• Overview - 2019/2020

    The lights dim, the curtain rises and you're ready to transport the audience, breathing life into words on a page. With the Theatre Arts - Performance program, your dream will take centre stage.

    Surrounded by other artists and working performers, you'll study for a career on the stage or screen in state-of-the-art facilities in vibrant downtown London. You'll work with professional directors, actors and instructors who will help you develop as a creative artist. Your professors have real-world experience and will help you hone your voice and movement skills.

    This two-year conservatory program will give you practical experience in acting for the stage, mask work, play analysis, improv, and acting for the camera. You'll also take other specialized master classes and will work with professional artists on a graduating project that will come together as a professional production.

    You'll be guided through a process of discovering a method of acting that brings out your full potential and you'll emerge with a deep understanding of Shakespeare, theatre history, movement for actors, and the business of acting. You'll emerge with a strong foundation for launching your professional career.

    Take your cue and allow your dreams to soar.

    Alex Sims
    Alumnus

    "The program created an entirely new tool box for me to approach my acting. It challenged me in what I found to be the "right" ways and without it, I am not sure I would be able to reach the same depths in my work."

     

    Faculty bios

     

    Program coordinator:

    Karen Harley
    Phone: 519-452-4430 x6423

  • Admission Requirements - 2019/2020

    OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
    University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
    - Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
    OR
    Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) 
    OR
    Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
    OR
    Mature Applicant with standing in the required course stated above

    English Language Requirements

    Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

    • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 550 for the paper-based test (PBT), or 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements. 
    • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
    • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
    • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
    • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

    Applicant Selection Criteria

    Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
    1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
    2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
    3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
  • Courses

    Theatre Arts - Performance-2019/2020

    Level 1Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

    Group 1
    WRIT-1037Reason & Writing 1-Contemporary Media3
    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.
    ARTS-1068Movement 13
    This practical studio class is an introduction to the principles and practices of various forms of movement for the actor. In Viewpoints, the student will learn and experience the nine principles of movement through time and space and how this relates to performance. The student will also be introduced to Suzuki training as a means to discovering core strength and concentration. The student will begin to explore and create their own personal warm up practice using creative movement.
    ARTS-1069Voice 13
    Voice I introduces the actor to the fundamental techniques of authentic vocal process. Introductory skills for freeing and utilizing the natural voice are learnt through exercises revealing and releasing physical tension, building self-awareness and embracing breath work. Practical exercises and assignments will allow students to explore the effects of a whole-body attitude on the voice and body through reflective practice.
    HIST-1004Theatre History-Survey of Theatre 13
    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.
    THEA-1007Performance Lab Practicum1.2
    The student will begin to apply the skills of research and process through activities and assignments. Students will develop and practice their reading skills. Students will learn about theater etiquette: including rehearsals, fittings, auditions and performance. Understanding the process from pre-rehearsal to stage. The focus will be on the commitment to the profession.
    SFTY-1056General Health & Safety-Field Placement0
    Ontario Law requires all students who participate in unpaid placements in workplaces to complete the same mandatory training as paid employees. This course covers two of these mandatory topics; Workplace Hazardous Material Information Systems/Global Harmonized System and Worker Health and Safety Awareness.


    Group 2
    TAKE THE FOLLOWING MANDATORY COURSE:
    (MINIMUM GRADE C)
    ARTS-1016Acting 1-Introduction to Acting 14
    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.

    Level 2Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

    Group 1
    COMM-3075Communications for Media3
    This course, designed for students who plan to work in the field of media, focuses on professional written and verbal communication skills. Students learn to prepare a variety of work-related documents. In addition, students learn about research methods and documentation formats. The principles of effective writing - organization, grammar, style, clarity, and tone - are reinforced throughout the course. The goal of the course is to prepare students for the communication tasks and considerations they will encounter in the media workplace in order to meet the needs of employers and/or the communities they will serve.
    ARTS-3041Movement 23
    Movement 2 introduces, explores and develops various forms and techniques of movement for the actor. It is a continuation and advancement of the principles and practices of various techniques of movement for the actor. This practical studio class offers technical / syllabus versions of movement techniques and dance forms.
    ARTS-3042Voice 23
    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 various attitudes on the voice and body.
    HIST-1006Theatre History-Survey of Theatre 23
    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, Postcolonialism, and Alternative Theatre. While aspects of production for each era will be studied, the focus of the course will be on representative texts.
    THEA-1008Performance Studio Practicum4
    Students will continue to apply the skills of research and process through activities and assignments. Students will continue to practice their reading skills, including cold reading scripts. Students will learn how to prepare for rehearsal, and deepen their understanding of the process from pre-rehearsal to stage.


    Group 2
    TAKE THE FOLLOWING MANDATORY COURSE:
    (MINIMUM GRADE C)
    ARTS-1019Acting 2-Introduction to Acting 24.5
    Students will build on the concepts and skills offered in Level 1. The fundamentals of acting are explored through the context of what creates character and authentic interplay between actors. The techniques learned will be applied to character, scene, text and devised work.

