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B.A. in Theatre

Contact Person:
Don Borsh, Chair
222 Performing Arts Center, (315) 267-2233, borshdp@potsdam.edu

40 credit hours required.

All courses must be passed with a grade of 2.0 or higher to count towards the major.

The Theatre Major is designed to provide a thorough undergraduate study in all aspects of the theatrical arts. It prepares students for successful participation in professional theatre activities after graduation or for further study in graduate school.

The required courses, integrated with an active production program, introduce students to the theoretical and practical aspects of acting, directing, technical theatre, design, history and dramatic literature. Additional advanced course offerings, participation in theatrical productions, and internships provide further opportunities to individualize and broaden the student’s undergraduate experience and skills.

Auditions for the theatre productions are open to all SUNY Potsdam students. Interested students, regardless of major, are also invited to join the Student Government Association organization, Theatre Guild. Theatre Guild sponsors student-directed productions, and its members participate by directing, designing, and performing.

Students majoring in theatre may also elect to complete a minor in Acting or Design and Production, Non-theatre majors may pursue their interests by minoring in Acting, Design and Technical Theatre, or Theatre Studies.

All courses are 3 credits unless noted. Credits are divided as follows:

Core Requirements (Credits 25)
DRAM 101 Introduction to Performance Studies
DRAM 206 Fundamentals of Technical Theatre (4) (prerequisite for DRAM 207) OR
DRAM 223 Costume Construction (4) (prerequisite for DRAM 207)
DANC/DRAM 207 Technical Theatre Production I (1)
DRAM 210 Interpretation and Analysis of Plays
DRAM 251 Foundations of Design for the Stage
DANC/DRAM 307 Technical Theatre Production II (2@1 credit each)
DRAM 312 Theatre History I
DRAM 313 Theatre History II
DRAM 414 Contemporary Topics

Performance Requirement: (Credits 3)
DANC/DRAM 120 Performance Explorations OR
DRAM 235 Introduction to Acting

Upper Division Electives: chosen from the following (Credits 9 minimum)
DANC/DRAM 223 Costume Construction (4)
DRAM 237 Spoken Word
DANC/DRAM 244 Stage management
DRAM 302 Directing I
DRAM 314 Costume History
DRAM 323 Advanced Costume Construction
DRAM 331 Costume Design
DRAM 333 Stage Make-up and Mask Design
DRAM 336 Scene Study (Acting II) (prerequisite for DRAM 302 and advance acting classes)
DRAM 337 Shakespeare and Verse
DRAM 338 Audition Techniques
DANC 343 Advanced Stagecraft
DRAM 351 Design with Computer Models
DRAM 353 Scene Design
DANC/DRAM 355 Lighting Design
DRAM 363 Theatre for Young Audiences
DRAM 364 Applied Theatre
DRAM 403 Directing II (4)
DRAM 438 Acting for Camera
DRAM 439 Comedy and Styles
DRAM 441 Pivotal Playwrights

Capstone Course (Credits 3)
All students are required to complete a Capstone Experiential/ Applied Learning Course. It may be taken as one of the Special Projects courses (DRAM 487-499) or as an Internship (INTD ***) with approval of the academic adviser, department chair and, when applicable, the Director of Internships. The option of Special Project in Theatre Arts during the senior year is with approval of the academic adviser and the department faculty for a minimum of 3 credits.

Notes

  1. All students are required to complete a Senior Project in Theatre Arts during the senior year with approval of a faculty adviser and the department (for a minimum of 3 credits). The project may be taken as one of the Senior Projects courses (DRAM 485-497) or as an Internship (INTD ***) with approval of the Director of Internships.
  2. Theatre Majors are required to attend all Theatre and Dance productions. Theatre Major Policies on Student Grades and Performing Any student receiving a grade of 1.0 or less for any course offered through the Department of Theatre and Dance will be ineligible for casting in any student directed or choreographed production during the semester immediately following the semester in which the failing grade is issued. Eligibility in faculty directed or choreographed productions will be left to the discretion of the directing faculty member and the Department Chair.

Theatre Major Policies on Student Grades and Performing
Any student receiving a grade of 1.0 or less for any course offered through the Department of Theatre and Dance will be ineligible for casting in any student directed or choreographed production during the semester immediately following the semester in which the failing grade is issued. Eligibility in faculty directed or choreographed productions will be left to the discretion of the directing faculty member and the Department Chair.