2004 - 2005 Catalog

Course Descriptions

PERFORMING ARTS

PA 1
INTRODUCTION TO THEATER (3)

Class Hours:  3 Lecture, CAN DRAM 18 Strongly Recommended Preparation of ENG 51A or equivalent.

Performing Arts 1 is a survey of major dramatic forms and works for theatre.  Areas to be covered include the purpose of theatre, major historical literary periods and their relationships to the socio-economic and political issues of their times, a behind-the-scenes look at play production, multi-cultural contributions to Western theatre, and contemporary trends.  Lectures will be combined with play reading and viewing of video taped scenes. (AA, CSU,UC)

PA 3
FILM APPRECIATION (3)

Class Hours:  3 Lecture, CR/NC CSU General Education Requirement: C1

Performing Arts 3 looks at the cinema as a 20th century art form.  Students will view historically and artistically significant films in class and learn how to critique them.  Students will also develop an understanding of both the artistic and technical aspects of film as well as the business and politics of the film industry. (AA, CSU, UC)

PA 6
TOURING THEATER (3)

Class Hours:  9 Laboratory.  Strongly Recommended Preparation:  PA 14 or equivalent.  Note: (162) hours by arrangement for 3.0 units. 

Performing Arts 6 provides experience in touring thematic educational productions for elementary, high school, and public performance.  Students will gain experience in mounting a traveling production and making dramatic educational  presentations in a variety of settings.  Students will assist in developing scripts: acting, dancing, singing and fulfill crew assignments. (AA, CSU)

PA 14        
FUNDAMENTALS OF ACTING(3)

Class Hours:  3 Lecture CAN DRAM 8

Performing Arts 14 is designed to introduce the novice actor to the theatre.  With emphasis on personal and artistic growth in a supportive environment, the students will learn proper methods of warming up and basic vocal, physical, emotional and psychological characterizations. The student will develop confidence on stage by performing in short scenes and by learning techniques of auditioning, including monologues, prepared scripts and cold reading.  The course will also include theatre games and a backstage tour of the West Hills College Theatre facility. May be taken four times for credit. (AA,CSU,UC)

PA 21
PLAY
PRODUCTION (1-3)

Note:  This is a variable unit course.  (54) hours by arrangement for 1.0 unit. (108) hours by arrangement for 2.0 units. (162) hours by  arrangement for 3.0 units.

Performing Arts 21 is the rehearsal and presentation of a serious dramatic play before a public audience. Students will specialize in either acting or technical theatre, working with the director and designers to create production/performance team. May be taken four times for credit for a maximum of 12 units. (AA, CSU, UC)

PA 22
THEATER WORKSHOP (4)

Class Hours:  6 Lecture, 18 Laboratory (6 weeks)

Performing Arts 22 is the presentation of a full length production before a public audience.  Students will learn work readiness skills integrated as a part of the intense disciplined rehearsal process of a dramatic production. Students will specialize in either acting, technical theatre, design, costumes or public relations while working with the director and designers to create a production/performance team.  This course is only offered during the summer. May be taken two times for credit for a maximum of 8 units. (AA,CSU)

PA 23        
CHICANO THEATER (3)

Class Hours:  2 Lecture, 3 Laboratory
Performing Arts 23 is a form of theatre which expresses the culture

and identity of the Chicano through development of self expression. This course will give the student a basic introduction to the working ideology and methodology of El Teatro Campesino.  PA 23 will introduce the student to some acting techniques and Chicano/Latino dramatic works.  The course will also illustrate the present reality of the Chicano way of life throughout the stage production. May be taken two times for credit. (AA, CSU)

PA 25
THEATER DANCE (1)

Class Hours: .5 Lecture, 1.5 Laboratory

Performing Arts 25 provides instruction in basic modern, jazz and folkloric dance techniques for the performing arts. (This course satisfies, in part, the Associate Degree Physical Activity Requirement, Area E, Local District Requirement). May be taken four times for credit. (AA,CSU)

PA 30/60 
PERFORMING ARTS EXPERIMENTAL COURSES (.5-3)                    

Class Hours:  18 lecture hours or 54 laboratory hours for each semester units.

All courses numbered 30/60 are designed to permit department to meet an immediate student or community need, to explore newer methods in teaching a subject, to offer courses which are innovative, and to provide curriculum variety and flexibility. A required course description identifies each course subject.  These courses may be taken CR/NC.

 

PA 32        
STAGE/TELEVISION LIGHTING AND SOUND(3)

Class Hours:  2 Lecture, 3 laboratory Strongly Recommended Preparation:  ENG 51A or equivalent.

Performing Arts 32 combines the theory, techniques and procedures necessary to develop and integrate sound and lighting to prepare plays and video productions for major public performance and/or viewing.  The sound portion of the class includes sound, music, and effects in theatre production, including hearing, acoustics, environment, sources, transducers, control systems, equipment, organization and planning, and laboratory experience.  The lighting portion of the class includes instrument control, color, electromechanical factors and simplified design and planning, including lighting as art, design concepts, lighting plots, projections, sequential cue relationships and lab applications.  May be taken four times for credit.  (AA,CSU,UC)

 

PA 35        
THEATER CRAFTS(3)

Class Hours:  2 Lecture, 3 Laboratory, CAN DRAM 12

Performing Arts 35 introduces students to scene construction, materials and hardware.  Students will learn painting techniques, stage lighting techniques and will gain experience in preparing plays for performance. (AA,CSU,UC)

PA 42A      
TELEVISION PRODUCTION CAMERA OPERATION(4)

Class Hours: 3 Lecture, 3 Laboratory CR/NC. Strongly Recommended Preparation:  ENG 51A or  equivalent.

Performing Arts 42A is an introduction to camera operation for television production.  It will combine lecture, studio experience at locations such as TV production sites, distance learning sites and independent work. Must be taken once for the certificate program. (AA,CSU)

PA 42B  
TELEVISION PRODUCTION EDITING (4)

Class Hours:  3 Lecture, 3 Laboratory.  Prerequisite: PA 42A or equivalent.

Performing Arts 42B is an introduction to television production editing. It will combine lecture, studio experience at locations such as TV production sites, distance learning sites and independent work. Must be taken once for the certificate program. (AA, CSU)

PA 42C  
TELEVISION PRODUCTION PROJECT(4)

Class Hours:  3 Lecture, 3 Laboratory.  Prerequisite: PA 42B or equivalent.

Performing Arts 42C combines lecture, studio experience at locations such as TV production sites, distance learning sites, and independent work.  Students will be required to work on a specific video project for use as a portfolio video tape which reflects their efforts on a creative class project program. (AA, CSU)

PA 44        
TELEVISION WORKSHOP(4)

Class Hours:  6 Lecture, 18 Laboratory (6 weeks)

Performing Arts 44 is designed to provide meaningful work experience for students  producing and promoting a television series.  The course is designed to provide "hands on" experience in all aspects of television production.  Participants will be trained in and involved with writing, directing, producing, acting, singing, dancing audio/lighting technology, videography, music scoring, advertising, art, production business, and public relations techniques.  Students will rotate responsibilities to gain a variety of experiences related to the production process. The finished product will be a television series designed to air on broadcast television. May be taken two times.

 

PA 49/99 
DIRECTED STUDY(1-2)

Class Hours:  54 Laboratory hours for each semester unit.  No more than 2 units per  semester per 49/99 series.

Performing Arts 49/99 is designed for students who wish to undertake special projects related to Music. Students, under instructor guidance and acknowledgement, may pursue individual exploration after completing or while currently enrolled in at least one course in the department of directed study.

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