• Fine Arts Department


  • Fine Arts Classes



    Drama Classes


    DRA 100

    INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE introduces the student to a wide range of theatrical information, including the basic elements and terminology of theatre in such areas as acting, directing, and technical theatre. Dramas of representative playwrights from major periods of Western Theatre are read in conjunction with the study of the theatre of the time. 
    3 credit hours


    DRA 111

    THEATRE HISTORY I introduces students to the major periods of theatre history, from Antiquity to Renaissance. The students will explore the culture and social conditions that gave birth to the theatre of each of these major periods, and they will study significant plays, artists, productions, and production practices of these cultures. The students will also be introduced to theatre history source material and research practices. 
    3 credit hours


    DRA 112

    THEATRE HISTORY II introduces students to the major developments of theatre history, from the English Restoration to the present day. The students will explore the cultures and social conditions that gave birth to the theatre of these periods, and they will study significant plays, artists, productions, and production practices of these cultures. The students will also be introduced to theatre history source material and research practices.
    3 credit hours


    DRA 120

    STAGECRAFT is an introduction to the materials and tools used in the technical areas of the theatre including set building, painting, lighting, sound, costuming, makeup, stage management, house management, and publicity. Laboratory hours in which the student will work on the University productions are required. Must be taken in conjunction with DRA 220 (1 credit). 
    3 credit hours


    DRA 210

    FUNDAMENTALS OF ACTING I introduces the beginning student to the problems, theories, and techniques of acting, focusing on improvisation and scene study.
    3 credit hours


    DRA 220

    THEATRE PRACTICUM allows students to participate in technical support or performance roles for University sponsored dramatic productions and other theatre related projects. Drama majors are required to participate in at least two University productions during the completion of the degree, earning a maximum of 6 credit hours. Individual responsibilities and intended learning experiences are to be arranged by the instructor and the student. This course is evaluated on a pass/fail system.
    1-3 credit hours


    DRA 310

    FUNDAMENTALS OF ACTING II provides a detailed examination of the craft of acting focusing on scene study and performance. Beginning work on characterization is also stressed. 
    3 credit hours


    DRA 315

    SHAKESPEARE IN PERFORMANCE instructs students to develop an approach to addressing the challenges particular to acting texts by William Shakespeare. Through reading, writing, rehearsing, performing, and participating in classroom exercises, students learn ways to analyze and perform Shakespeare’s sonnets and plays.
    Prerequisite: DRA 210 or permission of instructor;
    3 credit hours


    DRA 320

    ORAL INTERPRETATION is an introduction to the analysis and performance of literature. Students critically analyze various genres of literature and then share the results of that analysis through the act of performance. Vocal and physical techniques of performance, as well as approaches to literary criticism, are taught and developed.
    3 credit hours


    DRA 321

    ADVANCED INTERPRETATION is a study of the programming and performance of literature by groups. Students will study the conventions of Readers Theatre and Chamber Theatre and develop their own group performance through the scripting, staging and performance of various genres of literature.
    Prerequisite: DRA 320
    3 credit hours


    DRA 330

    DESIGN FOR THE THEATRE is an introduction to scenic, lighting, costume, prop, and sound design for the theatre.
    Prerequisite: DRA 120 or permission of instructor.
    3 credit hours


    DRA 335

    ADVANCED TOPICS IN TECHNICAL THEATRE allows students to gain more experience in select areas of technical theatre. The primary focus will be on practical implementation of techniques, theories and methods to complete various exercises. Each semester one half of the course will be devoted to lighting and lighting effects. The second half of the course will be determined based on the needs of the current production and the interest of current students. Possible topics will include stage makeup, mask making, scenic painting, modeling, props construction and costume construction.
    3 credit hours


    DRA 340

    PRINCIPLES OF DIRECTING introduces the student to the directing process through an in-depth analysis of text and an exploration of the fundamental directing tools necessary for realizing the dramatic action of a text in production.
    Prerequisite: DRA 210 or permission of instructor
    3 credit hours


    DRA 385

    THEATRE LITERATURE I analyzes major theatrical literary works from Antiquity to the Renaissance. Students examine the plays both as literature and as performance pieces, analyzing the plays’ dramatic structure and content, discussing their significance to theatre history, and examining them in light of how they would have been (and still may be) realized in performance. Students are encouraged to note not only how the theatre literature of each era changes but also what ties bind this literature together.
    3 credit hours


