Department of Theatre Arts Courses
DRAM 101 Literary Orientation To Theatre Arts
Introduction to some of the literary terms and devices that constitute the basic ingredients of Dramatic Theory and Practice: definition of drama, elements of form, technique etc. Structure of drama; the plot, conflict, character, setting and background technical facilities. Aesthetic and intellectual values.
DRAM 102 Basics Of The Living Theatre
- Introductory and exploratory Theatre Laboratory; the Living stage and its accessory/ back-up facilities.
- Fundamental instructions in stagecraft e.g. Confidence building, spaces evaluation and utilization etc.
- Rudimentary practical exercises in stage usage and movement.
DRAM 201 Introduction To The Theatre
The Theatre; its nature, function or social role. A survey of the collaborative art of the theatre, its purpose, tools, organisation and mode of operation. Modern extension to Theatre: the Film Video, Radio, T. V.
DRAM 202 Play Analysis And Interpretation I
Studies in techniques of analysing plays and interpreting them for production or performance based on prescribed text. Emphasis on plot structure, inherent, stylistic devices, character spines as they relate to them, character development in terms of dramatic action and its basic conflicts and resolution intellectual, emotional, moral and aethetic values exploration through interpretative exercises in stage terms.
DRAM 203 History Of Drama And Theatre (Beginnings to Rome)
The ritual origins of Drama. The History of the Theatre from classical Greece to Rome. Plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes. Seneca, Terence and Plautus. The Poetics of Aristotle and definition of Drama. Greek Amphi-Theatres, and stage conventions. The Hellenistic stage and Roman Theatre Architecture.
DRAM 204 History Of Drama And Theatre
(Mediaval Europe To The Age Of Shakespeare
Drama of mediaeval Europe. Hrostvitha and Roman influence. The Pagan Saint and Mumming plays. The Christian Ritual beginning; The Trope; The Passion plays. Trade Guilds and Pageant plays. The age of Morality; Secular Tudor Comedy to the Age of Shakespeare.
DRAM 301 Play Analysis And Interpretation I
Exploration through interpretative exercises in stage terms. Studies in techniques of analyzing plays and interpreting them for production or performance. Emphasis on plot structure and inherent stylistic devices, character spine as they relate to character development in dramatic action. Basic conflicts and resolution, intellectual, emotional, moral and aesthetic values. Emphasis on Greek Classicals, Medieval and Elizabethan plays.
DRAM 302 Plays Analysis And Interpretation II
Exploration through interpretative exercises in stage terms. Studies in techniques of analysing plays and interpreting them for production or performances. Emphasis on plot structure and inherent stylistic devices, character spine as they relate to character development in dramatic action. Basic conflict and resolution, intellectual, emotional, moral and aesthetic values. Plays of 18th Century Modern Drama.
DRAM 303 History Of Drama And Theatre III: 1650-1850
Theatre of England from the Restoration Era to Sentimental Drama of Lillo. The License Act of 1738 and the Emergence of the Actor/Manager. Sentimental Comedy of Sheridan and Oliver Goldsmith. The French Neo-classical drama; Comedy and comic technique of Moliere to the French Well-made-play. Italian Commedia dell Arte. The German 17th& 18th Century Theatre and the 19th Century Sturm-und-Drag movement. The Golden Age of Spanish Theatre.
DRAM 304 Drama In African Societies
The Nature and Form of Oral drama in traditional African Cultures. The emergence of popular forms in contemporary African society. First part of the course will be an aesthetic integration into the dynamics and semiotics of traditional African drama: Ceremonial and Narrative, mask theatre, possession dance, and popular theatre – and their roles in Religious, ceremonial and other social events. The second part will examine and critically analyse the emergence of popular forms of drama in changing Africa.
DRAM 305* Production Participation
Varied assignments and roles in productions directed by either a member of Faculty or Colleague Student, to enable student to develop discipline, creativity and sound working attitudes to the practical Theatre profession.
DRAM 307 Introduction To Directing
Investigation and presentation of scenes and expansion arising from theories and techniques of play Directing. Exercises in Directing involving shorter scenes for class evaluation.
DRAM 308 Theatre Management
An extensive and detailed study of The Theatre as a Business Enterprise culminating in a Final Project. The course examines the nature, functions, responsibilities tools and problems of the Entrepreneur of the emerging African Theatre Industry.
