Dramatic Arts

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, entertainment and cultural industries.

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

Please consult Dramatic Arts website for current admission details.

Prospective Acting majors: Audition.

Prospective Design and Technical majors: Portfolio review in person or via SlideRoom and interview.

Prospective Puppetry majors: Audition, portfolio review and interview.

Prospective Theatre Studies majors: SlideRoom and interview.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Requirements

All students in the department are required to take at least one course within the major that contributes to the advancing of diverse perspectives. Courses that count toward this requirement include: DRAM 1501, 2136W, 3130, 3131, 3132, 3133, and 3139. When applicable, courses taken to fulfill this requirement may also be counted toward the department history and literature-based course requirement.

To fulfill their departmental writing in the major requirement, students in all three B.F.A. programs must complete one of the following courses: DRAM 2136W, 4135W, or 4711W.

All upper-level courses in Design and Technology, Puppetry, and Theatre Studies build upon the basic information literacy competencies introduced in ENGL 1007/1010/1011/2011. Students are expected to develop an understanding of how information is created, disseminated and organized in the performing arts, and develop abilities in accessing, evaluating, synthesizing and incorporating information into written, oral, or media presentations.

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 literature and history-based courses: DRAM 2136W, 3130, 3131, 3132, 3133, 3138, 3139, 3611, 4135/W, and 4711W.

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

Acting majors

Acting majors must also complete:

Design and Technical majors

Design and Technical majors must also complete:

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

Puppetry majors must also complete:

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.

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies Requirements

All students in the department are required to take at least one course within the major that contributes to the advancing of diverse perspectives. Courses that count toward this requirement include: DRAM 1501, 2136W, 3130, 3131, 3132, 3133, and 3139. When applicable, courses taken to fulfill this requirement may also be counted toward the department history and literature-based course requirement.

To fulfill their departmental Writing in the Major requirement, Theatre Studies majors complete one of the following courses: DRAM 2136W, 4135W, or 4711W.

All upper-level courses in Design and Technology, Puppetry, and Theatre Studies build upon the basic information literacy competencies introduced in ENGL 1007/1010/1011/2011. Students are expected to develop an understanding of how information is created, disseminated and organized in the performing arts, and develop abilities in accessing, evaluating, synthesizing and incorporating information into written, oral, or media presentations.

Common Curriculum (33+ credits)

Related Group (12 credits)

2000/3000/4000-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.

Only three of the 12 credits may be at the 2000 level.

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, 3103, 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, 3139, 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, 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, 2712, 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.

Minors

A minor in Dramatic Arts and a minor in Puppet Arts are described in the Minors section of this Catalog.

School of Fine Arts | Back to top