slide 2
slide 3
slide 4
slide 5
slide 6
slide 7
slide 8

Learning Center
Complete Academic Support

Financial Aid
We Can Help You Pay For College!

Course Descriptions

DRAM 140 INTRODUCTION TO THE THEATRE

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 110; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Discover the world of theatre - its process, people, performances, audiences, and its dynamic relationship with society. Engage in creative and research projects in acting, playwrighting, directing, and design. Experience theatre's diversity, from edgy dramas to splashy Broadway musicals. Read plays, see film adaptations of stage scripts, examine dramatic criticism. Transfer: CSU: C1, UC. (IGETC: 3A)

DRAM 150 SCRIPT ANALYSIS (C-ID THTR 114)

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 110; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: An introduction to the reading and analysis of scripts, and the different ways in which critics, directors, actors, and designers approach them. Read classic and contemporary plays, discover the creative mechanisms behind effective drama, and explore realistic and non-realistic work. Research playwrights and their process. Interpret, explore, and analyze some of the most influential and exciting work in theatre history. Transfer: CSU, UC.

DRAM 151 INTRODUCTION TO SHAKESPEARE I (Also LIT. 151)

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Prerequisite(s): ENGL 100.

Description: Study of representative plays of Shakespeare. A chronological sequence of plays, from each of the phases of Shakespeare's creativity, is covered. Some discussion of Shakespeare's life and times and some discussion of his poetry are included, although the plays are the main focus of the course. Transfer: CSU: C2, UC. (IGETC: 3B)

DRAM 152 INTRODUCTION TO SHAKESPEARE II (Also LIT. 152)

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Prerequisite(s): ENGL 100.

Description: Study of selected plays of Shakespeare. Some discussion of Shakespeare's life and time and some discussion of his poetry are included, although his plays are the main focus of the course. Plays covered are different than those in Drama 151 and are not selected on a chronological basis. Transfer: CSU: C2, UC. (IGETC: 3B)

DRAM 160 LATIN AMERICAN THEATRE

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 110; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Discover the rich history of Latino Theatre in the United States. Explore the Spanish and indigenous roots of Latin American theatre. Learn about El Teatro Campesino's powerful role in organizing the farm workers of the 1960's. Read and analyze plays written by contemporary Latino, Cuban, and Puerto Rican playwrights, and study the relationship between those plays and the societies from which they emerge. (Fulfills Associate degree Ethnic Studies requirement.) Transfer: CSU: C1, UC. (IGETC: 3A)

DRAM 200 THEORY OF ACTING (C-ID THTR 151)

Units (Grade Option) 4; Class Hours: Minimum of 64 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None;

Description: Explore the theory of the fundamentals of acting. Discover the history of Method Acting, and the sometimes complementary, sometimes competing theories of its founders. Test theories in practice through theatre games, acting exercises, improvisation, and stage movement. Learn and apply fundamental acting vocabulary. Transfer: CSU: C1, UC. (IGETC: 3A)

DRAM 201.1 ACTING I

Units (Grade Option) 1; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): DRAM 200;

Description: Develop performance skills through acting exercises and scene study. Deepen emotional authenticity and refine creative expression. Develop characters through text-based critical analysis. Perform in a studio setting twice a semester. Transfer: CSU, UC.

DRAM 201.2 ACTING II

Units (Grade Option) 1; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): DRAM 201 or 201.1;

Description: Continue developing performance skills through methods and techniques explored in DRAM 201.1. Develop performance skills through acting exercises and scene study. Deepen emotional authenticity and refine creative expression. Expand your range by developing characters with backgrounds and experiences very different from your own. Perform in a studio setting twice a semester. Transfer: CSU, UC.

DRAM 201.3 ACTING III

Units (Grade Option) 1; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): DRAM 201.2 or 202;

Description: Continue developing performance skills through methods and techniques explored in DRAM 201.2. Develop performance skills through acting exercises and scene study. Deepen emotional authenticity and refine creative expression Develop and perform multiple interpretations of the same script. Perform in a studio setting twice a semester. Transfer: CSU, UC.

DRAM 201.4 ACTING IV

Units (Grade Option) 1; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): DRAM 201.3 or 203;

Description: Continue developing advanced performance skills through methods and techniques explored in DRAM 201.3. Develop performance skills through acting exercises and scene study. Deepen emotional authenticity and refine creative expression. Develop characters through text-based critical analysis. Take on longer and more challenging monologues and scenes, including non-realistic and classical texts. Lead and direct fellow student actors. Perform in a studio setting twice a semester. Transfer: CSU, UC.

