NHCC | North Hennepin Community College

Course Descriptions

TFT 1110    The NHCC Filmmaking Project: Student Activity Class     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

The North Star Film Project (TFT 1110) is a student activity class in which students will meet at least one hour per week in a laboratory format to produce short films from scripts written in the NHCC Introduction to Screenwriting each spring. Participating students learn about planning, rewriting, shooting, editing, and mixing a film into a finished product, ready for viewing. Students in this class may repeat it for credit, and may also participate in the Capstone version of the class for 3 credits once they have completed the prerequisites for that version of the class (TFT 2110).



TFT 1200    Theatre in the Twin Cities     Credits  3         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

Students attend performances of plays in order to understand the elements of theatrical and dramatic production. Students develop criteria for the evaluation of productions as they explore the complexities of theatre and its reflection of society. They also examine their own biases and value systems and how they affect their evaluation processes regarding artistic, societal, and personal points of view.



TFT 1210    Introduction to Theatre     Credits  3         Goal Areas  06,07     View Course Outline

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.



TFT 1250    Introduction to Film     Credits  3         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

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.



TFT 1260    Introduction to Television     Credits  3         Goal Areas  06,08     View Course Outline

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.



TFT 1270    Digital Video Production     Credits  3         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

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.



TFT 1280    Introduction to Screenwriting     Credits  3         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

This course is an introduction to screenwriting, dealing with the basics of drama, story, character, structure, dialogue, and meaning. It explores these elements with writing exercises that develop skills in plotting, exposition, suspense, and action. It focuses on visual storytelling, helping students to discover observable actions and images that can convey ideas effectively, while constantly emphasizing how well-developed characters' needs and wants drive the structure and conflict of an engaging story. It is intended to acquaint students with the craft of screenwriting; to be a beginning course in the field that will help prepare students for further work.



TFT 1290    Design for Theatre     Credits  3         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

This course is an examination of how theatre design (set, costume, properties, and lighting) are used to support the production of a play. The elements of design- line, texture, color, and form- are explored as they have been and are currently used by designers and directors for theatrical productions. Students analyze dramatic literature and create design projects.



TFT 1310    American Cinema     Credits  3         Goal Areas  06,07     View Course Outline

American Cinema is a class in which students look at American films that have played a role in American film history from its beginnings to the present. They explore America's filmmaking history and its contributions to American culture, specifically considering the many diverse communities portrayed in these films as well as filmmakers from these often minority communities. These selections include films by or about African Americans, Asian Americans, Latino Americans, Native Americans, GLBT Americans, and the contributions of American Women throughout film history. The course consists of viewing, analyzing, discussing and writing about American films as a means of understanding the impact of these works on our diverse American culture.



TFT 1320    World Cinema     Credits  3         Goal Areas  06,08     View Course Outline

World Cinema is a class in which students look at films from around the world. They explore various non-English-speaking countries' contributions to filmmaking and world culture that have been made by these countries' films. They look at two films from each country studied: one that exemplifies the historical/cultural concept that is associated with that country's films and one contemporary film from that country. The course consists of viewing, analyzing, discussing and writing about films from other cultures films as a means of understanding the impact of these works on our own as well as other cultures.



TFT 1350    The American Musical Theatre     Credits  3         Goal Areas  06,07     View Course Outline

American Musical Theatre is designed to enlighten the learner about the basics of musical theatre production and its genesis as a uniquely American art form. Also, the course will take a close look at the context in which these musicals were created and how they challenged society at that time. In addition, the course will examine the writing of the book, lyrics and music of many shows in an attempt to better analyze and evaluate the content.



TFT 1500    Acting I: Improvisation and Foundations     Credits  3         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

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.



TFT 1510    Foundations of Acting: Stage Movement and Voice     Credits  3         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

This course is an exploration of character development through the use of voice and movement. Emphasis is placed on vocal development, using rhythm, pitch and dialects to create more effective performances. Enhancing the movement aspect of any performance, a valuable and often underutilized tool for the actor, begins with expanding the student's physical confidence on stage and eventually moves to a more energetic and focused use of the space within which the performance must take place.



TFT 1520    Acting II: Building Characters     Credits  3         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

Students select plays and their characters to research, analyze, evaluate, write about, and present or demonstrate character analysis, posture, movement, non-verbal communication, vocal variety, projection, and personal experience and awareness. Students are encouraged to take TFT 1500 (Acting 1: Improvisations and Foundations) before taking this class.



TFT 1531    Stage Combat I     Credits  3         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

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.



TFT 1532    Stage Combat II     Credits  3         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

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.



TFT 1540    Acting for the Camera     Credits  3         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

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.



TFT 1600    Theatre Practicum: Performance     Credits  1-3         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

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



TFT 1610    Theatre Practicum: Technical     Credits  0         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

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



TFT 1710    Oral Interpretation and Traditions     Credits  3         Goal Areas  01,08     View Course Outline

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.



TFT 1990    Theater, Film, and Television Special Topics     Credits  1-4         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course will provide flexibility in offering an in-depth review of topics of immediate importance and topical interest. These topics will go beyond the introductory courses in examining specific aspects of the subject matter.



TFT 2010    Fundamentals of Directing     Credits  3         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

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, TFT 1540, TFT 1210, TFT 1250, or instructor permission.



TFT 2110    The NHCC Filmmaking Project: Capstone Class     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

The North Star Film Project: Capstone Class (TFT 2110) is an academic class in which film degree candidates shoot the short films they wrote in the Introduction to Screenwriting class. Students meet at least one hour per week in a laboratory format and produce their short films, learning to plan, rewrite, cast, shoot, edit, and mix their films into finished products, ready for viewing. Students in this class may have already participated in the North Star Film Project: Student Activity Class (TFT 1110). Students in the Student Activity Class (TFT 1110) function as actors and crew for those in the Capstone Class. Students in the AA Film Emphasis degree program should have done the following before taking this class: - a completed short film script from the Introduction to Screenwriting class (TFT 1280); - completed the Digital Video class (TFT1270); and. - completed the Fundamentals of Directing class, (TFT 2010).



TFT 2500    Playwrighting     Credits  3         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

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 play wrighting. Prerequisites: Engl 1900



TFT 2950    Theatre Appreciation Field Trip     Credits  1-3         Goal Areas  06     View Course Outline

This class gives students an opportunity to attend theatre productions and explore back-stage theatre operations. Students will learn the components of dramatic production and establish a basis for evaluation of a production. May be repeated for credit.