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Dramatic Media is storytelling by way of the stage or screen, through the fusion and study of text, performance, design, and technology.
What is Dramatic Media?
A relatively new concept, dramatic media has been defined by the Kennedy Center in its publication The National Standards for Arts Education as a “means of telling stories by way of stage, film, television, radio, or computer discs.”
At TLU, that concept has been adapted to create a unique and dynamic program of instruction and production. Intentionally developed as a hybrid of theatre, film and new media training, the program explores storytelling by way of the stage or screen, through the fusion and study of text, performance, design and technology.
The great designer Robert Edmund Jones once said, “The business of workers in the theatre is, as I see it, to express a timeless theme by means of the tools of one’s own time.” The department of dramatic media believes that storytelling, as found in the traditional disciplines of theatre or drama, should not be stagnant. It should evolve to incorporate the mediums of the day. Recent developments such as digital video and projection are combining with computer-generated animation, modeling and environments to provide exciting new ways to tell stories in a dramatic way.
A Dramatic Media Degree is:
Responsible and grounded in tradition. Despite the unique title and exciting new directions, the curriculum is grounded in the basics of text, performance, design and technology. These core components provide the foundation of studies, regardless of your specific interests.
Marketable. Upon graduation, students will feel competent and empowered to compete in multiple areas of production and production technology, both traditional and emerging.
Entrepreneurial. In challenging industries, it is advantageous to be self-motivated. Such initiative is emphasized at the core of the program. In addition to participation in faculty productions, students are encouraged to create their own product or to collaborate on original productions with their peers.
Flexible. Regardless of your area of interest, you can spend time emphasizing specializations such as writing, acting, directing, design or technology. “Seminar” courses are repeatable, allowing students extra time to explore their favorite subjects.
Challenging, yet liberating. At 38 hours (including major and supporting courses), the degree in dramatic media is easily accomplished within the context of a TLU liberal arts education. It provides the freedom to succeed in your core courses, while exploring electives of your choice.
The perfect double major. Artists in dramatic media can benefit greatly from a second major. This provides the student with a broader perspective on education and life, while enhancing a student’s marketability upon graduation. The skills learned in dramatic media, such as teamwork, communication, discipline, etc., will apply to whatever career you pursue.
Productions and most classes are housed in the 1,100-seat Jackson Auditorium. This state-of-the-art facility has become a symbol of the emphasis on entertainment and the performing arts on campus. Spacious dressing rooms and a well-equipped scene shop are adjacent to the stage.
Wupperman Little Theatre
Smaller shows, such as student-produced plays, are produced in the intimate Wupperman Little Theatre, seating 260, which is part of the Schuech Fine Arts Center. Wupperman Little Theatre also houses a state-of-the-art multimedia theatre, allowing for the presentation of dramatic media projects such as student films.