Dramatic Arts

http://www.miracosta.edu/DRAM

The Dramatic Arts program includes theoretical and practical courses in all aspects of theatre. Students take courses to prepare for a transfer major in dramatic arts, for professional training, or to fulfill general education requirements. Performance and technical theatre opportunities are available to both majors and non-majors. Career options include both creative and technical work in the performing arts/entertainment industry, such as live theatre, film, television, and broadcasting; academic research and teaching; and other communications-related fields, such as advertising and public relations.

Contact Information

Chair: Tracy Williams

Dean: Jonathan Fohrman

www.miracosta.edu/DRAM

Department: Theatre and Film

Office: Building OC4700, 760.795.6844

Full-Time Faculty

Eric Bishop
Andrew Layton
Tracy Williams

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

The degree programs include the completion of a general education (GE) pattern of courses. The knowledge, skills, and abilities gained as a result of completing general education, referred to as GE outcomes, can be viewed here.

Dramatic Arts Associate in Arts Degree

PSLO: Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to demonstrate theatrical techniques-theories and adapt production practices.

Design and Technology Associate in Arts Degree and Certificate of Achievement

PSLO: Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to participate in and effectively observe, analyze, and critique the strengths and weaknesses of dramatic performances, taking into account various aspects of their design and technical production, including but not limited to scenic design, lighting design, overall stagecraft, lighting, makeup, and sound.

Associate in Arts in Theatre Arts for Transfer Degree

PSLO: Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to demonstrate theatrical techniques-theories and adapt production practices.

Associate Degrees

Associate in Arts Degree

Dramatic Arts

The Dramatic Arts program offers lower-division preparation for students who plan on transferring to pursue a bachelor's degree in dramatic arts. Students planning to transfer and/or earn this associate degree may also need to complete additional requirements or electives required by the transfer institution, as many CSUs and UCs have unique admissions and preparation-for-the-major requirements. Students should meet with a MiraCosta College counselor to identify required courses and to develop a written plan for their targeted university.

Required courses: 
DRAM 105Introduction to Theatre3
DRAM 107Introduction to Design for Performance3
DRAM 123Script Analysis for Performance and Design3
DRAM 130Acting I3
DRAM 253Stage Makeup3
DRAM 256Stagecraft3
Select at least 3 units from the following:3
Rehearsal and Performance - Technical Theatre
Rehearsal and Performance -- Acting
Rehearsal and Performance -- Musical Theatre
Total Units21

Associate in Arts Degree

Associate in Arts in Theatre Arts for Transfer Degree

Students completing this associate degree will have completed lower-division major preparation requirements for a theatre arts degree, an emphasis or option within a theatre arts degree, or a degree considered similar to theatre arts at a participating California State University (CSU) campus. Following transfer to a participating CSU campus, students will be required to complete no more than 60 units to obtain a bachelor’s degree; however, some CSU campuses accepting this degree may require additional lower-division major preparation. This degree may not be appropriate preparation for students transferring to a non-participating CSU campus or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a MiraCosta counselor for further information regarding the most efficient pathway to transfer as a theatre arts major and to determine which CSU campuses are participating in this program. Career options for those who attain a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts include actor, set designer, stage manager, artist, designer, museum curator, photographer, illustrator, and other related career paths.

To complete the degree, students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete 60 semester (90 quarter) CSU transferable units
  • Complete all courses required in the major with a “C” or better
  • Complete the CSU-GE or CSU-IGETC general education pattern
  • Achieve a minimum CSU transferable GPA of 2.0
  • Complete a minimum of 12 units in residence at MiraCosta College.
Required Core: (6 units)
DRAM 105Introduction to Theatre **3
DRAM 130Acting I *3
May select a maximum of 3 units from courses below:3
Rehearsal and Performance - Technical Theatre
Rehearsal and Performance -- Acting
Rehearsal and Performance -- Musical Theatre
List A:9
Introduction to Design for Performance
Script Analysis for Performance and Design
Stage Lighting
Introduction to Stage Costume
Acting II
Stage Makeup
Stagecraft
May select a maximum of 3 units from courses below if not used in Required Core above:
Rehearsal and Performance - Technical Theatre
Rehearsal and Performance -- Acting
Rehearsal and Performance -- Musical Theatre
Total Units18

To insure this degree is completed with no more than 60 units, students should select courses that will also satisfy a general education requirement on the CSU-GE or IGETC-CSU general education pattern. Students are also strongly advised to complete the CSU History, Constitution, and American Ideals requirement prior to transfer.

