The Associate of Fine Arts Theatre Transfer Pathways includes rigorous studies in performance and production, along with handson experience in theatre methods and practices. andnbsp;These studies will allow students to gain a deep understanding and working knowledge of theatre fundamentals. It will also prepare students for direct transfer to an established bachelor's degree program in Theatre. andnbsp;The 40 credits Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) is completed with the AFA degree to assist the transfer to the MN State University system via the Theatre Transfer Pathways Program.

University Designated Degreeandnbsp;
Metropolitan State University Theatre, BA
​Minnesota State University, Mankato Theatre, BA
Theatre, BS
​Minnesota State University Moorehad ​Theatre Arts, BA
​Southwest Minnesota State University ​Theatre Arts, BA
​St. Cloud State University Theatre, BA
​Winona State University Theatre, BA

 

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2018 - 2019

  • Curriculum

    Program Courses
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Course Subject: TFT         Course Number:1210
    Course Title:Introduction to Theatre      Goal Areas:06,07       Credits:3

    Course Description:Students become involved in a play's production while they explore the roots of the theater as a reflection of culture and community. Students investigate major theatrical historical periods and personalities, work on self-selected crews, analyze dramatic literature for meaning and production considerations, and may create and perform their own scenarios as a means of understanding the transformation of theater from page to stage.
    Introduction to TheatreView-TFT 121006,07 3
    Course Subject: TFT         Course Number:1450
    Course Title:Stagecraft      Goal Areas:06       Credits:3

    Course Description:This course introduces the student to the elements of theatrical design and its implementation for a stage production. The student will gain practical experience and a working knowledge of set construction techniques, and lighting and sound equipment and their use. Safety standards will be emphasized, as well as competencies in utilizing various power and hand tools. Students will work on construction and operating crews in support of college theatre productions.
    StagecraftView-TFT 145006 3
    Course Subject: TFT         Course Number:1500
    Course Title:Acting I      Goal Areas:06       Credits:3

    Course Description:This course uses lectures, discussions, and interactive exercises to learn, demonstrate, and evaluate the principles of improvisation including basic stage awareness, non-verbal communication, self-awareness, and team work. Students will work in ensemble to understand, evaluate, and use the concepts of objective, intention, and motivation. Written analyses as well as presentations may be used to demonstrate understanding of these skills and concepts.
    Acting IView-TFT 150006 3
    Course Subject: TFT         Course Number:1510
    Course Title:Movement and Voice      Goal Areas:06       Credits:3

    Course Description:Students will learn and incorporate a movement vocabulary and relaxed vocal projection through a series of group projects throughout the semester. Emphasis is placed on utilization of learned techniques to create character, heightened response to others on stage and to enhance stage presence.
    Movement and VoiceView-TFT 151006 3
    Course Subject: TFT         Course Number:1600
    Course Title:Theatre Practicum: Performance      Goal Areas:06       Credits:1-3

    Course Description:In this class, students choose a particular area of practicum study such as acting, directing, assisting a director, working on a technical crew assignment, or another major responsibility. Students research, analyze and participate in some aspect of a North Hennepin production. This course may be repeated for credit.Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
    Theatre Practicum: PerformanceView-TFT 160006 1-3
    Course Subject: TFT         Course Number:1610
    Course Title:Theatre Practicum: Technical      Goal Areas:06       Credits:0

    Course Description:In this class, students choose a particular area of practicum study such as directing, assisting a director, working on a technical crew assignment, or another major responsibility. Students research, analyze and participate in some aspect of a North Hennepin production. This course may be repeated for credit. Consent of Instructor required.Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
    Theatre Practicum: TechnicalView-TFT 161006 0
    Course Subject: TFT         Course Number:2150
    Course Title:Play Analysis      Goal Areas:06       Credits:3

    Course Description:This course will introduce the student to a variety of plays that will be read and analyzed for content, meaning, structure, genre and historical context. Focus will include looking at the script as a blueprint for theatrical production from several different points of view, as well as analyzing the text utilizing various techniques and methodologies.
    Play AnalysisView-TFT 215006 3
    Course Subject: TFT         Course Number:2550
    Course Title:Acting II      Goal Areas:06       Credits:3

