Dramatic Arts

  • Overview

    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 aesthetic inquiry, global theater history, collaborative theater practice (devised theater), Collaborative Research Studio (research methods and civic engagement), 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.

    Note: 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.

    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
    • An ability to place the works in the context of other artists’ work and artistic pursuits and of culture and society
    • An ability to engage in and develop analysis of the social, cultural, and political aspects of civically engaged work
    • The skills of conceptualizing and implementing 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


    Subject Area Course Options Requirements

    Global Theater History

    Global Theater History: The Hero and the Highborn (TDRU 2111)
    Global Theater History: The Common and the Community

    3 credits

    Aesthetic Inquiry

    Aesthetic Inquiry: Toward Perception (TDRU 2311)

    6 credits

    Theater Electives*

    3 credits at the TDRU 2000 or 3000 level in Theater; 3 credits at the TDRU 3000 or 4000 level in design and film or video production)

    3 credits

    Collaborative Research Studio

    CRS Methods: Arts Education (TDRU 3705)
    CRS Methods: Media and Communication (TDRU 3706)
    CRS Methods: Oral History (TDRU 3707)
    CRS Methods: Fieldwork (TDRU 3721)

    3 credits

    Collaborative Theater

    Collaborative Theater Practices (various courses, TDRU 3600–3607)

    3 credits

    *Course requires prerequisite or permission of instructor.


    Minors are available to undergraduate students across The New School except those students at Lang and in the Bachelor’s Program for Adults and Transfer Students who are completing a self-designed BA or BS in Liberal Arts, who are not permitted to declare minors. For students at Lang or in the Bachelor’s Program for Adults and Transfer Students who are interested in pursuing deeper study of this subject area, opportunities are available through the self-designed major in Liberal Arts. To explore this, contact an academic advisor or read more information about self-designed options for Lang or the Bachelor’s Program for Adults and Transfer Students.

    The Dramatic Arts minor requires an application for admission.

    For questions regarding this minor’s curriculum, including requests for course substitutions, please contact Maggie Koozer, Assistant Dean for Teaching and Learning, koozerm@newschool.edu, 212.580.0210 x4824.