Film and Theatre Arts

FTA 1000              Theater Appreciation                                                                                      3 cr.
Offered every semester. An appreciation and analysis of theatre. Focus is on the artists and technicians who create theatre and the components involved in the production process. The course does not involve the actual production of a play or performance. FTA majors cannot receive degree credit for both FTA 1000 and FTA 1005.

FTA 1005              Introduction to Theatre Arts                                                                          3 cr.
Study of different types of plays from the ancient Greek theatre to the present.  Emphasis on interpreting scripts for the stage. Course is designed primarily for students with a focus in theatre arts. FTA majors cannot receive degree credit for both FTA 1000 and FTA 1005.

FTA 1100              Methods and Materials of Stagecraft                                                            3 cr.
Practical projects in stagecraft, including carpentry, painting, electrics, sheet metal, cold metal, welding, and stage machinery.

FTA 1110              Basic Visual Design                                                                                         3 cr.
An introduction to the elements and principles of design with emphasis on analysis, evolution of form, and composition.

FTA 1300              Acting I-Beginning                                                                                          3 cr.
An introduction to the art of acting through training imagination, discipline, body, and voice of the beginning actor. Emphasis is on improvisation, exercises related to specific acting techniques, auditions, and scene study.

FTA 1310              Stage Makeup                                                                                                  3 cr.
The study and practice in the techniques of makeup for the stage and screen.

FTA 1620              Intro to Film Arts                                                                                             3 cr.
This course is required for all FTA Film Arts Options majors and is restricted to FTA majors.  Non-FTA majors may enroll only with permission of the department. An introductory course in film arts that explores visual, audio and narrative elements that are essential to understanding how films communicate.

FTA 1800              Theatre Practicum I                                                                                         1 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 1100. Practical experience in production for the theatre. May be taken 3 times for a maximum of 3 credits.

FTA 2000              Field Research in the Arts                                                              1 min. cr. - 3 max. cr.
(FTA 2000, FA 2000, and MUS 2000 are cross-listed)  Prerequisite: consent of department. Special research project in the arts involving field experience and study outside the city of New Orleans. Advance preparation for the project will include conference with or lecture by the faculty and readings in the specific areas to be studied. The study trip will consist of attendance at a minimum of four theatrical or musical performances or a minimum of eight hours spent in visits to exhibits or museums for each hour of credit. A follow-up paper on a research topic inspired by the trip will be required. May be repeated for up to six hours of credit. Credit will be given for only FTA 2000, FA 2000, or MUS 2000 for the same trip.

FTA 2060              3D Animation Lab                                                                                            3 cr.
Prerequisites: FTA 2510. Introduction to 3D animation software and concepts with demonstration and practice of basic object modeling skills.

FTA 2090              Special Topics in Film, Theatre and Communication Arts                          1 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. Each course is offered for one-third of a semester. Three hours of lecture and six hours of laboratory weekly, depending on topics. Topics carry from semester to semester. Individual course numbers may not be repeated.

FTA 2091              Special Topics in Film, Theatre and Communication Arts                          1 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. Each course is offered for one-third of a semester. Three hours of lecture and six hours of laboratory weekly, depending on topics. Topics carry from semester to semester. Individual course numbers may not be repeated.

FTA 2092              Special Topics in Film, Theatre and Communication Arts                          1 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. Each course is offered for one-third of a semester. Three hours of lecture and six hours of laboratory weekly, depending on topics. Topics carry from semester to semester. Individual course numbers may not be repeated.

FTA 2100              Introduction to Lighting Design                                                                    3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 1110. An introduction to the design and the execution of lighting, sound, and projections for the theatre.

FTA 2110              Introduction to Scenic Design                                                                       3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 1110. An introduction to the design elements of scenery and properties for the stage, technical drawing, techniques, and execution.

FTA 2160              Costume Crafts and Techniques                                                                   3 cr.
An introduction to the construction of costumes, including pattern making, fitting, and sewing techniques.

FTA 2200              Introduction to Playwriting                                                                             3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 1005. A consideration of the art and craft of writing for the theatre. Study of play writing as a literary genre; writing of one-act plays.

FTA 2250              Introduction to Screenwriting                                                                        3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 1620 and ENGL 1158.  A consideration of the art and craft of writing for the screen. Students learn the essential principles necessary to analyze and write feature-length screenplays. They will lay groundwork and begin to write their own script.

FTA 2260              Writing Short Film                                                                                            3 cr.
Prerequisites: FTA 1620 and ENGL 1158. Writing screenplays for short films. Students will develop cinematic storytelling skills such as dialogue, scene construction, and revision. Emphasis placed on writing scripts for future UNO productions.

FTA 2270              Introduction to Video Writing                                                                         3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 1620 and ENGL 1158. An introductory study of split-page writing techniques and styles for video. Material may include short scenes, commercials, public service announcements, short documentaries, and field video segments.

FTA 2320              Script Analysis                                                                                                 3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 1005 or FTA 1620. Lecture and group discussion focusing on techniques of script analysis. Selected scenes and a variety of scripts will be examined.

