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Certificate in Performing Arts

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Certificate in Performing Arts and the Registration Form


 
 
 


Overview

The Certificate in Performing Arts is a one-year intensive actor training program. The structure of the course provides intensive skills training, performance making projects, studio productions and wide variety of performance situations. The structure of the course: skills classes in the morning and practical in the afternoon.

Description

The course is divided into two semesters with two weeks of assessment each. There is a break in the middle of each semester and a four week mid-semester break in June July.
 
Fees

R 17 500.00 R5 500.00 Registration fee; R1 200.00 x 10 (31 Jan - 31 Oct, payable on the last day of each month)


Registration fee is payable upon successful completion of audition and acceptance to the At Strydom Drama Studio for first year students and second and third year students payable by no later than 7 January each year.

Books & Materials

Students in the School of Drama are expected to bear the cost of play scripts and other course materials, such as stage make-up or tools, appropriate clothing, personal floor mats and some art materials. It is recommended that at least R3 000.00 be allowed for these costs over the three years. A list of books are attached which will be an additional expense to the student.

Part-time study

Due to the nature of the working process, the School of Drama can offer only full-time study for the Certificate in Performing Arts.

Relevant policies and procedures

Leave of Absence - Admission and Enrolment
Subject grades and marks - Assessment Policy
Special consideration - Special Consideration
Unsatisfactory progress - Student Progress Review

Attendance

As the primary mode of learning is experiential, students are expected to attend all classes.  Absences due to severe accidents, illness, injury or any other reason can result in a student not having acquired the necessary experience and knowledge. Attendance at all classes, projects and tutorials is therefore compulsory.

A minimum attendance rate of 90% is required for all classes and projects. A student missing more than 10% of classes will be deemed to have failed their assessment. Where extenuating circumstances cause attendance to fall below these requirements, there may be grounds for Special Consideration for which formal application can be made.

Objectives

The objectives of the course are:

  • -To produce professional theatre practitioners including actors, directors, animateurs and actor-trainers

  • -To produce actors who can perform the classical and contemporary dramatic repertoire;

  • -To produce actors who can work with ease in a film and television industry;

  • -To produce practitioners who have a kinaesthetic and conceptual understanding of the relationship between form and content;

  • -To produce creative leaders who can generate, develop and perform new work;

  • -To foster a clear understanding of, and respect for the ethics of theatrical practice;

  • -To foster a spirit of enquiry towards the development of new work;

  • -To encourage collaborative practice between actors, directors, writers, production personnel and animateurs;

  • -To encourage students to develop an awareness of their relationship and responsibility to their cultural environment and society by providing opportunities for informed critical  enquiry, social interaction and cultural exploration during their studies.


The School is committed to the development of the individual artist and, as such, does not subscribe to a single method of work.

Prerequisites

Applicants are expected to be 18 years of age by the first year of the course. A national matric certificate.

Generic Skills

At the completion of the course students should be able to:  

  • -Exhibit extensive theoretical and practical knowledge of their discipline including relevant professional knowledge, skills, discipline and ethics as they relate to a practicing  visual/performing artist.

  • -Demonstrate capacities for artistic imagination, creativity, transformation and interpretation.

  • -Demonstrate practical skills in respect of critical analysis, problem solving, report writing, team work and oral and written communication.

  • -Demonstrate a flexible and innovative approach to the national and international challenges for the professional visual/performing artist in the 21st century.

  • -Work at various levels, both as an individual and as a team member, in a wide variety of visual/performing artistic environments.

  • -Contribute to a range of visual/performing arts environments as artistic collaborators and leaders.

  • -Demonstrate an open, independent and inquiring attitude towards contemporary cultural developments and new ideas.

  • -Critically and creatively engage with topics of cultural significance across communities.

  • -Understand and appreciate how the visual and performing arts connect with the broader society and contribute to its social and economic development.

  • -Understand their relationship with and responsibility to their cultural environment and society.


Student Commitment


It is necessary to complete successfully the required hours of study in each semester.  (For most of the course 30 hours to 40 hours a week are spent in class or rehearsal.)

In each semester every seven weeks intensive night and weekend work occurs as the students prepare for productions and assessments. The time commitment on these occasions can involve an extra 20 hours a week.

As the primary mode of learning is experiential, students are expected to attend all classes.  Absences due to severe accidents, illness, injury or any other reason can result in a student not having acquired the necessary experience and knowledge. Attendance at all classes, projects and tutorials is therefore compulsory.

A minimum attendance rate of 90% is required for all classes and projects. A student missing more than 10% of classes will be deemed to have failed their assessment. Where extenuating circumstances cause attendance to fall below these requirements, there may be grounds for Special Consideration for which formal application can be made.

Assessment

Assessment is the monitoring of a student's progress through the course and ultimately determines whether a student has achieved the Certificate in Performing Arts. The criteria for assessment are broadly as follows.

Students are assessed on their ability to be trained: to develop skills and professional attitudes so that they will become positive contributors to the profession. It is expected that those who gain the Certificate gain employment in the areas of theatre, film, television and radio. It is therefore essential that students in each year of their training attain a level of performance which is deemed to be of sufficient quality. It is also expected that they will ultimately have the capacity to contribute to the development of the Dramatic Arts.

Assessment is based on mastery of skill, development of a methodology, the ability to work autonomously, the ability to transform feedback into action, the ability to transform skills and principles into an integrated practice; the ability to work with others and above all, a high level of attainment.  Commitment, attendance and punctuality are also fundamental requirements.  The final grade will reflect the degree to which a student can demonstrate an understanding of and engagement in the content and working processes introduced in the subject.

Assessment in the School of Drama is progressive and all work is taken into consideration when the assessment is made at the end of the year. Assessment is based upon whether or not students have successfully achieved the objectives set out. The sections of work within a subject are not separate units. Although in the year long subjects assessment can only be completed at the end of the year there are mid year evaluation sessions where students are given indicators of their progress Excellent / Satisfactory / Needs Improvement / Unsatisfactory.

Where specified, students are expected to keep a journal.

As part of the assessment process it is required that students submit a self-assessment before their assessment interview and before having access to staff assessments.

Course Progression Guidelines


The maximum time permitted for completion of the course is five years.

a) A student who has twice failed to complete a subject may not undertake that subject again

b) A student shall not enter the second or third years unless he/she has completed or is deemed to have completed the previous year and has completed any additional work prescribed pursuant to clause (c)

c) A student who fails to complete all the subjects prescribed as comprising a year may be deemed by the Head of School to have completed the year but shall not be recorded as having completed any subjects which he/she has not completed.  A student who is deemed by the Head of School to have completed a year in accordance with this provision shall complete any additional work as may be prescribed by the Head of School.

d) Notwithstanding the provisions of (b) and (c), a student shall not enter a second or third year if he/she has failed to complete, or has not been deemed to have completed, his/her principal subject of study in the previous year

e) A student may not repeat any year of the course if they have not passed their principal subject of study

Professional experience

A student may not engage in theatre or film activity other than as directed in connection with a course or without written approval obtained beforehand from the Head of School or a staff member authorised by the Head of School for this purpose.

Qualification for Award

The award of the Certificate in Performing Arts requires the successful completion of the prescribed subjects.

Subjects by Year

Year 1

  • -100 - Speech & Voice 1

  • -101 - Acting 1

  • -102 - Movement 1

  • -103 - Creative Drama 1

  • -104 - Drama History 1

  • -105 - Adjudication & Critical Studies 1

  • -106 - Film, Radio & TV 1

  • -107 - Practical application


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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