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  • Objectives
    The diploma in Acting for Stage and Screen provides three years of integrated training in acting for theatre, film and television. The goal is to provide each student with the skills necessary to begin a professional acting career in live theatre, television and film. The first year is comprehensive and introduces students to acting, improvisation, technical basics, history, and analysis for both the stage and screen. In the second and third years of the program students study directing and increasingly specialize in performance and professional skills. Upon graduation, students will have developed the actor’s instrument of voice and body, learned text interpretation, and the scale of delivery for film, television and stage. Students will have performed in safe classroom environments, student produced theatre and film projects, and Theatre department productions. Students will have met with professionals for master classes and assessment, and will have developed audition material and a résumé. This training will prepare them to enter the industry.
  • Academic Title
    Diploma in Acting for Stage and Screen
  • Course description
    First Term    Course Credits
    • ACTR 100    Acting I    3.00
    • ASAS 105    Voice and Movement for the Actor I    1.50
    • ASAS 110    Screen Acting I    3.00
    • ENGL 100    Academic Writing Strategies    3.00
    • FILM 150    Basics of Screenplay Analysis for Actors    3.00
    • THTR 160    Technical Theatre Fundamentals    3.00
    Second Term    Course Credits
    • ACTR 101    Acting II    3.00
    • ASAS 107    Voice and Movement for the Actor II    1.50
    • ASAS 114    The Working Actor I    1.50
    • ASAS 120    Elements of Performance History I    3.00
    • ASAS 161    Ensemble Projects for the Stage I    3.00
    • ASAS 162    Working with the Screen Director I    1.50
    • FILM 151    Basics of Lighting and Camera for Actors    3.00
    Third Term    Course Credits
    • ACTR 200    Acting III    3.00
    • ASAS 205    Voice and Movement for the Actor III    3.00
    • ASAS 214    The Working Actor II    1.50
    • ASAS 218    Musical Theatre for Actors - Voice    1.50
    • ASAS 219    Musical Theatre for Actors - Dance    1.50
    • ASAS 220    Elements of Performance History II    3.00
    • ASAS 260    Analysis for Directing and Design    3.00
    Fourth Term    Course Credits
    • ACTR 201    Acting IV    3.00
    • ASAS 207    Voice and Movement for the Actor IV    3.00
    • ASAS 210    Screen Acting II    3.00
    • ASAS 261    Ensemble Projects for the Stage II    3.00
    • ASAS 262    Working with the Screen Director II    1.50
    • FILM 152    Basics of Film History for Actors    3.00
    Fifth Term    Course Credits
    • ACTR 300    Master Classes - Acting V    3.00
    • ASAS 310    Screen Acting III    3.00
    • ASAS 314    The Working Actor III    3.00
    • ASAS 320    Conceptual Approaches    3.00
    • ASAS 390    Performance Project I    3.00
    Sixth Term    Course Credits
    • ACTR 301    Master Classes - Acting VI    3.00
    • ASAS 362    Working with the Screen Director III    3.00
    • ASAS 391    Performance Project II    3.00
    • ASAS 392    Performance Project III    3.00
    Total Program Credits    93.00

    ASAS 105    Voice and Movement for the Actor I
    1.50 credits    (2,0,1) hrs    15 wks
    This course is an introduction to voice and movement training for the stage and screen. Students will strengthen the range of their voice through training and performance. Basic movement exercises and projects are designed to improve flexibility, coordination and balance. Skills are evaluated in tests, presentations and performance projects.
    Note: For Acting for Stage and Screen program students only.

    ASAS 107    Voice and Movement for the Actor II
    1.50 credits    (2,0,1) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: ASAS 105 or THTR 105
    This course is a continuation of THTR 105, Voice and Movement for the Actor I. As with the previous course, students will strengthen their voice and physical theatre skills through training and performance. The structure of the course is nearly identical to ASAS 105 to reinforce a regimen of training.
    Note: For Acting for Stage and Screen program students only.

