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School for the Contemporary Arts Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2018

Theatre (Performance Stream) Major

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Theatre students may choose a performance stream or a production and design stream. Both lead to a bachelor of fine arts (BFA) with a major in theatre.

The performance stream emphasizes the development of the theatre artist. The studio courses are supplemented by courses in dramatic literature, theatre history, playmaking, and technical theatre. Courses chosen from disciplines outside theatre give the program an interdisciplinary component. Students are encouraged to participate in productions and to develop their own scripts and performance pieces.

The production and design stream provides a path for students who wish to study theatre, but prefer production and design aspects of the discipline.

Students whose interest in theatre is primarily historical, critical or theoretical are directed to the Visual Culture and Performance Studies major program, leading to a bachelor of arts.

Admission Requirements

Program and course admission is contingent upon University admission. Contact Student Services for admission procedures, requirements and deadlines. Entry to all programs and to many courses is by audition, interview or application. Contact the school’s office for information on procedures and deadlines.

Although the University operates on a trimester system, most CA courses are planned in a two term (fall and spring) sequence. Consequently, students enter in the fall term (September) and are advised to contact the school in the preceding January for program entry and requirements information.

Transfer Credit and Advanced Standing

Unassigned or general elective (type 2 and 3, respectively) transfer credit awarded for courses completed at other recognized post-secondary institutions will not automatically entitle students to advanced standing in the school?s programs. Advanced standing is generally given on an individual basis as a result of an audition or interview.

About the School’s Course Offerings

Students are encouraged to take advantage of interdisciplinary offerings within the school. As many programs depend on a continuing sequence of courses completed in order, students should plan carefully to gain the maximum benefit and efficiency from their study. Note that not all courses are offered every term and several are offered on a rotational basis, i.e. every third or fourth term. An advisor is available to help plan study programs.

Students are reminded that the school is an interdisciplinary fine and performing arts department, and are strongly advised to acquaint themselves with the many disciplinary courses that are available.

Special Topics Courses

The subject matter (and prerequisites) of special or selected topics courses vary by term.

Prior Approval Prerequisite

Where a prerequisite is, or includes, ‘prior approval,’ approval must be obtained before enrolling in the course. Contact the school for further information.

Program Requirements

Entry to all first year theatre courses required for the major is by audition and interview. Contact the School prior to attendance at the University to request information about audition details and dates.

Students complete 120 units, as specified below.

Academic Continuance Policy

Policy:

All students who successfully complete the acceptance process within the School for the Contemporary Arts are offered the status of “Major” in a specific area of study entering the first year. In order to remain a major, all students are required to maintain a cumulative GPA in CA courses of 2.67. Students that fall below the 2.67 will have a limited time (see process below) to bring the average up before losing their status as a major.

Process:

All SCA student GPA levels will be evaluated at the end of each academic year, normally at the end of the Spring semester. A student who falls below the required cumulative GPA in CA courses of 2.67 will be notified of their probation status as a major with a limited time to adjust their CA GPA. Students will need to meet with the Area Coordinator and Advisor and plan their academic career for either re-establishing the Major or pursuing an FCAT BA with a double minor program. If the student does not bring the cumulative GPA in CA courses to 2.67 in the allotted time, he/she will be dropped from the major. If the student is in first or second year of study within the major and falls below the required cumulative GPA in CA courses of 2.67, the student will have two semesters to bring up their average to 2.67. If the student is in third year of their major, they will have one semester to bring their average to 2.67. Students who lose their status as a major in the SCA will have the option of pursuing the extended minor as part of the double minor BA option in FCAT, or via other options in the university. In extraordinary circumstances, the area coordinator and director of the school will review academic continuance policy cases.

