Independent Studies

TH 371 and TH 372, INDEPENDENT STUDY (3 semester hours) are designed for special advanced study and project work. This is an opportunity to either pursue a field of study not covered by existing courses or to explore areas of performance, directing, design, etc. through practical application with faculty guidance. All independent study proposals require a faculty sponsor and the permission of the department.

An independent study is proposed by the student with the assistance of an appropriate faculty sponsor willing to offer guidance and support. A departmental form is available for this proposal. A full rationale is required indicating the goals and scope of the project. Previous course work which relates to this experience should be included. There must also be an indication of the process by which the work will be pursued with reference to the proposed working relationship between student and faculty member. Meeting hours are to be arranged.

Upon submission to the department, the proposal is discussed by the entire faculty. The student might be requested to attend a faculty meeting in order to clarify any issues. Upon approval by the department the necessary college forms (available form the Office of Academic Advising) are submitted by the student.

These courses may be repeated for credit, but only one independent study course may be taken in any given semester. The course may or may not be credited as a liberal arts course at the discretion of both the department (and, in exceptional instances, the Curriculum Committee of the college).

Independent study proposals should be submitted as early as possible before registration in order to allow sufficient time for departmental review.


Examples of Independent Study Courses
  • Design, preparation and performance of a series of monologues focusing on the role of the mother in Brecht's plays.
  • An investigation and comparison of the colormetrics of available color media for stage lighting.
  • The preparation of preliminary drawings, drafting, renderings and models for Puccini's La Boheme.
  • Study of the directing techniques of Robert Wilson.
  • Lighting design for the studio production of Table Manners.
  • Creation and analysis of surveys investigating the appreciation and understanding of Skidmore theater productions by attending audience members.
  • "Paper" design projects which do not involve production work.