The Department of Dance, Drama, and Film seeks to enable in our students the understanding of the arts of dance, drama, and film and the ways they are brought to life for audiences. We believe that the study of our discipline is most effectively conducted by practicing these arts. Therefore, we ask students, both majors and non-majors, to learn by doing the jobs of the artists who collaborate to make dances, films, and plays. We provide opportunities to understand and engage in these arts through performance problems and exercises, by developing analytical and critical skills through class discussions and writing assignments, and by reading and viewing primary sources, as well as historical and theoretical works
Every major in Dance or Drama must pass all three components of the Senior Exercise in order to complete the requirements for the major.
Public performances - including, importantly, our mainstage productions - provide us yet another mode of assessment. The presence of a live audience is critical to our assessment of our students' grasp of the ways that plays, dances, and films are brought to life on the stage or the screen. Additionally, such presentations invite the larger community to participate in our students' work, and, in a sense, in the assessment of that work.
While we recognize the influence of fortune on any career in the arts, we also pay attention to the trajectories of our graduates' careers.