    ASAS 110    Screen Acting I
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    This is a workshop course in the art of the film actor, focusing on text analysis, naturalistic playing and awareness of the actor's own resources. In addition to readings and a written analysis of a film performance, the student will rehearse and perform two filmed scenes and a closeup performance, applying approaches and techniques learned in class.
    Note: For Acting for Stage and Screen program students only.

    ASAS 114    The Working Actor I
    1.50 credits    (2,0,1) hrs    15 wks
    An introduction to the professional world of the stage and screen actor. Some filmed scenes and monologues are part of this course.
    Note: For Acting for Stage and Screen program students only.

    ASAS 120    Elements of Performance History I
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    This course uses a collaborative learning approach to learn about the elements of theatre and film throughout history. This course can be mixed-mode delivery, which would necessitate the use of a computer.

    ASAS 161    Ensemble Projects for the Stage I
    3.00 credits    (4,0,2) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: ACTR 100 and 160
    In this course, Acting for Stage and Screen students work with second year directors to put on a series of performances. ASAS 161 students will either act or be a part of the production team for these projects.
    Note: For Acting for Stage and Screen program students only.

    ASAS 162    Working with the Screen Director I
    1.50 credits    (2,0,1) hrs    15 wks
    In this course, ASAS students will explore projects in front of and behind the camera. Canadian content, ideas for script writing, and filmed projects will be a part of this course.
    Note: For Acting for Stage and Screen program students only.

    ASAS 190    Practicum I
    1.00 credit    (0,0,8) hrs    15 wks
    Students receive credit for intensive practical work on productions. The nature of the work and the amount of credit will be determined by the department in consultation with the student. All who are cast in a department production, film or who are assigned to a production crew must register in this course.
    Note: To register for these courses, contact the coordinator.

    ASAS 191    Practicum II
    1.00 credit    (0,0,8) hrs    15 wks
    Students receive credit for intensive practical work on productions. The nature of the work and the amount of credit will be determined by the department in consultation with the student. All who are cast in a department production, film or who are assigned to a production crew must register in this course.
    Note: To register for these courses, contact the coordinator.

    ASAS 192    Practicum III
    1.00 credit    (0,0,8) hrs    15 wks
    Students receive credit for intensive practical work on productions. The nature of the work and the amount of credit will be determined by the department in consultation with the student. All who are cast in a department production, film or who are assigned to a production crew must register in this course.
    Note: To register for these courses, contact the coordinator.

    ASAS 193    Practicum IV
    1.00 credit    (0,0,8) hrs    15 wks
    Students receive credit for intensive practical work on productions. The nature of the work and the amount of credit will be determined by the department in consultation with the student. All who are cast in a department production, film or who are assigned to a production crew must register in this course.
    Note: To register for these courses, contact the coordinator.

    ASAS 194    Practicum V
    1.00 credit    (0,0,8) hrs    15 wks
    Students receive credit for intensive practical work on productions. The nature of the work and the amount of credit will be determined by the department in consultation with the student. All who are cast in a department production, film or who are assigned to a production crew must register in this course.
    Note: To register for these courses, contact the coordinator.

    ASAS 195    Practicum VI
    1.00 credit    (0,0,8) hrs    15 wks
    Students receive credit for intensive practical work on productions. The nature of the work and the amount of credit will be determined by the department in consultation with the student. All who are cast in a department production, film or who are assigned to a production crew must register in this course.
    Note: To register for these courses, contact the coordinator.

    ASAS 205    Voice and Movement for the Actor III
    3.00 credits    (4,0,2) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: ASAS 107 or THTR 107
    This course is a continuation of ASAS 107, Voice and Movement for the Actor II. As with the previous course, students will strengthen their voice and physical theatre skills through training and performance. The structure of the course is nearly identical to ASAS 107 to reinforce a regimen of training but new topics are introduced.
    Note: For Acting for Stage and Screen program students only.

