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The Utah State Theatre Core divides the goals of theatre education into four theatre standards which are Script Writing, Acting, Designing/Implementing, and Constructing Meaning. The standards organize the curriculum into manageable and related units and guide the student through a rich experience with theatre. Each standard is broken into objectives, each objective into indicators. The individual courses are presented in a portfolio format to facilitate student progress and to encourage the support of parents, teachers, and classmates.

Listed below are all of the courses presented in the Theatre Core Curriculum. There may be additional, elective courses available in some schools. Each course earns a .5 credit.

Foundations I

There are two basic goals in theatre education: finding meaning in works of theatre art through the study and appreciation of theatre as an art form, and constructing meaning in works of theatre art through the study and skill development of theatre techniques in the creation of that theatre art. This is the entry-level course that introduces these two concepts. No prerequisite course is required. 

Foundations II

There are two basic goals in theatre education: finding meaning in works of theatre art through the study and appreciation of theatre as an art form, and constructing meaning in works of theatre art through the study and skill development of theatre techniques in the creation of that theatre art. To these concepts this course adds depth as well as breadth through the study of dramatic unity, comparison and integration of art forms, analysis and critique of performance, and understanding of context and the effect of history and culture on character action. The prerequisite for this course is

Foundations I.

Foundations III

There are two basic goals in theatre education: finding meaning in works of theatre art through the study and appreciation of theatre as an art form, and constructing meaning in works of theatre art through the study and skill development of theatre techniques in the creation of that theatre art. To these concepts this course adds depth as well as breadth through the study of production unity, character conflict, character motivation through movement and voice, projecting mood and feelings, trust, the design concepts of visualization and technology, researching a script, variety in art forms, assessing performance effectiveness, and famous theatre professionals. The prerequisite for this course is Foundations I or II.

Foundations IV

There are two basic goals in theatre education: finding meaning in works of theatre art through the study and appreciation of theatre as an art form, and constructing meaning in works of theatre art through the study and skill development of theatre techniques in the creation of that theatre art. To these concepts this course adds depth as well as breadth through the study of scripting suspense; establishing historical and cultural worlds (Shakespeare); using accents and dialects; emotional connection; subtext; symbolic design; theatre careers; the directing concepts of vision, staging, and producing; play reviews; arts integration within a dramatic presentation; and advanced theatre assessment strategies. The prerequisite for this course is Foundations I, II, or III.