Course Descriptions

Theatre Courses

THT 104 - Theatre Practicum

1.00 Cr
Students earn one credit by participating in theatre productions as actors, directors, or technical personnel under the guidance of qualified theatre artists. A minimum of 30 hours of participation is required for each hour of credit; enrollment and grading will be arranged at the end of each semester by supervising faculty.

THT 111 - Introduction to Acting

3.00 Cr
This course is an introduction to stage acting designed to introduce the beginning actor to foundational vocal, physical and imagination exercises. The class is designed to develop concentration and movement as well as interpersonal communication skills appropriate for stage performance. The course focuses on basic audition skills.

THT 118 - Theatre Appreciation

3.00 Cr
A course that aims to develop culturally literate citizens through study of theatre. While asking difficult questions about the realities of fine arts in our society, students will develop skills in research for theatre and take on real-world projects related to the stage. This course also requires attendance from a menu of performance opportunities in Helena.

THT 121 - Stagecraft

3.00 Cr

This is a practical course in stagecraft. This includes construction and design of scenery and properties, stage lighting and sound. Skills involve carpentry, painting, reading design plans, and methods of assembling the set on stage. Participation in current productions is arranged.

THT 189 - Special Topic

1.00 Cr
Special Topics courses include ad-hoc courses on various selected topics that are not part of the regular curriculum, however they may still fulfill certain curricular requirements. Special topics courses are offered at the discretion of each department and will be published as part of the semester course schedule - view available sections for more information. Questions about special topics classes can be directed to the instructor or department chair.

THT 207 - Comedy Acting

3.00 Cr
Covering the basics of mime, commedia, clowning and slapstick, this course will have everyone in stitches. A practical course in acting for comedies, the course will focus on tools of comedy and culminate in a laugh-a-second showcase.

THT 208 - Stage Combat

3.00 Cr
Covering the basics of stage combat and safety, this course will keep students moving as they learn techniques in swordplay, brawling, and falls. A practical course, the course will focus on the basics and culminate in fully choreographed showcase.

THT 210 - Creative Drama

3.00 Cr
This course is designed to help teachers and facilitators to learn to use drama as a teaching tool. Perfect for any student, this method particularly helps students who need to engage the material actively to learn it. Through practical exercises in lesson planning and facilitation, students will learn to use drama techniques to teach science, math, literature, social skills, and any other subject you can imagine.

THT 211 - Puppetry

3.00 Cr
Beginning with a study of the history of puppetry and current performance practice, this course also teaches puppet construction techniques and performance. The course culminates in a Puppet Slam.

THT 212 - Advanced Acting

3.00 Cr
An advanced acting course for serious students, this class broadens both the knowledge and experience of acting and acting methods. Students prepare monologues and scenes of various styles, employing in-depth character development and exploring the acting methods of several acting schools.

THT 221 - Stagecraft II

3.00 Cr
A course in more advanced stagecraft techniques. Areas of focus will be stage machinery, rigging systems, sound and lighting systems. Skills will include welding and steel construction techniques, lighting and electrical safety, and construction management skills. Participation in current productions is arranged.

THT 222 - Intro to Stage Design

3.00 Cr
This course will provide a beginning to design theory in general and then provide students with knowledge and practical work in specific elements of theatre design such as set, light, sound, costume, and makeup design. Subjects covered will include color theory, artistic concepts of shape and line, hand drafting, and collaboration with the entire artistic team.

THT 223 - Costuming

3.00 Cr
This is a practical course in the art and practice of costuming. Besides learning basic sewing skills, we will costume the current productions and study the evolution of clothing through the ages. Each student will learn how to follow a pattern, and build an article of clothing.

THT 224 - Stage Make-Up

3.00 Cr
By creating their own make-up portfolio (morgue), the student will learn the hands-on techniques of applying make-up: realistic and fantastic; and different eras and cultures of make-up styles. In addition, the student will study facial anatomy, the aging process, and the principles of light and shadow as they apply to stage make-up.

