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THEATRE AND COMMUNICATION ARTS

Course Number: FT111
Course Title: Theatre Arts I: Introduction to Communication Studies
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: None
Credits: 1 (one)
THEATRE ARTS I: INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION STUDIES introduces the student to basic public speaking techniques, discussion, debates, communication theory, parliamentary procedure, oral interpretation, and dramatic performance concepts. Both formal and casual speechmaking assignments are part of the course of study. Reading and critical thinking skills are also emphasized. After school and weekend hours devoted to the GHS Fine Arts Department are required.

Course Number: FT181
Course Title: Theatre Arts I: Introduction to Communication Studies (Honors)
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: Recommendation of English teacher
Credits: 1 (one)
THEATRE ARTS I: INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION STUDIES (HONORS) is an accelerated communication arts program which incorporates speech analysis, rhetorical theory, and advanced critical thinking skills into the existing communication arts program. Semester projects will be required to further enhance the student's communication skills. After school and weekend hours devoted to the GHS Fine Arts Department are required.

Course Number: FT121
Course Title: Theatre Arts II: Introduction to the Theatre
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: None
Credits: 1 (one)
THEATRE ARTS II: INTRODUCTION TO THE THEATRE offers the student a broad overview of the theatre world, with particular attention paid to theatre production, theatre history, technical theatre, theatre evaluation, and comparative media This course also includes introductory approaches to improvisational acting techniques, acting styles, methodology, and scene study. As part of the course of study, students are required to critique live theatrical performances in the Memphis and Germantown area. After school and weekend hours devoted to the GHS Fine Arts Department are required.

Course Number: FT141
Course Title: Theatre Arts III: Introduction to Film & Video
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: None
Credits: 1 (one)
THEATRE ARTS III: INTRODUCTION TO FILM & VIDEO examines the areas of film and T.V. production from historical, theoretical, and practical applications. The study of film as literature and film evaluations are emphasized. Students receive hands-on instruction with film and video equipment. Note: Some supplies must be purchased. Written and oral critiques are required for each unit of film study. Co-curricular after school activities are a required part of evaluation.

Course Number: FT231
Course Title: Theatre Arts VI: Film and Video II
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: Introduction to Film & Video and permission of Instructor
Credits: 1 (one)
THEATRE ARTS VI: FILM AND VIDEO II provides the student with advanced concepts in film & video techniques as well as beginning practical explorations in television production settings. Film and video as art, the video documentary, electronic news gathering techniques, and studio and remote production work are among the areas examined in the course of study. This course requires outside written film critiques at local movie theatres. The class is performance oriented, but also requires written and analytical work.

Course Number: FT241
Course Title: Theatre Arts VII: Acting
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: Introduction to Theatre or permission of instructor
Credits: 1 (one)
THEATRE ARTS VII: ACTING is designed for the performance-oriented student. It examines practical and theoretical approaches to performance including improvisational acting, acting styles, acting methodology, movement, voice and scene study. Playwriting and elementary directing techniques are included in this course of study. Serious attention is given to theatre aesthetics and theatre evaluation. Students are required to critique live theatrical presentations in the Memphis and Germantown area. After school and weekend hours devoted to the GHS Fine Arts Department are required.

Course Number: FT251
Course Title: Theatre Arts VIII: Actor's Workshop
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: Introduction to Theatre and permission of the instructor.
Credits: 1 (one)
THEATRE ARTS VIII: ACTOR'S WORKSHOP is designed for the performance-oriented acting student who has prior experience in performance, acting classes, or both. Practical and theoretical approaches to performance, including improvisational acting, acting styles, acting methodology, movement, voice, and scene work will be examined. Playwriting and elementary directing techniques are included in this course of study. As a part of the course of study, students are required to critique live theatrical productions in the Memphis and Germantown area and to read and analyze classic dramatic literature. After school and weekend hours devoted to the GHS Fine Arts Department are required.

