Performing and Media Arts (PMA)Arts and Sciences

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PMA 1130

What would it be like to go through life as a completely different person? In order to expose and combat social injustice, journalists have crossed lines of race, gender, age, class and appearance and ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Graded

PMA 1131

When artists engage with historical subjects, is there an obligation to represent those subjects accurately? Can dramatic interventions into history empower artists and audiences to imagine a future that ... view course details

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    FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

PMA 1132

Why are two identical people unsettling? "Uncanny" resemblances suggest the strange, even the supernatural. This course will investigate the doppelgänger myth influencing superstitions about un- or supernatural ... view course details

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PMA 1133

Is sex always a private matter? What constitutes sex and what happens when it is performed in public? This course asks: how does sex in theater and performance contribute to our understandings of identity, ... view course details

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PMA 1134

The number of American prisons grows each year—with alarming ties to racism. As seen, for instance, in the HBO productions of Oz and Orange is the New Black, and events at Abu Ghraib, as well as numerous ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Graded

PMA 1200

Entry-level class. Covers the fundamentals of elementary dance training. Movement sequences focusing on rhythm, placement, and vitality of performance through an anatomically sound dance technique. view course details

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    Combined with: PE 1180

  • 1 Credit Sat/Unsat

PMA 1410

The Media Production Lab course is a series of self-contained lecture/workshops on various topics in the production of film and video. The workshops will be a mix of lecture and hands on experience with ... view course details

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  • 2 Credits Sat/Unsat

PMA 1610

Learn what it takes to prepare a live show. Students work on getting scenery, costumes, and lighting ready for performance or for production. Gain the practical skills and learn to use the tools that are ... view course details

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  • 1-3 Credits Sat/Unsat

  •  6574PMA 1610  STU 501

    • TBA
    • Bernstein, S

      Cross, W

      Intemann, E

PMA 1611

Perform in a departmental theatre production or dance concert. Research a role, develop a character, and perform for a live audience in a faculty supervised production. Explore choreography and perform ... view course details

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  • 1-2 Credits Sat/Unsat

  •  6185PMA 1611  STU 501

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    • Maggor, R

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  • 1-2 Credits Sat/Unsat

  •  8867PMA 1611  STU 502

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    • Feldshuh, D

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  • 1-2 Credits Sat/Unsat

  •  8868PMA 1611  STU 503

    • TBA
    • Staff

PMA 2220

Introductory modern technique intended for students with some dance training. Material covered includes specific spinal and center work with attention to rhythm, design, and movement expression. view course details

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    Combined with: PE 1183

  • 1 Credit Sat/Unsat

PMA 2300

Weekly assignments in basic elements of choreography. Students compose and present short studies that are discussed and reworked. Problems are defined and explored through class improvisations. Informal ... view course details

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PMA 2403

In Eddie Murphy's Coming to America, Africa is a place of nobility, where even lions are at peace with lambs. In contrast, Leonardo DeCaprio's Blood Diamond is a violent look at the role the demand for ... view course details

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    Combined with: ASRC 2771ENGL 2771

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PMA 2493

Film industries in the Middle East, as in much of the rest of the world, emerged out of efforts at the national level. In the Arab world and Israel, the film industries reflect upon struggles ... view course details

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PMA 2560

From the beginning of the twentieth century to the present moment, movies -- and in particular Hollywood -- have profoundly influenced the ways in which people see, think and talk about the world. Focusing ... view course details

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    Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: AMST 2760ENGL 2761VISST 2300

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16769PMA 2560  LEC 001

  • Film viewing is required for this class. Films will be available for viewing on Blackboard and will also be screened after Monday class meetings from approx. 8:45-10:30.

PMA 2610

Learn what it means to run a live show or a film festival. Participate as part of a team to ensure all the elements work together and on time. Learn the intricacies of collaborating with a production group ... view course details

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  • 1-3 Credits Graded

  •  6547PMA 2610  STU 501

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    • Cross, W

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  • 1-3 Credits Graded

  •  8628PMA 2610  STU 502

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    • Intemann, E

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  • 1-3 Credits Graded

  •  8629PMA 2610  STU 503

    • TBA
    • Bernstein, S

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  • 1-3 Credits Graded

  •  9030PMA 2610  STU 504

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    • Haenni, S

PMA 2611

Practical experience in the organization and management of a theatrical production as an assistant stage manager for a fully supported department production under the supervision of the staff ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 17485PMA 2611  LAB 401

