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  • Objectives
    This acting program trains actors for the long term and establishes a strong foundation from which to launch a professional career as an actor.
  • Academic Title
    Theatre Arts Ontario College Diploma
  • Course description
    Level 1    Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

    Group 1
    • WRIT-1037    Reason & Writing 1-Contemporary Media     3.00
    • ARTS-1068    Movement 1     3.00
    • ARTS-1069    Voice 1     3.00
    • HIST-1004    Theatre History - Survey of Theatre 1     3.00
    • THEA-1002    Performance Lab Practicum     6.00

    Group 2
    TAKE THE FOLLOWING MANDATORY COURSE:
    (MINIMUM GRADE C)
    • ARTS-1016    Acting I - Introduction to Acting I     4.00

    Level 2    Credits

    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

    Group 1
    • COMM-3028    Professional Communication-Theatre     3.00
    • ARTS-3041    Movement 2     3.00
    • ARTS-3042    Voice 2     3.00
    • HIST-1006    Theatre History - Survey of Theatre 2     3.00
    • THEA-1003    Performance Studio Practicum     6.00

    Group 2
    TAKE THE FOLLOWING MANDATORY COURSE:
    (MINIMUM GRADE C)
    • ARTS-1019    Acting II - Introduction to Acting II     4.50

    Level 3    Credits

    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

    Group 1
    • THEA-3001    Performance Lab Practicum 2     6.00
    • ARTS-5024    Movement 3     3.00
    • ARTS-5025    Voice 3     3.00
    • ARTS-1073    Technical Theatre     2.00
    • ARTS-1070    Vocal Ensemble     3.00
    • HIST-3005    Theatre Hist-Elizabethan Era & Play-Writ     3.00

    Group 2
    TAKE THE FOLLOWING MANDATORY COURSE:
    (MINIMUM GRADE C)
    • ARTS-5023    Acting 3 - Advanced 1     4.50

    Level 4    Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

    Group 1
    • THEA-3002    Performance Studio Practicum 2     6.00
    • ARTS-5022    Movement 4-Advanced 2     3.00
    • ARTS-5026    Voice 4     3.00
    • HIST-3008    Theatre Hist-Mod Drama & Script Writing     3.00
    • ARTS-1072    Acting for the Camera     3.00

    Group 2
    TAKE THE FOLLOWING MANDATORY COURSE:
    (MINIMUM GRADE C)
    • ARTS-3016    Acting IV - Advanced II     4.50

    Gen Ed - Electives
    Take 3 General Education Credits -
    Normally taken in Level 1

    ARTS-1016 -  Acting I - Introduction to Acting I
    An introduction to the study and practice of the fundamentals of acting, with an emphasis on the basic elements of ensemble work, neutral mask, character mask and zone of silence/improvisational work. Skills for listening, sharing, trust, generosity, and a sense of play are learnt through explorative and imaginative exercises which engage the whole body and imagination. The student will discover the strength and simplicity of communication through clarity of thought, truth of gesture, spatial awareness, and need, which gives rise to action. Students may share their work with classmates as required. Assessments will be made primarily on the demonstration of the work in the space.

    ARTS-1019 -  Acting II - Introduction to Acting II
    Character/Scene Work The fundamentals of acting are explored through the context of what creates character. Students will choose a character from literature, observation, or their own imagination. This character will be explored through research, character biography, given circumstance improvisation and relationships. The second phase is the application of character development and the fundamentals of acting to a script. Script analysis for character, beats, actions and arc of journey will be incorporated. Scenes will be worked in class and outside rehearsal time is mandatory. Zone/Mask Work Character, countermask and Commedia mask may be introduced to students at this time. Through improvisations and class exercises students will discover the physical and vocal characteristics of characters. Mask will also be a means of exploring given character from text as well as found character. Commedia mask may be explored time permitting.Zone of silence, offering and receiving and ensemble play will continue throughout the term. Meisner/Feldenkrais for the ActorThis practical studio class is an exploration of the principles and practices of the Meisner technique and the Feldenkrais method for the actor. In the Meisner technique the student will experience an acting technique based on the reality of doing, using the structure developed by Mr. Sanford Meisner. In the Feldenkrais component the student will develop a functional awareness of him/herself in his/her environment, utilizing the concept that the body is the primary vehicle for learning. The parallels between these methods will be discussed and explored

    ARTS-1068 -  Movement 1

    This practical studio class is an introduction to the principles and practices of the VIEWPOINTS and FELDENKRAIS for the actor. In the VIEWPOINTS component the student will learn and experience the nine principles of movement through time and space and how this relates to performance. In the FELDENKRAIS component the student will develop a functional awareness of him/herself in his/her environment, utilizing the concept that the body is the primary vehicle for learning.

