BFA Puppet Arts

Unlike many fields of study in which students take few courses in their major during their early semesters, BFA Dramatic Arts Students begin intensive training in their chosen field immediately upon entering UConn. In a BFA program, approximately two-thirds of your college courses are in your chosen field of study. Most of the remaining credits you will take constitute the university's General Education Requirements in writing, math, history, humanities, science and social science. You will take from one to three general education courses per semester, depending on your semester standing.

The Puppet Arts are a crossroad of many disciplines. Virtually all of the arts and most of the humanities and sciences feed directly into the form that is referred to as Puppetry. The current and past students of The University of Connecticut's Puppet Arts Program are good examples of this wide and varied field. In our graduate program, we have students with majors with undergraduate degrees in Acting, Architecture, Costuming, Dance, Design, English Literature, Mechanical Engineering, Music, Political Science, Religion/ Philosophy, Sculpture, and Technical Theatre.

Puppeteer Sarah Nolan with "Rat" (Gerry Goodstein Photo)


A minimum of 7 credits from:

DRAM 1216: Theatre Production – Lighting and Sound (3)
DRAM 1217: Theatre Production – Costume and Makeup (3)
DRAM 1218: Theatre Production – Stagecraft (3)
DRAM 1282: Practicum in Dramatic Arts (1)

All 30 credits from:

DRAM 1201: Drafting for the Theatre (3)
DRAM 1202: Computer Drafting for the Theatre (3)
DRAM 1209: Drawing and Painting Techniques for the Theatre (3)
DRAM 1210: Computer Rendering for the Theatre (3)
DRAM 1710 – 003: Puppet Performance I (3)
DRAM 1710 – 003: Puppet Performance II (3)
DRAM 2130: History of Drama I (3)
DRAM 2131: History of Drama I (3)
DRAM 2902: Vocal Performance Techniques (3)
DRAM 3199: Independent Study (3)
DRAM 2141: Script Analysis (3)

18 credits from:

NOTE: Each course may be repeated for credit with a change in course content.

DRAM 3601: Puppetry I (Mask Theatre or Shadow Theatre) (3)
DRAM 3602: Advanced Puppetry Techniques I (Materials Techniques or Paper Sculpture) (3)
DRAM 3603: Puppetry II (Rod Puppetry or Hand Puppetry) (3)
DRAM 3604: Advanced Puppetry Techniques II (Puppetry in Television or UV/Black Theatre) (3)

6 credits from:

DRAM 3130: Women in Theatre (3)
DRAM 3131W: African American Theatre (3)
DRAM 3132: African American Women Playwrights (3)
DRAM 3133: Latina/o Theatre (3)
DRAM 3137: Documentary Theatre (3)
DRAM 3138: Trends in Contemporary Theatre (3)
DRAM 3139: Theatre and Human Rights (3)
DRAM 3611: Trends in Contemporary American Puppet Theatre (3)
DRAM 4135W: Period Studies in Theatre (3)
DRAM 4711W: Directing (3)

4 credits from:

DRAM 3182: Practicum in Dramatic Arts (1)

9 credits from:

DRAM 3201: Scene Construction (3)
DRAM 3301: Scene Design (3)
DRAM 3401: Costume History (3)
DRAM 3402: Costume Design (3)
DRAM 3501: Lighting Design (3)

Other courses available in Puppetry-related areas.

Puppetry students must own a personal portable computer that meets or exceeds posted departmental performance standards. It is recommended that students purchase the latest version of Adobe’s Creative Cloud for Education and install it on their personal computer.

In terms of hardware, students may choose either an Apple MacBook Pro or a Windows-based laptop with the following components.

Processor: 3.1GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
Memory: 8 GB
Storage: 256 GB SSD
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Processor: 2.9GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
Memory: 16 GB
Storage: 512 GB SSD
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