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2010-2011 Academic Year

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NOTE    Students taking acting courses are required to provide rehearsal clothes, i.e. black sweatsuit or black tights (without feet) with black T-shirt or turtleneck. Further details from the Department.
 
PREREQUISITES
A minimum grade of 70 per cent in one of DRAM 100 or DRAM 181 is the prerequisite for all courses at the 200 level except DRAM 201*, DRAM 202*, DRAM 205*. Appeals to waive prerequisites for drama courses may be made to the Department. Due to the limited size of most drama courses, the prerequisites listed for a specific course represent the minimum requirements and may not be sufficient to merit entry into the course. Priority for admission to any course will be based on the student's year, program, and grade earned in the relevant prerequisites, and according to Academic Regulation 4, Enrolment Priorities.
 
AVAILABILITY
The Department of Drama does not offer all of the courses listed in the Calendar every year. For the most up-to-date information on the availability of courses offered in the current year, check QCARD or consult with the Departmental website www.queensu.ca/drama.
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DRAM-100/1.0 Introduction to the Theatre 3L;1T
An exploration of stage production, acting, directing, playwriting, theatre history, dramatic analysis and criticism through use of plays chosen from various periods and representing different styles and genres. Opportunities given for practical projects.
EXCLUSION    DRAM 181.
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DRAM-181/1.0 Introduction to Current Theatre 3L/P
An examination of the elements of theatrical production through the use of text, live and videotaped performances. Opportunity given for practical projects. While content varies from year to year, the course draws upon students' access to theatre in the United Kingdom and Europe.
Offered only at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux.
EXCLUSION    DRAM 100.
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DRAM-201*/0.5 Drama I 3L
A survey of structure, forms and ideas of dramatic literature originating in works up to the 18th century. Plays will be read in English.
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DRAM-202*/0.5 Drama II 3L
A survey of structure, forms and ideas of dramatic literature originating in works from 17th century to present. Plays will be read in English.
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DRAM-205*/0.5 Theatre in the Age of Film and Television 3L/P
An examination of how some of the major trends in theatre since the 19th century have been affected or represented by mass media including film, television, radio and other electronic media. The course will study examples of influential dramatic work on film as well as other dramaturgical responses to social, cultural, and political issues presented through the mass media.
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DRAM-210/1.0 Theatre History 3L
A survey of production methods, architecture, and performance in western and eastern theatre traditions from early classical eras to the end of the 19th century.
Also offered as a distance course. Consult Continuing and Distance Studies.
PREREQUISITE    A minimum grade of 70 per cent in one of DRAM 100 or DRAM 181, or permission of the Department.
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DRAM-216*/0.5 Musical Theatre 3L
An examination of the major trends in musical theatre production and theory since the 19th century, exploring the work of important composers and lyricists and the structure of musical theatre works. PREREQUISITE    A minimum grade of 70 per cent in one of DRAM 100 or DRAM 181, or permission of the Department.
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DRAM-219*/0.5 Special Studies I 3L
A seminar or workshop in selected areas of the curriculum. Not offered each year. See Department for details. PREREQUISITE    Prerequisites vary depending on specific course content; consult Department.
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DRAM-237*/0.5 Elementary Acting I - The Actor's Instrument 3L/P
A practical introduction to the fundamental skills and techniques of acting, involving an appreciation of the interdependence of the actor's body, voice, intellect, feeling, and cultural context.
Also offered at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux.
PREREQUISITE    A minimum grade of 70 per cent in one of DRAM 100 or DRAM 181, or permission of the Department.
PREREQUISITE OR COREQUISITE    1.0 credit from DRAM 201*, DRAM 202*, DRAM 210.
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DRAM-238*/0.5 Elementary Acting II - Theories and Styles of Acting 3L/P
A practical introduction to various theories and styles of acting, involving the exploration of various approaches to the cultural and period context of performance. PREREQUISITE    A minimum grade of 70 per cent in one of DRAM 100 or DRAM 181, or permission of the Department.