FTA 2330              Acting II Intermediate                                                                                      3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 1300 or consent of department. Intensive training in the fundamental process of preparing a role including self-knowledge, script analysis, and the application of techniques of objective/action/motivation in characterization. Improvisation, critiques, exercises, performance attendance, and scene study.

FTA 2380              Stage Directing I - Beginning                                                                         3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 1300 or consent of department. Fundamentals of script interpretation and directing.

FTA 2510              Beginning Film Production                                                                            3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 1620. Fundamentals of motion picture production. Short films are produced, edited, screened, and analyzed. Attention is also given to professional film making techniques. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

FTA 2565              Introduction to Digital Technology                                                               3 cr.
An introduction to the applications and techniques of digital imaging technology. Students develop an understanding of the fundamentals of computer post-production applications as they relate to film and video image/sound recording. Two hours lecture and two hours lab.

FTA 2570              Beginning Film Acting                                                                                    3 cr.
An introduction to acting for the camera for the beginning performer. Analysis and application of performance techniques for one-camera setups using a variety of materials from television commercials to short scenes.

FTA 2650              Oral Communications                                                                                     3 cr.
An introductory course in oral communications. Chief emphasis is on communication to the small group. Attention is given to public speaking, interpersonal communication, interviewing, and group discussion.

FTA 2950              Stage Management for the Theater                                                               3 cr.
Traces the process and tools for the professional stage manager from pre-production work through closing night. The student will, upon completion of the course, be capable of steering a production through its various stages.

FTA 3060              Intermediate 3D Animation Lab                                                                      3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 2060. Students will build on previous object modeling skills and apply them to character modeling, texturing, and rigging. May be taken 2 times for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

FTA 3061              Advanced 3D Animation Lab                                                                          3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 3060 and consent of the department. Students are introduced to pre-production dynamics within an animation team. Lab members will develop concept, story board, and object meshes for a 3D computer animation collaborative project.

FTA 3090              Independent Study                                                                        1 min. cr. - 3 max. cr.
Prerequisite: Consent of department. Independent scholarly or creative work by a student under the supervision of a faculty member. May be taken for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

FTA 3099              Senior Honors Thesis                                                                                     3 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department and the honors program. Directed research or creative work under the supervision of a faculty member culminating in a written thesis or film or theater project to meet the requirements for graduation with Honors in Film and Theatre and, if applicable, University Honors. Offered fall and spring semesters only. May be taken 2 times for 6 credit hours.

FTA 3400              Cultural Diversity in Film & Theatre                                                               3 cr.
An introduction to and survey of the evolution of cultural diversity in film and on the stage.  Representative screen and stage examples will be presented.  Students will be required to view films and stage productions outside of regularly scheduled class meetings.

FTA 3460              Introduction to Documentary Production                                                     3 cr.
Prerequisites: FTA 2510 and FTA 2565 or consent of department. An introduction to the fundamentals of writing, producing, directing, and editing the documentary film. Students develop an understanding of the aesthetic dimensions of documentary film and learn the craft of documentary filmmaking through production assignments, critiques, and film analysis. Three hours lecture and three hours lab.

FTA 3510              Intermediate Film Production                                                                         3 cr.
Prerequisites: FTA 2510 and 2565, or consent of department. Must be taken concurrently with FTA 3511 Equipment Lab. Intermediate-level film making involving double-system motion picture production techniques. Students produce and direct professional double-system motion pictures using various capturing formats. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory each week.

FTA 3511              Equipment Lab                                                                                                 1 cr.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment with FTA 3510 is required. Students will receive hands-on training in the usage of the film production equipment required for FTA 3510.

FTA 3520              Intermediate Film Post Production                                                                3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 3510 or consent of the department. At an intermediate level, each student edits the footage, engineers the audio, and completes the post-production details of the film shot in FTA 3510. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory each week.

FTA 3800              Production Practicum                                                                    1 min. cr. - 2 max. cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 1800 and consent of department. Advanced practical experience in production for the theatre. May be taken for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

FTA 4080              Advanced Summer Theatre Workshop                                                          3 cr.
Study and participation in UNO summer theatre productions, including lectures, discussion, and practical experience. May be repeated for credit.

FTA 4081              Advanced Summer Theatre Workshop                                                          3 cr.
Study and participation in UNO summer theatre productions, including lectures, discussion, and practical experience. May be repeated for credit.

FTA 4090              Special Topics in Film and Theatre                                                               1 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be taken 3 times for a maximum of 3 credit hours. A maximum total number of 6 credit hours may be earned from the entire Special Topics group 4090-5.

FTA 4091              Special Topics in Film and Theatre                                                               1 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be taken 3 times for a maximum of 3 credit hours. A maximum total number of 6 credit hours may be earned from the entire Special Topics group 4090-5.

FTA 4092              Special Topics in Film and Theatre                                                               1 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be taken 3 times for a maximum of 3 credit hours. A maximum total number of 6 credit hours may be earned from the entire Special Topics group 4090-5.

