Concentration Requirements

Meeting with the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) in Theater, Dance & Media (TDM) is the first step in the advising process for students interested in the concentration, whether as full, joint, or secondary field concentrators. The DUS will discuss students’ interests with them in order to suggest appropriate courses and to direct them to faculty members with allied interests as additional advisors in the concentration. The DUS and TDM faculty advisors will guide students through concentration requirements, helping them to make informed decisions about both the sequence and the distribution of their courses, as well as consult with them about their roles in both concentration and student-organized theater and dance productions.

Please also consult the Handbook for Students, under Fields of Concentration, to learn more about TDM requirements.

Basic Requirements

Concentrators must take a total of 12 (4-credit) courses to meet graduation requirements in Theater, Dance & Media, including the following required courses, tutorials, productions, and distribution requirements. Students also need to fulfill crew and training module requirements.

  1. Eight Required Courses
    1. Four courses focused on critical and scholarly approaches to Theater, Dance & Media
      1. These courses are offered through the Standing Committee on Degrees in Theater, Dance, and Media or by faculty in allied fields, including, but not limited to, the departments of Comparative Literature, English, Music, History of Art and Architecture, Art, Film, and Visual Studies, and Folklore and Mythology. These courses should not all be taken in a single discipline, for example dramatic literature, but rather should give the student a range of experience in the various aspects of theater making. At least one of these courses must focus on pre-20th century performance and include various genres and forms of theater, dance, and media. The student will consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) for course approval and to compile a sound plan of study to meet this requirement. [Note: one of the eight courses in either scholarly or practiced-based approaches must be in non-U.S. theater/dance or non-traditional performance.]
    2. Four practice-based or studio courses
      1. Courses can include directing, design, acting, dance, choreography, playwriting, dramaturgy, and work in newer media. The student should take courses in more than one discipline. The choice of courses will require the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS). [Note: one of the eight courses in either scholarly or practiced-based approaches must be in non-U.S. theater/dance or non-traditional performance.]
  2. Two Tutorials (TDM 97 & 98)
    1. TDM 97: Sophomore Tutorial: Theater, Dance & Media: See it. Do it.  Make Theory.
      1. Taught by TDM core faculty, this sophomore tutorial introduces students to the variety of theatrical forms, as well as to the fundamental tools of theatrical analysis. Required of all, and limited to, TDM concentrators.
    2. TDM 98: Junior Tutorial
      1. The goal of the junior tutorial is to test insights generated from critical reading in the context of studio practice. The result of the junior tutorial can be a final performance combined with a written account of the relation between reading, research, and studio practice that has occurred over the course of the semester, or a written project that includes reflections on studio work. Required of all, and limited to, TDM concentrators.
  3. Two Production Studios (TDM 90AR/BR/CR/DR)
    1. These studio courses frame and focus on TDM professionally directed, choreographed, and designed productions each term. Students are expected to assume major artistic roles, such as actors, dancers, apprentice directors, choreographers, designers, dramaturgs or producers.
  4. Crew & Training Module Requirements
    1. The Samuel Becket Crew Assignment: Students must complete one production crew assignment by working on one TDM production.
      1. Students work under the guidance of professionals in the following areas: lights, set, costumes, sound, video/media, run crew.
    2. A workshop in theater safety, completed by the end of senior year first semester.

Honors Requirements

Same as Basic Concentration, plus:

  • Two terms of Theater, Dance, and Media 99: Senior Tutorial (year-long 8-credit course) required
  • If doing a creative honors thesis project, a crew assignment on another student's thesis production

Thesis projects may be either performance-based or critical. Thesis projects, whether critical or performance-based, are proposed in the spring of the junior year and must be approved by a TDM faculty committee. While the thesis project itself is graded, the tutorial is graded SAT/UNSAT.

  1. Critical honors theses are yearlong research and writing projects supervised by a faculty member, similar to those in English and other humanities departments.
     
  2. Creative honors thesis projects combine substantial research with a creative component and are supervised by a faculty member. While creative honors thesis projects may be solo shows, they may also involve the participation of other students.
    1. If students plan on doing a production as part of their thesis requirements, they must complete a crew assignment on another student’s thesis production, ideally before their senior year.

More information (HarvardKey required)

Joint Concentration

TDM as a Primary Field

Requirements (10 courses plus 1 Crew and 1 Training Module):

  1. Five Required Courses:
    1. Critical/Scholarly Courses*: 3 courses
    2. Studio/Practice-based Courses*: 2 courses
      1. *One of the above 5 required courses must explore a time period before 1900 and one must focus on theater or traditional performance practices outside of the United States
  2. Tutorials
    1. TDM 97 Sophomore Tutorial
    2. TDM 98 Junior Tutorial (coordinated, perhaps with other field)
    3. TDM 99A & TDM 99B (two terms, joint project w/other field) (If thesis project includes performance, TDM must be the Primary Field)
  3. One TDM AR/BR/CR/DR Production Studio
  4. One Theater Safety Training Module
  5. One Crew Assignment
    1. Work as a crew member on one concentration production (can be a senior thesis production)

TDM as an Allied Field

Requirements (7 courses plus 1 Crew and 1 Training Module):

  1. Four Required Courses:
    1. Critical/Scholarly Courses: 2 courses (one spanning a substantial time period)
    2. Studio/Practice-based Courses: 2 courses
  2. Tutorials
    1. TDM 97 Sophomore Tutorial
    2. TDM 98 Junior Tutorial (coordinated, perhaps with other field)
    3. Other Field 99A &99B (If thesis project includes performance, TDM must be the Primary Field)
  3. One TDM AR/BR/CR/DR Production Studio
  4. One Theater Safety Training Module
  5. One Crew Assignment
    1. Work as a crew member on one concentration production (can be a senior thesis production)