Undergraduate Drama Courses

DRAM 1100. Transitioning to University Studies in Theatre. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 1 Hour).

Practical study designed to prepare the student for university life, aid in the development of skills for academic success, promote personal growth and responsibility, and encourage active involvement in the learning process from an individual college perspective. These skill sets are presented in the context of theatre disciplines.

DRAM 1108. Production Crafts Practicum. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Construction for theatrical productions in a laboratory setting.

DRAM 1220. Theatre Practicum. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Participation in and analysis of one or more full-length plays, reader's theatre, production, or an evening of interpretation. Must be taken 2 times since course content changes.

DRAM 1310. Introduction to Theatre. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A beginning theatre course providing a survey of the fields of theatre activities. This course provides an introductory knowledge of all types and phases of drama: literature, performance, and design.

DRAM 1330. Stagecraft I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

The study of technical procedures employed in planning, building, painting, and lighting scenery. Backstage participation in play production as an active set builder and crew member will be required. Stage lighting will be approached from its practical and aesthetic value as a contributing factor to production. Prerequisite: 6 hrs of DRAM/THEA courses or equivalent experience. Lab fee: $2.

DRAM 1341. Makeup. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Design and application of make-up for the stage; areas explored include theory, color, character analysis, materials, old age, three-dimensional, and fantasy make-up.

DRAM 1351. Acting I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Introduction to the art of acting through basic theory and technique. Participation in college theatre production is encouraged.

DRAM 1352. Acting II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

An analytical approach to acting with emphasis on techniques of characterization, stage presence, and movement. Special attention will be given to the role of the actor as an integral member of an ensemble effort. Theories of acting and of acting styles will also be studied. Participation in a college theatre production is encouraged.

DRAM 2331. Stagecraft II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

The study of theatrical costuming and its application in contemporary theatre. Theory on costuming will be applied in laboratory situations and through theatrical production. Lab fee: $2.

DRAM 2361. History of the Theatre I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Theatre from its origins to 1750; plays, playwrights, actors, costumes, scenic arts of each period as related to events of period and to contemporary theatre.

DRAM 2362. History of the Theatre II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Theatre since 1750; plays, playwrights, actors, costumes, scenic arts of each period as related to events of period and to contemporary theatre. Prerequisite: DRAM 2361 or approval of department head.

DRAM 3271. Musical Theatre Dance I. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

This course is a dance class as it pertains to musical theatre styles and performance. Specific styles may vary by semester. Participation in college theatre production is encouraged. Prerequisite: N/A Lab fee: $2.

DRAM 3272. Musical Theatre Dance II. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

This course is the study of dance, movement, and staging for musical theatre. It includes strategies for learning and performing dance combinations as they occur in a professional dance audition. Students will continue to develop fundamental dance technique and apply it to musical theatre dance and culminates in student choreographed/staged works. Lab fee: $2.

DRAM 3300. Scene Design and Construction. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

The study of the elements of a design used to capture mood, atmosphere, and idea of a play; designing to scale, and drawing ground plans and elevations; technical elements of scene construction. Students must work set crew for theatrical production as laboratory.

DRAM 3301. Costume Design and Construction. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Studies in stage costuming; history, characterization, fabrics, construction and design. A lecture and laboratory course including student planning, illustration, construction, and designing of costumes for University productions. Prerequisite: Technical Theatre II or equivalent experience.

DRAM 3302. Directing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Basic techniques for the stage including scene interpretation, pictorial composition, movement and rehearsal routine. Students will direct and supervise production of short plays.

DRAM 3303. Lighting for the Theatre. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

History and techniques of lighting for the stage. Major emphasis is placed on design and practical application. Prerequisite: DRAM 1330:Stagecraft 1 or equivalent experience. Lab fee: $2.

DRAM 3304. Sound for the Theatre. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Techniques of sound for the stage, including multi-track recording, editing, and the study of microphones. Major emphasis is placed on practical application. Prerequisite: DRAM 1330 or equivalent experience. Lab fee: $2.

DRAM 3305. Theatre for Young People. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The history, philosophy, production, and performance of theatre for young people.

DRAM 3373. Theatre for the Classroom. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Theories and practical application of Theatre in the classroom with children and adolescents.

DRAM 4086. Theatre Problems. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-6 Hours).

A course featuring independent study in theatre. Research and discussion under personal direction of an instructor. Topics will vary according to student need. Open to students of senior classification with approval of department head.

DRAM 4300. Shakespeare. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study in depth of representative types of Shakespeare's dramas and poetry. Credit for both ENGL 4300 and DRAM 4300 will not be awarded. ENGL 4300 and DRAM 4300 are cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, 1302, and 3 hours sophomore ENGL.

DRAM 4304. Dramatic Theory & Criticism. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

A study of the philosophy of aesthetics in theatre and the arts. From the works of various philosophers, directors and actors beginning with Aristotle to contemporary writers.

DRAM 4307. Theatre Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Theatre management, promotion, finances, organization, emphasis on contract negotiations, planning and use of facilities. A lecture-laboratory course applied to a producing theatre operation and plant. Lab fee: $2.

DRAM 4384. Internship. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Minimum of 6 weeks of full-time experience with a professional theatre company approved by the department head. (May be repeated once for a total of 6 hours of academic credit.) Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or permission of department head.

DRAM 4385. Theatre Seminar. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A course open to Theatre students. Topics vary according to student need. May be taken up to three times for credit, for a maximum of 9 hours.