FTA 4093              Special Topics in Film and Theatre                                                               1 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be taken 3 times for a maximum of 3 credit hours. A maximum total number of 6 credit hours may be earned from the entire Special Topics group 4090-5.

FTA 4094              Special Topics in Film and Theatre                                                               1 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be taken 3 times for a maximum of 3 credit hours. A maximum total number of 6 credit hours may be earned from the entire Special Topics group 4090-5.

FTA 4095              Special Topics in Film and Theatre                                                               1 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be taken 3 times for a maximum of 3 credit hours. A maximum total number of 6 credit hours may be earned from the entire Special Topics group 4090-5.

FTA 4096              Special Topics in Film and Theatre                                                                3 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. The course will meet for three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory each week. Topics will vary from semester to semester. The course may be taken 2 times for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

FTA 4110              Scene Design                                                                                                   3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 2120. Principles and techniques of scenic design, including the planning and execution of the design. May be taken 2 times for a maximum of 6 credits.

FTA 4120              Scene Painting                                                                                                 3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 1110. Practical experience and studio projects in painting scenery for the theatre. Four to six laboratory hours per week required. May be taken 2 times for a maximum of 6 credits.

FTA 4125              Development of Style and Form                                                                     3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 1110. A study of the history of theatrical design styles including architectural form from Greek influences to the present, and individual research projects and presentations relating to the periods and styles of art.

FTA 4135              Rendering Techniques                                                                                    3 cr.
An exploration of styles and techniques for rendering designs for scenery, costumes, and lights.

FTA 4140              Costume Design                                                                                              3 cr.
Principles and techniques for the design of costumes, including the planning and execution of the design. Four to six hours per week required in studio design projects.

FTA 4150              Development of Fashion                                                                                3 cr.
A study of Western fashion from the Greek period to the late 19th century.  Emphasis on exploring why and how fashion changed and developed, and how society, fashion and culture influenced each other.  The shapes, silhouettes and lines of the clothing from each period will be studied.

FTA 4160              Lighting Crafts and Techniques                                                                    3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 2100. Basic principles and techniques for use of lighting instruments, filters, and control technology. Three to six laboratory hours per week required in current departmental productions in addition to lecture.

FTA 4170              Lighting Design                                                                                               3 cr.
Prerequisites: FTA 2100. Studio and theoretical projects in the design and execution of lighting for the theatre and practical experience working on departmental productions. May be taken 2 times for a maximum of 6 credits.

FTA 4200              Advanced Playwriting                                                                                     3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 2200 or consent of department. Advanced studies in play writing. Writing of original scripts for possible production. May be taken 2 times for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

FTA 4251              Advanced Screenwriting                                                                                 3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 2250 or 2260 or consent of department. Advanced studies in writing original scripts for film. May be taken 2 times for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

FTA 4265              Computer Aided Drafting and Design for the Performing Arts                   3 cr.
A course for students with a background in technical production for theater, film, and video. Students will learn how to use the computer to aid in drawing, drafting, designing, and printing their work. The class is a combination of lecture and laboratory.

FTA 4300              Advanced Voice for the Actor                                                                         3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 1300 or consent of department.  Advanced work in vocal artistry for the actor. May be repeated once for credit.  Attention is given to work in oral characterization ethnic dialects historical modes and styles of delivery and special vocal problems such as the actor-singer and the actor in chorus reading.

FTA 4301              Voice Stylization for the Screen                                                                     3 cr.
Restricted course: consent of department. Practicum in the creation of stylized voice characterization for digital media. Students will apply characterizations to voiceover and lip-sync recording techniques for animation and television commercials.  Two hours lecture and two hours lab.

FTA 4330              Acting Styles                                                                                                    3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 2330 or consent of department. Examination of actor's methods of characterization and script analysis applied to major styles of theatre. Content of course varies. May be taken 2 times for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

FTA 4333              Combat for Stage and Film                                                                             3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 1300. Performance class that allows the student to learn the fundamentals for hand-to-hand combat techniques. These techniques will be taught within an atmosphere of safety that is essential for the stage.

FTA 4335              Audition Techniques                                                                                      3 cr.
Prerequisites: FTA 2330 or consent of the department. The study of specific audition techniques for stage and screen performers. Emphasis on prepared monologues, cold readings, interviews, picture/resume, and performance contracts. Successful completion if this course satisfies the general degree requirement for oral competency.

FTA 4380              Stage Directing II - Advanced                                                                         3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 2380 or consent of department. Intensive study of director's methods of rehearsal techniques, script analysis, casting, and interpretation. Direction of scenes and/or one-act play. May be taken 2 times for 6 credit hours.

FTA 4400              Development of Theatre                                                                                 3 cr.
A survey of theatre history.

FTA 4450              Modern Theatre                                                                                               3 cr.
Consent of department required for non-FTA majors. Intensive study of the pioneers of the modern stage, from Ibsen and Chekhov through Shaw. Emphasis on plays from a production point of view.