Performance Stream

Lower Division Requirements

Students complete a minimum of 45 units including

Three core courses below

CA 149 - Sound (3)

Introduction to acoustics, psychoacoustics, sound synthesis, audio sampling and signal processing, and sound production in general as relating to music, film sound, radio, new media, art installations and live performance. Students who have taken CA (or FPA) 184 cannot take CA (or FPA) 149 for further credit. Students with credit for FPA 149 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Eldritch Priest
Tu 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
GCA 3200, GOLDCORP
CA 186 - Art and the Moving Image (3)

Introduces innovations in the fine and performing arts to show the range of possibilities open to those who wish to employ or understand the use of moving images in their disciplinary and multidisciplinary art practices. By the completion of the course students should have a good sense not only of previous innovations and traditions, but of the contemporary scene as well. Students with credit for FPA 186 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 285 - Interdisciplinary Studio - Composition/Collaboration (3)

An introduction to the techniques of artistic composition as experienced in a collaborative interdisciplinary studio environment. The emphasis is on the creation, analysis and critique of new compositions created in collaborative groups by students in dance, music, theatre, film/video and visual art. Prerequisite: One of CA (or FPA) 122, 130, 145, 150, 160, 170. Students with credit for FPA 285 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Cheryl Prophet
Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
GCA 4210, GOLDCORP

plus one additional CA history course outside their major*

and all of

CA 129 - Movement Fundamentals (3)

This studio/theory course incorporates techniques of body awareness, centering, and structural realignment. The emphasis is on body conditioning and body connectedness. This course will be of interest to dancers, actors, kinesiologists, and athletes. This is one of four courses required for entry into the dance major and extended minor program. Students with credit for FPA 129 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 150 - Introduction to Acting I (3)

An approach to the elements of acting based on improvisation, with some attention to working from established texts. Focus will be placed on the development of the actor's instrument. The work will include the development of individual powers of expression - vocally, physically, intellectually, imaginatively, and emotionally. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Students with credit for FPA 150 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Alexander Ferguson
Mo, We 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
GCA 4210, GOLDCORP
E200 Tanya Elchuk
Tu, Th 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
SP 291, Surrey
CA 250 - Acting I (3)

Begins the concentrated work of training the actor in both the freedom and the control of voice and body. This is accomplished through: work on the self as a source of personal imagery and as a potential wellspring of characters, work with other actors in ensemble relationships, work on text as a blueprint for expression, scene study as a vehicle for the realization of the specific dramatic content and overall shape of a play. Prerequisite: Prior to enrollment in this course, the student must pass a successful audition. Corequisite: CA 129, 254. Students with credit for FPA 250 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 251 - Acting II (3)

Continues and expands upon the work undertaken in Acting I. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 250. Corequisite: CA (or FPA) 255. Students with credit for FPA 251 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Ker Wells
Tu, Th 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
GCA 4270, GOLDCORP
CA 252 - Playmaking I (3)

Introduces elements of playmaking such as self scripting, mask exploration, clowning and political theatre. The objective is to enable students to make their own theatre. Laboratory fee required. Prerequisite: Admission to CA (or FPA) 250 or prior approval. Students with credit for FPA 252 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 253 - Playmaking II (3)

Expands the work undertaken in Playmaking I emphasizing writing skills and story structure. May repeat for credit. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 150 and prior approval.

CA 254 - Theatre Laboratory I (2)

The first of four performance research courses in voice and speech training. Prerequisite: Corequisite: CA 250 and 129. Students with credit for FPA 254 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 255 - Theatre Laboratory II (4)

Continued performance research in voice and speech training, as well as research in movement. Prerequisite: Corequisite: CA 251. Students with credit for FPA 255 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Su-Feh Lee
Mo, We 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
Tu, Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
GCA 4210, GOLDCORP
GCA 4270, GOLDCORP
CA 257W - Context of Theatre I (3)

A conceptual approach to a selected body of dramatic work focusing on the detailed structural analysis of dramatic texts, their historical context, their development and production histories. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the evolving relationship between theatre and its audience. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Students with credit for FPA 257W may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.

and two of

CA 170 - Introduction to Production Technology (3)