*

Course approved for the CSU-GE general education pattern.

**

 Course approved for the CSU-GE and IGETC-CSU general education patterns.

Associate in Arts Degree

Design and Technology

Students may earn the above-named associate degree by completing a certificate of achievement and the general education courses required for MiraCosta College's Associate in Arts degree (see Associate Degrees). Students should meet with a MiraCosta counselor to identify required courses and to develop a written educational plan for the specific degree or certificate they wish to earn.

Certificate

Certificate of Achievement

Design and Technology

This occupational certificate program prepares students for professional careers in theatre, film, television, music, and/or dance by teaching skills in scenery, costumes, lighting, sound, and makeup.

Required courses: 
DRAM 105Introduction to Theatre3
DRAM 107Introduction to Design for Performance3
DRAM 123Script Analysis for Performance and Design3
DRAM 139Stage and Concert Management3
or DRAM 253 Stage Makeup
DRAM 141Stage Lighting3
DRAM 146Introduction to Stage Costume3
DRAM 256Stagecraft3
DRAM 270Rehearsal and Performance - Technical Theatre *3
Total Units24
*

To complete the DRAM 270 requirement, multiple sections must be taken in any unit combination to fulfill a total of 3 units.

Courses Related in Content (CRC)

Active participatory dramatic arts courses that are related in content are grouped together. Students are allowed four enrollments within each CRC group, but each course may be taken only once unless its catalog description indicates it is repeatable. Enrollments include any combination of course completions (with an evaluative or nonevaluative symbol recorded on the student's transcript), withdrawals, and repetition.

Acting CRC
Acting I
Acting for the Camera
Acting II
Actor's Academy CRC
Shakespearean Acting Lab
Advanced Performance Lab
Voice and Movement CRC
Practicum of Voice and Diction
Voice and Diction
Movement for the Stage

Courses

DRAM 105: Introduction to Theatre

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1007.00)

This course exposes students to fundamental practices and creative processes in dramatic arts, focusing on the relationship of theatre to various cultures throughout history and on the contributions of significant individuals. It introduces elements of the production process, including collaboration, playwriting, acting, directing, design, and criticism, and it explores differing periods, styles, and genres of theatre through reading, discussion, films, and live theatre critique. Students are required to attend college theatre performances. C-ID THTR-111.

DRAM 107: Introduction to Design for Performance

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (1006.00)

This course explores the principles, elements, techniques, and practices of design for performance. Topics include analysis of space, movement, mood, period, style, texture, materials, and color using industry-standard techniques of rendering, model-making, drafting, and presentation. The classroom experience stresses the importance of working collaboratively on projects and understanding critique as part of the design process. Students are required to attend college theatrical performances. C-ID THTR-172.

DRAM 109: Practicum of Voice and Diction

Units: 1
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Laboratory 3 hours. (1007.00)

This course emphasizes vocal training for actors. It includes the basics of vocal training: projection, articulation, expression, breathing techniques, and relaxation as needed for theatrical productions.

DRAM 110: Voice and Diction

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in COMM 110.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1007.00)

This course introduces students to techniques for improving the quality, flexibility, and effectiveness of the speaking voice. Students examine and practice clear articulation of American English sounds. Topics include vocal expressiveness and variety, physical relaxation, posture, breath control techniques, and the International Phonetic Alphabet. Attendance at local theatrical productions is required.