FTA 4455              Contemporary Theatre                                                                                    3 cr.
Consent of department required for non-drama majors.  Advanced study of the current trends affecting theatre from a local, national and international point of view.  These trends will be examined by exploring the literature of the contemporary theatre.

FTA 4460              Advanced Documentary Production                                                             3 cr.
Prerequisite for FTA 4460: FTA 3460 or consent of department. Students produce advanced documentary film projects.  Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory.  May be taken 2 times for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

FTA 4500              Film Development and Planning                                                                    3 cr.
Prerequisites: FTA 2250 or FTA 2260, and FTA 3520, or consent of department. Students will develop creative and visual approaches and pre-production and production plans for an advanced short film project.

FTA 4530              Advanced Project in Film Production                                                           3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 4500, 4550, and 4566 or consent of department. Students will produce the short film project developed in FTA 4500, prepare a critical analysis of their production, and screen their film for critique by the instructor and fellow classmates. .

FTA 4540              History of Cinema I                                                                                          3 cr.
Prerequisite for FTA 4540: FTA 1620. A history of the development of the cinema from its beginnings to the 1948 Paramount decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. Emphasis on the artistic, social, economic, and technical phenomena that have influenced the growth of both American and international films. Important representative films will be screened and discussed. Two to three hours of laboratory/screening attendance are required per week in addition to lecture.

FTA 4541              History of Cinema II                                                                                         3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 1620. A history of the development of the cinema from the 1948 Paramount decision until the present day. Emphasis on the artistic, social, economic, and technical phenomena that have influenced the growth of American and international films. Important representative films will be screened and discussed. Two to three hours of laboratory/screening attendance are required per week in addition to lectures.

FTA 4542              History of Documentary Film                                                                          3 cr.
A study of the traditions and styles of documentary filmmaking from the late 19th century until now.

FTA 4545              Film Theory and Criticism                                                                               3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 1620. Basic theories of film modes and structures will be analyzed. Development of bases for the study of film as a communicative and aesthetic form. Two to three hours of laboratory/screening attendance are required per week in addition to lecture.

FTA 4550              Cinematography                                                                                              3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 2510 or consent of the department. Advanced studies in lighting and camera for cinema.  Two hours lecture and two hours lab.

FTA 4551              Spring Film Crew                                                                                             1 cr.
Students crew on a departmental film project that is led by advanced students and industry professionals, including UNO faculty members. Responsibilities are limited to the production phase of the shoot that normally occurs during spring break. May be taken 2 times for a maximum of 2 credit hours.

FTA 4555              Spring Film Production                                                                                   3 cr.
Students crew on a departmental film project that is led by advanced students and industry professionals, including UNO faculty members. Students are expected to participate in the pre-production, production, and post-production of the film. Three hours of lecture and six hours lab. May be taken 2 times for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

FTA 4565              Digital Theory and Application for Film and Video                                      3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 2510 or consent of department.  The practical application of advanced technical theories and emerging technologies fundamental to the creation and manipulation of digital audio and video projects.  Two hours lecture and two hours lab.

FTA 4566              Sound I                                                                                                             3 cr.
Prerequisite for FTA 4566: FTA 2510 or consent of the department. Introduction to sound production and post-production with emphasis on location sound recording techniques, digital recording technology, microphone techniques, hardware and software mixers, and post-production dialog editing. Two hours lecture and two hours lab.

FTA 4567              Sound II                                                                                                            3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 4566 or consent of the department. Advanced studies in sound design and post-production recording and mixing for motion picture sound. Two hours lecture and two hours lab.

FTA 4568              Special Topics in Visual Effects                                                                    3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 2510, FTA 4565 and the consent of the department. An intensive exploration of the current and emerging technology and software necessary for the creation of the current media visual effects. May be repeated.

FTA 4570              Advanced Film Acting                                                                                     3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 2570 or consent of department. A study in acting before the camera lens emphasizing moment-to-moment techniques. Two hours lecture and two hours lab. May be taken 2 times for 6 credit hours.

FTA 4575              Advanced Film Postproduction                                                                     3 cr.
Prerequisites: FTA 3520 or consent of department. Advanced motion picture editing procedures and techniques. Students edit segments of episodic television and other long-format material using professional techniques and equipment.

FTA 4580              Film Directing                                                                                                   3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 2510 or consent of the department. An exploration of the craft and techniques of narrative film directing and the role of the director in the filmmaking process.

FTA 4591              Film Styles and Genres                                                                                   3 cr.
Prerequisites: FTA 4545 or consent of department. An examination of the Motion Picture in terms of various groupings such as Genre, Style, and Authorship. Topic will differ from semester to semester. A laboratory fee is required for this course. May be taken 2 times for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

FTA 4600              Film Producing                                                                                                3 cr.
An advanced course about the art and craft of film producing and the role of the producer in the filmmaking process.

FTA 4750              A Survey of the History of Cinematography                                                 3 cr.
A lecture-based class on the history and technology of the art of cinematography and how it impacts storytelling in narrative films.

