This Course and Program Catalogue is effective from May 2015 to April 2016.

Not all courses described in the Course and Program Catalogue are offered each year. For a list of course offerings in 2015-2016, please consult the class search website.

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As of 2005-2006, certain course abbreviations have changed. Students with credit for a course under its former label may not take the relabeled course for credit.

The following conventions are used for course numbering:

  • 010-099 represent non-degree level courses
  • 100-699 represent undergraduate degree level courses
  • 700-999 represent graduate degree level courses

The following term designations are used:

  • 1 - Term 1 only
  • 2 - Term 2 only
  • 3 - Term 3 only
  • 1&2 - Term 1 and 2
  • 1/2 - Either Term 1 or Term 2
  • P - Phases (Medicine and Dentistry)
  • Q - Quarters (Veterinary Medicine)

The following instructional code designations are used:

  • L - Lecture
  • P - Practicum/Lab
  • S - Seminar/Discussion
  • C - Clinical Service
  • R - Reading
  • T - Tutorial

Please use the following form to look up courses and find detailed information on course prerequisites, corequisites, and other special notes. To view all 100-level courses in a subject, select a Subject Code and type 1% in the Course Number field. (200-level = 2%, etc.)


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DRAM 101.3 — 1/2(3L)
How to Read Drama

An introductory course in the reading and analysis of playscripts. The course will offer a brief survey of script analysis techniques (used by directors, actors, and other theatre personnel) as applied to major plays from various genres and historical contexts.

Note: Students with credit for DRAM 100 may not take DRAM 101 for credit.


DRAM 104.6 — 1&2(3P)
Introduction to Theatre

Direct experience of theatre arts and crafts. Designed to encourage the individual's creative impulse. Dramatic activities for teachers at all levels are explored and students move toward an understanding of drama as education.

Note: Not accepted in a drama major except with written permission of the Head of the department.


DRAM 105.0 — 1&2(1S)
Aboriginal Theatre Program Mentored Learning I

This course (0 cu) offers students enrolled in ATP, wîcêhtowin - Aboriginal Theatre Program (Certificate of Proficiency), mentorship provided by the course coordinator, visiting theatre practitioners, elders, cultural leaders and traditional Knowledge Keepers. Students will share culturally relevant information and reflect upon their experiences in ATP as related to the acquisition of performance and technical theatre skills. Topical assignments will be distributed (via email) five days in advance of each class meeting. Guest speakers will be drawn from the University and the surrounding community. Additional guests (artists and elders alike) will be brought to campus as funding permits. DRAM 105 meets jointly with DRAM 205, and hence a broad network of student peers will be established, helping to intensify the sense of an inclusive creative artistic community which is central to the mission of wîcêhtowin - Aboriginal Theatre Program.

Permission is of the department is required.
Note: This course meets jointly with DRAM 205.


DRAM 110.3 — 1/2(1.5L-3P)
Technical Theatre I Scenic Construction

Introduces the fundamentals of scenic construction techniques including construction methods and materials, scene painting and aesthetic aspects of producing scenery for the stage. Requires a minimum of 25 hours of production work beyond the regular class and lab hours. Students should avoid taking any evening classes because of the demands of evening production set-up and rehearsals.

DRAM 113.3 — 1/2(2L-1.5P)
Technical Theatre II Stage Properties

Introduction to the fundamentals of stage properties construction, materials and techniques. Emphasis will be placed on the practical and aesthetic aspects of producing stage properties for theatre productions. There is a requirement of a minimum of 25 hours of production work beyond the regular class and lab hours. Students should avoid taking any evening classes because of the demands of evening production set-up and rehearsals.

DRAM 118.3 — 1/2(1L-2P)
Acting 1

The essentials of acting through the exploration of body, voice, idea, and imagination.

Note: Students with credit for DRAM 116 may not take DRAM 118 for credit.


DRAM 119.3 — 1/2(1L-2P)
Acting II

Fundamentals introduced in Acting 1 will be applied to the process of interpreting the dramatic text.

Prerequisite(s): DRAM 116 or 118.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 117 may not take DRAM 119 for credit.


DRAM 121.3 — SP/SU(1L-2P)
Directing for the Non Specialist

A practical and theoretical course for those interested in directing plays for amateur bodies such as schools and community groups. The directing process will be explored in terms of script analysis, script scoring, audition methods, coaching techniques, the development of rehearsal schedules, and the design of floor plans and blocking.

