Drama

Division: Fine Arts
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The Drama Department prepares students for study in the Dramatic Arts, Acting and Technical Design.

Students completing these degrees will have a basic foundation in Drama and skills that include: application of modern acting theories, classical early realist, absurdist, modern and contemporary performing styles, text analysis and character development and maintenance of the body and voice.

Contact Information

Fine Arts Division Chair

Tom Weise | (559) 730-3973 | tomw@cos.edu
Kaweah: 211 | Visalia Campus

Dean of Arts and Letters

Marshall Fulbright | (559) 730-3735 | marshallf@cos.edu
Tule: 550 | Visalia Campus

CINA 031 Film Appreciation-American 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
This course provides an introduction to the study of film with an emphasis on aesthetics, theory, and methods of critical analysis. Students will analyze motion pictures as a communication medium and art form via screenings and lectures. The content of this course covers the period from early motion pictures to contemporary film with an emphasis on American cinema.
CINA 032 Film Apprec-International 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
This course provides and introduction to the critical study of the representations and construction of films with an emphasis on aesthetics, theory, and methods of critical analysis; Students will analyze motion pictures as a communication medium and art form via screenings and lectures. The content of this course covers early motion pictures to contemporary films with an emphasis on International Cinema.
DRAM 001 Intro to the Theatre 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
This course is intended as an introduction to the critical analysis of theatre from an audience perspective. Elements of play production - from the dramatic structure, style, and historical perspective of the script to the final presentation before an audience - will be explored. (C-ID THTR111)
DRAM 002 Fundamentals of Acting 1 4 unit(s)
Hours: 3.5 Lecture/Discussion
1.5 Lab
This course prepares a student to apply basic acting theory to performance and develops the skills of interpretation of drama through acting. The student will be introduced to the process of analyzing and developing a character from Modern and Contemporary Theatre through the rehearsal and presentation of scenes and monologues with attention to: memorization, stage movement, vocal production, and interpretation of text. (C-ID THTR 151)
DRAM 003 Fundamentals of Acting 2 3 unit(s)
Hours: 2.5 Lecture/Discussion
1.5 Lab
This course continues the exploration of theories and techniques used in preparation for the interpretation of drama through acting. Emphasis is placed on deepening the understanding of the acting process through: character analysis, monologues, scene work, the appraisal and analysis of stage techniques, acting theories, and practices in performance from experimental dramas and the theater of the absurd. This course is designed to exercise the separate parts of the composite art of acting which includes thought, emotion, and specific movement and vocal techniques. (C-ID THTR152)
Prerequisites: DRAM 002 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
DRAM 004 Intermediate Acting: Classical 3 unit(s)
Hours: 2.5 Lecture/Discussion
1.5 Lab
This course is designed as an advanced level of study of acting proficiency and technique begun in DRAM 2 and 3. Class lecture, discussion, and scene work focus on text and character analysis, clarity of characterization, vocal and physical expressiveness and emotional release. Acting scene material is taken from the plays of the classical Greek Theatre, William Shakespeare and the Restoration comedies of the 18th century.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: DRAM 002 or DRAM 003 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
DRAM 005 Intermediate Acting 2: Styles 3 unit(s)
Hours: 2.5 Lecture/Discussion
1.5 Lab
Continuation of acting sequence in which play texts are studied and presented with concentration on in-depth analysis of subject material, intensity of action, freedom of emotional release, and clarity of expression. Acting scenes are chosen from European and American plays from the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries through the social dramas of the 1930s.Students may enroll in this course without having taken DRAM 4.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: DRAM 002 or DRAM 003 or DRAM 004 or equivalent college course with “C” or better
DRAM 006 Shakespeare 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
DRAM 006 is an introductory course that stresses student involvement with the literary and dramatic aspects of Shakespeare's works through the use of lecture, reading from the text, text analysis, acting scenes, and video. Each student will participate in the reading and interpretation of selected plays. It will also treat the playwright's life, times, sources, and influences on his work.
DRAM 012 Costuming 3 unit(s)
Hours: 0.5 Lecture/Discussion
3.5 Lab