FTA 4830              Advanced Stage Movement                                                                           3 cr.
Study and exercise in the techniques of effective stage movement including compositional creativity, flexibility, and imagination to develop stage presence.  May be taken 2 times for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

FTA 4900              Internship in Film, Theatre and Communication Arts                                 3 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. Interns work with film, theater, and communication -related companies or productions to gain professional experience and class credit. Interns usually work eight or more hours a week at times mutually agreeable to the student and the company. In addition, interns must keep a log of their work and complete written assignments. The intern's work will be evaluated by both the company supervisors and the course instructor. May be taken 2 times for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

FTA 5080              Advanced Summer Theatre Workshop                                                          3 cr.
Study and participation in UNO summer theatre productions, including lectures, discussion, and practical experience. May be repeated for credit.

FTA 5081              Advanced Summer Theatre Workshop                                                          3 cr.
Study and participation in UNO summer theatre productions, including lectures, discussion, and practical experience. May be repeated for credit.

FTA 5090              Special Topics in Film and Theatre                                                                1 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be taken 3 times for a maximum of 3 credit hours. A maximum total number of 6 credit hours may be earned from the entire Special Topics group 4090-5.

FTA 5091              Special Topics in Film and Theatre                                                                1 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be taken 3 times for a maximum of 3 credit hours. A maximum total number of 6 credit hours may be earned from the entire Special Topics group 4090-5.

FTA 5092              Special Topics in Film and Theatre                                                               1 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be taken 3 times for a maximum of 3 credit hours. A maximum total number of 6 credit hours may be earned from the entire Special Topics group 4090-5.

FTA 5093              Special Topics in Film and Theatre                                                                1 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be taken 3 times for a maximum of 3 credit hours. A maximum total number of 6 credit hours may be earned from the entire Special Topics group 4090-5.

FTA 5094              Special Topics in Film and Theatre                                                               1 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be taken 3 times for a maximum of 3 credit hours. A maximum total number of 6 credit hours may be earned from the entire Special Topics group 4090-5.

FTA 5095              Special Topics in Film and Theatre                                                               1 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be taken 3 times for a maximum of 3 credit hours. A maximum total number of 6 credit hours may be earned from the entire Special Topics group 4090-5.

FTA 5096              Special Topics in Film and Theatre                                                               3 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. The course will meet for three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory each week. Topics will vary from semester to semester. The course may be taken 2 times for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

FTA 5110              Scene Design                                                                                                   3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 2120. Principles and techniques of scenic design, including the planning and execution of the design. May be taken 2 times for a maximum of 6 credits.

FTA 5120              Scene Painting                                                                                                 3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 1110. Practical experience and studio projects in painting scenery for the theatre. Four to six laboratory hours per week required. May be taken 2 times for a maximum of 6 credits.

FTA 5125              Development of Style and Form                                                                    3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 1110. A study of the history of theatrical design styles including architectural form from Greek influences to the present, and individual research projects and presentations relating to the periods and styles of art.

FTA 5135              Rendering Techniques                                                                                   3 cr.
An exploration of styles and techniques for rendering designs for scenery, costumes, and lights.

FTA 5140              Costume Design                                                                                              3 cr.
Principles and techniques for the design of costumes, including the planning and execution of the design. Four to six hours per week required in studio design projects.

FTA 5150              Development of Fashion                                                                                3 cr.
A study of Western fashion from the Greek period to the late 19th century.  Emphasis on exploring why and how fashion changed and developed, and how society, fashion and culture influenced each other.  The shapes, silhouettes and lines of the clothing from each period will be studied.

FTA 5160              Lighting Crafts and Techniques                                                                    3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 2100. Basic principles and techniques for use of lighting instruments, filters, and control technology. Three to six laboratory hours per week required in current departmental productions in addition to lecture.

FTA 5170              Lighting Design                                                                                               3 cr.
Prerequisites: FTA 2100. Studio and theoretical projects in the design and execution of lighting for the theatre and practical experience working on departmental productions. May be taken 2 times for a maximum of 6 credits.

FTA 5200              Advanced Playwriting                                                                                     3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 2200 or consent of department. Advanced studies in play writing. Writing of original scripts for possible production. May be taken 2 times for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

FTA 5251              Advanced Screenwriting                                                                                 3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 2250 or 2260 or consent of department. Advanced studies in writing original scripts for film. May be taken 2 times for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

FTA 5265              Computer Aided Drafting and Design for the Performing Arts                   3 cr.
A course for students with a background in technical production for theater, film, and video. Students will learn how to use the computer to aid in drawing, drafting, designing, and printing their work. The class is a combination of lecture and laboratory.

FTA 5300              Advanced Voice for the Actor                                                                        3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 1300 or consent of department.  Advanced work in vocal artistry for the actor. May be repeated once for credit.  Attention is given to work in oral characterization ethnic dialects historical modes and styles of delivery and special vocal problems such as the actor-singer and the actor in chorus reading.

