Theatre: Design Emphasis, B.F.A.

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Minimum Total Credit Hours: 126-136

Major Hours: 86

Minimum Upper-Division Hours: 40

Upper-Division Hours Within Major: 24


Overall GPA - Combined and OU: 2.50

Program Code: B275 P171

Admission

The Helmerich School of Drama follows the basic admission requirements of the University of Oklahoma and the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts. Please refer to those sections in this catalog for specific details. In addition, admission to the OU School of Drama is by audition and/or interview only and requires an on-campus audition (for acting emphasis) or portfolio review (for design or technology emphasis), and/or interview (for dramaturgy or stage management emphasis). Students must be officially accepted into the School of Drama by audition and/or interview before being allowed to enroll for classes.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama degree is designed to provide the student with a solid foundation in each basic area of the theatre, with an opportunity to begin specialization in the sophomore year. 

Students must choose one of the following emphasis areas.

  • Acting Emphasis - Students will audition during the second semester of the freshman year.
  • Design Emphasis - Emphasis review is required for admission to the design/tech emphasis area at the end of the freshman year.
  • Dramaturgy Emphasis - Students must apply during the second semester of the freshman year.
  • Stage Management Emphasis - Admission must occur no later than the spring semester of the sophomore year.

Major Requirements

A grade of C or better is required in all courses taken within the School of Drama.  Audition/Interview is required for admission to degree program.

Drama Core

DRAM 1114Costume Construction4
DRAM 1124Stagecraft4
DRAM 1134Stage Lighting4
DRAM 1411Makeup1
DRAM 1513Introduction to Acting3
DRAM 2013Introduction to Theatrical Design and Production3
DRAM 2733Introduction to Dramaturgy3
DRAM 3613Directing I3
DRAM 3910Advanced Rehearsal and Production1
The following courses are satisfied in General Education Requirements:
History of the Theatre I (Core IV)
History of the Theatre II (Core IV)
Total Credit Hours26

Drama Emphasis Areas

Design Emphasis—Emphasis review is required for admission to the design/tech emphasis area at the end of the freshman year.

Design Emphasis

Required Courses
DRAM 1133Drawing and Rendering3
DRAM 1911Rehearsal and Production1
DRAM 2153Scene Design3
DRAM 2223Lighting Design3
DRAM 2343History of Costume3
DRAM 3353Costume Design3
DRAM 3910Advanced Rehearsal and Production 11
DRAM 4073Developing the Professional Perspective3
DRAM 4253History of Decor3
MTHR 3143History of American Musical Theatre3
Track Courses
Choose one Design Emphasis Track:25
Scenic Design
Costume Design
Lighting Design
Sound Design
Electives
Choose 9 hours from the School of Drama or outside the department 29
Total Credit Hours60

Design Emphasis Tracks

Scenic Design

DRAM 2053Computer Aided Design I for the Theatre3
DRAM 2233Introduction to Technical Production3
DRAM 2423Drafting for the Theatre3
DRAM 3052Illustration I: Dry Media2
DRAM 3053Computer Aided Design II for the Theatre3
DRAM 3062Illustration II: Wet Media2
DRAM 4023Model Building3
DRAM 4113Scene Painting3
DRAM 4153Advanced Scene Design3
Total Credit Hours25

Costume Design

DRAM 2053Computer Aided Design I for the Theatre3
DRAM 2243Draping And Pattern Drafting I3
DRAM 2253Draping and Pattern Drafting II3
DRAM 3052Illustration I: Dry Media2
DRAM 3062Illustration II: Wet Media2
DRAM 3223Costume Construction Techniques3
DRAM 4233Costume Crafts for Theatre3
DRAM 4353Costume Design II3
DRAM 4363Costume Design III3
Total Credit Hours25

Lighting Design

DRAM 2053Computer Aided Design I for the Theatre3
DRAM 2233Introduction to Technical Production3
DRAM 2423Drafting for the Theatre3
DRAM 2813Stage Management3
DRAM 3052Illustration I: Dry Media2
DRAM 3053Computer Aided Design II for the Theatre3
DRAM 4163Lighting Musical Forms3
DRAM 4213Lighting Styles3
DRAM 4272Lighting Production2
Total Credit Hours25

Sound Design

DRAM 1811Music Notation and Score Reading for Stage Managers and Designers1
DRAM 2413Sound Techniques3
DRAM 2423Drafting for the Theatre3
DRAM 3053Computer Aided Design II for the Theatre3
DRAM 3413Sound Design3
DRAM 3443Digital Audio Techniques3
DRAM 4413Advanced Sound Design3
DRAM 4423Sound Scoring3
MUTK 4173Recording Techniques3
Total Credit Hours25

General Education and College Requirements

Courses designated as Core I, II, III, IV, or V are part of the General Education curriculum. Students must complete a minimum of 40 hours of General Education courses, chosen from the approved list, including at least one upper-division General Education course outside of the student’s major. Courses graded S/U or P/NP will not apply.

