Sir Wilfred Grenfell College

BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS (THEATRE)

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre)

Admission Requirements

Academic Performance

Degree Regulations

Course Structure

Course Descriptions


BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS (THEATRE)

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre) is a programme designed to educate and train the student in the history, theory and practice of the theatre arts. The degree will provide an undergraduate training, delivered by theatre professionals, that will prepare students to enter a professional graduate school of theatre, theatre conservatory or an apprenticeship in the theatre profession. The degree also provides a broad liberal arts education with a strong component of dramatic literature, enabling the graduate to pursue a variety of careers outside the theatre profession.

In recognition of the relative isolation of the Sir Wilfred Grenfell Campus and the need for students of the performing arts to be exposed to examples of excellence in their field of study, provision will be made for students in their senior years to visit major theatre centres outside the province (e.g. the Harlow Campus will be utilized for studies in London and Stratford).

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

1. Academic Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the general admission requirements of the University.

2. Audition

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements of the University, applicants for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre) must undergo an audition/interview to the satisfaction of the department. Enrollment in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre) is limited and selection is competitive.

3. The deadline for submission of Theatre Application Forms is April 30 of the year in which admission is sought.

ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE

1. Attendance and participation at all studio courses and production rehearsals is vital to the collaborative nature of the programme of study in theatre. Absence from classes or rehearsals of any one student could jeopardize a production, the proper dissemination of practical skills and the overall safety of the students. Therefore attendance at all studio classes, rehearsals and crew calls will be compulsory.

2. Students who fail a studio course shall not take more advanced courses in that discipline until the failed course has been satisfactorily completed.

3. Students must normally complete all 1000-level studio courses before advancing to any 2000-level course.

4. A candidate whose average in the theatre courses for the BFA degree falls below 65 percent in any semester will be placed on probation within the programme. A student placed on probation at the end of the final semester of the Theatre programme will not be recommended for graduation.

5. A candidate will be required to withdraw from the programme if the candidate's average in Theatre courses falls below 65 percent in each of two consecutive semesters of his/her enrollment in the programme.

6. Candidates who have withdrawn or who have been required to withdraw from the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre) programme and wish to re-enter the programme must re-apply in competition after a lapse of two semesters by April 30 for the upcoming Fall semester, or by August 30 for the upcoming Winter semester.

7. Candidates who have been required to withdraw twice from the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre) programme shall be ineligible for further admission.

8. The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre) programme is intended for full-time students only. Students will be expected to take the full course load as prescribed each semester and so progress through the degree in clearly defined blocks of courses. A student failing to take the full number of courses in a given semester would seriously jeopardize his/her ability to complete the degree.

DEGREE REGULATIONS

To be awarded the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre) a student shall successfully complete one hundred and twenty-six credit hours (forty courses) which would normally be completed over a four-year period. These one hundred and twenty-six credit hours shall be chosen in accordance with the following pattern:

1. Six credit hours in English (English 1000 and 1001 or equivalent)

2. Six credit hours in the History of Art (Visual Arts 2700 and 2701)

3. Eighteen credit hours in dramatic literature in the following configuration: two semesters of a survey of major dramatic texts (English 2350 and 2351); two semesters of Shakespeare (English 3200 and 3201); two semesters of modern and contemporary drama (English 3275 and 4305).

4. Fifteen credit hours in academic elective courses chosen in consultation with the Chair of the Theatre Programme.

5. Eighty-one credit hours in courses in Theatre studies chosen from one of two areas; Acting or Stagecraft, including those courses common to both areas.

NOTES: 1) Where circumstances warrant any prerequisite(s) for Theatre courses may be waived by the Head of the Division of Fine Arts.
2) Students in their first year will not be allowed to participate in theatre productions. Exceptions will be made only with the permission of the Head of the Division of Fine Arts, and permission will be given only where a student demonstrates satisfactory performance.
3) Where circumstances warrant, a student in second or third year may be given the opportunity for advanced responsibilities in production with the permission of the Head of the Division of Fine Arts. Permission will be given only where a student demonstrates above average academic performance as well as exceptional theatrical ability.
4) Productions will constitute the designated number of rehearsal hours as described below. However, the final week of rehearsals (technical rehearsals) will include ten hour days on Saturday and Sunday. All performances will take place in the evenings with the possible exceptions of occasional matinees.
5) Any departmental regulations may be waived upon request of the Head of the Division of Fine Arts by the appropriate committee on Undergraduate Studies.
6) Students entering the programme under Calendar Regulations prior to 1997 will be allowed to substitute History 1000/1001 (or equivalent) and one academic elective course in lieu of Theatre 1110 or Theatre 1120, Theatre 2080 or Theatre 2090 and Theatre 2081 or Theatre 2091.

