ACT350 - Acting and Drama - Character Development

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Subject Title
Acting and Drama - Character Development

Subject Description
Acting and Drama is an introduction to the basic principles of character acting for animation. Throughout this class there will be a series of workshops in which the students interact with each other in improvisational skits. Students will be directed to create specific character types and learn how to move their bodies in a convincing manner to relate emotional responses.

Credit Status
Animation Arts Program Course Hours: In class: 4 hrs per week / 56 hrs per semester

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


Successful students will have demonstrated knowledge of:

- a character's ability to create empathy and emotion in an audience member. And to understand the importance of doing so.
- the principles of good acting as they apply to all styles: comedy, drama, farce, musicals, slapstick etc. and to all characters: men, women, mermaids and toasters.


Successful students will have demonstrated further development in their abilities to:

- Create a fully rounded and connected character, Physically, Mentally
and Emotionally.
- In a simple scene, give a sense of an established relationship between two fully rounded characters.
- Demonstrate an emotional transition in context.
- Create a scene that demonstrates elements of conflict, attraction, character arc and relationships.
- Analyze a scene for elements of conflict, attraction, character arc and relationships.


Successful students will have demonstrated attitudes of:

-responsible awareness of the amount of work and degree of skill required to produce successful animation by a given deadline date.

Cheating and Plagiarism
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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.