FTA 5301              Voice Stylization for the Screen                                                                     3 cr.
Restricted course: consent of department. Practicum in the creation of stylized voice characterization for digital media. Students will apply characterizations to voiceover and lip-sync recording techniques for animation and television commercials.  Two hours lecture and two hours lab.

FTA 5330              Acting Styles                                                                                                   3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 2330 or consent of department. Examination of actor's methods of characterization and script analysis applied to major styles of theatre. Content of course varies. May be taken 2 times for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

FTA 5333              Combat for Stage and Film                                                                             3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 1300. Performance class that allows the student to learn the fundamentals for hand-to-hand combat techniques. These techniques will be taught within an atmosphere of safety that is essential for the stage.

FTA 5335              Audition Techniques                                                                                       3 cr.
Prerequisites: FTA 2330 or consent of the department. The study of specific audition techniques for stage and screen performers. Emphasis on prepared monologues, cold readings, interviews, picture/resume, and performance contracts. Successful completion if this course satisfies the general degree requirement for oral competency.

FTA 5380              Stage Directing II - Advanced                                                                         3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 2380 or consent of department. Intensive study of director's methods of rehearsal techniques, script analysis, casting, and interpretation. Direction of scenes and/or one-act play. May be taken 2 times for 6 credit hours.

FTA 5400              Development of Theatre                                                                                 3 cr.
A survey of theatre history.

FTA 5450              Modern Theatre                                                                                               3 cr.
Consent of department required for non-FTA majors. Intensive study of the pioneers of the modern stage, from Ibsen and Chekhov through Shaw. Emphasis on plays from a production point of view.

FTA 5455              Contemporary Theatre                                                                                    3 cr.
Consent of department required for non-drama majors.  Advanced study of the current trends affecting theatre from a local, national and international point of view.  These trends will be examined by exploring the literature of the contemporary theatre.

FTA 5460              Advanced Documentary Production                                                             3 cr.
Prerequisite for FTA 4460: FTA 3460 or consent of department. Students produce advanced documentary film projects.  Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory.  May be taken 2 times for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

FTA 5500              Film Development and Planning                                                                    3 cr.
Prerequisites: FTA 2250 or FTA 2260, and FTA 3520, or consent of department. Students will develop creative and visual approaches and pre-production and production plans for an advanced short film project.

FTA 5530              Advanced Project in Film Production                                                            3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 4500, 4550, and 4566 or consent of department. Students will produce the short film project developed in FTA 4500, prepare a critical analysis of their production, and screen their film for critique by the instructor and fellow classmates. .

FTA 5540              History of Cinema I                                                                                          3 cr.
Prerequisite for FTA 4540: FTA 1620. A history of the development of the cinema from its beginnings to the 1948 Paramount decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. Emphasis on the artistic, social, economic, and technical phenomena that have influenced the growth of both American and international films. Important representative films will be screened and discussed. Two to three hours of laboratory/screening attendance are required per week in addition to lecture.

FTA 5541              History of Cinema II                                                                                         3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 1620. A history of the development of the cinema from the 1948 Paramount decision until the present day. Emphasis on the artistic, social, economic, and technical phenomena that have influenced the growth of American and international films. Important representative films will be screened and discussed. Two to three hours of laboratory/screening attendance are required per week in addition to lectures.

FTA 5542              History of Documentary Film                                                                          3 cr.
A study of the traditions and styles of documentary filmmaking from the late 19th century until now.

FTA 5545              Film Theory and Criticism                                                                               3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 1620. Basic theories of film modes and structures will be analyzed. Development of bases for the study of film as a communicative and aesthetic form. Two to three hours of laboratory/screening attendance are required per week in addition to lecture.

FTA 5550              Cinematography                                                                                              3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 2510 or consent of the department. Advanced studies in lighting and camera for cinema.  Two hours lecture and two hours lab.

FTA 5551              Spring Film Crew                                                                                             1 cr.
Students crew on a departmental film project that is led by advanced students and industry professionals, including UNO faculty members. Responsibilities are limited to the production phase of the shoot that normally occurs during spring break. May be taken 2 times for a maximum of 2 credit hours.

FTA 5555              Spring Film Production                                                                                   3 cr.
Students crew on a departmental film project that is led by advanced students and industry professionals, including UNO faculty members. Students are expected to participate in the pre-production, production, and post-production of the film. Three hours of lecture and six hours lab. May be taken 2 times for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

FTA 5565              Digital Theory and Application for Film and Video                                      3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 2510 or consent of department.  The practical application of advanced technical theories and emerging technologies fundamental to the creation and manipulation of digital audio and video projects.  Two hours lecture and two hours lab.

FTA 5566              Sound I                                                                                                             3 cr.
Prerequisite for FTA 4566: FTA 2510 or consent of the department. Introduction to sound production and post-production with emphasis on location sound recording techniques, digital recording technology, microphone techniques, hardware and software mixers, and post-production dialog editing. Two hours lecture and two hours lab.

FTA 5567              Sound II                                                                                                            3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 4566 or consent of the department. Advanced studies in sound design and post-production recording and mixing for motion picture sound. Two hours lecture and two hours lab.

