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 Course Title:   Acting I

 Title Abbreviation:   ACTING I

 Department:    DRMA

 Course #:    133

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    500501

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

A study of the fundamental theory and practice of realistic acting with a focus on the physical and vocal instrument of the actor. Basic acting theory will be discussed and practiced.


Prerequisite: Grade of 2.0 or higher in ENGL 097, or AESL 098, or appropriate test score.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Humanities  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. After completing this course students will be able to:
    • Use their body and voice to create a character for the stage.
    • Work with others in a creative and non-judgemental fashion regardless of gender, age, or ethnicity.
    • Analyze a written text for important ideas and apply those ideas in class.
    • Analyze a dramatic script and create a character based on the analysis.
  2. After completing this course students will understand:
    • Ther grounding of the art of acting in human behavior regardless of gender, age or ethnicity.
    • The non-judgemental nature of the art of acting.
    • The inter-relationship of discipline and creativity.
    • That acting is a communication art.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.2 Recognize, produce and demonstrate appropriate interpersonal, group, and public speaking skills.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.2 Understand, value and respect human differences and commonalities as they relate to issues of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities and culture.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.3 Apply successful organizational strategies of planning, goal setting, prioritizing, resolving conflict, and managing time to specific goals and/or projects.

7. Aesthetics & Creativity

Definition: Interpreting human experience through engagement with creative processes and aesthetic principles.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
7.1 Demonstrate an understanding of the creative process.
7.2 Demonstrate knowledge of aesthetic principles.

Course Contents

  1. Through physical and vocal exercises students will explore th function of the body and voice and discover their expressive possibilities.
  2. Through class projects, exercises and scesne, students will learn to work with each other in an open, creative and non-judgmental atmosphere.
  3. Students will explore acting theory through seminar discussion and written assignments.
  4. Students will present prepared scenes in class and learn how to provide constructive criticisim.