Under the premise of "drama as starting point and completion of all kinds of performing arts" beyond the conventional notion, the School aims at nurturing students as "Creators", future leaders who pioneer Korean and world theatrical art. The curriculum focuses on practical courses and experiments which converge into performance. For undergraduate programs, the first and second years include courses on basic art education, humanities, and an introduction to theatre. The third and fourth years put focus on major courses while education on music, dance, visual and traditional art, and film is encouraged at the same time.
Courses for creation and experiment are at the center of graduate programs, based on which students prepare themselves for becoming "Creators".
Four years of strict training aims to nurture students as imaginative and creative actors/actresses with sophisticated acting skills. Education on Eastern and Western methodologies help students learn various techniques from classics to modern experimental dramas and create their own Korean styles of acting. Freshman and sophomore years are for them to build a basis for role creation through: self-recognition based on a relaxed body and mind; and the analysis of plays and characters. Body and mind training is also made through courses on oriental martial arts, Korean rhythm & movement, mime, acrobatics, breathing and phonation. In junior and senior years, there are courses specializing in acting styles of the East and the West, acting for the camera, Korean traditional dance, and body technique. Experiments are being taken to harmonize Western and Korean traditional styles. Such curriculum helps students become actors/actresses
Directors are the architects of the drama and the focal point where imagination begins by breathing life into words and sentences. They also serve as conductors who organize and lead the whole performance process handling human resources, logistics and even mental & psychological factors. Unlike other artists who work independently, directors should have not only a deep understanding of every element of theatrical performances but also a broad interest in arts and an insight into the times and people. The goal of the Department is to produce directors as "Creators" not as technicians. The first and second years of undergraduate programs focus on the basics and practice on a theatrical production process. In the third and fourth years and graduate programs, students make their own production through experiments, which gives them an opportunity to find themselves as "Creators". Undergraduates direct two graduation works while graduate students are given chances to direct plays three times. In addition, students participate in their professors' works as production staff, practice production with directors in the field, direct their own productions, and join incubator performances. Graduates are given chances to direct performances in "Dolgoji", a theatrical company under the Department, which helps them start their professional career in the field.
The Department aims at nurturing students as playwrights who always ask new types of questions on human life and have an ability: to see through a multiple layers of life; to look deep inside of human psychology; and to dramatize anything into something "mall but significant". The curriculum is designed to promote: students' capability to complete a play by themselves; creativity in the form and contents of their works; and identity education related to the "Korean prototype" of globally competitive plays.
Stage designers should not only be experts in scenic design, lighting and costume but also be creative artists who actively deal with changing environments and media. To this end, the curriculum focuses theory-based practical courses on the foundation of humanities education. In the freshman and sophomore years, students take courses on humanities as well as modeling, stagecraft, and computer-aided design which serve as basic knowledge for specialized courses. The focus is on having them learn about the cooperative work process of performing arts and stage design, and identifying and developing each student's talent. As for the senior and junior years, participation as designer or crew member in repertoire performances and production and projects give them hands-on experiences.
The goal of the Department is to nurture students as creative critics who have an artistic insight and sensitivity; dramaturges who apply theories to creations; and theatre operators who serve as mediator between performances and audiences. They are professionals who assess where Korea is in the context of the world theatre; accurately analyze what is going on in this field; and predict the future direction of Korean theatre. Students choose majors of their interest: Criticism, Theatre History, Dramatic theory, and Dramaturge. Practical courses are emphasized so that students understand the actual process of the stage and harmonize theory and practice. Acting, Theatre Crafts, and Introduction to Theatre Directing are basic courses for theatrical works. Courses including Adaptation of Traditional Performing Arts, Dramaturge Workshop, and Criticism Workshop help students seek ways to relate theory to practice. They also learn about the trend of contemporary drama through courses, such as Dramatic Theory & Criticism and Development of Experimental Theatre. In "KNUA DRAMA REVIEW", critical reviews by students are being read and discussed with performance teams, which is later published in "KNUA DRAMA REVIEW".