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Undergraduate Record 2023-2024 
    
Undergraduate Record 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED RECORD]

Drama


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For more information, contact Associate Professor Doug Grissom, Undergraduate Advisor, Department of Drama, Drama Building, 109 Culbreth Rd., P.O. Box 400128, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4128; (434) 243-7752 or (434) 924-3326; www.virginia.edu/drama.

 

Prerequisites


Completion of a DRAM or DANC course at the 2000 level or above, with a minimum grade of C.

Requirements for Major


33 credits total: 9 Discovery hours, 12 Learning Areas hours, and 12 Focused Inquiry hours.

Discovery - 9 credit hours


These courses provide foundational ideas, practices, and methods in theatre studies. Establishing a context for exploration and synthesis during and after undergraduate study, each class is essential to our department’s theoretical and practical approaches to theatre and dance.

Learning Areas - 12 credit hours


Each learning area includes several mid-level courses addressing key specialties within the fields of Drama and Dance. All the courses are frequently taught and may be taken without prerequisite. Drawn from across the departmental curriculum, they are grouped by similarity in method, content, or aims.

Interpretation and Invention (3 credit hours)


These courses explore how we create and tell stories through performance history, text, or creative media.

Critical Responses and Social Engagement (3 credit hours)


These courses analyze theatre, performance, dance, and/or popular entertainment within broader political and cultural contexts.

Creating Performance (3 credit hours)


These courses prepare students for production-oriented learning in embodiment and performance.

Crafting Performance (3 credit hours)


These courses explore the complex structures that surround performance through technology, media, management, and engaging an audience.

Focused Inquiry - 12 credit hours


Working with their advisors, students craft a plan for further opportunities to specialize or for exploration into new areas they’ve not yet explored in theatre or dance. Opportunities for applied performance, production, and design work may also be used to fulfill part of a student’s plan of study.

Focused Inquiry: 12 credits in Drama or Dance at 2000 level or above, 6 of which must be from courses 3000 or above

Note: Courses may only be taken once to fulfill Focused Inquiry requirements.


Possible courses: 

Requirements for Drama Minor - Total Credits: 18


18 credits total: 3 Discovery hours, 9 Learning Areas hours, and 6 Focused Inquiry hours

Discovery (3 credit hours)


These courses provide foundational ideas, practices, and methods in theatre studies. 


Choose one of the following courses:

Learning Areas (9 credit hours)


Each learning area includes several mid-level courses addressing key specialties within the fields of theatre and dance.

(Choose one course from three of the following areas)

Interpretation and Invention


These courses explore how we create and tell stories through performance history, text, or creative media.

Critical Responses and Social Engagement


These courses analyze theatre, performance, dance, and/or popular entertainment within broader political and cultural contexts.

Creating Performance


These courses prepare students for production-oriented learning in embodiment and performance.

Crafting Performance


These courses explore the complex structures that surround performance through technology, media, management, and engaging an audience.

Focused Inquiry (6 credit hours)


Working with their advisors, students craft a plan for further opportunities to specialize or for exploration into new areas they’ve not yet explored in theatre.

  • 6 credit hours of Drama courses at the 2000 level or above.

3 of these credits must be at the 3000 level or above.

            Possible courses: refer to the Focused Inquiry list in the Drama Major section above.

Drama Activities


The activities of the Department of Drama include the mainstage season, the New Works Festival, and the student-run Lab Series. In addition, in the summer the department runs the professional Virginia Festival Theatre. All productions are presented in the Helms, Culbreth and the Ruth Caplin Theatres located in the Department of Drama building on Culbreth Road.

Course Descriptions


Note: Course prerequisites may be waived with instructor permission.

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