    Course Description:Continued exploration of the intuitive and imaginative techniques from Acting I with added scene work by American and European playwrights. Work begins with but moves away from simple evaluated scenes and includes specific vocal and physical character choices and script analysis. Advanced partnering skills and inside referent works are explored. Exercises are used to create an imaginative relationship to your partner with flexibility and precision. Students will hone ability to assess properties of effective acting using objective criteria in critique sessions. Class also includes lessons on professional etiquette, the business of acting and ensemble building.
    Acting IIView-TFT 255006 3
     
    Program Electives
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Program Electives - 8 credits
    Course Subject: ART         Course Number:1040
    Course Title:Introduction to Art      Goal Areas:06,08       Credits:3

    Course Description:This course introduces the basic concepts of the visual arts, the organization of art forms, and the historical development of architecture, painting, and sculpture with an emphasis on contemporary art. A general world view of art is presented through lecture and discussion. Students will investigate the creative aspects of the visual arts through in-class examples and a field trip to a Twin Cities museum.
    Introduction to Art orView-ART 104006,08 3
    Course Subject: ART         Course Number:1270
    Course Title:Digital Video Production      Goal Areas:06       Credits:3

    Course Description:This course introduces basic video production concepts and techniques with an emphasis on using the elements of motion and sound as creative artistic tools. Students will critically analyze video in terms of genre, context, meaning, visual language and form and then produce and edit their own short projects that explore creative and experimental applications of the medium rather than the traditional mass communication form. Students are encouraged to use their own computer for editing if possible. Basic knowledge of the computer is helpful.
    Digital Video Production orView-ART 127006 3
    Course Subject: ART         Course Number:1310
    Course Title:Three Dimensional Design      Goal Areas:06       Credits:3

    Course Description:As an introduction to the basic language of three-dimensional design, this course includes constructive, additive, subtractive and substitution techniques using traditional and contemporary media. Various methods of presentation are explored ranging from small freestanding works to site-specific models and proposals.
    Three Dimensional Design orView-ART 131006 3
    Course Subject: ART         Course Number:1320
    Course Title:Introduction to Sculpture      Goal Areas:06       Credits:3

    Course Description:This course is a specialized study on an individual basis in wood, metals, plaster, clay, stone or mixed media. The student will work with the sculptural possibilities of these materials and refine their ability to work in one particular medium.
    Introduction to Sculpture orView-ART 132006 3
    Course Subject: ENGL         Course Number:2500
    Course Title:Playwriting      Goal Areas:06       Credits:3

    Course Description:Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of writing theatrical plays. They will be expected to work on several creative projects throughout the semester and to participate in workshops in which they will discuss and critique one another's work. Students may also be asked to complete other writing exercises and to analyze a selection of plays to gain a better understanding of the art of playwrighting. Prerequisite: Engl 1900
    Playwriting orView-ENGL 250006 3
    Course Subject: ENGL         Course Number:2580
    Course Title:Shakespeare's Plays       Goal Areas:06,08       Credits:3

    Course Description:This course studies some of the major plays of William Shakespeare (which may include histories, comedies, tragedies, and romances), analyzing the plays from the standpoint of literary interpretation, focusing on poetic style and literary techniques.
    Shakespeare's Plays orView-ENGL 258006,08 3
    Course Subject: MUSC         Course Number:1350
    Course Title:History of Rock 'n Roll      Goal Areas:06       Credits:3

    Course Description:This course may include but is not limited to early American music, jazz, American musical theater, pop, rock, and rap. The history of popular music in Western Culture will be presented. Students will learn to identify the music styles contained under the broad umbrella of Rock 'n Roll. Students will also learn about the historical, social, cultural and political influences on popular music.
    History of Rock 'n Roll orView-MUSC 135006 3
    Course Subject: TFT         Course Number:1250
    Course Title:Introduction to Film      Goal Areas:06       Credits:3