    ASAS 207    Voice and Movement for the Actor IV
    3.00 credits    (4,0,2) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: ASAS 205 or THTR 225
    This course is a continuation of THTR 205, Voice and Movement for the Actor III. As with the previous course, students will strengthen their voice and physical theatre skills through training and performance. The structure of the course is nearly identical to THTR 205 to reinforce a regimen of training but new topics are introduced.
    Note: For Acting for Stage and Screen program students only.

    ASAS 210    Screen Acting II
    3.00 credits    (4,0,2) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: ASAS 110 or THTR 110
    This is an intermediate workshop course for the screen actor. Filmed scene work and monologues will comprise the practical aspect of the course. Students are expected to explore text analysis and provide a written analysis of their methodology at the end of the term. Students will improve their concentration and camera awareness. Script interpretation emphasizes personal technique, and classes simulate the atmosphere of a film or television shoot.
    Note: For Acting for Stage and Screen program students only.

    ASAS 214    The Working Actor II
    1.50 credits    (2,0,1) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: ASAS 114 or THTR 100
    Students continue to explore the demands of working in the industry and marketing their skills in theatre, television, and film through classroom lecture, performance and mock auditions.

    ASAS 218    Musical Theatre for Actors - Voice
    1.50 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    This is a course designed to expand the musical abilities of the stage and screen actor. Students will learn songs and perform them in Master Class format in order to improve their skills as singer/actors. They will learn the basics of reading music as well as sing in harmony in ensemble numbers.

    ASAS 219    Musical Theatre for Actors - Dance
    1.50 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    This is a course designed to expand the movement abilities of the stage and screen actor. Students will perform ensemble choreography in a classroom setting and increase their skills in several styles of dance.

    ASAS 220    Elements of Performance History II
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    This course is a follow-up to ASAS 120. Students will learn about the theatre and theatre history from the Restoration to the beginning of the 20th century, through play reading, discussion and lecture, using both theoretical and practical class methods. This course can be Mixed-mode delivery, which would necessitate the use of a computer.

    ASAS 260    Analysis for Directing and Design
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: ASAS 161 or THTR 100
    Teaches script analysis for students of directing and design.

    ASAS 261    Ensemble Projects for the Stage II
    3.00 credits    (4,0,2) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: ASAS 260 or THTR 260
    In this course, students work collaboratively to produce a festival of one-act plays. Students direct or act in at least one play. They are also responsible for all aspects of production including planning, budgeting, rehearsing and marketing.

    ASAS 262    Working with the Screen Director II
    1.50 credits    (2,0,1) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: ASAS 162 or THTR 110
    Intermediate ASAS students will take leadership positions in both the cast and crew areas of filmmaking. Students will work on more advanced scripts and projects, and create a reel of their work.
    Note: For Acting for Stage and Screen program students only.

    ASAS 290    Practicum VII
    1.00 credit    (0,0,8) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: Completion of 3 credits from: ASAS 190-195 or THTR 190-195 series
    Students receive credit for intensive practical work on productions. The nature of the work and the amount of credit will be determined by the Department in consultation with the student. All who are cast in a department production film or who are assigned to a production crew, and who have three credits in the THTR/ASAS series, must register in this course.
    Note: To register for these courses, contact the coordinator.

    ASAS 291    Practicum VIII
    1.00 credit    (0,0,8) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: Completion of 3 credits from: ASAS 190-195 or THTR 190-195 series
    Students receive credit for intensive practical work on productions. The nature of the work and the amount of credit will be determined by the Department in consultation with the student. All who are cast in a department production, film or who are assigned to a production crew, and who have three credits in the THTR 190/ASAS 190 series, must register in this course.
    Note: To register for these courses, contact the coordinator.

    ASAS 292    Practicum IX
    1.00 credit    (0,0,8) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: Completion of 3 credits from: ASAS 190-195 or THTR 190-195 series
    Students receive credit for intensive practical work on productions. The nature of the work and the amount of credit will be determined by the Department in consultation with the student. All who are cast in a department production or who are assigned to a production crew, and who have three credits in the THTR 190 or ASAS 190 series, must register in this course.
    Note: To register for these courses, contact the coordinator.

