Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Fine Arts and Communication Division
THTR 20AACTING ISummer 2015
4 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory.4 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 60 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 4 Lab Hours: 1 Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: AA Degree
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: BothValidation: 12/10;10/11;11/12;9/14

1. Description -
Introduction to the craft of acting, including theory and technique emphasizing body movement, voice production, articulation, characterization principles of motivation, scene analysis, cultural empathy through standard theatre games, exercises, monologues, scenes and the background research thereof.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in DRAM 20A.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Practice and employ fundamental steps in developing vocal and bodily control for dramatic communication.
  2. Employ skills of imagination, observation and concentration, as they apply to characterization and dramatic action.
  3. Analyze dramatic text for motivation, characterization and dramatic action.
  4. Apply basic principles of stage composition and visualization while performing in ensemble acting situations.
  5. Construct and integrate a system of theatrical discipline appropriate to the actor.
  6. Recognize a variety of dramatic literature for performance, drawn from a broad range of multi-ethnic/multi-cultural sources.
  7. Analyze dramatic text for societal placement, relevance and commentary.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Clothing suitable for rehearsal work. A flexible, open-space classroom. Rehearsal furniture and props. Video recording and playback equipment. Tutorial support for student scene work.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Develop voice and speech acumen.
    1. Audibility and intelligibility
    2. Characterization through speech
    3. Emphasis, tempo, vocal dynamics
    4. Principles of memorization
  2. Enhance body expression capability.
    1. Relaxation
    2. Flexibility and freedom of motion
    3. Characterization through movement
    4. Connotative effects of specific bodily action and gesture
  3. Engaging specific, industry appropriate acting techniques in assessing dramatic texts as a means of developing self as a communication vessel.
    1. Imagination
    2. Observation
    3. Concentration
    4. Sensory awareness and recall
    5. Emotional awareness and recall
    6. Incorporate principles of characterization and motivation through active application of human behavioral premises.
  4. Unify and practically apply multiple premises of of time, space, materials and content as they apply to the multi-layered collaborative art of performance.
  5. Employ stage blocking and movement principles and terminology.
  6. Employ a broad range of dramatic literature drawn from the great classic works and the best of contemporary drama including culturally diverse literature for performance.
  7. Apply background elements of research and creative speculation as they would apply to interpreting dramatic text with "the world" in which the work was derived.
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Evaluation of student performances including scenes, improvisations and acting projects.
  2. Demonstration of theory and techniques acquired, depth of dramatic characterization, consistency of vocal and bodily execution through prepared performance.
  3. Assessed development of accepted standards of theatre discipline.
  4. Required written assignments, specifically demonstration by the student of involvement in the course material through written critiques by the student of projects and assignments, followed by the instructor's evaluation of both the project and the critique.
7. Representative Text(s) -
  1. Play texts to be selected by the instructor on a quarterly basis, drawn from the best contemporary and classic works.
  2. Hagen, Uta, Respect for Acting, Wiley Publishing, 2008.
Although this text is older than the suggested "5 years or newer" standard, it still remains a seminal text in this area of study.
  • O'Neill, Rosary, The Actor's Checklist, Cengage Advantage Books, 2013.

  • 8. Disciplines -
    Theatre Arts
    9. Method of Instruction -
    1. Lecture: presentation of theory and foundational premises
    2. Discussion:assessment and analysis of theory and practice discoveries
    3. Cooperative learning exercises: scene and partner performance projects
    4. Oral presentations: solo performance exercises
    5. Laboratory: rehearsal and preparation
    6. Demonstration: peer and instructor modelling and self-assessment through performance presentations
    7. Field trips: Observation and analysis of performance presentation
    8. Through structured lecture, teacher demonstration and guided instruction in solo and ensemble playing situations, students are introduced to the core theory and techniques of modern acting.
    9. Students will actively, practically develop an enhancement of a personally developed acting process through exposure to a minimum of four of the listed primary outline topics.
    10. Lab Content -
    1. Cooperative rehearsal of class assignments and projects.
    2. Individual and partner exploration and self-analysis of concepts and exercises introduced in class.
    11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
    12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
    1. Read assigned individual and/or class scripts.
    2. Write personal reflection journal.
    3. Write live performance critique.
    4. Assigned text readings for content, analysis and application.
    13. Need/Justification -
    This course is a required core course the AA degrees in Theatre Arts and Theatre Technology.

    Course status: Active
    Last updated: 2015-02-23 11:30:57

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