Note: Normally offered only in Spring and Summer Session. Open to drama majors as an elective only under Requirement 7 of Program Type D.


DRAM 203.3 — 1/2(3L)
History of Theatre from 600 BCE to 1850 CE

History of theatre, dominantly in the Western tradition, from antiquity through to the Romantic revolt and the beginnings of realism. The evolution of theatrical production (acting, production, theatre architecture) will be emphasized, with assigned plays being examined largely within the context of the production and performance dynamics of their period.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of 30 credit units at the university.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 201 may not take DRAM 203 for credit.


DRAM 204.3 — 1/2(3L)
History of Theatre from 1850 to Present

History of theatre, dominantly in the Western tradition, from the rise of the modern theatre to the present day. Evolution of theatrical production (acting, directing, production, theatre architecture) will be emphasized, with assigned plays being examined largely within the context of the production and performance dynamics of their period.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of 30 credit units at the university.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 202 may not take DRAM 204 for credit.


DRAM 205.0 — 1&2(1S)
Aboriginal Theatre Program Mentored Learning II

This course (0 cu) offers students enrolled in ATP, wîcêhtowin - Aboriginal Theatre Program (Certificate of Proficiency), mentorship provided by the course coordinator, visiting theatre practitioners, elders, cultural leaders and traditional Knowledge Keepers. Students will share culturally relevant information and reflect upon their experiences in ATP as related to the acquisition of performance and technical theatre skills. Topical assignments will be distributed (via email) five days in advance of each class meeting. Guest speakers will be drawn from the University and the surrounding community. Additional guests (artists and elders alike) will be brought to campus as funding permits. DRAM 205 meets jointly with DRAM 105, and hence a broad network of student peers will be established, helping to intensify the sense of an inclusive creative artistic community which is central to the mission of wîcêhtowin - Aboriginal Theatre Program.

Permission of the department is required.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 105
Note: This course meets jointly with DRAM 105 (0 cu)


DRAM 210.3 — 1/2(3L-3P)
Technical Theatre III Costume Construction

A study of the craft and art of the theatre costumer. Emphasizes the practical and aesthetic aspects of producing costumes for the stage. There is a requirement of 50 hours of production work beyond the regular class and lab hours. Students should avoid taking any evening classes because of the demands of evening production set-up and rehearsals.

Prerequisite(s): DRAM 110 or 113.


DRAM 211.3 — 1/2(5S-3P)
Practicum I Indigenous Performance Methods

Indigenous culture and world views are explored by using the “communicative method” fundamental to the field of language instruction. This course is divided into three distinct modules: "Acquisition," "Application," and "Expression." Module One, "Acquisition," uses immersion techniques to introduce students to an Indigenous language via a practical and expressive approach. Module Two, "Application," focuses on the application of an Indigenous language to various methods of creative expression: oratory, storytelling and especially performance arts and focuses on both individual and group exercises. In Module Three, "Expression," students develop, rehearse and present individual and group-generated creative works completely driven by the specific Indigenous language explored in Modules One and Two. The course is delivered in an integrated approach—a combination of seminars, and lab/practicum sessions. Language and cultural specialists, elders, traditional Knowledge Keepers, guest lecturers/artists, enrich this course through socio-cultural activities intended to provide a foundation for the exploration of contemporary Indigenous world views and cultural arts.

Prerequisite(s): DRAM 119 and permission of the instructor.


DRAM 213.3 — 1/2(3L-3P)
Technical Theatre IV Stage Management

Introduction to the fundamentals of the craft and art of stage lighting, sound production, and theatre stage management. There is a requirement of a minimum of 50 hours of production work beyond the regular class and lab hours. Students should avoid taking any evening classes because of the demands of evening production set-up and rehearsals.

Prerequisite(s): DRAM 110 or 113.


DRAM 218.3 — 1/2(1L-3P)
Acting III

The exploration of character in acting.

Prerequisite(s): DRAM 117 or 119.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 216 may not take DRAM 218 for credit.


DRAM 219.3 — 1(4L-2P)
Acting IV Scene Study and Textual Analysis for the Stage

A practical exploration of the table work process of script analysis, supplying the keys to creating a dramatic character. Students will learn how to analyze and interpret the text, while continuing to develop and hone their own creative imagination and impulses.

