Undergraduate Students

Courses of Instruction

As a student in the DAN School, you can take a variety of courses in Drama, Music, Music Theatre, or Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Courses at Queen's have a subject code and a number. The Subject codes for DAN School courses are as follows:

  • DRAM=Drama courses
  • MUSC=Music courses
  • MUTH=Music Theatre courses or courses that are related to Music and Drama
  • MAPP=Media and Performance Practice courses
  • ENIN=Entrepreneurship and Innovation courses

The number refers to the level of the course. For example, DRAM 100 is our first-year Drama course, and MUTH 104 is an Introductory Music course.

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Selecting Courses

The full list of courses offered at the DAN School is in the Arts and Science course calendar. The DAN School offers a subset of these courses each year. Current students enrol in courses through SOLUS, which you can find at my.queensu.ca. The list of courses being offered at the DAN School for the 2023-24 academic year can be found here.

Some courses will have a prerequisite. Prerequisite requirements outline the prior knowledge and experience that you need, in part, to be successful in the course. The prerequisites for some courses are the completion of a successful audition.

You can find detailed enrolment and audition information in the future undergraduates section. If you feel that you have prior knowledge from your non-course experiences, please email the course instructor and outline your prior experience to ask for special permission to enrol in the class. Or email Undergraduate Advising for more information.




Courses for the 2024 Winter Term

We offer a wide variety of course options for undergraduate students. Please see the list for a sample of courses that are being offered in the Winter 2024 term.

This course is designed as an intense, short-burst, experiential learning expedition. It is an opportunity for students to practice developing innovative, effective solutions to real-world business, social, and creative problems. Historically this course has only been offered in the Summer term, but is available for the 2023-24 year in the Winter term. This course is provided online through ASO. More information can be found on the ASO website.

Prerequisites: Prerequisite Level 3 or above and ENIN 200 and (ENIN 301 or CHEE 302). Exclusion ENIN 401.  


A hands-on exploration of how sound is mediated and amplified for live events, with emphasis on sound design for theatre and sound reinforcement for live music. Students will be introduced to the equipment used in live audio production including microphones, mixers, amplifiers and loudspeakers.

Prerequisites: None


A laboratory course emphasizing weekly field-based observations and supervised practice teaching experiences in music within schools and/or community organizations in conjunction with music education theory.

Requirements: Prerequisite (Level 2 or above and [registration in a MUSC or MUTH Plan] or [MUSC 114 and 3.0 units from MUSC or MUTH]) or permission of the School.  



An introduction to the methods, materials, and curriculum design suitable for teaching music to senior high school students.

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 3 or above and 6.0 units from (MUSC 280MUSC 281MUSC 283-MUSC 288).  

In introduction to the concepts and principles of Schenkerian analysis. A reductive/linear approach to the analysis of music, it is named after its first proponent, Heinrich Schenker. An understanding of Schenker’s theories will be achieved through the study of writings by both Schenker and other theorists, as well as through the student’s own practical application of these ideas. Throughout this course, consideration will constantly be applied to why and how this analytic approach increases our comprehensive understanding of music through listening and performance.

Prerequisites: MUSC-293 or permission of the School



This special topic course examines the intersections of music and other content areas in education. We will critically explore the practice and theory of integrating music with other arts and subjects. The course will include improvising, composing, and creating interdisciplinary projects.

Prerequisites: Level 3 or above or permission of the School


An applied course integrating advanced-level singing, dancing and movement techniques, choreography, devising, and other creative applications in music theatre scenes. Through written assignments and performance, students prepare and perform scenes that integrate the work of the composer, lyricist, and book writer.

Students with previous singing and advanced private dance class experience, including through Queen's clubs, are encouraged to request permission.

Prerequisites: Prerequisite Registration in a MUTH plan or (3.0 units from MUSC 120; MUSC 121; MUSC 124; MUSC 180; MUSC 280; MUTH 210) and MUTH 211 or permission of the School.  


A supportive, inspirational environment will be provided in which the participant can investigate the ‘why’ that motivates their artistic choices, then together we will find the how, through inquiry, collaboration, experimentation, and rehearsal. This course will culminate in the performance of one or more collective creations at the end of the winter term.

Even though you will be developing your artistic ‘voice’, this course is not just for singers!  DRAM, MUTH and MUSC students are all welcome.

