It is thought that the origins of Greek theater began as religious rites. The earliest plays in ancient Egypt (dating back to around 2000 B.C.) were, in fact, celebrations of Osiris, god of the underworld. And the earliest, Indian, Sanskrit Dramas were said to be based on prayers made by the deity Shiva to his fellow god, Vishnu.

Through the millennia –  from Shakespeare to Sondheim and from Vaudeville to Vimeo – no matter how dramatically its methods and mediums have evolved, it’s kept a kind of mystery and magic all its own.

Drama takes us away from our everyday lives.
Drama enlightens as it entertains.
Drama helps us see a wider world.

When you’re ready to build your career in the world of dramatic arts, we can help. Texarkana College will give you the history, the working knowledge, and the real-world experience you need. You’ll even join the TC Players and learn the ropes of major dramatic production. At TC, we let you learn from the ground up and help you reach your dreams.

Contact us today and take on a dramatic new role in exciting careers like these:

  • Actor / Actress
  • Casting Director
  • Lighting Designer
  • Makeup Artist
  • Motivational Speaker
  • Set Designer
  • Stage Director

To learn more, please contact us.

Michael Cooper
Professor, Drama
(903) 823-3361

Mary Ellen Young
Dean of Liberal & Performing Arts
(903) 823-3369

Associate of Arts – Concentration in Drama

First Semester

DRAM 1351 Acting I 3
DRAM 1310 Introduction to Theatre (core) 3
DRAM 1120 Theatre Practicum 1
GOVT 2305 Federal Government (core) 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I (core) 3
HIST 1301 U.S. History I (core) 3
Total 16

Second Semester

SPCH 1315 Public Speaking (core) 3
DRAM 1121 Theatre Practicum 1
ENGL 1302 Composition II or ENGL 2311 Technical and Business Writing (core) 3
HIST 1302 U.S. History II (core) 3
GOVT 2306 Texas Government (core) 3
DRAM 1161 Musical Theatre I 1
Total 14

Third Semester

DRAM 1352 Acting II 3
DRAM 2336 Voice for the Theatre 3
DRAM 2120 Theatre Practicum 1
BCIS 1305 Business Computer Applications or PSYC 1300 Learning Frameworks (core) 3
Core Biology/Geology/Chemistry/Physics course, no lab 3
Core Social & Behavioral Science course 3
Total 16

Fourth Semester

DRAM 1330 Stagecraft 3
DRAM 2121 Theatre Practicum 1
DRAM 1162 Music Theatre II 1
Core Math course 3
Core Language, Philosophy & Culture course 3
Core Biology/Geology/Chemistry/Physics course, no lab 3
Total 14

Total Hours: 60 SCH

Students are urged to follow the degree plan of the college from which they eventually plan to earn a Bachelor’s degree.

Drama Course Descriptions

Core Courses

Several courses for this degree can be found in the Academic Core. View the Academic Core

DRAM 1120, 1121, 2120, 2121 Theatre Practicum

A study in dramatic activities for performances and competition including: set, costume and lighting construction for all departmental productions. This course covers practical application of practice in one-set plays for spring competition. Drama majors and minors are required to enroll each semester.

DRAM 1161, 1162 Music Theatre I & II

This course is designed to give the actor and singer practical experience in music theater. A study of integration of music, acting and staging. The student may pursue this study for four semesters with one credit hour per semester. The course will serve as opera workshop for music majors and minors. No prerequisite necessary.

DRAM 1310 Introduction to Theatre

A general survey of the major fields of dramatic art examined through historical perspective. Emphasis is placed on the various types and styles of plays, playwrights, elementary theory and practice of acting and directing, scenery and staging techniques, design, lighting and costuming. This course is for drama majors and non-majors, and satisfies the visual and performing arts component area of the TC Core Curriculum.

DRAM 1330 Stagecraft

A beginner’s course in the art and crafts of the theater, costuming, scene design and construction, lighting and makeup. Students will gain practical experience working with one-act plays and major productions. Three hours lab.

DRAM 1351 Acting I

Fundamentals of oral communications; study of special types and techniques of speeches most common to business and professional people; practice in business situations; oral reports; sales talks. Includes panel and committee discussions, and special occasion speeches. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the reading portion of the TSI test.

DRAM 1352 Acting II

A continuation of Acting I with emphasis on characterization and creating a role, theories of acting and styles of acting, practical application in working with college productions. Prerequisite: DRAM 1351 – Acting I or permission of the instructor.

DRAM 2336 Voice for the Theatre

A study of and practice in using the actor’s voice. Includes breath control, articulation-enunciation-pronunciation, projection, and phonetics. This course would be helpful to any student wishing to improve vocal performances and correct careless and ineffective speech habits. Required of drama majors.

DRAM 2366 Development of the Motion Picture I

Emphasis on the analysis of the visual and aural aspects of selected motion pictures, dramatic aspects of narrative films, and historical growth and sociological effect of film as an art. This course satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts Component area of the TC Core Curriculum. Cross-listed as COMM 2366.