The performing arts of stage and screen, past and present, are the concern of the Department of Dance, Drama, and Film. The central objects of our study are the play, the film, and the dance, and the ways they are brought to life before an audience. Students learn by doing the jobs of the artists who collaborate to make these works. Some courses concentrate on the arts as they were performed in their historical and cultural context; others explore in depth the craft of the artists: the playwright, screenwriter, choreographer, actor, dancer, director, designer, and filmmaker. Almost all courses require, in conjunction with reading and critical writing, the performance of problems and exercises. Students are encouraged to pursue independent work either in historical and critical research or in creative activity. All courses in the department are open to every student in the College; certain courses have prerequisites noted in the course descriptions. Majors are given some preference for admission to upper level courses.
DANC 105 is the most appropriate introductory course for first-year students interested in dance. DRAM 111 is the introductory course most appropriate for first-year students interested in either drama or film. Students interested in film should note that DRAM 111, offered in the fall semester, is a prerequisite to FILM 111, which is offered in the spring semester. As the foundation on which the other coursework in the department is built, these courses are recommended to students considering majors in the department. They are also recommended for other students wishing to diversify their course of study by fulfilling distribution requirements in the fine arts. The majors in dance, drama, and film are normally open to students whose performance in the appropriate introductory course has been good.
Requirements for the Major
Students majoring in the department may emphasize theater, dance, or film. The minimum requirements for each major are as follows:
Emphasis in Theater (5.5 units):
These courses provide a close examination of several aspects of film and theater arts: acting, writing, directing, and design. Reading, discussion, problem solving, and laboratory exercises will increase students' understanding of the artistic experience and develop their skills in the arts of film and theater.
These courses provide a study, in terms of the theater, of selected plays of a period of notable dramatic achievement or the work of an important playwright. Emphasis, by means of problems and exercises, is on the theatrical qualities of the plays and their staging.
Emphasis in Dance (5 units):
Emphasis in Film (5.5 units):
Students are also required to fulfill the requirements for their senior exercise with FILM 480 Senior Seminar in Film. (0.50 unit)
In addition, students pursuing a major in Film must choose an additional 1.5 units of study in consultation with their faculty advisor. Students are encouraged to include courses offered by other departments in their course of study, but no more than 1 unit outside the Department of Dance, Drama, and Film can be credited toward the 5.5 units required for the major. Courses students might choose to complete the required additional 1.5 units of study include, but are not limited to:
The Senior Exercise
The Senior Exercise has three parts: a project, an oral discussion of the project, and a written examination. Each senior major, with the advice and consent of the department's faculty, designs a senior project, a major piece of creative or scholarly work. The student will initiate the work and collaborate with others to see it through to completion, all with guidance from one or more faculty members. The faculty guidance will take the form of an Individual Study, DANC, DRAM, or FILM 493, for which the student will receive course credit and a grade. When the work is finished, the student and department faculty members will discuss the preparation and choices that shaped the project. At the end of the year, every senior major will complete a six-hour written examination. The awarding of "distinction" is based on the student's performance on all three parts of the exercise.
Students interested in reading for honors must begin during the junior year. In the Department of Dance, Drama, and Film, the pursuit of honors is a two-year process. All students reading for honors in the department are required to complete both junior honors and senior honors.
To be eligible to read for honors in Dance, Drama, or Film, a student must meet the following requirements:
1. The applicant must be a student in good standing who can offer, at the time of application, a cumulative grade point average of 3.33 or better.
2. The applicant is limited to a single major. Because of the extensive nature of the projects, no double majors will be allowed to read for honors in the Department of Dance, Drama, or Film.
3. The candidate for honors will be expected to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.33 and a GPA of 3.5 or better within the major throughout the course of study.
To apply, the student will present a plan for a scholarly or artistic project in the subject of dance, drama, or film to the department faculty before the tenth week of instruction of the first semester of the junior year. This project will be designed to take not less than 1 unit, and not more than 1.5 units, of tutorial study. The faculty will evaluate this proposal in terms of its originality and ambition, its intrinsic and pedagogical value, and its practical feasibility.
Students interested in becoming honors candidates in dance, drama, or film should speak with their advisor or the department chair, well in advance of the deadline noted above.
Requirements for the Minor in Dance
The following courses are required for a minor in dance (3.0 units):