Degree Programs - Coastal Carolina University
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Dramatic Arts

Students in the Dramatic Arts Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) program are encouraged to develop a practical knowledge and competence that includes sensitivity to technique, artistry, and style, as well as an insight into the role of the theatre arts.  This highly-focused and demanding training is enhanced by appropriate courses in the liberal arts.  At the conclusion of the program, students are expected to exhibit not only technical and artistic competence, but also a broad knowledge of theatre, sensitivity to artistic style and an insight into the role of theatre in the life of humankind.

What You'll Study

Acting; Movement for the Actor; Voice and Diction; Vocal Production for the Actor; Dramatic Literature; Theory and Criticism; Directing, Stage Auditions; Basic and Advanced Design; Scenic Painting; Stage Properties Design and Construction; Stagecraft; and classes in costume, scenery and lighting

Experiences Beyond the Classroom

Career opportunities for Theatre majors include: Performer, actor, playwright, director/producer, theatre technician, costume designer, scenery designer, ticket sales.

Program Higlights
  • Instructors are also working professional artists with credits ranging from Broadway to numerous regional theatres throughout the country.  Professors have experience in the theatre, film, and television industries.
  • The department has an aggressive production schedule that includes five main stage productions (typically two musicals) each academic year.  In addition, students produce at least two productions each year, and faculty members direct showcase productions for the Musical Theatre Company, Children's Theatre Company, and Dance Company.
  • Coastal Carolina University offers three state-of-the-art theatres including the Ewards Theatre (flexible black box), the 79th Avenue Theatre (147-seat modified thrust), and Wheelwright Auditorium (720-seat proscenium).
  • The University also possesses one of the largest and best equipped university scenic, costume and paint studios.  More than 3,500 square feet of space allows the department to build and paint in a professional style studio situation.
  • Students can take advantage of a close association with Atlantic Stage, a local professional theatre company.  The association casts students in meaningful roles and hires students as interns, assistant stage managers, electricians, carpenters and stage hands.

Students enrolled in theatre are expected to develop the knowledge, skills, concepts, and sensitivities essential to the life of the theatre professional. In any of many possible roles, the theatre professional must exhibit not only technical competence, but also broad knowledge of theatre, sensitivity to artistic style, and an insight into the role of theatre in the life of humankind.

In pursuit of the purpose, the program embraces the teacher-scholar model, it places primary emphasis on high quality teaching and engaged learning, and it supports faculty research, creative activities, and expert collaboration in the community, state, nation, and world. This focus enables faculty and staff to mentor students in collaborative research, creative opportunities, and internships.