DRAM 208, 209, 210, 211 ACTING PRACTICUM I, II, III, IV (ACTING LABORATORIES)

Units (Grade Option) 2; Class Hours: Minimum of 96 lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None; Corequisite(s): Concurrent enrollment in DRAM 200, 201, 202, or 203.

Description: Supervised rehearsals of improvisations, pantomimes, oral readings and short scenes. Forms and styles of acting. Exercises in the use of mind, emotions, voice, and body in acting. Acting scenes for drama classes and others. Emphasis upon coaching by the instructor and the students preparing of scenes for performance. Transfer: CSU, UC.

DRAM 221 STAGE MOVEMENT

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836, and ENGL 836 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None;

Description: Become a more compelling performer through exploring the body in motion. Engage in exercises designed to increase flexibility, control, precision, fluidity, and balance, as well as spontaneity and expressiveness. Perform physical improvisation, choreographed routines, scenes without language, and stage combat choreography. Develop characters with distinct physicality. Transfer: CSU, UC.

DRAM 233 PLAY PRODUCTION LAB

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 40 lecture/24 lab/32 by arrangement lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836, and ENGL 836 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): Enrollment by Audition;

Description: Produce a student-driven public performance: students write, direct, design, build, manage, and market a smaller production, developing it from its inception to the final curtain call. Each student takes on a variety of responsibilities, learning about not just the creative, but also the logistical and technical aspects of production. Transfer: CSU, UC.

DRAM 300.1 REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE I

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 144 lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None;

Description: Perform in a departmental production. Develop your skills as an actor, and as a member of an ensemble that pools its talents, energies, and resources together in a collective effort to build, develop, market, and manage the complex and demanding challenge that is a live theatrical production. Enrollment by audition. Transfer: CSU, UC.

DRAM 300.2 REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE II

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 144 lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): DRAM 300 or 300.1;

Description: Continuation of DRAM 300.1. Perform in a departmental production. Develop your skills as an actor, and as a member of an ensemble that pools its talents, energies, and resources together in a collective effort to build, develop, market, and manage the complex and demanding challenge that is a live theatrical production. Transfer: CSU, UC.

DRAM 300.3 REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE III

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 144 lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): DRAM 300.2;

Description: Continuation of DRAM 300.2. Perform in a departmental production. Develop your skills as an actor, and as a member of an ensemble that pools its talents, energies, and resources together in a collective effort to build, develop, market, and manage the complex and demanding challenge that is a live theatrical production. Transfer: CSU, UC.

DRAM 300.4 REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE IV

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 144 lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): DRAM 300.3;

Description: Continuation of DRAM 300.3. Perform in a departmental production. Develop your skills as an actor, and as a member of an ensemble that pools its talents, energies, and resources together in a collective effort to build, develop, market, and manage the complex and demanding challenge that is a live theatrical production. Transfer: CSU: C1, UC.

DRAM 305 TECHNICAL PRODUCTION I (C-ID THTR 171)

Units (Letter grade) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 32 lecture/48 lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836, and ENGL 836 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Introduces students to play production techniques, procedures, and crafts. Topics include set design and construction, lighting design and implementation, building props, shop procedures, stage management, light and sound board programming and operation, and backstage operations. Student assignments support the DRAM 300 and DRAM 233 productions. Transfer: CSU, UC.

DRAM 306 TECHNICAL PRODUCTION LAB

Units (Letter grade) 1; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): DRAM 305.

Description: Provides those students who have completed DRAM 305 with more advanced practice in play production techniques, procedures, and crafts. Topics include set design and construction, lighting design and implementation, building props, shop procedures, stage management, light and sound board programming and operation, and backstage operations. Student assignments support the DRAM 300 and DRAM 233 productions. Students in this course are given more responsibilities in the DRAM 300 and DRAM 233 courses than the DRAM 305 students. Transfer: CSU, UC.

DRAM 695 INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units (Grade Option) 0.5-3; Class Hours: By Arrangement; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Designed for students who are interested in furthering their knowledge via self-paced, individualized instruction provided in selected areas or directed study to be arranged with instructor and approved by the division dean using the Independent Study Form. Varying modes of instruction can be used -- laboratory, research, skill development, etc. For each unit earned, students are required to devote three hours per week throughout the semester. Students may take only one Independent Study course within a given discipline. Transfer: CSU.

Share this page on: