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Drama Major (DRAM)

Degree: Bachelor of Fine Arts

Required: 124–128 semester hours, to include at least 36 hours at or above the 300 course level

Available Concentrations and AOS Codes:
Acting, U881
Design & Technical Theatre, U882
Technical Production, U885
Theatre Education, K–12 Teaching Licensure, U883

The B.F.A. Drama Major emphasizes that theatre is a discipline involving three basic factors: talent, study, and practice. Only students who show evidence of talent and who work to perfect it through classroom study combined with practical application in the production program will be continued in the major. Transfer students should note that this program is concerned with the maturation of the young artist. Thus enrollment for six semesters (three years) is required even when study is begun in the junior year. Students are formally reviewed for continuance in the B.F.A. programs each year. Continuance depends on academic and artistic achievement, and the student’s overall professional development.

Admission to the B.F.A. in Drama Major

Students pursuing the B.F.A. in Drama select from four concentrations: Acting; Design and Technical Theatre; Technical Production; or Theatre Education (with teacher licensure).

Admission to Acting, Design and Technical Theatre, and Technical Production Concentrations

Provisional admission is granted to the B.F.A. in Acting, the B.F.A. in Design/Technology, and the B.F.A. in Technical Production during Fall semester. At the end of Fall semester, students formally audition or, in the case of Design/ Technology and Technical Production applicants, are interviewed for admission to these programs. Students should consult their faculty advisors for detailed audition and interview requirements. Admission to these programs is very competitive.

Admission to Theatre Education Concentration

Provisional admission is granted to students in the Theater Education concentration during the first three semesters. After receiving passing scores on the Praxis I, and achieving a 3.0 GPA, students apply for admission to the Teachers Academy in the second semester of the sophomore year. A faculty interview is required for admission.

Transfer students should note that the program is concerned with the maturation and sequential training of the young artist/educator. Thus, enrollment for six semesters (three years) is required, even when students begin study in their junior year. Students planning to transfer to UNCG to pursue a B.F.A. in Theatre Education are cautioned to take courses that meet General Education Core (GEC) requirements instead of taking courses in the major.

Continuance in the B.F.A. Drama Major

As part of developing appropriate professional understanding, B.F.A. Acting students must complete one production assignment each semester in the freshman year and a total of six more assignments during their sophomore, junior, and senior years. Four of the B.F.A. Acting students’ production assignments must be in technical-related activities.

B.F.A. Design and Technical Theatre and Technical Production students must complete one production assignment each semester in the freshman year and a total of six more assignments during the sophomore, junior, and senior years.

B.F.A. in Theatre Education students must maintain a 3.0 minimum GPA, complete 70 hours of pre-approved field experience in K–12 schools prior to student teaching, and complete a minimum of two stage management assignments in their program.

B.F.A. transfer students in Acting, Design and Technical Theatre, and Technical Production are required to complete one production assignment each semester in the program. THR 190/191 and THR 490/491 credit is earned for these production assignments as noted in the outline of requirements stated below.

Internship Requirements

B.F.A. Acting, Design and Technical Theatre, and Technical Production majors are required to complete an internship. The internship may be fulfilled in the UNCG Summer Theatre Program, in the North Carolina Theatre for Young People touring company, or in an intensive, off-campus theatre program that is approved by the Theatre faculty. Transfer students should make arrangements to schedule the internship as soon as possible. Internships must be approved prior to completion of the internship duties.

All Theatre majors are expected to read and abide by the policies published in the student handbooks, available online.

Acting, Design & Technical Theatre, and Technical Production Concentrations
(124 semester hours)

Requirements


 

I General Education Core Requirements (GEC)

See complete GEC requirements and approved course listings for all categories.

Core Category

S.H.

Students may select courses for:

 

Philosophical, Religious, Ethical Principles (GPR)

3

Historical Perspectives on Western Culture (GHP)

3

Mathematics (GMT)

3

Natural Sciences (GNS)
one must be a laboratory course; each must have a
different departmental prefix

6–7

Reasoning and Discourse (GRD)
ENG 101 or FMS 115 or RCO 101, and one additional GRD course

6

Social and Behavioral Sciences (GSB)

6

 

 

Department specifies courses for:

 

Literature (GLT)
required for Acting Concentration: ENG 339 or 340

required for Design & Technical Theatre & Technical Production Concentrations: THR 500

3

Fine Arts (GFA)
required for all Concentrations: THR 502

3

One additional GLT course
required: THR 501

3

 

II General Education Marker Requirements

See details and courses. It is possible to meet all GE Marker Requirements while completing the GE Core requirements or courses required by the major/ concentration.