Formerly: DRAM 217.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 216 or 218.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 217 may not take DRAM 219 for credit.


DRAM 220.3 — 1/2(2L-4P)
Theatre Design I Introduction

Introduction to the technical and aesthetic skills and methods required of the theatre designer. Special consideration will be given to the development of skills required to communicate with fellow theatre practitioners, directors, designers and technicians in the visual medium.

Permission of the instructor required.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 110, 113.


DRAM 221.3 — 1/2(2L-4P)
Theatre Design II Introduction

An exploration of the role of the theatre designer in the areas of setting, costumes and lighting. Special consideration will be given to the development of skills required to communicate with fellow theatre practitioners, directors, designers and technicians in the visual medium. An application of the technical skills learned in DRAM 220.

Permission of the instructor required.
Prerequisite(s):DRAM 220.


DRAM 231.3 — 1/2(3S)
Introduction to Aboriginal Playwrighting

The purpose of DRAM 231 is to learn the basics of dramatic writing, with a focus on writing for the stage. The course is intended for students with little to no previous University-level writing experience, but who have an intense interest in theatre. The specific dramaturgical approach employed in the course focuses on the actor/character relationship to text, where the actor is always the first “audience” of any script. In that the actor is ultimately responsible for interpreting the text (through performance to the audience), it is the playwright’s goal to create a script that both challenges and engages the actor. The craft of writing plays is explored through exercises and class discussion, and the course focuses on First Nations and Métis cultural concerns.

Prerequisite(s): DRAM 118
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): DRAM 119


DRAM 236.3 — 1/2(3P-1T)
Stage Combat

The principles and techniques used to successfully achieve the illusion of physical violence for the stage. Actor safety, effective blocking, believable energy transfer and the analysis of physical motion during conflict will be examined.

Prerequisite(s): DRAM 116 or 118.


DRAM 285.3
Theatre Studies in London

A study abroad course in drama and theatre history in London, England.

Prerequisite(s): 30 credit units of university-level course work, including at least 6 credit units in Drama and/or English.


DRAM 286.3
Studies in Theatre Centres

A study abroad course in Drama with a dual emphasis on theatre history and practical elements pertaining to the making of theatre (direction, acting, design, playwriting) in recognized theatre centres in North America and abroad.

Prerequisite(s): 30 credit units of university level course work, including at least 6 credit units in Drama and/or English.
Note: This is a course that would only be offered in Spring and Summer, and always in a location other than Saskatoon.


DRAM 298.3 — 1/2(3S)
Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

DRAM 299.6 — 1&2(3S)
Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

DRAM 303.3 — 1/2(3L)
Advanced Studies in Theatre History I 600 BCE to 1850 CE

Intended for students who have acquired some background in the theatre from 600 BCE to 1850 CE. The course will involve more intensive study of the aesthetic, literary and production/performance aspects of the theatre of the past, integrating theoretical and practical approaches to the material.

Prerequisite(s): DRAM 203 or permission of the department.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 201 may not take DRAM 303 for credit.


DRAM 304.3 — 1/2(3L)
Advanced Studies in Theatre History II 1850 to Present

Intended for students who have acquired some background in the theatre from 1850 to the present. The course will involve a more intensive study of the aesthetic, literary and production/performance aspects of the theatre of the contemporary period, integrating theoretical and practical approaches to the material.

Prerequisite(s): DRAM 204 or 209 or the permission of the department.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 202 may not take DRAM 304 for credit.


DRAM 309.3 — 1/2(3L)
Theories of Acting and Directing

Acting and directing theory from the Enlightenment to the present day. Emphasis will be placed on the evolving role of the director and actor, as conceived of by important theoretician/practitioners, and on the influence of accelerating technology and changing trends in social, political, psychological and cultural thought.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of 30 credit units at the university.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 209 may not take DRAM 309 for credit.


DRAM 310.3
Practicum II Capstone Course in Public Performance

This Capstone course for the wîcêhtowin - Aboriginal Theatre Program provides the opportunity to apply performance techniques and skills, the theory and practice of writing for the theatre, basic theatre design and production concepts, and the skills required for production coordination, stage and house management, in a public performance. The course requires prior knowledge of general acting, playwriting, technical and design skills and in particular, skills that are acquired in the two-year culturally-based wîcêhtowin - Aboriginal Theatre Program. DRAM 310 requires a minimum of 25 hours of production work beyond class and lab/practicum hours [note: listed as "Other" in the "Meeting Hours" segment of the "Course Proposal" document]. Students should avoid taking other courses (and especially evening classes) when enrolled in DRAM 310 because of the demands of production set-up, rehearsals, and evening performances. The course features four live performances of a collaboratively developed new production, showcasing the techniques and skills gained over the course of wîcêhtowin - Aboriginal Theatre Program (Certificate of Proficiency Program).