Outline of Major Programmes

Students will major in one of two areas in Theatre Studies: acting or stagecraft/design. The major comprises eighty-one credit hours chosen in accordance with the following pattern: The introductory Theatre courses Theatre 1000, 1001, 1010, 1020 and the fourth year courses 4030, 4040, 4050 and 4051 are common to both major options.

Students choosing Acting as a major will complete Theatre 1110, 2010, 2011, 2080, 2081, 3010, 3011, 3070, 3071, 3080, 3081, 4010, 4011, 4070, 4071, 4080 and 4081 in addition to the twenty-four credit hours (eight courses) common to both majors.

Students choosing Stagecraft/Design as a major will complete Theatre 1120, 2020, 2021, 2090, 2091, 3020, 3021, 3060, 3061, 3090, 3091, 4020, 4021, 4060, 4061, 4090 and 4091 in addition to the twenty-four credit hours (eight courses) common to both majors.

TABLE OF CREDIT RESTRICTIONS FOR PRESENT THEATRE COURSES WITH FORMER THEATRE COURSES
Present Course Former Course
Theatre 2010/2011 Theatre 201A/B
Theatre 2020/2021 Theatre 202A/B
Theatre 3010/3011 Theatre 301A/B
Theatre 3020/3021 Theatre 302A/B
Theatre 3060 Theatre 3070
Theatre 3061 Theatre 3071
Theatre 4010/4011 Theatre 401A/B
Theatre 4020/4021 Theatre 402A/B
Theatre 4060 Theatre 4070
Theatre 4061 Theatre 4071
Theatre 4090/4091 Theatre 4080/4081
Theatre 4051 Theatre 4060



COURSE STRUCTURE FOR THE BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS IN THEATRE

1st Year

Fall

- Theatre 1000 (Introduction to Theatre History I)
- Theatre 1010 (Introduction to Acting)
- Theatre 1020 (Introduction to Stagecraft)
- English 1000/1050
- Elective

Winter

- Theatre 1001 (Introduction to Theatre History II)
- Theatre 1110 (Acting I) or Theatre 1120 (Stagecraft I)
- English 1001/1051
- Elective
- Elective

2nd Year

Fall

- Theatre 2010 (Acting II) or Theatre 2020 (Stagecraft II)
- Theatre 2080 (Production-Acting) or Theatre 2090 (Production-Stagecraft)
- English 2350 (Drama)
- English 3200 (Drama)
- Elective

Winter

- Theatre 2011 (Acting II) or Theatre 2021 (Stagecraft II)
- Theatre 2081 (Production-Acting) or Theatre 2091 (Production-Stagecraft)
- English 2351 (Drama)
- English 3201 (Drama)
- Elective

3rd Year

Fall

- Theatre 3010 (Acting III) or Theatre 3020 (Stagecraft III)
- Theatre 3060 (Stagecraft) or Theatre 3070 (Acting) - Master Class I
- Theatre 3080 (Production-Acting) or Theatre 3090 (Production-Stagecraft)
- English 3275 (Drama)
- Visual Arts 2700 (Art History Survey I)

Winter

- Theatre 3011 (Acting III) or Theatre 3021 (Stagecraft III)
- Theatre 3061 (Stagecraft) or Theatre 3071 (Acting) - Master Class II)
- Theatre 3081 (Production-Acting) or Theatre 3091 (Production-Stagecraft)
- English 4305 (Drama)
- Visual Arts 2701 (Art History Survey II)

4th Year

Fall

- Theatre 4010 (Acting IV) or Theatre 4020 (Stagecraft IV)
- Theatre 4060 (Stagecraft) or Theatre 4070 (Acting) - Master Class III
- Theatre 4080 (Production-Acting) or Theatre 4090 (Production-Stagecraft)
- Theatre 4040 (Directed Studies)
- Theatre 4030 (Theory of Directing and Design)

Winter

- Theatre 4011 (Acting IV) or Theatre 4021 (Stagecraft IV)
- Theatre 4061 (Stagecraft) or Theatre 4071 (Acting) - Master Class IV
- Theatre 4081 (Production-Acting) or Theatre 4091 (Production-Stagecraft)
- Theatre 4050 (Special Topics in Theatre History)
- Theatre 4051 (Dramatic Theory and Criticism)

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

1000 and 1001. Introduction to the History of Theatre I and II. A historical survey of the art of the theatre. The history of theatre will be studied in terms of the evolution of performance and of the physical theatre from their origins in a variety of social rituals and contexts through to their present plurality of forms. At the same time, the nature and function of the various components of theatrical performance (acting, directing, design, etc.) will be analyzed in terms of period philosophical, social, cultural, political and religious contexts. These courses are open to non-theatre students.
Lectures: Three hours per week.

