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.
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.
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, 3132, 3133, 3138, 3139, 4135/W, and 4711W.
Additional course requirements for the B.F.A. major programs include:
Acting majors must also complete:
- DRAM 1215
- Two credits of DRAM 1282
- Three credits of DRAM 3182
- DRAM 1701, 1702, 1801, 1802, 1901, 1902, 2701, 2702, 2810, 2812, 2901, 4701, 4702, 4703, 4704, 4705, 4811, 4911, 4912, 4931
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:
- All 57 credits from: DRAM 1201, 1202, 1209, 1210, 1216, 1217, 1218, 2130, 2131, 2141, 3199 (12 credits), 3201, 3220, 3301, 3401, 3501.
- Nine credits from DRAM 3103, 3202, 3302, 3402, 3502, 3602, 3603, 3604.
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. Students should expect to purchase an up-to-date version of Adobe’s Creative Cloud for Education and install it on their personal computer for most of their time in residence, either for design classes that require it or for production assignments as assistants and designers.
Puppetry majors must also complete:
- Two of the following courses: DRAM 1216, 1217, 1218,
- One credit of DRAM 1282
- Three credits of DRAM 3199
- Nine credits from: DRAM 3201, 3301, 3401, 3402, 3501
- 18 credits from: DRAM 3601, 3602, 3603, 3604 (courses may be repeated for credit with a change in course content)
- All 30 credits from: DRAM 1201, 1202, 1209, 1210, 2130, 2131, 2141, 2902, 3610 (taken twice)
- DRAM 3182 (4 credits to be selected from the following areas: acting, construction, costuming, lighting, painting, properties, puppetry performance, and running crew)
To fulfill the six-credit requirement in Theatre History and Literature, Puppetry students may also choose to take DRAM 3611.
Note: Puppetry students must own a personal portable computer that meets or exceeds posted departmental performance standards. It is recommended that students purchase the latest version of Adobe’s Creative Cloud for Education and install it on their personal computer.
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, 3132, 3133, 3138, 3139, and 4135/W).
Common Curriculum (32 credits)
- At least 7 credits from the following: DRAM 1216, 1217, 1218, 1282
- DRAM 1710, 2130, 2131, 2141, 4711W
- Three 3-credit courses in Dramatic Literature
- DRAM 4194 (1 credit)
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, 3301–3302, 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, 3145–3146, 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, 3301–3302, 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).
A minor in Dramatic Arts is described in the Minors section of this Catalog.