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COURSE NUMBER: SPCH145
COURSE TITLE:Acting I
DIVISION:Liberal Arts
IAI CODE(S): TA 914
SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS:3
CONTACT HOURS:135
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT HOURS:
DELIVERY MODE:In-Person

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
An introductory course which emphasizes principles and methods of acting. Characterization, observation, and other basics are taught through acting exercises, improvisations, and scene study.

PREREQUISITES:
Place into ENGL101.

NOTES:

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate a working vocabulary of acting terms
  • Identify, analyze and utilize the criteria necessary to determine excellence in acting
  • To develop performance skills utilizing activities such as improvisation, scene study and monologues
  • To begin the life-long journey of developing one’s own acting process
  • Understand acting theory and demonstrate through classroom exercise

TOPICAL OUTLINE:
Bi-Weekly
The course will cover the following topics in the following order from Acting One, Fifth Edition by Robert Cohen:
  • Part I Preparing for Acting
    • Lesson 1 Preparing to Act
    • Lesson 2 What is Acting
  • Part II The Actor’s Approach
    • Lesson 3 Goal and Obstacle
    • Lesson 4 Acting with the "Other"
    • Lesson 5 Beginning to Act
    • Lesson 6 Tactics
    • Lesson 7 Expectations
    • Lesson 8 Gote
  • Part III The Actor’s Role
    • Lesson 9 Preparing a Role
    • Lesson 10 Rehearsing
    • Lesson 11 Staging the Scene
    • Lesson 12 Choices
    • Lesson 13 Performing
    • Lesson 14 Evaluation and Improvement
  • Part IV The Actor’s Instrument
    • Lesson 15 The Actor’s Voice
    • Lesson 16 Stage Speech
    • Lesson 17 Using the Voice
    • Lesson 18 The Actor’s Voice
    • Lesson 19 Voice and Body Integration
    • Lesson 20 Imagination and Discipline
    • Lesson 21 Emotion--and Acting Theory
  • Part V The Actor’s Technique
    • Lesson 22 Phrasing
    • Lesson 23 Attack
    • Lesson 24 Follow-Through
    • Lesson 25 Line Linkage
    • Lesson 26 Scene Structure
    • Lesson 27 Building a Scene
    • Lesson 28 Creating a Monologue

TEXTBOOK / SPECIAL MATERIALS:
Cohen, Robert. Acting One. Fifth Edition, Boston, Mass: McGraw-Hill, 2010.

Golson, Alex. Acting Essentials. Boston, Mass: McGraw-Hill, 2002.

See bookstore website for current book(s) at https://www.dacc.edu/bookstore

EVALUATION:
50% of the final grade is based on acting performance.
50% of the final grade is based on written papers and exams.

There will be a total of four performances. Students will select their own materials from drama genre.

Acting performance one will demonstrate criteria necessary to determine excellence in acting............................ 100 points

Acting performance two will demonstrate improvisation, monologues, and scene study........................... 100 points

Acting performance three will show the development of one’s own acting process........................... 100 points

Acting performance four will demonstrate understanding of acting theory......... 100 points

Performance Critiques/Evaluations:
The student will write four critiques of other student’s performances illustrating their understanding of the criteria necessary to determine excellence in acting. 50 points each for a total of 200 points.

2 Written exams to test knowledge of textbook materials 100 points each for a total of 200 points.

800 total points

A- 720-800 pts
B- 640-719 pts
C- 560-639 pts
D- 480-559 pts
F- 0-479 pts

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

STUDENT CONDUCT CODE:
Membership in the DACC community brings both rights and responsibility. As a student at DACC, you are expected to exhibit conduct compatible with the educational mission of the College. Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism, is not tolerated. A DACC student is also required to abide by the acceptable use policies of copyright and peer-to-peer file sharing. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with and adhere to the Student Code of Conduct as contained in the DACC Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is available in the Information Office in Vermilion Hall and online at: https://www.dacc.edu/student-handbook

DISABILITY SERVICES:
Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Testing & Academic Services Center at 217-443-8708 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 103. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

REVISION:
Fall 2018

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