1010. Introduction to Acting. An appreciation of the fundamentals of the craft of acting. Basic exercises in voice, movement, relaxation and concentration, improvisation and script analysis will introduce the student to the imaginative and physical skills required by an actor. This is a basic course for all theatre students regardless of their specific areas of interest. This course is open to non-theatre students.
Studio: Six hours per week.

1020. Introduction to Stagecraft. An appreciation of the basic vocabulary and techniques of the various technical and organizational structures and practices of staging plays. Areas of concentration will include scenic and costume construction, basics in lighting, painting, props, sound and stage management. This is a basic course for all theatre students regardless of their specific areas of interest. This course is open to non-theatre students.
Studio: Six hours per week.

1110. Acting I. The introductory course for those majoring in acting. Emphasis on voice, speech, movement and text analysis. Various learning methods will be employed, from sensitivity exercises to improvisation and creative imagination exercises. Participation in in-class performance is required. This course is restricted to theatre majors.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Prerequisites: Theatre 1000, Theatre 1010 and 1020.

1120. Stagecraft I. The introductory course for those majoring in stagecraft. Emphasis on the fundamentals of scenic carpentry, wardrobe, sound, lighting, crewing, painting and stage management. Practical projects will be related to departmental productions. This course is restricted to theatre majors.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Prerequisites: Theatre 1000, Theatre 1010 and 1020.

2010 and 2011. (Same as former 201A/B) Acting II. Second level courses for acting majors. Emphasis on speech, text analysis and scene study. Various techniques and texts will be employed to root the student in the fundamental process of acting. A beginning approach to understanding the body as an instrument and the techniques required to use the instrument. These courses are restricted to acting majors.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Prerequisites: Theatre 1000 and 1001, Theatre 1010 and 1020, Theatre 1110. 2010 is a prerequisite for 2011.

2020 and 2021. (Same as former 202A/B) Stagecraft II. Second level courses for the Stagecraft/Design major. Emphasis on the fundamentals of drafting, stage management, model-making, props building, 2D and 3D design and painting. These courses are restricted to stagecraft majors.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Prerequisites: Theatre 1000 and 1001, Theatre 1010 and 1020, Theatre 1120. 2020 is a prerequisite to 2021.

2080 and 2081. (Production Acting) (4 cr. hrs. each). In each case a semester of work in one of the major productions, in a supporting capacity (i.e. a supporting role). These courses are restricted to theatre majors.
Studio: Twelve hours per week.
Prerequisite: Theatre 1110.

2090 and 2091. (Production Stagecraft)(4 cr. hrs. each). In each case a semester of work in a major production in a supporting capacity (i.e. assistant stage manager, wardrobe assistant, etc.) These courses are restricted to theatre majors.
Studio: Twelve hours per week.
Prerequisite: Theatre 1120.

3010 and 3011. (Same as former 301A/B) Acting III. Intermediate level courses for the acting major. Continued emphasis on speech, voice production, text analysis, etc. Intermediate level scene study on material including non-realistic plays. These courses are restricted to acting majors.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Prerequisites: Theatre 2010 and 2011, Theatre 2080 and 2081.

3020 and 3021. (Same as former 302A/B) Stagecraft III. Intermediate course for stagecraft/design majors. Continued emphasis on carpentry, painting, lighting, sound, wardrobe, stage management, etc. Additional emphasis on set, costume and lighting design. These courses are restricted to stagecraft majors.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Prerequisites: Theatre 2020 and 2021, Theatre 2090 and 2091.

3060 and 3061. Master Classes I and II (Stagecraft). In each case a semester of work for stagecraft students with a guest artist in a particular area of specialization. These courses are restricted to theatre majors.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Prerequisites: Theatre 2020 and 2021. Theatre 3060 is a prerequisite for Theatre 3061.