    • TBA
    • Cross, W

PMA 2635

Study and analysis of 2500 years of comedy (all in English), from Greece (Aristophanes, Menander), Rome (Plautus and Terence), Italy (Machiavelli, The commedia dell' arte), Elizabethan (Shakespeare, Ben ... view course details

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    Combined with: CLASS 2651COML 2230

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

PMA 2660

In this introductory course, participants will study the economic and technological history of the television industry, with a particular emphasis on its manifestations in the United States and the United ... view course details

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PMA 2670

This class aims to give students a good historical and critical grounding in Shakespeare's drama and its central place in Renaissance culture. We read ten plays covering the length of Shakespeare's career: ... view course details

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    Combined with: ENGL 2270

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PMA 2800

An introduction to the actor's technique and performance skills, exploring the elements necessary to begin training as an actor, i.e., observation, concentration, and imagination. Focus is on physical ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Graded

  •  6575PMA 2800  STU 501

  • Preregistration and registration only through department office in 223 Schwartz Center.

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  • 3 Credits Graded

  •  6187PMA 2800  STU 502

  • Preregistration and registration only through department office in 223 Schwartz Center.

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  • 3 Credits Graded

  •  6188PMA 2800  STU 503

  • Preregistration and registration only through department office in 223 Schwartz Center.

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  • 3 Credits Graded

  •  6189PMA 2800  STU 504

  • Preregistration and registration only through department office in 223 Schwartz Center.

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  • 3 Credits Graded

  •  6190PMA 2800  STU 505

  • Preregistration and registration only through department office in 223 Schwartz Center.

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  • 3 Credits Graded

  •  6191PMA 2800  STU 506

  • Preregistration and registration only through department office in 223 Schwartz Center.

PMA 3000

Independent study allows students the opportunity to pursue special interests not treated in regularly scheduled courses. A faculty member, who becomes the student's instructor for the course, must approve ... view course details

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6192PMA 3000  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Goelzer, C

PMA 3210

Intermediate Western classical dance technique. Work is done on strengthening the body through a movement technique emphasizing presence and musicality based on harmonic muscular control. view course details

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    Combined with: PE 1184

  • 1 Credit Sat/Unsat

PMA 3220

Intermediate modern technique focusing on rhythm, placement, and phrasing for students who are prepared to refine the skills of dancing. Students are challenged by complex phrases and musicality. view course details

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    Combined with: PE 1185

  • 1 Credit Sat/Unsat

PMA 3225

This course will explore questions of how we perceive articulations of identity on the moving body. How do histories and cultural behaviors define differences? What are the conventions of race, gender, ... view course details

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    Combined with: PMA 4225

  • 1-3 Credits Graded

PMA 3300

Intermediate choreographic projects are critiqued in progress by faculty and peers. Consideration of design problems in costuming and lighting.  Weekly assignments in basic elements of choreography. Students ... view course details

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PMA 3351

This course will cultivate collaborations between the practice and study of dance with fields such as architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, painting, digital arts, and other design and creative ... view course details

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    Combined with: PMA 4351

  • 1-3 Credits Graded

PMA 3490

An introduction (without prerequisites) to fundamental problems of current political theory, filmmaking, and film analysis, along with their interrelationship.  Particular emphasis on comparing and contrasting ... view course details

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PMA 3511

Media make things move. Ships transport goods, cars carry passengers, devices transmit information. While origins and destinations often seem the most significant, modern media and cultural mobility also ... view course details

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    Combined with: COML 3112GERST 3511STS 3511

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PMA 3515

The course will provide an overview of video art, alternative documentary video, and digital installation and networked art over the past 50 years.  We will analyze four phases of video and new media: ... view course details

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PMA 3520

Light is the fundamental building block of all visual media. Whether a photographer, filmmaker, videographer, YouTube poster, or other maker of images, the strategic use of light can tell your story better, ... view course details

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    Combined with: VISST 3520

  • 4 Credits Graded

PMA 3531

This course explores the fundamentals of writing for the screen. The class format will include creative writing assignments, class discussion, screenings and workshop. Students will produce short film ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

PMA 3533

This course will consider the history, theory and craft of feature film screenwriting. We will examine the vital elements of effective motion picture narrative (protagonist, pathos, objective, action), ... view course details

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    Combined with: AMST 3533

  • 3 Credits Graded

PMA 3550

Global Cinema I and II together offer an overview of international film history from the late nineteenth century to today. Through a focus on key films and significant epochs, the course traces the evolution ... view course details

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    Combined with: PMA 6550VISST 3175