DRAM 120: Dramatic Literature (Ancient Greeks to Shakespeare)

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1007.00)

This course introduces students to dramatic literature from the Greeks to the Seventeenth Century. It emphasizes the analysis of dramatic structure and practice, including reading strategies, character and plot analyses, and production practices and styles of the historical periods covered. Students may be required to attend live performances.

DRAM 121: Dramatic Literature (Restoration to Present)

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1007.00)

This course introduces students to dramatic literature from the 18th century to the present. It emphasizes the analysis of dramatic structure and practice, including reading strategies, character and plot analyses, and production practices and styles of the historical period covered. Students may be required to attend live performances.

DRAM 123: Script Analysis for Performance and Design

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1007.00)

This course explores the principles, theories, and techniques of play script analysis and script scoring for theatrical production. Students learn how to read and break down a play for textual analysis, script scoring, dramatic structure, imagery, and character development. Students are required to attend live theatrical performances. C-ID THTR-151.

DRAM 126: Shakespearean Acting Lab

Units: 1
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Audition.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Laboratory 3 hours. (1007.00)

This lab course focuses on the basics of classical acting techniques, including comprehension and delivery of Shakespeare's works. It includes ensemble work, exercises, games, and the examination of universal themes. Students are required to attend local theatrical productions.

DRAM 130: Acting I

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (1007.00)

This course focuses on the fundamentals of acting and performance techniques based on Stanislavski's principles. It emphasizes the ability to express thought, emotion, and character through the effective use of voice, movement, and script analysis. Students are required to attend live theatrical performances.

DRAM 133: Performance and Design Portfolio Practicum

Units: 1
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Audition, nomination, or interview.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Laboratory 3 hours. (1007.00)

This course focuses on the study and practical application of theatre techniques in competitive performance and design. Students enter their performance/design practicum project into a competitive field for evaluation and feedback from outside professionals and educators. At the end of this course, acting/design students prepare a performance work/design portfolio to demonstrate skills and maximize their strengths. Students also compare and contrast their work with peers at other educational institutions and tour other college/university theatre programs in conjunction with the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival. Students enter this course by audition/interview or nomination by the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival. (May be repeated three times.)

DRAM 139: Stage and Concert Management

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (1006.00)

This course introduces the skills and procedures involved in stage managing a theatrical, dance, or music production. Through hands-on experience and observation, students learn to develop the knowledge and skills involved in managing a live performance. They also learn how to properly devise and design scheduling systems to prep, organize, and run rehearsals; design and develop a production book and prompt script; run appropriate dimmer and sound checks; design, organize, and format scenic shifts and their execution; and develop systems for calling lighting and sound cues during live performance. Students are required to attend two live performances.

DRAM 141: Stage Lighting

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (1006.00)

This course introduces students to the technique and practices of theatrical stage lighting, and it develops skills relative to common applications in the field. Students engage in both lecture and practice, gaining hands-on experience while demonstrating skills learned in coursework. Creating and designing lighting projects in class as well as working on current MiraCosta College Theatre productions, students evaluate and analyze the effectiveness of their skills and creations and critically reflect on their execution. Students are required to attend local theatrical productions. C-ID THTR-173.

DRAM 146: Introduction to Stage Costume

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (1006.00)

This course gives students the opportunity to study costume history, design, and basic construction techniques as an introduction to costuming. Students learn about fabrics and conventional and non-conventional costume materials. Students are required to attend college theatrical productions. C-ID THTR-174.

DRAM 148: Acting for the Camera

Units: 3
Prerequisites: DRAM 130.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (1007.00)

This course introduces performance for the camera concerning the mediums of film, video, and television. Students examine practical approaches and techniques specifically required for each different medium to provide a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between performance and media.

DRAM 226: Advanced Performance Lab

Units: 1
Prerequisites: DRAM 126.
Enrollment Limitation: Audition.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Laboratory 3 hours. (1007.00)

This advanced performance lab course focuses on advanced process and methodology, performance styles, and performance approaches. Students are required to attend live theatrical performances.

