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Drama Course Descriptions

DRAM 1310 Understanding Theater (3 semester hours) Lectures, discussions, and performances designed to explore artistic, philosophical, and psychological dimensions of the theatrical experience. Topics may include analysis of scripts, the nature of the theatre compared to the other performing arts, and the nature of popular entertainments. (3-0) Y
DRAM 1351 Beginning Acting (3 semester hours) Explores acting fundamentals and techniques used in theatre/performance. Material may focus on classic or contemporary drama or original creations. (0-3) T
DRAM 1360 Beginning Theatre/Performance Ensemble (3 semester hours) An introductory course focused on the application of practical skills of creating theater and performance. In consultation with the instructor, the student will develop a study and work plan appropriate to their interests. Emphasis for this course will be on developing basic skills in any one or combination of the following areas: acting, dramaturgy, stage management, directing, set and scenery, properties, lighting, box office, house management, make-up, publicity, sound, or costume. Those working in the acting area must audition and be cast. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (6 hours maximum). (0-3) R
DRAM 2351 Intermediate Acting (3 semester hours) This course will continue the development of physical, emotional, and imaginative awareness as it applies to acting. The methods of creating character, text analysis, and performance techniques will be emphasized. Students will also be introduced to different styles of acting and improvisation. Material may focus on classic or contemporary drama or original creations and will include scene and monologue study and presentation. Prerequisite: DRAM 1351 or permission of instructor. (0-3) T
DRAM 2364 Musical Theater Workshop (3 semester hours) Training in singing, dancing, and acting for the musical stage. Includes preparation of performance from the works of 20th- and 21st-century composers. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (6 hours maximum). (0-3) R
DRAM 2370 Intermediate Theatre/Performance Ensemble (3 semester hours) The course will continue the application of practical skills of creating theater and performance. Topics will include the exploration of dramatic texts and/or ideas of performance. In consultation with the instructor, the student will develop a study and work plan appropriate to their interests. Emphasis for this course will be on developing skills and knowledge in any one or combination of the following areas: acting, dramaturgy, stage management, directing, set and scenery, properties, lighting, box office, house management, make-up, publicity, sound, or costume. Those working in the acting area must audition and be cast. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (6 hours maximum). Prerequisite: DRAM 1360 or permission of the instructor. (0-3) R
DRAM 2371 Beginning Technical Theatre (3 semester hours) Designed to provide an introductory overview of all aspects of technical theatre, encompassing lighting, sound, set, props, and costume procedures, construction, and design. Practical work will reference theatre history and the theoretical foundations of technical theatre. Students will be required to attend weekly lectures and production lab hours. (0-3) Y
DRAM 2372 Improvisation (3 semester hours) Explores the fundamental concerns of the performer's art: relaxation, concentration, movement, voice production, space and expression. Fulfills the public speaking requirement for Teacher Certification. Available to majors in Art and Performance only as a general elective. (0-3) R
DRAM 2373 Languages of the Body (3 semester hours) Explores the fundamental principles and techniques of movement and/or vocal systems and their relationship to diverse forms of theater, performance, media, and alternative stagings. Presented in a participatory workshop setting. Prerequisite: ARTS 1301 or equivalent. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (6 hours maximum). (0-3) R
DRAM 2V71 Independent Study in Drama (1-3 semester hours) Independent study under a faculty member's direction. Signature of instructor on proposed project outline required. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). ([1-3]-0) R
DRAM 3310 Advanced Theatre/Performance Ensemble (3 semester hours) Exploration of dramatic texts and/or ideas of performance. Focus may be placed on the conventions required for the theatrical performance of dramatic texts and/or the explorations of putting performance theory into practice and historical context. In consultation with the instructor, the student will develop a study and work plan appropriate to their interests. Emphasis will be on refining skills and knowledge in any one or combination of the following areas: acting, dramaturgy, stage management, directing, set and scenery, properties, lighting, box office, house management, make-up, publicity, sound, or costume. Those working in the acting area must audition and be cast. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: DRAM 2370 or permission of the instructor. (0-3) R
DRAM 3323 Performance in Historical Context (3 semester hours) Studies in theatre and performance art. The course may consider eras such as Classical, Medieval, Renaissance, Realist, Contemporary, or Experimental Avant-Garde in the Western tradition or the performance expressions of Africa, African-Americans, Oceania, Indigenous peoples, Asia, Latino or Native America. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: ARTS 1301 or equivalent. (3-0) T
DRAM 3324 Intermediate Technical Theatre (3 semester hours) Designed to teach the advanced elements of theatrical design, including lighting, sound, set, props, and costumes . Practical work will follow the design process from script to conception, through justification to finalized design. Students will be required to attend weekly lectures and production lab hours. Prerequisite: DRAM 2371 or permission of the instructor. (0-3) Y
DRAM 3325 Directing and Producing (3 semester hours) The course presents the principles and working methods of directing and producing theatre, performance, and inter-media expressions. Emphasis will be on the development of skills required to bring a text or idea to presentation. Areas of focus will include imagination and conception, image and metaphor, analysis, planning, development-rehearsal process, and production. Will require out of class lab hours. Prerequisite: DRAM 3356 or permission of the instructor. (0-3) Y
DRAM 3342 Topics in Theatre (3 semester hours) Topics may include the religious origins of theatre, the adaptation of classical themes in modern theatre, the influence of German expressionism, and the philosophical and technological innovations of modern theatre. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: ARTS 1301 or equivalent or permission of the instructor. (3-0) R
DRAM 3356 Advanced Acting/Performance (3 semester hours) Material may focus on classic or contemporary drama or on original creations. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: DRAM 2351 or permission of the instructor. (0-3) R
DRAM 4V71 Independent Study in Drama (1-3 semester hours) Independent study under a faculty member's direction. Signature of instructor on proposed project outline required. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: Upper-division standing, and completion of all lower-division requirements in AP, and permission of the instructor. ([1-3]-0) R