Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need an audition to be admitted to Drama?
No. While several acting courses are offered in the Drama concentration, no acting experience is necessary to embark on the study of drama at Queen's. The Drama Department is a part of the Queen's faculty of Arts and Science. As such, it offers a wide range of practical and theoretical courses as a part of a liberal arts degree rather than a conservatory program focused solely on performing.
How do I get admitted to the Drama program?
Students wishing to concentrate in Drama must first be admitted to Queen's University in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Once admitted to the Faculty - having met Faculty-wide admissions criteria - students may choose to become involved in the Drama program in their second year as a Major, Medial or Minor concentration. The Film and Drama Departments jointly offer a Special Field concentration known as Stage and Screen (STSC). For Admissions please click here.
What courses do you offer?
We offer more than 40 different courses in a wide range of practical and theoretical areas. To see the courses we are offering this year please click here: Course Outlines. Please click here for the full Queen's Arts and Science Calendar.
What course should I take as a first year student in Drama?
As a first year student in Arts and Science it is recommended that you take 1 full credit in your major and 4 full credits as electives. If you are doing a medial you should take one credit from each of your concentration programs. All first year students take DRAM 100 or DRAM 181 (at the castle).
What concentration can you take in DRAMA?
A major concentration in DRAM, this consists of taking 10 credits in DRAM (out of the 19 required for the BAH)
A major minor concentration in DRAM and a Minor in another dept, this consists of taking 10 credits in DRAM and 5 credits from another department (out of the 19 required for the BAH)
A medial concentration in DRAM, this consists of taking 7 credits in DRAM and 7 in another department (ie: ENGL, HIST, FILM etc) (out of the 19 required for the BAH)
BAH SPF: Special field concentration in DRAM and FILM, this consists of taking 6 credits in DRAM and 6 in FILM and 2 in ART and MUSC (out of the 19 required for the BAH)
In minor concentration in DRAM, this consists of taking 5 credits in DRAM (out of the 15 required for the BA)
What will we do in DRAM 100?
The primary goal of DRAM100 is to introduce students to Drama as a field of study. We cover a range of topics from audiences to directing and from stage design to theatre history. Consistent with the overall liberal arts perspective of the program, we encourage critical thinking about the communicative role of theatre in society and analysis of what makes good theatre. Students also have the opportunity for practical work in lab groups which produce short collaborative presentations in the fall and winter terms. For more detailed information about assignments and the course schedule, consult the DRAMA 100 Website.
What courses are recommended for a student going into education?
For first year students in education please see previous question. You are required to take DRAM 210 (Theatre History). In second year there are many courses to choose from, DRAM 245 is recommended for those going into teaching because it offers an over view of the technical aspects of mounting a production. One or two selections of Introduction to Acting, DRAM 237* or 238* are usually recommended.
How many productions does the Department put on a year?
Each year there are a variety of productions: 2 Major productions, a mini major, a series of 4 Vogt Studio productions, guest productions, class productions and many outside student produced productions. Please see the Production Schedule to get an idea of what will be happening this year.
What types of jobs will I get after I get a degree in Drama?
Department alumni work in all areas. The Collaborative and Critical Skills developed through Drama courses apply to all disciplines. See what some of our Drama Alumni are doing now.
Can I take Drama courses as electives?
Yes. It is recommended that you take DRAM 100, preferably in your first year. DRAM 201*, 205* are available to elective students in upper years. Other spaces in upper year courses are reserved for concentrators but, when available, elective students are admitted into upper year courses.
Do I have to be a Drama student to be in productions?
No. Any Queen's student can audition for productions. The audition board is at the bottom of the stairs in the basement of Theological Hall.
Can I train to be an actor at Queen's?
Drama at Queen's is a liberal arts program which means that we don't specifically train actors for the profession. Our acting courses are practical in nature and extremely demanding as students are required to develop not only vocal and physical technique but alsocritical and analytical skills with text and performance. The major difference between this program (liberal arts studies) and that of a conservatory school (vocational training) is that Queen's students are introduced to a variety of techniques, styles, and approaches to the study of acting in classes which meet once or twice a week, rather than practising such elements on a daily basis. It is possible for a talented performer to enter the profession from this program (many of our graduates have done so), but students who want to pursue a career in acting may also enrol in a conservatory upon graduation to further their experience at Queen's.