    ARTS-1069 -  Voice 1

    Voice I introduces the actor to the fundamental techniques of authentic vocal process. Skills for freeing and utilizing the natural voice are learnt through exercises revealing and releasing physical tension, building self-awareness and breath support, and initial introduction to vocal focus, range and resonance. The physical effects of emotion and psychological attitude on the voice and body are introduced.

    ARTS-1070 -  Vocal Ensemble

    Vocal Ensemble examines foundational concepts and techniques of singing for the theatre. Students will explore part-singing and choral repertoire. Skills for utilizing the natural voice are reinforced through the application of learnt vocal techniques to song and the strengthening of listening and ensemble skills. Common psychological approaches to singing and physiological responses of the body to the act of singing will be considered. Focus is primarily on classical English choral repertoire and music of the graduating show (if applicable).

    ARTS-1072 -  Acting for the Camera
    Acting for the Camera exposes students to foundational concepts and techniques of acting in front of the camera. This includes a working understanding of the camera, lights and blocking. As well as set terminology, etiquette and who's who on a set. Students will also learn to apply the skills they have been learning to analyze text and apply it to a screenplay or scene. Character development will be reviewed and audition techniques will be introduced. Assessment will be based primarily on the mastery of in class techniques.

    ARTS-1073 -  Technical Theatre

    Students will learn the necessary skills, tools and contacts for survival in an ultra competitive field.

    ARTS-3016 -  Acting IV - Advanced II

    Monologues, Self-Start and Cold-ReadingActing IV is the final preparatory class for Theatre Arts; Students will prepare a number of audition monologues and present them, develop and share discoveries involving found character, collaborate with the advanced film students on film projects and may explore projects of a self start nature. They will also have a major research assignment related to their final project..The Students will apply the work of the previous acting classes to all projects, plays, and monologue work. Choral Speech and Song for the Actor Choral Speech and Song for the Actor builds on the concepts and skills acquired in Vocal Ensemble, exploring the use of the singing voice to improve the performance of spoken text. Focus is primarily on Melodrama (spoken voice with piano) of the 19th and early 20th centuries, choral repertoire, and opera chorus works. The link between speaking and singing will be emphasized.

    ARTS-3041 -  Movement 2

    ViewpointsA continuation of Viewpoint training. Open Viewpoints will be further explored with supplementary exercises. The actor will also apply the principles of time and space as it relates to sound and the spoken word.Viewpoints will be applied to character and scene work. A scene will be explored using the principles of Viewpoints. AlexanderIn the Alexander Technique component of Movement II, students will be introduced to the principles and practice of the Alexander Technique. Through this technique, students will begin to increase body awareness, recognize individual habitual movement patterns, and use their bodies more efficiently and with greater ease.

    ARTS-3042 -  Voice 2

    Voice II furthers the understanding and practice of authentic vocal production. Continued work with the vocal focus and techniques for freeing and utilizing the natural voice, exposing physical tension, expanding range and resonance and building breath support. The critical importance of self-understanding/body awareness is emphasized. Introduction to simple text work and techniques of clear, concise and natural articulation. Continued attention to the physical effects of emotion and psychological attitude on the voice and body.

    ARTS-5022 -  Movement 4-Advanced 2

    AlexanderIn Movement IV, students will further develop their understanding of the Alexander Technique. They will work with the principles of the technique learned in Movement III, continuing to increase body awareness, recognize habits, and improve their skills of Direction and Inhibition. Greater emphasis will be placed on applying the technique directly to acting.FeldenkraisIntroduction to the principles and practices of Feldenkrais for the actor. In this component of Movement IV, the student will develop a functional awareness of him/herself in his/her environment, utilizing the concept that the body is the primary vehicle for learning.

    ARTS-5023 -  Acting 3 - Advanced 1

    Acting 3 exposes students to foundational concepts and techniques of Elizabethan drama, with an exclusive focus on the works of William Shakespeare. The class will, through exploration of the text, come to understand the power of Shakespeare's words. Discussions involving the Work will focus on the students need to make clear choices based on their understanding and research of the text. The students will also review, test and integrate all aspects of their training. This may include mask, zone of silence, improvisation, character developement, text analysis and intention work, monologue and self start/vocal masque exploration.

