Kara Elizabeth Thomson

Residential Faculty - Design for Theatre & Film

Program Director :

Speech-Theatre

Exercise Science

Communication, Theatre & Film Arts

Office: TH 29 - Room: 24

480-461-7975

Classes Taught

Fall 2022

THE111 Introduction to Theatre 3 Credits
A survey of theatre, including basic elements and principles of production, styles, and/or historical perspectives of theatre, dramatic literature, and criticism. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
29597
Dobson Campus
Hybrid
Lecture
08/23/2022 - 12/16/2022
Tu
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Closed

Notes: Hybrid classes include face-to-face format on campus at the time listed in the class schedule. The other part will be held online either without a set time to attend or a Live Online session. Students enrolling in a hybrid class acknowledge they already possess the skills described in the Minimum Computer and Technology Requirements at https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 29597 Students may contact instructor at: kara.thomson@mesacc.edu

THF205 Introduction to Cinema 3 Credits
Survey of the history and development of the art of motion pictures, including criticism of aesthetic and technical elements. Prerequisites: None.
Due to COVID related campus lab closures, students will be provided an Adobe Creative Cloud account tied to their MEID username, for home use on PC or Mac computers (smartphone or tablet mobile devices are not supported) during the duration of this course. Students should review the minimum configuration requirements to run Adobe CC on their personal device at: https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/system-requirements.html. Your instructor will provide login directions on the first day of class.
General Education Designations: Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
29590
Dobson Campus
Hybrid
Lecture
08/24/2022 - 12/16/2022
We
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Class Started

Notes: Hybrid classes include face-to-face format on campus at the time listed in the class schedule. The other part will be held online either without a set time to attend or a Live Online session. Students enrolling in a hybrid class acknowledge they already possess the skills described in the Minimum Computer and Technology Requirements at https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 29590 Students are required to have access to a webcam and microphone unless otherwise specified. Students may contact instructor at: kara.thomson@mesacc.edu

THF210 Contemporary Cinema 3 Credits
A study of contemporary films, directors and critics with emphasis on evaluating film as an art form. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
31090
Dobson Campus
Hybrid
Lecture
08/24/2022 - 12/16/2022
We
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Class Started

Notes: Hybrid classes include face-to-face format on campus at the time listed in the class schedule. The other part will be held online either without a set time to attend or a Live Online session. Students enrolling in a hybrid class acknowledge they already possess the skills described in the Minimum Computer and Technology Requirements at https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Students may contact instructor at kara.thomson@mesacc.edu

THP213 Introduction to Technical Theatre 4 Credits
Procedures of technical theatre production and demonstration. Topics include design and construction of scenery, lighting, and properties. Prerequisites: None.
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
30669
Dobson Campus
Hybrid
Lecture
08/25/2022 - 12/16/2022
Th
10:30 AM - 12:10 PM

Class Started

Notes: Hybrid classes include face-to-face format on campus at the time listed in the class schedule. The other part will be held online either without a set time to attend or a Live Online session. Students enrolling in a hybrid class acknowledge they already possess the skills described in the Minimum Computer and Technology Requirements at https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 30669 Students may contact instructor at: kara.thomson@mesacc.edu

Lab Notes: Students registering for class 30669 must also register for one of .
THP268 Opportunities in Production 3 Credits
Provides the continuing design student, dramaturge, stage management, technical director, and directing students with opportunities to expand the versatility of professional skills. Emphasis on relating their work to the total production process. Linking design ideas to production concept. Maintain dramaturge, stage manager, director documentation. Practical application of student work for portfolio development.
Prerequisites: Permission of Department or Division.
Due to COVID related campus lab closures, students will be provided an Adobe Creative Cloud account tied to their MEID username, for home use on PC or Mac computers (smartphone or tablet mobile devices are not supported) during the duration of this course. Students should review the minimum configuration requirements to run Adobe CC on their personal device at: https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/system-requirements.html. Your instructor will provide login directions on the first day of class.
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
30437
Dobson Campus
Hybrid
Lecture/Lab
08/23/2022 - 12/16/2022
TuTh
1:30 PM - 3:10 PM

Class Started

Notes: Hybrid classes include face-to-face format on campus at the time listed in the class schedule. The other part will be held online either without a set time to attend or a Live Online session. Students enrolling in a hybrid class acknowledge they already possess the skills described in the Minimum Computer and Technology Requirements at https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 30437 Students may contact instructor at: kara.thomson@mesacc.edu and adriana.diaz@mesacc.edu

Class 30437 This class requires outside lab time to be arranged with the instructor.

