When this institution was established in 1955, our department was originally called the Film and Drama Section. The department initially stressed the integration of film and drama. However, in keeping with pervading trends, film and drama content was later separated, and the Department of Drama and Department of Motion Pictures was established in 1981. In the meantime, significant improvements were made in academics, curriculum, faculty, and department facilities. In 2005, our department put its full focus on drama and theatre and changed its name to the Department of Drama. The new department expanded its teaching and research base and broadened its attention to include performing arts-related fields such as drama, Theatre, education and media. A master’s program followed in 2006.
The Graduate School of Performing Arts was established in 2002 and is affiliated with the College of Performing Arts. The graduate school recruits university and college graduates for four sections which include music, dance, theatre, and Chinese Opera. In 2005, the performance category in the Music Section was established, though section divisions were abolished in recruitment in 2006. In 2007, an in-service graduate program was established.
The department aims to promote international treads and development of drama and enlightens individuals with the analytical and technical skills to achieve their goals. The curriculum positions on drama and theatre by teaching and research and extends to drama, theatre, education and media related professional performing art field.
Education in the Department of Drama
Curriculums are designed to incorporate our mission along with students’ interests. The main program will focus on theory, directing and performance, theatre application and theatre technique. Specific course content includes Introduction to Drama, Eastern and Western Drama and Theatre History. Principles of Drama, Modern Drama, Directing Methods, Theatre Performance, Rehearsal, Basics of Theatre Technique, Stage and Light Design, Sound , Makeup, Computer-assisted Design in Stage Art, Stage Management, Creative Drama, Educational Drama, Drama Therapy, Children’s Theatre.
Focus of the Graduate School
The Graduate School of Performing Arts focuses on three main areas: 1) creating an interdisciplinary academic framework for research, performance, and arts; 2) handling matters related to research, performance, and arts, and making relevant improvements; and 3) establishing and integrating a database to organize research on performing arts.
Education in the Graduate School
Education in the Graduate School of Performing Arts is aimed at cultivating talent in music, dance, theatre, and Chinese Opera. The Graduate School also teaches students performing arts theory, performing arts criticism, and other practical abilities associated with performing arts. Through this process, the Graduate School also instills in students a concern for society and culture and establishes a system which recognizes the importance of the humanities.
(1) The development of theoretical and practical knowledge in drama
The department integrates the traditional and modern knowledge for students to establish premium foundation in this professional field, and we also offer students with a direction of future career path, like screenwriter, critique research and review editor, stage designer, producer and director, and forms potential to develop in professional field such as radio, television, film, media industries.
(2) The establishment of professional qualification in drama
The experience and achievements the students gain can develop their capabilities. Our professional faculty and curriculum; integrate, create, perform and manage which enable individuals to lay the foundation within the department, and expect comprehensive development in the related areas of the drama.
(3) The capabilities of theoretical and practice in drama
Practice through teaching in performing art field, the variety practices of the courses focus on creativity, management, and education. Practical experiences are gained from social group healing and other interdisciplinary fields, with the ability of the integrated application of theory and practical work.
(1) The development on theoretical and practice research in drama
Develop further and deeper core in drama related study, nurturing individuals to achieve their goal. The considerable knowledge in theoretical and practice will gain in-depth for individuals and focus on research theory, practice and fulfill independent research purposes.
(2) The professional in drama research training
Graduate study will integrate research with work experience. Perspectives will expand to multiple level and entries. The research argument will be diversified. Merge individuals to superior professional.
(3) The development of drama application research on related professional
The interdisciplinary of art fashion trends shift. Multiple perspectives and broaden background will integrate individuals. Knowledge on drama theory and practice professional should have multiple perspectives in order to integrate the variety concept in the field of research. In response to the modern theater, film and television related industry. Actively involvement cultivates application research to elite. Serve ecological, industrial, and social environmental for purpose of goal.