The School of Drama offers students the opportunity to graduate with Honors. To be eligible to apply for departmental honors, students must have a minimum of 90 credits, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30, a minimum major GPA of 3.50, and an identified faculty advisor. To graduate with departmental honors, students must complete at least one 5 credit Honors independent study course (Drama 490, 491, 499) which can be tailored to each students goals or interests. The 5 credit honors course will be in addition to the 10 required drama electives.
Students interested in pursuing honors may apply for the Senior Capstone Project award. The Senior Capstone Project award funds an applied research project that investigates, explores, and articulates the various areas of study in the Drama BA in cooperation with a local community partner. Drama majors in their junior year are invited to submit proposals until the end of Spring quarter. At least one project will be selected during winter quarter, to be completed by the end of the following year. The selected student will be eligible for departmental honors.
The project would require:
- Academic standing as a major in the School of Drama for lead investigators, and a 3.0 GPA for all participants. Students can enlist participants from other majors and the community.
- A group of at least three students who are Drama majors.
- Projects should integrate the three areas of study in the major: history/theory/criticism, design and performance.
- One verified community partner, whether it be a non-profit, social organization, or other entity.
- A budget proposal and fund raising plan.
Approved projects would receive:
- Financial support of $500.00 (estimated)
- Faculty mentorship. (Designated faculty will mentor only one capstone project per academic year.)
- Publicity in School of Drama communications.
- Designation as a School of Drama Honors student, with fulfillment of all honors requirements.
The projects are designed so that students have a portfolio documenting a project that can be used for: graduate school applications, career and job interviews, and practical experience in creating art in their community. It also places our undergraduate students out in the Seattle community in their senior year, which is a benefit for both the student and the department’s visibility.
The central question underscoring a viable project is: how does the Bachelor of Arts in Drama inform a student’s artistic and scholarly contributions as a citizen to community and society?
The time frame:
End of Spring, Junior year – Approved Capstone Projects are notified.
- Autumn, Senior year – “Pre-production phase” The Capstone team presents a detailed project plan, which might include texts, documentation, identified community partners, a final budget, project schedule, production schedule, fundraising, etc. (The fundraising aspect begins here.)
- Winter, Senior year – “Production Phase” The team begins the creative work in terms of rehearsals, writing, documentation, meetings, design and build, etc.
- Spring, Senior year – “Presentation Phase” The project is brought to fruition as proposed. A production is mounted, a scholarly paper is prepared, documentation is presented, etc.
- End of Spring, Senior year – “Post Project Phase” The team presents a report on the project to a faculty panel for final adjudication, approval and grading.
Students enrolled in the Senior Capstone Project would register for 5 credits for Spring quarter in Undergraduate Research in their senior year.
Senior Capstone projects are also eligible for funding as Undergraduate Research Projects and scholarships such as the Mary Gates Undergraduate Scholarship through the College of Arts and Sciences.