PREREQUISITE OR COREQUISITE    1.0 credit from DRAM 201*, DRAM 202*, DRAM 210.
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DRAM-239*/0.5 Special Topics in Performance I 3L/P
Practical work in selected areas of performance. Not offered every year. PREREQUISITE    Prerequisites vary depending on specific course content; consult Department.
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DRAM-241*/0.5 Design and Theatre 3L/P
An examination of design elements in theatrical production, exploring the work of design practitioners and theorists, and studying the design process. PREREQUISITE    A minimum grade of 70 per cent in one of DRAM 100 or DRAM 181, or permission of the Department.
PREREQUISITE OR COREQUISITE    1.0 credit from DRAM 201*, DRAM 202*, DRAM 210.
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DRAM-245/1.0 Introduction to Technical Production 3L/P
A theoretical and practical introduction to theatrical production including stage management; various elements of scenery design and construction; costume and properties; lighting and sound systems and equipment. Seventy-two additional laboratory hours required on department productions. PREREQUISITE    A minimum grade of 70 per cent in one of DRAM 100 or DRAM 181, or permission of the Department.
PREREQUISITE OR COREQUISITE    1.0 credit from DRAM 201*, DRAM 202*, DRAM 210.
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DRAM-251*/0.5 Playwriting and Dramaturgy I 3L/S
Writing of dramatic exercises and one-act plays accompanied by dramaturgical study of published and original works. PREREQUISITE    A minimum grade of 70 per cent in one of DRAM 100 or DRAM 181, or permission of the Department.
PREREQUISITE OR COREQUISITE    1.0 credit from DRAM 201*, DRAM 202*, DRAM 210.
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DRAM-252*/0.5 Playwriting and Dramaturgy II 3L/S
Continuation of DRAM 251*. Writing of dramatic exercises and one-act plays accompanied by dramaturgical study of published and original works, including final submissions for DRAM 251*. PREREQUISITE    A minimum grade of 70 per cent in DRAM 251* or permission of the Department.
PREREQUISITE OR COREQUISITE    1.0 credit from DRAM 201*, DRAM 202*, DRAM 210.
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DRAM-289*/0.5 Special Studies in British and European Theatre 3L
An examination of the theatrical nature of British and European dramatic literature, current and past productions, and architectural structures, using various elements of site and performance as text for discussion and projects.
Offered only at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux.
PREREQUISITE    Prerequisites vary depending on specific course content; consult Department.
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STSC-300*/0.5 Stage and Screen 3L/S/P
For a complete description, see Stage and Screen Studies.
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DRAM-301*/0.5 Theories of the Theatre I 3L/S
An exploration of theoretical questions underlying drama and performance throughout their histories. Selected readings, lectures, student presentations, class discussions and contemplation of theatre issues. PREREQUISITES    A minimum grade of 70 per cent in each of the following: 1.0 credit from DRAM 201*, DRAM 202*, DRAM 210; and 1.0 credit from DRAM 237*, DRAM 238*, DRAM 241*, DRAM 245, DRAM 251*, DRAM 252*, or permission of the Department.
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DRAM-302*/0.5 Critical Perspectives for Theatre and Drama 3L/S
An introduction to various critical approaches and voices commenting on the theatre throughout its history. The work of selected critics will form the basis of an exploration of the nature and function of criticism in its different forms. PREREQUISITES    A minimum grade of 70 per cent in each of the following: 1.0 credit from DRAM 201*, DRAM 202*, DRAM 210; and 1.0 credit from DRAM 237*, DRAM 238*, DRAM 241*, DRAM 245, DRAM 251*, DRAM 252*, or permission of the Department.