DRAM 309 Playwriting
The Writer’s world. Theories and techniques in writing for the stage. Elementary exercises in observation, inception of the play, identification of Theme, character and the dramatic situation. Simple techniques of plot construction. Analysis of both student scripts and established work.
DRAM 311 Stage Craft
This is introductory course designed to give the theatre student a general knowledge of what goes on backstage. It covers basic technical information concerning names of tools, materials and construction techniques for flats, props as well as scene painting, rigging and striking of sets.
DRAM 312 Acting (Acting Major Option)
Preparation and integration of Actors body into role playing, Mime and studies into expressiveness of gesture, body composition in Communication.
DRAM 313 Fundamentals Of Radio/Film/VI Production
Introduction to audio-visual elements; communicating with images and sound. Development of film and broadcasting; production and transmission process, roles of personnel involved. The concept of form in film; visual literacy and script preparation. Principles and techniques in production; equipment function, handling and usage. Film analysis and criticism.
DRAM 314 Drama In Education: An Introduction
A beginning course in Creative Dramatics, introducing students to the philosophy and techniques of the art of Drama for children. The course emphasizes art of Drama as a way of living - the means of enjoying and enriching life through experience. 3 basic kinds of Child Drama will be covered.
1. Process - orientated: derived from 'child play', and characterized by its spontaneous, existential qualities of experiencing;
2. Performance-oriented: derived from theatre; and
3. Skill-oriented; which is concerned with short-term activities that give practice either in theatre, or in living.
DRAM 315 Dramatic Theories And Criticism
The course introduces students to analysis, evaluation and criticism of both the theories and practice of Drama, Theories like drama tragedy comedy etc., as well as realism, naturalism and other modes would be subjected to critical examination for the purpose of changing student comprehension of these. Play productions, video productions and written plays also form
part of issues for criticism, analysis and evaluation.
DRAM 316 Costume & Make-Up
A study of the basics of costume and make-up for the theatre. The course will focus on a panoramic view of historic costume; elements of design; fabric science; costume design and construction processes; make-up and accessories. Special attention will be given to African Theatre Costume and Make-Up for the African Actor.
DRAM 318 Theatre For Development
theories and skills which would enhance their marketability in the employment world. Theatre for Development introduces students to both theory and practical elements in Theatre and Community based issues and projects. Focus on theories of Development and awareness building is central to the study. Benefits: Students would have been equipped with project management skills, community-based research skills, and strategies for promoting community development. Academically, students would be grounded in Development, Theatre and project management
SOCIO 303 Social Psychology
The field: definitional issues; Strategies of enquiry: problems with social psychological research; Social learning: the humanizing process; Social perception: impression formation, social attribution; Social motivation: the achievement motive and its practical implications; Social cognition: cognitive consistency theories; Interpersonal attraction; Social attitudes: attitude measurement: attitude formation and attitude change; communication: persuasive communication; Dissonance: concept, nature, effects: Prejudice its causes, consequences and cure or prevention; Aggression: frustration aggression hypothesis: modeling of aggressive behaviour; Prosocial behaviour: bystander intervention in emergencies: effects of altruism.
DRAM 401 Play Analysis And Interpretation III
(Contemporary African Drama)
In-depth study of prescribed African texts. Analysis and Interpretation geared to the Director, the
Actor and the technical Director. Emphasis on elements of characters and characterisation, dramatic contrast and conflict, tone, tempo and rhythm of a play. Plot, rising action, climaxes and resolution. Only Plays Africa and the Diaspora will be discussed.
DRAM 402 Play Analysis And Interpretation IV (Theatre In Ghana)
In-depth study of prescribed texts: Analysis and interpretation geared particularly to the needs of
the Playwright, the Director, the Actor and the Technical Director. Emphasis on elements of character and character and characterisation, dramatic contrast and conflict, tone, tempo and rhythm of a play. Rituals, spectacle and total theatre innovations as embodied in the Ghanaian Experimental Theatre Concept plays from Ghana only.
DRAM 403 Modern European Drama
European plays and Playwrights from Modern Realistic plays of Ibsen to the present, considered
in relation to theatrical, philosophical, historical and literary values.
DRAM 405* Production Participation
Course designed to task students in supervisory and stage management roles in major staff and
student productions. Supervision of student assignment is by a member of Faculty.