    Level 3Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

    Group 1
    THEA-3005Performance Lab Practicum 25.6
    The student will apply skills attained in previous levels to assigned roles and projects. The focus will be on research, process, and rehearsal techniques.
    ARTS-5024Movement 33
    This practical studio class is a continuation and advancement to the principles and practices of various forms of movement for the actor. The student be introduced to numerous movement and dance forms and techniques.
    ARTS-5025Voice 33
    Voice 3 continues to explore techniques of authentic vocal production. Skills for freeing and utilizing the natural voice are reinforced through advanced exercises exposing physical tension, building breath support and body awareness, expanding range and resonance, applying clear, concise and natural articulation, understanding text, and centring natural responses. Exercises in articulation, text work and grounding and connecting to honest impulse are emphasized. Focus is on the works of Shakespeare.
    ARTS-1070Vocal Ensemble3
    Vocal Ensemble examines foundational concepts and techniques fo ensemble creation with song, voice, and sounds. Students will explore the choral repertoire, madrigals, rounds, sound creation, soundscapes and creative ensemble music. Skills for utilizing the natural voice are reinforced through the application of learnt vocal techniques and the strengthening of listening and ensemble skills.
    HIST-3005Theatre Hist-Elizabethan Era & Play-Writ3
    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.
    ARTS-1072Acting for the Camera3
    Acting for the Camera exposes students to foundational concepts and techniques of acting in front of the camera. As well as 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 side for TV or film scripts.


    Group 2
    TAKE THE FOLLOWING MANDATORY COURSE:
    (MINIMUM GRADE C)
    ARTS-5023Acting 3-Advanced 14.5
    Acting 3 will build on concepts and skills offered in Level 2. It will expose students to classical and devised works and adaptations. The students will also be introduced to clown.

    Level 4Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

    Group 1
    THEA-3002Performance Studio Practicum 26
    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.
    ARTS-5022Movement 4-Advanced 23
    Movement 4 is a practical studio class and a continuation and advancement to the principles and practices of various forms of movement for the actor. The student will deepen exploration in numerous movement and dance forms, period dance, contemporary and jazz, freestyles, hip hop and partner dance may be covered. The Alexander Technique component of this course is intended to provide students with a continued understanding of the Alexander Technique. Over the course, students will learn to use the body more efficiently and with less effort in everyday activities, and will begin to explore applications of the Technique to performance by addressing specific acting challenges for the theatre performer.
    ARTS-5026Voice 43
    Voice IV furthers understanding and practice of various 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. Work on accent and character voice. Advanced emphasis on the physical effects of a variety attitudes on the voice and body. Focus is on contemporary works.
    HIST-3027Theatre History-Cdn Contemporary Drama3
    This course examines contemporary Canadian drama, beginning with an overview of early Canadian drama, with a primary focus on texts written post-1960. Students will engage in study and performance that considers drama's place as a nation-building exercise. Plays selected will span multiple genres and dramatic movements and will indulge in important historical narratives including, but not limited to: bilingualism and language politics, the distressing history of our Aboriginal community, our international reputation as a Peacekeeping nation, our multicultural identity.
    ARTS-1083The Business of Acting3
    Students will learn some of the necessary skills and tools to work in an ultra-competitive field. Topics will include creating resumes and biographies, understand Equity and ACTRA, creating a business plan, creating their own work, and promoting themselves. They will also have an understanding of agents and will learn how to use and communicate using social media to promote themselves and their careers.


    Group 2
    TAKE THE FOLLOWING MANDATORY COURSE:
    (MINIMUM GRADE C)
    ARTS-3016Acting 4-Advanced 24.5
    Acting IV will prepare the student to find, choose and present a number of audition monologues, under a variety of scenarios, including industry auditions. The student actor will also cultivate the ability to complete all the necessary pre-rehearsal work in preparation for the final practicum project.

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

    Program Residency
    Students Must Complete a Minimum of 23 credits in this
    program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
    requirement and graduate from this program

  • Careers - 2019/2020

    Career Opportunities

    This program prepares graduates for a career in theatre, film and television. The program is also an excellent preparation for drama teachers and entrepreneurs.
  • More Information - 2019/2020

    A Two-Year Ontario College Diploma Program
    Program Code: THP2
    Campus Code: LCD (LCD - London-Downtown)
    September Admission
    15 week terms
     
    Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates

    Contact

    School of Digital and Performing Arts: (519)-452-4430, ext. 6402

    Program Description

    The School of Digital and Performing Arts offers a two-year Conservatory Training Program in Theatre Arts - Performance. The program offers in-depth training for the aspiring performer, including Acting, Voice, Choral Singing, Mask, Shakespeare, Improvisation, Theatre History, Movement for the Actor, Acting for the Camera and a variety of Master Classes with visiting Artists. Within the program is the opportunity to work with staff and students from other programs at the College, including the Advanced Filmmaking program, as well as professional Directors and Actors. Our professors, highly regarded experts in their field, bring real world experience and understanding to the specific challenges of this profession, helping and encouraging the aspiring actor to discover a method of working specific to each of them. This acting program trains actors for the long term and establishes a strong foundation from which to launch a professional career as an actor.
    Learning Outcomes 

    The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

    1. Prepare and interpret work suitable for audition and employment using acting, voice and movement techniques to communicate a character and/or situation.
    2. Create a character as intended by the writer through research, text analysis and interpretation within the context of the material and performance.
    3. Perform dramatic roles for a variety of media such as theatre and film.
    4. Perform in theatre productions as part of ensemble and under the supervision of a professional director using acting, voice and movement techniques to entertain and inform audiences.
    5. Complete work to a professional standard and in compliance with relevant law, standards and organizations affiliated with professional acting.
    6. Create a business plan that integrates marketing, networking and social media strategies that maximize professional opportunities, including self-employment.

    Program Pathways

    For information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.
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