    Course Description:This course is an introduction to the history and techniques of entertaining and communicating ideas through motion pictures. The course consists of viewing, analyzing, discussing and writing about films as a means of understanding visual communication and developing greater visual literacy.
    Introduction to Film orView-TFT 125006 3
    Course Subject: TFT         Course Number:1260
    Course Title:Introduction to Television      Goal Areas:06,08       Credits:3

    Course Description:This course is an introduction to television's history, development, emerging technologies, influence, and future. It explores digital convergence as well as programming, distribution, regulation, and audience, constantly emphasizing the effect of money on this pervasive medium. Both television shows and movies about television will help illuminate the course content.
    Introduction to Television orView-TFT 126006,08 3
    Course Subject: TFT         Course Number:1270
    Course Title:Digital Video Production      Goal Areas:06       Credits:3

    Course Description:This course introduces basic video production concepts and techniques with an emphasis on using the elements of motion and sound as creative artistic tools. Students will critically analyze video in terms of genre, context, meaning, visual language and form and then produce and edit their own short projects that explore creative and experimental applications of the medium rather than the traditional mass communication form. Students are encouraged to use their own computer for editing if possible. Basic knowledge of the computer is helpful.
    Digital Video Production orView-TFT 127006 3
    Course Subject: TFT         Course Number:1531
    Course Title:Stage Combat I      Goal Areas:06       Credits:3

    Course Description:Stage Combat I is an introductory course in the Stage Combat Program, and will focus on unarmed (hand to hand fighting) and armed (found objects, knives, etc.) stage combat. The program conforms to the guidelines put forth by the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD). Telling a story effectively through the use of disciplined and safe stage combat will be stressed, as well as instruction in the history, type and use of various weapons. Students in the performing arts will gain self-confidence in their ability to fulfill the needs of any script calling for stage or screen violence. Students not in the performing arts will gain a firsthand appreciation of the skills necessary to make stage and screen violence look real.
    Stage Combat I orView-TFT 153106 3
    Course Subject: TFT         Course Number:1532
    Course Title:Stage Combat II      Goal Areas:06       Credits:3

    Course Description:Stage Combat II is the follow-up course to Stage Combat I in the Stage Combat Program. The primary focus of this course will be on performance. The skills learned in Stage Combat I will be reviewed and refined, then applied to the performance of choreographed staged fights within the context of a scene. Students will assign emotional value to the physical circumstances of the scene and act out the intentions of the character. This program conforms to the guidelines put forth by the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD), which contains 90 hours of required instruction. Students in the performing arts will gain self-confidence in their ability to fulfill the needs of any script calling for stage or screen violence. Students not in the performing arts will gain a firsthand appreciation of the skills necessary to make stage and screen violence look real.
    Stage Combat II orView-TFT 153206 3
    Course Subject: TFT         Course Number:1540
    Course Title:Acting for the Camera      Goal Areas:06       Credits:3

    Course Description:Students will have the opportunity to perform in front of the camera and see themselves as the camera records them, revealing their strengths and challenges. Acting techniques specific to working in film and television will be covered along with methods for auditioning, script analysis, character development, communication and style. How to handle camera and editing equipment is also included.
    Acting for the Camera orView-TFT 154006 3
    Course Subject: TFT         Course Number:1710
    Course Title:Oral Interpretation and Traditions      Goal Areas:01,08       Credits:3

    Course Description:Oral Interpretation and Traditions is an introductory course in the effective oral presentation of written material. Students will analyze and perform literature from a variety of sources that represent different cultures and ethnicities. Students will also make connections between the cultural implications of oral tradition and performance.
    Oral Interpretation and Traditions orView-TFT 171001,08 3
    Course Subject: TFT         Course Number:2010
    Course Title:Fundamentals of Directing      Goal Areas:06       Credits:3

