StudyQA — Bachelor: Dramatic Art — University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dramatic Art

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
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The study of dramatic art focuses upon the great dramatic texts of the classical and modern periods and introduces the student to the variety of artistic endeavors necessary to realize the text in theatrical performance. Majors concentrate on the literature and history of the theatre while investigating the processes involved in acting, directing, design, costume, and technical production.

Courses focus on the connections between theatre and society, between theatrical performance and the visual arts, and between dramatic literature and philosophy, history, and other literary forms. The study of theatre embraces a range of subjects in the humanities and fine arts, including literature, language, aesthetics, culture, and performance.

Core Requirements  
DRAM 120 Play Analysis 1, H 3
Three courses in dramatic literature/theatre history/criticism:  
DRAM 281 Theatre History and Literature I 3
DRAM 282 Theatre History and Literature II 3
And the remaining course to be chosen from: 3

DRAM 283

Theatre History and Literature III  

DRAM 284

Studies in Dramatic Theory and Criticism H  

DRAM 285

Modern British Drama H  

DRAM 286

Modern Irish Drama  

DRAM 287

African American Theatre  

DRAM 289

Contemporary Irish Drama H  

DRAM 291

Re-Playing Shakespeare in East Asia  

DRAM 292

Corner of the Sky": The American Musical  

DRAM 294

Arts Criticism  

DRAM 297

African American Women in Theatre  

DRAM 298

African Women in Theatre  

DRAM 486

Latin American Theatre  

DRAM 488

United States Latino/a Theatre  

DRAM 489

Carnivals and Festivals of the African Diaspora  
Three foundational courses in acting, design, and directing:  
DRAM 150 Beginning Acting for the Major 3
DRAM 277 Introduction to Theatrical Design 3
DRAM 300 Directing 3
One course in technical production or costume production:  
DRAM 191 Technical Methods: Scenery 3
or DRAM 192 Technical Methods: Costume
Production Practicum:  
DRAM 193 Production Practicum (with PlayMakers Repertory Company; transfer credit not allowed.) 2 3
Total Hours 27

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.


Students planning to major in dramatic art should complete DRAM 120 preferably during their first year.


This course fulfills the General Education experiential education requirement.

The major provides a broad basis for understanding and appreciating theatre as a cultural entity and as an artistic process. The program also provides opportunities for students to learn and develop basic skills in the various areas of theatre practice. All General Education requirements apply.

Because the College of Arts and Sciences allows a total of 45 credit hours (15 three-hour courses) in a student’s major to count toward graduation, as many as six electives can be selected from the range of offerings in the department. Students may choose to concentrate on an area (or areas) of special interest within the major: acting, directing, voice, movement, technical production, design (scenic, costume, sound, and lighting), costume history, costume construction, dramatic literature and criticism, dramaturgy, stage management, theatre management, and playwriting.

Students majoring in dramatic art cannot pursue the minor in dramatic art.

  • All students, regardless of their residency and/or citizenship, apply to UNC using The Common Application. The application will ask you for more information, including your personal biographical information, parent and sibling information, educational history, and extracurricular activities. There are also three writing samples: one essay on The Common Application and two short answer responses on the UNC-Chapel Hill Member Page.
  • Secondary School/High School Transcripts
  • All applicants are required to submit a statement from an official at their secondary school. This is often a University Counselor at your school, or an advisor, headmaster, or other official. Please note that this must come from someone at your secondary school. We will not accept statements from private counseling companies or agents.
  • We require one letter of recommendation from a teacher who has taught you in your secondary school.
  • We require all applicants, regardless of where they are from, to submit SAT or ACT scores. Our SAT code is 5816 and our ACT code is 3162. We have no preference between the SAT or ACT. If you send us both scores, we will look at whichever score is higher in our review of your application.
  • TOEFL minimum is 100
  • IELTS minimum is 7.0
  • We do not require or offer interviews as part of our admissions process. However, non-native English speakers are welcome to submit unscripted interviews with third-party services such as InitialView, Vericant or Naviance Advantage. This is not a requirement and will only be used as supplemental information as needed by the Admissions Committee.


We consider all students, including international students, for a limited number of merit-based scholarships. There is no separate application for these scholarships—just by applying for admission, you’ll automatically be considered for these opportunities. Because these are quite limited in number, we encourage all students to be prepared to pay the full cost of attendance.

Students attending one of the 12 United World Colleges (UWC) are eligible for the Davis Scholars Program,providing they demonstrate financial need according to UNC-approved methodology. Admitted Davis UWC students will receive instructions regarding requisite forms for determining financial need. Qualifying Davis UWC Scholars can receive a scholarship of up to $10,000.

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