 492: Independent Performance in Dance

The student, working with a faculty advisor, selects a specific form or style in dance to which the work is restricted. Evidence of performance is presented during the student choreography showcase.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Demonstration of superior ability and initiative in previous dance courses; and consent of instructor, department chair, and dean.
MUS 408: Advanced Conducting

A continuation of MUS 308, this course further develops the studentís technical skill in choral and instrumental conducting.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • or consent of department chair
MUS 458: Twentieth-Century Theory

The theoretical and compositional techniques of twentieth century composers is studied.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • or consent of instructor
MUS 490: Independent Study

Students conduct independent research and write a final paper under the supervision of a faculty member. This course may be repeated once for credit with a change in topic.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Junior or senior standing and consent of department chair and dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
MUS 491: Directed Study

Students conduct an independent study project and write a final paper under the supervision of a faculty member. This course may be repeated once for credit with a change in topic.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Junior or senior standing and consent of department chair and dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
MUS 492: Senior Recital

This is a half-hour solo recital of representative literature. Students must be enrolled in Applied Music in the semester in which the recital is performed. Graded H, S, U.
0 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • 12 credit hours (six semesters) of Applied Music in the appropriate instrument
MUS 493: Senior Recital-Music Performance Majors

This is a one-hour solo recital of representative literature. Students must be enrolled in Applied Music in the semester in which the recital is performed. Graded H, S, U.
0 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • 21 credit hours (seven semesters) of Applied Music in the appropriate instrument.
  • MUS 391
MUSE 412: Practicum in Music Education I

Principles and practices of teaching music at elementary and secondary levels are presented. This practicum includes learning theory and teaching methods, teaching students with special needs, and observation and participation in teaching.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • For undergraduate students: MUS 105, MUSE 212, successful completion of sight singing and keyboard proficiency, or consent of department chair.
  • For graduate students: admission to a music education teacher preparation program and successful completion of sight singing and keyboard proficiency.
MUSE 413: Practicum in Music Education II

Principles and practices of teaching choral music at elementary and secondary levels are presented. This practicum includes learning theory and teaching methods, teaching students with special needs, and observation and participation in teaching.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Prerequisite for undergraduate students: MUSE 412, with minimum grade of B-, and admission to music education teacher preparation program.
  • Prerequisite for graduate students: MUSE 412, with minimum grade of B.
MUSE 414: Practicum in Music Education III

Principles and practices of teaching instrumental music at elementary and secondary levels are presented. This practicum includes learning theory and teaching methods, classroom observation, and participation in teaching.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Prerequisite for undergraduate students: MUSE 413, with minimum grade of B-, and admission to music education teacher preparation program.
  • Prerequisite for graduate students: MUSE 413, with minimum grade of B.
MUSE 424: Student Teaching in Music Education

In this culminating field experience, candidates complete a teaching experience in an elementary and secondary school under the supervision of cooperating teachers and a college supervisor. This is a full-semester assignment. Graded S, U.
10 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • MUSE 413 and all major and professional courses required prior to student teaching
  • Concurrent enrollment in concurrent enrollment in MUSE 460
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 a full semester prior to student teaching
  • Completion of community service requirement
  • Negative result from the required tuberculin test
  • approved Preparing to Teach Portfolio
  • a positive recommendation from the professor of each professional course
  • passing score(s) on the Praxis II
MUSE 460: Student Teaching Seminar in Music Education

Teacher behaviors appropriate to effective teaching are developed. Topics include classroom and time management, effective communication, learning styles, and teaching strategies. This seminar meets weekly.
2 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Concurrent enrollment in concurrent enrollment in MUSE 424
MUSE 480: Workshop in Music Education


1-3 credit hours

THTR 405: Readers Theatre

Focus is on alternative modes of readers theatre, including selection, adaptation, and presentation of material. Included are casting, rehearsing, performing, and directing techniques.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • 60 credit hours of undergraduate courses
  • or consent of department chair
THTR 411: Technical Direction

The skills needed by a technical director in both commercial and noncommercial theatre are introduced and developed.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • or consent of department chair
  • 60 credit hours of undergraduate courses, including THTR 232
THTR 412: Scene Design for the Theatre

The design process as it relates to the production as a whole is explored. Designerís concepts are translated into practical, theatrical, visual terms through sketching, mechanical drawings, and model building.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • 60 credit hours of undergraduate courses, including THTR 330
  • or consent of department chair.
THTR 413: Sound Design for the Theatre

The art and technology of theatrical sound are explored. Topics include recording, editing, and reinforcement techniques and equipment. May be repeated once for credit.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • or consent of department chair
  • 60 credit hours of undergraduate courses, including THTR 232 and 330
THTR 414: Costume for the Theatre

Theoretical and practical design concepts, civil dress history, and characterizations are studied through theatre application and projects.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • 60 credit hours of undergraduate courses, including THTR 330, or consent of department chair
  • or consent of the department chair
THTR 415: Lighting for Theatre and Dance

Lighting for the stage is explored.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • 60 credit hours of undergraduate courses, including THTR 330, or consent of department chair
THTR 416: Makeup for the Stage, Film, and Television

Techniques of makeup, chart construction, and research are studied. Twenty hours of laboratory experience on a major Rhode Island College Theatre production are required.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • THTR 110
  • or consent of department chair
THTR 417: Stage Management for Theatre and Dance

