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Drama (DRAM)

Drama (DRAM)
Faculty of Fine Arts


Drama 1000

Introduction to Dramatic Arts
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Other hours: 0-0-6
The nature and scope of drama, emphasizing drama as a natural form of self-expression, a creative discipline and a social art. Group experience; some of the crafts and techniques necessary in the preparation, production, presentation and performance of theatre.
Note: Production attendance, rehearsal.

Drama 2100

Play Reading and Analysis
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
A practical examination of the principles and techniques involved in script analysis for theatre practitioners.

Drama 2120

History and Development of Theatre I
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
History and development of theatre from its origins to 1700.
Prerequisite(s): Second-year standing (a minimum of 30.0 credit hours)
Recommended Background: Writing 1000

Drama 2130

History and Development of Theatre II
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
History and development of theatre from 1700 to the present.
Prerequisite(s): Drama 2120

Drama 2310

Acting: Fundamentals
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Other hours: 0-0-8
Performance-based study of the art of acting. Scene study with an emphasis on characterization.
Corequisite(s): Drama 1000
Note: Production attendance, rehearsal, performance on campus.

Drama 2320

Voice and Speech: Fundamentals
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Other hours: 0-0-10
Introduction to breath support, sound production, resonance, and articulation with an emphasis placed on freeing the voice.
Corequisite(s): Drama 1000

Drama 2340

Movement Studies: Fundamentals
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Other hours: 0-0-8
Performance-based study of movement arts, through training, analysis and composition in a variety of movement techniques.
Corequisite(s): Drama 1000
Note: Production attendance, performance on campus.

Drama 2341

Movement Studies I (Series)
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Performance-based study of significant dance and movement theatre techniques such as Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Dance Improvisation, Jazz Dance, movement forms from non-Western cultures and physical theatre.
Recommended Background: Drama 2340

Drama 2350

Speech Communication
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Other hours: 0-0-6
The art of effective communication through speech focusing on the theoretical principles and the dynamics of delivering effective speeches to a group.
Note: Drama 2350 is intended for non-Drama majors. Drama 2350 may NOT be counted toward the requirements for any major in Dramatic Arts, regardless of degree program. B.F.A. (Multidisciplinary) students may count Drama 2350 toward the second and third major area only.
Production attendance.

Drama 2420

Directing: Fundamentals
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Other hours: 0-0-20
A discovery of directing principles and techniques, including play selection, script analysis, casting, and working with actors.
Corequisite(s): Drama 1000;
Drama 2100
Note: Production attendance, rehearsal, performance on campus.

Drama 2510

Theatre for Young Audiences I
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Other hours: 0-0-40
The variety of approaches used by actors, designers, directors and educationalists in preparation of theatre for children.
Corequisite(s): Drama 1000
Note: Production attendance, working weekend, performance.

Drama 2600

Portfolio in Dramatic Arts I
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 0-0-0
Other hours: 0-0-50
Participation in two faculty supervised productions of the Department of Theatre and Dramatic Arts. Preparation of material from the perspective of actor, designer or technician.
Prerequisite(s): Successful assignment to the cast or production staff of a Department of Theatre and Dramatic Arts production
Grading: Pass/Fail

Drama 2710

Improvisation and Dramatic Process
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Other hours: 0-0-12
Fundamentals of improvisation, non-scripted theatre creation, with attention to collaborative expression.
Corequisite(s): Drama 1000
Note: Rehearsal.

Drama 2750

Dramatic Writing: Fundamentals
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Other hours: 0-0-15
An exploration of dramatic writing for stage, screen and television.
Corequisite(s): Drama 1000
Note: Working weekend.

Drama 2811

Stagecraft I
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Other hours: 0-0-40
Introduction to theatre production techniques emphasizing scenery, costumes, and properties.
Note: Production attendance, technical/design work.

Drama 2812

Stagecraft II
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Other hours: 0-0-40
Theatre production techniques emphasizing sound, electrics, stage management, and special effects.
Note: Production attendance, technical/design work.

Drama 2825

Design for Theatre: Fundamentals
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Other hours: 0-0-20
Introduction to theatre design with emphasis on scenery, costumes, lights, and director/designer communication.
Prerequisite(s): Drama 1000
Recommended Background: One of Drama 2811 or Drama 2812
Note: Rehearsals, production attendance.

Drama 2830

Stage Makeup
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
An introduction to the concept, materials and skills of theatrical makeup. Covers the art of two-dimensional and three-dimensional makeup techniques with emphasis on aging.

