THEA-131: Theatre Appreciation

Liberal Arts
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Theatre Appreciation
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
ENG-093 and/or ENG-081 eligible
Catalog Course Description

Explores the components, methods, and history of theatrical production. Subject areas may include but are not limited to acting, directing, and technical theatre.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

This course is designed to foster an awareness of the theatrical components extant in Western Culture.    

Core Course Topics
  1. Historical Periods.
  2. Play Structure.
  3. Play Production.
  4. Play Design.
  5. Acting.
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  • Identify the difference between “play” as script and “play” as production.
  • Analyze the capabilities of scene design, lighting, acting, directing, and costuming.
  • Describe the basic requirements for acting and directing, and their basic relationship to each other.
  • Describe the historical significance of theatrical production techniques.
  • Organize and prepare a theatrical scene.
  • Identify the major structural components of a play.
  • Write critical reviews of theatrical productions.*
  • Write analytical papers about theatrical subjects.*
  • Identify the major ideological influences of Western theatre.*

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
  1. Objective tests.
  2. A midterm.
  3. A final.
  4. Play review.
  5. A research paper.
  6. A memorized and rehearsed scene from a play presented in class.

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details

Determined by department

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2015
ILT Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date