Program available at/via: [Walla Walla]
Department Overview: The Drama department offers a range of courses and production opportunities. Through the study of the theatrical arts (acting, directing, stagecraft, set design, and playwriting) students experience the power and value of theater as a form of cultural expression, societal reflection, and communication. Theatrical experience helps students gain a deeper understanding of themselves and human behavior by developing creative and critical thinking skills in a collaborative environment.
Program Level Outcomes:
- Employ an increasing range of rudimentary acting skills, including the ability to create characters convincingly and project one’s self believably in word and action into imaginary circumstances.
- Demonstrate increasing creativity in outward verbal and non-verbal expression.
- Develop and display a continuing respect for the differing talents and abilities of other artists/performers.
- Apply standard terminology of the acting profession.
- Demonstrate application of a given “tools/materials” used in the production of a live performance.
- Exhibit the people skills necessary for effective ensemble work (teamwork) to occur.
Degrees: Students may earn an Associate in Arts AA-DTA degree (90 credits) which is designed for students planning to transfer to a baccalaureate institution with junior standing. Students pursuing this degree should meet with an academic advisor at WWCC and an advisor at their intended baccalaureate institution to determine an appropriate educational plan. (See AA-DTA in Degrees section of catalog).
Preparation for Success: Most people studying for a bachelor’s degree in Drama take courses in radio and television broadcasting, communications, film, drama, and dramatic literature. Many continue their academic training and earn a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree. Students planning to major in Theatre Arts at a four-year college or university should take as many drama courses as possible, especially introductory courses in theater, acting, and drama.
Other Information: The Drama Department is a safe and inclusive learning environment, working to support the creative potential of all WWCC students. The division provides a variety of venues to feature student work.
The Drama Department also supports student efforts to fulfill degree requirements by offering a variety of courses appealing to multiple levels of interest, skill, and experience.