Drama 3030

Film Studies
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 1.5-2.5-0
Critical analysis of films and film making, with an emphasis on the art of the director. A survey of styles and genres from Canadian and International feature film.
Prerequisite(s): Second-year standing (a minimum of 30.0 credit hours)
Recommended Background: Drama 1000

Drama 3040

Exploring Creativity
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Study of creativity in various areas of human endeavour. Use of drama exercises and projects to explore the creative process and develop creative thinking skills.
Prerequisite(s): Second-year standing (a minimum of 30.0 credit hours)
Equivalent: Fine Arts 3100 (prior to 2006/2007)
Note: Drama 3040 is intended for non-Drama majors. Drama 3040 may NOT be counted toward the requirements for any major in Dramatic Arts, regardless of degree program. B.F.A. (Multidisciplinary) students may count Drama 3040 toward the second and third major area only.

Drama 3100

Theatre in Performance
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 2-0-0
Other hours: 0-0-40
Critical and integrative thinking about live contemporary theatrical performance and its range of possible purposes.
Prerequisite(s): Second-year standing (a minimum of 30.0 credit hours)
Equivalent: Drama 3850 (Now Showing) (prior to 2003/2004)
Note: Off-campus production attendance required. Students should not register in this course while participating in the major season of plays. Performance attendance is required.
Students enrolled in Drama 3100 are required to purchase a theatre ticket and travel package in lieu of a textbook. The cost of this package varies from semester to semester. Students planning on enrolling in Drama 3100 are advised to contact the course instructor for anticipated ticket and travel package costs.

Drama 3130

Canadian Theatre
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
The development of theatre in English and French Canada from the 17th Century to the present.
Prerequisite(s): One of Drama 2120 or Drama 2130

Drama 3150

Theatre Studies Series
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Offerings in subject areas dealing with significant developments in theatre and dramatic arts, such as major artists/theorists, major playwrights, genres and styles, historical periods, non-Western Theatre, dance and film.
Prerequisite(s): Will be specified (including any recommended background) for individual offerings

Drama 3310

Acting: Scene Study I
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 2-4-0
Other hours: 0-0-35
Performance-based study of acting with an emphasis on scripted texts.
Prerequisite(s): Drama 2310;
Drama 2320;
Drama 2340;
Successful Performance audition
Corequisite(s): Drama 2100
Recommended Background: Drama 3320
Note: Production attendance, rehearsal, performance.

Drama 3311

Acting: Scene Study II
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 2-4-0
Other hours: 0-0-40
Intense application and further development of skills covered in Drama 3310.
Prerequisite(s): Drama 3310
Corequisite(s): Drama 3320
Note: Production attendance, rehearsal, performance.

Drama 3320

Voice and Speech for the Actor
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 2-4-0
Other hours: 0-0-8
An intensive exploration of voice work with application to scripted texts in performance.
Prerequisite(s): Drama 2310;
Drama 2320
Note: Rehearsal, performance on campus.

Drama 3341

Movement Studies II (Series)
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 2-4-0
Other hours: 0-0-25
Intensive performance-based study of dance and movement theatre techniques and methods of composition.
Prerequisite(s): One of Drama 2340 or Drama 2341

Drama 3510

Theatre for Young Audiences II
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 2-4-0
Other hours: 0-0-45
Current trends in Theatre for Young Audiences. Practical work and participation in the development and/or production of Theatre for Young Audiences scripts.
Prerequisite(s): Drama 2510
Note: Rehearsal, working weekends, performance off campus.

Drama 3600

Portfolio in Dramatic Arts II
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 0-0-0
Other hours: 0-0-75
Approved participation in one major production of the Department of Theatre and Dramatic Arts. Preparation of the material from the perspective of actor, designer, technician, or other faculty-approved role.
Prerequisite(s): Successful assignment to the cast or production staff of a Department of Theatre and Dramatic Arts production
Note: All students must complete an "Application and Approval for Production Credit" form. The form must be signed by the supervising faculty member no more than 10 days from the beginning of the student's assignment to the production.

Drama 3710

Improvisational Production
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 2-4-0
Other hours: 0-0-20
Improvisational approach to the creation of collaborative theatre.
Prerequisite(s): Drama 2100;
Drama 2710;
Drama 3100
Note: Production attendance, rehearsal.

Drama 3750

Playwriting
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Other hours: 0-0-20
The art and craft of writing for the stage with emphasis on the one-act play.
Prerequisite(s): Drama 2310;
Drama 2750
Note: Working weekend.

Drama 3760

Canadian Plays in Development
Credit hours: 6.0
Contact hours per week: Variable
Professional practicum in play development and production focussing on one or two previously unproduced Canadian works.
Prerequisite(s): Audition and/or interview
Recommended Background: Drama 2100;
Drama 2310;
Drama 2750
Equivalent: Drama 3850 (Canadian Plays in Development) (prior to 2006/2007)

Drama 3810

Production Techniques
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 2-4-0
Other hours: 0-0-30
Advanced technical theatre production techniques in one or more of the following areas: costumes, properties, sound, electrics, stage management, scenery and special effects.
Prerequisite(s): One of Drama 2811 or Drama 2812
Note: Rehearsal/production attendance.

