The Theatre Division was established in 1981. It was one of four units in The Department of Fine Arts at Yarmouk University, and the first to introduce the practical and theoretical study of drama and theatre in Jordan.
In 1994, The Theatre Division expanded and developed its undergraduate curriculum in concert with the ideals and objectives of Yarmouk University.Â It offered four separate majors leading to a Bachelor degree in Acting and Directing, Literature and Cretinism, Cinema and Television, and Sceneography.
In 2001, The Department of Fine Arts was expanded and became The College of Fine Arts. At the same time The Theatre Division became The Drama Department with two separate divisions. The Theatre Division and The Cinema and Television Division.
The Department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree for Undergraduate majors.Â Drama courses are designed to give students opportunities for research and practice. At any given time, there are approximately 50 students in the department pursuing Bachelor degree in drama.
The Theatre Program provides its students with an understanding of the great legacy of dramatic literature, technical skills as they relate to public performance, and training in critical thinking. The Cinema and Television Program provides its students with the theoretical and applied experiences in television and Cinema that promote the discipline's excellence.
The Department has nine full-time qualified professors whom backgrounds cover a wide range of specialties in theatrical performance and academic areas of drama. In addition to regular classes, students are full participants in the Department productions season, working collaboratively under the guidance of faculty staff. Students can work as directors, actors, designers, technicians, stage managers, and a variety of other positions for each production.Â The Department presents regularly mounted theatrical and Cinema productions. It also hosts a number of other productions and special events.
Since its establishment, The Drama Department has made a tremendous impact in artistic movements in Jordan and the Arab countries.Â Drama Department is proud of its place in providing Jordan with young generation of artists. Students who graduated from The Department can be found contributing to the art forms of theatre, cinema and television in and outside of Jordan.
The Department of Drama building includes 100 seat theatres with proscenium stage equipped with fully computerized sound and lighting systems.Â It also contains uncovered summer theatre, as well as several halls and classroom.Â The building houses several studios for cinema and television. They are equipped with very developed audio, video & filmmaking equipments.