Bachelor of Arts in Comedic Arts

The Comedic Arts program at California Baptist University prepares students to enter the fields of comedy, performance, technical artistry and writing for film, television, live performance of the internet. This program emphasizes the history and principles of comedy as it relates to our lives, as well as multiple cultures and peoples worldwide. Students will discover and develop their individual and unique comic voice.

Why CBU?

As one of only three B.A. Comedic Arts programs in the nation (and the closest one to Hollywood!), this program will develop the writing and performance skill that are requisites for success with the competitive comedic arts industry.

Career Opportunities

  1. Variety/Situation Comedy Script Writer
  2. Feature Film Writer
  3. Comedy Actor
  4. Playwright
  5. Stand-up Comedy Performer

Links

  1. http://www.sagaftra.org
  2. http://www.redskelton.com
  • Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Apply comedic theory and methodology. 
    2. Build upon the foundations of comedic performance.
    3. Develop a personal comedic voice.
    4. Apply analytic skills and vocabulary to the study and creation of comedic work.
    5. Exemplify God-honoring values and ethics in the study, creation, and performance of comedic work.

Lower Division Requirements

CMD101 Intro to Stand-Up Performance

Students will get an introductory overview of how to construct a performance from beginning to end. They will gain an understanding of concept/idea development, learn about writing jokes, sketches, complete routines, audience analysis, getting material, creating your own style, utilizing your talents and various tried-and-true comedy formulas. They will also learn how to develop an audition set, interview, book a show, get an audition, and deal with difficult performance situations. (3 units; Fall)

CMD101-A
Pate, John R.
09/05/2017 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Building 36 36A1

COM113 Oral Communication

This course is designed to introduce the process of public communication and to help develop and refine the skills of oral communication. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

COM113-T
Whitefield, Douglas Brent
09/05/2017 TTh 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM James Complex 367
COM113-S
Sanicola, Angela Marie
09/05/2017 Th 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM James Complex 192
COM113-C
Marse, Michael
09/05/2017 TTh 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM James Complex 189
COM113-F
Murray, Donald R.
09/05/2017 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex 245
COM113-A
Pate, John R.
09/05/2017 MWF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM James Complex 189
COM113-B
Murray, Donald R.
09/05/2017 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM James Complex 245
COM113-D
White, Debra
09/05/2017 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM James Complex 190
COM113-E
Vennemann, Darlene Sue
09/05/2017 MWF 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM James Complex 181
COM113-G
Marse, Michael
09/05/2017 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Yeager Center B218
COM113-H
White, Debra
09/05/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Yeager Center B219
COM113-I
Murray, Donald R.
09/05/2017 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM James Complex 245
COM113-J
White, Debra
09/05/2017 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Yeager Center B219
COM113-K
Sanicola, Angela Marie
09/05/2017 T 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM James Complex 376
COM113-L
Vennemann, Darlene Sue
09/05/2017 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM James Complex 181
COM113-M
Boes, Cynthia D.
09/05/2017 MWF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM James Complex 171
COM113-N
Boes, Cynthia D.
09/05/2017 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM James Complex 171
COM113-O
Vennemann, Darlene Sue
09/05/2017 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Yeager Center B220
COM113-P
Boes, Cynthia D.
09/05/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Building 36 36A1
COM113-Q
Marse, Michael
09/05/2017 M 1:15 PM - 4:15 PM Building 36 36A2
COM113-R
Whitefield, Douglas Brent
09/05/2017 TTh 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM James Complex 189
COM113-A
Boes, Cynthia D.
01/09/2018 MWF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM James Complex
COM113-B
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2018 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM James Complex
COM113-C
Boes, Cynthia D.
01/09/2018 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM James Complex
COM113-D
Boes, Cynthia D.
01/09/2018 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM James Complex
COM113-E
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2018 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM James Complex
COM113-F
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2018 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex
COM113-G
Boes, Cynthia D.
01/09/2018 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM James Complex
COM113-H
Marse, Michael
01/09/2018 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM James Complex
COM113-I
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2018 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM James Complex
COM113-J
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2018 MWF 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM James Complex
COM113-K
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2018 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM James Complex
COM113-L
Marse, Michael
01/09/2018 M 1:15 PM - 4:15 PM James Complex
COM113-M
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2018 T 3:45 PM - 6:45 PM James Complex

THE123 Voice and Diction for the Stage

This course will focus on the importance of a free and expressive voice in the actor's work. It will develop the voice through a focus on awareness of inner space, alignment, breath, resonance, articulation, expressivity; awareness of General American Dialect, and a beginning look at Phonetics and the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet), vocal anatomy and voice care. (3 units; Spring)

THE123-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2018 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Wallace Theater 204

THE223 Movement for the Stage

This course focuses on the mechanics of the actor's body, explores how the body becomes an element of communication in theatre, and works toward freeing up the actor's body to communicate. Students will be introduced to a variety of movement techniques and theories. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall)

Upper Division Requirements

CMD301 History of Comedy Performance

Students will get an overview of the history of comedy from the time of the ancient Greeks to the present day. They will gain an understanding of the context of modern comedy(including their own), and of the universal elements of comedy. Special emphasis will be given to stand-up and sketch comedy. Subjects covered will include some or all of the following: Greek & Roman comedy, Shakespearean comedy, burlesque,vaudeville, music hall, silent film comedy, Picaresque narrative, stand-up, and satiric mask, farce, improvisation, film and TV comedy. (3 units; Spring)

CMD311 PantomimeCommedia&PhysicalComedy

This course will focus on the importance of a free and expressive whole-body approach to the creation and performance of broad physical comedy through the study of the historic comedic forms of Pantomime, Commedia Dell'arte and Clowning. (3 units; Fall)

CMD331 Comedy in Christian Ministries

This course introduces the student to the development of drama-based ministries through the use of humor to convey such materials as scripture, children's ministries, sermon notes, evangelism, missions, etc. to illustrate themes for Christian & non-Christian audiences alike. The use of comedic techniques such as: surprise, exaggeration, incongruity, repetition, misunderstanding, comedy of errors, irony, satire, and more to convey the Christian message will be explored and developed to evaluate our lives as we progress toward Christ-likeness. Particular emphasis will be placed on creation, development, and performance of applicable materials. (3 units; Spring)

CMD495 Senior Comedy Showcase

Senior students prepare and perform representative comedic material developed by them through their course of study, culminating in a public performance. The public showcase will feature the work of all graduating seniors combined into one evening's performance, under faculty direction. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department and Senior status. 1 unit; Spring)

Performance/Internship Elective Requirements

Complete 5 units from the following: 

CMD450 Comedy Production Internship

Under faculty supervision, the student will be assigned to a position in a comedic field, within the broader entertainment industry. This internship provides an opportunity for investigating and participating in field experience with a practitioner of the trade of comedy writing, performance, producing or directing within the film, television, internet or live performance industries. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Chair (1-3 units; Fall; Spring)

CMD451 Comedy Production Internship

Under faculty supervision, the student will be assigned to a position in a comedic field, within the broader entertainment industry. This internship provides an opportunity for investigating and participating in field experience with a practitioner of the trade of comedy writing, performance, producing or directing within the film, television, internet or live performance industries. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Chair and CMD450 (1-3 Units; Fall; Spring)

THE363 Production Practicum:Performance

Practical training in the areas of acting, directing, and stage management. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a fully realized production, from auditions through to performance. This course consists of regular rehearsals and performances. May be taken for variable credit. (1-3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall)

THE363-A
Lyons, Lisa L
09/05/2017 - Wallace Theater 100

THE364 Production Practicum: Technical

Practical hands-on training in the areas of scenic construction, stage lighting, and sound production, costume construction and backstage crew assignments. Advanced students will be encouraged to assume leadership positions as crew chiefs, designers, and master electricians. May be taken for variable credit. (1-3 units; Fall)

THE364-A
Lyons, Lisa L
09/05/2017 - Wallace Theater 100

THE463 Production Practicum:Performance

Practical training in the areas of acting, directing, and stage management. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a fully realized production, from auditions through to performance. This course consists of regular rehearsals and performances. May be taken for variable credit. (1-3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Spring)

THE463-A
Mihelich, Frank
01/09/2018 MTWThF - Wallace Theater 100

THE464 Production Practicum: Technical

Practical hands-on training in the areas of scenic construction, stage lighting, and sound production, costume construction and backstage crew assignments. Advanced students will be encouraged to assume leadership positions as crew chiefs, designers, and master electricians. May be taken for variable credit. (1-3 units; Spring)

THE464-A
Mihelich, Frank
05/08/2017 MTWThF - Wallace Theater 100
THE464-A
Lyons, Lee A
01/09/2018 MTWThF - Wallace Theater 100

Upper Division Elective Requirements

Complete 9 units from the following:

CMD314 Clown Design: Costumes and Makeup

CMD411 ComedySketchWritingforEntertnmnt

From storyboarding and sketch-writing, to exploration of genres and literary devices, this course introduces you to everything that goes into a comedy sketch in order for it to resonate with today's audiences, including literary techniques and sketch development, meaning and direction of plotlines, character creation and development, running gags, payoffs, punchlines, while demonstrating an understanding of the evolution of the comedy industry. (3 units; Fall)

CMD482 Improvisation & Sketch Comedy

Techniques in games, short and long form improvisation and the 'Harold' approach to pattern recognition and the subversion of audience expectations are explored in this course through active participation by class members and critical debriefing after each exercise. The class also employs an improvisational approach to developing sketch comedy, which is then refined through writing exercises. (3 units; Spring)

COM333 Oral Interpret/Reader's Theater

Analysis and oral presentation of literature in a way that is vivid, compelling, and dramatic. This class will help the student to perfect skills in dramatic reading, reading of scripture, and finding and preparing literature for oral presentation. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

COM333-B
Pate, John R.
09/05/2017 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Building 36 36A1
COM333-A
Pate, John R.
09/05/2017 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM James Complex 189
COM333-A
Pate, John R.
01/09/2018 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM TBA

PRL300 Public Relations

Principles, history and professional practice of public relations and the writing and production of materials for special events, newsletters, and brochures. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

PRL300-A
Brodie, Victoria K
09/05/2017 MW 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM The Village at CBU ONLN
PRL300-A
Brodie, Victoria K
01/09/2018 MW 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM James Complex ONLN

THE330 Advanced Acting for the Camera

Advanced scene work in a multi-camera environment. Students learn to scale performances to the shot, dig deeper into character development, clarify subtext, and to emotionally connect to challenging material. All performances are recorded for critique by the instructor and for student self-assessment, through daily journaling. Prerequisite: THE230 (3 units; As Offered; Interdisciplinary)

THE330-A
Lyons, Lee A
01/09/2018 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Wallace Theater

THE353 Directing I

The study of the basic techniques of stage direction including play analysis, director/actor and director/designer communication, and technical problems of movement, composition, picturization, and blocking. Students will practice the craft by presenting in-depth research and script analysis and directing scene work. Prerequisites: THE 183 and 232. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Spring)

THE353-A
Mihelich, Frank
01/09/2018 MWF 10:45 AM - 1:00 PM Wallace Theater 204