    DRA 386

    THEATRE LITERATURE II analyzes major theatrical literary works from the Restoration to the present day. Students examine the plays both as literature and as performance pieces, analyzing the plays’ dramatic structure and content, discussing their significance to theatre history, and examining them in light of how they would have been (and still can be) realized in performance. Students are encouraged to note not only how the theatre literature of each era changes but also what ties bind this literature together.
    3 credit hours


    DRA 408

    PLAYWRITING is an introduction to the development of narrative line, character, and dialogue in an original dramatic text. By the end of the semester, the student will have completed a short play which will receive a staged reading and open critique.
    Prerequisite: ENG 332 or permission of the instructor
    Cross-listed with ENG 408
    3 credit hours


    DRA 410

    ADVANCED DIRECTING requires students, through the process of directing student actors in four different scenes from major works of theatre literature, to demonstrate the ability to find and use new rehearsal methods for communicating successfully with actors, carefully analyzing scripts, and effectively transforming the scripted scene into a live performance. Three weekly laboratory hours in which the students will direct scenes from plays are required.
    Prerequisites: DRA 210 and 340
    3 credit hours


    DRA 420

    THEORY OF THEATRE challenges the student in a seminar-structured environment to examine the role of the theatre in society, tracing the purpose of theatre in society through dramatic criticism, from ancient Greece to the present day.
    Prerequisite: Senior Drama Major status or permission of instructor
    3 credit hours


    DRA 430

    ADVANCED ACTING: CHARACTERIZATION involves a study of the psycho-physical process of creating a character. Using scenes and monologues from great drama, students will do in-depth study and analysis of the plays and characters they work on during the semester.
    Prerequisite: DRA 310 or permission of instructor
    3 credit hours


    DRA 440

    PRODUCTION serves as a performance capstone to the drama major’s work. During the course, the student will assume the role of designer-director and prepare a one-act text for presentation before the University community. The student will meet for a regular class and will direct the one-act play in a separate laboratory time.
    Prerequisite: Senior Drama Major status
    3 credit hours


    DRA 450

    SENIOR THESIS is a required course for all drama majors who must research and write a thesis on an approved theatre related topic. Students must consult closely with the drama faculty during each step of the research and writing process and present their findings to other drama students at the end of the semester.
    1 credit hour

  • Music Classes


    MUS 100

    FUNDAMENTALS OF MUSIC is designed for the student with no previous training in music, or as a review for those who have had limited contact with music. Basic elements —melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic—will be covered. Students will learn how to read musical notation and will gain familiarity with the keyboard, with harmony, and with creating music. The course will incorporate training in sightsinging and ear training. 
    3 credit hours


    MUS 109, 110

    THEORY AND ANALYSIS I & II give students a grounding in musical praxis, notation, tonal harmony, formal analysis, counterpoint, composition, ear-training and sight-singing. Combined with MUS 209 and 210, all four courses are required of sacred music majors and MUS 109 and 110 are required of sacred music minors. The courses must be taken in sequence, however, students may test out of MUS 109 by taking a placement test at the beginning of the fall semester.
    3 credits each


    MUS 111

    GUITAR CLASS I stresses basic techniques of playing the guitar and the functional application of these techniques to enable the student to use the guitar as an accompaniment instrument.
    1 credit hour


    MUS 112

    GUITAR CLASS II is a continuation of Guitar Class I with further development of accompaniment techniques, along with providing the necessary skills to use the guitar as a tool for the teaching of music.
    Prerequisite: Mus 111 or permission of instructor
    1 credit hour


    MUS 115

    VOICE CLASS is an introduction to the techniques of singing including posture, breathing, pitch matching, interval recognition and other areas related to ear-training and sight-singing.
    1 credit hour


    MUS 120

    DICTION FOR SINGERS I: LATIN AND ITALIAN DICTION gives students a grounding in the rules governing the pronunciation of Latin and Italian in solo and choral repertoire. Students will learn the symbols of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and its application to lyric diction. Practical usage will be emphasized through in-class performances and text preparation.
    1 credit hour


    MUS 121

    DICTION FOR SINGERS II: GERMAN DICTION gives students an understanding of the rules governing the pronunciation of German and its applications to vocal repertoire. Students will learn the IPA symbols and sounds unique to the German language and its application to lyric diction. Practical usage will be emphasized through in-class performances and text preparation.
    Prerequisite: MUS 120
    1 credit hour


