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/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: One contemporary and one Shakespeare verse monologue, a total of 4 minutes.

Prospective Design/Technical major: Interview and portfolio review.

Prospective Puppetry Arts majors: Audition and interview.

Prospective Theatre Studies majors: Departmental application/essay.

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 3131W, 4135W, or 4711W.

Basic information literacy skills required for B.F.A. Dramatic Arts students will be addressed in DRAM 1206, 1701 or 1710. Other information-gathering skills will also be addressed in the required DRAM 4711W course and in the two courses each student must select from the 3000-4000 level Theatre History/Literature options (DRAM 3130, 3131, 3138, and 4135W).

All B.F.A. students in Dramatic Arts (Acting, Design/Technical, and Puppetry majors) must complete the following courses: DRAM 2130, 2131, and six credits selected from DRAM 3130, 3131/W, 3132, 3133, 3137, 3138, 3139, 3611, 4135W or 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/Technical majors

Design/Technical majors must also complete:

Beyond the University’s entrance expectations, Design/Technical majors require computer competencies that are addressed in the following required courses: DRAM 1202, 1210, 3220, and 3501. Those intending to specialize in lighting design may also elect DRAM 3502.

Note: Each Bachelor of Fine Arts Student in the Design/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:

Beyond the University’s entrance expectations, Puppetry majors require computer competencies that are addressed in the following required course: DRAM 3501.

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 3131W, 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 two courses each student must select from the 3000-4000 level Theatre History/Literature options (DRAM 3130, 3131W, 3138, and 4135W).

Common Curriculum (30 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, 3333, 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, 3302, 3310, 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, 3310, 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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