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Minor in Performing Arts
About the Minor | Interdisciplinary Project | Program Requirements | Restrictions

For the Minor in Performing Arts, students must complete 18 course credits (six courses) in specified courses listed under the English, Communication, and Fine Arts departments.

English courses include:
  • Drama (ENGL 314)
  • Creative Writing: Drama (ENGL 300)
  • Advanced Writing: Narrative (ENGL 217)
  • Shakespeare (ENGL 303)
  • View English Course Descriptions

Communication courses include:

  • Acting: Basic Techniques (COMM 321)
  • Directing/Acting II (COMM 416)
  • Scriptwriting for Film (COMM 315)
  • Video Production (COMM 208).
  • View Communication Course Descriptions

Fine Arts courses include:

  • Foundations of Design (ART 117)
  • Topics in Studio (ART 427)
  • Topics in Art (ART 436)
  • Jazz Dance (ART 109)
  • Dance (ART111)
  • View Fine Arts Course Descriptions
A student in the Performing Arts Interdisciplinary Minor would enter into a contract signed by the student, a Chairperson of one of the participating departments, and the minor advisor. The contract would list the courses the student will take and the interdisciplinary project (described below) the student will complete in fulfillment of the minor.

Interdisciplinary Project
In addition to the required courses listed below, students must complete a hands-on or creative interdisciplinary project at some point during the minor, under the guidance of the performing arts advisor. This project could take one of three forms: a portfolio, a practicum in theatre, or an internship.
  • 1. Portfolio of dramatic writing, of the student’s own taped dramatic performances, or videos of programs, which they have written or directed, along with a process log that comments on their dramatic work.
  • 2 .A Practicum in Theatre would be a structured and reflective involvement in a production of the student drama group, the CMSV Players. The Practicum in Theatre would require that the students:
    • (a) sign a contract outlining their projected involvement with an on-campus production
    • (b) meet with the performing arts advisor at several points during the production schedule
    • (c) produce a log and paper which chronicles and analyzes their role in the production. (Notes on Grading)
  • 3. An Internship with a theatre, film or performing arts organization or production. Communication or English students, who are completing an internship in a performing arts organization to fulfill their Major requirements, may not count the Major’s internship toward fulfillment of the minor. Such a student would have to choose between the Portfolio or “Practicum in Theatre” options to fulfill the interdisciplinary requirement of the minor.
A student in the Performing Arts Interdisciplinary Minor would enter into a contract signed by the student, a Chairperson of one of the participating departments, and the minor advisor. The contract would list the courses the student will take and the interdisciplinary project (described below) the student will complete in fulfillment of the minor. In addition to the required courses listed below, students must complete a hands-on or creative interdisciplinary project at some point during the minor, under the guidance of the performing arts advisor. This project could take one of three forms: a portfolio, a practicum in theatre, or an internship.
Program Requirements

The Minor Requirements are as follows:

I. Core (6 credits):
ENGL 314    Drama OR
ENGL 303    Creative Writing: Drama AND
COMM 321   Acting: Basic Techniques OR
COMM 416    Directing/Acting II

II. Cognates (9 credits):
One course from each of the following categories must be selected:

English (3 credits)
ENGL 314    Drama
ENGL 303    Shakespeare
ENGL 217    Advanced Writing: Narrative
ENGL 301    Creative Writing: Drama
ENGL 297 or 421   Selected Topics Courses

Communication (3 credits)
COMM 321    Acting: Basic Techniques
COMM 416    Directing/Acting II
COMM 315    Scriptwriting for Film
COMM 316    Scriptwriting for TV and Radio
COMM 208    Video Production
COMM 308    Television Production
COMM 370 or 470   Selected Topics Courses

Fine Arts (3 credits)
ART 117    Foundations of Design
ART 427    Topics in Studio
ART 109    Jazz Dance
ART 111    Dance Movement
ART 436    Selected Topics Course

III. The Interdisciplinary Project (3 credits)
Chosen from one of the following options: a portfolio of the student’s work, a practicum in theatre, or an internship at a film or performing arts organization. See above for a detailed description of these options.


Restrictions

Restriction on Communication and English Majors Pursuing the Minor.
Communication and English majors would be permitted to count a maximum of two courses towards both their major and their Performing Arts Minor. For English majors, these courses would be Shakespeare (ENGL 303) and either Drama (ENGL 314) or Creative Writing: Drama (ENGL300). For Communication majors, these courses would be Video Production (COMM 208) and either Acting (COMM 321) or Directing/Acting II (COMM 416).

Other Restrictions:
Fulfillment of the Core requirements in writing (ENGL 115) and literature (ENGL 109) is a prerequisite for advanced writing and advanced literature courses. Some advanced courses in Communication and English may require prerequisites. There are no prerequisites for courses listed under Fine Arts offerings.


Practicum in Theatre Grading

The student’s grade will be assigned by the minor advisor. It would be based on the log (accounting for 1/3 of grade), paper (1/3), and the quality of the student’s participation in the CMSV Players production (1/3).

The participation grade would be arrived at through consultation between the on-site supervisor (in this case, the production’s director), and the minor advisor, who will serve as the faculty member of record.

It should be noted that signing a contract to participate in a CMSV Player’s production does not grant any special status or provide any advantage in auditions. Casting and involvement in the production is at the discretion of the director and the CMSV Players.

A student actor who chooses the Practicum option, but who is not cast in the production, must either participate in the production in some other capacity, audition for the next semester’s production, or complete one of the other interdisciplinary projects.

For this reason, it would be advisable to sign up for the Theatre Practicum by the first semester of the Junior year.