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DRAM-305*/0.5 Canadian Theatre and Drama 3L/S
Theatre in Canada from its earliest years to now, focused on selected issues which give shape to artistic expression and events. Texts will be read in English. PREREQUISITES    A minimum grade of 70 per cent in each of the following: 1.0 credit from DRAM 201*, DRAM 202*, DRAM 210; and 1.0 credit from DRAM 237*, DRAM 238*, DRAM 241*, DRAM 245, DRAM 251*, DRAM 252*, or permission of the Department.
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DRAM-306*/0.5 Canadian Drama 3L/S
A study of plays and performance in Canada, concentrating on works since the 1960s. Attention will be paid to experiments by companies and individual playwrights. Texts will be read in English. PREREQUISITES    A minimum grade of 70 per cent in each of the following: 1.0 credit from DRAM 201*, DRAM 202*, DRAM 210, and 1.0 credit from DRAM 237*, DRAM 238*, DRAM 241*, DRAM 245, DRAM 251*, DRAM 252*; or permission of the Department.
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STSC-309*/0.5 Special Topics in Stage and Screen 3L/S/P
For a complete description, see Stage and Screen Studies.
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DRAM-310*/0.5 Modernist Staging 3L/S
Study of changing approaches to performance internationally from late 19th century to mid-20th century. Emphasis on interdisciplinarity with other arts and experimentation in methods and forms of stage production. PREREQUISITES    A minimum grade of 70 per cent in each of the following: 1.0 credit from DRAM 210; and 1.0 credit from DRAM 237*, DRAM 238*, DRAM 241*, DRAM 245, DRAM 251*, DRAM 252*, or permission of the Department.
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DRAM-311*/0.5 Introduction to Theatre for Young People    3L/S
The history and theory of theatre conceived for audiences of young people. Students will read a variety of plays intended for young audiences and consider the social and artistic issues associated with various dramatic and theatrical techniques. PREREQUISITES    A minimum grade of 70 per cent in each of the following: 1.0 credit from DRAM 201*, DRAM 202*, DRAM 210; and 1.0 credit from DRAM 237*, DRAM 238*, DRAM 239*, DRAM 241*, DRAM 245, DRAM 251*, DRAM 252*; or permission of the Department.
EXCLUSION    DRAM 313*.
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DRAM-314*/0.5 Young Peoples' Theatre Practicum  3L/S
The development and performance of theatre conceived for audiences of young people. The course will begin with an examination of examples of the genre and will culminate in a public performance. PREREQUISITE    A minimum grade of 70 per cent in DRAM 311* or permission of the Department.   
EXCLUSION    DRAM 313*.
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DRAM-318*/0.5 Issues and Histories of Contemporary Performance 3L/S
Study of changing approaches to performance internationally from the 1950s to the present. Emphasis on interdisciplinarity with other arts and experimentation in methods and forms of stage production. PREREQUISITES    A minimum grade of 70 per cent in each of the following: 1.0 credit from DRAM 210; and 1.0 credit from DRAM 237*, DRAM 238*, DRAM 241*, DRAM 245, DRAM 251*, DRAM 252*, or permission of the Department.
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DRAM-319*/0.5 Special Studies II 3L/S
A seminar or workshop in selected areas of the curriculum. Not offered every year. See Department for details. PREREQUISITE    Prerequisites vary depending on specific course content; consult Department.
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DRAM-323*/0.5 Practical Concerns in Directing 3S/P/L
Exploration of practical preproduction needs. Topics may include casting, staging, theatre configuration, textual alteration, rehearsal technique, period research, design approaches. PREREQUISITES    A minimum grade of 70 per cent in each of the following: 1.0 credit from DRAM 201*, DRAM 202*, DRAM 210; and either DRAM 241* or DRAM 245; and either DRAM 310* or DRAM 344*, or permission of the Department.
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DRAM-330/1.0 Intermediate Acting - Text Analysis 6L/P
Continuation of DRAM 237*. A practical examination of the actor's work on text. Study, rehearsal and presentation in class of various kinds of text from different periods and styles. PREREQUISITES    A minimum grade of 70 per cent in each of the following: 1.0 credit from DRAM 201*, DRAM 202*, DRAM 210; and DRAM 237*, plus 0.5 credit from DRAM 238*, DRAM 239*, DRAM 241*, DRAM 245, DRAM 251*, DRAM 252*, or permission of the Department.