    MUS 122

    DICTION FOR SINGERS III: FRENCH DICTION gives students a grounding in the rules governing the pronunciation of French and the differences between spoken and lyric French. Students will learn the IPA symbols and sounds of the French language as well as the rules governing elision and liaison. Practical usage will be emphasized through in-class performances and text preparation.
    Prerequisites: MUS 120 and 121
    1 credit hour


    MUS 170, 171

    ORGAN I and II (Major Instrument) helps organ majors to achieve a high level of competency in their instrument. Entrance into the major presupposes at least an intermediate level of keyboard proficiency. An organ major should be able to demonstrate a varied and professional level of ability upon graduation. In organ study, students will be required to perform representative pieces from the organ literature of the past five centuries and will be active accompanying the Schola Cantorum Franciscana at liturgies and occasionally leading congregational song. Seven (7) semesters of instruction on the primary instrument as well as three years of Schola Cantorum is required of all sacred music majors. In addition, the various skills required to play the organ in the liturgy will constitute a part of organ study. Attendance at weekly performance class is required of all organ majors, and will include the study of improvisation, figured bass, solo accompanying, congregational accompanying, performance practice, arranging, organ design and history, and organ literature.
    3 credit hours each


    MUS 172, 173

    VOICE I and II (Major Instrument) majors are expected to achieve a high level of ability in their area of study. Entrance into the program presupposes at least an intermediate level of ability and voice majors should be able to demonstrate a professional level of ability upon graduation. Seven (7) semesters of instruction on the major instrument as well as three years of Schola Cantorum is required of all sacred music majors. Attendance at weekly performance class is required. Additional diction classes will also be required of voice majors as part of their private study.
    3 credit hours


    MUS 174

    ORGAN I (Non-Majors) students will need to demonstrate at least intermediate keyboard proficiency before beginning study. Weekly lessons will introduce students to the unique technical challenges of the instrument as well as registration and basic pipe organ design. Attendance at weekly performance class is encouraged. This course may be repeated.
    Prerequisite: permission of the instructor
    1 credit hour


    MUS 175

    SCHOLA CANTORUM FRANCISCANA is required of all sacred music majors (3 years) and all singers in the community are encouraged to audition. For sacred music majors, Schola Cantorum constitutes the formal element of their sacred music practicum in that its purpose is the performance of sacred music in the liturgy. It will also be the laboratory for the choral conducting students’ final projects and for organists, who will have ample opportunity for supervised accompanying and leading congregational song. The group meets twice per week with an additional sectional for men and women. This course may be repeated.
    Prerequisite: Audition is required of non-majors
    1 credit hour


    MUS 176

    VOICE I (Non-majors) is required of all organ majors to fulfill their secondary instrument requirement. Priority will be given to music majors and minors in admitting students for instructional and the number of secondary voice students taken additionally will depend upon the availability of the voice teacher. Attendance at weekly performance class is encouraged. This course may be repeated.
    Prerequisite: permission of the instructor
    1 credit hour


    MUS 180

    FRANCISCAN CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY exists for the promotion of classical vocal and instrumental music performance at the University. Franciscan Chamber Music Society comprises small chamber ensembles from a single soloist to four or five musicians. Ensembles perform at least once per semester. This course may be taken for credit or for no credit and may be repeated. (up to 6 credits may be earned)
    Admission by audition and permission of the director
    1 credit hour


    MUS 182

    CHORUS involves the study and performance of choral literature. Chorus has two rehearsal sessions per week and performs for University functions.
    Prerequisite: Audition
    1 credit hour


    MUS 183

    PIANO lessons will be given to voice majors and music minors and additional lessons may be given based on the availability of the piano teachers. Voice majors are required to take at least two semesters of piano or organ. This course may be repeated.
    Prerequisite: permission of the instructor
    1 credit hour


    MUS 185

    FRANCISCAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA plays classical works for strings and wind instruments. The orchestra performs at least once per semester. This course may be taken for credit or for no credit and may be repeated. (Communications Core)Admission by audition and permission of the director
    1 credit hour


    MUS 186

    FRANCISCAN BRASS ENSEMBLE is comprised of any combination available of trumpet, trombone, baritone, euphonium, French horn, and tuba. The ensemble plays for at least one event per semester. This course may be taken for credit or for no credit and may be repeated. (Communications Core) (up to 6 credits may be earned)Admission by audition and permission of the director
    1 credit hour


