Objectives and Outcomes for Professional Degree: bfa-acting



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Objectives and Outcomes for Professional Degree: BFA-Acting
Students’ individual transcripts serve as evidence of the following competencies. Students must complete each required course in the BFA-Acting curriculum with a grade of B- or better, and maintain an overall GPA of 2.75, which will demonstrate sufficient mastery of the craft of acting for immediate entry into the profession (theatre/film/television) and/or graduate study.
Data is analyzed through review of individual student grades in each course and annual juries.

Standards for Professional Baccalaureate Degree in Acting - BFA
Per the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST – accrediting body): “Students enrolled in professional undergraduate degrees in theatre are expected to develop the knowledge, skills, concepts, and sensitivities essential to the life of the theatre professional. In any of many possible roles, the theatre professional must exhibit not only technical competence, but also broad knowledge of theatre, sensitivity to artistic style, and an insight into the role of theatre in the life of humankind.”
Acting requires mastery of an extremely diverse skill set. Actors must juggle the skills of performance, direction, movement, voice, and an academic’s awareness of literature, criticism, and history in order to create a believable character. To effectively engage with the theatrical ensemble actors must also have an acute awareness of and respect for all aspects of production, enabling them to effectively engage with and enhance the contributions of the technical and design team. Thus the actor must integrate (juggle) disparate skills at all levels of rehearsal and performance.
Actors are evaluated on their ability to seamlessly integrate the skills presented by their discrete and combined curriculum. Mastery signifies an integrated/holistic process, i.e. the work does not show, the result is believable because it is logical and skillful. Levels of acceptable skill competency toward the BFA Acting degree are:


  • Integrated – Grade of A, 90%-100% of total points possible earned.

  • United – Grade of B, 80%-89% of total points possible earned.

Unacceptable levels of skill competency toward the BFA Acting degree are:




  • Combined – Grade of C, 70%-79% of total point possible earned.

  • DisintigratedGrade of D or lower, 0%-69% of total point possible earned.

Unacceptable progress in one or more courses during a semester will result in a warning and probation. Continued lack of acceptable progress will result in dismissal from the course of study.

Learning objectives are achieved via readings of dramatic literature, criticism, history, scene and monologue assignments, improvisations, and specific skills exercises. Evaluation is based on written and oral examination, written evidence of research and role preparation, and performance assignments.



  1. Core knowledge and skills:




Integrated

United

Combined

Disintegrated

Script Analysis: Demonstrates mastery in application of Aristotelian literary analysis methods and basic analysis of Given Circumstances allowing for believable character creation.

Demonstrates developing competence…

Demonstrates emerging competence…

Does not demonstrate competence…

Professional Standards:

Demonstrates mastery of professional standards of rehearsal and performance: preparation, creativity/freedom, commitment to ensemble, flexibility of process.



Demonstrates developing competence…

Demonstrates emerging competence…

Does not demonstrate competence…

Stagecraft: Demonstrates mastery when manipulating basic stage equipment and basic practices in set construction, rigging, welding, props and stage crafts.

Demonstrates developing competence…

Demonstrates emerging competence…

Does not demonstrate competence…

Costume Construction & Technology: Demonstrates mastery of basic practices of sewing, pattern drafting, manipulating various fabrics, and fabricating costume crafts.

Demonstrates developing competence…

Demonstrates emerging competence…

Does not demonstrate competence…

Stage Makeup: Demonstrates mastery of one-dimensional and three-dimensional illusional makeup work, focusing on knowledge and skills in “corrective” aging and period makeup, and introductory level competencies related to hair, hands, and prosthetics.

Demonstrates developing competence…

Demonstrates emerging competence…

Does not demonstrate competence…

Theatre History I: demonstrates mastery of the history of global performance traditions and dramatic literature from theatrical origins through the nineteenth century: Greek, Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, Restoration, Neoclassical, 18th & 19th Century European and American.

Demonstrates developing competence with the history…

Demonstrates emerging competence with the history…

Does not demonstrate competence with the history…

Theatre History II: demonstrates mastery of the history of global performance traditions and dramatic literature from the turn of the twentieth century to the present: Modern European (late 19th Century); European/American pre-1945, European/American post-war, European/American post 1956, 21st Century.

