traditional undergraduate on campus

Dramatic Arts

Trevecca’s Bachelor of Arts in dramatic arts is designed to prepare you for a competitive career in professional theatre or theatre education, or for graduate studies in theatre. You can tailor your degree to your passions and goals by specializing in specific aspects of theatre like acting, directing, design, playwriting or stage management.

Program Benefits

  • Participate in four or five campus productions each year.
  • Take advantage of incredible internships and jobs available in the exciting Nashville market.
  • Enjoy our small class sizes and supportive campus community.
  • Learn from faculty who possess high degrees in their fields, who have relevant and valuable real-world experience and who make an effort to know you personally.

What to Expect

As a student in Trevecca’s dramatic arts program, you’ll not only build a solid foundation in the dramatic arts, but you’ll have the chance tailor your education to meet your passions and goals by specializing in one or more of the following aspects of theatre: acting, directing, design (set, costumes, lighting, etc.), playwriting or stage management. 

This program is incredibly hands-on. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in four or five on-campus theatre productions each year. You’ll also participate in an internship that provides professional experience and valuable networking relationships with potential employers. Past students have completed local internships with the Nashville Repertory Theatre, Nashville Children's Theatre, Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera and Studio Tenn, and others have done internships in New York, L.A. and overseas.

Dramatic arts faculty and coursework will encourage and equip you to be creative in your artistic pursuits. As a senior theatre student, you will create and present an original project in your specialized focus area. The project presentation is open to the general public and, in combination with your foundational coursework, gives you a professional capstone experience that prepares you for graduate studies and/or employment after graduation.

Why Choose Trevecca?

Founded in 1901 and a leader in online education for more than two decades, Trevecca helps students discover and pursue an individual calling by providing innovative instruction; cultivating a supportive, Christ-centered community; and establishing relationships that open doors.

Recognized nationally and locally for academic quality, Trevecca has earned a reputation for providing the world with servant leaders, problem solvers and difference makers. Trevecca’s holistic approach to education encompasses intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual growth.

As a Christian university, we offer programs that explore the ways faith intersects with your field of study. This means you can gain your dramatic arts degree in a supportive, Christian community with small classroom sizes and engaged faculty members who care about you and your goals.


Course Descriptions

Get details on all the courses you’ll complete as you work toward this degree at Trevecca.

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Financial Aid & Costs

Financial Aid & Costs

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Career Opportunities

With your degree in dramatic arts, you’ll be ready for an exciting career in theatre. From acting to set design to playwriting, your degree prepares you for a variety of theatre roles. It also prepares you for a career in theatre education or graduate studies in theatre.

  • Actor
  • Director
  • Stage Manager
  • Arts Administrator
  • Lighting Designer
  • Set Designer
  • Costume Designer

“I believe that the Dramatic Arts department has given me the foundation to achieve my dreams of acting, writing, producing, and directing in the church and as a professional artist."

Angelo Tate Trevecca graduate



Course Descriptions

Get details on all the courses you’ll complete as you work toward this degree at Trevecca.

Business Information Technology
ITI 1900

Seeks to prepare students to use technologies that they will encounter as they pursue their calling in the world. Regardless of discipline students will need to work with databases, web technologies, publishing technologies, financial tools, online resources for Christian ministry, and perform research using computing technologies. Students will have an opportunity to explore and use these technologies in a project-based context.

Theories of Communication
COM 3010

Surveys the major theories of human communication. The study will focus on the origins, usefulness, and limitations of each theory for understanding communication events. This course will help prepare students to analyze and interpret human communication in all its forms (intrapersonal communication, interpersonal communication, small group transactions, organizational communication, public speaking, drama, and mass communication).

Advanced Public Speaking
COM 4000

Gives students practical experience in the preparation and presentation of the speeches that are usually required in business and the professions. Areas of instruction include speech making, oral reading of reports, and speech for radio and television.

Career Internship in Communication Studies
COM 4510

Intensive study, observation, and participation in various field projects designed and contracted between the student and instructor. Internships will be arranged in conjunction with the student's major. Maximum of 6 hours. Graded S/U.

Research Methods in Communication Studies
COM 4550

Introduces students to the most commonly used qualitative and quantitative methods of research associated with the discipline of communication.

Senior Project in Communication Studies
COM 4800

All majors in the Department of Communication Studies are required to present a senior project as a public performance. The project should relate to the student's specialized interest in the field, demonstrate his or her acquired skills, and be academically and vocationally beneficial as a culminative experience. The project must be approved by the faculty advisor at least one semester in advance. The number of credits is contingent upon the number of hours given to the project [40+ hours for one (1) credit; 80+ for two (2) credits.] Graded S/U.