Prerequisite(s): DRAM 219, DRAM 322, or by approval of Department.


DRAM 318.3 — 1/2(6P)
Acting V

A course in acting styles. Scene study and exercises in various periods and genres, which may include Greek theatre, medieval theatre, Elizabethan theatre, comedy of manners, farce, absurdist, and epic theatre.

Formerly: DRAM 316
Permission of the department required.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 219 and an audition.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 316 may not take DRAM 318 for credit.


DRAM 319.3 — 1/2(6L)
Acting VI

Studio productions that focus on the acting demands of a specific period, genre, or style. The course will be an introduction to the concept of the ensemble as well as rehearsal and performance strategies.

Formerly: DRAM 317.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 318.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 317 may not take DRAM 319 for credit.


DRAM 320.3 — 1/2(2L-4P)
Theatre Design III Intermediate

Further development of the theatre designer in the areas of costume, lighting and set design. Continued exploration of design aesthetics in theoretical design projects. Focus is on individual "paper projects" involving the complete planning and execution of projects in costume, sets and lighting.

Prerequisite(s): DRAM 221 and permission of the instructor.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 314 may not take DRAM 320 for credit.


DRAM 321.3 — 1/2(2L-4P)
Theatre Design IV Intermediate

Continued exploration and identification of concepts and methods as they relate to costume, set and lighting design. Focus on continued exploration of the theatre design process and the continued improvement of technical and aesthetic skills. Course may involve a design project that relates to a departmental production.

Prerequisite(s): DRAM 320.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 314 may not take DRAM 321 for credit.


DRAM 330.3 — 1/2(6P)
Physical Theatre I Clown

Neutral mask and clown: studies in physical theatre. The first half will consist of the student's discovery of neutral expression and expressiveness through the use of neutral mask. The second half will allow the student to develop the personal clown.

Prerequisite(s): DRAM 219 and 318.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 327 may not take DRAM 330 for credit.


DRAM 331.6 — 1&2(3S)
Playwriting

The craft of writing plays, explored through exercises and class discussions.

Prerequisite(s): At least 12 credit units in Drama and 12 credit units in English.


DRAM 362.3 — 1(4.5P)
Voice and Speech for the Actor I

Development of the student's vocal technique and awareness of the vocal process through exercises in relaxation, body alignment, support of tone and placement of sound. Emphasis on freeing the vocal apparatus of tension.

Formerly: DRAM 364.
Permission of the department required.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 219 and an audition.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 364 may not take DRAM 362 for credit.


DRAM 363.3 — 1(4.5P)
Voice and Speech for the Actor II

Further development of the student's vocal and speech technique and heightened awareness of the vocal process through increasingly subtle exercises in relaxation, body alignment, support of tone and placement of sound. Extension of range and control of pitch. The voice as a communicative instrument, and the beginning of its technical control through the speaking of prose and poetry.

Formerly: DRAM 364.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 362.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 364 may not take DRAM 363 for credit.


DRAM 366.3 — 1(4.5P)
Fundamentals of Movement I

The student will address the building blocks in linking the mind and body through the fundamentals of actor movement. The student will focus on a limber incorporating strength, balance, flexibility, breath and alignment. The aim is to help the student decipher habitual movement from expressive movement.

Formerly: DRAM 365.
Permission of the department required.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 219 and an audition.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 365 may not take DRAM 366 for credit.


DRAM 367.3 — 2(4.5P)
Fundamentals of Movement II

Will address physical styles exploring Greek Chorus through to Victorian Era. Latter half of the course will address more abstract concepts of physical exploration addressing time, weight and space.

Formerly: DRAM 365.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 219 and 366.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 365 may not take DRAM 367 for credit.


DRAM 398.3 — 1/2(3S)
Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

DRAM 399.6 — 1&2(3S)
Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

DRAM 401.3 — 1/2(3L)
Dramatic Theory and Criticism

An examination of significant theories of major critics, theorists and writers of the theatre from ancient to modern.