Drama 3811

Production Techniques
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 2-4-0
Other hours: 0-0-30
Advanced technical theatre production techniques in one or more of the following areas: costumes, properties, sound, electrics, stage management, scenery and special effects.
Prerequisite(s): One of Drama 2811 or Drama 2812
Note: Rehearsal/production attendance.

Drama 3821

Technical Theatre Studies (Series)
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 2-4-0
Other hours: 0-0-30
Offerings in specific technical production techniques such as Stage Management, Costume Construction, Mask Making, Set Construction, Scene Painting, Advanced Makeup, CAD, and Properties, depending on student interest and faculty availability.
Prerequisite(s): Will be specified (including any recommended background) for individual offerings

Drama 3827

Design Techniques
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 2-4-0
Other hours: 0-0-25
Drafting for the stage, model construction and computer application to theatre design.
Prerequisite(s): Drama 2825
Note: Rehearsal/production attendance.

Drama 3845

Design for Theatre: Studio I (Series)
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 2-4-0
Other hours: 0-0-25
Interpretation, visualization and conceptualization of theatre design concentrating on one area: scenery, costumes or lighting.
Prerequisite(s): Drama 2100;
Drama 2825;
Additional prerequisites may be specified (including any recommended background) for individual offerings
Note: Rehearsal/production attendance.

Drama 3850

Topics in Dramatic Arts
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: Variable
Topics in Drama not covered by regular courses may be offered under this designation, depending on student interest and availability of faculty and expertise.
Prerequisite(s): Will be specified (including any recommended background) for individual offerings

Drama 3870

History of Costume
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
The development of clothing within Western civilization from antiquity to the present.
Prerequisite(s): Second-year standing (a minimum of 30.0 credit hours)
Recommended Background: One of Drama 2120 or Drama 2130

Drama 4211

Theories of Theatre
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Theories of theatre since Aristotle, with an emphasis on the 20th Century and contemporary critical theory.
Prerequisite(s): Drama 2130

Drama 4311

Performance Workshop
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Other hours: 0-0-30
Studio-based experiences of contemporary practices in live theatrical performance and theatre creation.
Prerequisite(s): Drama 3310
Note: Rehearsal/production attendance.

Drama 4312

Acting for the Camera
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 1-3-0
Other hours: 0-0-25
Techniques and processes used in performance for television, film, video, and web-based media.
Prerequisite(s): One of Drama 3310 or audition/interview
Equivalent: Drama 3850 (Acting for the Camera) (prior to 2007/2008)
Note: Rehearsal/production attendance.

Drama 4420

Directing
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 2-4-0
Other hours: 0-0-50
Advanced projects in directing.
Prerequisite(s): 13 courses (39.0 credit hours) in Drama including Drama 2310, Drama 2420, Drama 2812, and Drama 3100
Equivalent: Drama 3410 (prior to 2003/2004)
Note: Production attendance, rehearsal, performance on campus.

Drama 4600

Portfolio in Dramatic Arts III
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 0-0-0
Other hours: 0-0-100
Approved participation in one major production of the Department of Theatre and Dramatic Arts. Preparation of material from the perspective of actor, designer, technician, or other faculty-approved role.
Prerequisite(s): Successful assignment to the cast or production staff of a Department of Theatre and Dramatic Arts production
Note: All students must complete an "Application and Approval for Production Credit" form. The form must be signed by the supervising faculty member no more than 10 days from the beginning of the student's assignment to the production.

Drama 4810

Production Practicum
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 1-5-0
Other hours: 0-0-30
Concentration on one area of technical production.
Prerequisite(s): Drama 2100;
Drama 3810
Note: Rehearsal/production attendance.

Drama 4811

Production Practicum
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 1-5-0
Other hours: 0-0-30
Concentration on one area of technical production.
Prerequisite(s): Drama 2100;
Drama 3810
Note: Rehearsal/production attendance.

Drama 4835

Design for Theatre: Studio II
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 1-5-0
Other hours: 0-0-30
Interpretation, visualization, and conceptualization of design for theatre concentrating on scenery, properties, costumes, or lighting.
Prerequisite(s): Drama 3100;
Drama 3845
Equivalent: Drama 4826 (prior to 2003/2004)
Note: Rehearsal/production attendance.

Drama 4850

Topics in Dramatic Arts
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: Variable
Topics in Drama not covered by regular courses may be offered under this designation, depending on student interest and availability of faculty and expertise.
Prerequisite(s): Will be specified (including any recommended background) for individual offerings