Production Participation and Project Attendance
COM 1000

Required of all dramatic arts majors and minors for six (6) semesters. To receive a passing grade, students are to participate in 20 hours of some aspect of production work for each of the productions planned during the six semesters that are chosen by the student. Graded S/U. Note: No credit is given and no tuition is charged.

Acting I: Theory and Practice (FE-10)
COM 2410

An introductory workshop course focusing on beginning acting techniques and scene study. Students will explore the actors' instrument and the use of space, relaxation, concentration, imagination, movement, and how to pursue an objective through physical and psychological actions in order to create a character.

Script Analysis
COM 2950

A detailed study of the basic tools and approaches necessary for reading and interpreting stage scripts before directing, acting, or design processes can effectively begin. (All dramatic arts majors and minors, as well as all theatre education majors, must take this course in their freshman or sophomore year, with the exception of transfer students).

Theatre History and Dramatic Literature
COM 3400

A comprehensive survey of representative plays from each period of theatre history, noting the reciprocal effects of production techniques on dramatic forms. Special emphasis is given to cultural and historical factors influencing the rise and fall of new dramatic forms and theatrical practices. It is recommended that students take COM 2950 as a foundation for this course.

Playwriting Workshop
COM 3450

An introduction to basic storytelling and playwriting techniques for stage plays. Students will research and develop scripts for theatre in a workshop climate, with the goal of having two completed, professional or competition-ready scripts by the end of the semester.

Design and Production for the Stage (FE-10)
COM 4030

A hands-on, introductory study of theatrical design and production that will primarily focus on scenic and lighting design and production. Costume design and production will be addressed briefly. In the process, students will practice design, construction, and implementation skills in conjunction with the current drama production as well as through individual project work.

Play Directing (FE-10)
COM 4040

An introductory examination of the directorial process beginning with textual analysis of dramatic action and covering such areas as production unity, stage movement and business, motivational analysis, and pictorial composition. Other areas of emphasis include a brief overview of directing history, types of directing theory and style, planning and rehearsal techniques, and the relationship of the director to other theatre artists. Student work includes selected scene work and directing projects prepared for class presentation culminating in a final scene presentation.

Drama Practicum
COM 422A-F

Provides supervised participation and instruction in various aspects of theatre. Open to all students with the consent of the instructor. Dramatic Arts majors are required to take this one-hour practicum in three of the following areas: (A) Acting, (B) Stage Management, (C) Scenery and Props, (D) Costumes and Make-up, (E) Lighting and Sound, (F) Directing. Graded S/U.

Modern Drama in Performance
COM 4410/ENG 4410

Through a reader-response approach, students will read plays and view live, off-campus performances of plays written by award-winning American and European playwrights of the 20th century. The focus on experimentation with theatrical genres, the artistic development of social critique, and the re-emergence of meta-theatricality invites students to create meaningful connections between the "literariness" of drama, its performance, and audience reception. American playwrights include O'Neill, Odets, Rice, Hellman, Hansberry, Tennessee Williams, and Arthur Miller. European playwrights include Ibsen, Shaw, Chekhov, Pirandello, Lorca, Brecht, and Beckett.

Junior/Senior Seminar in Dramatic Arts
COM 4600

A seminar designed specifically for juniors and seniors who are majoring in dramatic arts and theatre education. The seminar's focus is on developing materials (headshots, resumes, portfolios, etc.) essential to a graduate's success in professional theatre, graduate school, and/or teaching in secondary education. For theatre education majors, this course must be completed no later than the semester prior to student teaching.

Acting II: Improvisation and Viewpoints
COM 2420

A workshop course introducing students to the basics of improvisation for the actor. Students will create characters and scenes by applying some of the well-established improvisational techniques of Spolin, Johnstone, and others, and will develop useful acting tools by exploring both short-form and long-form improvisation. Students will also be introduced to the innovative viewpoints approach to character exploration and improvisation developed by Anne Bogart.

Acting III: Meisner
COM 3410

A workshop course introducing students to influential realistic acting techniques, particularly those of Sanford Meisner developed from the seminal work of the Group Theater. Students will learn to integrate exercise work strategically from this distinct acting approach into character development and scene study.

Acting IV: Shakespeare
COM 3420

Explores the unique challenges facing actors who seek to make Shakespeare's plays accessible and meaningful to audiences today. Students will explore various performative aspects of Shakespeare's texts, including the complexities of scansion, building in speeches, word images and other language clues, physicality in Shakespeare, and character patterns

*COM 1000: 6 satisfactory semesters, COM 422A-F: 3 hours required, COM 4510: 3 hours required, COM 4800: 2 hours required

*For a complete list of courses, tracks and other relevant information, view the program's course catalog.