Students may select courses for:

Global/Global Non-Western Perspectives (GL/GN)
four (4) courses carrying GL/GN markers, at least one of which must carry the GN marker

One Speaking Intensive (SI) Course
In addition to this SI Marker requirement, students must also complete a second SI course within the major. All programs have identified at least one course among their major requirements that is taught as Speaking Intensive.

One Writing Intensive (WI) Course
In addition to this WI Marker requirement, students must also complete a second WI course within the major. All programs have identified at least one course among their major requirements that is taught as Writing Intensive.

 

III Major and Related Area Requirements

Acting Concentration

Major Requirements

  1. Acting Studies: THR 120; 221, 222, 321, and 322 repeated for a total of eight (8) s.h.; 231, 232, 331, 332, 539, 531, 532, 534
  2. Technical Theatre Studies: THR 140, 145; one course selected from 361, 351, and 370
  3. Other Theatre Studies: THR 190/191 repeated for four semester hours, and THR 490/491 repeated for four s.h.; THR 201, 410, 500*, 501, and 502*
  4. Completion of approved internship

Related Area Requirements

  1. MUS 125 (2 s.h.)
  2. THR 320 plus three dance courses selected in consultation with advisor
  3. ESS 170
  4. ENG 339* or 340*

*ENG 339 or 340 and THR 500 satisfy GLT; THR 502 satisfies GFA.

 

Design & Technical Theatre Concentration

Major and Related Area Requirements

  1. Design & Technical Theatre Studies: THR 140, 145, complete two (2) of THR 242, 244, 246; THR 190195 repeated for four (4) s.h., 245, 351, 361, 370, 490496 repeated for four (4) s.h., 498, 503, 504; ART 120, 140

    Note: Four (4) s.h. of 190195/490496 must be in scenery, costume, box office/publicity, running crew and/or production assignments. Transfer students must complete one 190195 or 490496 course per semester of residency in major.
    • six (6) courses selected from THR 242, 244, 246 (if not used above), 260, 345, 346, 395, 540, 541, 542, 543, 544, 545, 548, 549, 551, 552, 560, 570, 575, 584, 586, 587; ART 220, 221 ; CST 350; CRS 211; HEA 338
  2. Performance Studies: THR 231 and 410
  3. Other Theatre Studies: THR 201, 500*, 501, and 502*
  4. Completion of approved internship

*THR 500 satisfies GLT; THR 502 satisfies GFA.

 

Technical Production Concentration

Major and Related Area Requirements

  1. Technology Studies: THR 140, 145; complete two (2) of 242, 244, 246; THR 190195 repeated for four (4) s.h., 245, 284, 351, 361, 370, 490496 repeated for four (4) s.h., 498.

    Note: Four (4) semester hours of 190195/490496 must be in scenery, costume, box office/publicity, running crew, and/or production assignments. Transfer students must complete one 190195 or 490496 course per semester of residency in major.
    • six (6) courses selected from THR 242, 244, 246 (if not used above), 260, 345, 346, 503, 504, 540, 541, 542, 543, 544, 545, 548, 549, 575, 584, 586, 587; ART 120, 140; CST 350; CRS 211; HEA 338; MGT 200; MST 207; MUS 131
  2. Performance Studies: THR 231 and 410
  3. Other Theatre Studies: THR 201, 500*, 501, and 502*
  4. Completion of approved internship

*THR 500 satisfies GLT; THR 502 satisfies GFA.

IV Electives

Acting Concentration

Major electives of 9 semester hours required for degree, and additional electives sufficient to complete the 124 semester hours required for degree.

Design & Technical Theatre Concentration

Electives sufficient to complete the 124 semester hours required for degree.

Technical Production Concentration

Electives sufficient to complete the 124 semester hours required for degree.

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See Requirements For the Theatre Education Concentration