Kara Elizabeth Thomson

Residential Faculty - Design for Theatre & Film

Program Director :

Exercise Science

Communication, Theatre & Film Arts

Office: TH 29 - Room: 24

480-461-7975

Classes Taught

Fall 2023

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
18365
Dobson Campus
Hybrid
Lecture
08/22/2023 - 12/15/2023
Tu
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

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 18365 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.

Course Notes: Students in this class 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
18358
Dobson Campus
Hybrid
Lecture
08/23/2023 - 12/15/2023
We
11:00 AM - 11:50 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 18358 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
19598
Dobson Campus
Hybrid
Lecture
08/23/2023 - 12/15/2023
We
12:00 PM - 12:50 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

THO268 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.

Course Notes: Students in this class 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
19085
Dobson Campus
Hybrid
Lecture/Lab
08/22/2023 - 12/15/2023
TuTh
1:30 PM - 3:10 PM

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 19085 Students may contact instructor at: kara.thomson@mesacc.edu and adriana.diaz@mesacc.edu

Class 19085 This class requires outside lab time to be arranged with the instructor.

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
19281
Dobson Campus
Hybrid
Lecture
08/24/2023 - 12/15/2023
Th
10:30 AM - 12:10 PM

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 19281 Students may contact instructor at: kara.thomson@mesacc.edu

Lab Notes: Students registering for class 19281 must also register for one of .

THP296WC Cooperative Education 3 Credits

Work-college experiences that involve the combined efforts of educators and employers to accomplish an outcome related to the career objectives of the students.

Prerequisites: Completion of 12 college credits, min 2.6 gpa and obtain a position related to academic or career goals or permission of Instructor. Corequisites: At least 1 class related to major or career interest or with permission of the Instructor.

Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
20401
Dobson Campus

Instructor Office

Independent Study
Lab
08/21/2023 - 10/13/2023

Class Ended

Notes: Class 20401 Students may contact instructor for more information at kara.thomson@mesacc.edu

Fall Flex Start 2023

THO202AD Theatre Production Advanced Projects 1 Credits

The objective of this course is to provide hands-on experience in the creation of a theatrical production. This course is tailored around the work done in a leadership role on a theatrical production. Structured to provide the student with an atmosphere of professional expertise and guidance. Professional-type facilities and equipment are made available for student use. Prerequisites: None.

Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
37132
Dobson Campus

SD Instructor Office

In Person
Lab
10/16/2023 - 12/15/2023

Class Started

Notes: Class 37132 This section is for students completing an advanced Theatre project only.

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
20077
Dobson Campus

Scene shop

In Person
Lab
09/05/2023 - 12/15/2023
Tu
8:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Closed

Lecture Notes: Students registering for class 20077 must also register for .

19340
Dobson Campus

Scene shop

In Person
Lab
09/06/2023 - 12/15/2023
We
8:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Closed

Notes: Class 19340 Students may contact instructor at jesse.soper@mesacc.edu

Lecture Notes: Students registering for class 19340 must also register for .

Spring 2024

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.

Course Notes: DAN210 is offered only in the Spring Semester.

Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
27900
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lecture/Lab
01/16/2024 - 05/10/2024
TuTh
10:30 AM - 12:10 PM

Closed

No Seats Available

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.

Course Notes: Students in this class 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
27700
Dobson Campus
Hybrid
Lecture
01/17/2024 - 05/10/2024
We
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Open

12 of 16
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 27700 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
28512
Dobson Campus
Hybrid
Lecture
01/17/2024 - 05/10/2024
We
12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

Open

14 of 16
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 28512 Students may contact the instructor at: kara.thomson@mesacc.edu

THO296WA Cooperative Education 1 Credits

Work-college experiences that involve the combined efforts of educators and employers to accomplish an outcome related to the career objectives of the students.

Prerequisites: Completion of 12 college credits, min 2.6 gpa and obtain a position related to academic or career goals or permission of Instructor. Corequisites: At least 1 class related to major or career interest or with permission of the Instructor.

Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
33728
Dobson Campus

SD Instructor Office

Independent Study
Lab
01/17/2024 - 05/10/2024

Open

4 of 5
Seats Available

Notes: 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
29011
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lecture
01/16/2024 - 05/10/2024
TuTh
10:30 AM - 12:10 PM

Closed

No Seats Available

Lab Notes: Students registering for class 29011 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
27639
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lecture/Lab
01/16/2024 - 05/10/2024
TuTh
1:30 PM - 3:10 PM

Open

4 of 16
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
29013
Dobson Campus
Hybrid
Lecture/Lab
01/16/2024 - 03/07/2024
TuTh
12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

Open

16 of 16
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 29013 Students may contact instructor at mace.archer@mesacc.edu or kara.thomson@mesacc.edu

Spring Flex Start 2024

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
29004
Dobson Campus
Hybrid
Lecture
01/22/2024 - 05/10/2024
Mo
11:00 AM - 11:50 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 29004 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
29046
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lab
01/29/2024 - 05/10/2024
Mo
1:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Closed

Lecture Notes: Students registering for class 29046 must also register for .

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