    MUS 204

    MUSIC APPRECIATION employs a listening approach for understanding musical styles, forms, and compositions as related to musical history.
    3 credit hours


    MUS 209, 210

    THEORY AND ANALYSIS III & IV give students a grounding in musical praxis, notation, tonal harmony, formal analysis, counterpoint, composition, ear-training and sight-singing. Combined with MUS 109 and 110, all four courses are required of sacred music majors and MUS 109 and 110 are required of sacred music minors. The courses must be taken in sequence, however, students may test out of MUS 109 by taking a placement test at the beginning of the fall semester. 
    3 credits each
    Prerequisite: MUS 109, 110.


    MUS 211

    GUITAR CLASS III is an introductory course in classical guitar to train students to progress beyond simple folk strumming and to begin mastery of the guitar as a solo instrument. (Classical guitar required.)
    Prerequisites: MUS s 111-112 or permission of the instructor
    1 credit hour


    MUS 212

    GUITAR CLASS IV is a continuation of Guitar Class III, emphasizing improved coordination of the fingers through appropriate exercises, improved sight reading skills, and an introduction to the different styles of music in different periods: Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary. (Classical guitar required.)
    Prerequisites: MUS 111-112 or permission of the instructor
    1 credit hour


    MUS 221

    INTRODUCTION TO GREGORIAN CHANT gives students the opportunity to learn about the development of the oldest body of music in the world. In this course, students will learn how to read Gregorian chant notation and how to sing the most commonly used melodies for the Mass and the Divine Office. Students will also engage the teaching of the Church on sacred music in order to understand the place of Gregorian chant in the modern Church.
    3 credit hours


    MUS 222, 223

    GREGORIAN CHANT I & II will put the ear-training received in Thoery and Analysis I & II to practical use. In gaining a working knowledge of neumatic notation through the time-honored note-reading system developed by Guido of Arezzo, students will learn a number of Gregorian Ordinary and Proper settings, the psalm tones and the common hymns, canticles, responsories and antiphons of the Gregorian repertoire. Unlike Introduction to Gregorian Chant, this course will be a more aggressive engagement with Gregorian Chant and its context in the liturgy and the fruits of this course will augment the musical offerings of the Schola Cantorum on and off campus.
    Prerequisite: MUS 109 and 110
    1 credit each


    MUS 224

    MUSIC HISTORY SURVEY offers an overview of basic musical trends throughout history, focusing particularly on the development of Western music since the renaissance. A more detailed exploration of Medieval music can be undertaken in the Survey of Sacred and Religious Music (MUS 260) and Introduction to Gregorian Chant (MUS 220). Sacred music majors are ineligible to take this course.
    Prerequisite: MUS 109, 110
    3 credit hours


    MUS 261

    SURVEY OF SACRED AND RELIGIOUS MUSIC is the central course of the sacred music minor and is an overview of the history of sacred music, its context in the development of the liturgy and its role in the modern Church. The course is open to all University students however, sacred music majors are ineligible to take this course.(Catholic Traditions in Fine Arts Core)
    3 credit hours


    MUS 270, 271

    ORGAN III and IV (Major Instrument) help organ majors to achieve a high level of competency in their instrument. Entrance into the major presupposes at least an intermediate level of keyboard proficiency. An organ major should be able to demonstrate a varied and professional level of ability upon graduation. In organ study, students will be required to perform representative pieces from the organ literature of the past five centuries and will be active accompanying the Schola Cantorum Franciscana at liturgies and occasionally leading congregational song. Seven (7) semesters of instruction on the primary instrument as well as three years of Schola Cantorum is required of all sacred music majors. In addition, the various skills required to play the organ in the liturgy will constitute a part of organ study. Attendance at weekly performance class is required of all organ majors, and will include the study of improvisation, figured bass, solo Accompanying, congregational accompanying, performance practice, arranging, organ design and history, and organ literature.
    3 credit hours each


    MUS 272, 273

    VOICE III and IV (Major Instrument) majors are expected to achieve a high level of ability in their area of study. Entrance into the program presupposes at least an intermediate level of ability and voice majors should be able to demonstrate a professional level of ability upon graduation. Seven (7) semesters of instruction on the major instrument as well as three years of Schola Cantorum is required of all sacred music majors. Attendance at weekly performance class is required. Additional diction classes will also be required of voice majors as part of their private study.
    3 credit hours each


