Program Information

The Bachelor degree at Augustana can be individually designed to focus on more than one area of expertise or interest. A student can major in one area and minor in another and, with careful planning, sometimes two majors can be accomplished.

Drama programs offered at Augustana:

  • A major in Drama (BA)

    • AUDRA 101 and 144
    • AUDRA 201, 230, 244
    • AUDRA 340, 350
    • AUDRA 437 or 444
    • 3 additional Drama credits at the 400 level
    • 15 additional senior credits in Drama
  • A minor in Drama (BA, BSc, BMgt, BMus) is also available.

    • AUDRA 101 and 144
    • 12 senior credits in Drama

For specific information on requirements for a Major or a Minor in Drama, please review Augustana's sections of the current Academic Calendar, available on-line and in PDF format.

Learning Outcomes

The Augustana Drama department seeks to provide students with a holistic theatre approach within the context of a diverse Liberal Arts education. The goal is to produce creative, knowledgeable, and collaborative theatre artists who understand their responsibilities to their community, their art, and their personal growth. The studio-style courses are highly integrative and main stage productions are chosen to challenge, enlighten, and engage both students and community.

The curriculum explores the fundamentals of acting, improvisation, movement, and directing, with courses that delve deeply into each of these areas. The discipline produces one full-scale theatre production a year, along with one studio production, providing students with opportunities to act, choreograph, stage manage, promote, and be involved in the design and implementation of the technical aspects of each production (costumes, sound, lighting, and set). In addition, class projects in acting, directing, improvisation and movement produce performances each semester.

Learning Objectives specific to the Drama Program are designed to fit into the Skill Set common to all Augustana students:

As Thinkers, students will:

  • Understand and identify with the content of dramatic text as it applies to the physical realization of the performance.
  • Integrate knowledge of the origins and development of drama and theatre into historically informed understanding of critical and creative work.
  • Integrate and synthesize input of direction and the analysis of pre-existing texts into the creative process of a particular production and/or design.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of major writers, periods, movements, and issues in theatre.
  • Develop an understanding of the tools and technology required for theatre production and design as it interfaces with the direction.
  • Apply problem solving with the conceptual design in relationship to the performance area of the production.
  • Evaluate the experience as it applies to the holistic process of theatre production and its necessary collaboration.
  • Apply skills learned in classes to actual theatre production and/or theatre-related practices.

As Researchers, students will:

  • Analyze text from, not only a literary perspective, but also from the perspective of a director and of a performer.
  • Investigate and problem solve in an individual and a collaborative team setting.
  • Research, analyze and interpret a script for character and period style as it applies to performance.
  • Dissect and deconstruct a script for understanding and approaching the plot, theme and the arc of action and apply it to production.
  • Research, analyze and interpret a script for an aesthetic mood, character, period style, and required necessary elements to support the action of a production and its conceptual approach.
  • Create and imagine a visual form that supports the ideas presented in a text in terms of plot, theme and the arc of action and apply it to production.
  • Exhibit strong research skills, applied both to course assignments and to production work.

As Communicators, students will:

  • Demonstrate workplace skills: leadership and personal skills.
  • Focus energy and sustain the integrity of a performance.
  • Employ well developed awareness of self in individual and group situations.
  • Articulate clearly and appropriately in context of the particular performance.
  • Display energized vocal dynamics, projection and vocal power.
  • Integrate the techniques of acting, voice, and movement into a creative process.
  • Write with clarity and style.
  • Demonstrate body awareness, coordination, posture, alignment and flexibility.
  • Apply the physical requirements of various performance styles.
  • Collaborative on group projects, effectively drawing from all members' strengths.
  • Exhibit the confidence to enter a professional theatre graduate training program.