Dramatic Arts

UConn dramatic arts students Joe Therrien, left, and Zak Kamin sing a song from Connecticut Repertory Theatre's production of The Who's 'Tommy' during Connecticut Arts Advocacy Day at the state capitol March 24. The event, co-sponsored by a number of legislative leaders, was attended by arts professionals from throughout the state. Photos by Ben Pollard

UConn dramatic arts students Joe Therrien, left, and Zak Kamin sing a song from Connecticut Repertory Theatre’s production of The Who’s “Tommy.”

 

Course descriptions

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting, Design and Technical Theatre, and Puppetry: Preparation for successful careers in performing arts.

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies: Study of theatre within a liberal arts curriculum

Both programs are also considered as preparatory for graduate level studies. The department also offers the Master of Arts and the Master of Fine Arts degrees. Consult the Graduate Catalog for details.

Admission

Prospective Acting majors: Schedule an audition for the program. For the audition, be prepared to present two contrasting monologues, memorized and not longer than 4 minutes total. One should be from a contemporary play, and one should be from a verse piece from a Shakespearean play. In addition to the two monologues, you will be required to sing a song not longer than 30 seconds or 16 bars. Please bring your own accompaniment. It is important that you choose material you like and that each piece is a role you could play at your age.

Prospective Design and Technical majors: Schedule a portfolio review and interview with a member of the Design Faculty in person or complete and submit a digital portfolio using the Slideroom Application for review by the Design Faculty.

Prospective Puppetry majors: Prepare a 3-5 minute presentation in any expressive discipline. Perform an improvisation with objects provided by the audition committee. Present a portfolio of past work. Interview with the Puppetry faculty. Auditions and interview take place on the Storrs campus or by video.

Prospective Theatre Studies majors: Submit an essay about your interest in Theatre Studies through the Slideroom Application. Interview with the Theatre Studies faculty.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Requirements

To fulfill their departmental writing in the major requirement, students in all three B.F.A. programs must complete one of the following three courses: DRAM 4135W, or 4711W.

Basic information literacy skills required for B.F.A. Dramatic Arts students will be addressed in DRAM 1215, 1216, 1217, 1218, 1701 or 1710. Other information-gathering skills will also be addressed in the two courses each student must select from the 3000-4000 level Theatre History/Literature options (see list below).

All B.F.A. students in Dramatic Arts (Acting, Design and Technical, and Puppetry majors) must complete the following courses: DRAM 2130, 2131, and six credits selected from the following Theatre History/Literature options: DRAM 3130, 3131/W, 3132, 3133, 3138, 3139, 4135/W, and 4711W.

Additional course requirements for the B.F.A. major programs include:

Acting majors

Acting majors must also complete:

There is no computer competency requirement for Acting majors beyond the University’s entrance expectations.

Design and Technical majors

Design and Technical majors must also complete:

Design and Technical majors require computer competencies that are addressed in the following required courses: DRAM 1202, 1210, 3220, and 3501. Note: Each Bachelor of Fine Arts student in the Design and Technical area, and any other student taking any of the digital design courses, must own a personal portable computer that meets or exceeds posted departmental performance standards.

Puppetry majors

Puppetry majors must also complete:

To fulfill the six-credit requirement in Theatre History and Literature, Puppetry students may also choose to take DRAM 3611.

Puppetry majors require computer competencies that are addressed in the following required course: DRAM 1201, 1210, and 3501. Note: Puppetry students must own a personal portable computer that meets or exceeds posted departmental performance standards.

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies Requirements

Bart Roccoberton, professor of dramatic arts, looks over an exhibit of photography by Richard Termine '75 (SFA), 'Puppets Through the Lens.' The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry's new home includes expanded exhibition and performance space. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Bart Roccoberton, professor of dramatic arts, looks over an exhibit of photography by Richard Termine ’75 (SFA), ‘Puppets Through the Lens.’

 

To fulfill their departmental Writing in the Major requirement, Theatre Studies majors complete one of the three following courses: DRAM 4135W, or 4711W.

Basic information literacy skills required for Theatre Studies majors will be addressed in DRAM 1710. Other information-gathering skills will also be addressed in the required DRAM 4711W course and in the three courses each student must select from the 3000-4000 level Theatre History/Literature options (DRAM 3130, 3131/W, 3132, 3133, 3138, 3139, and 4135/W).

Common Curriculum (32 credits)

Related Group (12 credits)

3000/4000-level courses. These courses should be related (if applicable) to the student’s Theatre Studies concentration, yet these courses do not need to be from a single department or program. Competency areas might include History, Creative Writing, Journalism, Communications, Business, etc.
These same courses may be used to satisfy other University requirements if appropriate.

Areas of Concentration (18 credits)

2000/3000/4000-level courses including all necessary prerequisites within area of Theatre Studies concentration. Concentrations are not mandatory for the B.A. degree in Theatre Studies, but majors may opt to choose one of the concentrations listed below. If a concentration is not chosen, then students will take 18 Dramatic Arts credits at the 2000-4000 level with advisor consultation.

  • Stage Management Requirements: A minimum of 18 credits of DRAM 2000-level or higher courses including DRAM 2711, 3199, 33013302, 3402, 4122, or others as approved by the advisor.
  • Dramaturgy Requirements: A minimum of 18 credits of DRAM 2000-level or higher courses including DRAM 3130, 3131, 3132, 3133, 3141, 3142, 3199, or others as approved by the advisor.
  • Playwriting Requirements: A minimum of 18 credits of DRAM 2000-level or higher courses including DRAM 3141, 3142, 31453146, 3199, 3301, 3302, 4151, 4152, or others as approved by the advisor.
  • Theatre Administration Requirements: A minimum of 18 credits of DRAM 2000-level or higher courses including DRAM 2711, 3103, 3121, 3199, 4122, or others as approved by the advisor.
  • Theatre Directing Requirements: A minimum of 18 credits of DRAM 2000-level or higher courses including DRAM 2711, 3141, 3199, 33013302, or others as approved by the advisor.

Independent Study (DRAM 3199)

Open to students with a minimum departmental grade point average of 2.25 GPA and no outstanding incompletes for any other independent study courses. Limited to a maximum of 18 credits total.

Additional Graduation Requirements

Senior project (2.0 or better required for graduation) or an internship (satisfactory report).

Minors

A minor in Dramatic Arts is described in the Minors section of this Catalog.

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