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PMA 3570

Creative, hands-on production course in filmmaking, emphasizing the development of original ideas and the acquisition of basic technical skills in digital video and 16mm formats: cinematography, lighting, ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Graded

PMA 3609

This is a variable credit learning experience for students engaged in creating productions in the Department of Performing and Media Arts.  Students may act, assistant direct, assistant stage manage, or ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Graded

  • Topic: Eurydice

  •  9491PMA 3609  STU 501

    • TBA
    • Feldshuh, D

PMA 3610

Collaborate with a faculty member in the development and production of a live event, in a mentored role of Assistant Designer, Assistant Director, or Assistant Choreographer. view course details

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  • 1-3 Credits Graded

  •  6194PMA 3610  STU 501

    • TBA
    • Intemann, E

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  • 1-3 Credits Graded

  •  8028PMA 3610  STU 502

    • TBA
    • Goetz, K

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  • 1-3 Credits Graded

  •  8029PMA 3610  STU 503

    • TBA
    • Staff

PMA 3614

A studio course working on the creation and development of characters on paper. The character designs explored will not be bound by the limits of the human body or physical costumes, but rather will push ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

PMA 3616

This course explores the evolution of western dress from the time of the ancient Egyptians to the early twentieth century by focusing on areas of the human anatomy and how each area has been presented, ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

PMA 3620

The theory and practice of lighting design as a medium for artistic expression. This course explores the aesthetic and mechanical aspects of light and their application in a variety of disciplines. Emphasis ... view course details

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    Combined with: VISST 3620

  • 4 Credits Graded

PMA 3626

Students will utilize commercially available computer-assisted-design software to explore the process of designing scenery and lighting for the performing arts. Vectorworks and Photoshop will be the primary ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

PMA 3640

An exploration of the scene design process for the live theatre. Students will execute design projects employing various media (e.g., sketches, paper models, computer graphics) that examine how elements ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Graded

PMA 3670

Exploration into the integration of art and science in today's theme parks and interactive entertainment attractions. Papers, projects, and discussions deal with planning and development aspects of large-scale ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

PMA 3671

Exploration of the techniques and practice of theatre operation, scenic construction, stage mechanics, rigging, painting, and model building. view course details

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  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

PMA 3680

Covering the basics of digital audio, bioacoustics, psychoacoustics and sound design, as they apply to theatre, film and music production.  Students create soundscapes for text and moving image using ProTools ... view course details

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    Combined with: MUSIC 3431

  • 3 Credits Graded

PMA 3702

"You didn't see anything," a woman in a movie says to her dubious lover. "No one sees anything. Ever. They watch, but they don't understand." What is desire in the cinema? How do we know it when we see ... view course details

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PMA 3724

Tragedy and its audiences from ancient Greece to modern theater and film. Topics: origins of theatrical conventions; Shakespeare and Seneca; tragedy in modern theater and film. Works studied will include: ... view course details

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    Combined with: CLASS 3645COML 3440

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PMA 3750

This course is designed to introduce students to a range of historical, cross-cultural, and transnational performance texts, theories, and practices; to motivate students to examine the broad social, political, ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PMA 3754

In this course, we will critically examine the production and performance of race, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender through literature and contemporary performance genres such as spoken word, slam poetry, ... view course details

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PMA 3755

What constitutes queer performance? Is queer who you are or what you do? Is sexuality all we mean by queer? Has queer performance enhanced or eclipsed gay and lesbian theater? This course investigates ... view course details

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PMA 3800

Practical exploration of the actor's craft through exercises in physical and psychological action, improvisation and scene study. view course details

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  • 3 Credits Graded

PMA 3805

In this introductory class, students will study elements of successful dramatic writing: strong structure, effective dialogue, and imaginative theatricality. Students will craft and revise short plays, ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PMA 3880

Focused, practical exercises teach the student fundamental staging techniques that bring written text to theatrical life. A core objective is to increase the student's awareness of why and how certain ... view course details

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    Combined with: VISST 3798

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

PMA 4000

In this advanced undergraduate-level seminar, all senior majors synthesize four years of study in a collaborative intellectual and artistic project with the faculty. Over the course of the fall semester, ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Graded

PMA 4222

Advanced and pre-professional advanced ballet and modern technique. This class meets 4 days per week. This course is a combination of PMA 3210 and PMA 3220 in the same semester.  Attendance to concerts ... view course details

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  • 2 Credits Graded

  • 16589PMA 4222  STU 501

    • MTWR
    • Chu, J

      Suber, P

PMA 4225

This course will continue the critical inquiry investigated in Mapping the Moving Body. Intended for advanced students, it will address the dialogue between contemporary choreography and current sociopolitical ... view course details