An introduction to the processes, tools and technology used in the production and presentation of the fine and performing arts. Course requirements will include hands-on assignments in the production of theatre, dance, and music events. Students will work directly with equipment and materials, and are expected to be involved in work on productions and exhibitions outside of lecture and lab hours. Laboratory fee required. May be of particular interest to students in other areas and departments. Students with credit for FPA 170 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Kyla Gardiner
Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
GCA 2210, GOLDCORP
D101
Tu 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA B2260, GOLDCORP
D102
Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
GCA B2260, GOLDCORP
D103
We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA B2260, GOLDCORP
D104
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
GCA B2260, GOLDCORP
CA 171 - Introduction to Stage and Production Management (3)

An introduction to the management, and organization of the performing arts. This course will provide a grounding for students who wish to become further involved in the administration of the performing arts and may include practical experience outside of regular seminar hours. May be of particular interest to students in other areas and departments. Students with credit for FPA 171 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 270 - Production Ensemble I (6)

Students having a basic familiarity with elements of production and design participate in an in-depth theoretical and practical exploration of staging, audio and lighting for theatre, dance and music production. Assignments will be conducted in class and through practicum work on productions. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. May repeat for credit. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 170.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Barry Hegland
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA 2210, GOLDCORP
D102
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA 2210, GOLDCORP
CA 271 - Production Ensemble II (6)

Students having a basic familiarity with elements of production and design participate in an in-depth theoretical and practical exploration of stage and production management for theatre, dance and music production. Students in this class will develop skills necessary to provide technical support for the School's productions. Assignments will be conducted in class and through practicum work on productions. Maybe of particular interest to students in other departments. May repeat for credit. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 171. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Barry Hegland
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA 2210, GOLDCORP
D102
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA 2210, GOLDCORP

* See advisor for course options.

Upper Division Requirements

Students complete a minimum of 33 units, including all of

CA 350 - Acting III (3)

Continues and expands work undertaken in CA (or FPA) 250 and 251, with an increased emphasis on work with established texts. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 149, 186, 251, 255 and 285. Corequisite: CA 354. Students with credit for FPA 350 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 351 - Acting IV (3)

Continues and expands on the work undertaken in Acting III. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 350. Corequisite: CA 355. Students with credit for FPA 351 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Ker Wells
Mo, We 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
GCA 4270, GOLDCORP
CA 354 - Theatre Laboratory III (2)

Continued performance research in voice and speech training. Prerequisite: Corequisite: CA 350. Students with credit for FPA 354 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 355 - Theatre Laboratory IV (2)

Continued performance research in voice and speech training. Prerequisite: Corequisite: CA 351. Students with credit for FPA 355 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Tanya Elchuk
Mo, We 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
GCA 4270, GOLDCORP
CA 357W - Context of Theatre II (3)

A conceptual approach to a selected body of dramatic work. The detailed structural analysis of dramatic texts, their historical context, their development and production histories. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the evolving relationship between theatre and its audience. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Prerequisite: 24 lower division units or prior approval. Students with credit for FPA 357W may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.

and an additional 20 units of upper division credit

No more than eight upper division units from outside CA may be used toward the major.

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.

WQB Graduation Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required to earn W, Q or B credit

Requirement

Units

Notes
W - Writing

6

Must include at least one upper division course, taken at Simon Fraser University within the student’s major subject
Q - Quantitative

6

Q courses may be lower or upper division
B - Breadth

18

Designated Breadth Must be outside the student’s major subject, and may be lower or upper division
6 units Social Sciences: B-Soc
6 units Humanities: B-Hum
6 units Sciences: B-Sci

6

Additional Breadth 6 units outside the student’s major subject (may or may not be B-designated courses, and will likely help fulfil individual degree program requirements)

Students choosing to complete a joint major, joint honours, double major, two extended minors, an extended minor and a minor, or two minors may satisfy the breadth requirements (designated or not designated) with courses completed in either one or both program areas.

 

Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit

  • At least half of the program's total units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.
  • At least two thirds of the program's total upper division units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.

Elective Courses

In addition to the courses listed above, students should consult an academic advisor to plan the remaining required elective courses.