Demonstrates developing competence with the history…

Demonstrates emerging competence with the history…

Does not demonstrate competence with the history…

Literature-Shakespeare: demonstrates mastery of the basic elements of Shakespeare as literature: tragedy, comedy, history, classical structure, verse, prose, scansion.

Demonstrates developing competence…

Demonstrates emerging competence…

Does not demonstrate competence…

Literature-Contemporary Theatrical Literature: demonstrates mastery of the history and theory of Western theatrical literature and practices since the 1980s.

Demonstrates developing competence with the history…

Demonstrates emerging competence with the history…

Does not demonstrate competence with the history…

Literature/History- Musical Theatre: demonstrates masterful awareness of the origins of musical theatre forms from their origins through the 1960s.

Demonstrates developing awareness of …

Demonstrates emerging awareness…

Does not demonstrate awareness…




  1. Specific Competencies - BFA Acting Studies

    1. Acting:

      1. Contemporary Literature (late 20th and 21st Century literature)

      2. Audition/Monologue Preparation

      3. American Golden Age Literature

      4. Shakespeare

      5. Ancient Classical Literature

      6. Musical Theatre

      7. Restoration Literature

      8. Camera Skills

      9. Modern European Literature




Integrated

United

Combined

Disintegrated

Demonstrated ability to act: mastery of projecting one’s self believably in text and action into imaginary circumstances.

Demonstrated ability to act: developing competence to project…

Demonstrated ability to act: emerging competence to project….

No demonstration of competence when acting.

Demonstrated mastery of solo and ensemble improvisations.

Demonstrated developing competence to effectively…







Demonstrated mastery of ability to create convincing characters from all genres/styles studied.










Demonstrated mastery of: script analysis techniques and generation of given circumstances, resulting in logical and complete generation of character.










Demonstrated mastery of specific demands of the styles demanded by major periods and genres of dramatic literature.










Demonstrated mastery of script analysis for actors; i.e. scoring a script for objectives, tactics, obstacles, units of theatrical actions (beats).










Demonstrated mastery of acting techniques of: adaptation, concentration of attention, circle of attention, the inner and outer-creative states, emotion and sense memory, the process of experiencing, Magic If, mental images, subtext, supertask, and throughaction.













    1. Voice/Speech

      1. Voice – Vocal Production

      2. Speech – International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), Physical Articulators of Speech

      3. Dialects for the Stage

      4. Production for Extreme Vocal Choices

      5. Microphone/voice-over techniques.




Integrated

United

Combined

Disintegrated

Demonstrated mastery of vocal flexibility, control, breath support, range, freedom from tension, in rehearsal and performance.

Demonstrated developing competence with vocal flexibility, control, breath support, range, freedom from tension, in rehearsal and performance.

Demonstrated emerging competence with vocal flexibility, control, breath support, range, freedom from tension, in rehearsal and performance.

Does not demonstrate competence with vocal flexibility, control, breath support, range, freedom from tension, in rehearsal and performance.

Demonstrated mastery of clear, articulate, and expressive speech.










Demonstrated mastery of ability to use appropriate tools and systems to learn and perform dialects.










Demonstrated mastery of ability to perform in verse plays.










Demonstrated mastery of effective vocal choices for a variety of performance spaces and media types.













    1. Movement and Dance

      1. Ballet

      2. Jazz

      3. Tap

      4. Period and Social Dance

      5. Movement for the Actor

      6. Stage Combat




Integrated

United

Combined

Disintegrated

Demonstrated mastery of a flexible, relaxed, strong, and controlled body for a range of stage movement disciplines: dance, mime, mask work, combat.










Demonstrated mastery of basic armed and unarmed-stage combat.










Demonstrated mastery of use of the body as an instrument for characterization.










Demonstrated mastery of use of the body for changing time/rhythm demands and spatial relationships.













    1. Professional and Business Standards

      1. Orientation to professional standards & ethics

      2. Formal and informal production experience.

      3. Capstone project (major market showcase)




Integrated

United

Combined

Disintegrated

Demonstrated mastery of basic business procedures of the actor’s profession: auditions, resumes, agents, unions, etc.










Demonstrated mastery of strategizing and implementing ongoing professional development for actor.










Mastery of role preparation (rehearsal and performance) for production casting










Mastery of elements for producing, preparing, and mounting a professional showcase in a professional venue in a major-market city.











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