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DRAM-331*/0.5 Playing Shakespeare 3L/P
An introduction to playing Shakespeare. Ways of breathing life into the text thereby communicating a character’s thoughts, wants and emotional state to an audience will be explored. PREREQUISITES    A minimum grade of 70 per cent in each of the following: 1.0 credit from DRAM 201*, DRAM 202*, DRAM 210; and DRAM 237*, plus 0.5 credit from DRAM 238*, DRAM 239*, DRAM 241*, DRAM 245, DRAM 251*, DRAM 252*, or permission of the Department.
EXCLUSION    DRAM 339* (2005-2007).
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DRAM-339*/0.5 Special Topics in Performance II 6L/S/P
Practical work in selected areas of performance. Not offered every year. PREREQUISITE    Prerequisites vary depending on specific course content; consult Department.
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DRAM-342*/0.5 Elements of Design Practice 3L/S/P
An examination of specific topics in contemporary design practice with special attention to the areas of lighting, costume, and sound design: includes theoretical and practical design projects. PREREQUISITES    A minimum grade of 70 per cent in each of the following: 1.0 credit from DRAM 201*, DRAM 202*, DRAM 210; and DRAM 245, or DRAM 241* plus 0.5 credit from DRAM 237*, DRAM 238*, DRAM 251*, DRAM 252*, or permission of the Department.
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DRAM-344*/0.5 Scenography 3L/S
A study of the integration of the elements of design which together contribute to a three-dimensional environment for performance. PREREQUISITES    A minimum grade of 70 per cent in each of the following: 1.0 credit from DRAM 201*, DRAM 202*, DRAM 210; and DRAM 241*, or permission of the Department.
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DRAM-345*/0.5 Applied Technical Production 3L/P
Advanced technical production studies involving sound, lighting, stage management, wardrobe, and carpentry. Students will participate in major departmental technical projects.
NOTE    The normal classroom time of 36 hours is spread over two terms.
PREREQUISITES    A minimum grade of 70 per cent in each of the following: 1.0 credit from DRAM 201*, DRAM 202*, DRAM 210; and DRAM 245, or permission of the Department.
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DRAM-348*/0.5 Theatre Administration 3L/S/P
An examination of various elements of theatre administration including fundraising, budgeting, and producing. PREREQUISITES    A minimum grade of 70 per cent in each of the following: 1.0 credit from DRAM 201*, DRAM 202*, DRAM 205*, DRAM 210; and 1.0 credit from DRAM 237*, DRAM 238*, DRAM 239*, DRAM 241*, DRAM 245, DRAM 251*, DRAM 252*, or permission of the Department.
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DRAM-350/1.0 Playwriting III 3S
Continuation of DRAM 251*. An intermediate study of playwriting and dramaturgy, including exercises in dramatic techniques and composition of original works. PREREQUISITES    A minimum grade of 70 per cent in each of the following: 1.0 credit from DRAM 201*, DRAM 202*, DRAM 210; and DRAM 251*, plus 0.5 credit from DRAM 237*, DRAM 238*, DRAM 239*, DRAM 241*, DRAM 245, DRAM 252*, or permission of the Department.
EXCLUSION    DRAM 351*.
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DRAM-351*/0.5 Playwriting and Dramaturgy III 3S
Continuation of DRAM 251*. An intermediate study of playwriting and dramaturgy, including exercises in dramatic techniques and composition of original works.
PREREQUISITES    A minimum grade of 70 per cent in each of the following: 1.0 credit from DRAM 201*, DRAM 202*, DRAM 210; and DRAM 251*, plus 0.5 credit from DRAM 237*, DRAM 238*, DRAM 239*, DRAM 241*, DRAM 245, DRAM 252*, or permission of the Department.