4 Other
Equivalent Courses: DRAM 012AB, FASH 012AB
This course is designed as an introduction to the function and aesthetic effect of costumes. Design, research, organization, pattern and construction techniques, sewing equipment use and function of costume personnel in production work are explored. Additional hours required working on crews for college productions. These additional hours amount to 4 per week/70 hours total. (C-ID THTR174)
DRAM 013 Beginning Stagecraft 3 unit(s)
Hours: 0.5 Lecture/Discussion
3.5 Lab

4 Other
Equivalent Course: DRAM 013AB
This course is designed to introduce students to stagecraft, all technical phases of scene production including construction, painting, rigging, placement, and manipulation of stage scenery and properties. Four additional hours required for crew work on college productions totaling seventy hours for the semester. (C-ID THTR171)
DRAM 014 Intermediate Stagecraft 3 unit(s)
Hours: 0.5 Lecture/Discussion
3.5 Lab

4 Other
Equivalent Course: DRAM 014AB
This course is designed as an intermediate class for the student who has completed DRAM 13. Student will explore management responsibilities through leadership roles in technical direction, construction, scenic artistry, and backstage organization. Four additional hours required for crew work on college productions, totaling seventy hours for the semester.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: DRAM 013 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
DRAM 015 Beginning Stage Lighting 3 unit(s)
Hours: 2.5 Lecture/Discussion
1.5 Lab
Equivalent Course: DRAM 015AB
This course introduces the student to the basic concepts of theatre lighting. Study includes the operation of stage lighting. (C-ID THTR173)
DRAM 016 Intermediate Stage Lighting 3 unit(s)
Hours: 2.5 Lecture/Discussion
1.5 Lab
Equivalent Course: DRAM 016AB
The student will continue the study of stage lighting by being assigned the added responsibilities of lighting crew and production staff leadership. Individual design, rigging, and organization problems, as well as lighting instrument and control system maintenance and operation techniques, will be assigned.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: DRAM 015 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
DRAM 017 Makeup 3 unit(s)
Hours: 0.5 Lecture/Discussion
3.5 Lab

4 Other
Equivalent Courses: DRAM 017AB, FASH 017AB
This course is designed to introduce the student to the basic techniques and materials of theatrical makeup. Topics include facial shape, hair arrangement, skin care, and makeup for various races and skin types. Additional hours are required to work on crews for college Drama Arts productions. The student will complete 4 hours a week or a total of 70 hours for the semester. (C-ID THTR175)
DRAM 019 Rehearsal and Performance 1 2 unit(s)
Hours: 6.86 Activity
Equivalent Course: DRAM 019AD
Participating as actors in a fully supported theatre production of the Classical Period, students focus on individual and ensemble performance techniques that are essential for a classical play production. Participation in rehearsals and public performance is required.
Limitation on Enrollment: Audition by Department (C-ID THTR191)
DRAM 020 Music Theatre Rehears.&Perform 2 unit(s)
Hours: 6.86 Activity
Equivalent Course: DRAM 020AD
Experience in drama and theatre through active participation in major musical productions. Includes training and experience in all facets of the theatre.
Limitation on Enrollment: Audition by Department (C-ID THTR191)
DRAM 021 Rehearsal and Performance 2 2 unit(s)
Hours: 6.86 Activity
Equivalent Course: DRAM 021AD
Experience in modern and contemporary theatre through active participation in a full-length play for public performance.
Limitation on Enrollment: Audition by Department (C-ID THTR191)
DRAM 022 One Act Play Production 2 unit(s)
Hours: 1 Lecture/Discussion
3 Lab

1 Other
Equivalent Course: DRAM 022AD
This course is designed to introduce the student to the background, function and techniques of stage direction and play production, leading to the staging of a one act play before an audience.
DRAM 030 Stage Movement/Stage Combat 2 unit(s)
Hours: 1 Lecture/Discussion
3 Lab
Equivalent Course: DRAM 030AB
This course is designed as an introduction to the function and application of stage movement and combat as it applies to the actor and theatrical productions.
DRAM 040 Music Theater 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
Equivalent Course: DRAM 040AD
This course is designed as an introduction to the fundamental skills and knowledge that musical theater students must apply to performance situations. The course also examines musical theater as an art form and studies its place in history as well as in contemporary culture.

Drama

Mc Donnell, James
B.A., Desales University
M.F.A., University Of Missouri, Kansas City

Mangels, Christopher
A.A., College Of The Sequoias
B.A., California State University, Fresno
M.F.A., California State University, San Diego