Communication Studies and Theatre (CST) at Northern Virginia Community College


         
 
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CST 90 - Coordinated Internship
Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the college.
Credit/practice ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
CST 100 - Principles of Public Speaking
Applies theory and principles of public address with an emphasis on preparation and on the extemporaneous method of delivery. The assignments in the course require college-level reading and analysis of scholarly studies and coherent communication through written reports, including the production of at least one APA/MLA-formatted individual writing assignment. This is a UCGS transfer course.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits
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CST 110 - Introduction to Human Communication
Examines the elements affecting human communication in individual (e.g., intrapersonal, interpersonal), small group, and public communication contexts with an emphasis on the practice of communication skills in each context. The assignments in the course require college-level reading and analysis of scholarly studies and coherent communication through written reports including the production of at least one APA/MLA-formatted individual writing assignment. This is a UCGS transfer course.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits
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CST 111 - Voice and Diction I
Enables students to improve pronunciation, articulation, and voice quality. Includes applied phonetics. Part I of II.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
CST 115 - Small Group Communication
Emphasizes the development of presentational ability in a group, decision-making, group maintenance, and leadership and participant skills. Incorporates a preliminary study of group dynamics.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits
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CST 120 - Screenwriting
Focuses on the craft of writing for the screen. Examines film and television screenplay structure. Analyzes dramatic strategies in film and television. Learn and apply correct script form and creatively engage in the various stages of original scriptwriting.This course is cross-listed with PHT 120. Credit will not be awarded for both.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits
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CST 126 - Interpersonal Communication
Teaches interpersonal communication skills for both daily living and the world of work, including perception, self- concept, self-disclosure, listening and feedback, nonverbal communication, attitudes, assertiveness, and other interpersonal skills. The assignments in the course require college-level reading and analysis of scholarly studies and coherent communication through written reports including the production of at least one APA/MLA-formatted individual writing assignment.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits
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CST 130 - Introduction to the Theatre
Surveys the principles of drama, the development of theatre production, and selected plays to acquaint the student with various types of theatrical presentations. This is a Passport and UCGS transfer course.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
CST 131 - Acting I
Introduces students to the craft of acting. Covers the practice of physical and vocal warm-ups, improvisation exercises, individual and group scenes, and analytical skills. Develops presence and communication skills. Provides students with introductory exposure to a variety of acting concepts. Part I of IV.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hour. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
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CST 132 - Acting II
Extends students' understanding of the craft of acting. Builds on Acting I skills through individual and group text work that include practice listening, point-of-view recognition, personalization, and text analysis. Part II of IV.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hour. Total 4 hours per week.
Prerequisite: CST 131
3 credits
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CST 136 - Theatre Workshop
Provides students with the opportunity to work in various activities of a play, dance or musical production, including, but not limited to, performance, dramaturgy, orchestra, set design, stage carpentry, sound, costuming, lighting, stage managing, props, promotion, or stage crew. Variable hours per week. May be repeated for credit. This course is cross-listed with DAN 136 and MUS 129.
Laboratory 2 hours.
Prerequisite: Previous performance experience is recommended.
1 credits
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CST 137 - Oral Interpretation
Studies the theory and practice of performing various types of literature: prose, poetry, and drama. Emphasizes the relationship among the oral interpreter, the literary work, and the audience.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
CST 140 - Acting for the Camera
Explores the practical and artistic elements involved in acting for the camera through such activities as: performance of commercial, film and television scripts, developing knowledge of the technical side of camera work and the study of the business of acting.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
CST 141 - Theatre Appreciation I
Aims to increase knowledge and enjoyment of theatre. Considers process, style, organization, written drama, and performed drama. Part I of II.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
CST 145 - Technical Theatre
Introduces students to the fundamental methods, materials and techniques involved in all areas of technical theatre production, such as sound, lighting, costuming, stage management and props, with an emphasis on scenic construction
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hour. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
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CST 151 - Film Appreciation I
Provides students with a critical understanding of film through the discussion and viewing of motion pictures with emphasis upon the study of film history and the forms and functions of film. Students will develop skills to analyze the shared social, cultural and historical influences of films and their contexts. Part I of II. This is a Passport and UCGS transfer course.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
CST 152 - Film Appreciation II
Provides students with a critical understanding of film through the discussion and viewing of motion pictures with emphasis upon the study of film history and the forms and functions of film. Students will develop skills to analyze the shared social, cultural and historical influences of films and their contexts. Part II of II.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
CST 160 - Improvisation I
Explores the basic techniques of improvisation through short and long form exercises and the study of the history of improvisation and improvisation theory and practices.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
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CST 161 - Improvisation II
Explores the basic techniques of improvisation through short and long form exercises and the study of the history of improvisation and improvisation theory and practices. Includes more extensive study of long form and in-depth character development.