EXCLUSION    DRAM 350.
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DRAM-371*/0.5 Modern Drama at the Shaw Festival 12L/S
Intensive study in the mandate and practice of the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Students attend several productions at the Shaw Festival, discussing these in seminars and with guest speakers drawn from the Shaw company where available. 
NOTE    Taught in Niagara-on-the-Lake during Summer Term. May be taken in conjunction with DRAM 373*. There is a lab fee for this course, which includes theatre tickets. Information regarding fee and accommodation is available on the Departmental website.
PREREQUISITE    Third-year standing in Drama, English, Film or permission of the Drama Department, Queen's University. Open to students, with the appropriate prerequisite, from other universities, with a letter of permission.
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DRAM-373*/0.5 Scene Study at the Shaw Festival 12L/S
Intermediate acting course in which a variety of techniques and exercises will be used to explore selected dramatic texts drawn from the mandate of the Shaw Festival - mainly plays written during the lifetime of George Bernard Shaw (1856 to 1950).
NOTE    Taught in Niagara-on-the-Lake during Summer Term. There is a lab fee for this course which includes theatre tickets. Information regarding fee and accommodation is available on the Departmental website.
PREREQUISITE    Introductory Acting Course or permission of the Drama Department, Queen's University. Open to students, with the appropriate prerequisite, from other universities, with a letter of permission.
PREREQUISITE OR COREQUISITE    DRAM 371*.
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DRAM-375*/0.5 Women and Theatre I 3L/S
A survey of selected topics concerning women's participation in international theatre. Emphasis will be on historical, practical and theoretical inquiry and application of feminist methodologies in such work. PREREQUISITES    A minimum grade of 70 per cent in each of the following: 1.0 credit from DRAM 201*, DRAM 202*, DRAM 210; and 1.0 credit from DRAM 237*, DRAM 238*, DRAM 241*, DRAM 245, DRAM 251*, DRAM 252*; or permission of the Department; or a minimum grade of 70 per cent in WMNS 211*, WMNS 212*, WMNS 225* or WMNS 230*.
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DRAM-381*/0.5 Contemporary British Theatre and Drama 3S
Examination of the work of selected playwrights, to include world drama currently or recently produced in the British theatre.
Offered only at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux.
PREREQUISITE    A minimum grade of 65 per cent in the following: 1.0 credit from DRAM 201*, DRAM 202*, DRAM 210; or ENGL 100 (or ENGL 110); or permission of the Department.
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DRAM-401*/0.5 Theories of the Theatre II 3L/S
Seminar in 20th-century theories of drama and performance, including various school and modes of thought. PREREQUISITE    A minimum grade of 70 per cent in 1.0 credit from Robertson courses at the 300 level and a minimum grade of 70 per cent in 1.0 credit from Greene courses at the 300 level, or permission of the Department.
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DRAM-405*/0.5 Canadian Theatre: Advanced Study 3L/S
In-depth exploration of selected topics related to Canadian theatre and drama. PREREQUISITE    A minimum grade of 70 per cent in 1.0 credit from Robertson courses at the 300 level and a minimum grade of 70 per cent in 1.0 credit from Greene courses at the 300 level, or permission of the Department.
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IDIS-410*/0.5 Contemporary Cultural Performance in Practice 3S;2P
For a complete description, see Interdisciplinary Studies.
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DRAM-419*/0.5 Special Studies III 3L/S
A seminar or workshop in selected areas of the curriculum. Not offered every year. See Department for details. PREREQUISITE    Prerequisites vary depending on specific course content; consult Department.
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DRAM-422*/0.5 Directing Practicum I 3P
Students' directing of short scenes will be the basis of practical exploration of directorial methods. PREREQUISITE    A minimum grade of 70 per cent in DRAM 323* or permission of the Department.
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DRAM-431*/0.5 Advanced Acting - Performance I 6P
Research, rehearsal and presentation of a role for performance. PREREQUISITES    A minimum grade of 70 per cent in DRAM 330, or in each of two of DRAM 331*, DRAM 339*, DRAM 373*; or permission of the Department.