    ASAS 293    Practicum X
    1.00 credit    (0,0,8) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: Completion of 3 credits from: ASAS 190-195 or THTR 190-195 series
    Students receive credit for intensive practical work on productions. The nature of the work and the amount of credit will be determined by the Department in consultation with the student. All who are cast in a department production, film or who are assigned to a production crew, and who have three credits in the THTR 190/ASAS 190 series, must register in this course.
    Note: To register for these courses, contact the coordinator.

    ASAS 294    Practicum XI
    1.00 credit    (0,0,8) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: Completion of 3 credits from: ASAS 190-195 or THTR 190-195 series
    Students receive credit for intensive practical work on productions. The nature of the work and the amount of credit will be determined by the Department in consultation with the student. All who are cast in a department production, film or who are assigned to a production crew, and who have three credits in the THTR 190/ASAS 190 series, must register in this course.
    Note: To register for these courses, contact the coordinator.

    ASAS 295    Practicum XII
    1.00 credit    (0,0,8) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: Completion of 3 credits from: ASAS 190-195 or THTR 190-195 series
    Students receive credit for intensive practical work on productions. The nature of the work and the amount of credit will be determined by the Department in consultation with the student. All who are cast in a department production, film or who are assigned to a production crew, and who have three credits in the THTR 190/ASAS 190 series, must register in this course.
    Note: To register for these courses, contact the coordinator.

    ASAS 310    Screen Acting III
    3.00 credits    (4,0,2) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: ASAS 210 or THTR 215
    Through a series of exercises, scene and monologue studies designed to improve concentration and camera awareness, the ASAS student will develop more advanced techniques of Screen Acting. Special problems of film performance will be covered, with an emphasis on comic styles, period pieces for film, and emotional honesty in romantic scenes.
    Note: For Acting for Stage and Screen program students only.

    ASAS 314    The Working Actor III
    3.00 credits    (4,0,2) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: ASAS 214 or THTR 214
    This course is designed to prepare the ASAS student to face the technical, personal, and professional challenges of developing a successful career in the competitive world of acting in the stage, film and television arena. This advanced class builds on the knowledge the student gained in the introductory courses and provides an opportunity for practical work in a variety of productions.
    Note: For Acting for Stage and Screen program students only.

    ASAS 320    Conceptual Approaches
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: ASAS 220 or THTR 121
    This course deals with the Great Directors at Work. Students will explore 4 directors, read and analyze their works, and give presentations on their findings.

    ASAS 362    Working with the Screen Director III
    3.00 credits    (4,0,2) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: ASAS 262 or THTR 215
    This course will enable the advanced ASAS student to gain an understanding of pitching, creating, directing shooting, and producing a film project of their own.
    Note: For Acting for Stage and Screen program students only.

    ASAS 390    Performance Project I
    3.00 credits    (0,0,8) hrs    15 wks
    Upon successful completion of this course, students will improve upon and demonstrate their mastery of the performance aspect of either a film shoot or play production through intensive, practical experience.
    Note: For Acting for Stage and Screen program students only.

    ASAS 391    Performance Project II
    3.00 credits    (4,0,2) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: ASAS 390 is a prerequisite or co-requisite
    Upon successful completion of this course, students will improve upon and demonstrate their mastery of the performance aspect of either a film shoot or play production through intensive, practical experience.
    Note: For Acting for Stage and Screen program students only.

    ASAS 392    Performance Project III
    3.00 credits    (4,0,2) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: ASAS 390 and 391 are prerequisites or co-requisites
    Upon successful completion of this course, students will improve upon and demonstrate their mastery of the performance aspect of either a film shoot or play production through intensive, practical experience.
    Note: For Acting for Stage and Screen program students only.

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