Fall Flex Start 2022

THP267 Painting Techniques for Film, TV and Theatre 3 Credits
Theory and skills in scenic artistry. Techniques of painting two-dimensional and three-dimensional scenery, tools, and the use of color.
Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in THP213.
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
36289
Dobson Campus
Scene shop
Hybrid
Lecture/Lab
09/09/2022 - 12/16/2022
Fr
12:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Class Started

Notes: Hybrid classes include face-to-face format on campus at the time listed in the class schedule. The other part will be held online either without a set time to attend or a Live Online session. Students enrolling in a hybrid class acknowledge they already possess the skills described in the Minimum Computer and Technology Requirements at https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Spring 2023

DAN210 Dance Production I 3 Credits
Introduction to the elements of pre-production and production, including but not limited to production organization, production management, lighting design, and sound design as they relate to the art of dance. Prerequisites: None.
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
29739
Dobson Campus
Hybrid
Lecture/Lab
01/19/2023 - 05/12/2023
Th
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Open

11 of 12
Seats Available

Notes: Hybrid classes include face-to-face format on campus at the time listed in the class schedule. The other part will be held online either without a set time to attend or a Live Online session. Students enrolling in a hybrid class acknowledge they already possess the skills described in the Minimum Computer and Technology Requirements at https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

THE111 Introduction to Theatre 3 Credits
A survey of theatre, including basic elements and principles of production, styles, and/or historical perspectives of theatre, dramatic literature, and criticism. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
30976
Dobson Campus
Hybrid
Lecture
01/17/2023 - 05/12/2023
Tu
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Open

9 of 12
Seats Available

Notes: Hybrid classes include face-to-face format on campus at the time listed in the class schedule. The other part will be held online either without a set time to attend or a Live Online session. Students enrolling in a hybrid class acknowledge they already possess the skills described in the Minimum Computer and Technology Requirements at https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 30976 Students may contact instructor at kara.thomson@mesacc.edu

THF205 Introduction to Cinema 3 Credits
Survey of the history and development of the art of motion pictures, including criticism of aesthetic and technical elements. Prerequisites: None.
Due to COVID related campus lab closures, students will be provided an Adobe Creative Cloud account tied to their MEID username, for home use on PC or Mac computers (smartphone or tablet mobile devices are not supported) during the duration of this course. Students should review the minimum configuration requirements to run Adobe CC on their personal device at: https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/system-requirements.html. Your instructor will provide login directions on the first day of class.
General Education Designations: Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
29524
Dobson Campus
Hybrid
Lecture
01/18/2023 - 05/12/2023
We
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Open

10 of 11
Seats Available

Notes: Hybrid classes include face-to-face format on campus at the time listed in the class schedule. The other part will be held online either without a set time to attend or a Live Online session. Students enrolling in a hybrid class acknowledge they already possess the skills described in the Minimum Computer and Technology Requirements at https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 29524 Students may contact the instructor at: kara.thomson@mesacc.edu

THF210 Contemporary Cinema 3 Credits
A study of contemporary films, directors and critics with emphasis on evaluating film as an art form. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
30394
Dobson Campus
Hybrid
Lecture
01/18/2023 - 05/12/2023
We
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Open

11 of 12
Seats Available

Notes: Hybrid classes include face-to-face format on campus at the time listed in the class schedule. The other part will be held online either without a set time to attend or a Live Online session. Students enrolling in a hybrid class acknowledge they already possess the skills described in the Minimum Computer and Technology Requirements at https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 30394 Students may contact the instructor at: kara.thomson@mesacc.edu

THP213 Introduction to Technical Theatre 4 Credits
Procedures of technical theatre production and demonstration. Topics include design and construction of scenery, lighting, and properties. Prerequisites: None.
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
30988
Dobson Campus
Hybrid
Lecture
01/19/2023 - 05/12/2023
Th
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Open

11 of 12
Seats Available

Notes: Hybrid classes include face-to-face format on campus at the time listed in the class schedule. The other part will be held online either without a set time to attend or a Live Online session. Students enrolling in a hybrid class acknowledge they already possess the skills described in the Minimum Computer and Technology Requirements at https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Lab Notes: Students registering for class 30988 must also register for one of .
THP217 Introduction to Design Scenography 3 Credits
The role of the theatre designer in creating scenic, lighting, costume, sound, and multimedia effects for stage productions. Elements of the design process and communication of dramatic themes and visions to the audience. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
29463
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lecture/Lab
01/17/2023 - 05/12/2023
TuTh
1:30 PM - 3:10 PM

Open

9 of 12
Seats Available

THP282 Production And Acting II 3 Credits
Provides the continuing acting student with opportunities to expand the versatility of characterization skills. Emphasis on relating the actor's work to the total production process. Performance of monologues, scenes, and one-act plays.
Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in THP281, or permission of Department or Division.
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
30991
Dobson Campus
Hybrid
Lecture/Lab
01/17/2023 - 03/08/2023
TuTh
12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

Open

10 of 10
Seats Available

Notes: Hybrid classes include face-to-face format on campus at the time listed in the class schedule. The other part will be held online either without a set time to attend or a Live Online session. Students enrolling in a hybrid class acknowledge they already possess the skills described in the Minimum Computer and Technology Requirements at https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 30991 Students may contact instructor at mace.archer@mesacc.edu or kara.thomson@mesacc.edu

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