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DRAM-432*/0.5 Advanced Acting - Performance II 6P
For a complete description, see DRAM 431*. PREREQUISITES    A minimum grade of 70 per cent in DRAM 330, or in each of two of DRAM 331*, DRAM 339*, DRAM 373*; or permission of the Department.
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DRAM-439*/0.5 Special Topics in Performance III 6L/S/P
Practical work in selected areas of performance. Not offered every year. PREREQUISITE    Prerequisites vary depending on specific course content; consult Department.
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DRAM-451*/0.5 Playwriting and Dramaturgy IV 3S
An advanced study of playwriting and dramaturgy, including exercises in dramatic techniques and composition of original works with emphasis on the full-length play.
NOTE    The normal classroom time of 36 hours may be spread over two terms.
PREREQUISITE    A minimum grade of 70 per cent in either DRAM 350 or DRAM 351*, or permission of the Department.
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DRAM-475*/0.5 Women and Theatre II 3L/S
An advanced seminar in selected topics which may include experiments in theory and criticism, scenographic design, acting, and mise en scène. Students will be expected to develop a specific area of individual research. PREREQUISITE    A minimum grade of 70 per cent in 1.0 credit from Robertson courses at the 300 level and a minimum grade of 70 per cent in 1.0 credit from Greene courses at the 300 level, or third-year standing in Women's Studies, or permission of the Department.
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DRAM-476*/0.5 Cultures of Theatre 3L/S
A study of the relationship between the evolving cultural milieu and the theatre. Topics may include funding policies, practitioners' associations, equity, performance spaces, development of traditions. PREREQUISITE    A minimum grade of 70 per cent in 1.0 credit from Robertson courses at the 300 level and a minimum grade of 70 per cent in 1.0 credit from Greene courses at the 300 level, or permission of the Department.
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DRAM-500/1.0 Senior Project
An independent advanced project or thesis in any area of the basic curriculum, supervised and evaluated by faculty. Completed applications must be submitted by 15 March of students' third year for Department approval. Consult faculty advisers or supervisor for detailed information well in advance of the deadline. PREREQUISITES    80 per cent in each of the relevant courses and a 75 per cent average in 5.0 credits in Drama.
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DRAM-501*/0.5 Directed Special Studies
An independent advanced project in any area of the basic curriculum, supervised and evaluated by faculty. Completed applications must be submitted for Department approval by 15 March of students' third year. Consult faculty advisors or supervisors for detailed information well in advance of the deadline. PREREQUISITES    80 per cent in each of the relevant courses and a 75 per cent average in 5.0 credits in Drama.
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DRAM-502*/0.5 Directed Special Studies
An independent advanced project in any area of the basic curriculum, supervised and evaluated by faculty. Completed applications may be submitted for Department approval by 15 March of students' third year (obligatory if production elements are required); but must be submitted by 15 October of students' fourth year. Consult faculty advisors or supervisors for detailed information well in advance of the deadline. PREREQUISITES    80 per cent in each of the relevant courses and a 75 per cent average in 5.0 credits in Drama.
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DRAM-541*/0.5 Directed Special Studies in Design
An independent advanced project in the area of design, supervised and evaluated by faculty. Application must be submitted by 15 March for Department approval. Consult faculty advisors or supervisor for detailed information.
NOTE    The normal classroom time of 36 hours is spread over two terms.
PREREQUISITE    75 per cent in either of DRAM 342* or DRAM 345* or permission of the Department.
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DRAM-545*/0.5 Directed Special Studies in Technical Production
Advanced examination of various roles in technical production, especially production and stage management, over the full year. Practical stage management projects are a component of the course.
NOTE    The normal classroom time of 36 hours is spread over two terms.
PREREQUISITES   80 per cent in DRAM 245 and DRAM 345*, or permission of the Department.
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