THT 248 - History of Film

3.00 Cr
An overview of the history of film from its beginnings in the late 19th century through its exciting growth into the most popular performing art of this century, including a study of film?s social impact, stars, directors, business management history, and recent video revolution. The course will also offer weekly viewing selections of many of the great films of cinematic literature.

THT 289 - Special Topic

1.00 Cr
Special Topics courses include ad-hoc courses on various selected topics that are not part of the regular curriculum, however they may still fulfill certain curricular requirements. Special topics courses are offered at the discretion of each department and will be published as part of the semester course schedule - view available sections for more information. Questions about special topics classes can be directed to the instructor or department chair.

THT 305 - Theatre Intensive

1.00 Cr
Students may receive credit for completing one to two week intensive courses with master teachers. In general, 1 credit is equal to 45 hours of course work.

THT 310 - Women in Theatre

3.00 Cr
Covering much of the same coursework as the Directing course, this course examines the role women have played in theatre history, and reckons with the current inequality of women leaders in the field. Students will read plays written by female playwrights and will culminate the semester with a staging of a collection of scenes written by women and chosen by the students. This event will be part of the regular Carroll Theatre season.

THT 311 - Directing

3.00 Cr
A practical course in the principles and techniques of bringing a play from the page to the stage. The course provides step-by-step practice in how to approach the play, how to find its dramatic values, and how to direct the production with these aims in mind. Attention will be given to the collaborative nature of art, and the requisite communication skills of a director. The course will delve into the theories and practice of various directing schools of thought and will culminate in the staging of one act plays as part of the Carroll season.

THT 312 - Musical Theatre Act/Audition

3.00 Cr
An advanced acting course, this class will focus on learning techniques which will grow skills in performance of musical theatre and auditioning both for straight plays and musicals. Beginning with a historical study of the origins of musical theatre and its current practice, it will then shift to scene work and audition preparation which integrate tools taught in class and in readings.

THT 313 - Stage Dialects

3.00 Cr
An advanced acting course, this class will focus on learning the International Phonetic Alphabet and how to apply it to dialect work, specifically standard American, standard British, and another dialect of the student's choosing. While there will be some academic work in this course, it will primarily focus on scene work and monologues which integrate tools taught in class and in readings.

THT 314 - Shakespeare in Performance

3.00 Cr
An advanced acting course, this class will focus on learning techniques which will grow skills in performance of Shakespeare. While there will be some academic work in this course, it will primarily focus on scene work and monologues which integrate tools taught in class and in readings.

THT 318 - History of Theatre I(WI)

3.00 Cr
The story of the theatre beginning with its origins in the rituals of primitive man through the cultural explosion of the Renaissance. In addition to the text, several plays representative of the major theatrical ages will be read for insights into how the physical stage, the styles of acting and production, and theatrical convention influenced the dramatic literature of the various periods.

THT 319 - History of Theatre II(WI)

3.00 Cr
A continuance of the story of the theatre, from the English Restoration and through its objective imitation of nature at the end of the 19th century, to its return to subjective reality and ritual in modern times. In addition to the text, several plays representative of the major theatrical ages will be read for insights into the physical stage, the styles of acting and production, and theatrical convention influenced the dramatic literature of the period as well as the modern theatre.

THT 323 - Lighting Design

3.00 Cr
This is a practical study of the lighting design process. The course leads the student step-by-step from script analysis through plotting a finished design. Individual areas of exploration include light and color theory, electricity, and lighting instrumentation and control systems.

THT 389 - Special Topic

1.00 Cr
Special Topics courses include ad-hoc courses on various selected topics that are not part of the regular curriculum, however they may still fulfill certain curricular requirements. Special topics courses are offered at the discretion of each department and will be published as part of the semester course schedule - view available sections for more information. Questions about special topics classes can be directed to the instructor or department chair.

THT 403 - Theatre Projects

1.00 Cr
An opportunity for qualified theatre students to participate in Carroll College theatre productions as primary designers. Under the guidance of the instructor, the student may direct or design the set, costumes, or lighting for a full-length play.