    Course Description:Fundamentals of Directing is open to any student who is interested in learning the basic skills necessary to become adept at directing. The student will learn about the wide variety of responsibilities a director assumes, as well as the range of knowledge every director needs to possess in order to communicate a story effectively on stage or screen. The course will cover the function of the director, script analysis, groundplan and blocking, working with the actor, creating a unified whole, and working collaboratively with a production team. In addition, the course will cover some of the similarities and differences between directing for the stage, film, and television. For students in careers outside the performing arts, this course offers opportunities to gain a deeper appreciation of the process of directing, increase personal self-confidence, and improve communication skills in a team setting. Pre-requisites: TFT 1500 or TFT 1540 or TFT 1210 or TFT 1250 or instructor permission.
    Fundamentals of DirectingView-TFT 201006 3
     
    General Education Courses
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Course Subject: COMM         Course Number:1110
    Course Title:Principles of Interpersonal Communication      Goal Areas:01,07       Credits:3

    Course Description:This introductory course looks at communication in one-to-one relationships in friendships, families, the workplace, and elsewhere. Students will be challenged to discover and assess their own communication strengths and weaknesses as they define and discuss what it means to be a competent interpersonal communicator. Course content includes both theory and practice (skill development).
    Principles of Interpersonal CommunicationView-COMM 111001,07 3
    Course Subject: ENGL         Course Number:1202
    Course Title:College Writing II      Goal Areas:01       Credits:2

    Course Description:This class focuses on the research process, textual analysis of primary and secondary sources, rhetorical strategies for argument and persuasion, and successful integration of sources into a longer academic paper utilizing MLA (or other, as appropriate) documentation format. The class may be disciplinary, interdisciplinary, or topical in content, as noted on the class registration site.Prerequisite: Engl 1200 or 1201 with a grade of C or higher
    College Writing IIView-ENGL 120201 2
    College Writing I
    Course Subject: ENGL         Course Number:1200
    Course Title:Gateway College Writing      Goal Areas:01       Credits:4

    Course Description:This class provides extended practice in critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. Students will develop an effective writing process and work to achieve college-level competence in reading and responding to texts, visuals, events, and ideas in a variety of written formats, with an emphasis on the academic essay. Audience awareness, interpretation and analysis, logical reasoning, and persuasive and argumentative skills will be developed. MLA style documentation of primary sources will be included.
    Gateway College Writing orView-ENGL 120001 4
    Course Subject: ENGL         Course Number:1201
    Course Title:College Writing I      Goal Areas:01       Credits:4

    Course Description:This class provides extended practice in critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. Students will develop an effective writing process and work to achieve college-level competence in reading and responding to texts, visuals, events, and ideas in a variety of written formats, with an emphasis on the academic essay. Audience awareness, interpretation and analysis, logical reasoning, and persuasive and argumentative skills will be developed. MLA style documentation of primary sources will be included.
    College Writing IView-ENGL 120101 4
     