UNIVERSITY-WIDE GENERAL EDUCATION (MINIMUM 40 HOURS) AND COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS
Core Area I: Symbolic and Oral Communication
English Composition
ENGL 1113Principles of English Composition3
ENGL 1213Principles of English Composition3
or EXPO 1213 Expository Writing
Language
Two courses in the same language, (which can be met by successfully completing 2 years of the same language in high school)0-10
Mathematics
MATH 1473Mathematics for Critical Thinking (Core I) (or advised math elective)3
Core Area II: Natural Science
Choose two courses from different disciplines in the biological and/or physical sciences, one of which must include a laboratory7-8
Core Area III: Social Science
P SC 1113American Federal Government3
Choose one course3
Core Area IV: Arts and Humanities
Artistic Forms
Choose one course 13
Western Culture
HIST 1483United States to 18653
or HIST 1493 United States, 1865 to the Present
DRAM 3713History of the Theatre I3
DRAM 3723History of the Theatre II3
World Culture
Choose one course 13
Core Area V: First-Year Experience
Choose one course3
Total Credit Hours40-51

Suggested Semester Plan of Study

At least 24 hours of upper-division Drama credit must be earned in residence as a declared major.

This plan of study should not be used in lieu of academic advisement.  Unless otherwise stated on the degree sheet, the College of Fine Arts does not permit coursework to fulfill more than one degree requirement.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
First SemesterCredit Hours
DRAM 1114 Costume Construction 4
DRAM 1133 Drawing and Rendering 3
DRAM 1411 Makeup 1
DRAM 1513 Introduction to Acting 3
DRAM 1811 Music Notation and Score Reading for Stage Managers and Designers 1 0-1
ENGL 1113 Principles of English Composition (Core I) 3
 Credit Hours14-15
Second Semester
DRAM 1124 Stagecraft 4
DRAM 2013 Introduction to Theatrical Design and Production 3
DRAM 2423
Drafting for the Theatre 5
or History of Costume
3
ENGL 1213
Principles of English Composition (Core I)
or Expository Writing
3
First-Year Experience (Core V) 3
 Credit Hours16
Sophomore
First Semester
DRAM 1134 Stage Lighting 4
DRAM 2153
Scene Design 2
or Costume Design
3
DRAM 2733 Introduction to Dramaturgy 3
MATH (Core I) 3 3
Choose one of the following: 3
Social Science (Core III)
 
Sound Techniques 1  
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
DRAM 1911 Rehearsal and Production 1
Natural Science with lab (Core II) 4
DRAM 2223 Lighting Design 3
DRAM 2343
History of Costume 5
or Computer Aided Design I for the Theatre
3
MTHR 3143 History of American Musical Theatre 3
Choose one of the following: 3
DRAM Design Track Course
 
Sound Design 1  
 Credit Hours17
Junior
First Semester
DRAM 3053
Computer Aided Design II for the Theatre 1
or Illustration I: Dry Media
2-3
DRAM 3613 Directing I 3
DRAM 3713 History of the Theatre I (Core IV) 3
DRAM 4253 History of Decor 3
Choose one of the following: 3
Scene Design  
Costume Design  
Digital Audio Techniques 1  
Choose one of the following: 3
DRAM Design Track Course
 
Advanced Sound Design 1  
 Credit Hours17-18
Second Semester
P SC 1113 American Federal Government (Core III) 3
World Culture (Core IV) 4 3
DRAM 3723 History of the Theatre II (Core IV) 3
DRAM 3910 Advanced Rehearsal and Production 1
DRAM Design Track Course 2-3
Choose one of the following: 3
DRAM Design Track Course
 
Recording Techniques 1  
 Credit Hours15-16
Senior
First Semester
Beginning Language (Core I) 0-5
Artistic Forms (Core IV) 4 3
DRAM 3910 Advanced Rehearsal and Production 1
DRAM 4073 Developing the Professional Perspective 3
Choose one of the following: 3
DRAM Design Track Course
 
Sound Scoring 1  
Choose one of the following: 3
DRAM Design Track Course
 
Social Science (Core III) 1
 
Choose one of the following: 3
Elective
 
Costume Design 1  
 Credit Hours16-21
Second Semester
Beginning Language continued (Core I) 0-5
Natural Science without lab (Core II) 3-4
HIST 1483
United States to 1865 (Core IV)
or United States, 1865 to the Present
3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Choose one of the following: 3
DRAM Design Track Course
 
Elective 1
 
 Credit Hours15-21
 Total Credit Hours126-136