Focus is on the responsibilities of a stage manager for both commercial and noncommercial theatre and dance companies.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • 60 credit hours of undergraduate courses, including THTR 330
  • or consent of department chair
THTR 418: Scenic Painting

The basic principles and techniques of scenic painting are examined. May be repeated once for credit.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • 60 credit hours of undergraduate courses, including THTR 330, or consent of department chair.
THTR 419: Performing Arts Management

The problems of organizing and publicizing the performing arts, and the coordination and administration of staff, budgets, and facilities are explored. This course may be counted as a management elective with consent of the advisor.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • one 300-level course in art, dance, music, or theatre
  • or consent of department chair
THTR 422: Period Styles of Acting I

The actor is trained in the performance of Greek tragedy, commedia dell'arte, and the plays of Moliére.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • THTR 221
  • THTR 222
  • THTR 320
  • THTR 321
  • or consent of department chair
THTR 423: Period Styles of Acting II

The actor is trained in the performance of Elizabethan and Jacobean tragedy and comedy, Restoration comedy, and nineteenth-century melodrama and farce.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • THTR 221
  • THTR 222
  • THTR 320
  • THTR 321
  • or consent of department chair
THTR 424: Auditioning Techniques

Through the selection, preparation, presentation, evaluation, and coaching of audition materials, students improve their auditioning skills.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • 60 credit hours of undergraduate courses, including THTR 105, 220, 221, 222, 320, and 321
  • or consent of department chair
THTR 425: Fundamentals of Directing

Basic play interpretation, casting, rehearsal procedures, and other directorial duties are covered. Student-directed scenes involve problems in composition, movement, tempo, and rhythm. (Formerly THTR 325.)
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • THTR 105
  • THTR 110
  • THTR 320
  • THTR 321
  • or consent of department chair
THTR 430: Creative Drama with Children and Youth

Improvised drama is explored as a process in fostering creative expression in children and youth in a variety of educational and community settings. (Formerly THTR 330.)
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Theatre majors: 60 credit hours of undergraduate course work or consent of department chair
  • Elementary education students: ELED 300 or consent of department chair
THTR 435: Theatre for Children and Youth

The theoretical aspects involved in the selection and preparation of scripts, casting, rehearsing, and production of theatre for and with children and youth are explored. (Formerly THTR 335.)
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • THTR 430
  • or consent of department chair
THTR 440: History of Theatre: Origins to 1800

Students examine the development of the physical theatre and of dramatic art from their origins to 1800. THTR 440 and 441 do not have to be taken in sequential order. (Formerly History of Theatre I: Origins to 1625.)
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Two 200-level theatre courses
  • or consent of department chair
THTR 441: History of Theatre: 1800 to the Present

Students examine the development of the physical theatre and of dramatic art from 1800 to the present. THTR 440 and 441 do not have to be taken in sequential order. (Formerly History of Theatre: 1625 to 1875.)
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • or consent of department chair
  • two 200-level theatre courses
THTR 442: History of Theatre: 1875 to Present

The development of the physical theatre and of dramatic art from 1875 to the present is studied. Attendance at theatre productions is required. THTR 440, 441, and 442 do not have to be taken in sequential order. (Formerly Modern Theatre.)
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • 60 credit hours of undergraduate courses
  • or consent of department chair
THTR 460: Seminar in Theatre

A selected area of theatre is explored in depth, culminating in a major research paper and oral presentation.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • 30 credit hours of theatre courses
  • or consent of department chair
  • THTR 221, 222, 320, 321
THTR 475: Theatre Internship

Students gain a comprehensive understanding of theatre arts through on-the-job training. Full-time work with an approved theatre company is required. Grading is H, S, or U.
9 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • THTR 105 and 110; open only to theatre majors (1) who are juniors or seniors, and (2) who have GPA of 3.00 in the major and minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00. Application must be made one semester prior to the period of internship
THTR 477: Touring Theatre Production

The student actor and student technician are trained in the touring process. Focus is on vivid material and concept, movement, and dialogue, rather than on technical production. (Formerly THTR 377.)
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • For student actors: THTR 105, 110, 220, 221, 222, 320, 321, and consent of department chair.
  • For student technicians: THTR 105, 110, 411, and one course from 412, 414, 415, 417, and consent of department chair
THTR 478: Theatre Production IV

Students work on RIC theatre productions under faculty supervision (in performance, technical theatre, costumes/ makeup, or stage/theatre management). This course must be taken twice. Grading is S or U. (Formerly Theatre Production.)
1 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • THTR 378
  • or consent of department chair
THTR 480: Workshop in Theatre


3 credit hours

THTR 490: Independent Study in Theatre

Scholarly research culminating in a thesis paper is required. This course may be repeated once for credit with a change in content.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • junior or senior standing and consent of department chair and dean
THTR 491: Special Problems in Theatre

A project and a written report of the procedures followed in accomplishing the project are required. This course may be repeated once for credit with a change in content.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • junior or senior standing and consent of department chair and dean
THTR 493: Special Problems in Design

A design project and a written report of the procedures followed in accomplishing the project are required. This course may be repeated once for credit with a change in content
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • junior or senior standing and consent of department chair and dean
THTR 498: Special Problems in Directing

A directing project and a written report of the procedures followed in accomplishing the project are required. This course may be repeated once for credit with a change in content.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Junior or senior standing and consent of department chair and dean

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