FTA 5568              Special Topics in Visual Effects                                                                    3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 2510, FTA 4565 and the consent of the department. An intensive exploration of the current and emerging technology and software necessary for the creation of the current media visual effects. May be repeated.

FTA 5570              Advanced Film Acting                                                                                     3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 2570 or consent of department. A study in acting before the camera lens emphasizing moment-to-moment techniques. Two hours lecture and two hours lab. May be taken 2 times for 6 credit hours.

FTA 5575              Advanced Film Postproduction                                                                     3 cr.
Prerequisites: FTA 3520 or consent of department. Advanced motion picture editing procedures and techniques. Students edit segments of episodic television and other long-format material using professional techniques and equipment.

FTA 5580              Film Directing                                                                                                   3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 2510 or consent of the department. An exploration of the craft and techniques of narrative film directing and the role of the director in the filmmaking process.

FTA 5591              Film Styles and Genres                                                                                   3 cr.
Prerequisites: FTA 4545 or consent of department. An examination of the Motion Picture in terms of various groupings such as Genre, Style, and Authorship. Topic will differ from semester to semester. A laboratory fee is required for this course. May be taken 2 times for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

FTA 5600              Film Producing                                                                                                3 cr.
An advanced course about the art and craft of film producing and the role of the producer in the filmmaking process.

FTA 5830              Advanced Stage Movement                                                                           3 cr.
Study and exercise in the techniques of effective stage movement including compositional creativity, flexibility, and imagination to develop stage presence.  May be taken 2 times for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

FTA 5900              Internship in Film, Theatre and Communication Arts                                  3 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. Interns work with film, theater, and communication -related companies or productions to gain professional experience and class credit. Interns usually work eight or more hours a week at times mutually agreeable to the student and the company. In addition, interns must keep a log of their work and complete written assignments. The intern's work will be evaluated by both the company supervisors and the course instructor. May be taken 2 times for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

FTA 6001              Practicum in Production                                                                                 3 cr.
Participation in weekly seminar and independent practical work in acting, design, directing, stage management, cinematography, and television.

FTA 6005              Graduate Studies Orientation                                                                        0 cr.
No credit.  Required on-line colloquium for all DRCM graduate students each semester until graduation.  Electronic communication and dispersal of information via blackboard that is pertinent to first, second, and third year graduate students in the department.

FTA 6020              Form and Idea in the Media                                                                            3 cr.
An exploration of the relationship between the creative idea, the form of its expression and the medium for its presentation. Examples will be studied from theatre, film and television. The collaboration of the contributing artists will be investigated and the process of script analysis, directing methods, and production techniques for the different media will be compared and contrasted.

FTA 6040              Performance and Direction                                                                             3 cr.
Prerequisite: Consent of department.  This practicum is designed to encourage and expand creative and collaborative opportunities between theatre and film artists.  By focusing on selected interdisciplinary scene work, the course will identify and explore the shared principles utilized in the acting and directing process of stage and screen,

FTA 6060              Concept, Conflict & Character                                                                       3 cr.
Prerequisite: Consent of department.  A study of the fundamentals of script analysis as they relate to the director's formulation of concept, identification of conflict and understanding of character behavior.  Focusing on selected film and play scripts, lectures and seminars will emphasize the application of similar methodologies employed by directors and actors in both film and theatre.

FTA 6090              Directed Independent Study                                                                          3 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. Specialized research or creative work in film or theater. This course may be taken 2 times for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

FTA 6110              Seminar in Scenic Design                                                                               3 cr.
Advanced studies, research, and practice of scene design for the theatre, which will include portfolio development, study of contemporary trends, examination of current job opportunities and requirements, and designing scenery for a specific production. May be taken 2 times for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

FTA 6120              Scene Painting                                                                                                3 cr.
Prerequisite:  FTA 4110 and 4120.  Through studio projects students will develop skills in painting of architectural and natural styles of stage scenery.  Four to six laboratory hours per week are required.

FTA 6135              Rendering Techniques                                                                                   3 cr.
An exploration of styles and techniques for rendering designs for scenery, costumes, and lights.  May be taken 2 times for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

FTA 6140              Seminar in Theatrical Costuming                                                                   3 cr.
Studies and practice in modern costume techniques which will include portfolio preparation, contemporary techniques, and a survey of current job practices and marketability.  May be taken 2 times for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

FTA 6150              Development of Fashion                                                                                3 cr.
The study of Western fashion from the Greek period to the late 19th Century.  Emphasis on exploring why and how fashion changed and developed and how society, fashion and culture influenced each other.  The shapes, silhouettes and lines of clothing from each period will be studied.

FTA 6200              Seminar in Playwriting                                                                                    3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 4200 or consent of department. Studies and practice in writing plays for the live theatre stage. Students should have written at least one play before enrolling in this class. May be repeated for credit.

FTA 6207              Intensive Seminar in Playwriting                                                                   3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 4200 or consent of department. Studies and practice in writing plays for the live theatre stage, taught in an intensive (short term) format in residence. Students should have written at least one play before enrolling in this class. May be repeated for credit.