Course Number: Eleventh grade - FT311, Twelfth grade - FT411
Course Title: Theatre Arts IX: Production Workshop
Grade Level: 11, 12
Prerequisites: Any combination of two Theatre or Communication Arts classes and permission of instructor.
Credits: 1 (one)
THEATRE ARTS IX: PRODUCTION WORKSHOP provides a workshop setting for students who desire to learn advanced techniques and gain practical experience in all phases of theatre, T.V. production, and forensic activities. This course requires extensive after-class hours and weekend hours and is strictly performance-oriented. An individual course of study is prepared for each student.

Course Number: Eleventh grade - FT321, Twelfth grade - FT421
Course Title: Theatre Arts X: Advanced Film and Video
Grade Level: 11, 12
Prerequisites: Introduction to Film and Video, Film and Video II or Production Workshop, and the permission of the instructor; must be concurrently enrolled in Theatre Arts: Production Workshop.
Credits: 1 (one)
THEATRE ARTS X: ADVANCED FILM AND VIDEO is designed for production oriented television students. The class offers a laboratory setting that allows students to work in a practical television environment. Students produce and direct a number of cable television productions each week as part of the course of study. The class requires extensive after school and weekend hours and is strictly performance based. Students are evaluated on a grade contract basis.

Course Number: Eleventh grade - FT331, Twelfth grade - FT431
Course Title: Theatre Arts XI: Advanced Acting
Grade Level: 11, 12
Prerequisites: Introduction to Theatre and Acting or Actors Workshop or any combination of two Theatre or Communication Arts classes and permission of instructor.
Credits: 1 (one)
THEATRE ARTS XI: ADVANCED ACTING provides the student with advanced concepts in acting techniques as well as beginning practical explorations in theatre production settings. Character analysis training, development of physical and vocal expression, monologue and group scene work, and stage management techniques are among the areas examined. As part of the course of study, students are required to critique live theatrical productions in the Memphis and Germantown area. This course requires after-class hours and is performance-oriented. An individual course of study is prepared for each student. Students are evaluated on a grade contract basis.

Course Number: ST412
Course Title: Theatre Arts: Television Lab
Grade Level: 11, 12
Prerequisites: Introduction to Film & Video and permission of instructor
Credits: None
THEATRE ARTS: TELEVISION LAB allows students an opportunity to work in a television production setting. Daily production work as well as studio and remote techniques are all part of the course of study. This class requires after-class hours and is performance-oriented.
 

MEDIA CONCEPTS
 

MEDIA CONCEPTS provides the student with concepts in broadcasting techniques as well as practical explorations in television production settings. The classes are performance oriented, but also require written and analytical work. Students will be doing work in our on-campus television production studio, which requires extensive after-school, evening and weekend participation all of which are a major part of the evaluation process and final grade. Leadership skills, time management and a high level of responsibility are all critical components of learning within this class structure particularly in the second level course.


Course Number
: TI201
Course Title: Media Concepts
Grade Level: 10, 11
Prerequisites: FT141 Theatre Arts III: Introduction to Film & Video
Credits: 1 (one)
This course is offered for students interested in either the Audio and Video Technologies sub-cluster or the Journalism and Broadcasting sub-cluster of the arts and communication cluster. The overlap in these industries is extensive as can be witnessed in television, film, music, radio, newspaper, Web-cast, and entertainment just to name a few. This course is the entry-level course to prepare students for the media industry. Course content provides a broad-based exposure to audio, video, and journalism and broadcasting within the media industry. Upon completion of this course, students will be prepared to pursue advanced course work in either audio and video technology or journalism and broadcasting.

Course Number: TI305
Course Title: Electronic Media Production
Grade Level: 11, 12
Prerequisites: Media Concepts
Credits: 2 (two)
This course is offered in the audio and video technology sub-cluster to students who have completed Media Concepts or obtained instructor’s approval. Course content focuses on electronic media production (EMP) technologies utilizing simulated and/or real-life projects. This course centers on production of various EMP products, including, commercials, news, music, interactive, and industrial programming. The student will gain valuable insight into the many facets of EMP production, including, but not limited to concept creation, scripting, sound design, visual design, engineering, editing, budgeting, and producing, as well as exploring some of the latest advanced in industry technology. Upon completion of this course, students will be prepared to pursue advanced coursework.

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