CUL262 - Introduction to Theatre and Drama

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Subject Title
Introduction to Theatre and Drama

Subject Description
This subject provides an introduction to drama for the beginner. It will introduce students to relaxation techniques, movement, voice work, improvisation, character study and development, as well as monologue and scene work. It will also provide an overview of theatre history. Evaluation will be based on class participation in studio exercises as well as written work which may include a personal journal, quizzes and exams.

Credit Status
One Arts and Humanities general education credit: Culture and Communications

Please note:  Students in the RTV program are not eligible to take this course as an elective.

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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the art of theatre and the craft of the actor
  2. Understand the early development and history of theatre and its impact on society
  3. Practice a variety of relaxation, breathing and voice and movement techniques
  4. Apply these techniques to personal lives and workplace situations
  5. Interpret and present monologues
  6. Improvise, rehearse and present brief scenes with group members or partners
  7.  Practice a variety of relaxation, breathing and voice and movement techniques
  8. Apply these techniques to personal lives and workplace situations
  9. Employ problem-solving skills in a variety of interpersonal situations
  10. Apply critical thinking skills in a creative situation
  11. Demonstrate increased concentration and focus in a creative workplace setting

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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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 Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.