FTA 6209              Remote Seminar in Playwriting                                                                      3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 4200 or consent of the department. Studies in practice in writing plays for the live theatre stage taught via distance learning techniques. Students should have written at least one play before enrolling in this class. May be repeated for credit.

FTA 6220              Screenwriting for Production                                                                         3 cr.
Production-oriented screenwriting for first-year graduate students. Students develop and write short screenplays to be produced over the coming semesters in the film program. Instruction in the essential principles of screenwriting in a workshop setting.

FTA 6240              Writing the Thesis Script                                                                                3 cr.
Production-oriented screenwriting for second-year graduate students in the film program. Students continue to learn the craft of screenwriting while writing the screenplay for their MFA thesis project.

FTA 6250              Seminar in Screenwriting                                                                                3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 4500 or 4251 or consent of department. Studies and practice in writing scripts for film and television. Students should have written at least one screenplay before enrolling in this class. May be taken 2 times for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

FTA 6257              Intensive Seminar in Screenwriting                                                               3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 4200 or 4521 or consent of department. Studies and practice in writing scripts for film and television taught in an intensive (short term) format in residence. Students should have written at least one screenplay before enrolling in this class. May be repeated for credit.

FTA 6259              Remote Seminar in Screenwriting                                                                  3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 4200 or consent of department. Studies and practice in writing scripts for film and television, taught via distance learning techniques. Students should have written at least one screenplay before enrolling in this class. May be taken 2 times for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

FTA 6330              Acting                                                                                                               3 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. Designed for students in the MFA Performance Program.  Intensive training in characterization and performance techniques.  Content of course varies per offering.  May be taken 4 times for a maximum of 12 credit hours.

FTA 6380              Stage Directing                                                                                                3 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. Designed for students in the MFA Performance Program. Intensive training in directing techniques. May include technical assignments in department productions. Direction of one-act or full length play in laboratory production. May be taken 3 times for a maximum of 9 credit hours.

FTA 6510              Narrative Film Production                                                                               3 cr.
Studies and practices in producing and shooting double-system narrative film projects. Students should have basic courses in post-production, screenwriting and production prior to enrolling.  Must be taken concurrently with FTA 6511, Equipment Lab.

FTA 6511              Equipment Lab                                                                                                1 cr.
This course must be taken concurrently with FTA 6510.  In this course the student will be given hands-on instruction and training on how to use cameras, lighting instruments, sound recording equipment, grip hardware, and other relevant equipment for FTA 6510.

FTA 6520              Narrative Film Post Production                                                                      3 cr.
Prerequisite: FTA 6510 or consent of department. Advanced problems in double-system motion picture post-production techniques. Students edit, engineer sound tracks and complete films which were produced in FTA 6510. Two hours lecture and one hour laboratory each week.

FTA 6560              Directing the Documentary Film                                                                    3 cr.
Prerequisite:  Consent of department.  Students direct and produce graduate-level documentary film projects.  May be taken 2 times for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

FTA 6565              Digital Theory Application                                                                              3 cr.
Course examines how the measurable physical characteristics of audio and video are represented as digital data. This is coupled with an introduction to the major software packages that are used to manipulate digital sound and images. Students will participate in instructor led practical sessions designed to familiarize them with digital systems and software and with the role and function of each in the post-production process. Students who have previously taken FTA 4565G may not take FTA 6565 for credit.

FTA 6580              Film Directing                                                                                                  3 cr.
Prerequisite: Consent of Department. A study of directing techniques with emphasis on filming the narrative script and on the director's relationship with the actor.

FTA 6830              Seminar in Stage Movement                                                                           3 cr.
An examination and practice of various techniques of stage movement for the performer. May include dance, gymnastics, and stage combat. Material varies each semester. May be taken 2 times for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

FTA 6900              Graduate Internship                                                                                        3 cr.
This Graduate Internship is offered within the Department's film and theatre programs. Candidates serve in a leadership capacity in production or administrative activity directly related to the Department's MFA production program. The student is expected to devote 12 hours per week in production related responsibilities. May be taken 2 times for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

FTA 6910              Studio I                                                                                                             3 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. Independent work in theatrical or media production.

FTA 6911              Studio II                                                                                                            3 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. Independent work in theatrical or media production.

FTA 6912              Studio III                                                                                                          3 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. Independent work in theatrical or media production.

FTA 7000              Thesis Research                                                                              1 min. cr. - 9 max. cr.
Consent of department. Creative or written project. To be repeated for credit until thesis is accepted. Section number will correspond with credit to be earned. Students who require access to UNO equipment (production or post-production) when taking FTA 7000 must take the course for 3 hours of credit.

FTA 7040              Examination or Thesis Only                                                                         0 cr.
Open to students in a thesis program who have only (other than application for degree) the final typing and acceptance by the Graduate School of their thesis or dissertation or to students in a non-thesis program who have only (other than application for degree) to pass the final examination to complete graduation requirements.