    MnTC Electives
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Natural Science (Goal Area 3) - 2 courses, 7 credits from different disciplines, one must be a lab course: ANTH1020(3), BIOL1000(4), BIOL1001(4), BIOL1002(4), BIOL1030(4), BIOL1101(4), BIOL1102(4), BIOL1120(3), BIOL1130(4), BIOL1140(4), BIOL1160(4), BIOL1200(4), BIOL1350(3), BIOL1360(4), BIOL1610(1), BIOL1650(1), BIOL2020(4), BIOL2030(4), BIOL2100(4), BIOL2111(4), BIOL2112(4), CHEM1000(4), CHEM1010(4), CHEM1030(4), CHEM1061(4), CHEM1062(4), GEOG1010(3), GEOL1010(2), GEOL1020(2), GEOL1030(2), GEOL1040(2), GEOL1110(4), GEOL1120(4), GEOL1130(4), GEOL1150(4), GEOL1160(4), GEOL1850(3), GEOL1851(1), NSCI1000(4), NSCI1010(1), NSCI1020(1), NSCI1030(1), NSCI1050(4), NSCI1060(3), NSCI1061(1), NSCI1070(3), NSCI1071(1), NSCI1110(4), NSCI1120(4), PHYS1000(4), PHYS1030(4), PHYS1050(4), PHYS1060(3), PHYS1061(1), PHYS1070(3), PHYS1071(1), PHYS1120(4), PHYS1130(4), PHYS1140(3), PHYS1201(5), PHYS1202(5), PHYS1400(3), PHYS1410(1), PHYS1450(3), PHYS1460(1), PHYS1601(5), PHYS1602(5)
    Highly recommended:
    (Goals 3 and 10) ANTH 1020, BIOL 1160, BIOL 1200, BIOL 1610, CHEM 1000, CHEM 1010, GEOG 1010, GEOL / NATS 1100, 1130, 1150, 1160, 1170, 1180, 1200, 1210
    Mathematics/Logical Reasoning (Goal Area 4) - 3 credits: CSCI2010(4), MATH1010(3), MATH1031(3), MATH1032(3), MATH1080(3), MATH1090(4), MATH1130(3), MATH1140(3), MATH1150(3), MATH1160(4), MATH1170(4), MATH1180(5), MATH1190(5), MATH1200(3), MATH1221(5), MATH1222(5), MATH2010(3), MATH2220(5), MATH2300(4), MATH2400(4), PHIL1050(3)
    History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences (Goal Area 5 ) - 3 courses, 9 credits: ANTH1010(3), ANTH1130(3), ANTH1140(3), ECON1050(3), ECON1060(3), ECON1070(3), HIST1010(3), HIST1020(3), HIST1030(3), HIST1110(3), HIST1120(3), HIST1130(3), HIST1140(3), HIST1200(3), HIST1210(3), HIST1220(3), HIST1240(3), HIST1270(3), HIST1700(3), HIST1800(3), HIST1900(1), HIST2500(3), HIST2600(3), HIST2700(3), POLS1100(3), POLS1140(3), POLS1600(3), POLS1700(3), POLS2130(3), PSYC1110(3), PSYC1150(3), PSYC1160(4), PSYC1165(3), PSYC1170(3), PSYC1210(3), PSYC1220(3), PSYC1250(4), PSYC2110(3), PSYC2320(3), PSYC2330(3), PSYC2340(3), PSYC2350(3), SOC1110(3), SOC1710(3), SOC1750(3), SOC2110(3), SOC2200(3), SOC2210(3), SOC2410(3), SOC2730(3)
    Highly recommended:
    (Goals 5 and 8) ANTH 1010, ECON 1060, HIST 1010, HIST 1120, HIST 1130, HIST 1140, HIST 2500, POLS 1100, PSYC 2350 (Goals 5 and 9) ECON 1050, HIST 2600, HIST 2700, POLS 1100, POLS 1140
    Global Perspective (Goal 8) - 1 course: ANTH1010(3), ARBC1030(3), ARBC1101(4), ARBC1102(4), ARBC2201(4), ART1040(3), ART2180(3), ART2190(3), ART2300(2), ASL1101(4), ASL1102(4), ASL2201(4), ASL2202(4), COMM1310(3), COMM1510(3), COMM1710(3), ECON1060(3), ENGL2360(3), ENGL2550(3), ENGL2560(3), ENGL2580(3), ENGL2590(3), GCST1210(3), GCST1211(3), GCST1212(3), GCST1213(3), GEOG1040(3), GEOG1100(3), GEOG1190(3), GERM1030(3), HIST1010(3), HIST1020(3), HIST1030(3), HIST1110(3), HIST1120(3), HIST1130(3), HIST1140(3), HIST2500(3), HUM1210(3), INTD1210(3), INTD1211(3), INTD1212(3), MUSC1220(3), MUSC1300(3), MUSC2170(3), MUSC2180(3), PHIL1010(3), PHIL1030(3), PHIL1060(3), PHIL1070(3), PHIL1210(3), POLS1600(3), POLS1700(3), PSYC2350(3), SOC2410(3), SPAN1030(3), SPAN1101(5), SPAN1102(5), SPAN2201(5), SPAN2202(5), TFT1260(3), TFT1320(3), TFT1710(3)
    Highly recommended courses:
    (Goals 5 and 8) ANTH 1010, ECON 1060, HIST 1010, HIST 1020, HIST 1110, HIST 1120, HIST 1130, HIST 1140, HIST 2500, POLS 1700, PSYC 2350 (Goals 8 and 9) GCST 1213
    Ethical and Civic Responsibility (Goal Area 9) - 1 course: COMM1610(3), COMM1810(3), ECON1050(3), ENGL2390(3), ENGL2950(3), GCST1210(3), GCST1211(3), GCST1212(3), GCST1213(3), GCST1220(2), GCST1320(3), HIST1700(3), HIST2600(3), HIST2700(3), INTD1210(3), INTD1211(3), INTD1212(3), PHIL1020(3), PHIL1070(3), PHIL1110(3), PHIL1200(3), PHIL1210(3), PHIL1220(3), POLS1100(3), POLS1140(3), SOC1130(3)
    Highly Recommended:
    (Goals 5 and 9) ECON 1050, HIST 2600, HIST 2700, POLS 1100, POLS 1140 (Goals 8 and 9) GCST 1213
    People and the Environment (Goal Area 10) - 1 course: ANTH1020(3), ANTH1130(3), BIOL1030(4), BIOL1160(4), BIOL1200(4), BIOL1600(1), BIOL1610(1), CHEM1000(4), CHEM1010(4), ENGL2340(3), GCST1030(3), GCST1040(3), GEOG1010(3), GEOG1190(3), GEOL1010(2), GEOL1020(2), GEOL1030(2), GEOL1040(2), GEOL1120(4), GEOL1150(4), GEOL1160(4), GEOL1850(3), GEOL1851(1), INTD1030(3), INTD1040(3), NSCI1110(4), PHIL1200(3)
    Highly recommended:
    (Goals 3 and 10) ANTH 1020, BIOL 1160, BIOL 1200, BIOL 1610, CHEM 1000, CHEM 1010, GEOG 1010, GEOL / NATS 1100, 1130, 1150, 1160, 1170, 1180, 1200, 1210
    A minimum of 19 credits to fulfill Goal Areas 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, and 10
     
