Theatre: Dramaturgy 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 P186

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

Dramaturgy Emphasis - Students must apply during the second semester of the freshman year.

Dramaturgy Emphasis

Required Courses
DRAM 1523Character Study for the Actor3
DRAM 2513Scene Study for the Actor3
Choose one of the following:3
History of American Musical Theatre
History of Costume
History of Decor
DRAM 4733Dramaturgy Seminar3
DRAM 3623Directing II3
Choose one of the following:6
Performing Shakespeare
and Voice and Speech II
Shakespeare Comedies
and Shakespeare Tragedies
DRAM 1731Dramaturgy Studio 11
DRAM 2731Dramaturgy Studio 21
DRAM 3731Dramaturgy Studio 31
Advised Drama Electives
Choose 18 hours18
Advised General Electives
Choose eighteen hours from the following: 118
Drama, literature film, and critical studies courses in the Department of English
Western and World Culture courses in the Department of History
Music, arts, or dance history courses in the Schools of Art, Dance, or Music
Advanced courses in a world language and its literature
Courses in Anthropology, Classics, Communication, Film and Media Studies, Letters or Linguistics
Total Credit Hours60

Advised Drama Electives

DRAM 1133Drawing and Rendering3
DRAM 2053Computer Aided Design I for the Theatre3
DRAM 2153Scene Design3
DRAM 2223Lighting Design3
DRAM 2813Stage Management3
DRAM 3353Costume Design3
DRAM 3513Performing Departures from Realism 13
DRAM 3523Performing New Plays 13
DRAM 3643Voice And Speech III3
DRAM 4743The Modern Theatre3
DRAM 4773Playwriting I3
DRAM 4783Playwriting II3
DRAM 4810Performance Practicum1-2
DRAM 4853Theatre Management3
DRAM 4940Special Topics in Theatre2-6
DRAM 4970Special Topics/Seminar1-3
Courses not taken to satisfy Required Courses 2

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 1411 Makeup 1
DRAM 1513 Introduction to Acting 3
ENGL 1113 Principles of English Composition (Core I) 3
MATH (Core I) 1 3
DRAM 1731 Dramaturgy Studio 1 1
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
DRAM 1124 Stagecraft 4
DRAM 1523 Character Study for the Actor 3
ENGL 1213
Principles of English Composition (Core I)
or Expository Writing
3
Natural Science with lab (Core II) 4
First-Year Experience (Core V) 3
 Credit Hours17
Sophomore
First Semester
DRAM 1134 Stage Lighting 4
DRAM 2513 Scene Study for the Actor 3
DRAM 2733 Introduction to Dramaturgy 3
Choose one of the following: 3
History of American Musical Theatre  
History of Costume  
History of Decor  
P SC 1113 American Federal Government (Core III) 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
DRAM 2013 Introduction to Theatrical Design and Production 3
DRAM 2731 Dramaturgy Studio 2 1
DRAM 3910 Advanced Rehearsal and Production 1
DRAM Advised Elective 3
DRAM Advised Elective 3
Advised General Elective 3
HIST 1483
United States to 1865 (Core IV)
or United States, 1865 to the Present
3
 Credit Hours17
Junior
First Semester
DRAM 3613 Directing I 3
DRAM 3713 History of the Theatre I (Core IV) 3
DRAM 4733 Dramaturgy Seminar 3
ENGL 4523 Shakespeare Comedies 3 0-3
DRAM Advised Elective 3
Advised General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15-18
Second Semester
Choose one of the following: 3-6
Performing Shakespeare
and Voice and Speech II 3
 
Shakespeare Tragedies 3  
DRAM 3623 Directing II 3
DRAM 3723 History of the Theatre II (Core IV) 3
DRAM 3731 Dramaturgy Studio 3 1
Natural Science without lab (Core II) 3-4
 Credit Hours13-17
Senior
First Semester
DRAM Advised Elective 3
Advised General Elective 3
Advised General Elective 3
Artistic Forms (Core IV) 3
Social Science (Core III) 3
Beginning Language (Core I) 0-5
 Credit Hours15-20
Second Semester
DRAM Advised Elective 3
Advised General Elective 3
Advised General Elective 3
Advised General Elective 3
World Culture (Core IV) 2 3
Beginning Language continued (Core I) 0-5
 Credit Hours15-20
 Total Credit Hours126-136