Course Descriptions

The following is a complete listing of courses offered at MCC. You can also visit our Programs of Study page for a list of course requirements necessary to complete your degree.

AAD - Applied Art and Design
ACC - Accounting
ACD - Alcohol/Chemical Dependency
AGS - Agricultural Studies
ANT - Anthropology
ARA - Arabic/Foreign Language
ART - Art
ASL - American Sign Language/Foreign Language
ATP - Automotive Technology
BIO - Biology
BUS - Business
CDL - Interdisciplinary
CE - Cooperative Education-Disney World
CE - Hospitality
CE - Office Technology
CEL - Leadership
CHE - Chemistry
CHI - Chinese/Foreign Language
CIN - Cinema Studies
CIS - Computer Information Systems
CIT - Civil and Construction Technology
CLT - Clinical Laboratory Technician
COM - Communication
COS - College Success
CPT - Computer Technology
CRC - Computer Related Curricula
CRJ - Criminal Justice
CSC - Computer Science
DAS - Dental Assisting
DEN - Dental Hygiene
EBL - Experience Based Learning
ECE - Education and Early Care
ECO - Economics
EDU - Education
ELT - Electrical Engineering Technology/Electronics
EMS - Emergency Medical Services
ENG - English Literature
ENG - English Writing
ENR - Engineering Science
ESL - English For Speakers Of Other Languages (ESOL)
FPT - Fire Protection Technology
FRE - French/Foreign Language
FSA - Food Service Administration
GEG - Geography
GEO - Geology
GER - German/Foreign Language
GLF - Golf Management
HBR - Hebrew/Foreign Language
HED - Health Education
HEG - Health Education Global
HIM - Health Information Technology
HIS - History
HMN - Humanities
HON - Honors Studies
HPR - Health Professions
HSM - Homeland Security Administration
HSP - Hospitality
HTL - Hotel Technology
HUM - Human Services
HVA - Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning
IDE - Interior Design
ITA - Italian/Foreign Language
JPN - Japanese/Foreign Language
LAW - Law
LDS - Leadership
MAR - Marketing
MET - Mechanical Technology
MFG - Manufacturing Technology: Automation / Robotics
MTH - Mathematics
MUS - Music
NUR - Nursing
OFT - Office Technology
OPT - Optical Systems Technology
PE - Physical Education--Coed
PEC - Physical Education--Coed
PEJ - Physical Education-Criminal Justice
PEM - Physical Education--Men
PEW - Physical Education-Women
PHL - Philosophy
PHO - Photography
PHY - Physics
PLE - Police: Law Enforcement
PLS - Paralegal Studies
POR - Portuguese/Foreign Language
POS - Political Science
PPE - Physical Studies/Physical Education
PSC - Public Safety Communications
PSC - Public Safety Training
PST - Public Safety Training
PSY - Psychology
REA - Reading
SBS - Honors Studies
SBS - Social & Behavioral Sciences
SCI - Science
SCR - Computer Security
SGT - Surgical Technology
SMT - Sports Management
SOC - Sociology
SPA - Spanish/Foreign Language
SPC - Speech Communication
STT - Solar Thermal Technology
SUS - Sustainability Studies
SVL - Service Learning
TAM - Tooling and Machining
TEK - Technology
THE - Theatre
THE 110 - Introduction to the Theatre

3 Credits

A survey of drama and theatre as an art form. Explores playwriting, acting, lighting, makeup, costuming, stagecraft, and theatre history. Three class hours. (SUNY-A)

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate the ability to recognize the various performance styles and genres of theatre production
2. Identify the various occupations of theatre both in the performance realm and technical realm
3. Analyze the work of selected playwrights; both in a visual and dramatic sense
4. Critique a dramatic performance based on performance quality and technical aspects

Course Offered Fall and Spring

THE 111 - Introduction to Technical Theatre

3 Credits

An introductory, broad based study of technical theatre involving stage lighting, scenery construction, and stage rigging. Practical emphasis will be placed on the use of tools and equipment. Course requirements include an assignment in a theatre production. Three class hours. (SUNY-A)

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Identify the necessary hardware and material used in scenic construction
2. Demonstrate proper use of the tools and materials needed to construct the scenic elements of a theatrical show
3. Construct and paint the set to be used in the college's theatrical production
4. Demonstrate effective teamwork in technical theatre as part of the process of mounting a production
5. Write a critique of the technical aspects of the semester's theatrical production
6. Appraise the level of quality in a theatrical production in regard to the professor's standards of technical criteria of success in set design, construction, lighting, sound, costumes, and properties