    NHCC Residency and GPA
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    15 Credits must be earned at NHCC
     
                                   Total Credits Required60

  • Program Outcomes

    Knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world, including:

    • identifying in an historical, cultural and societal perspective the genres of theatre with exemplary authors and works

    Intellectual and Practical Skills, including:

    • analyzing and effectively communicating stylistic elements of theatre pieces and significant authors, including structural parameters, language, aesthetic factors, and interdisciplinary requirements
    • demonstrating technical proficiency and artistic synthesis in vocal, physical and emotional development in performance
    • experiencing multiple modern and classical approaches to performance, script interpretation, and character formation
    • using a wide range of creative and critical approaches to relate theatre art to society

    Personal and Social Responsibility, including:

    • the ability to work independently and collaboratively in a highpressure creative environment
    • understanding cultural differences in theatre practices

    Integrative Learning, including:

    • participating in theatrical productions at varied levels including design, makeup, stagecraft, and production
    • demonstrating a required level of proficiency in acting and directing
    • investigating careers in the theatre arts

    Be prepared to transfer to a four year institution in this discipline.

  • Career Opportunities

    Information on careers, including salary and employment outlook data, is available on the iseek and Bureau of Labor Statistics websites: www.iseek.org and www.bls.gov.

  • Transfer Information

    If you are planning on transferring to another institution, follow the guidelines available on our transfer resources web page to help you plan the process: Transfer Information

  • Degree Information

    An Associate of Fine Arts (A.F.A.) degree is intended for students whose primary goal is to complete a program in a designated discipline in fine arts. The A.F.A. degree is designed for transfer to a baccalaureate degree.

    Completion of an A.F.A. degree fulfills the Goal Area 2 requirement of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

    Developmental Coursework Some students may need preparatory course(s) in Math and/or English. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward a degree.

    Equal Opportunity Employer and Disability Access Information North Hennepin Community College is a member of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and an equal opportunity employer and educator. This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 7634930555 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 18006273529.

  • Accreditation

    North Hennepin Community College is accredited by the:
    Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
    30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
    Chicago, IL 60602-2504
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