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

Associate of Arts – Concentration in Drama

Freshman Year

First Semester Hours
ENGL 1301 Composition I (core) 3
HIST 1301 United States History I (core) 3
BCIS 1305 Business Computer Applications
or EDUC/PSYC 1300 Learning Framework (core)
MATH 1332 Math for Liberal Arts (Preferred)
or 1314 College Algebra (core)
DRAM 1120 Theatre Practicum 1
DRAM 1351 Acting I 3
Second Semester Hours
ENGL 1302 Composition II (core) 3
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking (core) 3
DRAM 1121 Theatre Practicum 1
HIST 1302 United States History II (core) 3
DRAM 1310 Introduction to Theater (core) 3
GOVT 2305 Federal Government (core) 3

Sophomore Year

Third Semester Hours
DRAM 1352 Acting II 3
DRAM 2336 Voice for the Theater 3
DRAM 2120 Theatre Practicum 1
ENGL 2327 American Literature I,
2328 American Literature II,
2332 World Literature I,
or 2333 World Literature II
or HIST 2321 World Civilizations I
or 2322 World Civilizations II (core)
(any core course – no lab
BIOL 1308 Biology for Non-Science Majors I Recommended)
MUEN 1141 Texarkana College Choir 1
Fourth Semester Hours
DRAM 1330 Stagecraft 3
DRAM 2121 Theatre Practicum 1
GOVT 2306 Texas Government (core) 3
PSYC 2301 General Psychology,
2308 Child Psychology,
or 2314 Lifespan Growth & Development
or SOCI 1301 Introductory Sociology (core)
(any core course – no lab
BIOL 1309 Biology for Non-Science Majors II Recommended)
MUEN 1142 Texarkana College Choir 1
Total 14
Total Hours 60

To learn more, please contact us.

Michael Cooper
Professor, Drama
(903) 823-3361

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

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.