    MUS 303, 304

    MUSIC HISTORY I and II explore the progression of musical practices, styles, genres, forms and pieces in the history of Western Music. Due to the emphasis on medieval and renaissance music in other courses (particularly Gregorian Chant I and II and Schola Cantorum), these courses will primarily focus on the music of the last five centuries.
    Prerequisites: MUS 109, 110, 209, 210
    3 credit hours each


    MUS 313, 314

    CONDUCTING I and II explore the fundamentals of choral and instrumental conducting, and score-reading techniques. The university ensembles, particularly the Schola Cantorum Franciscana and the Franciscan Chamber Orchestra, will provide the opportunity for conducting students to have hands-on experience directing ensembles in rehearsal and (occasionally) in performance.
    Prerequisites: MUS 109. 110. 209, 210. Non-organ majors also need MUS 174 or 183.
    1 credit hour each


    MUS 370, 371

    ORGAN V and VI (Major Instrument) helps organ majors to achieve a high level of competency in their instrument. Entrance into the major presupposes at least an intermediate level of keyboard proficiency. An organ major should be able to demonstrate a varied and professional level of ability upon graduation. In organ study, students will be required to perform representative pieces from the organ literature of the past five centuries and will be active accompanying the Schola Cantorum Franciscana at liturgies and occasionally leading congregational song. Seven (7) semesters of instruction on the primary instrument as well as three years of Schola Cantorum is required of all sacred music majors. In addition, the various skills required to play the organ in the liturgy will constitute a part of organ study. Attendance at weekly performance class is required of all organ majors, and will include the study of improvisation, figured bass, solo accompanying, congregational accompanying, performance practice, arranging, organ design and history, and organ literature.
    3 credit hours each


    MUS 372, 373

    VOICE V, VI (Major Instrument) majors are expected to achieve a high level of ability in their area of study. Entrance into the program presupposes at least an intermediate level of ability and voice majors should be able to demonstrate a professional level of ability upon graduation. Seven (7) semesters of instruction on the major instrument as well as three years of Schola Cantorum is required of all sacred music majors. Attendance at weekly performance class is required. Additional diction classes will also be required of voice majors as part of their private study.
    3 credit hours


    MUS 405, 406

    SACRED MUSIC COLLOQUIUM I and II constitute the central experience of the program in sacred music along with the Schola Cantorum Franciscana and private performance study. Team-taught by all of the music faculty and guest lecturers over the course of one year, the Sacred Music Colloquium will offer practical instruction about how to plan liturgies and the manner of their execution. Attention will be given to the resources available for church musicians and Magisterial teaching on the role of sacred music in the liturgy. Also, students will be exposed to the literature of choral, organ and congregational music as well as the traditions of Protestant churches and different styles of music for worship. This course will augment the practical experience gained in the Schola Cantorum while allowing the four experienced church musicians on staff to offer their instruction to the future generation of church musicians.
    Prerequisites: MUS 109, 110, 209, 210 and either MUS 174, 176 or 183 and completion of the jury or permission of the instructor.
    1 credit hour each


    MUS 470, 471

    ORGAN VII and VIII (Major Instrument) helps organ majors to achieve a high level of competency in their instrument. Entrance into the major presupposes at least an intermediate level of keyboard proficiency. An organ major should be able to demonstrate a varied and professional level of ability upon graduation. In organ study, students will be required to perform representative pieces from the organ literature of the past five centuries and will be active accompanying the Schola Cantorum Franciscana at liturgies and occasionally leading congregational song. Seven (7) semesters of instruction on the primary instrument as well as three years of Schola Cantorum is required of all sacred music majors. In addition, the various skills required to play the organ in the liturgy will constitute a part of organ study. Attendance at weekly performance class is required of all organ majors, and will include the study of improvisation, figured bass, solo accompanying, congregational accompanying, performance practice, arranging, organ design and history, and organ literature.
    3 credit hours each


    MUS 472, 473

    VOICE VII and VIII (Major Instrument) majors are expected to achieve a high level of ability in their area of study. Entrance into the program presupposes at least an intermediate level of ability and voice majors should be able to demonstrate a professional level of ability upon graduation.Seven (7) semesters of instruction on the major instrument as well as three years of Schola Cantorum is required of all sacred music majors. Attendance at weekly performance class is required. Additional diction classes will also be required of voice majors as part of their private study.
    3 credit hours

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