THT 404 - Theatre Projects

1.00 Cr
An opportunity for qualified theatre students to participate in Carroll College theatre productions as primary designers. Under the guidance of the instructor, the student may direct or design the set, costumes, or lighting for a full-length play.

THT 418 - Theatre for Young Audiences

3.00 Cr
In graduate seminar style, students will study the history of theatre for young audiences and learn about current practice. Course work includes projects in playwriting, adaptation, puppetry, and creative dramatics.

THT 425 - THT Internship

1.00 Cr
Internship Programs Recognizing that learning can take place outside the classroom, Carroll College allows its students to participate in a work program that relates to their area of studies. This employment must relate directly to classroom work in order to qualify for an internship. Close cooperation between Carroll and the participating companies insures a work experience that contributes significantly to the student?s overall growth and professional development. Juniors and seniors in any major area may participate with the approval of the department chairperson, academic advisor, and the internship coordinator. Students will receive academic credit and may or may not receive monetary compensation for an internship. A student may earn a maximum of 6 semester hours in the internship program. Enrollment in the course must be during the same semester in which the majority of the work experience takes place. Interested students should contact their academic advisor and the intership coordinator at the Career Services Office.

THT 426 - Dramaturgy (WI)

3.00 Cr
For theatre majors and history students, this course covers dramaturgy, theatre criticism and script analysis. Students will read plays from the current Carroll season as well as other important works of theatre and complete dramaturgical and script analysis projects.

THT 485 - Independent Study

1.00 Cr
Independent study is open to junior and senior students only. At the time of application, a student must have earned a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. A student may register for no more than three (3) semester hours of independent study in any one term. In all cases, registration for independent study must be approved by the appropriate department chairperson and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

THT 489 - Special Topic

1.00 Cr
Special Topics courses include ad-hoc courses on various selected topics that are not part of the regular curriculum, however they may still fulfill certain curricular requirements. Special topics courses are offered at the discretion of each department and will be published as part of the semester course schedule - view available sections for more information. Questions about special topics classes can be directed to the instructor or department chair.

THT 490 - Theatre Internship

1.00 Cr

An intensive "hands-on" learning experience designed to fit the individual student's vocational and avocational goals. Each student will be given major responsibilities in the areas of technical theatre, stage management, directing, house management, promotion and publicity, box office, etc., under the tutelage of the professional staff at Helena's area theatres. Consent of instructor is required. Offered fall, spring, or summer term under special arrangement. A written report is due upon completion of the internship. The grade will be assigned by the professional at the area theatre.

THT 495 - Senior Seminar

1.00 Cr
This course is designed to help graduating seniors prepare for a career in the arts by providing peer and instructor feedback on resumes and other job materials, educating students on graduate school opportunities, providing advice from career professionals, and giving instruction in job search strategies. The course will require you to build your professional website, create a CV, and prepare resumes.

THT 499 - Senior Thesis

1.00 Cr
The senior thesis is designed to encourage creative thinking and to stimulate individual research. A student may undertake a thesis in an area in which s/he has the necessary background. Ordinarily a thesis topic is chosen in the student's major or minor. It is also possible to choose an interdisciplinary topic. Interested students should decide upon a thesis topic as early as possible in the junior year so that adequate attention may be given to the project. In order to be eligible to apply to write a thesis, a student must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 based upon all courses attempted at Carroll College. The thesis committee consists of a director and two readers. The thesis director is a full-time Carroll College faculty member from the student's major discipline or approved by the department chair of the student's major. At least one reader must be from outside the student's major. The thesis director and the appropriate department chair must approve all readers. The thesis committee should assist and mentor the student during the entire project. For any projects involving human participants, each student and his or her director must follow the guidelines published by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Students must submit a copy of their IRB approval letter with their thesis application. As part of the IRB approval process, each student and his or her director must also complete training by the National Cancer Institute Protection of Human Participants. The thesis is typically to be completed for three (3) credits in the discipline that best matches the content of the thesis. Departments with a designated thesis research/writing course may award credits differently with approval of the Curriculum Committee. If the thesis credits exceed the full-time tuition credit limit for students, the charge for additional credits will be waived. Applications and further information are available in the Registrar's Office.