    ARTS-5024 -  Movement 3

    Throughout Movement 3, students will continue to explore the principles and practice of the Alexander Technique. Students will receive hands-on guidance to help increase body awareness, recognize individual habitual movement patterns, and use their bodies more efficiently and with greater ease. The Alexander Technique will be applied to performance skills as well as daily activities.

    ARTS-5025 -  Voice 3

    Voice 3 examines the physical techniques of authentic vocal production. Skills for freeing and utilizing the natural voice are learnt through exercises exposing physical tension, building breath support and body awareness, expanding range and resonance, developing clear, concise and natural articulation, understanding text, and centring emotion. The physical effects of emotion and psychological attitude on the voice and body are also examined. Focus is on the works of Shakespeare.

    ARTS-5026 -  Voice 4

    Voice IV furthers understanding and practice of emotional and physical techniques of authentic vocal production. Continued work on freeing and utilizing the natural voice, exposing physical tension, building breath support and body awareness, expanding range and resonance, developing clear, concise and natural articulation, understanding text, and centring emotion. Advanced emphasis on the physical effects of emotion and psychological attitude on the voice and body. Focus is on contemporary works.

    COMM-3028 -  Professional Communication-Theatre

    This course provides Theatre Arts students with the opportunity to develop essential reading, writing, research, and critical-thinking skills. Learning will include editing exercises and writing practice, combined with research techniques and documentation protocols. Students will also read and respond to play-scripts, discussing thematic elements such as plot, setting, and character.

    HIST-1004 -  Theatre History - Survey of Theatre 1

    The course is a survey of Theatre History from Ancient Greece to the 18th Century. The course explores the origins of Theatre in ritual and traces its development from Ancient Greece through the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and into the 18th Century. The particular conventions of each era will be examined. While aspects such as theatre construction, staging techniques, set/costume design, the use of music and dance will be studied, the principal focus of the course will be on the examination of some of the central texts for each era.

    HIST-1006 -  Theatre History - Survey of Theatre 2

    The course is an examination of Theatre History from the late 18th Century to the end of the 20th Century. Areas of study will include such topics as Romanticism, Melodrama, Realism, Naturalism, Modernism, Expressionism, Absurdism; students will also explore Epic Theatre, Metatheatre, Postcolonialis, and Alternative Theatre. While aspects of production for each era will be studied, the focus of the course will be on representative texts.

    HIST-3005 -  Theatre Hist-Elizabethan Era & Play-Writ
    The English Renaissance is one of the most important periods in the history of theatre. The works of the major playwright of the era, Shakespeare, remain among the most popular works of both Stage and Film. The course will explore the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Common themes and genres of the period will be examined. Consideration of the historical period will be balanced by concerns with the continued production of the works both on stage and in film.

    HIST-3008 -  Theatre Hist-Mod Drama & Script Writing

    This course will examine the history of Canadian drama. We will start with an overview of early Canadian Drama and then focus on the texts of playwrights whose work has emerged since the 1960s. In addition to plays, two Canadian Films will be studied. The course will also provide students with a standard television script format and the experience of adapting a non-dramatic Canadian text to this format.

    THEA-1002 -  Performance Lab Practicum
    The student will apply skills attained in previous levels to assigned roles and projects in Lab productions. The focus will be on research, process, and rehearsal techniques. These projects may include self created works, work on new plays, collaborative projects, works on classical pieces, as well as the exploration of a variety of performance styles and techniques. The discoveries may be presented to an invited or open audience. There will be a minimum of 225 hours of rehearsal.

    THEA-1003 -  Performance Studio Practicum
    Under the direction of seasoned professionals, the student will apply skills attained in previous levels to assigned roles in a Studio production. The focus will be on research, process, rehearsal techniques and performance open to the general public. These projects may include self created works, work on new plays, collaborative projects, works on classical pieces, as well as the exploration of a variety of performance styles and techniques. All projects will be fully realized and supported technically. There will be a minimum of 225 hours of rehearsal.

    WRIT-1037 -  Reason & Writing 1-Contemporary Media

    This course will introduce contemporary media students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking. This course will also introduce students to selected topics and concepts in contemporary media.

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