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    Combined with: PMA 3225

  • 1-3 Credits Graded

PMA 4230

Pre-professional/Advanced ballet or modern technique with modern and contemporary ballet company repertory rehearsal and performances. This class meets 2 days per week, 3 hrs. 10 minutes per ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 16555PMA 4230  STU 501

    • MW
    • Suber, P

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  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 16707PMA 4230  STU 502

    • TR
    • Chu, J

PMA 4300

Students work on advanced choreographic problems, to be presented in performance. Work in progress is critiqued by faculty members on a regular basis. view course details

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PMA 4301

Continuation of PMA 4300. Intermediate choreographic projects are critiqued in progress by faculty and peers. Consideration of design problems in costuming and lighting.  Weekly assignments in basic elements ... view course details

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PMA 4351

This course continues the work done in PMA 3351. At an advanced level, this course will further explore the choreographic and design principles of contemporary choreographer, William Forsythe, who began ... view course details

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    Combined with: PMA 3351

  • 2-3 Credits Graded

PMA 4607

A studio practicum that is the culmination of several semesters of coursework in choreography and design, this course is the student's preparation for an end of semester public presentation of an original ... view course details

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  • 2-4 Credits Graded

  • 16564PMA 4607  STU 501

    • TBA
    • Staff

PMA 4608

AUPR in Design is a capstone experience in practice as research. Student take a leadership role as a designer, working with faculty as peers on a fully supported departmental production. After taking courses ... view course details

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  • 2-4 Credits Graded

  • 16565PMA 4608  STU 501

    • TBA
    • Intemann, E

PMA 4609

The purpose of this course is to give interested and able undergraduate students the ability to gain skill and experience in the practice and art of directing.  To be considered for the AUPR-Directing, ... view course details

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  • 2-4 Credits Graded

  • 16566PMA 4609  STU 501

    • TBA
    • Staff

PMA 4801

Class members can expect to attain greater vocal resonance and articulation as well as to improve flexibility, strength, and stamina through the course of the semester. view course details

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  • 3 Credits Graded

PMA 4806

This course will consider how Latina/o artists explore new approaches to texts, spaces, performers, and audiences.  In addition, students will be asked to focus on the connections that were and are being ... view course details

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PMA 4950

First of a two-semester sequence (the second is PMA 4951) for seniors engaged in an honors project.  You can find the honors guidelines and form at http://pma.cornell.edu/honors. view course details

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  6633PMA 4950  RSC 701

    • TBA
    • Intemann, E

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  8586PMA 4950  RSC 702

    • TBA
    • Bunn, A

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PMA 4951

Second of a two-semester sequence (the first is PMA 4950) for students engaged in an honors project. view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8108PMA 4951  RSC 701

    • TBA
    • Staff

PMA 4952

Academic credit can only be awarded for unpaid internships. Students must submit an Application for Academic Credit by April 15. The Application for Academic Credit must be received/approved prior to the ... view course details

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  • 1-3 Credits Sat/Unsat

  •  8143PMA 4952  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Bunn, A

PMA 6550

Global Cinema I and II together offer an overview of international film history from the late nineteenth century to today. Through a focus on key films and significant epochs, the course traces the evolution ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PMA 6600

An introduction to the theory and methods involved in the study of the theatre. Attention focuses on pedagogy and the profession in Part I. Part II explores current scholarly trends. view course details

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  • 2 Credits Stdnt Opt

PMA 6670

"The pleasure of the text," Roland Barthes writes, "is that moment when my body pursues its own ideas – for my body does not have the same ideas I do."  What is this erotics of the text, and what has it ... view course details

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PMA 6755

What constitutes queer performance? Is queer who you are or what you do? Is sexuality all we mean by queer? Has queer performance enhanced or eclipsed gay and lesbian theater? This course investigates ... view course details

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PMA 6806

This course will consider how Latina/o artists explore new approaches to texts, spaces, performers, and audiences.  In addition, students will be asked to focus on the connections that were and are being ... view course details

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PMA 7000

Independent study in theatre allows graduate students the opportunity to pursue special interests not treated in regularly scheduled courses. A faculty member, who becomes the student's instructor for ... view course details

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PMA 7100

Provides graduate students in the field of theatre an opportunity to work directly with a faculty member to explore pedagogical theory and practice for undergraduate theatre classes in all areas of the ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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PMA 9900

Graduate student course while working on thesis and research for dissertation. view course details

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