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B.A. in Performing Arts: Drama Concentration Requirements

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The Drama Performance Concentration focuses on actor training, style study, understanding the tools of technical theatre as they relate to performance, and final training in areas of specialization.

Because this program requires the student to complete 25 semester hours in lower-division courses, Drama Performance Concentration majors are approved for a reduction in upper-division requirements to 35 semester hours. For further information on the upper-division requirement, see the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements in this Catalog.

Group 1. General Education Basic, Area, and Integrative Requirements in effect Fall 2011

Students may choose to graduate under the General Education Basic, Area, and Integrative requirements and graduation requirements in force at the time they entered the UH System, when they entered UH Hilo, or when they graduate, provided there is no break in enrollment lasting longer than one semester.

Students should meet with their academic advisor to ensure that they enroll in courses that will enable them to meet these requirements as well as requirements for the major and for graduation. Some courses may meet both General Education requirements and major requirements.

The new GE basic, core, and integrative requirements and lists of certified courses are posted at

Group 2. Major Requirements (and Assigned Credits)

  1. Required Performing Arts Major Core Courses
    • DNCE 151 Dance Techniques (2)
    • DNCE 251 Introduction to Dance (3)
    • DRAM 171 Stage Techniques (2)
    • DRAM 271 Introduction to Theatre (3)
    • DRAM 280–280L Basic Stagecraft with Lab (4)
    • MUS 160 Introduction to Music Literature (3)
    • MUS 180 Elementary Music Theory (3)
  2. Required Courses in Drama
    • DRAM 221–222 Beginning Acting I and II (6)
    • DRAM 321 Styles of Acting (3) or DRAM 322 Acting Shakespeare (3)
    • DRAM 340 Stage Makeup (3) or DRAM 350 Stage Costume (3) or DRAM 380 Theatre Design (3) (see Note 5 below)
    • DRAM 419 Drama in Education (3) or DRAM 421 Acting Troupe (3)
    • DRAM 430 Directing (3) or DRAM 490–490L Lyric Theatre with Lab (4)
    • DRAM 499 Directed Studies: Senior Project (3)
  3. Required Course in Music. Choose one course from the following:
    • MUS 102 University Chorus (2)
    • MUS 123 Voice Class (1)
    • MUS 125 Piano Class (1)
    • MUS 402 Instrumental Ensemble (2)
    • MUS 404 Kapili Choir (2)
    • MUS 406 Chamber Ensemble (2)
  4. Required Course from a Related Field. Choose one course from the following:
    • DRAM 330 Stage Management (3)
    • DRAM 390 Survey of Drama Literature (3)
    • ENG 318 Playwriting (3)
    • ENG/DRAM 483 Modern Drama (3)
    • ENG 461 or ENG 462 Shakespeare (3) (either semester)
    • PSY 320 Developmental Psychology (3)
    • PSY 321 Psychology of Personality (3)
    • PSY 324 Abnormal Psychology (3)

Total in Group 2: 45–47 Semester Credits

Total Minimum Semester Hours Required for the B.A. in Performing Arts: Drama Performance Concentration

120 Semester Hours


  1. To earn the BA in Performing Arts, students must earn a C or better in all required Performing Arts courses.
  2. Applied Music fees are in addition to regular tuition. For Applied Music courses and fee structure, contact the Performing Arts department chair and consult the instructor at the time of registration.
  3. Students enrolled in MUS 135, 136, 235, 236, 335, 336, 435, 436 are required to participate in student recitals and juries, and to be co-enrolled in a Performing Arts ensemble.
  4. No more than 12 semester hours of ensemble courses may be applied to the upper division total required for the Music Concentration.
  5. Students enrolled in DRAM 350 who have no previous sewing experience also must enroll concurrently in DRAM 350L: Stage Costume Laboratory (1 semester hour).
  6. In order to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Performing Arts, students must not only fulfill the requirements for one of the specialty concentrations in the major but also meet all of the University’s other baccalaureate degree requirements. (Please see the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements in this Catalog.)
  7. Students should always check course prerequisites and the frequency with which courses are offered.
  8. To ensure progress toward degree completion, students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor each semester before registering.