School of Music and Performing Arts

(Affiliated to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences)

Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts

96 credits
For students entering the program at the Sophomore level
(holders of a recognized Baccalaureate or Freshman diploma - equivalent to 30 credits)


General Education
Arts and Humanities
3 credits
Behavioral and Social Sciences
6 credits
Civic Engagement
2 credits
English Communication
3 credits
History of Lebanon
3 credits
THT280Introduction to Acting
3 credits
Introduction to different fundamental techniques used in the creation of a character. Emphasis on relaxation, concentration, and development of a role through sensorial and emotional memories. Students will improvise and do monologues as exercises in this introductory course.
Quantitative Reasoning
3 credits
Religious Sciences
3 credits
Science and Health
3 credits
1 credits
THT320Advanced Acting
3 credits
Development of an internal technique, beginning with an auto-drama which is a dramatization of one’s personal history. Development of an external technique through comedy. Fusion of the internal by use of action and objective with the external.
THT260Analysis and Critic of Performing Arts I
1 credits
Since Aristotle’s Poetics, the theatrical aesthetic appears as an intense questioning of theater and its practices. The aim of this course is to introduce the main theories of aesthetics. The position of many movements and genres will be explored.
THT365Analysis and Critic of Performing Arts II
1 credits
Following course 1, this course continues in introducing the main artistic movements. The aim of this course is to give a more solid academic grounding on theories of art criticism, providing reflection on major issues concerning the creation and reception of artistic work.
THT460Analysis and Critic of Performing Arts III
1 credits
The aim of this course (level 3) is to deepen knowledge in art theories and the interrelation between different arts through an intense exploration of the evolution of art since modernism, postmodernism, and the introduction to arts of new technologies. Students will apply the techniques of analysis and criticism to complex artistic work of arts.
THT250Body expression
2 credits
This course introduces students to the discovery of the body’s unique language, through exercises designed to explore and free the total instrument. It covers the development of a flexible actor with range, expression, and physical confidence, encouraging the awakening of the imagination while exploring the worlds of ritual, animal, conceptual, and modern dance movements.
MUSC 210Choral Singing I
1 credits
THT355Costume & set design workshop
3 credits
Investigation of the design research process, period style, and character analysis leading to visual presentation of the design. Study of costume design for theatrical productions, ballet, opera, and musical theater.
THT360Creative Writing
3 credits
Study and analysis of varied aspects of the playwright’s art. Various aspects are selected from topics such as comedy writing, writing for children’s theater, and adaptation from literature to stage.
THT440Directing and Production Workshop
3 credits
Development of directorial skills through the medium of written preparations and directing of scenes. Application of stage directing techniques in the production of a short play. Students will direct a one-act play.
3 credits
Theoretical and practical aspects of the dramaturge’s work in contemporary theater. Introduction to the study of theory and practice of dramaturgy.
THT470Final Project
3 credits
Students must produce a short play, 30 minutes maximum.
MUSC350History of the 18th Century Music
2 credits
This course opens on the years that mark the death of Jean­Sébastien Bach, the decline of the baroque era, with the dawn of the classical musical style. It deals with the following subjects: French (from 1661 to 1764) music, music of the Germanic countries around Bach and Handel, English music in the 18th century, the birth and diffusion of classicism in Polish music, music in Spain, the music in Italy from the death of Carissimi to the end of the eighteenth century, classicism in Austria and the German­speaking countries, from the death of Telemann to the death of Beethoven, the formation of the classical style in Europe and the classical masters: Haydn and Mozart.
THT215History of Theater
3 credits
Study of history of theater from early western culture, Greek, renaissance, bourgeois, romantic, up to modern and post-modern theater. Egyptian and Lebanese theater is covered in this course.
THT350History of Theater Directing
3 credits
Investigation of the work of theater directors from the history of the world’s theater, with special emphasis on the relationship to time in which the work was generated.
THT230Introduction to Mime
2 credits
Development of the physical capacities of the facial and body muscles to meet the exigencies of the characterization of a role. Advanced physical training of individual actors to their maximum potential.
MUS250Introduction to Voice Mastering
2 credits
Development of voice and speech techniques for the stage, including those of relaxation, breathing, resonance, and development of speaking voice. Speech training uses text work to train students in standard Arabic speech.
THT450Lighting & Sound Workshop
3 credits
Study of use of light and color to define space, effect of light on scenery and costumes, lighting for theaters, patterns and moving scenery. Study of use of sound and acoustics as they relate to performance environments, techniques associated with recording, effects and music tracks for theater sound design.
TLV232Make-up for films
2 credits
THT400Modern Drama
3 credits
THT405Performance and Contemporary Art
3 credits
THT465Performing Arts Production
3 credits
Students will demonstrate knowledge of the performing arts industry, including live performance genres, production processes, careers and work environments. They will work creatively within a team to prepare and execute a live performance.
THT240Physical theatre
1 credits
SDO200Preparatory Solfeggio/Dictation
2 credits
THT415Puppet and Theatre for Children
3 credits
Creative development and realization of production related to theater for children. Exploration of different techniques in the craft of the production of children’s theater.
THT430Theater of Puppets
3 credits
Techniques of the manipulation of puppets, puppet movements, voice and performance. Development of skills through exercises which relate to theater of puppets.
MUS455Advanced Voice Mastering
2 credits
Advanced voice techniques, with increased demands on range, resonance, and breathing capacity extension. Articulation and phonetic alphabet is emphasized. Text work in poetry and prose.
MUSC246Arab Music I
3 credits
MUSC215Choral Singing II
1 credits
Choral singing closely following the course of history. Each year the students learn to interpret, in the context of Western choral singing of the Faculty, the corresponding repertory according to the current history course.
PSY214Developmental Psychology
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: PSY201
The course has two segments given in two sequential phases: Childhood and Adolescence 1st segment: childhood allows students to become familiar with basic concepts and notions of childhood developmental psychology (stages, phases and developmental factors); understand the major theoretical approaches (maturational, behavioral, psychoanalytical, cognitive constructivism and psychosocial approaches); identify the main characteristics belonging to each developmental stage on the biological, intellectual, affective, sexual, social and moral level; 2nd segment: adolescence allows students to understand the adolescent phase in the developmental process, note each function belonging to this stage, pinpoint the process of self­consolidation, the construction of the identity, achieving maturity as well as choices and decision­making processes.
FLM240History of American Cinema
3 credits
This course is designed to give students an understanding of the history of American cinema from its beginning in 1895 to the present time. It will focus on the silent cinema of D.W. Griffith, the Burlesque film of C. Chaplin and B. Keaton, the genre films of the studio era, the war and post­war noir film, the new Hollywood cinema of the 1960s, the films of the Movie Brats of the 1970s, and the post­modern cinema of the 1980s and on. Special attention will be given to the evolution of the art of the motion picture, including elements of camera, lighting, sound, editing, production design, and narrative structure and the technological evolution of the motion picture, including aspects of inventions and innovations such as color, widescreen, quality sound, and electronic imagery.
MUSC450History of the 19th Century Music
2 credits
This course explores the music of the Romantic era. 1 ­ Characteristics of Romantic music: themes of Romanticism, individuality of style, expressive subjects, nationalism and exoticism, the use of timbers to obtain a variety of sensations and atmospheres, the use of chromatic harmony, contrasts in nuances etc. 2. Vocal music, program music, the Romantic Symphony, the brief forms and developed forms. 3. Romantic composers: Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Smetana, Dvorak, Brahms, Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Mahler.
PHO235Introduction to Photography Story-telling
3 credits
Students will acquire techniques and tools to produce still images with sound tracks. Students will apply these techniques on a visual and audio project.
MUG305Music and Dance
2 credits
Attendance and participation are of primary importance for this class. We will work with a wide variety of techniques and styles, learn correct body alignment in basic positions, develop a kinesthetic awareness of his/her own physical abilities, develop a sense of musicality and rhythm. We will learn dances from the following list: Waltz, Tango, Cha cha, Salsa, Cumbia, Merengue, Foxtrot, Country Line Dance, Rumba, Swing or Samba and other.
EMU405Psychology and Music
3 credits
SDG201Solfeggio/Dictation I
2 credits
1st course
a­ Solfeggio parlati : Pozzoli: Primo corso du n°1 au n°31
b­ Solfeggio cantati: ­ Pozzoli: Primo corso du n°1 au n°31.
c­ Dictation : ­ Noël Gallon du n°1 au n°20. ­ melodic intervals : 5th, 4th, octave, 3rd Maj and min, 2nd Maj and min.
SDG202Solfeggio/Dictation II
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: SDG201
2nd course
a­ Solfeggio parlati : ­ Pozzoli: Primo corso du n°32 au n°60.
b­ Solfeggio cantati: Pozzoli: Primo corso du n°32 au n°60.
c­ Dictation : ­ Noël Gallon du n°21 au n°40. ­ melodic intervals : Triton, 6th Maj and min, 7th Maj and min.
FLM344Theory aesthetics of films
3 credits
This course focuses on the various theoretical methodologies that have developed in film theory and esthetics and that have proven useful for the analysis of films and cinema, such as realism, genre and auteur, reflexivity, intertextuality, psychoanalysis, and feminism.