DRAM 406 Oriental Theatre
Studies in Representational forms of drama of Japan and China: Movement, Colour and use of Symbolism in NO and Kabuki Theatre of Japan. Chinese traditional (Representational) drama; Theatre and Idiology in Chinese Revolutionary Opera. Sanskrist and Hindu Drama of India. Dance Theatres of Thailand, Bali and Burma.
DRAM 407 African-American Theatre
Course is designed to examine the African-American literary and dramatic heritage against the background of the economic and social situations in America. The philosophic outlook of distinguished black play-wrights such as Langston Hughes, Imamu Amiri Baraka, Loraine Hansbery, James Baldwin, and their works shall be used as embodiments of hopes, dreams and aspirations of the African-Americans.
DRAM 408 Media And Society
A study in the development of mass media structure and Practice in Ghana Forms of regulation and control and the Social impact on society.
DRAM 409 History And Development Of Theatre In Ghana
Course will focus on Dramatic activities from the colonial Gold Coast Era through pre-Independence of School Drama the Era of the National Theatre Movement of the 1956-1966 to the Present. More in-depth analysis of published Play from the 1914 to Plays of the 1980 Era will be considered in relations to Theatre Concept, such as "Anansegro" ( Ananse or Spider plays) and "Abibigro" (African Plays) will be studied in relation to their Theatrical, Philosophical, historical and their literary values.
DRAM 411 Research Methods
The course introduces students to the basics of research. It explores questions such as: "What is research and why is it important? It considers the basic approaches to research and the sources of information available. It also takes students through practical steps of research and shows them how to write a research report. The course culminates in practical students' research projects.
SPECIAL AREA ELECTIVES (Year-Long Courses)
DRAM 400 Theatre Management
A general study of the principles of management and their application to the performing artsparti-cularly in Community and Educational establishments: budgeting and production preparation, pla-ning and organisation of performances; problems of box office and house management; advertise-ment, publicity and public relations; organising limited tours; problems of staffing and personnel.
DRAM 410 Acting
The human body and voice as tools for artistic communication. Prescribed body and voice exercises. Theories and Practice in Modern Acting; Stanislavsky, Benedetti, Brecht, Artaud and Grotowsky. Styles and Period Acting. Role interpretation in Acting for the stage.
DRAM 420 Theatre For Extension Communication
Studies in some theories, principles and practice of theatre for development, culminating in practical community theatre projects. Techniques of report writing to aid students in presenting adequate reports on their practical community theatre projects.
DRAM 430 Radio, T.V, Film And Video
Advanced study in film and television theory, research and practice. Film genres and relationship to other arts. Film anaylsis and criticism. The African and Diaspora Film. Students produce short videos.
DRAM 440 Directing
Exploration, development and application of directing skills under Faculty supervision. Special
problems in theatrical styles of presentation will be handled under supervision of instructor.
DRAM 450 Drama In Education
Philosophical basis of Drama in Education:- Purpose and value. Teaching the art of Drama - Its processes, exploration and application of its concepts. Integration of abilities and learning an integrative force in child’s process of learning and developing.
DRAM 460 Costume Design And Construction Costume History
The theory and practice of theatre costumes. Production analysis and development of design concepts for costumes; application of principles of design: colour theory, mass, line, proportion, emphasis ect. Laboratory sessions of costume design in water-colour. A study of the principles and elements of design as applied in the Theatre. Equipping the student with the necessary tools of
design. Laboratory exercises and projects.
DRAM 470 Stage Lighting
The design process: creating the visual image with light through colour; the lighting key and plot.
Laboratory sessions of lighting design examples, rehearsals and performance procedures.
DRAM 480 Scenic Design And Construction
A survey of the history and principles of scenedesign. Laboratory sessions of drawings, watercolour sketches and scale models.
DRAM 490 Playwriting
The Writer in a Social context. Theories and practice in Playwriting. Sources of ideas; Inception
of the play; the plot, its proposition and development. Character, character motivation, conflict and climax in dramatic writing. Form and content; meaning of a play; structure to meaning in Playwriting.
DRAM 414 Make-Up
Principles of Make-Up
(2) Planning the make-up and relating it to the character.
various types of make-up:- Corrective Make-Up, Non realistic Make-Up, Creating a likeness, Wounds, Swellings, beards and moustaches, bald hair and quick-change Make-Up. Research into Make-Up materials and how to develop some locally to replace the foreign ones.