Theatre: Stage Management 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 P626

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: DRAM 3713, DRAM 3723.
Total Credit Hours26

Drama Emphasis Areas

Stage Management Emphasis - Admission must occur no later than the spring semester of the sophomore year.

Stage Management Emphasis

DANC 1713Understanding Dance3
or MUNM 1113 The Understanding of Music
Choose the following for one hour per semester in freshman year:2
Stage Management Seminar I
DRAM 1811Music Notation and Score Reading for Stage Managers and Designers1
DRAM 1911Rehearsal and Production1
Choose the following for one hour per semester in sophomore year:2
Stage Management Seminar II
DRAM 2223Lighting Design3
DRAM 2413Sound Techniques3
DRAM 2813Stage Management3
DRAM 2821Design Drafting for Stage Managers1
Choose the following for one hour per semester in junior year:2
Stage Management Seminar III
A total of two hours is required:2
Topics in Dramatic Literature
Choose the following for two hours per semester in junior year:4
Stage Management Studio I
DRAM 3833Advanced Stage Management3
DRAM 3910Advanced Rehearsal and Production 11
Choose the following for one hour per semester in senior year:2
Stage Management Seminar IV
Choose the following for two hours per semester in senior year:4
Stage Management Studio II
DRAM 4853Theatre Management3
Upper-division Advised Drama Elective3
DANC/MTHR Movement Elective2
Advised Electives
Choose 15 hours from the School of Drama or outside the department 215
Total Credit Hours60

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

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
First SemesterCredit Hours
DRAM 1124 Stagecraft 4
DRAM 1141 Stage Management Seminar I 1
DRAM 1411 Makeup 1
DRAM 1513 Introduction to Acting 3
DRAM 1811 Music Notation and Score Reading for Stage Managers and Designers 1
DRAM 2013 Introduction to Theatrical Design and Production 3
ENGL 1113 Principles of English Composition (Core I) 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
DRAM 1114 Costume Construction 4
DRAM 1141 Stage Management Seminar I 1
DRAM 1911 Rehearsal and Production 1
ENGL 1213
Principles of English Composition (Core I)
or Expository Writing
3
First-Year Experience (Core V) 3
MATH (Core I) 1 3
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore
First Semester
DRAM 1134 Stage Lighting 4
DRAM 2141 Stage Management Seminar II 1
DRAM 2813 Stage Management 3
DRAM 2821 Design Drafting for Stage Managers 1
DRAM 3910 Advanced Rehearsal and Production 1
DANC/MTHR Movement elective 2
DANC 1713
Understanding Dance
or The Understanding of Music
3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
DRAM 2141 Stage Management Seminar II 1
DRAM 2223 Lighting Design 3
DRAM 2733 Introduction to Dramaturgy 3
DRAM 3910 Advanced Rehearsal and Production 1
HIST 1483
United States to 1865 (Core IV)
or United States, 1865 to the Present
3
Natural Science with lab (Core II) 4
 Credit Hours15
Junior
First Semester
DRAM 2413 Sound Techniques 3
DRAM 3141 Stage Management Seminar III 1
DRAM 3613 Directing I 3
DRAM 3713 History of the Theatre I (Core IV) 3
DRAM 3822 Stage Management Studio I 2
DRAM 3833 Advanced Stage Management 3
P SC 1113 American Federal Government (Core III) 3
 Credit Hours18
Second Semester
DRAM 3141 Stage Management Seminar III 1
DRAM 3723 History of the Theatre II (Core IV) 3
DRAM 3781 Topics in Dramatic Literature 1
DRAM 3822 Stage Management Studio I 2
DRAM 4853 Theatre Management 3
Upper-division Advised DRAM Elective 3
World Culture (Core IV) 2 3
 Credit Hours16
Senior
First Semester
DRAM 4141 Stage Management Seminar IV 1
DRAM 4822 Stage Management Studio II 2
Advised Elective 3
Advised Elective 3
Advised Elective 3
Natural Science without lab (Core II) 3-4
Beginning Language (Core I) 0-5
 Credit Hours15-21
Second Semester
DRAM 3781 Topics in Dramatic Literature 1
DRAM 4141 Stage Management Seminar IV 1
DRAM 4822 Stage Management Studio II 2
Choose one of the following: 3
Advised Elective
 
Theatre Management  
Advised Elective 3
Social Science (Core III) 3
Beginning Language continued (Core I) 0-5
Artistic Forms (Core IV) 2 3
 Credit Hours16-21
 Total Credit Hours126-136
  • At least 24 hours of upper-division Drama credit must be earned in residence as a declared major.
  • Bachelor’s degrees require a minimum of 40 hours of upper-division (3000-4000) coursework.
  • 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.