The Bachelor of Performing Arts is designed to give the student a broad-based understanding of the theatrical arts. Through study in this degree program, the student will develop both cognitive and affective skills in acting, dramatic writing, directing, lighting design, scenic design, costume design, construction and criticism as well as other aspects of theatre performance and theatre production.

Program Educational Objectives

1. Graduates will acquire specific knowledge about the history of theater and shows, theories and practices of the scene and become familiar with the news of contemporary performance and new forms of expression in this field.
2. Develop the acuity of judgment both in terms of creation and in the receiving plan.
3. Acquire multiple stage technical performance.
4. Learn to implement all the means to produce a complex spectacle, whether of body or voice, text (create, write or adaptation), or representation (choice of scenic place, creation a set design, implementation of sound, light or insertion of photographic or cinematographic images).

Program Outcomes

a. Students will be familiar with the types of spectacles and literary and scenic components. They will have to distinguish a spectacular kind of a subgenre, and to recognize the aesthetic trend to which it relates.
b. Analyze methodically both a literary (read) and scenic dramatic work (presented on stage), identify scenic choice of directors, and to critically study on a show.
c. Perform in shows of various kinds (theatrical play, play on camera, puppet animation, mime show, clown show and dancing etc.).
d. Design a show, draw up the specifications for its production, plan rehearsals, recognize the difficulties it may be facing, identify possible solutions to the problems of implementation, team work and finally to mount a single show.
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