DRAM 231: Acting II

Units: 3
Prerequisites: DRAM 130.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (1007.00)

This course provides an in-depth application of Stanislavski's principles with an emphasis on characterization, scene study, methodology, and process. Acting studies focus on performance from varied acting philosophies (e.g., Meisner, Michael Chekhov, Hagen), styles, and genres. Students are required to attend live theatrical performances. (May be repeated one time.) C-ID THTR-152.

DRAM 232: Movement for the Stage

Units: 2
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Audition.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 3 hours. (1007.00)

This course creates an environment in which students explore dynamic movement. It emphasizes not only physical control, strength, flexibility, and creative imagination but also the integration of mind, body, and emotion. (May be repeated one time.)

DRAM 253: Stage Makeup

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (1006.00)

This course introduces students to the technique and practices of theatrical makeup, and it develops skills relative to the common applications for stage and film. Students engage in the practice hands-on and create looks ranging from basic corrective makeup to fantasy character makeup. Students evaluate and analyze the effectiveness of their creations, reflect on their skills, produce proper design documentation, and put makeup into practice backstage during MiraCosta College Theatre productions. C-ID THTR-175.

DRAM 256: Stagecraft

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (1006.00)

This course introduces students to the technique and practices of theatrical stagecraft, and it develops skills relative to the common applications found backstage. Students engage in both lecture and practice, gaining hands-on experience while demonstrating skills learned in course work. Creating scenic environments for current MiraCosta College Theatre productions, students evaluate and analyze the effectiveness of their creations, critically reflect on their skills, and put them into practice. C-ID THTR-171.

DRAM 270: Rehearsal and Performance - Technical Theatre

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: May not enroll in two sections of the same course in any given semester.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Laboratory 9 hours. (1007.00)

This course provides students with theatre production experience. All students participate in the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival academic theatre competition. Production crew positions include stage or house management, construction, scenery, properties, costume, lighting, sound, and running crews. The course emphasizes the rehearsal process and culminates in public performances. Students are required to attend theatrical productions. (May be repeated three times.) C-ID THTR-192.

DRAM 271: Rehearsal and Performance -- Acting

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Audition.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Laboratory 9 hours. (1007.00)

This course provides students with the opportunity to perform in non-musical theatrical productions. All students participate in the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival academic theatre competition. The course emphasizes the rehearsal process and culminates in public performances. (May be repeated three times.)

DRAM 272: Rehearsal and Performance -- Musical Theatre

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Audition.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Laboratory 9 hours. (1007.00)

This course provides students with the opportunity to perform in main-stage musical productions. All students participate in the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival academic theatre competition. The course emphasizes the rehearsal process and culminates in public performances. (May be repeated three times.) C-ID THTR-192.

DRAM 292: Internship Studies

Units: 0.5-3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor, dept chair, and Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

This course provides students the opportunity to apply the theories and techniques of their discipline in an internship position in a professional setting under the instruction of a faculty-mentor and site supervisor. It introduces students to aspects of the roles and responsibilities of professionals employed in the field of study. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students must develop new learning objectives and/or intern at a new site upon each repetition. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

DRAM 296: Topics in Dramatic Arts

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1 hour.
Lecture 2 hours.
Lecture 3 hours. (1007.00)

This course gives students an opportunity to study topics in Dramatic Arts that are not included in regular course offerings. Each Topics course is announced, described, and given its own title and 296 number designation in the class schedule.

DRAM 298: Directed Study in Dramatic Arts

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor and department chair approval and successful completion of 12 units of college work with at least a 3.0 grade-point average.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Laboratory 3 hours
Laboratory 6 hours
Laboratory 9 hours. (1007.00)

This course allows students to pursue a special area of interest in order to achieve specific goals beyond the scope of existing courses within the discipline. Students work independently and interact directly with an instructor on an individual basis and as prescribed by the Directed Study Agreement.

DRAM 299: Occupational Cooperative Work Experience

Units: 1-4
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

Cooperative Work Experience is intended for students who are employed in a job directly related to their major. It allows such students the opportunity to apply the theories and skills of their discipline to their position and to undertake new responsibilities and learn new skills at work. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.