3 Credit Hours
This course is open to students on the college level in either the Freshman or Sophomore year and to area high school vocational students.
THE 2735 - Acting (3 hrs.)
This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of the fundamental skills and techniques involved in acting. Major emphasis is placed on the development of one’s individual acting tools. Students will work on training the imagination, the body, and voice through exercises, and developing acting skills through performed scenes
The learning outcomes and competencies detailed in this course meet, or exceed the learning outcomes and competencies specified by the Kansas Core Outcomes Project for this course, as sanctioned by the Kansas Board of Regents.
This course is designed to develop a student’s knowledge in the fundamental skills of acting. Through units of orientation, observation, analysis, and application the student will sharpen skills of character development. Three class performances culminate this course as students exhibit their understanding of the class objectives.
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to identify a character’s objective, build a character and enact a developed performance.
Units Outcomes and Criterion Based Evaluation Key for Core Content:
The following outline defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period. Instructors may add other material as time allows.
UNIT 1: ORIENTATION AND OVERVIEW
Outcomes: Through group exercises, the student will successfully utilize performance trust, vocabulary and space.
- Establish working definitions of stage/performance terminology
- Participate in basic rapport-building exercises
- Display an actor’s stage positions and use of space
UNIT 2: AN ACTOR’S PSYCHOLOGY
Outcomes: Through analysis and performance a student will interpret a character.
- Identify a character’s inner motivations
- Formulate a character analysis
- Focus on a character’s objective
UNIT 3: AN ACTOR’S TOOLS: THE BODY AND VOICE
Outcomes: The student will integrate body and voice into acting exercises.
- Employ the body effectively
- Use a broad range of vocal inflections
UNIT 4: GROUP PERFORMANCE
Outcomes: The student will perform a developed character.
- Analyze two contrasting characters
- Memorize and deliver a playwright’s text
- Perform in an ensemble production
UNIT 5: DUET PERFORMANCE
Outcomes: The student will enact a developed performance.
- Select, edit, and block an appropriate performance vehicle
- Cooperate with an acting partner
- Build a three-dimensional character
- Perform 8-10 minute duet
One in-class and two public performances
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Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.
The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.
Maximum class size:
Based on classroom occupancy
Course Time Frame:
The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching and assessing the educational aspects of the college. A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time. The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.
Refer to the following policies:
402.00 Academic Code of Conduct
263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades
403.00 Student Code of Conduct
Disability Services Program:
Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability. If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.