Drama Major

Undergraduate majors in Drama at the University of Virginia enjoy a combination of a superb intellectual climate and a vital, engaging production program. The resources of this award-winning university are committed to providing every student with the benefits of a superior liberal arts education.

Majors are expected to participate in the production program and work as directors, actors, designers, stage managers, technologists, and playwrights. Students audition for roles in main stage and lab theatre productions and work on various projects, including acting in scenes for directing classes, staging work to be presented in other departments, constructing sets and costumes, and in some cases, serving as a designer on one or more of the main stage productions.

By the end of their study, a Drama major should be able to:

  • Connect theory and research to creative processes
  • Collaborate and work across a diverse range of artistic/scholarly methods
  • Write, speak, and think critically about design and performance
  • Synthesize theory and research into creative practice
  • Express value and transformative potential of performing arts within society

Requirements for Major

To declare a major in Drama contact please contact our undergraduate advisor Professor Doug Grissom.

Prerequisite: Completion of a DRAM or DANC course at the 2000 level or above, with a minimum grade of C.

Course Requirements

Performance (10 credits)

DRAM 2020 Acting I (3)
DRAM 3651 Directing I (3)
DRAM 3652 Production Management (3)
DRAM 3653 Production Lab: Stage Management (1-3)*
  *Must be taken after DRAM 3652

History, Literature, Criticism (9 credits)

DRAM 2050 Performance and/as Theory (3) *take before DRAM 3050
DRAM 3050 Making Theatre Histories (3)
Elect one 3 credit course from the following:

  • DRAM 3070 African American Theatre (3)
  • DRAM 3080 Script Analysis: Dramatic Structure and Theatrical Production (3) *spring semester
  • DRAM 4592 Special Topics in Drama (3)

Design/Tech (8 credits)

Elect 4 credits each from two of five areas:

DRAM 2110 Lighting Technology (3) OR: DRAM 4110 Lighting Design (3)
DRAM 2130 Production Lab: Lighting (1)

Scenery and Properties:
DRAM 2210 Scenic Technology (3) OR: DRAM 3210 Scenic Design I (3)
DRAM 2230 Production Studio: Scenery (1)
DRAM 2250 Scene Painting (3)
DRAM 2232 (Production Lab: Scene Painting (1)

Costume and Makeup:
DRAM 2310 Costume Technology (3) OR: DRAM 4310 Costume Design (3)
DRAM 2330 Production Lab: Costume and Makeup  (1)

DRAM 2620 Sound Design (3) OR: DRAM 3640 Sound Design: Studio (3)
DRAM 2630 Production Lab: Sound (1)

Digital Media:
DRAM 3820 Video Design (3) OR: DRAM 3825 Media Design Studio (3)
And one of the following Labs:
DRAM 2830 Production Lab: Digital Media (1-3) OR: DRAM 2840 Design Studio Lab (1-3)

Electives (6 credits)

At least 3 credits must be at 3000 level or above.

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only.  The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php.