Drama Majors

What does a major in Dramatic Art involve?

The Department of Dramatic Art (DDA) gives its majors a broad understanding and appreciation of theatre on artistic and cultural levels. In the classroom, students study the history of theater and develop skills in performance and production. Students are also given the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular dramatic productions. Students are involved in every aspect of departmental shows, from acting and directing to design, scenic construction, and run crew.

Do I have to audition?

No, auditions are not required, but we’d love to have you visit with us. Depending on the month, you can see a class, talk to professors and students, and even see a production. Please call (919) 962-1132 to make arrangements.

Do I have to participate in extra-curricular productions?

Participation in such productions takes time, energy and dedication. It is not required, but it is strongly encouraged, as it brings to the student’s education a level of practical experience not available to most undergraduates.

What will I be able to do with a B.A. in Dramatic Art?

The DDA is, of course, particularly suited to those pursuing future professional or academic careers in theatre. However, the Dramatic Art major also provides an excellent background for work in related fields such as teaching, advertising, journalism, public relations, communications, arts management, business, and arts institutions.

What is required for a B.A. in Dramatic Art? *As of Fall 2016

A.  DRAM 120 Play Analysis (3 credits). This course is a prerequisite to the acting, directing and literature / history courses required for the major.

B. Three Courses (9 credits) in Dramatic Literature / Theatre History/ Criticism

  • DRAM 281 Theatre History and Literature I
  • DRAM 282 Theatre History and Literature II
    The remaining course would be chosen from:
  • DRAM 283 Theatre History and Literature III
  • DRAM 284 Studies in Dramatic Theory and Criticism
  • DRMA 285 Modern British Drama
  • DRAM 286 Modern Irish Drama
  • DRAM 287 African-American Theatre
  • DRAM 289 Contemporary Irish Drama
  • DRAM 291 Replaying Shakespeare in East Asia
  • DRAM 292 “Corner of the Sky”: The American Musical
  • DRAM 294 Arts Criticism
  • DRAM 297 African American Woman in Theater
  • DRAM 298 African Woman in Theater
  • DRAM 486 Latin American Theater
  • DRAM 489 Carnivals and Festivals of the African Diaspora

C. Three courses (9 credits), Artistic Practice

  • DRAM 150 Beginning Acting for Majors
  • DRAM 300 Directing
  • DRAM 277 Introduction to Theatrical Design

D. Costume Production or Technical Production. One course (3 Credits) must be chosen from:

  • DRAM 191 Technical Methods: Scenery
  • DRAM 192 Technical Methods: Costume

E. DRAM 193 Production Practicum (3 credits)


For those interested in funding development and/or travel in theatre arts, Department grants are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Kathleen Ford Fund for Undergraduate Summer Activity is a fund available solely for travel for Summer 2020. Email Adam Versényi for more information.