Course Offered Fall and Spring

THE 112 - Fundamentals of Acting One

3 Credits

Basic acting skills taught through theater games, exercises; and performance of dramatic scenes. Three class hours. (SUNY-A)

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Apply effective vocal and physical techniques to create multi-dimensional characters in theatrical scene work
2. Analyze and perform a character based on objective, tactics, motivation, and relationships
3. Employ artistic judgment regarding the dramatic effectiveness in theatrical scene work and apply that judgment to performance projects in the classroom as well as the major theatrical productions on campus
4. Demonstrate a strength of self-concept and ease in performance situations
5. Perform contrasting monologues (comedic/dramatic/classical/contemporary) in order to explore and compare various characters

Course Offered Fall and Spring

THE 113 - Stage Makeup

3 Credits

The principles and practice of applying stage makeup as used in theatrical production. Three class hours.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Articulate how a makeup design contributes to character and theme of a theatrical production
2. Describe what constitutes an effective makeup design, and state the criteria used to make such judgments
3. Formulate a makeup design concept based on facial anatomy, skin tone, character and theme of play
4. Implement various methods for applying stage makeup according to a design schematic
5. Demonstrate through application various stage makeup designs including: corrective, aging, mimicry, historical, injury effects, animal and fantasy

Course Offered Fall and Spring

THE 115 - Introduction to Theatrical Costuming

3 Credits

This course will introduce students to the art of costuming for the theatre. Students will study costume techniques based on historical, contemporary and fantastical designs and apply the principles of costume design and construction while working with an independent costumer on a college production. One class hour, two lab hours.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Appraise effective costuming in historical, contemporary and fantastical productions through review and written evaluation
2. Design costumes for a specific play based on script and casting
3. Develop costuming techniques (drafting, measuring, sewing, fitting, altering and distressing) through practical application
4. Employ professional strategies while working with an independent costumer for a college production
5. Demonstrate an understanding of costume care, maintenance and dressing during a theatrical performance by working on the costume running crew for a college production

Course Offered Fall only

THE 116 - Stage Lighting Design

3 Credits

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the art and practice of lighting design for the theatre, the course will include lighting equipment and control, script analysis, design methodologies, additive and subtractive color theory, lighting for dance, musicals and alternate theatre. Assignments include theoretical lighting designs and assignment to a theatre production. One class hour, two lab hours.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Identify and describe the parts of stage lighting equipment from a diagram.
2. Demonstrate the basic programming of theatre lighting control systems.
3. Articulate an understanding of the aesthetics of stage lighting.
4. Demonstrate proper installation of stage lighting equipment.
5. Demonstrate the safe use of stage lighting equipment.

Course Offered Spring only

THE 142 - Musical Theatre Rehearsal and Performance

3 Credits

Rehearsal and performance of a musical theatrical production. Students will be required to successfully pass an audition and be cast in a full-length musical production that will be performed for a public audience. May be repeated for additional credit. Three class hours. (SUNY-A)

Prerequisite: Audition or permission from the Instructor.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate effective performance practices at an audition for one of the college's musical theatre productions.
2. Analyze and develop character according to dramatic action of the play while discerning effective tactics, objectives and motivation.
3. Demonstrate effective, professional techniques in both rehearsals and performances.
4. Adjust personal performance according to director’s concept.
5. Describe the hierarchy of a theatrical production including the responsibilities of the director, musical director, stage manager, technical director, actor, and technical staff.
6. Work effectively and professionally with members of the theatre hierarchy.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

THE 147 - Readers' Theatre

3 Credits

The oral interpretation of poetry, prose and playscripts. Process includes analysis of written material and development of the technical skills involved in reading aloud for an audience. Three class hours. (SUNY-H)

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Analyze written material in terms of purpose, point of view, mood, theme, literary devices, setting, persona, syllabic emphasis and focus
2. Compose a validated introduction to a performance of written material based on author intent
3. Implement effective editing techniques in order to prepare written material for the stage
4. Perform various examples of prose, poetry, and dramatic literature with an emphasis on character, insight, voice and movement
5. Evaluate personal performance and peer performances based on character, insight, voice, movement, focus and reaction