Lecture 2 hour. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
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CST 193 - Studies In
Covers new content not covered in existing courses in the discipline. Allows instructor to explore content and instructional methods to assess the course's viability as a permanent offering.
Variable hours per week.
1-5 credits
CST 196 - On-Site Training
Specializes in career orientation and training program without pay in selected businesses and industry, supervised and coordinated by the college.
Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
CST 198 - Seminar and Project
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field. May be repeated for credit.
Variable hours.
1-5 credits
CST 199 - Supervised Study
Assigns problems for independent study incorporating previous instruction and supervised by the instructor. May be repeated for credit.
Variable hours.
1-5 credits
CST 201 - Introduction to Communication Theory and Research
Introduces the field of communication, emphasizing perspectives on theory and research, topical areas within the discipline, basic research methodologies, and a survey of theories in those areas. Covers basic procedures for theory-building, research, and writing about communication.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits
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CST 227 - Business and Professional Communication
Emphasizes principles and practical application to effective professional oral communication behaviors to include speaking, listening, and relating, and rhetorical sensitivity within professional, business, and organizational contexts.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
CST 229 - Intercultural Communication
Explores human communication across cultural contexts and introduces the study of intercultural communication. Prepares students to communicate effectively within an increasingly multicultural world and globalized era. Develops understanding and analytical skills regarding communication across cultural contexts.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits
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CST 241 - Introduction to Directing I
Introduces theory and practice of stage direction through the study of directing methods as well as the execution and discussion of directing exercises. Part I of II.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
Prerequisites: CST 131-132 or SPD 131-132 or divisional approval.
3 credits
CST 250 - The Art of the Film
Introduces the art of the film through a survey of film history; viewing, discussion, and analysis of selected films. Studies film techniques such as composition, shot sequence, lighting, visual symbolism, sound effects, and editing.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
CST 251 - Stage Lighting and Sound
Provides students with a basic understanding of the principles of stage lighting and sound. Instructs students in the fundamentals of stage lighting such as: functions of lighting, qualities of light, design, basic electricity, lighting instruments and equipment, board operation, and safety. Instructs students in the functions of sound, equipment, design, and sound operation.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
CST 253 - Production and Stage Management
Provides students with a working knowledge of theatre management such as: theatre organization, budgeting, box office, publicity, house management, and stage management. Offers students an opportunity to work in college theatre productions.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
CST 270 - Film Directing
Introduces theory and practice of film directing. Explores the roles and responsibilities of the director in development, pre-production, production, post-production, distribution and exhibition phases of the filmmaking process for Cinema and other media. Covers mise en scene, how to interpret a script visually and how to work with actors.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
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CST 290 - Coordinated Internship
Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the college.
Credit/practice ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
CST 293 - Studies In
Covers new content not covered in existing courses in the discipline. Allows instructor to explore content and instructional methods to assess the course's viability as a permanent offering.
Variable hours per week.
1-5 credits
CST 295 - Topics In
Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students. May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
Variable hours per week.
1-5 credits
CST 297 - Cooperative Educaton
Supervises in on-the-job training for pay in approved business, industrial and service firms, coordinated by the college's cooperative education office. Is applicable to all occupational- technical curricula at the discretion of the college. Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit.
Variable hours.
1-5 credits
CST 298 - Seminar and Project
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field. May be repeated for credit.
Variable hours.
1-5 credits
CST 299 - Supervised Study
Assigns problems for independent study incorporating previous instruction and supervised by the instructor. May be repeated for credit.
Variable hours.
1-5 credits