Drama Courses

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FALL ONLY (limited enrollment, register early) SPECIALIZED COURSE OFFERINGS

DRAM 2351 — ACTING III: Classical Works (3-2-3)

A continuation of the study of creating dramatic character from text through monologues and scene study, focusing primarily on the analysis, interpretation, and performance of Shakespeare and other classical works.
Prerequisites: DRAM 1352 & 1352, Acting I & II

SPRING ONLY (limited enrollment, register early) SPECIALIZED COURSE OFFERINGS

DRAM 1320 — PLAY READING AND ANALYSIS: Theatre Practicum (3-2-3).

A study of plays written for the stage in terms of genre, style, and period. Basic dramatic theory and criticism and some historical production techniques are included, along with modern possibilities for production and scene work.
Prerequisites: None

DRAM 2352 — ACTING IV: Acting for Film and TV (3-3-2)

A continuation of the study of creating dramatic characters from text, focusing on the techniques of acting for film and television.
Prerequisites: DRAM 1351 & 1352, Acting I & II

DRAM 1341 — STAGE MAKE-UP (3-3-2)

The design and execution of make-up for the purpose of developing believable characters. Focus on basic makeup principles and experience with makeup application. Laboratory and Technical Lab hours required.
Prerequisites: None

DRAM 2331 — STAGECRAFT II: Applied Design (3-2-4)

Further study and application of visual aesthetics of theatre design including scenery, lighting, props. Emphasis on individual projects.
Prerequisites: DRAM 1310, Stagecraft I

ONGOING (Fall/Spring/Summer) COURSE OFFERINGS

DRAM 1310 — INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE (3-3-0)

A general survey of theater including exploration of dramatic literature, theory, and criticism; production arts, skills, and crafts; and theater history from 500 BC to the present. Course requires good reading and writing skills. Attendance at plays and Technical Lab hours required. DRAM 1310, is part of the CORE Curriculum Requirements for General Education and other degree programs.
Prerequisites: None

DRAM 1351 — ACTING I: Skills & Techniques (3-3-2)

Basic skills and techniques of acting, including increased sensory awareness, ensemble and solo performing, character analysis, and script analysis. Development of stage presence and characterizations through improvisations and scenes. Technical Lab hours required.
Prerequisites: None

DRAM 1352 — ACTING II: Dramatic Character & Scene Study (3-3-2)

A study of the process of creating the dramatic character from text to performance with emphasis on scene study and audition techniques. Technical lab hours required.
Prerequisites: DRAM 1351, Acting I

DRAM 1322 — STAGE MOVEMENT (3-2-3)

This class is a study of the use of the body on stage to communicate character and action. Activities include exercises in body control, body language, dance, and stage combat designed to provide movement theatre skills for the student actor, as well as to instill self-awareness, spatial awareness, and tools and techniques for effective physical expression.
Prerequisites: None

DRAM 2336 — VOICE AND DICTION (3-3-0)

Principles of diction, voice development, and improvement, vocal variety and expressiveness. Focus on various aspects of using the voice effectively, including volume and projection, rate and phrasing, inflection, and resonance. Study of the International Phonetic Alphabet to correct and eliminate individual articulation problems.
Prerequisites: None

DRAM 1330 — STAGECRAFT (3-2-4)

Basic skills and techniques of theatrical mounting. Materials and principles of scene construction and painting, properties, and stage lighting. Participation on technical crews required.
Prerequisites: None

DRAM 1120 — THEATRE WORKSHOP (1-1-3)

Laboratory course in phases of theater. Students assigned areas compatible with experience and/or interest. May be repeated for a maximum of four credit hours.
Prerequisites: None

SPECIALIZED COURSE OFFERINGS (to be announced)

DRAM 1320 — CREATIVE DRAMATICS: Theatre Practicum (3-2-3)

A course for those interested in helping children learn to enhance their creative abilities through playmaking. Of special interest to drama majors, elementary education majors, child development majors, therapeutic recreation majors, and those interested in working with children in a social services or parks and recreation environment. Required lab involves observation of children in formal and informal settings.
Prerequisites: None

DRAM 1342 — INTRODUCTION TO COSTUME (3-2-3)

A study of the principles and techniques of costume design and construction for the stage. Review of the costume designer’s duties and responsibilities, and a brief overview of costume history.
Prerequisites: None

DRAM 1161 — MUSICAL THEATER I (1-1-1)

Study and performance of works from the musical theater repertoire.
Prerequisites: None