Course Offered Spring only

THE 148 - Voice and Diction

3 Credits

This course concentrates on the methods of creating proper articulation, vocal tone, pitch, pace, and resonance; the practical application of breathing, relaxation, tongue and lip placement; and how these elements pertain to voice and diction, The final goal of this course is to instill in the student an awareness of the patterns and styles of speech that are acceptable and, in some instances, demanded upon the acting stage and in the real world. Three class hours.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate an understanding of physical vocal production as it relates to breath support, tone and pronunciation in effective, sustained speech
2. Implement practical relaxation, breathing techniques and vocal exercises that benefit a strong oral performance
3. Analyze written dramatic material for rehearsal and performance in regard to tone, pronunciation, pace and syllabic stress
4. Perform dramatic material using proper projection, clear diction and articulation,
appropriate emotion, tone and pace
5. Evaluate personal spoken oral performance based on reflection of emotion, diction, tone, pace, volume and articulation

Course Offered Fall only

THE 149 - Stage Movement

3 Credits

This course will survey a variety of kinesthetic performance techniques. Students will develop, implement and perform physically expressive theatrical characters and scenarios through spatial awareness and body control. One class hour, two lab hours.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Critique physically expressive techniques in the performing arts (commedia dell’arte, unarmed combat, physical theatre, dance)
2. Describe the relevance of physical movement and body language to character development in a theatrical performance
3. Employ an effective warm-up routine comprised of relaxation, breathing and stretching exercises
4. Demonstrate spatial awareness through exercises in mime, pantomime, mask work and unarmed stage combat
5. Develop scenework according to the principles of effective stage movement
6. Perform original scenarios rich in physical expression

Course Offered Spring only

THE 160 - Touring Theatre Troupe

3 Credits

The student will participate in the conceptualization, rehearsal, and performance of a theatrical production for a public audience at an off-campus venue. This course may be repeated. One hundred thirty-five experiential hours.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Synthesize theatrical skills to create a theatrical production at an off-campus venue
2. Employ professional practices in production meeting, rehearsal, or performance situations
3. Explain the hierarchy of a theatrical company
4. Apply professional theatrical skills and techniques to work cooperatively with members of Rochester's theatre community

Course Offered Summer only

THE 190 - Theatre Rehearsal and Performance

3 Credits

Rehearsal and performance of a non-musical theatrical production. Students will be required to successfully pass an audition and be cast in a full-length theatrical production that will be performed for a public audience. May be repeated for additional credit. Three class hours. (SUNY-A)

Prerequisite: Audition and/or permission of the instructor.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate effective performance practices at an audition for one of the college productions
2. Analyze the script in regard to character motivation.
3. Demonstrate effective, professional techniques in both rehearsals and performances
4. Demonstrate the ability to adjust personal performance according to director’s concept
5. Describe the hierarchy of a theatrical production including the responsibilities of the director, musical director, stage manager, technical director, actor, and technical staff
6. Use interpersonal skills and professional techniques to work effectively within a theatrical company
7. Develop a character based on dramatic action of the play, objectives, and effective tactics.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

THE 211 - Theatre Production Laboratory

3 Credits

The purpose of this course is to give the student insight and practical understanding of the skills necessary to be successful in the high-pressure environment and lifestyle of a theatre production. Practical experience in theatre is achieved by successfully completing a crew assignment on one of the college's theatre products. Technical aspects of a production include scenery, lighting, costumes, stage management, and artistic management. Specific assignments to production areas are made by a Visual and Performing Arts Department instructor based on student requests and production needs. Students will be expected to spend a minimum of eight (8) hours per week in supervised contract learning situations.

Permission of VAPA Theatre Faculty Member

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate proficiency at one of the basic technical theatre skills; stage lighting, scenery construction, stage rigging, stage management etc.
2. Demonstrate the theatrical process through a reflective journal.
3. Evaluate critically the work of a production team and stage crew.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

THE 212 - Fundamentals of Acting Two

3 Credits

This course will allow student actors to explore character and relationships through character analysis, script analysis, rehearsal and performance. Much focus will be on scene study and "Method” Acting. Three class hours. (SUNY-A)

Prerequisite: THE 112.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Create and employ vocal and physical connections with the text in order to maximize character development and dramatic integrity of a scene.
2. Analyze character relationships within a scene.
3. Illustrate character objectives, tactics, and motivation according to character relationships and dramatic action of the play.
4. Perform a variety of scenes (contemporary, classical, comedic and dramatic) for an audience of peers.
5. Prepare a written critique of a college production in regard to actors’ performances, director’s concept, technical elements and audience reaction.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

TOY - Toyota
TRS - Transitional Studies
TVL - Travel And Tourism
XRT - Radiologic Technology