FNA920 - Fundamental Acting Techniques II

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Subject Title
Fundamental Acting Techniques II

Subject Description
Acting Techniques II is an intensification of Techniques I (FNA210). Students will apply their knowledge and techniques on an intermediate level and will focus primarily on monologue and scene work.

FNA920 is a mandatory subject for all students wanting to obtain a Theatrical Performance Certificate.

Credit Status
One Credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Integrate an intermediate theatre vocabulary.
2. Demonstrate intermediate level acting skills.
3. Incorporate and apply constructive criticism given by the instructor.
4. Apply 'objectives' and 'beats'.
5. Present assigned scenes by preparing, memorizing and rehearsing monologues outside of class.
6. Demonstrate a variety of acting techniques.
7. Analyze and explore their 'character' in a variety of relationships, and be able to place either 'character' within a specific place and era.
8. Provide a detailed analysis of the aspects of a scene.
9. Incorporate observations and feedback of other students' work to their own work.
10. Define their relationship to other characters in scenes or monologues.
11. Use props effectively and convincingly.
12. Evaluate, in writing, the performance, direction, set, lighting and costume design of a live play.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

FNA910 or coordinator's approval

Topic Outline
Students will develop their acting skills and comprehension of a basic approach to acting through: 

  1. focusing, concentrating, imagining
  2. observing, reflecting, comparing, evaluating
  3. bringing past life experience to bear upon work
  4. offering relevant input and feedback
  5. creating appropriate 'substitutions' and 'endowments'
  6. integrating additional acting concepts into presentations
  7. applying critical feedback
  8. writing and structuring play review that is clear , precise and appropriate
  9. listening effectively and speaking clearly and directly as participants in class activities
  10. respecting other students work and ideas

Mode of Instruction
To ensure that students are engaged as much as possible in the communication process and in developing acting skills, the instructors will use appropriate teaching modes, such as the following:

  • ongoing constructive criticism
  • appropriate examples
  • question and answer techniques
  • classroom discussion
  • theatre exercises, games and improvisation
  • group work
  • individual and pair work
  • individual or group presentations
  • independent work
  • acting relationships
  • consultation

Prescribed Texts
An assigned play (which will vary from student to student) and a monologue (s) chosen by the student.

Reference Material
Hagen, Uta, Respect for Acting. MacMillan Publishing
Shurleff, Michael, Audition
Sher, Antony, Year of the King. Metheun
Nagler, Eric, A Source Book in Theatrical History. Dover Publications, Inc., N.Y. 
Stanislavski, Constantin, An Actor Prepares. Robert M. MacGregor
Callow, Simon Being an Actor

Required Supplies
Students should bring pencil and notebook to take acting 'notes'.  Students should be prepared to bring in applicable small hand props and some costume pieces for their scenes.

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Monologues and scenes must be memorized and prepared in accordance with techniques and methodology introduced.  The instructor's schedule will indicate the acting and monologue assignments.  The instructor analyses and criticizes individual work and offers constructive 'notes' applicable to the individual and the group as a whole.  Students are required to make the 'adjustments', and repeat the monologue for additional critique and development.  Students are required to read an assigned contemporary play, analyse 'character' and prepare an appropriate scene breakdown.  Rehearsal with an assigned scene partner takes place outside of class. 

The highly practical nature of the sessions makes regular attendance a vital factor in understanding new vocabulary and a workable approach to acting at an intermediate level.  Students are therefore evaluated on attendance, participation, preparation and commitment to the work.  If a students misses three or more sessions, their final mark is lowered accordingly. 

Marking Scheme:
Monologues (presented twice) 20%
Scenes (presented twice) 30%
Play Review 15%
In class work and Individual Growth

Approved by: Lisa Somers