3070 and 3071. Master Classes I and II (Acting). In each case a semester of work for acting students with a guest artist in a particular area of specialization. These courses are restricted to theatre majors.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Prerequisites: Theatre 2010 and 2011. Theatre 3070 is a prerequisite for Theatre 3071.

3080 and 3081. (Production-Acting)(4 cr. hrs. each). In each case a semester of work on a major production in a significant capacity (i.e. a principal role) These courses are restricted to theatre majors.
Studio: Sixteen hours per week.
Prerequisites: Theatre 2010 and 2011, Theatre 2080 and 2081.

3090 and 3091. (Production-Stagecraft)(4 cr. hrs. each). In each case a semester of work on a major production in a significant capacity (i.e. stage manager, crew chief, head of props, etc.). These courses are restricted to theatre majors.
Studio: Sixteen hours per week.
Prerequisites: Theatre 2020 and 2021, Theatre 2090 and 2091.

4010 and 4011. (Same as former 401A/B) Acting IV. Advanced courses for acting majors. Concentration on advanced scene study on texts illustrating period styles or other genres of plays. These courses will be directly related to performance work in Theatre 4080 and Theatre 4081. Restricted to acting majors.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Prerequisites: Theatre 3010 and 3011, Theatre 3080 and 3081.

4020 and 4021. (Same as former 402A/B) Stagecraft IV. Advanced courses for stagecraft/design majors with individual concentration on specific technical or design skills. These courses will be directly related to production assignments in Theatre 4080 and 4081. Restricted to stagecraft majors.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Prerequisites: Theatre 3020 and 3021, Theatre 3090 and 3091.

4030. Theory of Directing and Design. An examination and analysis of the nature and practice of directing and design from a theoretical and aesthetical perspective. A lecture/seminar course involving script analysis to examine the interpretive and imagistic processes of directors and designers. This course is open to students in the Dramatic Literature concentration.
Lecture/Seminar: Three hours per week.
Prerequisites: Theatre 3010 and 3011 or Theatre 3020 and 3021 or 18 credit hours in Dramatic Literature courses.

4040. Directed Studies. Student projects in playmaking, performance, directing, design or technical presentations supervised by faculty. In consultation with the faculty, the student will submit a proposal for a project on which he/she wishes to work. These projects will be presented in public. Restricted to theatre majors.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Prerequisites: Theatre 3010 and 3011 or Theatre 3020 and 3021.

4050. Special Topics in Theatre History. A lecture/ seminar course in selected areas of theatre history. Students will present seminars on a topic chosen in consultation with the instructor. Where possible this course will be researched in the theatre libraries and museums of a major theatre center. Restricted to theatre majors.
Lecture/Seminar: Three hours per week.
Prerequisites: Theatre 3010 and 3011 or Theatre 3020 and 3021.

4051. Dramatic Theory and Criticism. A study of major critical works in the theory of drama from Aristotle to Artaud and beyond. In addition this course will involve a critical analysis of contemporary theatre styles and practices. Where possible this course will be researched by attending theatre performances in a major theatre center. Restricted to theatre majors.
Lecture/Seminar: Three hours per week.
Prerequisites: Theatre 3010 and 3011 or Theatre 3020 and 3021.

4060 and 4061. Master Classes III and IV (Stagecraft). In each case a semester of advanced work with a guest artist in a particular area of specialization. Restricted to theatre majors.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Prerequisites: Theatre 3060 and 3061. Theatre 4060 is a prerequisite for Theatre 4061.

4070 and 4071. Master Classes III and IV (Acting). In each case a semester of advanced work with a guest artist in a particular area of specialization. Restricted to theatre majors.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Prerequisites: Theatre 3070 and 3071. Theatre 4070 is a prerequisite for Theatre 4071.

4080 and 4081. (Production-Acting)(4 cr. hrs. each). In each case a semester of work on a major production in a significant and leading capacity (i.e. leading or principal role). Restricted to Theatre majors.
Studio: Twenty hours per week.
Prerequisites: Theatre 3010 and 3011, Theatre 3080 and 3081.

4090 and 4091. (Production-Stagecraft)(4 cr. hrs. each). In each case a semester of work on a major production in a significant and leading capacity (i.e. designer, stage manager, technical director, etc.). Restricted to Theatre majors.
Studio: Twenty hours per week.
Prerequisites: Theatre 3020 and 3021, Theatre 3090 and 3091.


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