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B.A. Drama and Theatre

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Norfolk State University

Bachelor of Arts in Drama & Theatre
We see your greatest potential and your motivation to achieve.The Division of Drama offers students concentrations in performance and design & technology. Students study performance, directing, design, management, voice, movement and dance to prepare for careers in theatre, television, film and more.


Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate admission to Norfolk State University qualifies any student to enroll in the B.A. in Drama & Theatre program. Degree seeking candidates who would like to be considered for scholarship must interview and audition or submit a portfolio.  More information is available under the scholarship opportunities.

About the Curriculum

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama & Theatre requires 120 semester credit hours and designed to provide students with comprehensive training in drama and theatre. All 120 semester credit hours must be passed with a letter grade between "A" through "C". Any letter grade of "C-" through "F" must be retaken to achieve a passing grade.

The curriculum offers two areas of emphasis in design & technology and performance.  These areas of emphases provide students with concentrated training in the area selected.

The program also offers 18 hours of unrestricted electives to permit the student to receive a true liberal arts education. Students may use the unrestricted elective hours to satisfy the requirements of an available minor in another academic discipline. Completion of a minor is optional, may require more than 18 hours and is not required for degree completion. Minors are offered in Accounting, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, English, Fine Arts, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Military Science, Mass Communications/ Journalism, Music, Physics, Political Science, and Sociology.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements occupy 40 of the degree program's required 120 semester credit hours and must be completed by all undergraduate students at the University.

Communications (9 Hours)
ENG 101 - Communication Skills I - 3 hours
ENG 102 - Communitcation Skills II - 3 hours

Choose one of the following courses:
ENG 285 - Principles of Speech - 3 hours
SCM 285 - Principles of Speech - 3 hours

Digital, Computer and Telecommunications (3 Hours):
CSC 150 - Computer Literacy - 3 hours

Health & Physical Sciences (3 Hours):
PED 100 - Fundamentals of Fitness for Life - 1 hour
HED 100 - Personal & Community Health - 2 hours

Humanities (3 Hours):
Choose one of the following courses:
ENG 207 - Literature for the Western World - 3 hours
FIA 201 - Basic Art Appreciation - 3 hours
MUS 301 - Music Appreciation - 3 hours

Mathematics (3 Hours):
MTH 103 - Mathematics in General Education - 3 hours

Natural Sciences (7 Hours):
BIO 100 - Biological Science - 3 hours
SCI 101 - Introduction to Physical Science - 3 hours

Choose one of the following courses:
BIO 100L - Biological Science Lab - 1 hour
SCI 101L - Physical Science Lab - 1 hour

Spartan Seminar (3 Hours):
SEM 101 - Spartan Seminar I - 1 hour
SEM 102 - Spartan Seminar II - 1 hour
SEM 201 - Spartan Seminar III - 1 hour

Social Sciences (3 Hours):
Choose one of the following courses:
SOC 101 - Introduction to Social Sciences - 3 hours
HIS 101 - History of World Societies, Part II - 3 hours
HIS 103 - US History 1865 to Present - 3 hours
BUS 175 - Intro to Business & Entrepreneurship - 3 hours
ECN 200 - Basic Principles of Economics - 3 hours

Cultural Perspectives (6 Hours):
Choose two of the following courses:
ENG 383 - African American Literature - 3 hours
MUS 234 - African American Music - 3 hours
HIS 335 - African American History, Part I - 3 hours
HIS 336 - African American History, Part II - 3 hours
HIS 371 - African History & Culture - 3 hours
HRP 320 - African American Health - 3 hours

Drama & Theatre Core requirements

Drama & Theatre Core Requirements occupy 38 of the degree program's required 120 semester credit hours and must be completed by all students in the B.A. in Drama & Theatre Program.

Required Drama and Theatre Courses (36 Hours):
DRM 114 - Introduction to Theatre - 3 hours
DRM 115 - Dramatic Theory & Criticism - 3 hours
DRM 120 - Stagecraft - 3 hours
DRM 123 - Theory & Techniques of Acting - 3 hours
DRM 219 - African-American Drama - 3 hours
DRM 238 - Stage Management - 3 hours
DRM 240 - Theatre Management - 3 hours
DRM 310 - Stage Makeup - 3 hours
DRM 315 - History of Theatre - 3 hours
DRM 420 - Play Production - 3 hours
DRM 425 - Direction of Plays - 3 hours

Choose one of the following courses:
DRM 426 - Special Project - 3 hours
DRM 450 - Research Seminar - 3 hours

Required Support Courses (2 Hours):
PED 251 - Modern Dance - 1 hour
PED 254 - Jazz Dance - 1 hour

Emphasis Requirements

Emphasis Requirements occupy 21 of the degree program's required 120 semester credit hours. Students must choose one area of emphasis and complete its required courses.

Design and Technology Emphasis (21 Hours):
FIA 114 - Basic Design - 3 hours
FIA 120 - Drawing - 3 hours
DRM 220 - Stagecraft II - 3 hours
DRM 320 - Lighting Design - 3 hours
DRM 321 - Scenery Design - 3 hours
DRM 410 - Costume Design - 3 hours
DRM 436 - Sound Design - 3 hours

Performance Emphasis (21 Hours):
ENG 413 - Shakespeare - 3 hours
SCM 350 - Voice & Diction - 3 hours
DRM 113 - Theatre Movement - 3 hours
DRM 200 - Intermediate Acting - 3 hours
DRM 212 - Improvisation for the Theatre - 3 hours
DRM 324 - Advanced Acting Theory - 3 hours
DRM 413 - Shakespeare for the Stage - 3 hours

Drama Course Elective

The Drama Course Elective occupies 3 of the degree program's required 120 semester credit hours. A Drama & Theatre Faculty Advisor must approve the elective course taken in this section.

Minor or Unrestricted Electives

Unrestricted Electives occupy 18 of the degree program's required 120 semester credit hours. A Drama & Theatre Faculty Advisor must approve all courses taken in this section. Students may elect to use these hours to satisfy the requirements of an approved minor.