Prerequisite(s): At least 12 credit units in English.


DRAM 402.3 — 1/2(3L)
Studies in Canadian Theatre

An examination of dominant trends in Canadian theatre practice.

Prerequisite(s): At least 12 credit units in English.


DRAM 418.3 — 1/2(6P)
Acting VII

A laboratory course to assist in the preparation for transition into the professional world. The course will focus on solo rehearsal, audition and performance techniques for the stage. Special concentration will also encompass the technical demands of acting for the media.

Prerequisite(s): DRAM 317 or 319.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 415 or 416 may not take DRAM 418 for credit.


DRAM 419.3 — 1/2(6P)
Acting VIII

Final studio production(s) that further explore(s) the acting demands of a text from the classical repertoire. The course will strengthen the concept of the ensemble as well as rehersal and performance strategies.

Prerequisite(s): DRAM 416 or 418.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 415 or 417 may not take DRAM 419 for credit.


DRAM 420.3 — 1/2(2L-4P)
Theatre Design V Advanced

An advanced study of set, costume and lighting design. Emphasis will be placed on the student's growing independence as a practicing theatre designer.

Prerequisite(s): DRAM 321 and approval of the instructor.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 414 may not take DRAM 420 for credit.


DRAM 421.3 — 1/2(2L-4P)
Theatre Design VI Advanced

An advanced study of set, costume and lighting design as it relates to practical application. The student will be assigned a design project that relates to a departmental production.

Prerequisite(s): DRAM 420.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 414 may not take DRAM 421 for credit.


DRAM 462.3 — 1(4.5P)
Voice and Speech for the Actor III

Specialized problems for the vocal professional will be addressed: physical characterizations and their effect on voice and speech; rehearsal and extreme performance demands (shouting, crying, laughing), keeping the vocal performance fresh; vocal coaching in support of performances for acting class projects and/or performances for Greystone productions.

Formerly: DRAM 464.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 363.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 464 may not take DRAM 462 for credit.


DRAM 463.3 — 1(4.5P)
Voice and Speech for the Actor IV

Specialized problems for the vocal professional will be addressed, focussing on dialects and cold readings. Vocal hygiene and vocal coaching in support of performances for acting class projects and/or performances for Greystone productions.

Formerly: DRAM 464.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 462.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 464 may not take DRAM 463 for credit.


DRAM 466.3 — 1(4.5P)
Expressive Movement III

Consolidates the training given in DRAM 367 with an emphasis on linking fundamental movement with expressive movement. The course will assist an actor in the facilitation of a clear emotional journey through the physical, linking the external and internal life of an actor's craft.

Formerly: DRAM 465.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 219, 367.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 465 may not take DRAM 466 for credit.


DRAM 467.3 — 1(4.5P)
Expressive Movement IV

The emphasis of this module is to introduce expressive gesture/movement and the Viewpoints method with an emphasis towards devised physical theatre. The projects will entail individual and group process.

Formerly: DRAM 465.
Prerequisite(s): DRAM 466.
Note: Students with credit for DRAM 465 may not take DRAM 467 for credit.


DRAM 490.3 — 1/2(3S)
Topics in Playwriting II

This course is designed for students who are experienced writers, and who wish to learn how to write for the stage. The course is modeled on professional playwriting norms and industry standards. Successful completion of the course will prepare the student for the rigorous cycle of script writing, revision, work with dramaturgs, and professional artistic directors and professional actors.

Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units in DRAM and 12 credit units in English
Note: Students cannot take DRAM 490 if they have already taken INCC 498.3 ("Special Topics in Playwriting"). Students that have completed Drama 331.6 may take DRAM 490, with permission of the Department. Permission of the instructor is required. Permission will be granted to students, who are not in Drama, who can demonstrate significant play-writing experience (via script or other appropriate writing sample(s)).


DRAM 498.3 — 1/2(3S)
Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

DRAM 499.6 — 1&2(3S)
Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

DRAM 898
Special Topics

Offered occasionally in special situations. Students interested in these courses should contact the department for more information.

DRAM 899
Special Topics

Offered occasionally in special situations. Students interested in these courses should contact the department for more information.

DRAM 990
Seminar

DRAM 994
Research

Students writing a Master's thesis must register for this course.