Points to be explored:
-    Finding your ‘why’, connecting your values to your artistic practice
-    How to curate a show
-    How to connect with an audience while maintaining artistic integrity
-    Finding one’s strengths and weaknesses as an artist and leader
-    How to speak to an audience
-    How to create a group arrangement
-    Guest artists will share their expertise and work with participants.

Prerequisites: Level 3 or above and registration in DRAM, MUSC or MUTH Plan, or permission of the School.  


An introduction to the principles and skills of preparing and delivering effective oral presentations. Using acting techniques and the principles of theatre, students will explore confidence building, vocal and physical dynamics as well as creative expression.

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 2 or above


A practical introduction to the fundamental skills and techniques of acting, involving an appreciation of the interdependence of the actor's body, voice, intellect, feeling, and cultural context.

Requirements: Prerequisite (Level 2 or above and registration in a COCA, DRAM, MAPP, or MUSC Plan) or registration in the MUTH Plan. Exclusion A maximum of 6.0 units from DRAM 237DRAM 238DRAM 239.  

An exploration of theoretical questions underlying drama and performance throughout their histories. Selected readings, lectures, student presentations, class discussions and contemplation of theatre issues.

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 3 or above and registration in a (COCA, DRAM, STSC/MAPP, MUSC or MUTH Plan).  

Our study will trace how theatre artists understand dynamic engagements with "being here" - the cultural contexts and the making of public events. Studying work initiated by writers, performers, and designers, we will investigate how response-ability engages us locally and from coast to coast to coast in Canada in the making of theatre.

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 3 or above. 

A study of approaches to directing, with examples drawn from both historical and contemporary performance practices. A multiplicity of methodologies, histories, and theoretical approaches to directing will be explored.

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 3 or above and registration in a (COCA, DRAM, STSC/MAPP, MUSC or MUTH Plan) or permission of the Department.  

A Dramaturge Prepares …
What is dramaturgy? How do we practice dramaturgy and become dramaturges?
Dramaturgy can only be understood by doing it, by “committing dramaturgy” in the words of Emily Pearlman. To that end, our practical class will investigate what dramaturgy is all about by undertaking different kinds of learning and tasks.
We will engage in low stakes assignments in order to practice dramaturgy:

  • “Committing dramaturgy” with well-known short stories and fairy tales to practice skills
  • Complete “Play Reports” for Paradise Lost and Indecent
  • Study the structure of Carried Away on the Crest of a Wave
  • Learn to divide scripts according to different approaches (ie. French scenes / structural analysis / beats / units)
  • Fill out dramaturgy charts to practice asking questions, finding patterns, locating themes in scripts in development
  • Learn script-related vocabulary such as characters, style, theme, given circumstances et cetera

Our major assignments will include:

  • Adapting a short story into a (draft) playscript for the stage
  • Practicing (peer) dramaturgy on the play adaptations we ourselves write
  • Taking on a practical dramaturgy assignment and/or research task related to the Winter Major Paradise Lost, written by Erin Shields and directed at The DAN School by Evalyn Perry
  • Taking on a practical dramaturgy assignment for a series of short student-written plays about the April 2025 eclipse, culminating in a staged-reading of these works on March 25 2023

Our regular assignments will include:

  • Completing mandatory readings of two plays, excerpts of a book, and several articles
  • Exercises to cultivate our curiosity and develop a practice of observation, which will include developing a regular sketching practice
  • Reading scripts and excerpts of scripts in class including both published and unpublished scripts and learning to ask questions of these scripts
  • Experiencing how other artistic disciplines also tell stories; this will include mandatory attendance at an exhibit at the Agnes, a professional concert at the Isabel, per local offerings. We will take these opportunities to reflect on the ideas of performativity and theatricality

Prerequisites: Either an acting or writing for performance course. Please contact programs.danschool@queensu.ca if you need permission to enroll.



A production class exploring the formal concepts, historical underpinnings, and technical tools used in the production of independent sound works, or in the production of more elaborate sound components for video, film or theatrical projects.

Requirements: Prerequisite Registration in a MAPP, FILM, DRAM, MUSC, or MUTH plan. Equivalency IDIS 311/3.0.

Immersive storytelling is a practice-based course that allows students to learn and explore various storytelling methods through immersive media such as 360-degree video or 3D virtual reality technologies. Students will learn basic concepts and theories for immersive storytelling from various backgrounds (film, theatre, visual art and HCI) and transform conceptual research into media and performance production through practice. Priority will be given to MAPP students at level 4 or above.

Prerequisites: Registration in a MAPP, FILM, DRAM, MUSC or MUTH plan