• Dramatic Arts (Minor)

  • Overview

    The Dramatic Arts minor is offered through the College of Performing Arts. This minor is available to all undergraduate students, with the exception of students in the BFA in Dramatic Arts.

    The minor in Dramatic Arts provides a technique-driven liberal arts approach to the creative, historical, and aesthetic dimensions of theater arts. It fosters critical thinking and challenges the imagination through experiences with global theater history, dramatic structure, foundational technique, theater practice, and participation in technique practice (theater electives).

    Students interested in the minor can simulate a worksheet that accounts for courses already completed and in progress using the "What If" feature in Degree Works.

    Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Some courses may be in development and offered at a later time. Students seeking to pursue alternative coursework to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.


    Subject AreaSample CoursesCredits
    Literature or Dramatic Structure CourseTDRU 2111 Global Theater History
    TDRU 1401 Dramatic Structure and Style
    Foundations Course
    TDRU 2301 Foundations in Acting, TDRU 2407 Foundations in Playwriting, TDRU 2507 Foundations in Directing, COPA 2105 Foundations in Creative Technologies
    Portfolio Course
    TDRU 1807 Portfolio A: Intro to Theater Practice1
    Theater Electives*
    TDRU 2000 or 3000 level in theater
    TDRU 3000 or 4000 level in design and film or video production

    *Course requires prerequisite or permission of instructor.

    Learning Outcomes

    A student who has completed this minor should be able to demonstrate:

    • The acquisition of a common vocabulary necessary to the discussion of plays
    • An expanded familiarity with the established canon of Western dramatic literature and the major examples of non-Western theater forms and texts
    • An understanding of the role of artist and audience
    • The ability to place the works in the context of other artists' work and artistic pursuits and of culture and society
    • The ability to engage in and develop analysis of the social, cultural, and political aspects of civically engaged work
    • The ability to conceptualize and implement high-quality research in a systematic manner, using qualitative research methods
    • The ability to reflect on the ideas and work of peers and verbally engage in a way that furthers the collaborative and creative process


    Minors are available to undergraduate students across The New School. For questions regarding this minor's curriculum, including requests for course substitutions, please contact CoPA Academics at copaacademics@newschool.edu.

    How to Declare, Change, or Apply to a Minor

    General guidelines for declaring a minor are available here. Current students can declare or change a minor by logging in to my.newschool.edu, clicking on the Academics tab, and then clicking on the link to Major/Minor Declarations.

  • Take the Next Step

    Contact your Student Success advisor to discuss how a minor will fit with your degree requirements.

    Declare or change a minor on my.newschool.edu in the Academics tab. Note that some minors require an application.

  • Take The Next Step

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